Not Quite “Magnum, P.I.” Grade

You look in the mirror one morning and instead of your own bleary eyes and grim, pre-work mug, you see Tom Selleck. It’s not the grizzled old Tom — it’s the dashing young Tom of “Magnum, P.I.,” as he casually vaults into that Ferrari.

Owning one of those would change everything, you think. You think you could afford one of those.

“One of those” is a 1984 308 GTS Quattrovalvole, and a few clicks in the SCM Platinum Auction Database Read More

1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA

While most GTAs were either supplied in Stradale form or subsequently upgraded to Corsa specification, chassis AR752675 was destined for competition from the outset.

Correspondence from the Alfa Romeo Museum confirms that the car was manufactured on September 8, 1965, and delivered to the renowned Autotecnica Conrero Team on August 31, 1966 — unusually, in right-hand-drive form.

One of the most celebrated privateers in Italy, Autotecnica Conrero was established in 1951 and quickly acquired a stellar reputation for tuning Alfa Read More

1993 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II

First seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1979, the Lancia Delta Integrale is best known for its domination of the World Rally Championship in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The first Evoluzione cars were built at the end of 1991 and carried on through 1992.

Arriving in June 1993, a further development of the HF Integrale naturally became known as the Evo II and featured an updated version of the 2-liter, 16-valve turbo engine producing a little more Read More

1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.8

  • Only 10 kilometers on the odometer. This car is completely original and as-delivered
  • Still covered with the factory-applied Cosmoline
  • Special-order Polar Silver over Guards Red leather
  • One of only 51 Carrera RSRs produced
  • One of two with a fully trimmed interior

Imagine that as a die-hard Porsche fanatic, you wish to have the fastest and wildest 911 that the factory has to offer — a car that can handily compete on the track right out of the box. Read More

1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso by Scaglietti

This car was seen at Ferrari’s 50th anniversary festivities in Rome and Maranello in May of 1997. The Ferrari was then finished in dark brown by Bachelli & Villa with a tan leather interior by Luppi. The current Italian owner bought the Lusso in 1999. Still finished in dark brown over beige, a strikingly elegant color combination, the GT/L presents quite nicely throughout and is accompanied with a car cover and tool roll.

Many consider this car to be the Read More

1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Prototype

Of all the factory-penned body styles built on Bugatti’s Type 57 chassis, perhaps none is as significant as the Atalante. The Type 57 Atalante is much rarer than the Stelvio, Ventoux or Galibier, and the design’s purposeful lines and proportions (credited to Jean Bugatti but perfected by in-house stylist Joseph Walter) provided sportier packaging for the 57’s advanced dual-overhead-cam engine and independently sprung chassis.

Exceeded in cachet today only by the Type 57SC Atlantic, the Atalante is overwhelmingly regarded as Read More

1968 Ford Escort Twin-Cam Competition Saloon

The arrival of the Escort Twin Cam at the start of 1968 marked the second phase of Ford U.K.’s production-car-based competitions program that had commenced with the Lotus Cortina. That had used the Ford-based 1.6-liter Lotus Twin Cam engine, and combining this unit with the smaller and lighter Escort body shell proved an inspired move.

A pair of Twin Cams dominated the televised Croft Rallycross meeting in February 1968, demonstrating their potential to an audience of millions, while the car’s Read More

1928 Packard Custom Eight Model 4-43 Convertible

Buying a Packard in 1928 was a no-questions-asked statement that you had arrived. But if it wasn’t enough to own one of the finest cars on the road, one could opt for custom coachwork. Relatively few Packards were fitted with such princely attire, and it is a very rare to come across one clothed at the legendary Walter M. Murphy Company of Pasadena, CA. It offered the attractive lines and delicately thin cast-brass pillars of Murphy’s recently introduced “Clear Vision” Read More

A Great Beater Sports Car

This First World question is posed to me frequently: Which Mercedes-Benz convertible should I purchase as my daily driver?

It’s a tough question.

High-quality examples of the Mercedes-Benz R107 are seemingly doubling in value overnight.

The R129 Series is doing what it was designed to do, which is spray hydraulic fluid from the top actuators everywhere — and cost you an arm and a leg for parts and repairs.

So, it makes financial sense — for those who want a Read More

2012 Lola B1280 IMSA Racer

Available with powerplants from Nissan, Honda HPD, Lotus and, as with this example, the Judd BMW M3 V8, the Lola B1280 was the LMP2 version of the larger B08/60 chassis. With the large spinal fin, the car featured excellent stability at speed — a must for a car designed to go nearly 200 mph down the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans.

Formerly owned by Dempsey Racing and with extensive IMSA history including top 10 finishes at Lime Rock Park, Mid-Ohio, Read More

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