This car was bought over the phone, bringing to mind a favorite jest of one of my good friends:
The new Aston Martin DB6 was introduced at the 1965 London Motor Show as a distinctively restyled development of the successful DB4 and DB5 model ranges. The flat transom Kamm-tail topped by an integral spoiler attracted much comment, and although the new bodyshell was only 17 pounds heavier than its predecessor, Read More
At a time when a Corvette cost just $8,000, convertible Interceptors were $25,000. It’s no wonder Jensen Motors Ltd. bit the dust.
In 1931 brothers Alan and Richard Jensen opened a coachwork factory in West Bromwich, U.K., which supplied many British car manufacturers. Four years later, they built the first Jensen on a Wolseley Hornet chassis. Edsel Ford was enthused at the car and authorized the sale of a Ford Read More
Dropheads were a rare sight new and even scarcer today, with exceedingly handsome styling in the vintage English idiom
The Morgan Motor Company, the oldest independent automobile company on the planet, crafts its unique sports cars in a turn of the century factory in Malvern Link, Worcestershire, England. To this day, Morgans are still built according to vintage coachbuilding traditions in the original facility, established in 1910.
The stately Read More
When a seller lists “a magnet with associated nuts and bolts stuck to it” among the spares offered, it’s time to run for the hills
As described by the seller on eBay Motors: I’m listing this car for a friend. Wow! Super-rare! 1964 Lotus Elan S1. Red with black interior and black convertible top. 44,500 miles showing on the odometer.
This 1964 Lotus Elan has been sitting for years in a Read More
There sat my never-forgotten love from Paris, among common British machinery like Morris Minors and MG Magnettes
The Arnolt Bristol was the obsession of engineer, industrialist, importer, and sports car enthusiast Stanley “Wacky” Arnolt. He made his fortune building marine engines during World War II, and, seeing a market for sports cars in America during the early 1950s, cut a deal with Bristol to use an updated version of its 400 chassis, Read More
There simply isn’t another open sports car from the pre-1950 era, in this price range, that offers the same visual panache along with reasonable mechanical reliability
The Ford Model T put America on wheels, and the T series MG put Americans behind the steering wheels of sports cars. With America’s post-WWII economy booming, MG found itself in the right place at the right time. While Europe was still recovering from the ravages Read More
At the heart of the Speed Six legend was a phenomenal chassis, which led to many original bodies being replaced with lightweight, homemade, “boy-racer” coachwork
The Bentley Speed Six positively shone in long distance endurance racing. At Le Mans in 1929, Woolf Barnato and Tim Birkin stormed to victory at an average speed of 73.62 mph. A year later, the fearless Barnato repeated the performance in the same car, this time accompanied Read More
The new owner paid the price times two for one of the finest XK 140 dropheads extant
The XK 140 was introduced in October 1954, retaining the classic XK lines but with major changes in engineering and appearance. A chrome strip ran down the length of the hood and another on the trunk lid drew attention to the medallion in the middle that proclaimed the marque’s Le Mans wins. The car wore Read More
Whenever Bond is seen in the film near to, or sitting in, a Vanquish, that car is most likely this one
Aston Martin, James Bond’s traditionally preferred make of car, returned to secret service after a 15-year absence when Pierce Brosnan got behind the wheel of the latest V12 Vanquish for Die Another Day. No more Bimmers for Bond.
In September 2001, Aston Martin representatives met with those from Read More
Its door gaps were as exact as a bespoke Tuxedo and the engine bay was spotless
Austin-Healey’s highly successful six cylinder cars entered their final iteration in 1964 with the BJ8 series, or Mk III. This was the high point in driver and passenger comfort for the “big” Healeys, as they became more of a grand tourer rather than an all-out sports car.
Starting with the dramatically new four-cylinder 100/4 Read More