1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante Coupe

It may not have been quite the “discovery” that the press suggested, but it was eagerly awaited

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Francis Richard Henry Penn Curzon succeeded to the peerage in 1929 on the death of his father, becoming the Fifth Earl Howe. At that time he resigned his seat in the House of Commons and began a long association with motor racing.

Howe’s place in the history of motorsport was assured by his 1931 Le Read More

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S

The Lamborghini Miura is where it all started-the first production automobile to earn the “supercar” tag. Prior to the Miura’s arrival in 1967, many sports cars offered high levels of performance and handling. But the Miura was the first built around the criteria that define our modern concept of the supercar: massive speed, jaw-dropping design coupled with technical innovation, and a wallet-wilting price tag to which only the wealthiest could aspire. It was called “an exercise in automotive art” in Read More

1977 Maserati Merak SS

The Merak gives an air of confidence and power, which is quintessentially Italian. But if you like the looks, why not get the power and buy a Bora instead?

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In the world of auto design, the Italians are the acknowledged masters, and Giorgetto Giugiaro will always be at the top of the list. In 1968, Giugiaro established Italdesign and by 1972, when he designed the Maserati Bora and the Merak, Read More

1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Cabriolet

No member of the German General Staff would have ordered a fire engine red Italian convertible in the middle of a war

Virtually identical in displacement to the 8C 2300 Monza, Vittorio Jano’s new 6C 2500 was simpler to produce and designed to be inherently reliable and capable of excellent performance.
The 6C 2500 employed a single dual-choke carburetor and 7.5:1 compression to produce 95 hp, driving through a single-plate clutch Read More

1908 Isotta Fraschini Tipo FENC Semi-Racer

While lacking the race-winning cachet of later cars, this little Isotta will get its owner into every vintage race, tour, and concours he fancies

Perhaps the most influential light car design of the first decade of the twentieth century, the Tipo FENC Isotta Fraschini was derived from the Tipo FE Isottas built for the 1908 Grand Prix des Voiturettes at Dieppe.

They were so advanced that for many years it was thought they had Read More

1965 Alfa Romeo TZ-1 Berlinetta

The contentious world of Alfa historians and experts had a moment of rare consensus on this TZ, and no one questioned its parentage

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Though immensely successful as a competition car, Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta Sprint Zagato had been based on the road-going Giulietta Spider platform, a compromise that suited clients who wanted a touring car that could be raced on weekends.

But as the 1960s dawned, the need to keep Read More

1939 Talbot-Lago T150C SS Aerocoupe

Three primary factors led to this impressive sales price; good unrestored condition, an exciting competition history, and immaculate provenance

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There were four Talbot-Lago T150C SSs made with Pourtout Aerocoupe bodies. Two are in private collections, and there are shadowy rumors of another in pieces, although no one has seen so much as a picture. The last is offered here, with exceptional provenance. Begun as war clouds gathered in 1939, it Read More

1952 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Villa d’Este Cabriolet

Hand-built and extremely rare, it’s the last example of the kind of cars that made the company’s reputation between the wars

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In 1935, Alfa Romeo introduced a new model, the 6C 2300B. Once again, the work of the great Vittorio Jano was to take Alfa Romeo in a new direction by offering one of the first cars available with fully independent suspension-pure racing technology from the current Grand Prix car. Read More

1966 Maserati Mistral 4000 Spyder

Unless and until a U.S. owner wants to ship a car to Europe to sell, don’t
consider this the price you can get here

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Last of the classic 6-cylinder Maseratis, the Pietro Frua-styled Mistral commenced production in 1963. The 3.7-liter version of the Modena manufacturer’s long-stroke engine was fitted to most cars, with other power options being the 3.5-liter or-from 1966-the 4-liter unit. A handsome two-seater on a shortened, Read More

1958 Lancia Aurelia B20GT

The historic competition record of these cars cannot be overlooked; they are eligible and welcome just about everywhere

Despite the fact the Lancia nameplate continues to exist over one hundred years after it was established in Italy, this builder of fast, refined automobiles is relatively unknown outside sporting circles. Lancia cars competing over the past century have won everything from F1 races to World Rally Championships.

Vincenzo Lancia began working as a bookkeeper in Read More