A curious mixture of romantic visionary and practical businessman, André Citroën knew a promising invention when he saw one. French-born Adolphe Kégresse had developed an idea at the behest of his erstwhile employer, Czar Nicholas II, who had wanted a means of adapting his cars to drive across deep snow.
Rather than use the heavy steel hinged plates of a conventional crawler tractor, Kégresse devised a lightweight system that employed rubber bands running around bogies driven from the rear axle. Read More
A growing audience is succumbing to the lure of early steamers, resulting in some remarkable transactions
When eccentric collector George Milligen died in 2004, his family kept one of his cars when the others were sold. Five years later, they have decided to sell George’s 1905 Gardner-Serpollet Type L steam car, only one of two known.
Bankrolled by wealthy American Frank Gardner, Parisian Leon Serpollet developed his flash tube boiler Read More
“Matching numbers” cars are rarely seen, as most were behind the
Iron Curtain and kept running by any means possible
Tatra manufactured some of the most technically sophisticated cars of the 1930s, with a decidedly unusual approach to automotive design. That can be attributed to Austrian engineer Hans Ledwinka, who spent his early years working under pioneering automobile and aircraft designer Edmund Rumpler.
Beginning with the T11, conceived Read More
It may not have been quite the “discovery” that the press suggested, but it was eagerly awaited
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
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
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?
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
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
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
The contentious world of Alfa historians and experts had a moment of rare consensus on this TZ, and no one questioned its parentage
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
Three primary factors led to this impressive sales price; good unrestored condition, an exciting competition history, and immaculate provenance
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