1973 Citroën DS23 IE Cabriolet

Citroën wouldn’t sell Chapron any separate chassis, so he was reduced to buying complete cars and dismantling them

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The Citroёn DS19 was launched on an unsuspecting world in 1955 and continued to be France’s car of choice well into the 1970s.
There were many interpretations of the theme, but one of the most appealing came from the workshops of established coachbuilder Henri Chapron, the “La Croisette Cabriolet.”
At first Read More

1974 Gaz-13 Chaika Limousine

I suspect this car falls into the same class of collectible as hearses-you can’t get away from the Dark Side

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This Russian Gaz-13 “Chaika” limousine is number 2,511 of only 3,719 built between 1959 and 1981. The Chaika-which means Gull-was favored by Kremlin officials, Soviet heads of state, and senior KGB officers.
To the average Russian, however, the cars were sinister symbols of the terrible power of the state. The Read More

1966 Lamborghini 400 GT Monza

In 1970, after just 7,136 km, this unique V12 Granturismo was bricked up in a garage on a busy street

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Lamborghini’s first model-the 350 GT-wowed the motoring press and public at its 1964 launch. Not content to rest on their laurels, Lamborghini’s engineers were already at work on the 400 GT, which was in road testers’ hands by the end of the year.
The series-produced 350 GT/400 GT coupé Read More

1901 Panhard et Levassor Rear-Entrance Tonneau

The first Panhard rolled out in 1891, and in 1892 this pioneer firm created the mechanical layout nearly all other successful manufacturers would follow: front engine, midships transmission, and driven rear wheels. Called “La Systeme Panhard,” it was the beginning of many innovations this company would bring to automotive development, such as wheel steering and standard pneumatic tires in 1898.

By 1894 they had become prominent competitors in the early city-to-city races, and in 1898 a Panhard won the Paris-Rouen Read More

1969 Monteverdi 375 S

I had always wanted one, perhaps because, like me, the car was Swiss-born, but with an American heart

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With its beautiful, squatted-back, ready-to-pounce body styling, the Monteverdi 375 S was designed to be the definitive combination of luxury and power. The steel-bodied car was both strong and smooth. With 375 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, it was capable of making the 0-60 mph jump in 6.3 seconds.
Its 440-ci Read More

1963 Fiat 750/850 Abarth Berlina

Lack of records makes it very difficult to tell a factory Abarth from one built by Uncle Giorgio’s Garage

(Note: In the auction catalog, there was an addendum that declared that this particular car was in fact a Fiat 750 rather than an 850. As its model year was appropriate for an 850, we can only assume that an earlier 750 engine had been retrofitted. The historical information about the 850 model Read More

1962 Maserati 3500 GT

Like all bottom feeders and wanna-bees, I hoped to steal this unrestored car

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As the first volume-built production Maseratis, marketed from 1957 to 1964, these extremely handsome Grand Touring coupes became the company’s financial saviors during a particularly difficult period. Like Ferrari, Maserati tended to focus on its racing cars rather than road cars and the resulting irregular cash flow had put the company on a shaky financial footing by Read More

1969 Lancia Fulvia HF Fanalone

Most references politely say that Fanalone means “large lights,” but Italian friends have told me that it’s actually slang for “big breasts”

During the 1960s, the wonderfully nimble, front-wheel-drive Lancia Fulvia reigned consistently among the highest echelon of international rally contenders. Campaigned by the Lancia factory team in 1966, they achieved second place finishes in the Monte Carlo and Three Cities rallies, won the Team Prize in the Rallye dei Fiore, and Read More

1961 Fiat Jolly 500

The expense of restoring these cars can be surprisingly high even if you
get the local basket-weaving class to refurbish your seats for free

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Few cars that Fiat produced had the “cuteness” of the Jolly. With coachwork by Ghia, the Fiat Jolly 500 was introduced in 1957, and had no real practical use, except for that of pure enjoyment. Many wealthy playboys, such as Fiat chief Gianni Agnelli, would Read More

1955 OSCA MT4-2AD Coupe

No regular OSCA MT4 had made anything like this at auction recently-and probably not even at the peak of the sports car madness in 1989

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Chassis 1153 is undoubtedly one of the most original surviving OSCAs in the world today. Only the patina of age would distinguish it from a new car.
The chassis and engine are as they left the factory with the correct adjustable shock absorbers and Read More