In 1956, Mrs. Caroline Foulke enjoyed a tri-city life with homes in Paris, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida, and that year, she walked into the New York City Mercedes-Benz dealership with a most unusual request-a new station wagon. While this is a commonplace order today, no such car was available in the Mercedes-Benz lineup in the 1950s. This was far from a standard model; however, Mercedes-Benz dealerships in the 1950s were eager to please. After some clever research, a Read More
One of the last 4-cam Spyders built, this tidy RS 61, chassis 718070, possesses a proud racing pedigree, an impressive list of owners, and a degree of authenticity found in few others.
Constructed in the winter of 1960, 718070 first appeared in the hands of one Bob Holbert of Pennsylvania. Holbert’s Garage, one of the first American authorized Porsche dealerships, sponsored his racing efforts, which included four SCCA National Championships and a podium at Le Mans. With the financial support Read More
The Carrera 2.7 RS has long been regarded as one of the great cars of all time and, by some, the greatest of all road-going Porsches. Their competition achievements speak for themselves, while their on-road performance remains special to this day. Even the extraordinary (for the period) 0-60 mph acceleration time of circa 5.5 seconds and mean top speed of around 150 mph give little clue to the excitement these cars can engender. By paring the weight down to 2,150 Read More
Introduced at Frankfurt in 1951, the Mercedes-Benz 220 series was available in sedan, coupe, and cabriolet variants. It was in production through August 1955, with only 997 cabriolet Bs built. According to a letter sent by a previous owner to the vendor, this lovely example was owned from 1993 to 1998 by a gentleman in Wisconsin, who bought it from a party who found the car in a barn they had purchased. Upon acquiring it, he removed the body from Read More
The 3.2 Carrera is revered as the ultimate development of the original 911 that first appeared in 1963, before being replaced by the more complicated 964 series.
These final cars were the most flexible and usable of Butzi Porsche’s original design. The all-alloy flat-6 engine, which had been fuel injected since 1971, received a final stretch to 3,164 cc, giving a torquey 231 hp, enough to propel the lithe and slippery coupe to over 150 mph, with 0-60 mph coming Read More
The original Mercedes-Benz 300SL is rightly regarded as one of the most brilliant and iconic sports cars of the 20th century. Representing a fusion of competition success with elegance and inspired design, the 300SL, in Coupe or Roadster form, is one of the most coveted automobiles on today’s collector car market.
So why was this 1954 300SL Gullwing Coupe updated by Mercedes-Benz’s own AMG tuning division, to employ the performance and technology of a modern high-performance automobile? According to AMG Read More
Together with its predecessor the 500K, the magnificent Mercedes-Benz 540K was arguably the most noteworthy production model offered by the Stuttgart firm during the 1930s.
A development of the 500K, whose independently suspended chassis it shared, the 540K was powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged straight-8 engine. The 540K featured the company’s famous Roots-type supercharger system, in which pressing the accelerator pedal to the end of its travel would engage the compressor.
Launched at the Paris Salon in October 1936, the Read More
Porsche revived the Carrera name for its top-of-the-range 911 in 1972-73. Designated Carrera RS (Rennsport), the newcomer was intended as a limited-edition “homologation special” to enable the factory to enter Group 4 competition in the Special GT class, with a minimum build requirement of 500. However, the demand for this fabulous car proved so great that the production run was later extended by another 1,300-or-so units, qualifying the RS to also compete in Group 3, which it would dominate. The Read More
This car is fitted with the rare 1,500-cc engine, when most were 1,100 cc to 1,300 cc. I don’t know if it’s the actual engine from new, but it is correct
During the Second World War, Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche and a handful of his faithful employees started work on development number 356 in their workshops in the town of Gmünd in Kärnten, Austria. The first design drawings were completed on July 17, Read More
The plastic dome permits excellent visibility, but hot, sunny weather turns it into a sauna
The roots of the Messerschmitt “Kabinenroller” (cab scooter) go back to post-WWII when Fritz Fend designed a car that wheelchair-bound vets returning from WWII could drive. Two major features made the design work for disabled people: The canopy swung open from the side, which allowed an individual to roll up next to the car and transfer out Read More