The underbidders stopped bidding when they thought the car wasn’t selling-bad luck, as it was
The 6.8-liter S-type was produced in four series from 1927 to 1930, with a total output of some 170 cars. This car is from the original 1927-28 series, of which just 26 were built. It was ordered new from Mercedes-Benz Inc. in New York by Mrs. Charles Levine, believed to be the wife of the Read More
The M121 4-cylinder engine produced a modest 105 hp and it desperately needed another 50-even 30 would have done the trick
Available from May 1955, the 190SL convertible shared styling cues with its grander brother, the 300SL. It was a sports tourer, robustly built and designed for customers who preferred refinement over performance. Well-designed and sturdy, it’s still a decent daily driver. The car presented here is a fresh example of this Read More
It takes a while for enthusiasts to realize these cars are about craftsmanship and balance, rather than style
Mercedes continued its tradition of quality in the mid-1950s with the 220S and 300 model range. The 220S was offered in saloon, coupe, and convertible form.
The 220S Convertible (W128) was produced in limited numbers from 1956 to 1959. It was the last of the “Ponton” series, which had begun in 1953 Read More
Removing the issues of performance, reliability and dealer service-
significant considerations in 1957-the 507’s charms rise to the surface
In the early 1950s, BMW covered opposite ends of the automotive spectrum. On the one hand, R24 motorcycles and Isetta bubble cars provided inexpensive transportation for the average German citizen. On the other hand, the large and well-appointed 501 was intended for the upper middle class and was powered by the Read More
BMW reckoned owners could swap body panels in hours for a color change, though people who have tried it say to allow two days
Like its predecessor the 507, which bristled with trick technology but ultimately failed to go as well as it looked, the Z1 is a bit of a novelty.
But it did mark the return to a forgotten line for BMW: the two-seat sports car. Under that Read More
Upping the ante in the 1930s horsepower race, Mercedes-Benz designers introduced the 8-cylinder 500K (for Kompressor, or supercharger) model in 1934. The supercharger boosted power from 100 hp to 160 hp, and the external exhausts set the style that would carry the company through the rest of the decade.
Two years later, the 5.4-liter 540K model was introduced, offering 180 hp with the supercharger engaged and crowning the company’s ambitions. By 1940, 419 cars had been built in eleven body Read More
Cost-no-object restorations rarely make sense on production cars, even exciting ones in hot markets, like an early 911S
Within two years of the original 911’s launch, Porsche introduced a new model that would satisfy even the most demanding drivers. The new S offered the same vault-like body and chassis, well-appointed 2+2 interior, and 2-liter flat 6, but there were a host of details that set the new car apart, a Read More
In the late 1950s, Porsche began working on what would be a new model to entirely replace the 356. The styling was based on a set of guidelines prepared by Ferry Porsche and developed by his son, “Butzi.” The new Porsche was intended to be an evolutionary design and continue in the established Porsche tradition (Dean Batchelor from the Illustrated Porsche Buyer’s Guide).
The new Porsche 911 was designed in a remarkably short time. Its unveiling took place at the Read More
What’s so special about the original 235 911s? Not much, and most of it is bad. But they are different and that was enough
In the late 1950s, Porsche began working on what would be a new model to entirely replace the 356. The styling was based on a set of guidelines prepared by Ferry Porsche and developed by his son, “Butzi.” The new Porsche was intended to be an Read More
The 914 changed the rules. For starters, you paid extra for chrome bumpers and vinyl-covered roof sections. Excuse me?
Porsche introduced the 914 at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1969, and it became available in the U.S. in the spring of 1970. Priced at just under $3,500 (for the 4-cylinder car), an extra $200 bought the “appearance group” option that included chrome bumpers as well as an aluminum-trimmed vinyl covering for the Read More