Porsche street cars had a very strong reputation for excellent durability-Turbos broke that rule
In order to compete against bigger-engined rivals, Porsche homologated the type 934 race car in 1974 and embarked on an entirely new phase in race car development. As word spread about the incredible performance, the initial run of 500 cars disappeared like Houdini. They made another 800 that year, yet didn’t satisfy the demand.
Porsche transferred Read More
I had a customer interested in this car at $2m in the late ’90s before the full story emerged
In the early 1900s, Mercedes styling ran the gamut from conservative limousines and landaulets to dashing phaetons and open two-seaters. None, however, approached the style of this one-of-a-kind 1911 Mercedes 37/90 skiff, one of the most exotic Mercedes ever created.
The avenue des Champs-Elysées atelier of Henri Labourdette pioneered the exquisite wooden skiff Read More
In the current market, beauty and condition matter as much as originality
Introduced to the United States in September 1954, the Speedster found a receptive audience as the lowest-priced Porsche. In the USA, there was some confusion caused by the fact that when constructing the newest Porsche, the designers left out many components standard on cabriolets. The audience in Europe didn’t find the Speedster of interest at all, but USA importer Max Read More
The auction catalog calls the Weber carbs an update, but I call them wrong
After years of building its commercial and racing success around the 356 models, Porsche introduced the larger, more powerful, two-liter Porsche 911 model in 1965.
Maintaining the company’s success with rear-engine positioning, the all-new design provided an aerodynamic body over a revised chassis that housed a sophisticated suspension system, a more powerful flat-six engine, and a five-speed transmission. Read More
If this car drives as the catalog says, the new owner did very well. If not get busy spending and making it right
The 356A was Porsche’s first volume production car, in Coupe, Speedster, and Cabriolet versions. Introduced in 1956, the 356A embodied substantial revisions to the original 356 series, including a one-piece curved windshield, horn grilles under the headlights, and a gas gauge.
Changes to the front and rear 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-eight engine. It featured the company’s Roots-type supercharger system, in which pressing the accelerator to the end of its travel would engage the compressor and close off the atmospheric intake.
Launched at the Paris Salon in Read More
1960 Volkswagen Split-Window Pickup
Volkswagen pickups were worked to death and their lifespan was shorter than that of a Roman slave
Unquestionably among the most innovative designs of its day, the Volkswagen “dropside” pickup stretched the definition of full-service utility vehicles. Production of the pickup was started in 1952, and it borrowed the cab from the front of the popular Transporter Type 2.
The “dropside” ability meant that the truck’s Read More
Porsche built four 550 Spyders for the 1954 Le Mans 24 Hours, numbered 10 through 13. This car, S/N 550-10, was assigned to Richard von Frankenberg and Helm Glockler. In practice, it was the fastest of the 1,500-cc 550s, but it was also the first to retire. Only 20 minutes into the race, a holed piston forced its withdrawal.
Porsche tackled the problem, improving both cooling and tuning. With these changes, 550-10 was entered in the Reims 12-hour race on Read More
Because this car is a 2+2 and a cabriolet it weighs several hundred pounds more than a 328, and acceleration will be leisurely
BMW’s first six-cylinder engine was launched in 1934, and formed the backbone of the company’s racing legacy. A modified version of the new powerplant was developed by Rudolf Schleicher and would stay in production until 1961, first as a 1.2-liter then as a 2-liter. It was a Read More
In 1953, Mercedes-Benz introduced the line of mid-sized automobiles that would be its mainstay for nearly a decade. Built using unit-body principles, they were lightweight yet strong and utilized a front sub-frame for mounting the engine. These “ponton” or “roundie” models received a number of motors, from 48-hp diesels in the 180D taxi models to 130-hp six-
cylinders in the final fuel-injected 220SE.
“Zippo,” the car on sale at Monterey, is considered to be the highest-mileage gasoline-powered Mercedes-Benz in Read More