A Ferrari for Everyman (or Woman)

The Lamborghini Countach may have had the dorm room poster market, but the 308 got screen time with “Magnum, P.I.”

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The great automotive die-off of the 1970s claimed muscle cars, full-sized American convertibles, and traditional British sports cars. Italian exotics came perilously close to being on that list. In addition to U.S. emission and bumper regulations, in Europe escalating fuel prices and shortages, along with punitive taxes, were threatening Maserati, Read More

1965 Alfa Romeo TZ-1 Berlinetta

The contentious world of Alfa historians and experts had a moment of rare consensus on this TZ, and no one questioned its parentage

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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

1964 Porsche 904 GTS Coupe

If you want to do any serious competition, you’ll need a 2-liter, 4-cam four, and that’s a $100,000 project

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Having axed its expensive Formula One program at the end of 1962, Porsche turned once more to sports car racing as a means of improving and marketing its road cars.

The Type 356-based Abarth-Carreras had flown the Porsche flag in international racing during the early 1960s, but an entirely new Read More

1937 Oldsmobile L37 Convertible Sedan

This is the only Oldsmobile to have been recognized by the Classic Car Club of America as a Full Classic

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There was a time when neither Ford nor Chevrolet were America’s leading automobile producers. You have to go back to the dawn of the auto industry, but from 1903 to 1905, Oldsmobile was top dog. Rolling out of Lansing, the little single-cylinder, curved-dash runabout was touted as able to go the distance Read More

1959 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series III SWB

One early owner reported mile after mile in the 135 mph-150 mph range through Canada and Nevada, during cross-country drives to California

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It can be argued that the 410 Superamerica Series III was the high point of the entire line of luxury high-performance Ferraris. In his privately published book, Series III 410 America, Ferrari 410 s/n 1355SA owner Dyke Ridgley wrote, “Here was a car of such presence and power Read More

1945 Mk XVI Supermarine Spitfire

A Battle of Britain Spitfire Mk I or Mk II would sell for two or three times this sum, and if it had a confirmed combat record, the price could be much higher

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The old engineering adage, “If it looks right, it most probably is right,” describes the Spitfire to perfection.

It still looks gorgeous from any angle, even though it was designed as a war machine. Later models became Read More

1945 NSU Kettenkrad

Considerable care is necessary on steep slopes. The driver is flanked by the tracks and sits ahead of the engine; he’s not likely to escape if the vehicle flips

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The Kettenkrad was typical of vehicles designed and manufactured for the German Wehrmacht during WWII-innovative, well made, and generally superior to equipment used by their enemies. Designated “SdKfz 2” by the German army, the Kettenkrad was an ingenious half motorcycle, half Read More

1939 Talbot-Lago T150C SS Aerocoupe

Three primary factors led to this impressive sales price; good unrestored condition, an exciting competition history, and immaculate provenance

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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

1960 Jaguar E2A Le Mans Sports Racer

It was left in a corner to be junked, but Guy Griffiths, the father of vintage racing everywhere, talked the factory into selling it to him

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By 1960, Jaguar had won the world’s most prestigious race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, five times-twice with its original competition-tailored C-type and three times with the tail-finned D-type. At that juncture, company head Sir William Lyons decreed that it was time for this sporting Read More

1948 Tucker 48 Torpedo Sedan

This price can be explained by the “ABC” factor-Aging Billionaire Collector. Such buyers can’t wait another 20 years, so they pay whatever it costs

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Preston Tucker’s promise of “the first completely new car in 50 years” struck a chord in the hearts of the public in 1948 and again with the release of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1988 movie.

Although his company produced just 51 cars, Tucker’s legacy is much larger. Read More