1959 Borgward Isabella TS Coupe

The Isabella sought to translate ’50s Detroit flash into a more compact Euro language, but it didn’t work; Americans wanted foreign cars that looked foreign

Carl Borgward entered the German auto industry as the charismatic proprietor of the Hansa Company in Bremen, Germany, in 1929, and produced individual and technically advanced vehicles between the wars.

From 1938, Hansa cars were marketed under the name of its proprietor, and in post-war years, when Read More

1907 Renault AI 35/45 Vanderbilt Racer

This car was the Ferrari Enzo of its day-exclusive, fast, beautiful,
and exciting-but not really a racer

Renault’s reputation was made in the open-road races of Europe at the turn of the 20th century, in cars built and driven by Louis Renault and his brother Marcel. Even though Marcel was killed in the 1903 Paris-Madrid race and Louis quit racing, the company itself only took a year off.

Competition was the Read More

1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Spider by Vignale

The 225 S should be on every Ferrarista’s shopping list: it has 12 cylinders, a five-speed gearbox, egg-crate grille, and it makes all the right noises

Developed in a period of triumph and passion, Ferrari’s big-engine sports racers from the mid-1950s personify the company’s racing legend.

Tipo 340 Tuboscocca chassis 0160ED was assembled on January 10, 1952, the only 225 Sport fitted with double parallel springs on the rear axle, probably to Read More

1975-76 Chevrolet Cosworth-Vega

It’s not hard to find a well-maintained, low-mileage car, as they were something of an “instant collectible” in their day, with a small but ardent following

When Chevrolet’s new compact, the Vega, came to the market for 1971, it was intended to compete with imports landing on both U.S. coasts.

Shortly before the car’s introduction, then Chevrolet General Manager John Z. DeLorean directed his staff to develop a high-performance “halo car” Read More

1964 Ford Lotus Cortina Special Equipment

Dynamically, the transformation wrought by Lotus was amazing. On a twisty road, the dumpy little Cortina could shame cars costing four times as much

Of the 2,894 Mk 1 Lotus Cortinas produced, only 64 were built by the factory as Special Equipment models. This rare version was upgraded with semi-race camshafts, larger valves, bigger diameter exhaust system, 115 hp (up-rated from 105) as indicated by green cam covers, adjustable rear dampers, leather-covered Read More

1967 Toyota 2000GT

Toyota’s 2000GT is widely acclaimed as the first Japanese car to be taken seriously by Western critics-the country’s first “supercar.” The model marked Japan’s rise away from dull derivative models toward the highly competitive position it enjoys today.

The 2000GT was originally penned by Albrecht Goertz (creator of the BMW 507) for Nissan, who were hungrily looking at the burgeoning American sports car market, but when accountants vetoed the car on the grounds of cost, Yamaha (who developed the engine) Read More

1963 Porsche 904 GTS Prototype

The fiberglass-to-metal body and chassis bonding worked fine for the
projected race life of a 904, then rust began to separate the two elements

With the proven 356 Carrera Abarth having served formidably for three seasons, the imminent arrival of the two-liter Simca Abarth meant that Porsche was going to have to raise the stakes for 1964.

Early in 1963 Ferry Porsche’s son, “Butzi,” finished a full size model of the new Read More

Which Avanti II Buy?

A Michigan alumnus’s car sported a gold and blue color scheme, making it difficult to know whether to cry or hail it for a trip to the airport

Rob Sass’s article about the Avanti II in December’s SCM was excellent, well written, and well researched, even if the photo was a Studebaker Avanti. But it offered an opinion about Avantis that I just plain don’t agree with.

The Avanti has often been Read More

1925 Rolls-Royce WWI Armored Car Replica

Bonhams exhibited British understatement when it said, “Prospective buyers are advised not to rely heavily on the front brakes, which are not connected”

Once described by Lawrence of Arabia as “above rubies in the desert,” Rolls-Royce’s WWI armored cars proved to be astonishingly durable. But a mandate from the British Government did what the Empire’s enemies couldn’t and the last was scrapped in 1944. There are no survivors, but an accurate replica Read More

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta

Sold new in Italy to A. Demetrialdi in May 1961, this 250 GT SWB “Lusso” was imported into Switzerland in April 1963 and entered for its first race by its new owner, Daniel Siebenmann of Switzerland, at the “Auvergne 3 hours” in France, where it finished 23rd (pictured in Jess Pourret’s “Ferrari 250 GT Competition,” page 132). In 1963 and 1964, Siebenmann raced the car at several hillclimbs in Switzerland.

Siebenmann sold the 1961 SWB Berlinetta and it was exported Read More