1936 Panhard X76 Dynamic

To take full advantage of the “panoramic” windows, the driver was moved to the center of the car

René Panhard and Emile Levassor obtained an 1888 Daimler patent for a V-twin motor, with the idea of using it in a small car. Two prototypes were built, equipped with a front-mounted engine and a gearbox.

Levassor and his team worked on increasingly powerful engines and tested them in races. In 1896, a Read More

Maserati Tipo 65 Sports Racing Prototype

It’s an iconic Italian failure, a testament to chaos, caffeine, grappa, panic, and an unwillingness to throw in the towel

This remarkably imposing V8 rear-engined, sports-prototype is the last of the line of Maserati competition cars built during the Gruppo Orsi Empire’s long ownership of the Italian marque. As such, it marks the high tide of their development right through the wide range of A6GCS, 150, 200, 250, 300, 350, and 450S Read More

1963 Aston Martin DB4GT

It was the last standard-bodied DB4GT produced-cool beans. The first or last always generates more buzz and is a nice fact for collectors

Introduced in September 1959 as a higher-performance version of the DB4, the DB4GT took the already-powerful (240 hp) DB4 engine, added twin ignition from two distributors/coils and twelve small (10 mm) spark plugs, three twin-choke Weber carburetors, and an increased compression ratio to boost the power to an honest Read More

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Convertible

There comes a time when a desirable old car just jumps in value. That time may be now for the 3.5SE

The 111-series of Mercedes-Benz automobiles of the 1960s and early 1970s is much appreciated by collectors who also enjoy driving their cars. There is a solidness to the ride and handling that helped Mercedes seize a profitable share of the world market.

When introduced, these cars were powered by the company’s Read More

2004 Ferrari 575 GTC Competizione

I’m told that four friends from Switzerland bought the car for $144,000 over the estimated price. What were these guys thinking?

Following the success of privately-entered 550 Maranellos in international GT racing, including an historic class win in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2003, Ferrari developed its own in-house evolution of the successful 575M Maranello, the 575 GTC Competizione Berlinetta.

Produced specifically for the FIA GT and GrandAm championships, the 575 Read More

When AMC Got the Point

Mechanically, the Javelin is closer to a catapult than a javelin-heavy duty and pretty much unbreakable

Some people claim that AMC invented the muscle car with the Rambler Rebel of 1957. Even if we give them that, they certainly came late to the pony car craze of the mid-1960s. Plymouth and Ford were first with the Barracuda and Mustang in 1964, followed by the Chevy Camaro, Pontiac Firebird, and Mercury Cougar in Read More

1972 Lancia Stratos H.F.

It’s one of the most successful rally cars ever built, wicked and unforgiving
to drive, a spaceship for the road

Lancia was struggling when Sandro Fiorio, the company’s director of public relations, and his son Cesare, head of Lancia’s rally team, spied the Fulvia-based “Stratos” concept on the Bertone stand at the 1970 Turin Motor Show.

They immediately recognized its potential to revitalize Lancia’s competition reputation and generate some badly Read More

1937/40 Duesenberg Model SJ Rollson Cabriolet

This Duesenberg might be Rudolf Bauer’s best-known work; it’s certainly
the most valuable

Faced with the surreal scale of the Duesenberg’s chassis, some designers attempted to reduce the scale of the car. Not artist Rudolf Bauer. His intent was to create the longest, most distinctive Duesenberg ever built. And he did.

Bauer emphasized the dominant theme of the chassis-its sheer size-rather than hide it. Accordingly, his sketches depict a narrow, Read More

1958 Isetta 600-BMW’s “Eggsecutive” Limo

Germans in the 1950s weren’t concerned with having “the ultimate driving machine,” they were just happy not to be walking or pedaling. With a limited market for cars like the spectacular and expensive 507 roadster, BMW needed a volume model to survive. They understood the needs of the post-war European market and decided the best niche to exploit was the sub-VW Beetle class of microcars that had become popular with Germans who had not yet fully recovered from the ravages Read More

1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Spyder Conversion

People who buy a “cut” Daytona don’t plan to show it; most shows won’t
allow it on the field. The appeal is that it can be driven

Ferrari’s fabulous V12 front-engined sports car, the 365 GTB/4, debuted at the Paris Salon in 1968, soon gaining the unofficial name “Daytona” in honor of the 1-2-3 finish by the Ferrari 330 P4 at that circuit in 1967.

Pininfarina’s Leonardo Fioravanti was responsible for Read More