1982 Ferrari 512 BBi

For maximum value, buy a carbureted 512, but note that buying a Boxer without paperwork is like playing Russian Roulette with all chambers loaded

Introduced at the 1981 Frankfurt Show, the 512 BBi was the last derivation of the 1973 365 Berlinetta Boxers. Almost identical to its 512 BB predecessor, it retained the wider rear track and wider and longer body. It also kept the front spoiler and NACA ducts to the Read More

1934 Lagonda 4½-Liter M45 Tourer

The body on this car is “reputedly new old stock from the factory” and mounted in the early 1950s. It’s handsome and correct, but still a rebody

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If the best British workmanship and the finest materials appeal to you, and if character, sweet running, and a maximum speed. are qualities that attract you, there is no need to look further; you will find them in this British car.”

So read Lagonda’s sales Read More

1991 BMW Z1

BMW reckoned owners could swap body panels in hours for a color change, though people who have tried it say to allow two days

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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

Morgan Brings a Sword to a Knife Fight

The Plus 8 offers something in the Allard J2 vein, with way too much power for its antediluvian chassis, but with a dash of British style

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If Scotchman William “Braveheart” Wallace had been alive in the late 20th century, he probably couldn’t have resisted the broadsword of sports cars, the Morgan Plus 8-even though it was built by the hated English. It’s just the thing for carving up your favorite Read More

1971 Lamborghini Miura SV

The last SVs finally received separate lubrication for engine and gearbox,
so the engine didn’t have to swallow metal shavings from missed shifts

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Factory records indicate that chassis 4882 was finished on November 29, 1971, as production number 627. The original paint color was Fly Yellow with a black leather interior. The car was originally delivered to Lamborghini dealer Carpanelli in Rome, who reportedly sold it new to a Read More

Lola-Climax Mk I Sports Racer

For sheer giggles per lap, I don’t think there is a vintage racer around that can match the Lola Mk I

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This well-presented Lola-Climax Mk I is not only a fine example of perhaps the most sought-after of all British small-capacity sports-racing cars of the 1950s, it is also one that can boast an exceptional history. The Lola Mk I was the first commercial sports-racing car product of Lola Cars, Read More

1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Competizione

If you could justify paying too much money for a car, this was the one

Luigi Chinetti loved the 250 GT TdF coupes and saw a market for an open top version. Many Americans lived in warm climates like Florida, Arizona, and particularly California, and so preferred the good looks and the cooler nature of open cars. Chinetti persuaded Ferrari to commission Pininfarina to build an open car based on the TdF. Read More

1954 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster

A 1954 BN1 fitted with the Le Mans kit from new is even rarer than the
“factory” 100M model of 1955

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Following the Austin-Healey 100’s sensational debut at the 1952 Motor Show, the Works entered two mildly modified cars in the 1953 Le Mans 24-Hour race. They finished in 12th and 14th places, a praiseworthy achievement for what were recognizably production sports cars.

Accordingly, the name “Le Mans” was Read More

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

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

2CV: The Legend of the “Tin Snail”

Prior to WWII, the mostly rural population of France did not have a cheap and utilitarian vehicle that would allow them to embrace the automobile the way Americans had with the Model T. The 2CV was conceived as the car that would mechanize the French peasant class.

Like the Volkswagen Beetle, the 2CV had its roots in the pre-WWII era. Pierre-Jules Boulanger, a Michelin executive assigned to Citroën, called for a car that could carry two people and 200 pounds Read More