1967-75 Lotus Europa

Europas seem to come two ways-completely done or completely done-in. There’s little point in messing with the latter

Colin Chapman and Lotus led the giant-slaying revolution of rear- and mid-engine race cars, so it’s not surprising that Lotus was among the first to bring a mid-engine production sports car to market in 1967. The car was christened the Europa in a nod to Britain’s European Common Market ambitions and the fact that Read More

1947 Bentley Mk VI Franay Drophead Coupe

It bears no resemblance to a standard steel Mark VI, and may be the most valuable Bentley in existence

This elegant 1947 Bentley Mk VI Franay Drophead Coupe, with its outrageous coachwork and curlicue trim, really belongs with Figoni et Falaschi and Saoutchik offerings at Sunday afternoon shows in the Bois de Boulogne before WWII.
Considering its underpinnings stem from the mundane Bentley Mk VI, this car’s appearance in 1947 is doubly Read More

1954 Buick Skylark

Was this sale a market indicator or auction fever carried to an extreme?

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There were just 836 Buick Skylarks produced in 1954. Each came fully equipped with leather interior, full power equipment, special ornamentation, and open wheel wells with Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels. This low-mileage 1954 Buick Skylark received a complete professional restoration, which was completed in 2003. It is finished in its original color, Condor Yellow.
This beautiful Skylark has Read More

1968 Porsche 912 Soft-Window Targa

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

1935 MG R-type

A tiny, wavering soprano has a tough time in a Wagnerian opera, no matter how good she may be

Last of the Abingdon marque’s pre-WWII racing cars, the R-type was unveiled on April 25, 1935. Beautifully wrought, its revolutionary chassis boasted such advanced features as selective dampers and finned drum brakes.
Powered by a supercharged 747-cc OHC four-cylinder engine mated to four-speed ENV pre-selector transmission, the racer was credited with an incredible Read More

1973 Citroën DS23 IE Cabriolet

Citroën wouldn’t sell Chapron any separate chassis, so he was reduced to buying complete cars and dismantling them

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The Citroёn DS19 was launched on an unsuspecting world in 1955 and continued to be France’s car of choice well into the 1970s.
There were many interpretations of the theme, but one of the most appealing came from the workshops of established coachbuilder Henri Chapron, the “La Croisette Cabriolet.”
At first produced Read More

1952 Jaguar C-type Ecurie Ecosse racer

The needle of the rev counter can be wound to the red zone, and each gear takes the car into a new dimension

Designed and built with the sole intention of winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the renowned Jaguar C-type was a development of the already successful XK 120.
Though the race car was initially designated XK 120C, in truth little was shared between the two models apart from the drivetrain, Read More

1966-70 Datsun 1600/2000 Sports

While the Brits were still making do with finicky overdrive units, the Datsun 2000 had a five-speed gearbox designed by Porsche

For a long time after WWII, Japanese products were viewed by American consumers merely as cheap copies of Western goods.
Conventional wisdom held that a Nikon was a cheap copy of a Leica, a Seiko was a Rolex knock-off, and the Datsun Sports 1500 was a second-rate MGB. None of this was Read More

1967 Ferrari 330 GTS

This series would prove to be a step away from Ferrari’s past and a step
toward the future

Automobili Ferrari S.p.A. has always been known for building some of the fastest and best-handling sports cars in the world. Pininfarina is a master of styling and design and surely the lines and Ferrari V12 power of this rare 330 GTS Spider show the best of their collaboration.
The 330 GTS features Read More

1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt

Last year’s $3.2 million Oldsmobile F-88 sale has collectors scouring barns and museums for ’50s dream cars

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The business of building “show” or “concept” cars was in its infancy in 1940, with the notion of showcasing future styling and innovations. The idea dated back to Harley Earl and his 1938 Buick Y-Job, which was such a success that it didn’t take long for other automobile manufacturers to follow Earl’s lead. Read More