1969 Lancia Fulvia HF Fanalone

Most references politely say that Fanalone means “large lights,” but Italian friends have told me that it’s actually slang for “big breasts”

During the 1960s, the wonderfully nimble, front-wheel-drive Lancia Fulvia reigned consistently among the highest echelon of international rally contenders. Campaigned by the Lancia factory team in 1966, they achieved second place finishes in the Monte Carlo and Three Cities rallies, won the Team Prize in the Rallye dei Fiore, and Read More

1959 BMW 507 Roadster

Someone called it Germany’s answer to the Thunderbird-and trust me, this was not a compliment

Unveiled to gasps of delight at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1955, the remarkably beautiful styling of the two-seater 507 came from the drawing board of German Count Albrecht Goertz, influenced not a little by U.S. BMW importer Max Hoffman. The new car was sleek and aggressive with a light alloy skin over a metal frame and Read More

1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro

I remember when I sold one for a record price of $30,000. I’m sure
someone called the buyer a lunatic for paying so much

Don Yenko was the major Chevrolet performance dealer for many years, and was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the 427 Camaro. He converted numerous cars to 427-cid engines before planning a new “Super Car” distributorship for the 1969 model year. Knowing that demand would outstrip his Read More

1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Convertible

Early E-types had a variety of distinctive styling features that complemented the elegance of their lines, though not all of them were practical

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The new E-type had understandably received rave reviews at the Geneva Auto Show in March 1961, so Jaguar Cars Inc. geared up for another public relations coup as the new model arrived in the U.S. The launch was accompanied by all the pomp and circumstance Jaguar and the auto Read More

1971-81 Alfa Romeo Spider

Two ways to view the Spica fuel injection system: “diabolical” or
“misunderstood”

Universally regarded as two of the best open sports cars of all time, Alfa Romeo’s 750-series Giulietta Spider and 101-series Giulia Spider of the late 1950s and early ’60s were a tough act to follow. To remain the perennial darling of the enthusiast press, Alfa’s new convertible would need to be nothing short of an improvement on perfection. Of Read More

1961 Fiat Jolly 500

The expense of restoring these cars can be surprisingly high even if you
get the local basket-weaving class to refurbish your seats for free

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Few cars that Fiat produced had the “cuteness” of the Jolly. With coachwork by Ghia, the Fiat Jolly 500 was introduced in 1957, and had no real practical use, except for that of pure enjoyment. Many wealthy playboys, such as Fiat chief Gianni Agnelli, would Read More

1964 Ferrari 250 GTL Lusso

This car’s association with Rob Walker is probably more hype than provenance, but for me it’s enough to want it in my garage

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When the new 250 Gran Tursimo was launched at the 1954 Paris Salon it was described as the first standard series production Ferrari. Pininfarina subsequently developed several different bodywork styles for the car; the Berlinetta Lusso treatment first appeared at the 1962 Paris Salon and was an Read More

1967 Alfa Romeo 1600 GTA Corsa

I couldn’t keep away from the white GTA on the showroom floor, admiring it like it was a Playboy centerfold

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This striking Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA is documented as the car in which future Ferrari and Alfa Romeo T33 sports-prototype star Andrea de Adamich won the 1967 European Touring Car Challenge Championship. Records show that chassis AR*613898 left the factory on February 15, 1967, and was registered to Autodelta on Read More

1968 Triumph TR250

For parts support to be any better, Girl Scouts would have to give away
TR250 distributor caps with their cookie orders

Among all the great stories of British car industry ineptitude, the genesis of the Triumph TR250 must rank among the best.
Triumph had planned to replace the TR4A in the summer of 1967 with the car that eventually became known as the TR6. However, as legend has it, the Germans Read More

1965 Pontiac GTO

Pontiac Historic Services build sheets are the only way to tell which cars left the factory as real GTOs

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The exemplary 1965 GTO offered here is one of only 11,311 Pontiac GTOs that came as convertibles, just 15% of production in 1965. How many came with the ultimate 389-ci, 360-hp Tri-Power V8 and four-speed manual transmission is unknown, but it is certainly relatively few.
This example’s other equipment includes a Read More