It didn’t take long for the Army’s quarter-ton, four-wheel-drive reconnaissance car to catch the fancy of the American soldier during World War II — and of the American public in general.
The Jeep as made by Ford (GPW) and Willys (MB) was often an object of desire for when the war would be over.
Willys began experimenting with a post-war civilian Jeep in secret — as much from the government as the industry — as early as 1944. Prototypes were Read More
It was in 1953 that the Maserati A6GCS found its perfect form. Having left Maserati for Stanguellini, Alberto Massimino left a space that was filled by Gioacchino Colombo, known for his work at Alfa Romeo, and the designer of the V12 Ferrari engine that took his name.
Colombo perfected the development of the twin-cam, twin-ignition 6-cylinder engine adapted for the sports version, and with its lightly modified suspension, this became the A6GCS/53.
Marketed as the Maserati Sport 2000, the car Read More
This very rare AMG-converted E36 sports estate was first registered on July 1, 1995, in Germany, and on May 31, 1996, it arrived in Japan (old Japanese registration document on file).
The car is finished in Polar White with blue leather interior, and comes fully optioned with sunroof, Becker radio with six speakers, comfortable seating for seven with electric front seats, blue leather and wooden steering wheel, electric steering column.
Well documented, the Mercedes has had only three owners, the Read More
According to the Kardex build sheet, this car left the factory at the end of 1951. It was one of the first of its type (the model had been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1949), and still had the split windscreen and the integrated body bumpers. It was delivered new in Germany to a U.S. Army soldier.
The Kardex specified that the engine was number 20774, a 1300 Type 506 model. It is now equipped with a 3300 Read More
The Ferrari FXX was special for being sold as part of a development program, and it was not registered for road use. Buyers were hand-picked to participate in the car’s development. They became test drivers, and as such, had exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the most prestigious sports car manufacturer in the world.
The car was based on the Ferrari Enzo, but it incorporated significant developments. The Enzo’s 5-liter V12 engine was bumped to 6,262 cc. The output was 800 hp Read More
Building on the success of the Miura, Lamborghini tackled a new challenge — to produce a 4-seater supercar that would combine sportiness and roominess.
The first signal of this intent appeared at the 1967 edition of the Geneva Motor Show with the Marzal, the work of Marcello Gandini, a recent recruit at Bertone. At the Geneva Motor Show of 1968, Lamborghini unveiled the Espada, signed by the same designer.
The car boasted very impressive performance, thanks to the extraordinary 3.9-liter Read More
Standard-Triumph entered four Triumph TR3As for the 1958 Monte Carlo Rally. The cars carried near-sequential registration numbers: VRW 220 for Paddy Hopkirk/Jack Scott, VRW 221 for John Waddington/Mike Wood, VRW 223 for Maurice Gatsonides/Marcel Becquart and VRW 219 for Annie Soisbault/Tish Ozanne.
Poor weather delayed Waddington in VRW 221 — this car — and he was excluded from the event before reaching Lyon. However, excluded parties could continue to Monte Carlo to compete in the Driving Tests on the promenade Read More
This Ford Mustang is very special thanks to its finish and history. It was made especially for Henry Ford II, as confirmed by a certificate from Ford France, dated January 3, 1991, which states: “The Ford Mustang serial number 6F08K285715 was the vehicle commissioned by Ford for Henry Ford II during his stays in France. It benefited from a special finish, paint and leather upholstery. This Ford Mustang also served as the course-opening car for the 24 Hours of Le Read More
Fiat just can’t seem to catch a break in America. The company made headlines back in 2010 heralding a splashy return to our market with the diminutive 500 hatchback.
Coming about 10 years (plus or minus) after the successful return of the VW New Beetle and the reimagined MINI Cooper, the new 500 was designed to hit the same notes: modernized retro styling that evoked the original with all mod cons included.
The automotive press went wild, showering the first Read More
There has been a small batch of Spyder sales since March 2012, when David Gooding auctioned a Porsche 550 at triple the SCM Pocket Price Guide number.
The question then was whether the $3,685,000 price was an aberration or a new reality. Subsequent Spyder prices have shown that David Gooding’s sale indeed marked a new normal. Now, in 2018, we have enough “new normal” results to infer some factors determining today’s Spyder pricing.