Ferrari’s 250 GT reached a level of true dual-purpose perfection with the Short Wheelbase Berlinetta. It coalesced three parallel and mutually supporting paths of Ferrari development. Ferrari’s continuing focus upon both Grand Prix and endurance sports car racing emphasized power and reliability. Production of high quality gran tursimo automobiles delivered comfort and exclusivity to demanding clientele. And Pininfarina had refined a distinctive Ferrari design that visually captured and expressed the marque’s attributes.
Complementing the 250 GT SWB’s landmark design were Read More
When a seller lists “a magnet with associated nuts and bolts stuck to it” among the spares offered, it’s time to run for the hills
As described by the seller on eBay Motors: I’m listing this car for a friend. Wow! Super-rare! 1964 Lotus Elan S1. Red with black interior and black convertible top. 44,500 miles showing on the odometer.
This 1964 Lotus Elan has been sitting for years in a Read More
The cars were quicker than the standard T14 LS, accelerating from0-100 km/hour in all of 14.5 seconds. Of course this was still slower than the much cheaper MG-TF
by the 1950s, the racing credentials of Talbot-Lago had been firmly established after years of active Grand Prix competition. The sensational new 2.5-liter car announced at the Paris Salon in 1955 was an altogether superior sports car, powered by a four-cylinder, twin high-camshaft, overhead-valve engine which Read More
Pagoda SL values have been appreciating, and top examples continue to stretch the upper limit of the price envelope
The last of a popular and extremely successful line that began with the 230SL of 1963, the Mercedes-Benz 280SL was introduced in 1967. Its overhead-camshaft, six-cylinder engine was entirely new, with horsepower of the fuel-injected unit stated at 180. Otherwise, the 280SL remained mechanically virtually identical to the 1967-1968 250SL, with independent suspension Read More
Its recent vintage-racing provenance has completely eclipsed whatever original period history the car might have had
By the mid-1960s, Corvettes powered by the immortal 327-c.i. Chevrolet V8 were regular national winners in the Sports Car Club of America’s B-Production class. This storied 1966 coupe had just such an early history, as Texan Dan Hines ran it in SCCA SW division races at Texas International Speedway and other tracks.
The 250 engine paved the way for a large family of cars that helped Ferrari expand their limited output into series-produced sports cars. The new range was based on the 3-liter V12 engine designed by Gioacchino Colombo. The engine was powerful, smooth and adaptable to both touring and racing. The trend continued with the arrival of the Cabriolet 250 GT PF in 1957 — the last two letters standing for Pinin Farina (then still written as two words), who Read More
Owning a true GT car from the ’60s is something everyone should
experience, if not for the image or the feel then just for the fun
When you think of collectible sports and GT cars from the 1960s, a number of British, German, Italian and even French marques may come to mind. But a Swedish Volvo? Sure, we remember the P1800 sports car, yet Volvo made a rally car suitable for the street Read More
Corvettes are among the most well-documented collector cars on the planet, so there’s no excuse for not knowing exactly what you’re buying
Long considered a modern classic, the Sting Ray’s aggressive lines and sleek profile were perfectly suited to its role as GM’s image leader. In the late 1960s, the big block Corvette was the king of the road. Although expensive, with a sticker price of over $5,000 as equipped here, the Read More
There sat my never-forgotten love from Paris, among common British machinery like Morris Minors and MG Magnettes
The Arnolt Bristol was the obsession of engineer, industrialist, importer, and sports car enthusiast Stanley “Wacky” Arnolt. He made his fortune building marine engines during World War II, and, seeing a market for sports cars in America during the early 1950s, cut a deal with Bristol to use an updated version of its 400 chassis, Read More
Khamsins don’t appear at auction frequently. With less than 300 said to remain out of production of only around 430 cars, it is a legitimately rare bird, though its taste is still too gamey for most collectors
This elegant 2+2 coupe was first shown at Turin in 1972, the work of one of Bertone’s more talented young designers, Marcello Gandini. The Khamsin was to be Maserati’s answer to the Ferrari Daytona, yet Read More