1971 Lamborghini Miura P400S

This car hits almost all the buttons-beauty, speed, historical importance, and star power

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The Lamborghini Miura is where it all started-the first production automobile to earn the “supercar” tag. Prior to the Miura’s arrival in 1967, many sports cars offered high levels of performance and handling. But the Miura was the first built around the criteria that define our modern concept of the supercar: massive speed, jaw-dropping design coupled with Read More

1965 Brabham BT 8 Sports Racer

With big engines, they will introduce you to religion at the top end of fifth gear

The Brabham BT 8 is one of the most desirable of the Coventry Climax-engined sports cars of the 1960s. Jack Brabham and Ron Tauranac laid down nine chassis for the 1964 season, just two in 1965, and only one chassis in 1966. The car described here, from ’65, is the best known and most successful of Read More

1985-88 Porsche 944

If Porsche had never built a 911, the 944 would be regarded as remarkable

The 944 is the Rodney Dangerfield of sports cars, and it has been fighting for respect from the moment it was introduced in 1982. If Porsche had never built a 911, the handling and performance of the 944 would be regarded as remarkable. If Porsche had never built the sad-sack 924, 944 owners wouldn’t have to deal with Read More

2002 Ford Thunderbird Neiman Marcus Edition

As a true collectible, it simply fails the test.

On September 25, 2000, at 10 a.m. Eastern time, Neiman Marcus began taking calls from customers on a special 800 number. Two hours later, every one of the 200 Neiman Marcus-edition Thunderbirds available was sold. It was the fastest time elapsed for any of the cars offered through the Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog, and a pretty good sales result for any car. At Read More

1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III Phase II

Its door gaps were as exact as a bespoke Tuxedo and the engine bay was spotless

Austin-Healey’s highly successful six cylinder cars entered their final iteration in 1964 with the BJ8 series, or Mk III. This was the high point in driver and passenger comfort for the “big” Healeys, as they became more of a grand tourer rather than an all-out sports car.

Starting with the dramatically new four-cylinder 100/4 Read More

1929 Mercedes-Benz SSK Roadster

A Rembrandt of iron and rubber

The Mercedes-Benz SSK was developed from the S-type chassis and fitted with a 7-liter SS engine. About 33 SSKs rolled out of the factory from 1928 to 1932, and about half were competition cars like this one, which was sold with the word “Rennwagen” (racing car) written on the invoice. It was built as a long-distance racing car and fitted with the largest fuel tank ever seen on Read More

1903 Martini 41/18hp 4.1-Liter Type Rochers de Naye

In 1902, Martini acquired a license to build Rochet-Schneider designs and began production, rapidly establishing its reputation as Switzerland’s most exclusive manufacturer. In 1903, a Martini stole the headlines by ascending the Rochers de Naye cog wheel railway, an astonishing 11-km ascent with an average gradient of 22%. The car was driven by English entrepreneur and gentleman, Captain H. H. P. Deasy of London. Deasy’s stand at the February 1904 Crystal Palace Show in London displayed the famous car and Read More

1968 McLaren M10B Formula 5000

Reasonably big names, race wins on two continents, and what looked to be an excellent restoration

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One of the most formidable F5000 cars of its era, the McLaren M10 raced successfully in Europe, America and Australasia.

This McLaren M10B Repco is a milestone car in Australian motor racing. Driven to victory at Sydney’s Warwick Farm by Frank Matich in November 1970, it became the first Formula 5000 racing car Read More

1968-70 AMC AMX

The AMX was hardly a car for conformists

In 1968 American Motors finally had a winner. Maybe it’s just a law of averages type of thing, but the AMX was in many ways the right car for the right time.
American Motors dumped the funky four-seat Marlin in ’68 and replaced it with a car made in the true pony-car formula (long hood, short trunk, six- or eight-cylinder motor, 2+2 seating), Read More

1997 Ferrari F355 Spyder

The press loved the car, the people loved the car and customers had to get on a waiting list to buy it

This is truly a beauty, in iconic Ferrari red with camel leather interior and matching boot, and a black automatic convertible top. The legendary engine is a 3.5-liter V8 producing 375 horsepower, with 11:1 compression ratio, twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank and five valves per cylinder. A CD changer Read More