1964 Aston Martin DB5

Chassis 1653R was completed at Newport Pagnell on July 3, 1964, and delivered on September 22, 1964, to Bryce, Hamer & Isherwood, Paul McCartney’s accountants at the time.

McCartney ordered the car prior to his departure for the Beatles’ world tour in the summer of 1964. The DB5 was subsequently registered in the musician’s name. Accompanying paperwork shows the price was £3,800 10s 0d plus purchase tax of £793 6s 8d.

The BMIHT certificate on file shows that the Aston Read More

1943 International Harvester M5 Half-Track

  • Used during the Allied liberation of Europe, most likely with the Polish forces
  • Subsequently seconded to the French Army, which stationed it in French Guyana, South America, for decades
    Brought back to France during the 1980s and sold to Belgian collector and Supreme Court Judge Mr. Louis Amerijckx, who stored it in the grounds of his chateau
  • Acquired from Mr. Amerijckx by Ivo Rigter in 1987 and treated to a 2,500-hour, chassis-up restoration over the next 27 years
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An X1/9 Sold for What?

Fiat/Bertone X1/9

Arecent result from the Bonhams Padua auction on October 28, 2017, caused a bit of a stir here at the “Affordable Classic” desk.

Actually, it wasn’t a stir, but more like a big messy spit-take, a coffee-spewing, head-shaking explosion of disbelief.

A late-in-the-run 1988 Bertone X1/9 1500 coupe went out the door for just a skosh more than $30,000.

I’ll wait while you clean up your coffee.

Admittedly, Read More

1914 Peugeot L45 Grand Prix Two Seater

1914 Peugeot L45 Grand Prix Two Seater

All dual-overhead-camshaft engines trace their origins back to a few Peugeots built a hundred years ago by a trio of racers, Jules Goux, Georges Boillot and Paolo Zuccarelli — and their engineer collaborator Ernest Henry.

The race cars they built had several variations to comply with changing regulations, but today only two examples of these pioneering cars exist. This is one of them, while the other has a secure position in a Florida collection.

The Lindley Bothwell Peugeot L45 has Read More

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series 1 by Pinin Farina

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series 1 by Pinin Farina

The 14th of 40 Series I 250 GT cabriolets built, chassis 0791GT was delivered new in a very attractive colour combination of Bianco over Blu Connolly leather. Its color scheme perfectly suited the car’s personality as a fashionable open-top Ferrari.

First owner John R. Fulp Jr. of Greenville, SC, was a gentleman racer with respectable showings at both Sebring and Le Mans. Fulp kept the car until the fall of 1959, when it was traded back to Luigi Chinetti for Read More

1968 Porsche 912

1968 Porsche 912
  • 1,582-cc OHV air-cooled opposed 4-cylinder engine
  • Two Solex downdraft carburetors
  • 102 horsepower at 5,800 rpm
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Independent front and rear suspension
  • Four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes
  • 89,194 miles on the odometer
  • Well-documented service history
  • An excellent candidate for restoration

1958 Facel Vega FVS Series 4

1958 Facel Vega FVS Series 4

It’s hard to believe that the beautiful Facel Vega automobiles evolved from a company that specialized in building office equipment.

By the late 1950s, these limited-production vehicles, which had depended upon powerplants supplied by Chrysler from the start, had grown quite a fan base among those who knew quality automobiles. In 1958, a powerful Hemi V8 from Chrysler powered the FVS.

Shifting the new Franco-American design was a choice of 4-speed manual transmission or the push-button-operated Power-Flite automatic. This car Read More

1993 Jaguar XJ 220 Coupe

1993 Jaguar XJ 220 Coupe

The words “supercar” and “sensational” are often to be found in conjunction, and no more justifiably so than in the case of Jaguar’s fabulous XJ 220.

Worthy successor to the multiple Le Mans-winning C-type and D-type Jaguars of the 1950s, the XJ 220 grabbed the headlines just as its illustrious forebears had done in previous decades, when the prototype burst upon an astonished world in 1988.

A planned limited-production run of a minimum of 220 and a maximum of 350 Read More

1936 Cadillac V16 Convertible Sedan

1936 Cadillac V16 Convertible Sedan

The 1936 Cadillac Series 90 convertible sedan was one of only six built that year, the second-to-last season for Cadillac’s original V16.

The original build sheet notes that it was shipped to New York City and then directed to Brooklyn for its original owner. The body was finished in wonderfully named Phantom Metallic, with Vincennes Red wire wheels with full discs, dual sidemounts with painted covers, a Master radio and gold Goddess mascot.

The significance of this V16 amongst its Read More