Factory publicity described the sensational new SS100 as “primarily intended for competition work and sufficiently tractable to use as a fast tourer without modification.” The Heynes-designed overhead-valve engine was capable of giving the car genuine 100 mph performance and the styling of the new sports two-seater reflected William Lyons’ influence at its very best. The cars achieved rally successes in the hands of Tommy Wisdom, Sam Newsome and later of course Ian Appleyard, but also ventured onto the racing Read More
The culmination of a series of ultra-aerodynamic and high performance grand tourers by Pininfarina, the Ferrari 500 Superfast was produced in very limited numbers following its debut a the 1964 Geneva Show.
The culmination of a series of ultra-aerodynamic and high performance grand tourers by Pininfarina, the Ferrari 500 Superfast was produced in very limited numbers following its debut a the 1964 Geneva Show. An evolution of the 410 and 400 Superamerica, Read More
Cruise It or Bruise It
The Paris Salon in 1959 saw the introduction of a Ferrari 250GT Short Wheelbase Berlinetta, a direct development of the Long Wheel Base car known as the Tour de France. Built on the 94.5-inch wheel base chassis powered by the classic three-liter V12 engine, the new and exciting Gran Tourismo car was destined for many racing successes.
Perhaps more than any other Ferrari, before or since, here was a car equally at home on a race track or a Read More
“The 1959 Sebring 12-Hours provided the Americans Sesslar/Holbert and their RSK with victory in the 1,500 cc class from the works RSK driven by Barth/John Fitch.and fourth overall behind two three-liter Ferraris and the larger works RSK of Trips/Bonnier.” – Richard von Frankenberg, “Porsche: The Man and His Cars.”
Of all Porsche competition sports cars of the 1950s, the incredibly fast and agile Typ 718 RSK is probably the best known. It was developed for the 1958 season to Read More
Drivers Are Invited
by Glenn Herz
The great charm of the stick shift 530i is that it not only invites but also rewards driver participation and skill. Never common in sedans, this trait is fast disappearing in sports cars as well.
With Rover in the net, BMW becomes almost twice the size of Mercedes-Benz. It was also the only German maker so show a profit in 1993. SCML recently sampled Read More
The 910 is an exceptionally rare and important part of Porsches racing history, and should be of great interest to any serious collector, as it was a direct ancestor for the 908 with which Porsche won its first World Championship in 1968.
The 910 was one of the second generation of Porsche sports racers; it was a line which began with the 904, and it had been strengthened by the lessons learned when the factory bought two Elva Mk Read More
The Camera RSR has a special place in Porsche history because it was the first time that the company ever built an ‘homologation special’ version of a production car.
As has often happened over the years, the sports controlling body then began to talk about a replacement formula; the championship would be run with production-based cars, essentially a ‘silhouette formula’.
Porsche was interested in such a formula; it had built the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 in sufficient numbers for Read More
When Mercedes-Benz made their welcome return to motor racing in 1952, they did so with a stunning looking space-framed Gullwing 300SL sports racing Coupe. The results achieved that year were noteworthy, including winning both the 24 Hours Le Mans race and the grueling Carrera Panamericana, and coming in 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the Mille Miglia. At the end of the season these cars were officially retired, but in the meantime their enthusiastic New York agent was trying to persuade Read More
Back in my car repair days I remember burrowing under the hood of a Mercedes 300 SEL. We called them by their engine size so it was known as the 6.3. If memory serves, it was the water pump that I was trying to excavate from the maze of hardware and plumbing. About three hours into the job my friend Chuck ambled up, peeked into the darkness of the engine bay and said “German cars are always over-engineered.except Speedsters.”