Adrian Squire was just 21 when he set out to build his own motor car. Dreaming of such a venture since he was a schoolboy, at 16 he sketched out a whole catalog for the “world’s greatest sports car.” He envisioned advanced engineering and light, flowing coachwork sitting on a chassis with a low center of gravity. In many ways, he succeeded beautifully.
At age 18, Squire was apprenticed to Bentley Motors and Read More
This Porsche, 962103, better known as the Holbert Racing Löwenbraü Special, is widely considered to be the most successful and recognizable 962. Built by Porsche AG in spring 1984, 962103 was the third customer car completed at the racing department in Weissach. Intended to compete in the IMSA GT Championship, 962103 was originally delivered to Holbert Racing, an American outfit with long-standing ties to the German marque.
Twenty-five years have passed since 962103 Read More
At the March 9 Gooding & Company Auction on Amelia Island, FL, the Drendel Family Collection sold 16 Porsches — 12 of them historically significant cars.
Matt Drendel, who was only 35 years old when he died in November 2010, created the collection. The sole child of a prominent Hickory, NC, family, Drendel spent a substantial part of his life with cars, especially Porsches. Starting in 2001, it took him less than 10 Read More
“Pininfarina and Enzo Ferrari have collaborated to make a most desirable motor car: expensive, fast and luxuriously comfortable, with a large luggage compartment. All this adds up to a Gran Turismo, with the accent on the ‘Gran,’ par excellence. If you want to go road racing look to the Berlinetta, but for touring in the grand style, ‘Two plus Two’ equals near perfection.” — so says Sports Cars Illustrated.
Intended to extend Ferrari’s appeal to Read More
According to Fiat factory records, this 8V, chassis 106000065, was completed on October 6, 1953, and it was delivered to the famed Milanese coachbuilder Zagato as a bare chassis.
As a first-series 8VZ, the car features clean, uncluttered lines and the rare, flat dashboard used only on the earliest examples. Originally finished in white, the completed Zagato-bodied Fiat has the distinction of being the only right-hand-drive 8V ever built. Originally registered in Milan in March Read More
While the Chrysler 300 is widely recognized as America’s first true muscle car, it was also a refined full-size automobile with abundant luxury features.
Its dual-quad 331-ci Hemi V8 delivered 300 horsepower and was the most powerful engine available to the public since the supercharged Duesenberg Model SJ.
Finished in Tango Red with a luxurious tan leather interior, this C-300 has been the subject of numerous magazine articles, and it has Read More
Ask any classic car enthusiast to name the 10 most significant vintage race cars of all time, and I’d wager that the Jaguar C-type or D-type — or maybe both — would appear on the list. It’s no accident that the XK-SS — the street-variant of the D-type — is one of the finalists in the most recent Sports Car Market March Madness poll.
The two racing versions made their mark in the most important Read More
The 250 changed Ferrari’s destiny. Centered on the famous 3-liter, V12 engine, two Ferrari families were born: one destined exclusively for the track and the other for the road.
The racing line gave birth to such legendary cars as the Testa Rossa, Tour de France Berlinetta, 250 GTO and the 250 LM.
Meanwhile, stars, tycoons and amateur enthusiasts fought over the road-going line’s splendid coupes and cabriolets.
A constant characteristic of Maranello was the strong link between these two Read More
Among the many builders of Indianapolis 500 cars, the names Frank Kurtis, A.J. Watson and Quinn Epperly stand out, primarily for their work during the glorious era of the 1950s through the mid-1960s. Over the years, however, many other talented and resourceful builders turned their hands to the craft. One of these was Russell Snowberger. His heyday came during the so-called “Junk Formula” years, when Indy rules were skewed toward production engines.
Louis Read More
When presented at the Paris Salon in 1936, the Mercedes-Benz 540K was the culmination of two models that served as test beds: the 380 and the 500K.
The 380, introduced in 1933, was the work of Hans Nibel, the legendary Mercedes engineer who had developed some formidable competition machines. Thus, the new Mercedes featured a particularly sophisticated suspension for its time: all independent, with double wishbones at the front and swing axles at Read More