Aston Martin’s Third Savior

Aston Martin and its various ownership incarnations have perfected the art of going under — think massive avalanche — and then being saved for another life of making cars.

Anyone familiar with the history of this much-admired, cherished and revered company realizes that Lazarus has nothing on these car builders from the United Kingdom.

The Big Three saviors that I will reference during the “walking on that razor for survival” chapters Read More

1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Coupe

There were Ferraris…and then there were Ferraris. Enzo Ferrari built a few very exclusive grand touring models for very famous and ultra-wealthy clients. Constructed in several series — in very limited numbers — the Superamericas were truly the ultimate Ferraris of their time, and they attracted an exclusive client list.

Noted American industrialists and businessmen, such as Bob Wilkie and Bill Harrah, were Superamerica owners. Royal customers included the Shah of Iran, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and Emperor Read More

1967 Fiat Abarth TC Berlina Corsa

The Abarth reputation as a giant-killer was cemented on the racetracks, rallies and hillclimbs of Europe and America, as funny-looking but potent little Fiat sedans stormed to class wins and group championships in event after event.

Based on the Fiat 600D introduced in 1960, the 850 TC, for Turismo Competizione, boasted an 847-cc, Abarth-tuned engine with 52 horsepower capable of a 92-mph top speed. Disc brakes were fitted as part of the enhanced Read More

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Alloy Gullwing

Derived for sport, this aluminum Gullwing did not see competitive use. Completed on April 20, 1955, 5500208 was appropriately finished in metallic silver gray over a blue leather interior. The 300SL was also outfitted with Rudge wheels, the NSL motor and Plexiglas windows per aluminum-build specifications.

On May 27, 1955, the alloy Gullwing was shipped to Veron Holz of Bonita, CA. Although the early history of this Gullwing is not known, there is Read More

1956 Lancia Aurelia B24S Convertible

In 1954, Lancia introduced a sporting Pininfarina-designed Spider aimed at the American market. After a brief production run, Lancia replaced the Spider with a more developed convertible, complete with a more substantial soft top and roll-up windows. Between 1956 and 1958, only 521 B24 convertibles were built, of which approximately 160 were constructed on the desirable Fifth Series platform.

When new, these elegant open Aurelias commanded a price tag approaching $5,500, but for Read More

1929 Bentley 4½ Litre Dual-Cowl Sports Tourer

By 1926, Bentley saw a need for a new 4-cylinder model. Although a Le Mans winner, the 3 Litre was wanting in international competition, and the standard road cars suffered from increasingly heavy bodies. With the 6½ Litre in production, Bentley sought to combine the light chassis of the 3 Litre with the added power of a larger motor. The result was essentially a 3 Litre chassis with a cut-down, 4-cylinder version of the 6½-liter engine.

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1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Convertible Victoria

This 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Custom Convertible Victoria by Waterhouse was produced on June 15, 1931. The known history dates to 1939, when Calvin Collins of New York purchased it from the McCormick garage.

The Collins family enjoyed the car for several years, but it was almost lost to the scrap metal drives of World War II. At the insistence of Collins’ young son, Scott, the sculpted Imperial was spared, but in the balance of patriotism and patronage, the Read More

The “Pretty Woman” Lotus is a Winner

Few modern classics offer more performance and visual bang than a Lotus Esprit Turbo SE. Somehow, this softened version — the less-aggressive, non-origami, original shape — has aged gracefully over the past 20 or so years.

Peter Stevens gets credit for this design, with honorable mention to Julian Thompson for the refreshing in 1994.

I’m going to focus on the Esprit SE seen in “Pretty Woman” and ”Basic Instinct” instead of the Roger Read More

1972 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/TT/3

The Makes Championship racers of 1969–74 are not for the faint of heart or weak of pocketbook

Chassis number: AR11572010

– 4th overall at Le Mans with Nino Vaccarella and Andrea de Adamich
– Confirmed as a 1972 Alfa Romeo Autodelta team car
– Driven by Andrea de Adamich in the 1972 season
– Beautiful patina with original paint and interior

1956 Ford Thunderbird

While this Red Mist price defies value guides, as long as you buy for love — not money — you won’t go wrong

Chassis number: P6FH202140

– Restored to original color combination
– Colonial White with red and white interior
– Both hard top and black soft top
– 312-ci engine
– Automatic transmission
– Wide whitewall tires

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