Every Shelby 427 Cobra is rare simply by nature, but some reach the level of “exceptional” — a fact Carroll Shelby acknowledged when he signed the glovebox door of CSX3301 with the inscription: “One of the rarest CSX3301 Carroll Shelby.”
This Cobra was completed at AC Cars for delivery directly to Ford Advanced vehicles in Slough, England. As such, it was never invoiced to Shelby American. Factory equipped with Smiths gauges, a hard top, 427 engine and Sunburst wheels, it Read More
This 1966 Porsche 906 sold in Paris at Bonham’s Grand Palais sale on February 7, 2013, for $732k, including buyer’s premium. At first glance, that price appears awfully favorable for the buyer.
Was no one awake in the room, or is there an issue with the car? There have been enough major adjustments in the Porsche market that an overview of the sports prototype sector with our subject 906 as centerpiece might be helpful.
If we accept Porsche Spyders Read More
The 250 engine paved the way for a large family of cars that helped Ferrari expand their limited output into series-produced sports cars. The new range was based on the 3-liter V12 engine designed by Gioacchino Colombo. The engine was powerful, smooth and adaptable to both touring and racing. The trend continued with the arrival of the Cabriolet 250 GT PF in 1957 — the last two letters standing for Pinin Farina (then still written as two words), who oversaw Read More
The heads of the Automobile Club de France, keen to see prestigious national firms return to racing, decided to introduce new rules for the 1936 ACF Grand Prix. The new regulations, adopted on October 13, 1935, opened the event to sports cars. The declared goal was, of course, to encourage the involvement of French firms and, if possible, facilitate their success; but also to openly encourage “reasonable” racing cars whose development could be directly applied to series cars. Models were Read More
Lancia Aurelia B24 S Spider America 1131
This car is among the rare survivors, having resided for its entire life in the forgiving western United States. In 1992, it was owned by the president of the U.S. Lancia club, who also was an avid vintage racer. He had the car cosmetically restored by Italian Lancia expert Franco dePiero, and his full-time mechanic restored the car’s numbers-matching drivetrain. During the restoration, the original Weber carburetor was replaced with a period-correct Nardi Read More
Hudson designer Frank Spring (who left Murphy Coachbuilders in the 1930s to join Hudson) contracted with Carrozzeria Touring of Milan to build 25 production models of his dream sports car.
Touring created a Superleggera coupe with an aluminum unibody built over a steel tub frame. Unique to the Italia were aircraft-style doors, custom bucket seats, Borrani knockoff wheels, air ducts in the body for brake cooling, and triple exhaust pipes that served as stop, brake and backup lights. Each car Read More
One of only 299 Pre-A cabriolets built in 1955
A 1,488-cc OHV Type 546/2 flat 4-cylinder engine with dual Solex 32 PBI carburetors that makes 55 horsepower at 4,400 rpm
Spectacular Terra Cotta-over-Ochre color scheme
Delivered with rare factory options and accessories
Faithfully executed, show-quality restoration.
Documented matching-numbers engine
A perfect entry for leading concours and marque gatherings
Offered with Kardex, tool kit and owner’s manual
An exceptionally attractive and significant early Porsche
In the tradition of Ferrari’s dual-purpose road and racing berlinettas, the new 250 GT SWB was a tractable and well-mannered daily driver about town — and a veritable beast in a race. Competition-specification cars with additionally up-rated engines and lightweight alloy aluminum bodies were immediately made available for racing customers.
Competizione-specification examples totaled to 72 alloy-bodied examples among the overall output of just 165 SWB cars. It is a credit to the SWB’s strength of design, durability and no-hassle Read More
• Estimated 350-hp, 365-ci Cadillac overhead valve V8 engine with dual four-barrel carburetors, 4-speed manual transmission, semi-independent front suspension with split axle, rear De Dion axle with coil springs and tubular shock absorbers, and Lockheed four-wheel hydraulic brakes
• One of only seven Allard JRs built
• One of two factory entries to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1953
• Driven 145.35 mph by Zora Arkus-Duntov down the Mulsanne Straight
Beautiful or brutal — take your choice — these Allards were the epitome of Read More
The USA, China and the European nations have each all printed over a trillion dollars in the past few years. We are in a cash crisis, with no place for this cash to go,” quipped one of my longtime automotive writer colleagues.
“This has to account for some of the big-dollar cars again being classified as asset allocations within very wealthy collector portfolios,” said another peer.
Theories such as these abounded in Scottsdale 2013 — much like the massive Read More