SCM’s Thor Thorson once reported that one 340 owner refused to take his car on a vintage rally, as driving it was just too awful
Some of the most fascinating Ferrari automobiles originate from the earliest years of the company, a time when Enzo Ferrari was still in the process of developing a recognizable identity for his cars. While his first sports cars generally featured small displacement V12s and minimal bodies, it was becoming clear Read More
The styling of the Daytona, while certainly attractive, has not achieved the timeless elegance of the Ghibli
A strong contender for the “Most Handsome Car of the 1960s” title, Maserati’s Ghibli debuted at the Turin Motor Show in November of 1966. Styled at Ghia by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the Ghibli rivaled the Ferrari Daytona for straight-line performance, while beating it for price and, arguably, looks.
More than 15 feet long and nearly six feet wide, Read More
I know a number of extremely knowledgeable individuals who simply state that if they could own only one collector car, it would be an 8C 2300
In the early 1930s, Italian road racing, and motor sport in general, relied on various tiers of competitors to fill the grids: factory entries, successful privateers, loosely organized regional teams, and bold individuals. It was perhaps the most romantic era of motor racing, and was characterized by tremendous variety, national Read More
Seemingly every salvageable one was dragged out of fields, barns, and garages and restored, which made supply exceed demand
This example is one of the best 1955 Bel Airs extant. This 1955 factory convertible just saw completion of a body-off, no-expense-spared three-year restoration of a 100% numbers-matching car with one mile since. Every part on the car is new or restored, and it retains the numbers-matching drive components, including the original four-barrel carburetor, dual-exhaust Power Pack Read More
The last surviving 1962 team car has rally provenance in abundance, but it doesn’t have an original chassis
The Big Healey’s first major success was in 1960, when Pat Moss and Ann Wisdom made history by winning the grueling Liège-Rome-Liège (Marathon de la Route) event outright. It was the first occasion that a woman had won a major international rally. The following year the Morley twins—Don and Erle—won the Austrian Alpine Rally, a feat they Read More
The FXX is on the edge of being too complicated to run without professional support, so what’s in the future?
The Enzo project charged Ferrari’s engineers to create a driving experience and interface inextricably connected to the Formula One cars. They accomplished the task by fitting the Enzo with a 660-hp, 6,262-cc, V12 engine with Bosch Motronic integrated digital electronic fuel injection, a six-speed paddle-shift transmission, carbon ceramic brakes, and a shriek that can be Read More
Decried by some as vulgar when new—the British press notably nicknamed the coachwork “Phony and Flashy”—time has been kind to Figoni’s work.
While all Teardrops were quite unique, chassis 90034 may well be the most unique of all. It is the only example built on the longer Lago Speciale chassis—some 11.8 inches longer than the SS. In the world of important French cars, provenance is second only to design, and 90034 stands as one of the Read More
Unlike most high-value sports cars seen on the track, at concours or auction, this car doesn’t boast a better-than-new respray. It has no paint at all
Chassis 2401 occupies a place of distinction in the evolution of Maserati sports racing cars, as it was the first 200S chassis produced, the works development car for the series and a member of the factory racing team. As the first of the line, the Maserati factory was entirely responsible Read More
This car could scare the unmentionable out of the small-bore Eurocentric entries in tours, or it could graduate summa cum outlandish from other events.
In 1965, Zora Arkus-Duntov’s Corvette Engineering Group began developing the new 427 Mark IV engine for use in the Corvette as a full-bore endurance-racing engine, and in 1967 their work came to fruition in the form of the RPO L88. Incorporating a forged and Tufftride-treated steel crank, forged rods, 12.5:1 pistons, aluminum Read More
The new cars were assembled from parts from many suppliers, and they might have looked more hand-finished than this piece of perfection.
This absolutely stunning SS100 stands today as what must be the finest example anywhere in the world. The quality and detail of its restoration rivals the finest ever performed on any motorcar. With the aim of presenting the car at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the ultimate goal of the restoration was to set a Read More