1929 Cord L-29 Special Coupe

The fast rise and eventual collapse of E.L. Cord’s massive industrial empire, with the Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg marques at its core, remains one of corporate America’s most fascinating and tragic stories. From the dramatic turnaround of Auburn in the mid-1920s, which is a textbook case of selective marketing, Cord’s companies manufactured and sold some of the most innovative, stylish and value-rich automobiles ever conceived.

The L-29 Front Drive Cord was developed as a new, medium-priced Read More

One Terrific Baby Porsche

When the Porsche Boxster show car debuted at Detroit in 1993, it created a lot of excitement.

The new, smallish, two-place convertible sent writers off to research the joys and frustrations of owning 356 Speedsters and roadsters. When the 1997 Type 986 Boxster finally arrived in showrooms three years later, pent-up customer demand assured their popularity. Road testers were predominantly enthusiastic, while Porsche enthusiasts were of divided opinions — as they always are whenever anything Read More

1937 Squire 1½-Liter Drophead Coupe

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 later worked as Read More

1984 Porsche 962

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 last raced, yet Read More

The Drendel Collection

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

1961 Ferrari 250 GTE Series 1 2+2 Coupe

“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 a sector of Read More

1953 Fiat 8V Zagato Coupe

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 1955, Read More

1955 Chrysler C-300 2-Door Hard Top

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 been a consistent Read More

They’re Not Real, But They’re Real Fun

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

1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder

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 groups. Read More