BMW M6: Still Hot After All These Years

{vsig}2010-9_2521{/vsig}For BMW enthusiasts, the E-24 generation 6-series is one of the marque’s most beloved models, introduced in 1976 to replace the outgoing 3.0 CS and CSL. In 1983, BMW unveiled the ultimate specification of the series, the M635CSi. Specially outfitted by the “M” division with the 3.4-liter DOCH six-cylinder engine of the legendary M1, this was the ultimate high-speed BMW of the decade and a performance and status icon of the 1980s. Only 1,767 examples were brought to North America, Read More

1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta

The 250 GT Short-Wheelbase Berlinetta (SWB) is a great dual-purpose gran turismo and the logical evolution of the long-wheelbase Berlinetta, popularly known as the “TdF” because of its four consecutive wins in the Tour de France from 1956 to 1959. The SWB was even more successful than its predecessor, posting class wins at Le Mans in 1960 and 1961, TdF wins from 1960 through 1962, and Goodwood Tourist Trophy victories for Stirling Moss in 1960 and 1961 – where Moss Read More

1954 Lancia Aurelia B20 Series 4

This rare Nardi converted and meticulously restored Lancia Aurelia B20GT Series IV was imported into the Netherlands from Nice (France) approximately 20 years ago.

Its last known owner in France was Mr. Jean Pierre Cornu, who acquired the car in the early 1970s. The present owner, a well known collector of thoroughbred Italian sports and racing cars, bought the Lancia in 1989 after its discovery in a deserted barn.

The engine was outside of the car but all essential components Read More

1950-1967 Volkswagen Microbus

During the 1950s, the people charged with the task of selling imported cars were often more in tune with what the market wanted than the manufacturers.

Witness the string of successes that U.S.-based BMW and Porsche importer Max Hoffman had with the Porsche Speedster, BMW 2002 and Bavaria.

In the case of the VW Microbus, it was Dutch importer Ben Pon who conceived of a light van based on VW Type 1 (Beetle) mechanicals. Save for rare oddballs like Buckminster Read More

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 “Le Mans” Roadster

In April 1963, Shelby prepared two cars for Le Mans that summer. Features included Dunlop magnesium wheels with larger fender flares, FIA hood scoops and a 37-gallon fuel tank. The engines, stated to be “moderate tune,” had four Weber downdraught carburetors.

One team car entered by AC Cars, managed by Stirling Moss and driven by Bolton/ Sanderson, finished seventh overall, third in the GT category and won the 4-5 liter class. This success resulted in the construction of six more Read More

1960 Maserati Tipo 61 “Birdcage”

With the introduction and sales success of the road-going 3500GT, however, the company’s health improved drastically, prompting a renewed interest in creating a sports car that could be raced, not by the factory, but by privateers.

Credit for the resulting Tipo 60/61 goes to engineer extraordinaire Giulio Alfieri, who, during 1958, created this stunning sports racing car.

Its “Birdcage” nickname comes from its unique and very innovative trellis chassis construction, made of a plethora of small tubes between 10 and Read More

1996 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe

Based on the all-wheel-drive 911 Turbo, the Turbo S was the most exotic and powerful Porsche production car offered for sale in North America.

Externally, it was distinguished from the Turbo by its unique bodywork featuring Aerokit II front and rear spoilers, left and right rear side panel air ducts, and additional light-level front air inlets. For enhanced performance, the Turbo’s standard 3.6 liter, twin-turbocharged, air cooled, flat six-cylinder increased from 400 to 424 horsepower for the Turbo S, the Read More

1950 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage Coupe

This superb DB2 was sold new to William “Bill” Spear, wealthy amateur American racer and a close friend of Briggs Cunningham, the famed American gentleman racer and sports car builder. In fact, the two of them each ordered a new DB2 in November 1950.

LML/50/19 is the 19th car built, an original right-hand drive example – and one of the very rare cars with the early three-piece front grille and side vents. It was supplied to Spear through New York Read More

1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast Coupe

At the 1964 Geneva Auto Salon, Ferrari debuted the latest evolution of its traditional, top-of-the-range grand touring car-the 500 Superfast. The Superfast was designed to criss-cross continents with great speed, comfort, and style-a deluxe GT with the soul and character of the firm’s racing cars.

The Pininfarina design was an enhancement of the earlier 400 SA “Aerodinamica” coupes. The bodywork featured elegant proportions, a large greenhouse, graceful, fluid lines, and a Kamm-style tail. Inside, the lucky occupants found a sumptuous Read More

1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Berlinetta Aerodinamica

The Berlinetta Aerodinamica was the ultimate evolution of Carrozzeria Touring’s technical and aesthetic achievements prior to WWII. Conceived for the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1939, the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Berlinetta Aerodinamica was the refined successor to the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Le Mans Berlinetta. It is the pinnacle of pre-war Italian design, combining the best of elegance, aerodynamics, and competitive purpose.

The original Berlinetta Aerodinamica was last seen at the Mille Miglia in 1940 and Read More