1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Re-creation

I doubt whether anybody could tell the difference between this and a
Sanction II without looking at the chassis number

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The competition variant of the legendary Aston Martin DB4, the DB4GT, was introduced in September 1959 at the London Motor Show. It was based on the race-winning prototype DP199/1, which won in its first outing at Silverstone in May 1959 in the hands of Stirling Moss. That was the year Read More

1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Cabriolet

No member of the German General Staff would have ordered a fire engine red Italian convertible in the middle of a war

Virtually identical in displacement to the 8C 2300 Monza, Vittorio Jano’s new 6C 2500 was simpler to produce and designed to be inherently reliable and capable of excellent performance.
The 6C 2500 employed a single dual-choke carburetor and 7.5:1 compression to produce 95 hp, driving through a single-plate clutch Read More

1938 Horch 853 Special Roadster

Though the 853 bears an uncanny resemblance to the legendary Mercedes-Benz 540K, and has a similar output, values lag behind the better-known car

Horch is one of the four companies that merged to form Auto Union, from which the present-day Audi descends. After training as a blacksmith and qualifying as an engineer, August Horch set up in the motor trade in 1899 in Cologne, where his fledgling company started off repairing vehicles. Read More

When Buick Went South

In GS form, with two four-barrel Carter carburetors, the Riviera put out a mighty 360 hp and generated an equally hefty 475 ft-lb of torque

Legend has it that the 1963 Riviera (originally supposed to be a revival of the LaSalle marque) was the result of a trip that Bill Mitchell took to Europe in 1960. Particularly impressed with a Ferrari 250 PF coupe and a custom-bodied Rolls-Royce with styling that he Read More

1933 Duesenberg SJ LaGrande Phaeton

Duesenberg expert Randy Ema affirms that cars like this, with original major components-chassis, body, engine-are at the top of the scale

Duesenberg Automobiles was plucked from the post-World War I recession by Errett Cord, the savior of Auburn. By 1927, he was looking to build a more prestigious car and bought the innovative but struggling Duesenberg company.

Cord had been attracted by the Duesenberg brothers’ engineering prowess and gave Fred an Read More

1972 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino

In May 2003, I wrote that $86,000 was “all the money” for an equivalent car; boy, was I wrong. $153,000 for this example is not over the top

As the first series-produced, mid-engined Ferraris, the early Dino V6s are landmark cars, and the line they founded would prove to be an immense commercial success for Maranello. The original 2.0-liter Dino 206 was replaced in 1969 by a longer-wheelbase 2.4-liter version, the 246 Read More

1976/77 Broadspeed Jaguar XJ12 Saloon

Going, turning, sticking, and stopping were evident and well in hand, but keeping the Jaguar in one piece proved to be more difficult than anticipated

R alph Broad’s racing team had excelled in touring car competition since the early 1960s, running Ford Anglias, Mini Coopers, and Triumph Dolomites.

Leyland subsequently contracted his Broadspeed team to prepare a Group 2 Jaguar XJ12 to confront BMW and Ford in the European Touring Car Read More

1997 McLaren F1

The buyer wouldn’t be beaten. He replied “Yo” to each raise of $150,000, all the way to $4 million, winning a lot of affection from the crowd

No ABS. No traction control. No power steering. No airbags. No add-on spoilers. The McLaren F1 didn’t need them. The thinking man’s supercar was conceived in 1988, when McLaren bosses Ron Dennis, Mansour Ojjeh, Creighton Brown, and designer Gordon Murray were discussing production cars in Read More

1908 Isotta Fraschini Tipo FENC Semi-Racer

While lacking the race-winning cachet of later cars, this little Isotta will get its owner into every vintage race, tour, and concours he fancies

Perhaps the most influential light car design of the first decade of the twentieth century, the Tipo FENC Isotta Fraschini was derived from the Tipo FE Isottas built for the 1908 Grand Prix des Voiturettes at Dieppe.

They were so advanced that for many years it was thought Read More

A Ferrari for Everyman (or Woman)

The Lamborghini Countach may have had the dorm room poster market, but the 308 got screen time with “Magnum, P.I.”

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The great automotive die-off of the 1970s claimed muscle cars, full-sized American convertibles, and traditional British sports cars. Italian exotics came perilously close to being on that list. In addition to U.S. emission and bumper regulations, in Europe escalating fuel prices and shortages, along with punitive taxes, were threatening Maserati, Read More