1937 BMW 328 Cabriolet

I’d call it heavy and ungraceful, but not ugly. As if a Bavarian housewife had muscled in on the turf of a Brazilian lingerie model

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BMW began life as an aero engine manufacturer in WWI (check out the propeller on the badge) and branched into heavy trucks and motorcycles in the early 1920s.

The company’s first car was the diminutive 1929 Dixi, based on the English Austin 7, but BMW Read More

Worth the Weight

The Lotus Elan will forever be remembered as the ride of latex catsuit-
wearing Diana Rigg as Emma Peel in the BBC spy show “The Avengers”

Colin Chapman’s fanaticism about keeping weight off makes the average supermodel’s interest in the same subject seem merely casual. The results he achieved without materials like carbon fiber and the extensive use of aluminum were simply amazing, even if they were gained at the expense of Read More

1940 Tatra T87

“Matching numbers” cars are rarely seen, as most were behind the
Iron Curtain and kept running by any means possible

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Tatra manufactured some of the most technically sophisticated cars of the 1930s, with a decidedly unusual approach to automotive design. That can be attributed to Austrian engineer Hans Ledwinka, who spent his early years working under pioneering automobile and aircraft designer Edmund Rumpler.

Beginning with the T11, conceived Read More

1968 Porsche 911 Race Car

If you’re racing a 911 and it’s feeling twitchy in a high-speed turn, just hang in there, it will be okay. Above all, do NOT lift

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While the Porsche 911 has amassed an unmatched record of racing successes, its entry into road racing was not initially championed by Zuffenhausen. With the exception of the 911R for 1967 and a short run of European rally-prepared 911L models, factory support was Read More

1939 Jaguar SS 100 3½-Liter Roadster

Any patina has been lost in a slightly over-shiny restoration and repaint, though it does have a big history file and is eligible for many prestige events

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Launched for 1936, the SS 100 was the first real high-performance model produced by SS Cars Limited, and used a new Weslake-developed overhead-valve engine in a shortened SS 1 chassis.

The Swallow Sidecar & Coachbuilding Company had been founded in Blackpool, England, Read More

2001 BMW Z8 Roadster

One of the most incredible modern sports cars to ever be built, the Z8 was destined to become a future classic after its debut in the James Bond film “The World is Not Enough.” The concept project was given to Henrik Fisker, who in 1997 was the head of BMW’s U.S. design studio in Newbury Park, California, under the direction of Chris Bangle.

Interestingly, this car takes its design cues from the iconic 1950s BMW 507, which was styled by Read More

1969-71 Jaguar E-type Series II

Series II E-types aren’t quite the stylistic betrayal we’ve been led to believe. And they are an affordable way into the Jaguar mystique

If the Series I E-type is the prom queen, the Marcia Brady of E-types, then the Series II is Jan Brady-less glamorous and forever living in the shadow of her older sibling. A pity really, as the Series II is the most user-friendly of E-types.

The Jaguar E-type story is familiar Read More

1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante Coupe

It may not have been quite the “discovery” that the press suggested, but it was eagerly awaited

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Francis Richard Henry Penn Curzon succeeded to the peerage in 1929 on the death of his father, becoming the Fifth Earl Howe. At that time he resigned his seat in the House of Commons and began a long association with motor racing.

Howe’s place in the history of motorsport was assured by his 1931 Le Read More

1969 Matra MS650 Barquette

It was a glorious combination of beauty, speed, sound, and comfort, a proper object of Gallic pride, and almost (but not quite) the equal of Porsche’s 908

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Only three Matra 650s were built. After a successful racing career, one is kept in the Matra museum at Romorantin, while the second belongs to a racing driver who collects French Blue cars. Thus #01 is the only one available. The 650 is Read More

1964 Ford Thunderbolt – Galaxie Lightweight

Thunderbolts were designed for high-profile Factory Experimental and Super Stock classes; Galaxie Lightweights targeted regional Stock-class competition

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In March 1963, General Motors dropped a bombshell by banning factory support of auto racing. Ironically, just one month later, Ford Vice President Lee Iacocca issued a press release that read, in part:

“Our attitude is based on three points:

  • We believe that performance events-whether they be races, road rallies, or acceleration-economy-braking Read More