In late 2003, Alfa Romeo was preparing a return to the North American market, and it needed a flagship car to remind buyers of the Italian automaker’s glorious past. That September at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the world was shown the dramatic re-emergence of Alfa Romeo as one of the great automotive sporting marques with the reveal of the 8C Competizione concept car.
Little had changed on the stunning 8C Competizione when it was approved for a limited production run Read More
The 1960 Bugeye I bought for my 10-year-old son Bradley 18 months ago is finally home in the SCM garage.
When I bought this Bugeye, I accomplished two goals with one car.
First, I was paying a tribute to my own beginnings in sports cars. My first car was a Bugeye — purchased the day I turned 16 and got my license.
Although the car was only seven years old, it was thoroughly decrepit and barely worth the $30 I Read More
So how does a seemingly innocuous firing of a car salesperson turn into a public-relations disaster for Ferrari? Easy — all sorts of unexpected consequences can arise when a Legal File is created.
(Note: No one contacted by “Legal Files” was willing to speak on the record. Consequently, we drew heavily on court filings — mostly Bud Root’s at this stage — for the story.)
Bud Root has spent 22 years happily and successfully selling Ferraris. He started at Shelton Read More
Pity the second-generation Mazda RX-7. The FC, as it’s known to rotary cognoscenti, has always trailed its older brothers in desirability — if not in performance. And while that’s not strictly fair, it has kept prices attractively low on a car that has a lot of enjoyment potential.
Mazda brought out the first RX-7 in 1978, and it was a dramatic departure from their admirable line of rotary-engine coupes and sedans of the 1970s. But the RX-7 was also a Read More
The brainchild of Bill Devin, an SCCA National Champion from California, Devin Enterprises created a number of kit cars in the 1950s and 1960s. Lightweight, affordable and easy to construct, Devin’s fiberglass sports car quickly earned him a stellar reputation, and Devins could be found competing on racetracks across America.
The Devin D could be purchased as a kit to be assembled by the customer or as a completed car for racing or street use. Boasting a tubular frame, the Read More
In 1995, BMW responded to American customer demand by building a special track-oriented version of the esteemed E36-series M3. The resulting M3 Lightweight shaved 225 pounds from the standard version by integrating aluminum doors and removing all sound deadeners and comfort equipment. The model also featured stiffer springs, front and rear spoilers, and an individually selected engine.
Chassis 07534 is one of 126 M3 Lightweights built, and it is a particularly pristine and well-documented example. Completed in September 1995, this Read More
Every tifosi has dreamt of piloting a Formula One car on the open road. No traffic. No stop lights. No speed cameras. Just the sound of the car’s exhaust note reverberating off buildings — let alone the feeling of sheer speed — would be enough to redline the heartbeats of car enthusiasts anywhere.
In essence, the Ferrari F50 was just that: an F1 car at heart, but it was designed and built to drive on the road.
At its heart Read More
This extremely early, very desirable, and hard-to-find external-bonnet-latch, flat-floor E-type roadster was ordered new at the 1961 Paris Salon by Maclean’s magazine Editor Ralph Allen.
The Opalescent Bronze roadster was dispatched from the factory on June 9, 1961, and exported to Canada. Chassis 875053 is the 53rd E-type roadster constructed, and the 27th left-hand-drive example, making it one of the earliest E-types exported to North America.
The early Jaguar Registry also notes that chassis 875053 is the fourth-earliest car produced Read More
Like many advanced American designs of the late 1930s, “The Spirit of Motion” caught on much stronger in avant-garde Europe than in its home country. The finest European coachbuilders took Northrup’s aerodynamic lines as their muse, among them Jacques Saoutchik of Paris. Saoutchik installed custom cabriolet bodywork on several “Sharknose” chassis, of which the car shown here is believed to be one of two existing examples and the only one currently in the United States.
Chassis number 141747 was one Read More