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Black LT1s and Blue 308s

“I love you guys. When a new SCM hits my mailbox it feels like a letter from good friends. Seriously. So as your friend, Keith, I want to help you enjoy a Ferrari and NOT LOSE LOTS OF MONEY ON IT. Which can be done despite your last two experiences, […]

1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider

{vsig}2003-7_1304{/vsig} Last month, we wrote “How to Get Bottom Dollar for Your Alfa,” and described a pathetically written eBay auction-item #2410837134-that resulted in the sale of a nasty Duetto for $2,651. As chance would have it, as that issue went to press, we came across another Duetto on eBay. Beautifully […]

1985-89 Toyota MR2 Mark I

1984 marked the debut of the Toyota “Mid-engine runabout two-seater,” or “MR2,” in Japan. Less than a year later, it arrived on American shores amid enthusiasm and debate. Based on a prototype called the SV3, the short, lightweight, angular car found a comfortable seat in the Toyota model lineup. It […]

The $22-A-Day Ferrari

Our 1984 Mondial has gone to a new home. For $23,000, a Ferrari enthusiast in Benicia, California, put it into his garage. It seemed a fair-enough price for a 53,000-mile car, in light metallic green, that was in need of its major service. And then I did something no owner […]

1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider

{vsig}2003-6_1311{/vsig} This Alfa has a 1750 injection engine, 63,000 miles, five-speed. Stored inside 25 years. Does not run. Totally complete. Needs someone to breathe life into her. Has extra top. Inside of engine looks perfect! Excellent candidate for restoration. Alloy wheels. Bumpers are great. The body is almost rust-free and […]

Art is Where You Find It

RAROTONGA, COOK ISLANDS, SOUTH PACIFIC Oregon’s a nasty place to be in the winter, dismal with gray skies and endless rain. Hence, when spring break comes along and our eleven-year-old daughter Alexandra has some time off, Managing Editor Cindy Banzer (my spouse) and I make sure our annual vacation takes […]

1966 Alfa Romeo 2600 SZ Coupe

The Alfa Romeo 2600 coupe, which made its debut in 1962, marked a return to the high-speed GT cars Alfa was known for prior to the four-cylinder Giulietta series. The six-cylinder, 2,582-cc twin-cam was Alfa’s first “over-square” engine. It produced a lusty 145 bhp and, to cope with the power […]

Puttin’ On The Ritz

Amelia Island, FloridaRain is the natural enemy of car shows. Carefully manicured golf courses quickly turn to muddy quagmires and cars that have been meticulously cleaned for judging get spattered with grime. Spectators, rather than trying to snap memorable photos, vie to see who can carry the largest umbrella. All […]

1958 Alfa Romeo 750 Spider Veloce

It only took delivery of a few Giulietta Sprints to their new owners in 1954 for word to spread that Alfa Romeo had built something exceptional. Alfa Romeo, caught by surprise, had to quickly figure out how to increase production to meet the demand that far exceeded its expectations. In […]

Lord, Won’t You Buy Me A 4Matic Benz

For the first time in 18 years, there’s a new car with SCM Managing Editor Cindy Banzer’s name on it, heading our way. Well, not exactly brand new, but new to the Martin-Banzer family. A 1999 Mercedes E320 4Matic sedan in champagne with tan leather, it’s currently on a transporter […]