Shedding Its Former Life

Necessity being the mother of invention, and Brits being a nation of inveterate tinkerers, gave us “Men in Sheds” — a breed whose inventor/engineer mentality has won fame for fashioning functional devices out of parts that have no business near each other.

Thus, it was natural that redundant cars would become recycled or repurposed during and after World War II.

In the same way that Britain “dug for victory” in wartime, turning over domestic gardens to vegetable plots to provide Read More

1961 Aston Martin DP214 Replica Competition Coupe

The four Aston Martin Development Project cars were the final racing iteration of the DB4 and Aston Martin’s last pure racers of the David Brown era. In 1962, DP212 appeared at Le Mans and led easily with Graham Hill at the wheel before engine trouble put the car out. In 1963, the final three DP cars appeared: two DP214s with DB4GT chassis numbers, and DP215, which ran as a prototype. There are three replica DP214s in existence. The third is Read More

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

  • 6.3-liter, naturally aspirated V8 engine
  • 7-speed automatic transmission
  • Less than 7,000 actual miles
  • Power top, windows, steering and brakes
  • Air conditioning
  • RENNtech tuned to over 600 horsepower
  • RENNtech long-tube headers
  • Ti Evo cat-back exhaust with carbon-fiber Akrapovic tailpipes
  • H&R lowering springs
  • ADV.1 bronze wheels
  • RENNtech carbon-fiber front and rear diffuser package

1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Slantnose Coupe

  • 3.3-liter turbocharged SOHC flat 6-cylinder engine
  • 4-speed manual transmission
  • Reported to be number 11 of 25 Blackburn-Daly “Slantnose” conversions built in the 1980s
  • Believed to be a three-owner car and repainted once
  • Porsche CoA, owner’s manuals, service records and maintenance booklet (with service stamps)
  • Original tools, air compressor and two replacement belts
  • Blaupunkt radio
  • Air conditioning
  • Two sets of master Read More

1990 Ferrari 348 ts

Brought to life in Bianco (white) with a very sexy and sinister Rosso (red) leather interior. Never in an accident, always garage kept and well maintained. Part of a 50-car collection of Ferrari classic cars. All of the electrical items work, including windows, stereo, lights and turn signals. Everything on the car is factory-original, with an added carbon-fiber wrap for the roof.

1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic by Ghia

Fiat’s most legendary, significant, and storied production model, the 8V, was aptly described in Road & Track in 1952 as “the biggest surprise of the year.” It came as a shock to the automotive world when Fiat suddenly introduced a powerful sports car with an advanced overhead-valve, light-alloy V8 engine, Siata-fabricated chassis and four-wheel independent suspension, which could be — and was — successfully raced by privateers all over the world.

Like most sophisticated chassis Read More

1957 Jaguar Mk 1 3.4-Litre Saloon

This car came equipped with the optional overdrive, disc brakes, wire wheels and lead-bronze bottom-end bearing shells.

Completed on September 26, 1957, the Jaguar was registered FWB 1, and in January 1958 set off for France on the Monte Carlo Rally carrying competitor number 253.

Owner Frank Brown’s co-drivers were Edwin J. Snusher and Graham Arnold. The trio did not finish the rally, but Brown continued to compete with the Jaguar in hillclimbs and sprints throughout 1959 and then sold Read More

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad

The first Chevrolet Nomad was conceived by Harley Earl and based on a Corvette platform. It debuted at the 1954 GM Motorama show. After a warm public reception, the Nomad was placed into production for 1955 and joined the top-echelon Chevrolet Bel Air passenger car line to become the first GM 2-door station wagon. The original Nomad continued as a low-production (by Chevrolet standards) image leader for the 1956 and 1957 model years.

Proudly offered here from the Monical Collection Read More

2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione

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

Better — and Uglier — Than the Original

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

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