Swingin’ Gullwing

1975 Bricklin SV-1 coupe

If you were to think of a sports car that epitomized the mid-1970s, the Bricklin SV-1 would be the perfect choice. The car was the brainchild of Malcolm Bricklin, a somewhat eccentric auto-industry executive whose resumé includes bringing Subaru to North America. His idea was to build a much safer V8-powered sports car to compete with the Corvette, and to build it in low-overhead New Brunswick, Canada.

The story of the Bricklin company is sadly familiar. The upstart automaker had Read More

1963 Ford Galaxie 500

1963 Ford Galaxie 500

Here we offer the John Willment Automobiles Ltd. racing team’s Ford Galaxie 500 — the landmark car in which the late, great, hugely popular driver Jack Sears stood the racing record on its head and shattered those long years of Jaguar domination. The Galaxie was a 400-horsepower 7-liter “Lightweight,” built by NASCAR stock-car racing specialists Holman & Moody in Charlotte, NC. It would be the first of three destined for the British saloon car-racing scene.

We commend Gentleman Jack’s 1963 Read More

2011 BMW 1M Coupe

2011 BMW 1M Coupe

Developed by BMW Motorsport and announced in December 2010, the 1M coupe used a tuned version of the N54 twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine producing 335 hp, which was delivered to the road via a 6-speed manual gearbox and electronic limited-slip differential.

With its front-engine/rear-drive layout, traditional sports-car handling and colossal amounts of low-down torque, the 1M was enthusiastically received, particularly by those who felt that BMW’s image had become diluted by too many SUVs; indeed, Richard Hammond of “Top Gear” Read More

1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

This 280SL was delivered new with the rare and desirable optional 5-speed ZF gearbox and fitted with the even rarer option of a limited-slip differential (Mercedes-Benz Datenkarte on file). It was sold new to Mr. Herman Kaiser in Duisburg, Germany on September 3, 1968, receiving the registration number DUAZ10. Then on January 21, 1972, the car passed to Erna Kaffenberger, a resident of Trier, Germany. The car was reregistered as TREK65.

In July 1983, Mrs. Kaffenberger moved to Saarbrücken and Read More

1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Alloy

1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Alloy

Over 1,200 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytonas” were produced. Five were lightweight Alloy competition cars, which dominated the 24 Hours of Daytona. Further to those, Ferrari commissioned two aluminum-body street versions of the Daytona, chassis 12547 and this car, 12653.

Chassis 12547 existed for many years as a road car but has subsequently been converted to competition specs. This car is the only surviving road specification Alloy Daytona.

A unique car that no other collector can claim ownership to, this Daytona Read More

1973 Alfa Romeo Montreal Coupe

1973 Alfa Romeo Montreal Coupe

Inspired by Bertone’s Alfa-based styling exercise penned by Marcello Gandini exhibited at the 1967 Montreal Expo, the two-seater Montreal coupe debuted at the Geneva Salon in 1970. Unlike the Expo prototype that used Alfa’s 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, the production Montreal used a “civilized” version of the T33 sports prototype’s four-cam V8. Designed with the classic endurance races in mind, this unit had started life in 2.0-liter form back in 1967 and would demonstrate considerable scope for enlargement. An opportunity to Read More

1962 Daimler SP250 “Police Spec” Convertible

This beautiful SP250 is one of 26 purchased by the Metropolitan Police, and details of its acquisition and service record are on file together with a charming photograph showing the Daimler on parade.

For 13 seasons, 670 ELL was used as a course car at the Goodwood Revival Meeting, being driven around the circuit before and after each race or ahead of the featured parades. Considered one of the best and most reliable of Goodwood’s “official” cars, the Daimler has Read More

1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow

1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow

This Silver Arrow is recognized as being body number 1, the first Silver Arrow produced, and was used to debut the wild new ideas at East Coast auto shows during 1933, including both New York and Boston. Pierce-Arrow clientele were notoriously conservative and not really the people who bought super-streamlined dream machines — something Pierce-Arrow would realize in the months that followed.

When it came time to disperse the Silver Arrows, one was sold to a flamboyant doctor, and yet Read More

A Cheap, Fast, Fun Porsche with a Catch

The 996 is the pit bull of 911s — but not in a dispositional or aesthetic sense.

However, like the odd pit bull that inexplicably snaps, the 996 can be a car that’s perfectly fine — until it’s not fine.
An infamous bearing

The source of the Porsche 996’s reputation is well known to readers of SCM and to class-action attorneys alike: The bearing on the intermediate shaft (IMS) that drives the four camshafts of the M96 and M97.1 Read More

2016 Ferrari 488 GTE

The latest in Ferrari’s illustrious line of rear-engine V8 GT cars, the 488 GTE made its competition debut in the 2016 Daytona 24 Hours. With one car each from SMP Racing, Risi Competizione and Scuderia Corsa, it was Scuderia Corsa — with the sister car to that offered here — which defied expectations to take an excellent 10th place overall and 4th in class, behind established GT class grandees Corvette Racing and Porsche.

Scuderia Corsa purchased a second 488 — Read More

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