When it comes to design, there's something to be said for a well-executed product that simply does the job as intended. High on function, purpose-built and lacking frills; there used to be plenty of vehicles available to the public that enjoyed these qualities, particularly of the off-road variety. Somewhere along the line, we became more concerned with filling our utilitarian vehicles with faux wood, high-end audio equipment and heated steering wheels. While many of today’s sport-utility vehicles are plenty capable for most people’s needs, they simply lack a clear direction like the early Jeeps, Toyota Land Cruisers and Land Rovers of yesteryear.
With enough charm to warm even the … [Read More...]
The swinging '60s provided automotive enthusiasts with more than a few sports car options. Whether you were after American muscle or maybe something a little more Italian, the options were nearly endless. Somewhere in between was the charming British sports car. Low on weight and frills, their (usually) tiny engines displaced small cubic capacities, yet their ability to put smiles on the faces of occupants was without fail.
One of the most recognizable faces to come out of this era was British Motor Corporation's MG B. With a total of 523,836 cars produced, the B and its close cousins MG B GT and MG C easily outsold their predecessors. Most would agree the prettiest examples from this … [Read More...]
Beginning with the TA, the MG T-series cars began production before the second World War, and survived nearly two decades later with a seemingly endless amount of development along the way. The finale to the series was the TF-1500, which offered buyers a car similar to the popular TC and TD, but with everything from improvements to the cooling system to the replacement of bench seating to individual, adjustable seats. The TF – and especially the TF-1500 - was a much more complete package designed to take on the competition.
Offered today is one of these last-of-the-breed TF-1500s. This 1955 MG TF-1500 Roadster is offered from a repeat seller at SCD Motors, who has left what he says is his … [Read More...]
Update, June 17th, 2015: The XK140 has found a new home with an enthusiast in Southern California. Enjoy!
The 1950s were good to Jaguar. With no less than five overall victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, their C-Type sports racer and memorable D-Types unloaded an assault on the competition, dominating the field in 1951, '53, '55, '56 and '57. They were exciting times for the marque. It wasn't limited to their competition department, either. With the majorly successful XK120 winding down, Jaguar's new XK140 model swooped in to succeed the aging model.
Offered as a roadster, drop-head and fixed-head coupe, Jaguar took their stripped-down XK120 and turned it into a refined machine … [Read More...]
Regular Sports Car Digest readers will surely recognize our obsession with the beautiful range of products from Pur Sang. Using old-world, artisan production techniques, one simply cannot produce a more authentic facsimile. We love what they represent and where they fit in this motoring world. From our Pur Sang Introduction story, Auction Editor Rick Carey explains some of what differentiates Pur Sang from other car makers:
What happens here is amazing, a word that crossed my lips many times in five remarkable days in late May.
They just get down to the job at hand and translate concepts into physical entities, much of it by hand. It seems to be part of the Argentine character. Forced to … [Read More...]
At Sports Car Digest, there is a special place in our hearts for crazy Kiwi petrol heads. Names like Bruce McLaren or Denny Hulme might naturally come to mind -- and for good reason -- but there are plenty of others that deserve attention. One of those individuals is Burt Monro. Munro is likely best remembered in the past few years because of the memorable film from 2005,The World's Fastest Indian, where Munro's story is portrayed by Sir Anthony Hopkins. Munro's 2-wheel, sub-1,000cc record still stands today and his story inspired millions, including another New Zealand native and Sports Car Digest reader, Bill Ward.
Bill is, simply put, a speed addict. Early in his life, after realizing … [Read More...]
Update, May 31st, 2015: The 356B Cabriolet has been sold to a Sports Car Digest reader. Enjoy it!
Porsche's 356 series has always represented a bit of a fashion statement throughout the years, and if you've ever had the privilege of driving one you quickly understand why many circle drives of the grandest homes in all the finest zip codes come equipped with Porsche's first sports car. Why is that? Well, the 3-5-6 is the Barbour jacket of the sports car world - classic, refined, well-built and anything but shouty.
If you follow the 356 story, you'll notice considerable progress throughout its development that lasted into the middle of the '60s. Beginning as an incredibly basic … [Read More...]