1998 Lotus Elise Sport 190
One of fewer than 35 imported
Less than 500 original miles
Lowest mileage example known to exist
Non-street legal; track-day or race only
The Lotus Elise is a two-seat, mid-engined roadster initially released in 1996. The Elise has a fiberglass body atop its aluminum chassis that provides a stiff platform for the suspension while keeping weight to a minimum.
The Sport 190 model is a competition-only (not street legal) version imported to the United States in 1998. Fewer than 35 made the trip across the pond. Upgrades to the standard Elise included a roll cage, fire system, racing seats, master electrical switch, quick-release steering wheel, … [Read More...]
A customer and friend of Sports Car Digest will be participating in the annual Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge at the beautiful Virginia International Raceway. His weapon of choice is a 2006 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup recently acquired through SCD Motors.
This example was originally campaigned by the successful Synergy Racing team where it saw use at several endurance races to include the 2006 Daytona 24 Hour event. During its professional racing career it was piloted by some of the best names in the business - Leh Keen and David Murry. … [Read More...]
Update, August 3rd, 2015: The 1966 Series IIA has found a new home with a Sports Car Digest reader in Tennessee. Enjoy!
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 … [Read More...]
Update, July 16th, 2015: Price Reduction on the 1970 MG B Roadster.
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 … [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...]