While many likely don’t realize it, if you’ve attended any of the major historic racing events across the globe, chances are strong that you've witnessed a Frazer Nash driven in anger. And even fewer likely realized they were looking at something special.
With an interesting story that began before World War II, Archibald Frazer-Nash made his start in the motoring industry building automobiles that famously used a chain drive-style transmission. No mistaking his cycle car roots, the chain-drive generation was short-lived, with Frazer Nash post war offerings utilizing conventional transmissions. Between this time, the company would involve themselves in the production of hydraulic, … [Read More...]
There are many forgotten machines that could easily go missing off the radar of enthusiasts, and many times these types of cars provide some of the most intriguing stories. The sporting cars that English aircraft engineer Guy Buckingham of Nota Engineering brought to the table in the 1950s and ‘60s fit this criteria to a tee and deserve some extra attention.
With origins that can be traced back to the early ‘50s when Buckingham campaigned his clubman-style racers against the likes of Colin Chapman, Nota was at the right place at the right time. Building competitive hill climb and Formula Junior racers, the Australian-based firm would eventually branch out from their open-wheel roots to … [Read More...]
The 1998 Ferrari F355 Challenge recently featured on SCD Motors was purchased by its new caretaker and almost immediately put back into service at the 2015 Cavallino Classic in Palm Beach, Florida. While the ex-Drendel Family Collection Ferrari made an appearance on the Concours lawn, we were more excited seeing it tackle Palm Beach International Raceway with the many other important cars from the Maranello-based marque. We highly commend the new owner and look forward to seeing it driven in anger again!
Click Here for a full report and photo gallery from this year's Cavallino Classic. … [Read More...]
Update, January 23, 2015: The 2002 Tii sold to a great collector and longtime Sports Car Digest reader. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have!
With the 2002 ‘Neue Klasse’ models, BMW pulled itself out of financial troubles and established its identity as a performance-oriented manufacturer of automobiles for enthusiasts, while also creating the sports sedan segment so prevalent today. Another factor that makes the 2002 so important is its accessibility to such a huge number of enthusiasts. Built well and in relatively large numbers, the 2002 has a durable, tunable engine and has never gone out of style with enthusiasts. It was even called "one of modern civilization’s all-time best ways … [Read More...]
The Renault story is one of triumph, but not without its share of tragedies. While today they reign as one of the largest automakers in Europe, their road was paved with more than a few bumps and many less-than-successful partnerships with every manufacturer imaginable. After decades of restructuring, the automaker that’s been around since 1899 now enjoys a successful collaboration with Nissan that's yielded many highly awarded automobiles. What might be a surprise to some, however, is Renault’s serious involvement in motorsport.
Renault’s success in motor racing stems back to the turn of the 19th century. Their interest in motorsport was reignited in the 1950s when tuning firm, Gordini … [Read More...]
Update, February 10, 2015: The 1954 MG TF has been sold. Thanks for the interest!
MG’s rich heritage in building open-air, sporting machines reveals roots that are as deep as they come. Dating all the way back to the 1920s, the sports cars, particularly the well-known Midget series, helped pave the way for the British sports car movement.
Starting with Morris Minor-based M-Type, MG attempted to apply every letter in the alphabet when naming the fourteen variants of the Midget, with seemingly endless developments that spanned over a quarter century. Ultimately, the later “T-series” variants would gain the company much of its notoriety. Starting with the “TA” and concluding with the … [Read More...]
It's easy to romanticize about Italy when thinking about the remarkable history during the thousands of years of its existence. With a fantastic culture, amazing landscape and incredible depth of artistry, it’s not difficult to get caught up in it.
Italian automobile designers should also be celebrated, with geniuses like Sergio Scaglietti, Giovanni Bertone, Paolo Pininfarina, Ugo Zagato, Giorgetto Giugiaro and others producing masterpieces that have stood the test of time.
Giugiaro, the brainchild of the such Italian notables as the Iso Grifo, De Tomaso Mangusta and Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT, is perhaps best known for designing the stunning Maserati Ghibli. Named for a brutally hot … [Read More...]