We purchase vintage cars for different reasons. Some value and utility and usefulness, some crave the experience of driving something from another time and others seek craftsmanship and quality of the machines from years gone by. There are vehicles that offer all these qualities, but it's not a large list. German manufacturers have been responsible for more than a couple, though and Mercedes-Benz has brought some memorable machines that tick all these boxes. The brand known for "The Best or Nothing" slogan has represented some of the highest quality products, bristling with innovations and industry firsts. There’s a reason so many of their 40-year-old products roam the streets as everyday … [Read More...]
This MG "KT" Vintage Racing Special is being offered due to the owner's health problems. The seller explains it here:
"This beautiful car was built on a TF chassis in 1977 from mostly TD parts by renowned MG expert, Lawrie Alexander. Registered as a 1952 MG TD, the “KT” nickname came about because the aluminum bodywork was styled to resemble a K3. It was used for vintage racing from 1978 through the mid-80’s, competing very successfully at tracks such as Riverside, Laguna Seca, Road Atlanta and Willow Springs, as well as numerous VARA sprints. Victories included the all-MG race at the Monterey Historics in 1980. The car was also used for many MG club events in and around California. Sold … [Read More...]
The word ‘replica’ or ‘recreation’ has become a term that’s been cheapened in recent years, especially in the vintage car world. With some items only aesthetically resembling the vehicles of which they’re representing. The term loosely means an exact copy or duplicate of an original artistic work, and there are a few items in the automotive world that could be put into the bracket of ‘art’, many of them were designed originating before the second World War. One of Vittorio Jano’s masterpieces, the Alfa Romeo 8C, is easy to call art and is revered throughout the collector car world for good reason - Unparalleled beauty, a mechanical marvel and tremendous success in motor racing. … [Read More...]
The results are in, and SCD Motors continues to grow! By recognizing the power of the internet as marketplace, SCD Motors is helping to change the traditional way vehicles are sold. After years of privately helping connect readers with interesting cars, we are proud to announce that our dynamic online marketplace gives sellers the tremendous exposure and buyers the confidence and convenience of buying automobiles.
After a successful week, some special Stuttgart-based hardware will be meeting their new owners, and a member of the Sports Car Digest fleet found a new home on the West Coast. Stay tuned in the coming months for stories of these machines as their new caretakers make … [Read More...]
Single-marque motorsports have always represented a powerful means of advertising to the motoring enthusiast, as it displays that a nearly showroom stock production car can compete in the heat of competition. The idea has been borrowed by nearly every manufacturer imaginable; from BMW to Porsche, and even Toyota. Nothing is off limits. When Ferrari decided to take part in this marketing endeavor in 1993, they started off with their hot 348 Berlinetta model, which could be modified by a dealer-installed package that converted your run-of-the-mill road car into a competition machine.
The rest is history, as they might say. With some manufacturers only dabbling with the idea, Ferrari has … [Read More...]
With our newly arrived Lotus Eleven and Elise Sport 190, we need to thin out our Lotus stable a bit, which unfortunately means saying goodbye to our 1966 Lotus Elan S3 Fixed Head Coupe, a proud member of the Sports Car Digest team since 2011. From arch enthusiast Jay Leno to Gordon Murray, designer of the McLaren F1, the accolades bestowed upon the gritty Elan typically call it "the greatest handling car of all time" or something equally grandiose in nature. We couldn't agree more.
The Lotus Elan was launched in October 1962 at the British International Motor Show at Earls Court, just as the sixties started swinging. Jaguar had launched the E-Type the previous year, while AC had the Cobra … [Read More...]
Update, September 8, 2014: The 930 sold to a wonderful enthusiast and Sports Car Digest reader. Hope you enjoy it!
The 1980s may be remembered for many things, including giant hair and spandex, but an automobile most representative of that era would have to be the sports car that almost everyone who cared anything about cars aspired to own -- the "whale tail" turbocharged Porsche 911.
Known internally as the 930, the car was sold as the 911 Turbo to the public. Although a product of the 1970s and Porsche’s development of turbo technology through motorsports, the 911 Turbo was nevertheless of undeniable importance and impact in the 1980s. It would go on to be a tremendous sales success … [Read More...]