Featured Listing – 1966 Lotus Elan S3 Fixed Head Coupe

1966 Lotus Elan FHC

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 … [Read more...]

Featured Listing – 1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Targa

1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Targa

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 … [Read more...]

Featured Listing – 1967 Jaguar E-Type OTS Series 1

1967 Jaguar E-Type OTS Series 1 - Profile

Webster’s Dictionary describes the word 'Beautiful’ as “the quality of being physically attractive” and it’s a word that is frankly overused when describing inanimate objects. There are plenty of items that are striking, or even exude dramatic qualities, but aren’t necessarily beautiful. The automobile world is full these types of designs, but without a doubt there are a few exceptions to the rule, and to be quite honest, very few of them trace … [Read more...]

First Batch – 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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California dealer and racer Paul Reinhart had proven his skill behind the wheel of a Corvette ably enough by 1962 to be one of the names on the list of six recipient's for the all new Sting Ray Z06. The Z06 package was distinguished from other 1963 Corvettes by heavy duty suspension, power-assisted brakes with a dual-circuit master cylinder, a 36-gallon fuel tank and finned cast aluminum knock-off wheels. Of course, the cars also had the 360 … [Read more...]

British Muscle – 1976 Aston Martin V8

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Aston Martin’s rather simply named model, the V8, was around nearly unchanged for almost twenty years and was the company's only real offering for part of that time. The 1970s and 1980s were not exactly the best of times for Aston Martin. This partly explains why the V8 was on offer for so long, but at least it was a great looking machine with plenty of performance. Powered by the Tadek Marek-designed V-8 that was first found in the original … [Read more...]

Feisty Fiat – 1967 Abarth OTR 1000

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The relationship between Fiat and Carlo Abarth was already well established and extremely fruitful by the mid-1960s when the OTR 1000 came into being. Based on the Fiat 850 Coupe, it was fitted with a special "radiale" engine displacing just under a liter, fitted with Weber carburetors, and making 100 horsepower. As usual, racing success was the aim of the new car, and OTR stood for Omologato Turismo Radiale. Unfortunately, the SCCA deemed … [Read more...]

Jim Russell Junior – 1961 Lotus 20/22

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Designed to replace the 18, the Lotus 20 was lower, sleeker, shorter, wider and more aerodynamic than its predecessor. It dominated Formula Junior in 1961 with both factory drivers and privateers finding success, and in 1962 it was further improved with the 22, which had a stiffer chassis and Girling disc brakes up front. 1962 saw even more victories with Peter Arundell taking 18 victories in 25 starts. … [Read more...]

Retired Racer – 1964 MGB Project

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MG built over 510,000 examples of the MGB Roadster and GT, making it the top selling British sports car ever. It was cheap, fun and easy on the eyes. It was the Miata of the '60s. The B was a popular choice for the track, too, and it remains popular to this day. Thanks to the high number of cars to choose from and the relatively high availability of parts, it's a perfect starter car for people just venturing into classic car ownership as well as … [Read more...]

Unconventional, Never Raced – 1968 Shelby Turbine Indy Car

1968 Shelby Turbine Indy Car

Indianapolis, more than any other race track, has had an interesting relationship with turbine-powered race cars. The 500 was very nearly won by turbines in both 1967 and '68, and for a short time turbines looked like they could be the way of the future at the Brickyard. By 1969, however, the USAC had issued rule changes that effectively rendered them uncompetitive and relegated them to footnote status in the history books. While turbines were … [Read more...]

Featured Listing – 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Coupe

1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Coupe, 50748

The 1950s have rightly been called the golden age for the automobile on both sides of the Atlantic, a renaissance of styling and engineering after the years of warfare that diverted the talents of the car industry to military efforts. This was even true in Germany, a war-torn and geopolitically divided country that began a miraculously quick recovery in the postwar years, and it was out of this climate that Porsche came into its own as one of the … [Read more...]