Rack and Pinion Demonstrator – 1963 Shelby Cobra 289

1963 Shelby 289 Cobra

Like most any such car, the Cobra had teething problems to contend with before becoming an immense success and a household name. One of the most important issues was found in the worm and sector steering that had come over from the AC Ace. It was felt that a new steering system was needed from very early on in Cobra production, but the change to rack and pinion didn't come into effect until well into 1963, after 125 Cobras had already been built. … [Read more...]

Veteran ‘Vette – 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

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This Corvette Roadster has been a race car since all the way back in 1972, and has the SCCA log books to prove it. More recently, it has been raced with SVRA at events in the Northeast, the last of which being the Lime Rock Historic Festival in September of last year. This Corvette racer was restored and had the engine rebuilt during 2009 and 2010, and competition bits include a Barnes dry sump, Holley 750 CFM carburetor, Hooker headers and … [Read more...]

Dirty Rotten Race Car – Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider

1960 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider

At some point this 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider was campaigned by some people out of Maryland in SCCA F-Production and I'm sure whoever was driving had a blast thanks to the wonderful 1,300 cc engine and fantastic handling, but its competition days are obviously long behind it. Put away and left to the cruel elements, it's been outside and stationary long enough for the floors to rot out, the paint to peel away, the interior to evaporate and the … [Read more...]

Something Special – 1955 Swartley-OSCA

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In the early 1950s, SCCA racer Skip Swartley had been campaigning an Allard, but in 1955 he took a delivery of a tube-frame, aluminum-bodied, OSCA-powered one-off special to race in the G-Modified class. It was reportedly designed by Jim Troy of Burbank, California. Swartley debuted the pretty little car at the Pebble Beach races in April of that year, and after many impressive performances, including victory at Torrey Pines and the Bremerton Cup … [Read more...]

Medium Healey – 1973 Jensen-Healey

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As contracts for bodies and car assembly began to dwindle for them into the later part of the 1960s, Jensen needed revenue that its low volume products like the Interceptor just wasn't going to provide. West Coast importer and Jensen distributor Kjell Qvale was able to bring Jensen together with Donald and Geoff Healey, and it was hoped that this pair could recreate the sports car magic that was the Austin-Healey, the British icon that had … [Read more...]

Fiberglass Find – 1953 Woodill Wildfire

1953 Woodill Wildfire

1950s America produced what seems like an endless number of different low production, fiberglass-bodied sports cars. This Woodill Wildfire is yet another one. Produced by Willys dealer B. Robert "Woody" Woodill, it wore a relatively familiar looking Glasspar fiberglass shell that was laid over a custom frame, a Willys straight-six and various other Willys bits that Woodill would have had ample supply of. The Wildfire sold as a kit or as a … [Read more...]

Prime Example – 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250SE Coupe

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Introduced in 1965, the W108 added modern styling to the already advanced underpinnings of Mercedes-Benz luxury automobiles. The base 250S was carbureted, but the middle range 250SE added Bosch mechanical fuel injection to the 2.5-liter single overhead camshaft M129 straight-six to give 150 brake horsepower. Independent suspension at all four corners also gave pleasing handling characteristics, and Mercedes of course brought its noted material … [Read more...]

Morris Minor, Major Charm – 1950 Morris Minor Tourer

1950 Morris Minor Tourer

Well over a million examples of the Alec Issigonis-designed Morris Minors were built from its launch at the famed 1948 Earls Court Motor Show all the way up until 1971. Like its younger relative, the Mini, the Minor could be had in an impressive range of body styles including two-door saloon, four-door saloon, estate car, pickup, panel van, and a convertible called the Tourer. All had their charm and as a whole Morris Minors have a big and … [Read more...]

Tossed Around – 1974 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe CC

1974 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe CC

Fiat's charming little 124 Coupe was produced from 1967 to 1975 and in three distinct series. From the AC to the BC and CC, the 124 got progressively bigger engines and progressively squarer styling, and it always remained a hot little car. This example out of Ontario, California, though, takes it to a different level. A late example, it is a CC from 1974 that has been extensively raced, extensively modified and is ready for its next owner. Among … [Read more...]

Outstanding Outlaw – 1965 Porsche 356 SC

1965 Porsche 356 SC

By 1964, the 356 had been in production for sixteen years and the age of the 911 was on the horizon. But the 356, the car to which Porsche owed everything, went out with a bang in the 356C and SC (with a 95 horsepower engine) of ’64 and ’65. In typical Porsche fashion, the changes were subtle but they added up. They included deeper seats for more improved headroom, standard armrests, tweaks to the suspension,  disc brakes on all four wheels … [Read more...]