Featured Listing – 1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet

1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet

Collectors are obsessive about the first and the last of any generational piece, and nowhere is this practice more prevalent than in the vintage car world. With any evolutionary piece, the creators and manufacturers worked out weaknesses over time, sometimes at the expense of the diluting the original recipe, purists will have you believe. In the case of Porsche’s 356 model, this wasn’t always the case. Bearing roots from one of Ferdinand … [Read more...]

Featured Listing – 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet

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 … [Read more...]

Featured Listing – 1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Targa

1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Targa Sold

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 … [Read more...]

Featured Listing – 1967 Jaguar E-Type OTS Series 1

1966 Jaguar E-Type Sold

Update, September 4, 2014: The Series 1 E-Type is headed across the pond to England. We hope you enjoy it! 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 … [Read more...]

Featured Listing – 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Coupe

1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Coupe Sold

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...]

West Coast Warrior – 1954 Ferrari 375 MM

1954 Ferrari 375 MM

The 375 MM effectively combined the race-proven chassis from the 340 with the 4.5-liter 340 horsepower V-12 from Ferrari's ill-fated Indianapolis car. Most examples had either spider or berlinetta bodywork by Pinin Farina, and they were used to great success on both sides of the Atlantic, even helping to secure enough points in international competition for Ferrari to win the Manufacturer's Championship in 1953 and 1954. Only around sixteen … [Read more...]

Thoughtfully Preserved – 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet

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A 250 Ferrari of any kind is hard not to love. The 3.0-liter V-12 is one of the greatest engines ever put into an automobile, and the different styles of bodywork that were fitted over the years are some of the prettiest shapes ever laid over the top of one. The 250 GT Cabriolet is no exception. Although it was more comfortable and less explicitly sporty than some of its siblings, the Cabriolet nevertheless shared the intoxicating wail of the … [Read more...]

Unrestored, Unused, Unsoiled – 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

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It is both baffling and somewhat reassuring that many fantastic classic cars were bought new for not insignificant sums of money and then used so sparingly, a few miles at a time, that years later they are almost completely unspoiled. This car is a particularly extreme example of that strange habit. In 1966, a 30 year old US Marine went to Vegas, won $5,000 in a slot machine, and bought his dream car. It was a 1967 Corvette Coupe finished in … [Read more...]

Nazi Wheels – 1938 Maybach SW38 Pullman

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Long before we saw Rick Ross rolling in a Maybach (seven decades before, to be more accurate), the German firm was already famous for its super-expensive and opulent luxury motorcars. One of their grandest offerings of all was the SW38, introduced in 1936 and the last new Maybach before the outbreak of the Second World War. Available with 3.5, 3.8 or 4.2-liter straight-sixes and either as a sedan or a cabriolet, the SW38 was said to be able to … [Read more...]

Objet d’Art – 1938 Delage D8-120 Aerosport Coupe

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By 1935 Delage, a renowned builder of both racing and grand luxury machines that had very early on demonstrated the value of motorsports success to car sales, was in serious financial trouble. To make things confusing, Delage was bought that year by the similarly named Delahaye, but the Delage brand remained. Delage's first new design under its new owners was the D8-120, the only 8-cylinder offering in either company's range and an instant … [Read more...]