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...]

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...]

Featured Listing – 1969 Alfa Romeo 1300 GT Junior

1969 Alfa Romeo 1300 GT Junior

The name Alfa Romeo evokes so many mental images to the motoring enthusiasts -- a heroic Nuvolari at the wheel of a beautiful P3, an 8C making all the right noises through the Italian countryside, or any variation of the devastatingly pretty Tipo 33 muscling through your favorite circuit. Sometimes though, just one of their perfectly proportioned sedans and coupes of the 1960s and '70s are enough to make one weak at the knees. Thankfully for … [Read more...]

Featured Listing – 2009 BMW M3 Sedan

2009 BMW M3 Sedan

Update, June 11, 2014: The M3 Sedan sold to a BMW enthusiast and loyal Sports Car Digest reader. Hope you enjoy it as much as we have! It is time to wave goodbye to one member of the Sports Car Digest family and pass it onto its next caretaker. One of our favorite, modern offerings from the ever-changing BMW marque, the “M3” nameplate carries a legacy that has more than made an impression on enthusiasts during the past quarter of a century. … [Read more...]

Featured Listing – 2004 Noble M12 GTO-3R

2004 Noble M12 GTO-3R - Front Photo

British entrepreneur, automobile designer and engineer Lee Noble’s recipe for the ideal sports car started with three simple ingredients that proved massively effective. The first one was clearly the most important, and that was the lightweight skeleton. Next was the power plant, which would generally be a high-powered mill; something capable of powering a small town, preferably. Last but not least was to clothe the featherweight space frame in … [Read more...]

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...]

The Fourth GT40 – 1964 Ford GT40 Prototype

1964 Ford GT40 Prototype

The outbreak of the Ford-Ferrari wars needs no introduction here, and we all know it was this car, the GT40, that was the sweet fruit of Ford's labor during that conflict. Developed with help from Eric Broadley of Lola and built at the new Ford Advanced Vehicles facility in England, the very first GT40 to be shown to the public, chassis GT/101, made its debut at the 1964 New York Auto Show. Within weeks, GT/102 was completed, but at the Le Mans … [Read more...]

Ready To Exercise – 1949 Jaguar XK120 Alloy Roadster

1949 Jaguar XK120 Alloy Roadster Main

While most contemporary observers of the Jaguar XK120 would be certain that it was born for greatness, it is surprising to consider that it was conceived and born as a limited-edition stopgap model. William Lyons assumed that the post-WWII fortune of his company, the recently re-named Jaguar Cars Ltd., would be made on the saloon cars that would sell so well in export markets, especially in the U.S. To that end, a new dual overhead-cam, … [Read more...]

French Masterpiece – 1953 Gordini Type 24 S

1953 Gordini Type 24 S Track

Amédée Gordini stood at Le Mans in 1953. He had finally created his masterpiece, a three-litre eight-cylinder sports car, which he intended to use to compete at the highest level. It would run in anger against names like Ferrari, Maserati, Lancia, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and Aston Martin, and it would be run not only by Works teams but also by wealthy privateers. For his car, Gordini chose an inline eight-cylinder engine, which was chosen for … [Read more...]

Dominance – 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder

1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder

Perhaps no other race car claims the outright success that is boasted by Porsche’s 917/30, a purpose-built spyder that dominated its only season of competition and went on to set a still respectable closed-course speed record. Rooted in roughly four years of development of similar racing spyders, the 917/30’s beginnings initially arose from two goals. With a new American retail relationship between Porsche and Audi forming in 1969, VW of … [Read more...]