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...]

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...]

Weird Wagon – 1978 Alfa Romeo Alfasud Giardiniera

wagon giardinetta

Conceptually, the Alfasud was a great idea. Alfa Romeo got a new government-backed factory in southern Italy (hence the name Alfasud, which means Alfa South) to create jobs in an economically troubled part of the country, and as for the car itself, it was an impressive display of engineering and style to fit neatly at the bottom of the company's range. It had a water-cooled four cylinder boxer engine that allowed for a low center of gravity, … [Read more...]

Cool Hot Hatch – 1977 Lancia A112 Abarth

1977 Lancia A112 Abarth

In 1969, Autobianchi replaced their Bianchina and Primula with the three-door A112. By 1971 both a luxury version, called the "Elegant", and a sport version, called the Abarth, had been introduced. The Abarth had a larger engine, sports exhaust, dual carburetors and a more aggressive camshaft. By the mid-1970s, the engine was 1,050 cc and was coupled to a 5-speed gearbox in the Abarth. In some export markets, Fiat sold A112's like this … [Read more...]

Resurrected and Radiant – 1959 Maserati 3500 GT

1959 Maserati 3500GT

The 3500 GT was the true mark of Maserati's transition from race car builder to serious road car manufacturer. Its straight-six was Maserati's first engine designed with purely road use in mind, parts were sourced from a wide range of suppliers ,and between 1957 and 1964 a total of over 2,000 examples were built. … [Read more...]

Fighting Bull – 1986 Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole

1986 Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole

Arguably the quintessential supercar, Lamborghini's Countach represents many things. Its scissor doors, poor ergonomics and wild body proved just how outrageous a pure performance car could be, but for some these same things also represented '80s excess and bad taste. Above all, though, the Countach symbolized success and the playboy lifestyle that just about every man secretly wishes for. … [Read more...]

Track-Prepped Panther – 1972 De Tomaso Pantera

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De Tomaso Panteras are rarely left alone, and this is yet another quite seriously modified example. Done with the track (but not period correct preparation) in mind, it has a 419 ci stroker with forged crank and pistons, titanium valves, custom heads and a claimed 600+ rear wheel horsepower. The hood and deck lid are fiberglass, the fender flares are steel, the coil overs are adjustable, and the flywheel is lightened. Although it's advertised as … [Read more...]

Maziat? – 1959 Fiat 600

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We've all heard about restomods like VTEC Mini-Coopers, Subaru-powered Beetles and LS-powered classic Camaros, but this is a little different. The combination of a '59 Fiat 600 and a venerable 12A rotary from the early RX7 has resulted in what the seller describes as the "Maziat", although Fazda, Fiazda, Mizat, or Mafiat would also be acceptable alternatives. This little hot rod of sorts certainly looks the part with a roll cage, custom interior, … [Read more...]

Barn Fresh – 1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Convertible

1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America

This 1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Convertible is reportedly "barn fresh", whatever that means. The pictures will show that the car has needs, but the seller said it's "only missing a few easily sourced items and is otherwise complete. Hub cap mounts, usable hub cap centers, a gear shift knob, and one rear bumper bracket are all that I see missing." Clearly in need of a full restoration (and then some), this Lancia was last on the road in 1977 … [Read more...]

Scruffy Sprint – 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint

1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint 1600

The Giulietta wore several bodies in its day, including the egg-shaped Sprint Zagato and the almost flying saucer-shaped Sprint Speciale (SS). The Bertone body of the normal Giulietta Sprint was a little more restrained, but Alfa Romeos are rarely ugly and the car had pleasing proportions, not to mention solid performance. It was significantly lighter than the 1900, but its twin cam 1300 only made a few less horsepower, making the Giulietta … [Read more...]