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...]

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...]

GT Gem – 1971 Maserati Ghibli SS

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Without doubt, the Maserati Ghibli was one of the great GT cars of the 1960s. Its low, sleek bodywork by Giugiaro (then at Ghia) alone made it an instant classic at its introduction in 1967, and its dry-sump, quad-cam, 4.7-liter V-8 coupled to a ZF 5-speed gave it exquisite performance to match with zero to sixty coming in under seven seconds and a top speed of over 150 miles per hour. Unfortunately for Maserati, though, the Ghibli was a bit … [Read more...]

Double Bubble, In Trouble – 1959 Lancia Flaminia Zagato

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Introduced in 1957, the Lancia Flaminia was initially only offered as a berlina, but soon a coupe by Pinin Farina was available and eventually a shorter wheelbase Flaminia sport with achingly beautiful alloy bodywork by Zagato that featured the Milanese coachbuilder's signature "double bubble" roof. Less than 600 Flaminia Sports and Super Sports were constructed before the model's demise in 1967, making them one of the more desirable Lancias of … [Read more...]

Featured Listing – 1969 Alfa Romeo 1300 GT Junior

1969 Alfa Romeo GT Junior

Update, August 25, 2014: The GT Junior sold to an arch enthusiast and longtime Sports Car Digest reader. Hope you enjoy it! 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 … [Read more...]

A Senior Junior – 1959 Lancia Dagrada Formula Junior

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Formula Junior, the fondly remembered but unfortunately short-lived racing series that lasted from 1958 to 1963, brought about many nifty and beautiful designs from all over Europe and North America. The series was first initiated by an Italian and the series first found popularity there, so Italian machines dominated the early days of FJ. Predictably, the Italian cars were also the prettiest. Many of them look like scaled-down versions of the … [Read more...]

Some Assembly Required – 1959 Abarth 750 GT

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In the 1950s world of small sports car racing, Abarth was the car to beat, and in the incredibly prolific world of Italian coachbuilders, Zagato was among the top names. The Abarth 750 platform began naturally enough as another of Abarth’s hotted-up Fiat offerings. Abarth took the newly introduced Fiat 600 sedan, bored out the engine to 747 cc, and squeezed out another 20 horsepower to bring the total to around 42. The next step for making … [Read more...]

Pumped Up Pantera – 1977 De Tomaso Pantera Group 5/Group C

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This car really is like no other De Tomaso in the world. Built from a Pantera to Group 5 specifications and bodied by Mauro Sacchetti, formerly of Fantuzzi, it raced at Le Mans and was campaigned further in Italy and the rest of Europe before being sold to Auto Elite in Maranello during 1981. They rebuilt the car to Group C specifications and, being a production car-based machine up against the purpose-built monsters of Group C in the early … [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...]