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...]

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...]

Four Seats From France – 1966 Alpine A110 GT4

1966 Alpine A110 GT4

Anyone who knows anything about rallying knows and probably loves the Alpine A110, the potent, usually blue rear-engined French machine that won the first ever World Rally Championship in 1973 and plenty of other events before that. What some may not know is that there was a 2+2 variant of the A110 called the GT4. … [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...]

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...]

Sunroofs are Sexy – 1964 Porsche 356C

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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 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 and a revised wheel and hubcap design … [Read more...]

Fetching Feline – 1938 Jaguar SS 100

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With its huge Lucas headlamps, deep-set grille and sharply curved fenders, the SS 100 is undoubtedly one of the prettiest prewar sports cars, but it is also one of the most potent. With a 3,485 cc straight-six, the 2,600 horsepower SS 100 had 125 horsepower on tap and, as its name implies, could reach the then magic number of 100 miles per hour. Long before the glory days of the XK's and C/D-Types in motorsport, the SS 100 was making the … [Read more...]

Prewar Prize – 1939 Aston Martin 15/98 Short Chassis

open sports roadster

Named in the common designation denoting Britain's "taxable" vs. measured horsepower, Aston Martin's 15/98 road car of the 1930s featured the company's 2-liter straight-four that had been developed for Le Mans. Aston's initial focus was on touring configurations like a closed saloon and a drophead coupe, but the short chassis version introduced later and bodied by Abbey Coachworks of London is considered the most pleasing. Introduced at the first … [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...]