Jaguar XKSS – Classic Cars for Sale

Jaguar XK-SS For Sale

By Andrew Newton Featured in this classified ad from Road & Track's June 1964 issue is an example of one of the most exclusive, desirable, and drop dead gorgeous sports cars to have ever graced this earth. Just sixteen Jaguar XK Super Sports, or XKSS's, were built in Coventry during a short production run in 1957. These days, the XKSS is near the top of everybody's dream car wish list. … [Read more...]

Maserati 450S Coupe – Classic Cars for Sale

Costin 1957 Maserati 450S Coupe

By Andrew Newton Featured in this classified ad from March 1973 is not one but the example of a truly unforgettable and historic sports car: the Maserati 450S Coupe. It led a fascinating life, from promising Le Mans racer to impossibly exclusive road car, and had more than a few legendary names associated with its construction and career. Rarely able to contest for outright victory in international … [Read more...]

1961 Aston Martin DB4 – Classic Cars for Sale

Aston-Martin DB 4 for sale

By Andrew Newton Featured in this classified ad from the April 1971 issue of Road & Track is an example of one of the great GT cars of the day: The Aston Martin DB4. The DB4 made its big debut at the 1958 London Motor Show, and the beautiful new car on the Aston Martin stand represented an important step for the company during the celebrated David Brown era. … [Read more...]

Porsche 356 Carrera Speedster – Classic Cars for Sale

Road & Track Porsche Carrera Speedster for sale

By Andrew Newton Featured in this classified ad from May 1972 issue of Road & Track is a fine example of one of the most lusted after Porsches of them all: The 356 Speedster with the four-cam Carrera motor. In 1972 this Carrera was just a used, out of date sports car, and in this ad it is priced accordingly. Today, Carreras of course command top dollar as the kings of the 356 line. If he’s still around, … [Read more...]

Collector Cars as Investments

1937 LaSalle Convertible Coupe

By Martin Swig Every few weeks we read of a new world record price paid for a collector car. Are these the good investments they're claimed to be? I think not. Here's why. When I was in high school and college in the late ‘40s, early ‘50s, a car was the centerpiece of a young man's life. Chevy, Ford and Plymouth – they were all good and created lifelong memories. Then, when you drove your car to Monterey … [Read more...]

Ralph Lauren Car Collection For Sale

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Ralph Lauren

Several prominent cars from the famed Ralph Lauren Collection are currently offered for sale, and at prices that will make you jump for your wallet. For a mere $9,500, you can have your choice between the Ferrari 250 GTO, Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic, McLaren F1 GTR or Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. The only catch is that they are offered in 1:8 scale... The headline cars in Mr. Lauren's private collection were each … [Read more...]

Packard Super Eight – Classic Cars for Sale

Ad featuring a vintage Packard Super Eight Convertible Sedan

By Will Silk When conversing about American premium luxury automobile manufacturers, no conversation would be complete without the mention of Packard; the focus of this edition of Classic Cars for Sale with a 1937 Super Eight Convertible Sedan found in the 1965 catalog of the Vintage Car Store. Packard’s history is lengthy and indeed worthy of a feature length story in its own right.  In brief, the company was … [Read more...]

Frazer Nash Targa Florio – Classic Cars for Sale

Frazer Nash Targa Florio For Sale

By Will Silk This edition of Classic Cars for Sale comes from the pages of a 1965 dealer catalog that features a beautiful 1953 Frazer Nash Roadster up for offer. The story of Frazer Nash is often a misunderstood tale at best. Many in the collector car hobby believe that Frazer Nash was part of Kaiser-Frazer or the classic American manufacturer known as Nash, however that is not the case as there is no affiliation … [Read more...]

Bugatti Type 50 – Classic Cars for Sale

Bugatti Type 50 Classic Car for sale

By Will Silk Bugatti is one of the most famous marques in the history of automobile manufacture, and Classic Cars for Sale takes a look at a Bugatti Type 50 that was offered in the the August 1957 issue of Motor Trend magazine. The classified advertisement displays a Bugatti Type 50 roadster sporting the blown 4.9 liter engine.  It was perhaps the engine that truly set this car apart and helped Ettore Bugatti … [Read more...]

BMW 507 – Classic Cars for Sale

BMW 507

By Will Silk The latest Classic Cars for Sale is a 1959 BMW 507 found in the September 1978 issue of Hemmings Motor News. While the BMW 507 may be viewed as a contemporary German masterpiece by some, it was actually much more American in spirit than many will give credit for.  The early 1950s were a struggling time for much of the world, as many nations were still rebounding from the effects of World War II.  … [Read more...]

Allard J2X Roadster – Classic Cars for Sale

Allard J2X for sale

By Will Silk Our latest Classified Ads of the Past profile is an incredible 1951 Allard J2X Roadster that was advertised in a 1965 Vintage Car Store catalog.  The Allard J2X marked the high water mark for the Allard marque when it first appeared in 1951 as an evolution of the Allard J2.  Sydney Herbert Allard started out racing motorcycles and Morgan 3-Wheelers.  In 1929, Allard purchased a small garage by the … [Read more...]

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing – Classic Cars for Sale

Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing for sale

By Will Silk Few will doubt that perhaps the most breathtaking cars ever to emerge from Germany were the beautiful 300 SL Gullwing coupes of the mid-1950s.  This edition of Classified Ads from the Past spotlights an advertisement for two of these svelte machines that originally appeared in the pages of Road & Track’s April, 1964 issue. The year was 1952, and Germany was searching desperately for a halo car to … [Read more...]

Aston Martin DB3S Coupe – Classic Cars for Sale

Aston Martin DB3S For Sale

By Will Silk Our latest classified ad from the past comes from an April, 1986 edition of Hemmings Motor News and is none other than a pristine Aston Martin DB3S Coupe; a rare variant of one of Britain’s greatest sports cars.  The 1950s saw a new breath of life come into Aston Martin, as Sir David Brown, a wealthy entrepreneur in England who was widely known for his agricultural machines, had acquired Aston … [Read more...]

1955 Arnolt-Bristol – Classic Cars for Sale

Arnolt-Bristol For Sale

By Will Silk The latest Classified Ads from the Past is a rare all-aluminum 1955 Arnolt-Bristol offered for sale in the pages of Road & Track in 1972 for $6,000. The story of the Arnolt-Bristol is a short lived, but incredibly wild venture. The man behind the beautiful Arnolt-Bristol cars started out as a mechanical engineer in the Midwest United States before the second World War.  When the company he worked … [Read more...]

Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL Racing Saloon – Classic Cars for Sale

Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL Racing Car For Sale

Story by Will Silk This edition of Classified Ads from the Past features an advertisement for a rare Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL racing saloon with an impressive history. The ad for this particular 300 SEL was originally run in the May, 1972 issue of Road & Track Magazine. Many think of Mercedes-Benz as the ultimate in luxury car technology from Germany, and with very good reason, as the marque departed racing after … [Read more...]