Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta – Car Profile

1952 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta by Touring

Ferraris were campaigned frequently and with ferocity by both the factory and wealthy privateers, and the company’s reputation during its early days hinged on the success of its race cars. During these early years, Ferrari created a chassis numbering system that would create legends: the competition cars would be designated an even numbered chassis, whilst road going cars would receive odd chassis numbers. Whilst … [Read more...]

Ferrari 290 MM – Profile and Photo Gallery

1956 Ferrari 290 MM (photo: Sports Car Digest)

A Ferrari 290 MM was displayed at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance 2015, held Sunday, March 15th on the fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island next to the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, Florida. The Ferrari 290 MM, which was restored by the Classiche Department at Ferrari in 2014, was awarded the "The Chairman’s Choice Trophy for the Car Found Most Appealing by the Chairman" at the 20th annual Amelia. … [Read more...]

Look to the Future – Aston Martin Vanquish

2004 Aston Martin Vanquish V12

With classic-era Aston Martins rapidly appreciating in value beyond the seven-digit mark, it’s nice to examine modern-era cars that might someday follow suit. Of course, top-of-the-range collectibles are always more desirable than their standard-production brethren. Such is the case with the Aston Martin Vanquish V12. In the future, collectors undoubtedly will look back upon the Series One Vanquish and heap praise … [Read more...]

McLaren P1 GTR to Debut at Geneva

McLaren P1 GTR and McLaren F1 GTR 06R

The track-dedicated McLaren P1 GTR will debut at the 85th Geneva Motor Show in limited production form with only minor modifications to the Design Concept presented six months ago. The most noticeable change is the livery that the Geneva show car will be sporting. It is one which will be available to the fortunate few who will be joining the McLaren P1 GTR Driver Programme that kicks off at the Circuit de Catalunya … [Read more...]

Ferrari 212 Export Restored at Classiche

1951 Ferrari 212 Export Coupe Vignale

The Ferrari Classiche department in Maranello "sympathetically restored" a Ferrari 212 Export Vignale to its former glory. The car has an unusual history. It was built in April 1951, then sold that May to Antonio Mambretti Sozogni Juva and a month later it was sold again to Duke Cesare d'Acquarone. The Duke of Acquarone opted for a radical change of bodywork at the end of 1951. The car, which was originally a … [Read more...]

1966 Le Mans-Winning Ford GT40 Sold

#2 Ford GT40, chassis P/1046, at the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours

The Ford GT40 Mark II that won the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race has been sold to enthusiast Rob Kauffman of RK Motors Charlotte. Developed by Carroll Shelby and driven to victory at Le Mans by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon, the #2 GT40, chassis P/1046, will be restored to its original configuration. With an entry list that included no less than eight GT40 variants, Ford dominated the 1966 running of the 24 … [Read more...]

1935 Delahaye 135 S – Car Profile

1935 Delahaye 135 S (photo: Simon Clay)

The vehicles for Delahaye’s new strategic direction were the Superluxe and its sports sibling, the Delahaye Type 135. The Superluxe’s and Type 103’s engine, a long-stroke, pushrod-operated, overhead-valve, four-main-bearing, F-head inline-six, was designed by Jean François, under the direction of Delahaye’s technical director, Amédée Varlet, and it would become one of the most versatile, long-lived engine designs in … [Read more...]

Ex-Works 1969 Porsche 911S – Car Profile

1969 Porsche 911 S (photo: Simon Clay)

Competition has always been in Porsche’s bloodstream, and the company thrived on circuit racing and hill climbs from the outset. Whilst its mid-engined spyders became known as “giant-killers” everywhere from Sebring to Le Mans, its bread-and-butter rear-engined production chassis offered a distinct advantage on tight and twisting hill climb roads. Strangely, the company’s racing department had shown relatively little … [Read more...]

Alfa Romeo 1900 C Sprint Pinin Farina Coupe – Car Profile

1952 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Sprint Pinin Farina Coupe

Alfa Romeo’s heritage is filled with some of the most lust-worthy automobiles that the world has ever seen. With help from many of the most prestigious carrozzerias, firms like Zagato, Ghia and Touring would help form some of the most memorable shapes in the history of the automobile. The coachbuilt-era came to an end with the 1900 series cars from Alfa Romeo. With World War II in its rearview mirror, Alfa … [Read more...]

Lola T310 Can-Am – Car Profile

1972 Lola T310 Can-Am

After watching McLaren dominate the Can-Am series for four years, in 1971, Lola and its American team leader Carl Haas seemed to have it all: a World Champion driver in Jackie Stewart, huge sponsor dollars from L&M cigarettes and a brand new machine, the T260. But the results were disappointing, and the season ended with Haas’ team in search of both a new driver and new sponsorship to back its 1972 entry, the Lola … [Read more...]

American International Racing – Chevrolet Corvette L88

james garner american international racing team

In late 1967, three 1968 model year Chevrolet Corvettes were prepared to L88 specifications and finished in Le Mans Blue for James Garner's American International Racing team (AIR) to race at Daytona in February. To pick up the three COPO-ordered racers Dick Gulstrand, Bob McDonald and Perry Moore flew out to St. Louis and then drove the cars back to California while doing a little development and setup work, getting … [Read more...]

Porsche 356 ‘Emory Special’ – Car Profile

1955 Porsche 356 Emory Special

The Porsche 356 has become an icon, and today, almost every example is deemed a candidate for salvation. Many are rebuilt as pleasurable drivers, while others are exactingly reconstructed and contend in international Concours. However, more than a few owners dismiss the idea of a just-like-it-left-the-factory restoration. They enjoy customizing their Porsches in ways that Zuffenhausen could and would never have … [Read more...]

Finding Automotive Treasure – Interview

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider

It was in the West of France that the team from Artcurial's collector car department made an extraordinary discovery. Forgotten for almost fifty years, the team at Artcurial found some 60 automobiles originally curated with devotion in order to create a private museum that would pay tribute to this great human invention. This unique collection will be offered for sale at the Artcurial Retromobile 2015 auction, … [Read more...]

Weak in the Knees for a Ferrari 308 GTB QV

1985 308 GTB QV

By Tim Scott It all started in the 1970s. My passion for cars as a kid was absolute and completely undiscerning. I was as intoxicated by a Matra Simca Bagheera as I was a Fiat X1/9. School holidays or family trips abroad were spent bothering car showroom salesmen for brochures, and even yielded the occasional jackpot with an invitation to sit inside. A random love of all things automotive, clearly, but there was … [Read more...]

Porsche 908/02 Flunder – Car Profile

1969 Porsche 908-02 Period Race Photo

Amongst all the long litany of pure-bred competition Porsches manufactured and campaigned at premier-level throughout the 1950s and '60s into the 1970s, the lean, lightweight, handsome and sophisticated 3-litre flat-8 engined Typ 908 cars have special significance. They are the design that first elevated Porsche from being consistent class winners in FIA World Championship of Makes endurance racing to becoming … [Read more...]