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...]

Ferrari F60 America Announced

Ferrari F60 America

To celebrate Ferrari’s 60th year in North America, Maranello has returned to its 1950s and '60s tradition of producing limited edition, built-to-order cars. The result is the F60America, of which just 10 will be produced. According to Ferrari, the new car combines American clients’ two great passions – the V12 engine and open-top driving. Ferrari said the decision to produce such a strictly limited edition pays … [Read more...]

Shelby’s First Ride – 1949 MG TC

Ex-Carroll Shelby 1949 MG TC Race Car

Before the Mustangs, before the Cobra and even before driving to victory at Le Mans, Carroll Shelby drove a little MG TC, this very car. He had to start somewhere, after all. In May of 1952, there was a road race held in Norman, Oklahoma. The event featured a race for smaller cars and one for bigger automobiles like Jaguars and Allards. A man named Ed Wilkins planned to drive up from Dallas to the event and enter his … [Read more...]

1985 Porsche 962 – Profile and Photos

1985 Porsche 962/106 (Photo: Christopher Florin)

No one could accuse Porsche of letting the grass grow under its feet when motor racing’s governing bodies chose to change regulations. Despite last-minute amendments to the fuel-saving Group C rules due to come into force in 1982, Stuttgart had a prototype 956 running on 27th March that year. For a decade, the World Championship was to be a Porsche benefit, with either factory ‘Rothmans’ or privateer 956/962s … [Read more...]

Jaguar E-Type Lightweight – Car Profile

Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Continuation

Jaguar announced in May that it would recreate six new Lightweights, each built by Jaguar Heritage, part of Jaguar Land Rover’s new Special Operations division. During the 2014 Monterey Classic Car Week, Jaguar revealed the prototype of its 'new' Lightweight E-type – a further six of which will be built and sold. Each of the six cars will be built to a specification originated from the last Lightweight E-type … [Read more...]

2014 Porsche Cayman S – Driving Report

2014 Porsche Cayman S - Profile

What hasn’t been said about the new Cayman? It’s a sweetheart of the automotive journalism community, and if you’ve ever been behind the wheel of the covered-roof Boxster, it’s not hard to understand why. With mosquito-like reflexes, a highly versatile powerband and chassis dynamics that rival some of the best in the business, the is an attractive package so highly polished that it feels like something much more … [Read more...]

2014 BMW 435i Coupe – Driving Report

2014 BMW 435i Coupe

Introduced last year for the 2014 model year, BMW’s F32 series replaces the E92 platform, otherwise known as the 3-Series coupe and convertible. The 3-Series from now on will remain exclusively as a 4-door line, meaning this new generation of two-door BMWs is called the 4-Series. As the name implies, the 4 offers more than the 3 it takes over from and is not just a mere update. The 4-Series is lower, wider, longer … [Read more...]

2014 Nissan NV200 Cargo SV – Driving Report

2014 Nissan NV200 - Front

Frumpy really doesn’t even begin to describe the initial impression when we met the ‘face’ of Nissan’s latest addition to the bite-size, commercial van market. The 2014 Nissan NV200 Cargo SV makes the old Fiat 600 Multipla look downright svelte. Alongside Ford’s newly revamped Transit Connect, and the eventual Dodge ProMaster City, these tiny vans plan on filling a void in a sliver of the market that doesn’t … [Read more...]

1969 Gulf Porsche 917 – Profile and Photos

1969 Porsche 917, chassis 017/004

A 1969 Gulf Porsche 917, chassis 017/004, will be shown at several events during the 2014 Monterey Classic Car Week. This special Porsche 917 will be shown at the Carmel Concours on the Avenue on Tuesday, August 12, McCall Motorworks Revival on Wednesday, August 13th and in the Porsche Pavilion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca from Thursday, August 14th through Sunday, August 17th. A special era in the history of … [Read more...]

Ferrari 250 GTO – Car Profile and Photos

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, s/n 3851GT

The Ferrari 250 Gran Turismo Omologato (GTO) needs little introduction as the most iconic, most habitable, street-useable, race-winning, World Championship-winning – and simply gorgeous – closed two-seat Coupe car from the world-famous Maranello factory. The GTO was developed to contest the 1962 3-litre class FIA GT World Championship series of classical endurance racing events. Selective production at Maranello and … [Read more...]

Tinker Tailor Cayenne Macan – Road Realities

2015 Porsche Macan S

Tinker Tailor Cayenne Macan By Lizett Bond The 2015 Porsche Macan. My thoughts instantly turn to Matryoshka dolls. You know, those little Russian nesting dolls. They follow a theme, open one figure and another is revealed, and so forth. Russian fractals. The 1979 BBC series presentation of the John le Carre miniseries, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”, introduces these dolls as a representation of Smiley’s quest to … [Read more...]

Bruce’s Unfinished Business – McLaren M6-GT

2014 Pinehurst Concours

History’s top racing car manufacturers have always taken rather different approaches to their road-going products. Enzo Ferrari never cared for them all that much, as fantastic as many of them were, seeing them as a way to fund the next race car. Ferdinand Porsche, on the other hand, placed great importance on his company’s street cars and there was often a strong link between Porsches for the road and Porsches for … [Read more...]

2014 Fiat 500 Sport – Driving Report

2014 Fiat 500 Sport - Front

It’s easy to pick on the little guy, and Fiat’s 500 has endured plenty of this during its few years on this side of the Atlantic. Chosen as the mascot for the brand’s return to American soil, the ‘little’ Cinquecento was a brave move coming from a very new relationship between Fiat and the Chrysler group. Following a 27-year hiatus from the United States, the anticipation was high, and there was news of several new … [Read more...]