Car Profiles

We profile the world’s finest sports cars, past and present automotive personalities, larger-than-life races and garages or museums. Profiles may include first-hand driving impressions, in-depth interviews and period racing stories and photographs.

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...]

Porsche Heritage – Spirit of Le Mans Video

Le Mans 1976 No. 20 (overall winner), driver Jacky Ickx and Gijs van Lennep. # 40: Rolf Stommelen and Manfred Schurti on Porsche Type 935 (4th place overall)

Porsche returned to Le Mans in 2014 with a newly designed LMP1 racing machine, the 919 Hybrid. While victory wasn't in the cards for their heralded return to prototype racing, with 16 overall victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, rest assured that Porsche will do everything within their power to remain the most successful manufacturer in the race's history. Until then, Porsche will lean heavily on their history, … [Read more...]

Volvo Sport Turns 60 Years Old

1954 Volvo Sport

On 2 June 1954 the two-seater roadster, the Volvo Sport, and the company's first sports car, made its debut. But a low weight and reliable Volvo technology were not enough - production was shut down after just 67 had been built. Or was it 68? The name of the new car was short and sweet - Sport - and it had a short and plump body with a big grille that looked like a turbine. The wheelbase was 20 centimetres shorter … [Read more...]

Maserati Boyle Special Honored at Indy

Johnny Rutherford, President of Maserati North America, Inc. Pete Grady, President of Historic Vehicle Association Mark Gessler and Chief Restoration Manager for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum Bill Spoerle attend the Maserati 8CTF "Boyle Edition" Commemoration Of Indianapolis 500 Two-Time Victory at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 25, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images for Maserati)

Reminiscent of its renowned win at the same track, the Maserati 8CTF “Boyle Special” (serial number 3032) relived its final victory lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway exactly 75 years later. On the brink of Maserati’s 100th anniversary, the 8CTF was honoured at the Indy 500 in commemoration of its declared win in 1939. Behind the wheel of the vintage automobile was Johnny Rutherford, three-time Indy 500 … [Read more...]

Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Reproduction

1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweigh at Silverstone

Jaguar will build six reproductions of the original, race-bred Lightweight E-type that was created in 1963. The new cars are the 'missing' six vehicles from the brand's Lightweight E-type project, which originally started in February 1963 with the objective of building 18 'Special GT E-type Cars.' Only 12 of the aluminum bodied Lightweight E-type vehicles were eventually built, the last in 1964, the remaining six … [Read more...]

Porsche at Le Mans – 1982 to 1987

Le Mans (pre-test), 1987, Porsche Type 962 C

In June of 2014, Porsche will return to Le Mans with a newly designed LMP1 racing machine. With 16 overall victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the pinnacle of endurance motor racing, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in the race's history. Their last win, though, was back in 1998 with the 911 GT1, so Porsche has labeled this endeavor as "Our Return" and "Coming Home". Sports Car Digest continues its … [Read more...]

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C – Car Profile

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/Competition

Creating a replacement for the hugely successful 250 series of Ferraris was a daunting task for the engineers at Maranello. As the 250 series was highly successful both in the showroom and on the track, it effectively etched Ferrari’s name into the automotive history books. With numerous wins at Le Mans, the Tour de France, Sebring, and Daytona, the 250 LWB TdF, the 250 SWB, the 250 LM, and the 250 GTO were the gold … [Read more...]

Ford GT40 Acquired by Larry Miller Museum

1964 Ford GT40 P-104

The Larry H. Miller Total Performance Museum in Utah purchased the 1964 Ford GT40 chassis P-104 that sold for $7,000,000 at the Mecum Auctions event in Houston, Texas, on April 12, 2014. The second-oldest existing Ford GT40 joins the Museum's collection of five additional historically significant GT40s. “We are thrilled to be able to add GT40 P-104 to the Larry H. Miller Total Performance Museum collection,” said … [Read more...]

1956 Maserati 450S Prototype – Car Profile

1956 Maserati 450S Fantuzzi Prototype

In early 1956, Tony Parravano, a wealthy American housing developer, commissioned Maserati to build a new large-bore V-8 for use in a Kurtis Indy chassis. The order offered Maserati the chance to develop the V-8 project, coded Tipo 54, which had been shelved since the disastrous Le Mans accident of 1955. The project also provided a natural opportunity to try the new powerplant in Maserati’s own sports-racing chassis, … [Read more...]

Porsche at Le Mans – 1974 to 1981

Herbert Muller and Gijs van Lennep finished 2nd overall in a Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo 2.1 at the 1974 Le Mans 24 Hours

In June of 2014, Porsche will return to Le Mans with a newly designed LMP1 racing machine. With 16 overall victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the pinnacle of endurance motor racing, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in the race's history. Their last win, though, was back in 1998 with the 911 GT1, so Porsche has labeled this endeavor as "Our Return" and "Coming Home". Sports Car Digest continues its … [Read more...]

Development of the McLaren M7C

McLaren M7C and McLaren 650S Spider

The philosophy of constantly assessing, developing and re-engineering through the life cycle of a Formula 1 car was fundamental in achieving the success that established McLaren as a race winner. The development that led to the M7C is testament to the principles that were established by Bruce in those early days in the evolution of McLaren. On the afternoon of Sunday, 9 June 1968, Bruce McLaren, driving an M7A … [Read more...]

My First Visit to the Ferrari Factory

Ferrari Factory Entrance

By Stephen Mitchell I was talking to a Ferrari friend coordinating a visit to the Ferrari factory in Maranello for another Ferrari friend and it looks as though my friend will get to enjoy his Ferrari tour but what became clear is how different things are today than they were in Enzo Ferrari's time. My visits to the factory weren't planned, choreographed, orchestrated or stage managed; I just showed up. … [Read more...]

Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe in Historic Vehicle Registry

1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe CSX2287

The prototype 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (serial number CSX2287) became the first automobile to be recorded under the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Heritage Documentation. The Historical Vehicle Association (HVA) recently announced that honor, unveiling the car in its “survivor” state at a press conference in Washington DC. The documentation will be part of the HVA's National Historic Vehicle … [Read more...]

Ferrari 250 GT Lusso – My First Drive

Ferrari 250 GT Lusso

By Stephen Mitchell After a year or so of Jaguar E-Type ownership ('There's nothing like Jaguar motoring!" D.S. Jenkinson was fond of writing in Motor Sport magazine), I had grown weary of breaking down at the side of the road albeit in some very picturesque locations -- the California desert, the Malibu coastline, along Route 66 in Arizona -- not to mention my driveway when starting off on a much-anticipated … [Read more...]