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.

Shelby 427 Cobra S/C – Car Profile

1967 Shelby 427 Cobra S/C (photo: David Newhardt)

Invoiced to Shelby American on December 14, 1966, Shelby Cobra CSX3356 was first sold to Paradise Ford of Scottsdale, Arizona, at an inventory reduction price of “$1,000 off dealer cost” and was delivered to Arizona by truck on October 2, 1967. In its original configuration it was equipped with the single four-barrel 427 “side oiler” engine and finished in Red with a Black interior. The Shelby Registry notes that … [Read more...]

New Heritage Division at Land Rover

1970 Range Rover Classic

Jaguar Land Rover launched a new Land Rover Heritage division to support vehicles 10 years out of production across Land Rover’s global sales network. Complementing the recently established Jaguar Heritage division, Land Rover Heritage will offer original Land Rover vehicle parts for a variety of heritage models. John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, said, “We are delighted to … [Read more...]

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...]

Sebring Saga – 1965 Sebring 12 Hours Profile

Bizzarrini Iso Grifo A3C

Sebring Saga - The Story of Two Bizzarrini Iso Grifos at the 1965 Sebring 12 Hour Grand Prix By Louis Galanos | Photos as credited In March the Sebring International Raceway (SIR) will celebrate a couple of anniversaries that are part of the significant motorsports history of that legendary track. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first win by BMW with the overall honors going to British driver … [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...]

Lotus Exhibition at AACA Museum

1959 Lotus Seven Series I, Van Racing Team

The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania will present "Lotus: The Art of Lightness" from January 24th to April 26th, 2015. This exhibit will offer a selection of Lotus road cars and racing cars throughout their 66-year history covering over 15 models from a 1956 Mark VI to the 2014 Evora and will also include representative examples of Lotus engineered vehicles. … [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...]