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.

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...]

Ferrari 250 GTO Restored by Classiche

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, chassis 3445 GT

The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO (chassis 3445 GT) owned by American Chris Cox has emerged from a more than two-year renovation at the Ferrari Classiche department in Maranello. The GTO was restored to the original engine and bodywork configuration in which it was delivered to Bologna-based publisher Luciano Conti in 1962. After its maiden race, the Bologna-Passo della Raticosa, 3445 GT was sold in June 1962 to Count … [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...]

BMW M1 Procar Restored by BMW Classic

Masakuni Hosobuchi is driving the BMW M1 Procar at BMW Welt

It was a rare sight on the BMW Welt “Premiere”: On this platform, where customers from all over the globe usually collect their new model vehicles, a 1979 BMW M1 Procar was recently presented to its owner. The unique car had been restored over the years by the BMW Group Classic customer shop and BMW M GmbH, and is now virtually as good as new. Proud owner of the historic race car is Masakuni Hosobuchi of Japan. … [Read more...]

Ralph Lauren Car Collection – Photo Gallery

Ralph Lauren Car Collection

The Ralph Lauren Car Collection was featured at the 2014 Lime Rock Historic Festival, held August 29th to September 1st at Lime Rock Park. Among the Lauren automotive treasures on display at the picturesque road course in Connecticut were a 1929 Birkin Blower Bentley; 1964 Ferrari 250 LM; 1956 Jaguar XKSS; 1953 Morgan Flat Rad and 1959 Porsche RSK. … [Read more...]

1964 Argentine Touring Car GP – Profile

The Argentine Touring Car Grand Prix, 28 October to 7 November 1964: one-two-three victory for Mercedes-Benz. The perilous fords, known as vados, were popular places for spectators to gather. The water sprayed high in the air as Eugen Böhringer and Klaus Kaiser, the eventual winning team, drove through one in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SE (W 112).

Fifty years ago Mercedes-Benz dominated the 8th Argentine Touring Car Grand Prix -- VIII Gran Premio Internacional de Turismo Super Nafta YPF -- with yet another sparkling performance. At the end of the race, which ran from 28 October to 7 November 1964, the model 300 SE 'Tailfin' Saloons (W 112) occupied the first three places in the overall rankings. It was the fourth win in a row for the Stuttgart-based brand in … [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...]

Pur Sang 308 Debuts at Goodwood Revival

Pur Sang 8C 308

Alfa Romeo built four Tipo 308 Grand Prix cars for the 1938 season. One of them, driven by the immortal Tazio Nuvolari, set fastest lap in qualifying for the Pau Grand Prix in the Tipo 308's first racing appearance. Later in the Pau meeting it was destroyed after a fire due to a faulty fuel tank installation. The other Alfa Romeo Tipo 308s survive: the four-time Indianapolis 500 entrant and three-time top ten … [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...]