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.

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...]

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...]

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...]