When it comes to American sports cars, there has always been one in particular that enthusiasts have adored from its genesis. The Chevrolet Corvette is an American Muscle Car staple that since its debut in 1953, has evolved into a truly impressive machine. In 2014, Chevrolet released the 7 th generation Corvette Stingray (C7) which made a massive leap forward in the car’s engineering, ultimately redefining what it means to own a Corvette. GM developed a brand new 6.2L LT1 V8 power plant that produced 480bhp, allowing the new Corvette to achieve 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds. The most radical update however, was the exterior and interior styling. Each panel was totally redesigned, with more emphasis on aerodynamics, countless aggressive angles integrated into the body, four pentagonal taillights, and quad exhaust pipes all combined to make it an absolutely stunning automobile to look at. The interior was also completely redesigned with significant effort put towards improving functionality and the quality of finishes throughout, much to the pleasure of Corvette fans. One year later after introducing the new Stingray, Chevrolet unveiled the Z06 variant which essentially took a standard Corv
1 of 37 left-hand drive Vantage coupes, exquisitely restored and needing nothing. The ultimate grand tourer.
The Jaguar E-Type is regarded as one of the prettiest and most enticing British road cars of all time. From its long front bonnet to its elegant body lines, it checked all the boxes it the styling department. The E-Type was not only a work of art aesthetically but it was mechanically engineered to perform, reaching speeds up to 150mph in 1961. In period, that made the Jag the fastest production car on the market. It was an automotive marvel and achieved well beyond what was thought to be the limits of a road car. Making its debut in 1961 and production concluding in 1975, the E-Type saw 3 main iterations, which are segmented into what are known as the Series 1 (1961-1968), Series 2 (1968-1971) , and Series 3 (1971-1975) . Each era of E-Type has its own set of alterations and upgrades that were made but we are going to focus on the last variant, the Series 3 . The Series 3 E-Types received a 5.3L V12 engine as compared to the 4.2L or 3.8L six-cylinder engines the previous models were equipped with. These examples also received upgraded brakes, flared wheel arches, quad-exhaust tips, standard power steering, and air-conditioning became an available option. The example on offer is a 1
In the realm of sports cars there lives a certain breed of purpose built machines that take a precise and minimalistic approach to going “fast”. Cars like the Alfa Romeo 4C, Mazda MX-5, air-cooled Porsche 911’s, or Lotus Elan all embody this ideology and are arguably some of the most satisfying cars to drive. They possess an element of duality in the sense that with little to no modifications, are a blast around a track and then if desired, one could drive them home. These dual-purpose road cars have been around for quite some time which brings us to the Austin Healey 100M. Making its debut at the 1952 London Motor Show, the Healey 100 was one of the most raved about models on display. It spurred such a ruckus amongst enthusiasts that the acting director of Austin, Leonard Lord, took enough interest to add “Austin” in front of the name through a partnership deal proposed by Donald Healey. With funding in place, the Austin Healey 100-4 began its short production run from 1953 until 1956. At the 1954 24 Hours of LeMans the 100-4 factory race cars, which were then “LeMans” prototypes, gave a fantastic performance winning second in class and 12th overall. An astounding achievement for
Introduced in 1971 the R107 class of Mercedes-Benz two-seater automobiles had some incredibly difficult shoes to fill. The R107 series of cars took the place of the much loved W113 class of automobiles and were to lead Mercedes into a new era of automotive design. Crafted from the get-go to be pushed in the North American market, ultimately, almost 2/3 of final production would find its way to the shores of the North American continent. In September of 1985, the 560SL was introduced to the R107 line, sporting it’s 5.6-liter V8 engine and newly introduced Bosch KE Jetronic fuel injection. The 560SL took its place at the top of the range of R107 cars, as the ultimate 2-seater touring roadster. The R107 class of automobiles ultimately was a smash success and would be produced through 1989 making it the second longest-running series of automobiles produced by the German manufacturer, after the G-Class SUV. This particular 560SL, chassis number WDBBA48D3JA087276 and engine number 036842, is a 1988 model, falling in the second to last year of model production. According to the provided original window sticker, this car was delivered new to and sold through Autobahn Motor Cars, in Upper D
The Porsche 993 Carrera 4S is nearly identical to the 993 Turbo, cosmetically. They both received turbo wings and more aggressive styling. The core differentiators between the two models was that the C4S was equipped with a naturally aspirated, 3.6L, air-cooled, flat-six-cylinder engine which served as the base for the bi-turbocharged variant that the Turbos received. The C4S was also engineered with a four-wheel-drive chassis (hence the “ 4 ” in the model designation) while the 993 Turbos were all rear-wheel-drive. The C4 “S” variant also implemented a lower ride height and more robust suspension. These cars offer one of the last, most authentic, and refined air-cooled 911 driving experiences before Porsche entered the water-cooled era. On offer is a 1996 Porsche Carrera 4S coupe, chassis number WP0AA2996TS322892, original engine number 64T04702, having traveled approximately 61,000 miles from new. The Porsche Certificate of Authenticity confirms this example remains finished in its desirable, factory assigned color combination (Polar Silver Metallic “A8” exterior, Classic Grey interior). This is an extremely rare specification C4S that is thoroughly equipped with a series of excl
Ferrari’s of the modern era are known for their mid-engine layout, providing superb levels of balance and race car like handling. It was, however, not always the preferred engine layout of the now world-famous automaker. There was a time when Enzo Ferrari deemed the mid-engine layout “too complicated,” especially for road cars. He felt that they should stick to their standard front engine vehicles that had been doing so well for the company up till this point. Unfortunately, though, the writing was on the wall as mid-engine cars began dominating the racing circuits and with this realization combined with the push from his head engineers Enzo finally gave in. While the Dino would technically take the honor of being the first mid-engine road-going Ferrari, the first real V12 road going “true” Ferrari was introduced in 1973 and was called the 365 GT4 BB. It used an innovative 4.4-liter “boxer” or “flat” 12 cylinder engine which allowed the weight of the engine to be concentrated lower in the chassis. This layout had been previously used successfully on the Formula One circuit but had never been implemented in a road car before. The 365 GT4 BB was a success and would later evolve into
The Jaguar XK120 represents a milestone in automotive history, as Jaguar managed push the limits on what was perceived to be tangible in a road car. The first prototype car was shown in 1948 at the London Motor Show where it wooed the crowd, causing such a stir that instead of the original 200 units Jaguar was planning on building, they decided to put it into production. Its graceful, swooping lines made this car a stunning shape gaze upon, but where the XK120 really impressed its audience was its performance. The “120” stood for the 120mph top speed the car could reach and even go beyond with the windscreen off. This made the XK120 the quickest production car in the entire world at the time which was a massive feat for Jaguar. The XK120 featured a brand new 3.4L straight-six engine, with robust main bearings, an aluminum cylinder head and pistons. Producing 160bhp at 5,200RPM, the XK120 offered exactly what petrol heads were looking for in a sports car. The design was timeless, the performance was astounding, with the XK120 having both road and track applications. The example on offer is a 1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC, chassis number 677270, engine number W 8621-8, a matching numbers exa
The 24 hours of LeMans is regarded as one of, if not the most, enduring and challenging races of all time. It is where great racing drivers put their abilities to the ultimate test, and car manufacturers see if their cars withstand going flat out for 24-hours straight. It is this race that inspired engineers to build the legends of motor racing history, pushing the boundary of aerodynamics, grip, and speed. This prestigious race still serves as the proving grounds for both racing drivers and car manufacturers, but it is nothing like it was in period. The race was much more raw with the possibility of death far higher, not just as a driver but for the spectators as well. These dangerous and highly competitive times are the context in which the 100M was engineered. The raw sporting nature of the 100M is what speaks so profoundly to their value as collector automobiles and impressive sports cars. In comparison to the standard 100-4’s, there were not any massive differences visually to the 100M’s, but it was a combination of small changes that made for the increased performance. Primarily, these upgrades included a louvered bonnet, special aluminum cold air box, performance camshaft, t
The introduction of the 911 for Porsche meant a new flagship, and for their buyers, a costly sum compared to the trusty Type 356. Much like Porsche in today’s world, they pursued a new model out of their accounting department. Seeing the need for an entry level model, the Type 912 was to offer the best of both worlds. Classic 356 performance by way of the type 616 flat four, coupled with the new age styling of the all new 901 (or 911 as we know it). Debuting side by side at auto shows around the world, the 911 & 912 made clear to Porsches customers that the 356 experience would live on and that they also had the option of “bigger and better” should they want to pay for it. The 912 enjoyed a good 5 year run of success before the 3-tier 911 variants took over market share and the 914 was introduced. Porsche left us with just over 32,000 examples produced in varying layouts. It is however the early variants that define Porsches intention in its purest form. These 3-gauge limited option cars shared much with the 356, and offer a thrilling experience that can nearly be compared to that of the 911. The example on offer here, chassis # 455994, is perhaps the ideal 912 in every respect. It
As the oldest car company in the world, Mercedes-Benz has a lot to live up to year after year. By the time the 1960’s had come around the company was nearly 70+ years old, nearly twice that of most of their contemporaries. They offered Grandeur in the 1930’s, superb engineering and competitive road going race cars for the 1940’s and 50’s. For the 1960’s however, the ever successful SL or “Sport Leicht” was due for a refresh, face lift, and an all-round new concept. Debuting in 1963 at the Geneva Motor Show, the 230SL also known as the “Pagoda” was about to kick off nearly 50+ years of evolution and success. These nimble, technologically advanced, refined roadsters became the standard, and today offer a timeless experience. The example on offer here is of the first generation of SL “Pagoda” offerings, the 230SL. It is presented h in the very rare, correct color combination as it left the factory: 716H Grey Beige and 112 Turquoise. Thanks to Mercedes Heritage, the original data card translation shows this example, chassis # 11304210014683 left the factory with the following options: chassis number: 113 042 10 014683 engine number: 127 981 10 011875 transmission number: 011933 front a
Same ownership for the past 15 years. Restored in the 1980’s. Currently shows as a solid rust free driver. The paint is faded with consistent blemishes from age. No signs of any accident damage ever. Engine bay shows well for a driver. The trunk is clean as well as the floors and rockers. The metal is thin and sharp where it should be with no signs of any excessive filler usage anywhere. Straight with decent gaps and good door jams. The chrome is showing its age. The windshield has a crack. Correct rocker panel trim pieces will go with the car along with any missing chrome etc… An original crack free windshield is available for an additional $500. The top is faded and was done when restored. The interior was also done in the 80’s during the restoration and is showing age overall, but is functional as-is. The dash is very presentable and the gauges function properly. The car starts easily, runs very strong with no smoke or issues. The brakes work well also but are older. The tires are up to date as the car has been used often as a driver since 1998 and has been kept up mechanically to be used reliably during the past 15 years. The clutch is excellent, as is the steering and handling
The Porsche 930, just another instance of evolution for the 911, or so it may seem; the reality however is that it was a necessary creation to support Porsche’s racing career. As a homologation effort, the 930 was to be as close as possible to becoming the production variant of the successful 917. With pressure from Ferrari and Lamborghini it was evident that this new 930 would be necessary for both road and track purposes. It would supply the perfect base for what was to become the most winning racing platform of all time, but also challenge their competitors for market share. The debut of the 930 in 1974 was well received, and it ran its course until 1989 when the 964 took what it could from the successful car and continued onward and upward. Today we are left with the ultimate and original Porsche Turbo. These tricky to drive, but very fast whale tail cars will always be the epitome of Porsche Turbo Power. Whether it be the road, or more importantly, the track, these 930’s present a timeless experience and a very sensible investment. The 1986 Porsche 930 on offer is the product of the perfect combination of performance engineering and the vision of its owner. Sold new in 1986 as
Seemingly resembling of its predecessors, the XK120 and XK140, the XK150 was Jaguars last variation of the XK line before the infamous and ground breaking E-Type hit the scene in 1961. Not to be confused as just another XK, the 150 received a thorough make-over and some much needed updates mechanically. From 1957 until October of 1961, nearly 9,400 examples would be produced in varying combinations, the most ever for a Jaguar Car. Of these only 4,445 FHC’s would be produced. TheXK150 is important to automotive history for many reasons beyond its iconic looks and stellar performance. It was the first production car with 4-wheel disc brakes, a standard that would carry through to today. For Jaguar Cars, new options were offered to customers in seemingly infinite combinations between power, body, colors etc… The first cars were very straight forward and pure with the ubiquitous Jaguar Twin Cam 3.4L straight 6 engine. It wasn’t until the spring of 1958 when the “S” variants and later in 1960 the 3.8L was also offered. This was Jaguar with their XK150 entering a stride to take the sports car world by storm for the next decade. The example on offer here is exemplary of everything we look
The mid-engine Ferrari as we know it today has taken years in the making. The introduction of the Dino in the late 1960’s brought about a new concept for Ferrari, and also rivaled the likes of Lamborghini. This evolution for Ferrari gave way to many different and interesting cars/ The 512, Testarossa, 308/328, 348, and the 355. In the year 1999, Ferrari released, at the time, there latest mid-engine performer. The 360 model line offered 400 horse power and a lightened aluminum space-frame by Alcoa. Despite an only slight increase in horse power, the 360’s power to weight ratio was up tremendously from the 355 that utilized a steel chassis. This allowed for a 0-60 time of just 4.3 seconds. Both beautiful and fast, the 360 is certainly an exotic worthy of the passionate driving enthusiast. This 16,000 mile, 360 Spider is finished in the very desirable color combination of Argento Nurburgring over red and is optioned with the rare 6-Speed Manual gearbox. Along with the excellent color combination comes an extensive options list that includes; Scuderia Shields, Daytona Seats, grey seat piping and inlays, red brake calipers, and a 3M clear bra for frontal protection. A recent basic serv
Visit the post for more.
The introduction of the 911 for Porsche meant a new flagship, and for their buyers, a costly sum compared to the trusty Type 356. Much like Porsche in today’s world, they pursued a new model out of their accounting department. Seeing the need for an entry level model, the Type 912 was to offer the best of both worlds. Classic 356 performance by way of the type 616 flat four, coupled with the new age styling of the all new 901 (or 911 as we know it). Debuting side by side at auto shows around the world, the 911 & 912 made clear to Porsches customers that the 356 experience would live on and that they also had the option of “bigger and better” should they want to pay for it. The 912 enjoyed a good 5 year run of success before the 3-tier 911 variants took over market share and the 914 was introduced. Porsche left us with just over 32,000 examples produced in varying layouts. It is however the early variants that define Porsches intention in its purest form. This car, a 1967 Porsche 912 Chassis # 460803 is finished in its original color combination of AGA Blue with a Red Interior. AGA Blue is exceptionally rare with only 52 examples registered with the club and only 8.7% of all 912’s p
If one can say that Cadillac is the standard for the American Car in all of its luxury, grandeur and sophistication. Then perhaps it can be said Mercedes-Benz is the European standard of the equivalent. The Mercedes-Benz “SL” didn’t just come to be as we see it today, out of a need to fill a void in the accounting department or an idea brought about by the marketing team. The SL has a lineage perhaps older than any other production model in existence. The ground breaking 300SL’s were the introduction to nearly 60 years of continued engineering triumphs, racing victories, and a car the general public could call to as a familiarity & standard for the luxury sports car. There is one particular instance during this time where these cars achieved a golden age and had the perfect combination/balance of hand built quality and modern technology. It was the Pagode or 113 Series cars produced from 1964-1971 that embellished the true meaning of the SL, and today are recognized as the standard for the SL’s lineage. As the 230SL came to the end of its run in 1966 the 250SL was introduced, but only for a brief moment, as the power was then upgraded once again to the 2.8L specification. Thus the
The Jaguar E-Type has many paradigms regarding its diverse attributes. Everything from race winning Twin Cam power to streamlined iconic styling. It is a car that combines many of the best design and engineering techniques all culminating into one of the best looking and driving cars from the 1960’s. In its contemporary setting, the E-Type is still placed at the top of the scale when lists like the “100 Most Beautiful Cars” – The daily telegraph are released (2008). Even in its glory days the most exclusive of manufactures claimed its beauty (Enzo Ferrari). It is no real surprise that today it remains the must have collector car, and even if you’re only going to have one cherished car, the Jaguar E-Type must be it. The example on offer here, Chassis # 889877 was produced January 16 th , 1964 and dispatched to Jaguar Cars, NY, USA on January 28 th , 1964. It arrived in to its first owner exactly as viewed today, in Opalescent Silver Blue with a Black leather interior, which it still retains today. Thanks to its accompanying JDHT Certificate, we know that this is a fully numbers matching example and remarkably original in many ways. Known history and very complete down to its origina
The 50 th anniversary of anything in life is a special event, its half a century, half a life time, and for most things can be considered the test of time. The Pagode Mercedes-Benz (W113 Chassis) has proven itself as a timeless piece of automotive history. Trends have never been stronger for the values of these sophisticated and advanced sports touring cars of their time. They offer a relaxing experience that not many other cars of the period can duplicate, delivering a unique package and residing in a class all of its own. The 230, 250, and 280SL are must haves for any serious collector of sports cars, German cars, convertibles, or enthusiast who can appreciate their smart looks and subtle performance. The example on offer here resembles the last of the W113 cars, and the last of the truly hand-built Mercedes-Benz road cars. This 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL has been verified by The Mercedes Classic Center as being sold new with the following specifications: Chassis number: 113 044 12 022639 Engine number: 130 983 12 015352 Production Month/Year: 12/70 Transmission number: 010346 Key code: HF 1008 Exterior color code: 423 – tobacco brown body & hardtop Interior color code: 140 – cogna
It would seem that the Iconic Rolls Royce from 1971-1996; the Corniche, was the first of its kind, and successfully so. It was however a remembrance creation and endeavor to bring back a long lost prototype that had the misfortune of disappearing during World War II. The original Corniche, a Van Vooren bodied Bentley MK V, was a new concept at its time of inception. Boasting endurance and comfort as it was tested for nearly 15,000 miles all over Continental Europe. The Rolls Royce Corniche matches this original intent to an exacting standard; a car built for speed, comfort and reliability. The Corniche is perhaps one of the few cars form the 1970’s and 1980’s that can be considered timeless, being enjoyed by enthusiast and collectors worldwide, and never disappointing those fortune enough to enjoy them. The example on offer here, a 1981 Corniche, Chassis # BCX 03362, is finished in its original two tone color combination of silver with back inserts. It still retains its original black leather interior with grey piping; a very suitable color combination. Exact early history is not totally known, and even with the 94,XXX mileage the car shows today, it is apparent that this car was e
The “Sport Leicht” or SL as we know it was the Mercedes-Benz answer to the need for not only a homologation car for racing, but for a sports car for the public. Something the company had not offered in years past. The limited runs of 680S, SS, SSK and 500K/540K cars meant huge money even for those looking to own some of the fastest and most lavish cars in Europe, or the US. The atmosphere at the now post-war Mercedes-Benz was onward and upward. A flagship was needed to carry the company competitively within each model range. Thus the SL was introduced as a concept and shortly thereafter produced as the 300SL and Gullwing, as well as the 190SL. With great success, the introduction of the next generation in 1963 meant even more volume, as well as a car that was far ahead of its time. Today, we know the “Pagoda” cars (or W113) as a comfortable sports tourer that offered everything Jaguar or other companies lacked. It was easy to use, sporting, comfortable and very reliable. As such it ended up in the driveways and garages of both sports car enthusiasts and those who simply wanted a comfortable, reliable two door convertible. The example on offer here is perhaps the iconic 230SL that m
Proper Description & Photos Coming Soon.
The Mercedes Benz 190SL is today what it was when introduced in 1954 at the New York Motor Show. A less expensive, more practical, and smaller version of the illustrious 300SL. However, certainly not lacking in any of its big brothers technical refinements, the 190SL offered plenty of capability and race bred technology to those enthusiasts considering a sporting roadster. From its production in 1955 through its replacement with the 230SL in 1963, nearly 26,000 would be produced with only a fraction in existence today. The 190SL was also the start of the “options list” for Mercedes-Benz. Never before could a car be tailored like a fine suite the way a 190SL could have been. Everything from elaborate color schemes, tops, accessories, seats, and even a very rare sports-racing option was available. These nimble little two seat roadsters with their iconic, forward styling were the first Mercedes-Benz convertibles to hit home with the US market and started a full fledged frenzy, and one that has yet to end over 58 years later. The example on offer here, the ex-Don Fraser 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL has led a life of extreme care and was for many of its years a prized possession having resi
A great original 911T Coupe with numbers matching, one respray and CA history from new.
1930’s in America were like no other time in automotive history. There was no limit on grandeur, if money could buy it, it would be thought of, and if it could be thought of it was most likely being done so at the Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg Company in Auburn, IN. Perhaps one of the most opulent cars of the Era, the Cord L-29 was not only lavish, but also ground breaking in many ways. Cord has long been known in period and today for the well known engineering standards of the time. The L-29 featured front wheel drive and to accommodate, many things were changed throughout the L-29 to make it a success and indeed unique amongst its contemporaries. Like most cars of the period the Cord L-29 was offered in many different body styles per customer request. As such we a left with many magnificent automobiles derived from imaginative, no-limits designs from this bygone era. The Cord L-29 today is coveted as one of the all time greats and is easily a CCCA Full Classic today. L-29’s of many different variants can be found in countless multi-million dollar collections throughout the globe, and are almost always welcome to any concours or tour. They were highly important cars of the era, and tod
The Mercedes Benz 190SL is today what it was when introduced in 1954 at the New York Motor Show: a less expensive, more practical, and smaller version of the illustrious 300SL. However, certainly not lacking in any of its big brothers technical refinements, the 190SL offered plenty of capability and race bred technology to those enthusiasts considering a sporting roadster. From its production in 1955 through its replacement with the 230SL in 1963, nearly 26,000 would be produced with only a fraction in existence today. The 190SL was also the start of the “options list” for Mercedes-Benz. Never before could a car be tailored like a fine suite the way a 190SL could have been. Everything from elaborate color schemes, tops, accessories such as luggage, seats, and even a very rare sports-racing option was available. These nimble little two seat roadsters with their iconic, forward styling were the first Mercedes-Benz convertibles to hit home with the US market and started a full fledged frenzy, and one that has yet to end over 58 years later. Impeccable styling, reliable performance, and incredible value for money, these 190SL’s are quickly approaching a blue chip status amongst collect