Thoughtfully Preserved – 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet

A 250 Ferrari of any kind is hard not to love. The 3.0-liter V-12 is one of the greatest engines ever put into an automobile, and the different styles of bodywork that were fitted over the years are some of the prettiest shapes ever laid over the top of one. The 250 GT Cabriolet is no exception. Although it was more comfortable and less explicitly sporty than some of its siblings, the Cabriolet nevertheless shared the intoxicating wail of the … [Read more...]

GT Gem – 1971 Maserati Ghibli SS

Without doubt, the Maserati Ghibli was one of the great GT cars of the 1960s. Its low, sleek bodywork by Giugiaro (then at Ghia) alone made it an instant classic at its introduction in 1967, and its dry-sump, quad-cam, 4.7-liter V-8 coupled to a ZF 5-speed gave it exquisite performance to match with zero to sixty coming in under seven seconds and a top speed of over 150 miles per hour. Unfortunately for Maserati, though, the Ghibli was a bit … [Read more...]

Double Bubble, In Trouble – 1959 Lancia Flaminia Zagato

Introduced in 1957, the Lancia Flaminia was initially only offered as a berlina, but soon a coupe by Pinin Farina was available and eventually a shorter wheelbase Flaminia sport with achingly beautiful alloy bodywork by Zagato that featured the Milanese coachbuilder's signature "double bubble" roof. Less than 600 Flaminia Sports and Super Sports were constructed before the model's demise in 1967, making them one of the more desirable Lancias of … [Read more...]

TD in a Fancy Suit – 1956 Arnolt MG Convertible

As imported cars became more popular in the United States during the 1950s, some American entrepreneurs became licensed distributors for individual European manufacturers. One such man was Chicago industrialist Stanley H. "Wacky" Arnolt, the distributor for MG, Riley, and Morris in the Midwest. Arnolt was therefore well-connected in the automobile industry, so when in 1952 at the Turin Motor show he saw a stunning pair of cars bodied by Italian … [Read more...]

Four Seats From France – 1966 Alpine A110 GT4

Anyone who knows anything about rallying knows and probably loves the Alpine A110, the potent, usually blue rear-engined French machine that won the first ever World Rally Championship in 1973 and plenty of other events before that. What some may not know is that there was a 2+2 variant of the A110 called the GT4. … [Read more...]

Gem From Japan – 1966 Honda S800

Honda's first foray into sports cars started with the S500 in 1963 and ended when the S800 went out of production in 1970. The diminutive little two seaters were undeniably handsome although almost comically small, and the S600 gave Honda its first victory on four wheels at the Nurburgring in 1964. In typical Honda fashion, these cars offered a wonderful combination of fun and reliability with clever engineering that squeezed a lot of power out … [Read more...]

First Fuelie? – 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Factory Race Car

We really want this listing to be real. What the seller is representing is one of the most desirable Corvettes of all, the 1957 Corvette Factory Race car, that debuted at the Nassau races in December of 1956. That would make it the first fuel-injected example of its kind with the prototype Rochester system, and it is in completely original condition, having been in storage since about the time of the AMA racing ban and not even started since … [Read more...]

A Senior Junior – 1959 Lancia Dagrada Formula Junior

Formula Junior, the fondly remembered but unfortunately short-lived racing series that lasted from 1958 to 1963, brought about many nifty and beautiful designs from all over Europe and North America. The series was first initiated by an Italian and the series first found popularity there, so Italian machines dominated the early days of FJ. Predictably, the Italian cars were also the prettiest. Many of them look like scaled-down versions of the … [Read more...]

Runoff Ready – 1962 MG Midget

The smaller bore production classes in the SCCA can be great because they provide a great range of cars. All sorts of shapes, sizes, ages and countries of origin compete, and often cars from fifty years ago are still competitive (with some modern modifications) even today. It's just very cool to think that you could be as competitive on a national level with a humble old Spridget as you would be with a much newer Miata or Honda CRX. And with this … [Read more...]

Small by Another Name – 1969 Riley Elf

If you've always wanted a classic Mini but wished yours could be longer, heavier and uglier, then you might consider one of these. In 1961, BMC badge engineered the wildly popular Mini for its Riley and Wolseley brands with models called the Elf and Hornet, respectively. These were meant to be the upscale, luxury versions of the Mini, with wood veneer dashboards, extra chrome trim and leather seats. … [Read more...]

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