Forgotten Frua – 1966 Glas 1700 GT

Glas got its start making farm machinery and may be best remembered for the hilariously named Goggomobil microcar, but they actually patented a technique  of using a belt to drive a camshaft. Struggling fellow German carmaker BMW was drooling over this technology, and bought Glas in 1966 to get their hands on it. Several BMWs of the mid to late-1960s are actually rebadged Glas designs. Glas retained a limited model range for a number of … [Read more...]

Wanted – Jaguar XK120 OTS Project

SCD Motors was recently contacted by a buyer in pursuit of a donor Jaguar XK120 OTS for an eventual competition car. The condition of engine is not a concern, as this individual already has a previous built unit he plans to use. What is important is that the car be complete. If you happen to have such a creature, or know of an example that fits this request, please contact us at and all submissions will remain … [Read more...]

Dirty Rotten Race Car – Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider

At some point this 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider was campaigned by some people out of Maryland in SCCA F-Production and I'm sure whoever was driving had a blast thanks to the wonderful 1,300 cc engine and fantastic handling, but its competition days are obviously long behind it. Put away and left to the cruel elements, it's been outside and stationary long enough for the floors to rot out, the paint to peel away, the interior to evaporate and the … [Read more...]

Something Special – 1955 Swartley-OSCA

In the early 1950s, SCCA racer Skip Swartley had been campaigning an Allard, but in 1955 he took a delivery of a tube-frame, aluminum-bodied, OSCA-powered one-off special to race in the G-Modified class. It was reportedly designed by Jim Troy of Burbank, California. Swartley debuted the pretty little car at the Pebble Beach races in April of that year, and after many impressive performances, including victory at Torrey Pines and the Bremerton Cup … [Read more...]

British Icon, Made in Belgium – 1953 Minerva Land Rover Series 1

The Series 1 Land Rover is one of the most recognizable of all, having conquered terrain all over the world and shuttled the soldiers of many nations. Much less well known is the version  built under contract in Belgium of all places, by Minerva. Minerva of Antwerp had built some of the finest coach built luxury cars of the 1930s, but like many such carmakers it was in dire straits after the Second World War. Seeing the Belgian … [Read more...]

Original 5-Speed – 1972 BMW 2002 tii

It's not uncommon to see old 2002's, which came standard with a 4-speed gearbox, retrofitted with a 5-speed from later E21 3 Series Bimmers. It's a relatively straightforward modification that really improves the car, but at one time BMW themselves offered a ZF 5-speed as an optional extra in the 2002 tii. Very few examples were so equipped, and it's entirely possible that there are more E21 5-speed 2002's out there than ZF ones. … [Read more...]

+2, 1/2 Finished – 1972 Lotus Elan +2

Lotus's featherweight Elan was the company's first real commercial success in the world of road cars, making up for the advanced but expensive Elite that preceded it. Car and Driver┬ásaid that it "fits like a Sprite, goes like a Corvette and handles like a Formula Junior." With a description like that, you wouldn't think that it would be the kind of car that would be lengthened and strapped with two extra seats. But that's exactly what Lotus did … [Read more...]

Ouch – 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

Have you ever driven a classic Mercedes-Benz? Have you ever hit a deer? Have you ever hit a deer while driving a classic Mercedes-Benz? Apparently, one person has, resulting in the pretty depressing-looking disfigurement on the front of this poor 190SL. Deer damage isn't the only problem, either, as there is rust in the fenders and rockers as well as the many telltale signs of a car that's been sitting for a long time. The seller reports that the … [Read more...]

Buried Treasure – 1958 AC Aceca

The AC Ace would of course go on to lend DNA to the Shelby Cobra, but it was a highly capable sports car in its own right, as was its coupe derivative, the Aceca. Aside from its gorgeous Ferrari Barchetta-like aluminum bodywork, the Ace was noted for its fine handling and had enviable racing success on both sides of the Atlantic, particularly the SCCA in the United States. A popular option from 1956 for any AC, be it for road or track, was the … [Read more...]

Barn Fresh – 1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Convertible

This 1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Convertible is reportedly "barn fresh", whatever that means. The pictures will show that the car has needs, but the seller said it's "only missing a few easily sourced items and is otherwise complete. Hub cap mounts, usable hub cap centers, a gear shift knob, and one rear bumper bracket are all that I see missing." Clearly in need of a full restoration (and then some), this Lancia was last on the road in 1977 … [Read more...]

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