Autos for sale
So, what do you all make of this 1969 Dodge Daytona
barn find car port find from Alabama? It’s set to hit the auction block next month at Mecum with an expected hammer price attached to it of somewhere between $150k and $180K. Just to get the facts straight before meandering onto the staged photos of it in a barn (staged photos by an auction house?! say it ain’t so!) mixed in on the following page, the rare car is 1 of only 503 built and has had 2 owners from new with a claimed 20k original miles. Intrigued? Then let’s move on and delve a little deeper on the next page, shall we? Continue reading →
The 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback featured in the above film by Kidston is for sale here. Would make a good stocking stuffer, wouldn’t you say? But if you’d rather drive a scruffy all original example and do the necessary restoration work yourself, stick around for the next feature coming up.
While I briefly referred to this 1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S in another story the other day about a 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial coming up for sale in the same auction (December 10th in New York), I’m thinking this one deserves a closer inspection, after all.
First of all, when looking at all the flat and angular lines and shapes of this car (that incidentally represents poster material for virtually every car obsessed youth growing up in the 80’s), one has to wonder… Continue reading →
The title of this work is appropriately named, “Abarth in Paris” and it can be all yours to hang anywhere you so desire. Here’s the backstory:
Let me tell you, it took some huge amount of restraint to publish only half of the photos taken by Remi Dargegen of this 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial bodied by Scaglietti. A 1,984 cc DOHC Lampredi in-line four cylinder, the car has been making its rounds about the internet already as it is scheduled to hit the auction block in New York on December 10th. While each car RM/Sotheby’s are featuring in their upcoming sale is an example of absolute perfection in their own right, none offer the character epitomized by this particular old race car. As the story goes…
Wow, another great car to be offered for sale at the upcoming Keno Brothers auction in New York on the 19th. This 1972 Nissan Fairlady Z432 is estimated to reach between $125,000 and $250,000 U.S. doll hairs, which might seem outrageous but here’s the reason why it’s worth the loot… Continue reading →
This 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 N.A.R.T. Competizione is about the roll across the auction block on the 19th. Talk about an amazingly mechanical symphony of V12 sound. More photos and a link to the Keno Brothers lot can be found on the following page… Continue reading →
In researching my upcoming book on the Porsche 356, I was overjoyed when I saw this car at the Dana Point Porsche 356 show, thinking I had discovered a long lost prototype.
Many years ago, roughly 1970, I was walking along a street in West Hollywood when I saw a guy leaning on a white Porsche with round taillights. I was curious because it was a 911 body style but the taillights on those are normally horizontal. I asked him about it and he said it was a 911R. He claimed it was so light it would lift the front wheels on acceleration. I wrote a story about it in Motor Trend but was still a little suspicious that he was having me on, with a custom car saying it was a factory race car.
In the intervening 45 years I have come across a couple more articles and learned more. The 1967 Typ 911 R is profiled in Randy Leffingwell’s “Porsche Legends – Inside History Of The Epic Cars” who says that the lightweight run of twenty cars was built as a race car prototype. (Editor’s Note: Chassis No.17 is pictured throughout this story in it’s many different configurations) According to him, they used fiberglass wherever possible for body panels and the side glass and rear glass was replaced by plexiglass. Because it was a racing car, you Continue reading →
This 1988 Ferrari Testarossa project was just e-mailed to me from a viewer to post
for sale (sold as of 9/8/15). It is located in Edmonton, Alberta, Calgary. More photos, description and contact information is available on the following page. The only requirement we at CarBuildIndex.com ask is that if you buy it, please keep us up to date on the rebuild! We don’t have any further info than that which is given on the next page, so please be sure to contact the seller directly with any questions…
I have a private theory on why some car body styles disappear.
They are simply shamed out of existence.
Take for example the Sedanca de Ville. It means sedanca of the city. I gather the sedanca was a body where the chauffeur sat out front, where he got rained on, while the occupants sat in back under a solid roof.
I saw a newsreel of the 10s and there were hundreds of them on Fifth Avenue, so I think it was once a common body style.
But along the way, after WWII, when the GIs had fought overseas and came back, there was a more egalitarian spirit in America. Nobody wanted to be the damn chauffeur. And rich people didn’t want to be seen exploiting the poor chauffeur. So the model died out, quickly. Continue reading →
Sometimes I feel like the cop that married Marilyn Monroe. Before she was Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean Baker I believe was her original name). After he divorced her and she became a big star, I am sure every time he passed a movie theatre with the poster from Some Like It Hot, he winced.
I’m the same way, every time I see a Ferrari 365 GTC/4. I tell the story in my book Incredible Barn Finds but to some it up in one line: bought from movie producer for $19,000, drove three years, sold for 60K. And thought I was doin’ good.
I noticed that Gooding has one coming up for sale at Pebble Beach and I will walk past eyes averted to stop that angst from coming back. But they are great cars.
They say in their catalog that it is a car “Epitomizing the gran turismo concept.”
They compared it to the Daytona saying that it is “harder edged”, and I agree. Steering the un-power assisted Daytona, for example, is an absolute chore.
The 365 GTC/4 debuted at Geneva in 1971 and replaced both the 365 GT 2+2 and 365 GTC.
I think it’s called the “4” because it has four cams, not because it has four seats, though the two back seats are extremely vestigial… Continue reading →
One of the more scary adventures I had in my life as a car writer was volunteering to ride up to Angeles’ Crest Highway, a mountaintop road above Los Angeles, in a RS200 “Evolution” model. So not only was it a rare mid-engined rally Ford but it was a further evolution of the original model. We were blasting 100 mph uphill and, amazingly, at the same time being passed by café racers on motorcycles who thought we were going too slow!
Gooding Auction Co., at Monterey in mid-August, will be selling an almost identical RS200. I think it is a formidable sports car, and the joy of it is that you can drive it off road, which you can’t exactly do with a Ferrari. (Editor’s note: ah, but let’s not forget that Harry Metcalfe recently drove a Testarossa across the Sahara)
The RS200 was conceived by Ford Motorsport in England in the early ‘80s.
It was basically built to showcase Ford engineering, and in a way showed that differently than the previous mid-engined Ford, the GT40 which ran only on nice smooth racetracks like LeMans. .
The RS200 boasted an advanced four-wheel drive system, a turbocharged Cosworth engine, and a sophisticated suspension system that would take all the bumps and dips and rough surface of the rally routes of the world.
Ford says the bodywork was designed by Ghia. I believe it but wonder if it was to a British design, I don’t see much of the grace of an Italian designed car, so maybe that was when Ford owned Ghia and they built the design to whatever Ford design studio sent them.
Gooding says in their catalog that, for many years, The Guinness Book of Records listed the RS200 as the world’s fastest accelerating production automobile, achieving 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.2 seconds and a 0-100-0 time of just 12.6 seconds. I think the one I had a ride in up the mountain was faster, but let me tell you, you don’t want to go any faster, particularly on a dirt road… Continue reading →
We’ll make any excuse to talk about Renault R5 Turbos, so when this restoration recently popped up on dragint.com we were more than happy to take the opportunity to share it just for that reason. As legend has it, Renault needed a rally car to go up against Lancia’s successful Stratos back in the glory days of racing so they employed Marcello Gandini at Bertone to take on the honors. He was assigned to design the box flared rear bodywork for the otherwise pedestrian 5 hatchback model since they were about to take the economy car and twist everything about it around in a full 180. You see, they would need those wide arches to house steamroller tires since the engine would be now transplanted to the middle for better handling and more direct rear wheel drive action. The first run of 400 Turbo 1’s satisfied Group 4 homologation requirements, but they continued production with the following Turbo II’s outside of the Alpine factory just for the glory of it all. And who could blame them? Stock the 1.4 liter turbo 4’s had about 160 hp in the lowest available configuration, but with the modifications this example has seen it should make quite a bit more. Racing “Maxi” examples were known to make well over double that amount, and we’d love to test drive this car, which happens to be for sale by the way, to give our own seat-of-the-pants estimate. Check its restoration out on the following page… Continue reading →
When I went to Expo ’67 in Montréal, Quebec, Canada one of the things I remember most is the pearl white Alfa Montreal from the show. At the time it was just a concept car but eventually reached production.
Though everyone credits the car to designer Marcello Gandini I still think the horizontal vents in the C-pillar and the half hidden headlights (with “blinds”) are Giugiaro trademarks. Gandini came to Bertone after Giugiaro left for Ghia.
The first two prototypes were powered by an inline-4 from the Alfa Romeo Giulia, but the production version had an engine that is one big reason for collecting this car, whose styling has dated somewhat from other Gandini designs. The engine was an aluminum block 90° V8, with race car like dry-sump lubrication and SPICA fuel injection. This was a variation of the V8 which powering the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 racecar… Continue reading →
You have to kind of laugh at those US laws designed to keep cars out. Back in the late ’80s, standing on the belief that a few laws about bumpers and such would keep out progress, the US gum’mint said the Porsche 959 was persona non grata, never mind that it was a high tech car bringing some great new things to the table. Even Bill Gates, who founded a computer software company way back when couldn’t bring his in. Oh, he bought one, he just couldn’t legalize it. He finally sponsored a law that allowed people to bring in non-conforming cars if they were low production, etc.
And now that all these years have passed, anyone can buy a 959 in the U.S., if they can afford one, that is. In the meantime since the ’80s, they went up to a million and more.
Gooding will be offering this one at their Monterey auction. First a little history, straight from their catalog… Continue reading →
“Supersonic” seems like such a quaint word nowadays, but I am old enough to remember when airplanes (or should I spell it “aeroplane”?) were sub-sonic. It was a big deal in the newspapers that the sound barrier had been broken. Nowadays there’s plenty of fighters than can go supersonic.
But going back to the car world, car designers in the Fifties were much influenced by what was happening in the aircraft field which is why Giovanni Savonuzzi of Ghia, when he designed this body, called it the Supersonic. Now I don’t remember a design being used on so many different brand chassis but this cars was used on several, from Fiat (the 8V) to Alfa, to Jaguar and there’s even a Cobra 427 with this body on it, though that was done much later than the original Supersonics…
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Giugiaro, recently retired, is recognized as the greatest Italian car designer. How’izzit, then, that he’s done only three or four of them?
I think it was that Bertone wasn’t Enzo’s buddy so when Giugiaro did this one even getting that chassis was a struggle. Later when Giugiaro went to Ghia, De Tomaso, who owned Ghia wasn’t anybody’s buddy.
And when Giugiaro started Ital Design he didn’t have a factory (he pieced the BMW M1 together unwillingly working with a German supplier).
This car is controversial because it doesn’t look like any other Ferrari, even though he did a second for Bertone. Also with its split grille, it looks a little like a Pontiac. (Editor’s Note: Wallace, we love ‘ya, but we’re going to have to politely disagree on that comment about everything but perhaps the nose.)
It so happens I interacted with the car while a spear carrier for Motor Trend, I did a little photography on the side and managed to get an assignment from an assistant art director at Motor Trend, and a Ferrari fanatic, to help Automobile Quarterly find some Ferraris to photograph for a story they were running.
So off I went, from one owner on the list supplied me to another. Most of the cars were impressive (the GTC/4 inspired me to buy one decades later) but I wasn’t prepared for the singular beauty of the one-off Bertone short wheelbase berlinetta.
But first, let me go back and say who Bertone is… Continue reading →
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