Automotive

The True Story Of How A Ferrari Ended Up Buried In Someone’s Yard

These photos, taken in February, 1978, show a Dino 246 GTS being unearthed from the front yard of a home in Los Angeles. The photos have been making the rounds online for years. But what’s the real story? How’d the Dino wind up underground, and where is it now? In May, 1977, Sandra Ilene West, dressed in her best lace nightgown and seated upright at the wheel of her powder-blue 1964 Ferrari 330 America, was lowered into a concrete mausoleum — just as her last will and testament had instructed. The 37-year-old widow of a Texas oilman had died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs at Read More

1965 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider Hits The Auction Block

This 1965 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider features coachwork from Carrozzeria Touring and was purchased by the late owner in 1985. Power is from a 2,584cc DOHC inline-six, which is equipped with triple Solex carburetors and mated to a 5-speed gearbox. In 1986, the car was shipped back to Italy, where it was refurbished by Auto Sport in Modena. Work included refinishing the body in white and reupholstering the interior in blue leather. The car was later off the road for about 25 years, during which time it was reportedly stored in a climate-controlled garage. In 2016, Auto Elite of Tenafly, New Jersey changed the fluids, serviced the Read More

Porsche 916 Prototype

Brutus, The Original Porsche 916 Prototype, Goes On The Auction Block

The first Porsche 916 prototype, “Brutus.” Photos courtesy Artcurial. In an alternate timeline, the Porsche 911 may have lost its crown as the brand’s halo car circa 1972, replaced by a high-performance 914 variant called the 916. History records a different outcome, but on February 8, the car that might have altered Porsche’s story — the 1971 916 prototype nicknamed “Brutus” — crosses the auction block in Paris, France, part of Artcurial’s Retromobile 2019 sale. The gestation of the Porsche 914, a joint venture between Porsche and Volkswagen, was a long and painful one. At several points during the car’s development, differences of opinion between the companies Read More

1958 Porsche 356 Speedster

Jerry Seinfeld Accused Of Selling Fake 1958 Porsche 356 Speedster for $1.5 Million

Jerry Seinfeld’s lawyers find themselves busy once again as the comedian and card-carrying Porsche-phile is now being sued for selling a $1.5 million classic Porsche that apparently turned out to be a fake. According to the New York Daily News, the lawsuit was filed in Manhattan Federal Court and alleges that the Auratium Green 1958 Porsche 356 A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster sold for $1,540,000 at a Gooding & Co. auction on March 11, 2016 is “inauthentic.” Sold as part of the “Jerry Seinfeld Collection” in Amelia Island, Florida, the listing advertises the Speedster as “one of approximately 56 GS/GT Carrera Speedsters built with alloy panels” and Read More

You Could Own A 1964 Lancia Flaminia 3C Touring Convertible

This 1964 Lancia Flaminia 3C is one of 180 convertibles bodied by Carrozzeria Touring and is powered by a 2.8-liter V6 equipped with three Weber carburetors. It is finished in red over a biscuit leather interior and shows 85k miles. Equipment includes a rear-mounted 4-speed manual transaxle, De Dion rear suspension, 4-wheel disc brakes, a body-colored removable hardtop, a soft top with matching boot cover, and a Becker Mexico AM/FM radio. This Flaminia was purchased by the current owner in the mid 1980s and is now being offered on dealer consignment in Connecticut. The sale includes spares, recent service records, factory literature, and a clean California title Read More

1962 Austin-Healey 3000 BT7 4-Seat Roadster

This 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 BT7 is a Mk II 4-seat roadster that was the subject of a 17-month refurbishment in sage green over beige leather completed in October 2018 by British Restoration Corp. of Philadelphia. The work encompassed the body, chassis, drivetrain, suspension, electrical system, hydraulics, interior, glass, and trim as detailed in an accompanying agreement. The rear wheels are driven by a period 2.9-liter inline-six paired with a Toyota 5-speed manual transmission, and additional upgrades include Dayton wire wheels, a leather interior, wool carpeting, mohair roof components, a stainless steel exhaust system, and more. The customer for whom the car was built could not take it due Read More

Jerry Seinfeld’s 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 Is For Sale Right Now

If you’ve spent any time watching Jerry Seinfeld’s coolest cars rolling down the street during episodes of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, you know he knows fine automobiles. You’re probably also aware that he’s a die-hard Porsche fanatic. According to Schumacher Cargo Logistics, “at one time he owned a record 46 Porsche models in the over 150 car collection.” This customized 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 is one of those cars. Serial number 009 was built in collaboration between Porsche Exclusive and Seinfeld himself to take the already insane specs of the 997-generation of 911s and kicking them up a notch with further weight reductions (bare Read More

Burt Reynolds’ Car Collection Headed to Auction in Las Vegas

Fans of Burt Reynolds have the chance to own a piece of movie history with the late actor’s incredible car collection heading to the famed Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas later this month. The actor, who died earlier this month at the age of 82, left behind some iconic film memorabilia in the form of replicas of the cars he drove during some of his most famous films. While the studios kept the originals — or they did not make it out in one piece after shooting — the actor told Barrett-Jackson Auction’s website, prior to his death, that he had the vehicles commissioned because he “always Read More

49 Years-Owned 1963 Porsche 356B 1600S Cabriolet On Market

This 1963 Porsche 356B 1600S Cabriolet is a black-plate example that was purchased by the seller on February 27, 1969 from Leon Felton Motors in San Rafael, California with 69,168 miles. It was originally finished in Ivory, and the seller had a Champagne Yellow repaint completed in July 1971 at German Motors in Sacramento. The car served as a daily driver until 1977 and has primarily been used on weekends since 1980. Power is from a 1,600cc Type 616/12 T-6 flat-four paired with a 4-speed manual transaxle, and the engine was reportedly overhauled less than 2,500 miles ago in 1991. This 356 is said to have traveled just over 209k Read More

Most Valuable Auto Ever Auctioned Will Go On Sale Later This Month

One collector car auction in California this month could potentially set three separate auto auction records: The most valuable car ever auctioned, the most valuable British car and, just possibly, the most valuable American car ever auctioned. The days leading up to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance classic car show in Monterey, California, are filled with events for high-end car collectors, including auctions at which record prices are frequently paid for the most desirable cars. On August 25, the day before the Concours, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO estimated to be worth between $45 million and $60 million will be auctioned at RM Sotheby’s annual Monterey sale. Read More