Automotive

The End of an Era is here as the Volkswagen company Produces the Final Beetle

The end of an era as the last Volkswagen Beetle was driven off of the production line in Puebla, Mexico. Originally designed by Ferdinand Porsche in 1938 to answer Adolf Hitler’s call for a “people’s car,” or a “volks wagen” in German.

Stretched Imagination: A Custom-Made 1953 Porsche 356 Limousine

Over the years people have made some “interesting” choices when they have embarked upon the idea of building a stretched limousine, but I’d be willing to bet that not many people have considered a classic Porsche 356 as the donor car. That is what we have here, and whether you like it or hate it, you would have to admit that it is nothing if not interesting. It is part of “The Taj Ma Garage Collection,” which is due to go under the hammer in Dayton, Ohio, on September 28th. What makes this doubly interesting is that it is being offered for auction with No Reserve. If Read More

Restored 1964 Volkswagen Type 2 21-Window Sunroof Deluxe

This 1964 Volkswagen Type 2 is a 21-window Sunroof Deluxe model that was reportedly sold new in Northern California and was purchased 16 years ago by the current owner, who is the seller’s brother-in-law. The bus received a three-year restoration by Europro of Costa Mesa, California that was completed in 2010 at a cost of over $61k. Work included a repaint in two-tone Sealing Wax Red and Beige Grey, as well as a new silver beige and basalt gray vinyl interior. Power is from a 1,688cc flat-four paired with a four-speed manual gearbox. This 21-window VW Bus is now offered by the seller on behalf of his Read More

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