Archive for April, 2009

For Sale: One-Off Jaguar Racer Built by John Fitch

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

This one-off special is based on a Jaguar XK120 and is available from Automotive Restorations in Stratford, Connecticut. It was built by John Fitch, an American racer who raced during the 1950’s and 1960’s in the world sports car championship, winning Sebring and the Mille Miglia, and competing at Le Mans several times as well. This car was built to compete at Le Mans but is reported never to have raced there because Fitch was later signed with Briggs Cunningham. It is an attractive car built in period, with known mechanicals, providing an appealing combination of attributes for event use.

Video: Ride in a Lamborghini Miura P400 S

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

This video is excellent inspiration for those who are in the midst of a Lamborghini Miura restoration and are thus suffering from withdrawal (ahem, a condition about which we know absolutely nothing, certainly not personal experience such as this). The video contains some wonderful noises and is a product of the website In Rodaggio, a German website dedicated to early Lamborghinis.

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Fully Restored Early Fiat Dino Spider

Monday, April 27th, 2009

This 1967 Fiat Dino Spider looks like an extremely nice example and is available for a fully priced $67,500 from The San Diego Collection in, logically enough, San Diego. Powered by the Ferrari 2.0 liter V6 that would be used in the Ferrari Dino and the Lancia Stratos, these are elegant cars styled by Pininfarina. The elegance of the cars means that yellow is perhaps not the best choice for the car, but it is difficult to argue with this car’s condition. Until quite recently, these cars were not worth very much, which means that many examples are incomplete, have had their engines pillaged, or have been tastelessly modified. (more…)

Event Report: Start of the 2009 California Mille

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

The 2009 California Mille begins tomorrow, and today was the traditional display of participating cars in front of San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel. This year’s route begins by proceeding southwards towards Mount Hamilton, and on to Carmel, Cambria, then back up to Sacramento and eventually Sonoma county. There was a wide variety of interesting cars on hand, including the participating cars, and several Palo Alto Concours d’Elegance vehicles as well.

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For Sale: World Class Grand Touerer from…Switzerland?? 1970 Monteverdi High Speed 375L

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

This 1970 Monteverdi 375 L is available here from F40 Motorsports in Portland, Connecticut. This Swiss are not exactly prolific car manufacturers, but Switzerland is a country full of car enthusiasts. Peter Monteverdi was a Swiss distributor for Ferrari, Lancia, and BMW automobiles, and following a disagreement with Mr. Ferrari, he set out to produce his own cars. Thus, Monteverdi is another company that owes its existence to the abrasive personality of Enzo Ferrari (like ATS and Lamborghini). (more…)

Factory Porsche 904 Crash Test!

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Sadly this photo did not scan so well, but I happened upon this image credited to the Porsche factory as their first ever crash test in 1966. Apparently they dropped a 904 from a crane to approximate a 50kph impact. This is not a situation in which to say “those were the days”. It might be more appropriate to say “times have changed” instead.