Back in October, there was one car at Scarsdale that made everything look like a toy. Even the Ferraris and Jaguar sports cars trembled in its wake. It may not outrun the Corvettes, or the Z28 at teh show, but it will certainly sit in their rear view mirrors, making them tremble and wonder which politician’s palm they forgot to grease. Say hello to this big, mean, imposing 1964 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 four-door hardtop. I did. Then I checked my messages to see if I’d forgotten about a sports book debt I owed.
Time to pay up.
This is how Ferrari does a 4 banger, to race competitively in the lower displacement classes. The 750 Monza was an evolution of the Ferrari 500 Mondial. It featured a larger 3.0L inline four that produced a healthy 250hp… very healthy indeed when you consider this car only weighs 1,600 lbs.
This 750 Monza showed up outside the Ritz Carlton during the Amelia Island Concours Weekend. It was quite stunning. Enjoy!
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Many of you see an old antique Mercedes here, but I see the first supercar. The Mercedes-Benz 300SL was a car that moved the bar for performance to an entirely new level in the 1950s. It was the first road car capable of reaching 150 mph, and it was raced extensively all over the world. The coupe version of the 300SL also had the fabulous gulling doors you see here, which really set it apart from anything else on the road.
Yes, today it is a classic, maybe even a museum piece, but I hope anyone lucky enough to own one of these cars has the dignity to let it stretch its legs, at least once in a while.
Spotted in the parking lot of the Quail Lodge during Monterey Car Week.
Few cars out there can even hope to compare with the pure style of the Volkswagen Type 2. It makes quite an entrance everywhere it goes, and is always greeted by excitement and adoration. This mint green one at Hopewell Cruise Night was extra funky.
This immaculate Ferrari 166 MM is one of those restorations that almost certainly looks better today than the day it left the factory. Keep in mind, these cars were originally built for sports car racing, and the MM in the name stands for Mille Miglia – arguably the most insane road race of all time. Beauty was secondary to the this Ferrari’s original function, but now that it’s a classic, worth millions of dollars, beauty has become its primary purpose. Given that change, it makes sense that the workmanship would take a step up during the restoration. Racecars are mean to be pushed to destruction in the pursuit of victory, show cars are meant to be a timeless spectacle for the eye.
Looking at these photos, it seems this Ferrari 166 MM has made that jump, and they did a spectacular job with it.
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The classic BMW 507 is a looker without a roof, but it’s also quite handsome with its hardtop in place. I love when these things aren’t an afterthought in the car’s design.
Taking a trip down memory lane, looking through the photos I’ve taken over the years, I stumbled across this gem from Pebble Beach in 2011. It’s none other than Sir Stirling Moss, and he’s driving the legendary Mercedes 300 SLR 722 in which he won the 1955 Mille Miglia. He set the all-time speed record for the Mille Miglia that year, and it has never been beaten. I realized I hadn’t shared it yet, and it definitely needed to be published.
Sir Stirling Moss is a gentleman about as epic as they come. His wit is hysterical in conversation, and he’s an absolutely fearless driver. Stirling didn’t just put-put the SLR around at the event either. No, after I snapped the shot above, he took the 722 down to the shoreline for a quick photo-op, and then proceeded to absolutely flog the car up the side road behind the lodge. The crowd had moved on while Sir Stirling was having his photo-op, and everyone was astonished and surprised as the SLR’s racing-spec straight-six was fully unleashed, tires screeched, and we all saw a silver flash pass between the openings between buildings. The sound was delicious to our ears, and I was beyond thrilled to see the man himself give it the beans for old time’s sake.
Sure, the 300 SLR 722 is about as valuable as a car can be, easily worth $50 million + if it ever went to auction, but who better to let it rip than the man who still know’s it best? It’s a moment I will surely never forget.
More photos of the car from Pebble Beach below, as well as two videos about Sir Stirling Moss and this most-insane Mercedes racecar.
Petrolicious on the 1955 Milli Miglia:
My video from a press conference Sir Stirling held at Lime Rock:
Is there a more Italian car than the Fiat Jolly? I mean, yea, there are the Ferraris and Maseratis of the world, but they take themselves a little too seriously. The Fiat Jolly, on the other hand, is all about taking the day off and going for a picnic at the beach in style. Now what’s more quintessentially Italian than that?
Unfortunately, while it may seem like one of life’s simple pleasures, Fiat Jollys are quite expensive nowadays. This one sold for $88,000 at Bonhams auction, and that’s a pretty pricy picnic.
We caught this crisp blue Camaro on our way out from the Scarsdale Concours. Gotta love the Z/28!
There are moments where circumstances align to create unbelievable opportunities, things that aren’t “supposed to happen,” but do anyway. Being prepared, in the right place at the right time is everything. So when I found myself on the Maryland shore on a picture perfect day, all alone with a 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante, I knew I had to seize the moment.
I spent well over an hour pouring over this magnificent machine. A few other people strolled over to check it out, but for most of the time it was just me and this rolling French masterpiece. How often does anyone get to shoot a car worth well north of $10 million all alone in such a scenic location?
I mean, a shoot like this, with a car of this caliber, likely isn’t something I could even organize at this point. But in the situation as it played out, the opportunity presented itself at the St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance.
Enjoy the contrast between the stark, and dark, Art Deco lines of this Bugatti in the lush landscape of the Eastern Maryland shore.
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Most cars on the road today can’t even get near 150mph, but back in 1933 this supercharged Afla Romeo 8C 2900B could go faster. Originally a racing car, it took third place in the Mille Miglia before it was re-bodied into the beautiful GT car you see here.
As a road car based on a racing car, this is the pre-war precursor to what we now know as the hypercar. The Alfa Romeo 8C was among the fastest racecars of the era, and here was one you could drive to the shops. It was literally a Formula One car for the road.
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