1991 Lancia Thema: What’s Your Type?

In the late 1980s, four European car marques launched competing midsize cars all based on the same “Type 4” platform. The Saab 9000 normalized Saab quirkiness. The Alfa Romeo 164 brought Alfa style and “reliability” to the states for about a minute. The Fiat Croma was a misspelled non-word. It also never made it across the Atlantic, thereby making it better than every Fiat 500L ever. The Lancia Thema likewise never made it over, but it had one thing the others lacked. A “Ferrari” V8.

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Auction Week 2017: Goliath

It’s been a busier than usual couple of weeks living in car Mecca. This past week was the Holy Grail – Scottsdale Arizona Auction Week. (For those not interested in “alternative facts,” Scottsdale only hosts most of the auctions. RM is in Phoenix. Silver is on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.) …

1962 Aston Martin DB4: It’s Only Mostly Dead


It doesn’t run. It barely rolls. All the rustable parts have rusted.  Frankly, it looks like Raoul Silva’s goons took their guns to it for a couple of hours.

Still, I love it. I LOVE the look of it. I love the backstory.

What I really really love is the chance to shoot it in a garage. A little bit steampunk,  A little bit postmodern industrial grunge. A whole lot of  ruin porn.

It’s for sale on January 18 in Scottsdale. If you win it, I am happy to store it in my garage for a while. As long as you don’t mind some value added “weathering.” [Ed.: somebody bought it for $374,000.]

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Bugatti Veyron: Lucky Numbers

Welcome to the best used car lot on the planet. So many display cars are from dealers and auctioneers, but what do I care? I get to be up close and personal with cars that I would otherwise never get close to. In this case, it means Bugatti Veyrons 7 and 8 in my personal collection of sightings. I don’t know if 7 (or 8) is a lot, only that either is more than 6, which is an entirely different record.

These two are for sale right now – yours for somewhere between $3,950,001 and infinity $2.5 and 4 million. Evidently, they have some sort of pedigree.

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Bentley Bentayga(roni?) and Friends

[Ed.: These are all dealer cars, as near as can be determined. We try not to pick on people’s personal pride and joy. That said, dealers and spec cars and show builds seem like fair game.]
Full disclosure – I already don’t understand why the Bentayga needs to exist in the first place, but it does. So it goes. Still, If you were going to drop 220 or 300 K on a bespoke “subtle reinterpretation of the marque’s signature design traits, from the super-formed, ultra sharp powerline to the handcrafted interior,” would you spend another 10? 100? to turn this:

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