R.I.P. Arizona Concours

What better way to kick off “Auction Week” in Arizona than with a world-class car show? No for sale signs on the seats. No trolling with slow-moving spec builds or murky provenance cars by dealers, like at the local shows. Since 2014, that answer was the Arizona Concours d’Elegance. The Concours was spectacular. The setting…

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…

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.) The buildup started with the…

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…

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…