Model Perspective: Ferrari 488 Pista Spider

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You knew it was coming. Ferrari’s introduction of the 488 Pista Spider at Pebble Beach this past August followed the coupe version introduced last March. But if you follow Ferrari, you knew long ago that both were coming. It’s been Ferrari’s pattern to offer stripped-down track versions of its mid-engine V8 models since the 360 Challenge Stradale 15 years ago.

Model Masterpiece: Lancia Stratos HF

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Google “Lancia Stratos revival” and a number of stories pop up, giving you an idea of the enthusiasm still burning for this 40+ year-old sports car. The revivals never seem to happen, but the originals keep on generating more and more interest.

Model Preview: McLaren Speedtail

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McLaren recently showed its next Ultimate Series car, the Speedtail, to customers who committed to buying the 106 cars to be built. That’s (intentionally) the same number of F1s made, and, like that seminal supercar, the Speedtail puts the driver in the middle, flanked by a passenger seat on either side.

Quick Look: The $90,000 Volvos

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This past August at the Bonhams Quail Lodge auction in Monterey, a beautiful blue 1972 Volvo 1800 ES with 56,000 original miles sold for $92,400, including buyer’s premium.

Model Masterpiece: Ferrari 500 Superfast

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Ferrari has been reviving classic model names for many years, most recently with the 812 Superfast. That badge originated with the 500 Superfast, a big yet exquisitely sleek grand tourer built for the marque’s top customers from 1964-1966.