Model Masterpiece: Ferrari 275 GTB

Ferrari Leasing

A report published in Bloomberg early this month speculated that we might soon see the world’s most expensive auction car at perhaps $100 million – a very special Ferrari 275 GTB. The 1965 Ferrari GTB/C Speciale was a race version of Ferrari’s fabulous mid-’60s berlinetta, and one of the three made, chassis No. 06885.

Model Masterpiece: Iso Grifo

Leasing a Iso Grifo GL Series II

The Grifo was a rarity, with 402 built from 1964-1974 in several versions. The car was actually the first of that series and the show car for that year’s Turin Auto Show. And to think, it all began with a little bubble car …

Model Masterpiece: Maserati Mistral

Leasing a Maserati

“Glamorous” is not a word you hear to describe modern Italian sports and GT cars. It’s a bit of a bygone word in an era when car designers and marketers much prefer terms like “aggressive.” Indeed, the modern versions often seem styled with angry-looking visages, perhaps to frighten other motorists or small children. The Maserati Mistral, built from 1963-1970, wears a happy look up front. Times are different.

Model Masterpiece: Mercedes-Benz 540K

Finance a Mercedes-Benz

The RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction will offer a 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet B on Friday, March 10. This is a so-called “early” Cabriolet B, which retains 500K-style bodywork, including vertical louvers on the hood sides, but with certain 540K features, including the bumpers. The Cabriolet B was distinguished by its four-passenger interior, with a comfortable rear seat for two, and a soft top with rear quarter windows.

Vintage Corner: Alfa Romeo Giulietta and Giulia Spider

Lease a Alfa Romeo

Last month in Scottsdale, Arizona, a restored 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce sold for $176,000 at the Bonhams auction in Scottsdale (including premium). Think about that: $176k can still buy a 40-year-newer Ferrari 550 Maranello, or a brand new Porsche 911 Turbo with a smattering of options.