We're all aware of the spectacular failures of the car which bore his name, but as it turns out, he actually had great taste in cars himself. For example, take Edsel Ford's 1934 Model 40 Special Speedster ($TBA). Inspired by European rides of the late '20s and early '30s and drawn by Ford's chief designer E.T. Gregorie, the Speedster was based on a 1934 Ford frame but underwent major surgery to appear longer and lower, and has recently been restored to its original specifications, making it as authentic as any 1940 model could reasonably be.
There's just something about the futurism of the '50s and '60s that makes us all warm and fuzzy inside, and this 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera Competition Coupe will have the same effect on you — right before it pins you to the seat. Despite its seemingly meek 220bhp, 2-liter flat-six cylinder engine, the car — commonly referred to at the time as the Carrera 6 — offers up a top speed of nearly 170 mph, an original multi-tubular chassis frame, and a new FIA-approved roll cage. This particular specimen won a 1967 Australian Championship, is one of only 66 ever built, and just happens to look like a spaceship.
Some cars are old, and some cars are classic — but not all old cars are classics. This 1925 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix Two-Seater is a rare example of an automobile that's both. Owned for most of its life by Bugatti enthusiast Jack Perkins, this right-wheeled racer sports a straight-eight, turbocharged engine that's started the Indy 500, original components sourced from Bugatti, and a heritage of setting records at Bugatti Owners' Club hill climbs year after year. Of course, it's already been sold at auction, but if you've got the cash pay for it, you might also have ways of tracking down the buyer.
Own a piece of automotive, racing, and movie history with a winning bid on this 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider ($TBA). Only the eighth of 35 750 Monza spiders to be built, this unique specimen — serial number 0492M — proved its on-track worth while driven in various races, before being cast in On the Beach, a post-apocalyptic flick that saw Fred Astaire driving it. Tech specs include a 260 hp DOHC four-cylinder engine, a five-speed manual transmission, an independent front suspension, de Dion rear axle, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes — as if any of that matters.
Modern SUVs offer a great blend of comfort, performance, and utility, but they just can't match the unabashed ruggedness of earlier models. This 1959 Land Rover Series II Model 109 is certainly among those, with seating for ten, a "tropical" roof, tank-like construction that's even more robust than the cheaper follow-up Series IIA model, and a like-new condition thanks to a full restoration by well-known Land Rover enthusiast Lanny Clark, using only original parts. Part of a run that lasted only two years, this classic is sure to keep you going in the snow and sun for years to come without going out of style.