100 hp doesn't sound like much, but when your car weighs right at 1,800 pounds, it's not as bad as you might think. Indeed, the 1956 Porsche 356 A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe was considered blistering for its time, using its Type 547/1 engine and Type 644 transmission to happily run 100 mph for extended periods, and reach a top speed of nearly 120 mph. This particular example was completely restored in Italy during 2005 and 2006, fitted with a series-correct replacement engine that itself was completely rebuilt, and carries with it a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity.
007's love of Aston Martins is well known. The Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition celebrates the storied secret agent's choice of ride with a number of subtle-yet-classy enhancements befitting of the world's most famous spy. The exterior is finished in an exclusive Spectre Silver livery, with sterling silver Aston Martin logos and edition-specific badging, while inside, there are numbered sill plaques, gun barrel embroidery, and a special start-up screen. Performance-wise, the car is identical to the standard GT, with a 6.0-litre V12 engine pumping out nearly 540 hp, a Touchtronic II six-speed transmission, a 0-62 mph time of just 4.5 seconds, and a baddie-evading top speed of 183 mph. Limited to just 150 examples, it arrives with a limited edition Omega Seamaster James Bond watch with an Aston Martin strap, and a matching 21" Globe-Trotter case.
It doesn't look quite like any BMW you've seen. And with good reason. The 1981 BMW M1 Coupe benefitted from a healthy infusion of Italian design, as the coach assembly was done at Ital Design and the suspension developed at Lamborghini. The 280hp, 3.5-liter six engine, however, is all German, and with fewer than 7,600 miles on the odometer, this is one of the most impressive examples of the 431 M1s ever built.
You won't see too many rally cars on the road today, and are even less likely to see one like this 1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale. Designed by Italian auto company Gruppo Bertone, the Stratos comes equipped with a Dino V-6 engine with triple Weber carburetors and 192 horsepower. Offered with its original drivetrain, this 75' Stratos — one of just 492 ever made — is available at auction after 20 years of continuous ownership. A guaranteed head-turner in bright blue, it's a rare opportunity to own a legendary rally car.
Ask an average Joe to name a Porsche, and they'll likely mention the 911. But in many ways, Porsche actually owes its success in America to the Speedster. This 1956 Porsche 356 A 1600 Speedster is a fine example of the automotive icon, clad in its original colors, boasting rare coupe seats, and accompanied by a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. It's powered by a 1,582cc four-cylinder engine putting out 60 hp, has a four-speed manual transmission, and underwent a restoration just ten years ago that returned the car to its original specifications, letting you enjoy the same experience as the original owner did nearly 60 years ago.
When the door was lifted on the SoCal garage that held this 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback for the last three decades, it was highly unlikely the person who found it knew its story. It was originally ordered by James Bond creator Ian Fleming for his friends Ivar and Josephine Bryce, the former of whom served as the basis for Felix Leiter. But beyond its notable owners, it's also extremely rare, as it is one of only 11 R-Types built with the left-hand-drive-only column change, and since it's unrestored, it's almost entirely original. It'll be auctioned off at Pebble Beach, which is fitting, since it was last shown publicly at the Concours d'Elegance in 1971.
A Ferrari isn't just another car. So when they set out to make a drop-top, they do more than just grab a saw and some fabric. The Ferrari 488 Spider is both the most aerodynamic convertible in the company's history and the most powerful convertible of its kind, thanks to a 3902 cc turbo-charged V8 taken from the 488 GTB that produces a burly 660hp. Combining that level of power with a lightweight spaceframe chassis made of 11 different aluminium alloys lets the car move from 0-62 mph in just 3 seconds, on its way to a maximum speed of over 200, and should you want to enjoy those speeds while keeping your hair in check, the top takes just 14 seconds to raise or lower.
Honestly, we could have skipped the year in the title for this 1969 Lamborghini Islero S, since that's the only year they were produced. One of only 100 ever made, the car is powered by a 4.0L V12 engine pumping out 345 hp, good for a top speed of 161 mph and a 0-60 time of 6.2 seconds, numbers fast enough for company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini, who drove one himself. This particular example has matching numbers, has undergone both a cosmetic and mechanical rebuild, the latter of which came in 2010, and arrives with the original sales brochure, owners manual, and refurbishment records.
The Gullwing is one of the most iconic car designs of all time. But only 2% of them are aluminum-bodied. Which makes this 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing one of only 29 like it ever to be produced. Along with the sought-after body, this example — painstakingly restored by 300 SL specialists Kienle Automobiltechnik — also features desirable upgrades like a Sonderteile engine outputting 215hp, a sports suspension, Rudge knock-off wheels, and a two-piece luggage set.
Originally built for a prince and one of only 36 to ever see the road, this 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast is highly exclusive, even by Ferrari standards. It's powered by a 5.0L V12 engine that produces 400 hp and is good for a top speed of 170 mph. Clad in Pininfarina bodywork, it was originally finished in a silvery gray, but was painted a classy dark blue during a two-year restoration that also saw the upholstery covered in red leather. Having spent 17 years in the renowned Mas du Clos collection, it has been well cared-for, and is likely the finest Superfast in existence, making it one of the most covetable Ferraris around.
The Shelby Daytona was built to compete with the Ferrari 250 GTO. And compete it did, dominating the GT circuit with wins at Daytona, Le Mans, Sebring, and the Nürburgring, among others, to take the FIA World Sportscar Championship in 1965. The 50th Anniversary Shelby Daytona Cobra celebrates this rich history by recreating this iconic race car. Buyers will be able to select from aluminum or fiberglass bodies, and will also be able to select an engine that matches their driving preferences. Limited to just 50 examples.
Largely unknown in the United States, the Adler brand is known for building some truly special automobiles before World War II. This 1938 Adler Trumpf Rennlimousine is an example of the German manufacturer's expertise, and was one of the first enclosed automobiles to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. One of only three examples of the Rennlimousine that is still around, this car is likely the best preserved of them all, with many of the original parts and details intact. A legitimate piece of automotive history available to the highest bidder in August.
Produced in very small quantities, the P538 is one of the most rare Italian sports cars of its era. This particular 1965 Bizzarrini P538 is chassis no. 001, and is powered by a 327-cu.in. Chevrolet Corvette V8 engine paired with a five-speed ZF manual transmission. Recently restored, the car was authenticated by Giotto Bizzarrini himself, who, before building the P538, was the leader of the team responsible for the Ferrari 250 GTO. Now in a condition suitable for entry into classic sports car competitions, it hasn't been offered publicly in decades, and represents an opportunity to own a unique piece of motoring history.
One of only 15 examples built, this 1953 FIAT 8V Supersonic is exceedingly rare — and exceedingly gorgeous. The coachwork was designed by Giovanni Savonuzzi at Ghia, and sits atop the chassis of an Otto Vu. Under the hood lies an example of the only overhead-valve V-8 that Fiat ever made, completely rebuilt to original specifications during an exhaustive 8-year restoration that also saw the transmission rebuilt, the bodywork smoothed out, the brightwork re-chromed, and the dashboard instruments and gauges restored. Now presented in like-new condition, it might be the best Supersonic left.
It's not the fastest of the 250s. Or the winningest, or the best-looking. But the 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta Lusso was the final model of the 250 series to be produced. Powered by a 243 hp V12 engine paired to a four-speed manual gearbox and independent front suspension, the Lusso straddled the line between luxury coupe and speedster, with a more refined interior than its racing-bred cousins. This particular model has matching numbers, wears its original color, recently had its engine rebuilt, and is a fine example of the 250's legacy.
Considered by many to be among the most beautiful cars ever built, the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider represents one of only 50 examples made. The car was the first Ferrari created specifically for the North American market, with Scaglietti taking the design largely from the Berlinetta "Tour de France". This particular model features a V12 engine producing 226 hp, a four-speed manual transmission, an aluminum hood, doors, and trunk lid, and an optional hardtop.
Some concepts become production cars. Some become nothing. But the Maserati Boomerang ended up influencing everything from high-end sports cars to the Volkswagen Golf. Debuted at the 1971 Turin Motor Show, this one-off was updated the next year to become fully-functional, with a 300+ hp V8 engine, a top speed of 186 mph, and gauges mounted inside the steering wheel. It was penned by Giorgetto Giugiaro, who designed the original Lotus Esprit and the Nikon D4, among many other notable items.
GT500's aren't exactly common. Examples kept at the company are even more rare, and designated "engineering" cars are rarer still. This 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 is among the latter. One of only 11 built that year, chassis number 0425 was born at Shelby's California plant, and still features the original 7.0L V8 with twin Holley four-barrel carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, inboard headlights, push-button Ford radio, and door locks. It's got only 52,000 miles on the odometer, has undergone plenty of maintenance to ensure it remains roadworthy — like swapping out the included original wheels with after-market replacements — and has only one notable defect, a non-functioning fuel gauge. So just remember to fill up before you head out.
It's the most expensive production car in the company's history. So it only makes sense that it's the quickest, too. The Lotus 3-Eleven combines an all-new, extremely lightweight body with a supercharged V6 pumping out 450 hp to reach speeds of 180 mph and sprint from 0-60 in less than 3 seconds. Limited to just 311 units, it will be available in both Road and Race versions, the latter arriving with more aero, a different gearbox, an FIA-approved drivers seat, and the same open-air cockpit as its road-ready sibling.