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Category Archives: Classic Bits

FERRARI 212 EXPORT BARCHETTA—A CAR WITH REAL LEGS PART 2

THIS PARTICULAR FERRARI seems to hold a record for the most consecutive appearances in Road and Track: July 1952 through a full road test in November of that year. Here … Continue reading

May 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

FERRARI 212 EXPORT BARCHETTA—A CAR WITH REAL LEGS PART 1

TALK ABOUT LEGS! I believe I’ve identified the car having  the most consecutive appearances in a single year of Road and Track: The year was 1952 and the car was … Continue reading

May 5, 2022 · Leave a comment

A RICHNESS OF RED PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE CELEBRATED the 90th birthday of Enzo Ferrari in the Hors Ligne Special: Ferrari, 1988, what I termed a soft-cover coffee-table art book. Today in Part 2, let’s continue … Continue reading

April 29, 2022 · 1 Comment

A RICHNESS OF RED PART 1

IN 1988, HORS LIGNE PUBLISHED a Special of its “Magazine of Quality Leisure.” Printed in Switzerland on premium stock, the magazine even incorporated a hologram of the original Ferrari GTO … Continue reading

April 28, 2022 · 1 Comment

HAVE I GOT A DEAL FOR YOU!

OPTIONS ARE SO enticing in car purchases, even more so in the early days of motoring. Here are automotive enhancements gleaned from Floyd Clymer’s Historical Motor Scrapbook, Clymer Motors, 1944. … Continue reading

April 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

HOLMES, THE ISLE OF MAN, AND PETER H. WOOD

AMONG PETER HARRY WOOD’S PASSIONS were vintage British cars and Sherlock Holmes. Peter was invested into The Baker Street Irregulars in 1985 with the BSI sobriquet “The Second Stain” and … Continue reading

April 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

VOLKSWAGEN DELUXE SEDAN—A 1952 PERSPECTIVE

“HOW WOULD YOU IMPROVE on a car which will cruise effortlessly all day long at top speed? What changes would you suggest in a vehicle which will seat a driver … Continue reading

April 14, 2022 · 3 Comments

NEW YORK AUTO SHOW 1962

THE SIXTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL Automobile Show, April 21–29, 1962, at the New York Coliseum was less than four hours from the Worcester Poly campus, so why not top off the … Continue reading

April 2, 2022 · 1 Comment

1952 PLYMOUTH CAMBRIDGE—A TYPICAL AMERICAN CAR

ROAD AND TRACK, MARCH 1952, wrote, “If you’re looking for a functional car, built along American lines, and in the American concept of great roominess and simplicity of operation—there’s no … Continue reading

March 29, 2022 · 3 Comments

L’EBÉ’S VIEWS PART 2

ETTORE BUGATTI’S LIFE and cars have been oft documented, but seldom in as charming a fashion as in his daughter L’Ebé’s account in The Bugatti Story. Here in Part 2 … Continue reading

March 26, 2022 · 9 Comments