Scheduled Feature Car: March 3 2018
Owner: Robert Lamar
Car Description by Owner
1953 Alvis TC21/100 Drophead by Tickford
The Alvis Car Company was founded in 1919 and produced motor vehicles, military vehicles and engines for almost 50 years. Alvis, somewhat unknown in the US, was a surprisingly innovative company. Alvis was responsible for the first front wheel drive race car, the first fully synchronized four speed transmission, and the first servo assisted brakes.
Alvis road cars often wore gorgeous custom coachwork by Britain’s finest coachbuilders, and their standard cars were elegant and robustly built. Not unlike Bristol or Daimler, Alvis was an understated luxury car for the thinking man. It was often said, "If you had a driver, you bought a Bentley. If you wished to drive yourself, you bought an Alvis."
This 1953 Alvis's power is produced by an overhead valve, 3 litre naturally aspirated 6 cylinder engine, with twin SU carburettors and 2 valves per cylinder that provides 104 bhp at 4000 rpm.
While this Alvis by Tickford was originally marketed as an "Alvis 3 Litre" the marketing department soon decided to take advantage of its 100 bhp and capability of traveling 100 mph and called it a TC21/100. It was guaranteed to go 100 mph right off the showroom floor. Total production of this model, also known as the "Grey Lady", between 1953 - 1956, was 726 which included just 100 Dropheads by Tickford.
Purchased in 2010, just weeks before it was to be disassembled for parts, it went through a laborious 4 year body off restoration back to factory specification.
Scheduled Feature Car: April 7, 2018
Owner: Sharon Rudnick
Car Description by Owner
Nissan only made the right-hand drive Figaro for one year – 1991, with a lottery system instituted for prospective purchasers.
The Figaro’s standard equipment included the white leather seats, CD player, air conditioning and a fixed-profile, slide-back, open roof. The special two-toned paint was designed to be extra waterproof and the colors were limited to four – Winter (Lapis Grey), Spring (Emerald Green), Summer (Pale Aqua) and Fall (Topaz Mist).
8,000 units were originally available, with an additional 12,000 added to production numbers to meet the demand for a total of 20,000.
My Emerald Green Figaro is production number #0000862.
I learned about the Figaro when one of my brothers was in Japan in 1991 and brought back the sales literature. Because Nissan never intended the car for export, there was no legal import created for the cars; registering the car in the US prior to the 25-year historical designation was tricky.
Most of the used ‘Figgy’s’ were exported to the UK (where Figaro clubs and mechanics abound) and Australia. This Figaro was exported from Japan to the UK in late 2007, and then exported from the UK to the US in early 2017.
Engine type – Transverse, in-line, three-cylinder, fuel-injected Turbo; alloy block-and-head; two valves per cylinder operated by a single overhead camshaft
Horsepower – 76 bhp at 6,000 rpm
Top speed – 97 mph
Transmission – Three-speed Automatic
Steel monocoque construction, with steel and composite two-door convertible body
Vented-disc front brakes/drum rear brakes
Rack-and-pinion power steering
Length – 147.2 inches
Width – 54.2 inches
Height – 53.7 inches
Wheelbase – 90.5 inches
Weight – 1,786 lbs.
Gas mileage – 35 mpg
Original price in 1991 - $12,987.00 USD
Scheduled Feature Car: May 5, 2018
Owner: David Foster
Photo Courtesy: Sara Patanroi
Car Description by Owner
Lagonda was founded as a company in 1906 in Staines, Surrey, by a Scottish-American, Wilbur Gunn (1859–1920), a former opera singer. Gunn became a British national in 1891 and worked as a speed boat and motorcycle engineer in Staines, England. He named the company after the Shawnee settlement "Lagonda" in modern-day Springfield, Ohio, the town of his birth. Lagonda produced numerous luxury touring and sports cars in between the wars, but the company fell upon hard times in spite of the quality of it's engineering and design.
David Brown acquired Aston Martin after World War II for its sports cars and Lagonda for its
W.O.Bentley-designed engines. (Bentley quit shortly after Brown bought the company.) The 2.6Litre, with Bentley engine and coachwork designed by Frank Feeley, was the first Lagonda model created after the acquisition. The Feeley touch is evident in the curvaceous aluminum on ash bodies that were constructed as a separate structure and mounted by four bolts to a cruciform chassis with a 4-wheel independent suspension. A total of 510 cars were produced, including 124 drophead coupés, from 1948-1953. It is powered by a dual overhead camshaft 2580cc inline 6-cylinder engine, shared with the Aston Martin DB2/4 design of the time. New, it could do 0-60 in 18.8 seconds and had a top speed of 84 mph. This example was bodied by Tickford, at the time still separate from Aston Martin, and was completed in January 1952.
This car had been stored in a barn by its second owner from 1962 onwards. In 2004 it was purchased in very poor condition by a Scottish doctor who restored it over the next 10 years. In 2014 the current owners were looking to acquire an Aston Martin DB2/4, but saw this car and fell in love with the styling. They arranged for it to be imported from Yorkshire, U.K. to California. It is believed to be one of approximately 30 remaining cars world wide as many Lagonda 2.6 Litre cars were cannibalized for their drive trains to outfit the more popular DB2/4 Aston Martins.
Since David Brown's acquisition of the two companies, Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd., has launched a new ultra luxury Lagonda model approximately every 30 years, with the 1960's DB4 based Lagonda Rapide, the 1980's William Towns designed "wedge" Lagonda and the recent 2014 Lagonda Taraf.
This car is driven regularly throughout the year, and in 2016 was the official Mayoral car for the Carmel Centenary Celebrations.
Scheduled Feature Car June 2, 2018
Owner: Joseph Gabany
Car Description by Owner
My Alpine A110 is a 1974 Renault Alpine A110 1600S Group 4 Rally Car.. Engine output is 105 hp , but the car is VERY light, yielding a top speed of 127 mph. There is 4 speed manual transmission. The
Alpine was campaigned in France on the 1977 Paris to Monaco Rally, a 5 day rally. The car was featured at the 2016 FCRA Alpine Le Mans Classic meet and completed two laps on the track used for the 24 hour race at Le Mans.
The car is completely factory Original with absolutely NO modifications- as it came from the factory. We completed a three week tour in the Alpine of Normandy and Brittany and Paris in July 2016. The car was then shipped to the USA in August 2016.
This iAlpine A110 1600S “Berlinette” Group 4 was factory built as a “client competition” rally car.
The Alpine A110 was designed and built in Dieppe, France by former racecar driver and Renault dealer Jean Redele, from 1961-1977. This car was one of a small number of factory prepared racecars designed to compete in Group IV rally racing.
The factory added wide fenders in 1972 to provide additional tire space and improved wheel clearance. This was one of the first three A110s with widened factory fenders called “ailes plates“ for homologation in Group IV rally racing.
In 1972, the Alpine competition department prepared this particular car for Ove Andersson, Swedish rally car driver and former head of the Toyota’s Formula One program. The car was instead sold in 1972 to the brothers Yancho & Vassil Takov from Bulgaria, with the following features:
- Lightweight body with widened Group IV fenders “ailes plates“
- 1795ccm Type 807-25 engine prepared by Bernard Dudot
- 5-speed gearbox “Type 364 Monte Carlo” with locking differential
- 80 liter central racing fuel tank
- Gotti Bi-Metal rims
- Short ratio steering with 2.5 turns lock to lock
- Auxiliary Cibie fog-lights
- Aluminum rear skid plate
- Fiberglass front skid plate
- Modified Plastia racing seats
- Smiths Mechanical Rev counter Chronometer 12.000 U/Min.
The car was raced in several historic rallies including the Olympia rally in 1972, German Rally Fever in 1972, Rally Poland in 1974, Rally Zlotni in 1975 and Rally Bulgaria in 1975. The car was retired in 1977. Jurgen Clauss at AlpineLab restored it to its present condition from 2006 through 2013.
Scheduled Feature Car: August 4, 2018
Owner : Frank Cunningham
Car Description by Owner
It is the said the Gallardo is the model that saved Automobili Lamborghini. Built starting in 2003 and with slight modifications to 2013. It is Lamborghini's best-selling model with a total of 14,022 being built throughout this 10 year period.
I purchased this car in November of 2016 in the LA area, with just over 18,000 miles on it. I drove it to the San Francisco Bay through the Big Sur in the first storm of the series that eventually damaged and closed Highway 1.
I have had the pleasure of having this Gallardo signed by the most famous test driver, Valentino Balboni, for whom a Gallardo model, the LP550-2 Valentino Balboni, is named after.
Mr. Balboni was employed with Automobili Lamborghini from 1968 to 2008 and as a factory test driver. Mr. Balboni, has driven about 80% of all Lamgorghini's ever made, which most likely includes this car.
Specifications: 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo
Giallo Midas (three-layer yellow - Special Option Color)
Engine Type: 10 cylinders V 90°, DOHC 4 valves, 18° crankpin offset
Displacement: 4961 cc
Bore and Stroke: Ø 82.5 mm x 92.8 mm
Intake system: Variable geometry
Valve gear: Chain driven, intake and exhaust continuously variable Valve timing, electronically controlled
Compression ratio: 11:1
Maximum power: 367 kW (500 hp) at 7800 rpm
Maximum torque: 510 Nm at 4500 rpm
6 Speed Manual Transmission
Drive: Full time all wheel drive
Cooling system: Two water radiators + gearbox oil cooler + engine oil cooler
Lubrication system: Dry sump
Frame: Structural aluminum space-frame, aluminum extruded parts, aluminum cast joint elements.
Body: Aluminum panels with thermoplastic "hang on" parts
Interior: Full Leather- Bi Color; Carbon Fiber Up-Grades
Full Carbon Fiber Package ( Mirrors, rear wing, headlight base, interior, door panels, odometer panel) Has the reverse leather steering wheel with suede headliner. Has Momo hand brake. Wheels are original OEM Lamborghini wheels custom painted.
Scheduled Feature Car: May 4, 2019
Owner: Barry Cohen