Saturday, January 2, 2010

Weekend Quickies

1989 Maserati Spyder (Zagato) - With the holiday season and all, I didn't get a chance to read the recent issue of Veloce Today until a few days ago. The first article that caught my attention was titled "Bi-Turbo: The Car that Saved Maserati". My friends, especially Jeff, whom I've dragged out to look at a Maserati or two, know about the obsession I've had with these cars for a very long time. That obsession has never waned, its just that I haven't found the right car, or, when I did, some other "bargain" came around and I bought it instead.

One of my earliest blog posts was about a Biturbo located in Cheshire, CT. Looking back, I should have looked at that one, but, it was the Christmas season (I own a retail store) and I didn't have the time. (Maybe it's time for a new career!)

This car is also located in Connecticut. It's a later Spyder. By the time this car was built, many of the Biturbo problems had been cured by Maserati. The ones that weren't, were fixed by the owners.

This car was owned by a "long time officer of the Maserati Club North East Region" and has had all the proper upgrades done. The asking price is top dollar, but the seller is accepting offers.

Located in Southport, CT, click here to see the eBay listing. Don't forget to check out the Veloce Today article.

1965 Devin (Corvair) - Bill Devin is one of those people that I wish I had gotten a chance to meet and talk to. You can read his biography here. It's fascinating stuff.

Devin is best known for his fiberglass bodies. However, unlike most kit car manufactures, who build one body that fits one particular frame, Devin bodies were available in 27 variations and fit a number of cars.

This one, located in San Clemente, CA, has a Corvair engine it. Click here to see the eBay listing.

After looking at the car for sale, go to the Devin website and check out some of the other Devin cars. You can find the website here.

Simeone Foundation Museum - Veloce Today also featured an article by Brandes Elitch about Dr. Frederick Simeone's museum. Besides being a museum that I will visit soon, Dr. Simeone has a great view of how classic cars should be presented. The article is well worth reading.

You can find the Veloce Today article here.

You can find the Simeone Foundation Museum website here.

1957 MG Magnette ZB - This is one of those cars that for many years was all but ignored by fans of British cars. It is quite possibly the least "sporting" MG ever built.

But its mission wasn't to be a sports sedan. It's mission was to be a comfortable, well built, stately, MG badged sedan. In that regard, it succeeded.

These cars are starting to attract some attention now, especially in the US, where it never sold well and where there are very few left.

This car is a ZB, meaning its body trim differs slightly from the ZA and the engine puts out 68 HP. This engine gave the car a top speed of 86 MPH, while bringing the 0-60 time down to 18.5 seconds (vs. 79 MPH and 23.1 seconds for the ZA Magnette). As I said, this is not a sports sedan.

The car shown above is in need of restoration. It has some rust and should be inspected carefully. This is a unibody car (MG's first) and rust can be structural. On the plus side, most of the hard to find trim parts are still with the car.

Being offered by a Houston company called Monaco Luxury, Click here to see Craigslist listing for this car and a lot of clear pictures.

For more info on the Magnette, check out the Z & Farina Magnette Register website. You can find it here.

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