The Lamborghini Countach was on its last gasp by the time the nineties rolled around. What began as a prototype unveiled at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show lasted all the way to 1990, when the Diablo took over to lead Lamborghini into the 21st century. This 1990 Countach for sale in California looks just as outrageous now as when it debuted on the heels of the equally out of this world Miura.
1990 Lamborghini Countach, black beauty show car, just 6,000 miles. Extraordinary. This is an exceptional example of the 1990 Lamborghini Countach in Black exterior with dove gray leathers. This amazing car is absolutely in Concours competition condition. Do not miss this fantastic car that is beautiful inside and out. With just 6k miles ( 11k kilometers ) this superb car will please the most demanding buyer. Exotic car industry experts report the Lamborghini Countach is becoming one of the most coveted investment cars today. Do Not miss this car. Books and tools. Offered at US$149,000.
The market for Countaches has always been strong. The Buy It Now price of almost $150,000 is strong money for any Countach, as you can typically find low mileage examples of 1980s vintages in the $90,000 and $120,000. As a final year example, this certainly holds a bit more desirability for some and in simple black over white leather, the look is timeless.
The Lancia Beta was the car that, to this day, still evokes shudders with car enthusiasts. Known for their propensity to rust at a rapid rate, these cars did the company no favors in the sales race. From 1975 to 1982, the Beta was the mainstay of the US lineup, but was withdrawn from the market along with Fiat due to poor sales. A little over a decade later, Lancia would withdraw from the UK market as well, again due to lagging sales. Few Betas exist here in the US to this day. Most of those you see are the later Zagato open roofed variants. This 1800 Coupe for sale in New York is a bit tatty but is all there and would make for an inexpensive
Here you have a great little piece of Italian motoring history. The Beta 1800 coupe is just a blast to drive. This car has great bones and with a little TLC will be great. You will see in the pictures and video that overall in very good condition. Runs great, drives great, stops great. The car has a new timing belt, full tune up, new valve cover gasket, complete rebuilt carburetor and new rear motor mount.
Some of the things that need attention. The clutch is working but needs to be replaced or we think pressure plate is bad. Car shifts fine but clunks hard when releasing the clutch. Someone looked at it and said a spring on pressure plate is missing. Front motor mount needs to be replaced and then the things you see with interior and body. You will see the only spot of major rust / hole is in front of the driver rear wheel and not near suspenion, see pictures. Floor pans are clean and pictures show undercoat peeling not rust. AC – not working , it might need to be charged. Heat works great, power windows, tilt steering, sunroof, 2 extra aluminum wheels, power steering.
With a starting bid of $1,000, the seller is being realistic to get this car its fair share of interest. I'd say $3,000 to $4,000 might be the most that we see, but if I was bidding, I would not go much beyond $3,000 given the issues that need to be addressed. Still, for those handy with a wrench and some time on their hands, this could be the perfect project for the budding Italian car enthusiast for 2013.
The sun was setting on the mid engined sports cars of Maserati by the late 1970s. With Alejandro de Tomaso at the helm of the company, smaller front engine, rear drive coupes would be the order of the day along with the mainstay Quattroporte executive sedan. This late model, one owner US spec Bora has the larger 4.9 liter V8 and is great example of Giorgetto Giugiaro's handiwork from the period.
You are looking at one of the lowest mileage, best kept, all original, ONE OWNER Maserati Boras in existence! The original paint, mechanics, and interior are in excellent condition for their age. The car is well sorted with the hydraulic system in top condition. The A/C blows cold. Original jack, spare tire, tools, engine cover, owners manual, and original service booklet are included. These sought after exotics are rarer than hen's teeth and even rarer in one-owner immaculate original condition! This Maserati Bora is priced to sell and represents an EXCELLENT investment opportunity for the discerning collector!
Maserati's first mid-engined, road going supercar was the Bora, announced in November 1971. It was named after the wind that blows around Trieste and follows the wind theme of the legendary Ghibli and the Mistrale. Giulio Alfieri had taken Maserati's experience on the racetrack with the Tipo 63 and 65 sports racers of the early Sixties and the Cooper-Maserati Grand Prix Car. The basic design was sent to Giugiaro at Ital Design. Giugiaro produced a body that combined muscle and delicacy, with a hunched, purposeful high rear and curvy front end, suggesting the mid-engined configuration without making a fuss about it. Of the 524 Maserati Boras produced, only 235 were equipped with the 4.9L engine!
The Bora is an interesting beast with quirky styling touches, not completed in the slightest by the larger US spec bumpers. At almost $100,000, this is about on par with where Bora prices have headed lately. The later model with the larger engine certainly is a plus, along with the one owner status. As is the case with many Maseratis from the 1970s, these are excellent collectors items for someone looking to take the road less traveled when it comes to Italian exotics.
The below post originally appeared on our site December 10, 2012:
As time progresses, new cars appear more and more similar, losing a lot of their character that made them instantly recognizable years ago. When talking about character, few manufacturers have successfully expressed emotion through design more successfully than Alfa Romeo. One of their most celebrated designs is the 105/115 Series Spider, and this is where that car got its start, with the Duetto. Impossibly beautiful, this Duetto for sale in Seattle looks stunning in blue with the two tone black and tan interior.
The Alfa Romeo Spider (105/115 series) is a roadster produced by the Italian manufacturer Alfa Romeo from 1966 to 1993. Widely regarded as a design classic, it remained in production for almost three decades with only minor aesthetic and mechanical changes. The three first series were assembled by Pininfarina in Grugliasco and the fourth series in San Giorgio Canavese. The last Spider was produced in April 1993, it was also the last rear wheel drive Alfa Romeo produced before Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione was introduced.
The Italian firm of Pininfarina was responsible for the design of the body; in fact, the Duetto was the last project with which founder Battista "Pinin" Farina was personally associated. Franco Martinengo was the Design Director at Pininfarina at that time. Pininfarina were also responsible for the manufacture of the vehicle's monocoque construction (designed with the relatively new principles of crumple zones incorporated into the front and rear).
A new Spider 1300 Junior, with a 1290 cc engine producing 89 hp (66 kW), was introduced in 1968. The Junior version had black-coloured lower front bumper Due to its round (or long) tail, the Series 1 Spider is sometimes known by the nickname of "Osso di Seppia" - Italian for "cuttlefish bone". This particular car was similar to the model featured in the 1967 movie The Graduate, driven by Ben(Dustin Hoffman), the character.
Our beautiful Duetto 1300 Junior has been restored with new deep blue paint, new black top and interior. The interior upholstery was wonderfully done with great fitment and all floor mats are fitted well. The rear trunk mat is in great shape as well as spare tire and jack. The car runs and drives beautifully. The brakes are solid and transmission shifts well. It has just been gone through by Italian car Master Jim Simpson. A few of the exterior trim pieces have a small ding and there are a couple of rock chips in the windshield, but failing that, this car is near concours as a driver quality car. Solid as a rock, the underside is as clean as the interior and paint. It drives as well as it looks. You will be hard pressed to find a nicer, more complete example of the hard to find Duetto.
Duettos of this caliber are typically bringing between $25,000 and $30,000 these days. If this one could be had for under $30,000, it would be well bought.
It's true, we just featured an F550 Maranello on Christmas Day, but I can never get enough of this grand touring machine from the town where it gets its name. This silver F550 for sale in California is pushing 40,000 miles and is being sold at a price that is getting closer and closer to reality for some collectors.
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello. Argento Nurburgring (Silver Metallic) with Black Power Daytona Seats. Scuderia Shields, red brake calipers, 6-Disc CD changer, remote keyless entry, Tubi exhaust (smog legal), two California owners, books, tools and full records (back to new). Excellent service history. Major Service Including Timing Belts and New Brakes 47 Miles Ago (August 2012). No accidents, clean Carfax.
Notes: As you probably know, the interiors of this model do not age well. The dash in this car was redone once. It is in good shape today, but has some shrinkage above the gauge binnacle and on the passenger air bag cover. The interior switches, which get sticky, have been fixed or replaced as needed. Overall, the interior shows some wear and is a 7 out of 10. For this era of Ferrari, that's pretty good.
The fact that this car has had a recent service is huge and goes a long way towards justifying the seller's price. I like these F550s in silver, but a red leather interior would make a car like this pop more, even if it already has a V12 and impressive performance figures.
The Fiat 124 is one of the icons in Fiat history, immortalized as a car that put much of the developing world on wheels via licensure to companies such as FSO, Lada and Tofas. Millions of these compact sedans were produced by Fiat from 1966 to 1974, with many more to follow via the companies to whom the design was licensed. While most of the 124s made were four-door sedans, Fiat did produce an estate version for those in need of a bit more utility. These versions are nearly gone from the US landscape, so this 124S estate for sale in California is a pleasant surprise, especially as it is used daily by its owner.
Alright Fiat freaks! Here's a super rare, vintage 1971 124 wagon, or if we were in Europe, an estate. Has all the options checked above plus new clutch disc, pressure plate and bearing, good tires, custom LED tail lights (repairable originals included with good lenses), 10 foot paint, mileage is unknown due to speedo not working. All lights are functional and the two speed heater works well too. However, the controls don't seem to deliver warmth, possibly a loose cable. Rust free, accident free, smoke free, pet free, dolphin safe (lol).
I drive this car daily and its a blast. Thumbs up all day long. I have noticed, however, the brake master cylinder getting air, so it will need to be replaced. Has new DMV registration, doesn't need to be smogged, ever (in CA). I was planning to swap to a 2.0 liter twin cam, twin weber and 5-speed into it. But, alas, my financial situation forces the sale. I'm already regretting this but it has to be done.
At almost $10,000, I tend to doubt this Fiat will move quickly, even considering how rare it is. If it was a show quality car, I might be able to see it, but this car has had some modifications and has been repainted at some point down the line, as evidenced from the differing color in the door jambs and under the hood. That being said, this is probably a $4,000 to $6,000 car at the maximum.
What better a vehicle to feature for Christmas than a red Ferrari? Of all the Ferraris from the last twenty years, the F550 is the one that I would want to see under my tree for the holidays, offering modern performance in a classic front-engined, rear-drive setup. In classic Rosso Corsa, this F550 for sale in California has done 20,000 miles and is a stunning example of a period in Ferrari's history that saw the sun set on traditional manual gearboxes.
1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello, perfect around town, ferocious roaring between towns.
1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello. Finished in classic Rosso Corsa over Tan hides, the 550 Maranello has been driven only 20,838 pampered miles! It has had two previous owners, However the first owner never drove it (100 miles when sold). It is in excellent condition inside and out! Books, keys and service records on hand! If you are looking for a lovely 550 Maranello to add to your stable, your search ends here! This Ferrari has the right color and has been well-maintained.
THE BODY AND TRIM
The body oozes pure sex! Silky smooth sleek lines! All of the body panels are in excellent shape. The tires are relatively new. the glass an all trim is in perfect shape. There is some small rock chips in the front end which is expected of a car this low to the ground. keep in mind in 1998, clear protective film wasn't the miracle protector it is now.
The interior is quintessential Ferrari, gorgeous Tan leather Hides, rich carpeting. These cars are notorious for the leather dashes shrinking. As such the leather dash has all been redone. Dials are huge and instantly readable! The seats are supple and in excellent condition. Drilled foot pedals, shift knob is an aluminum ball on a chromed stalk and a stainless steel shift gate.
THE DRIVING EXPERIENCE
Ferocious power, and that lusty V-12 keeps pouring it on from each shift until red line in any gear. It is also two cars in one. In softer, sedate hands, it tools around town, breathing gently in its first four gears. It's light on the clutch, easy to shift; the steering is powered and well-balanced, and only tiptoes are needed for braking. She is a tame horse. Want spirited driving? Push the car and let it know who's the boss. Then it becomes a bronco spirited, vital and very, very quick.
The range of around $60,000 to $85,000 is the sweet spot for asking prices of F550 Maranellos. If this car's servicing is up to date, this isn't a bad value when it comes to an F550, but as we all know, these are not cheap cars to maintain. If the car is in need of a service, then a bit of negotiating will have to take place. At these prices, I would wager to say this is about as cheap as F550s will get for quite some time, as collectors will start to yearn for the more visceral, modern classics from Ferrari with this V12 coupe squarely in their sights.
The year 1975 marked the point at which Alejandro de Tomaso took over the reigns at Maserati from Citroën. The Khamsin, which means strong wind in Egyptian, was one of the last cars developed under Citroën control. Designed by Marcello Gandini at Bertone, this car featured a unique rear glass panel with floating tail lights, a styling touch that would show up on more mainstream cars in the near future. It also incorporated Citroën's DIRAVI variable assist power steering. This Khamsin for sale in Missouri is a US model that has had the desirable European bumper conversion, bringing back the sleek look the designed originally intended.
1975 Maserati Khamsin. Finished in gorgeous black with red and black leather interior! 44,470 original miles. Restored. High cost European bumper conversion. One of 421 produced. One of 155 imported to the US. 4.9 liter V8, 315 horsepower. Automatic transmission. Meticulously maintained. Documented service and maintenance. Unmatched exclusivity. California car.
Maseratis from the 1970s represent a good way into exotic Italian iron for less money than a comparable Ferrari or Lamborghini from the era. Some may view the automatic transmission as a detriment, but for a grand touring machine, it's not completely out of place. The black on red color combination is stunning and an uncommon, timeless shade for a car from the 1970s. With so few built, this Khamsin offers exclusivity that is hard to match at prices ten times over what this car is on offer for.
The 105/115 series GTV coupe is one of Alfa Romeo's high points. Timeless Bertone styling along with a lively chassis and engine cemented this car's status with collectors and enthusiasts. By the time the mid seventies rolled around, the GTV was on its last legs with the introduction of the 2000 GTV. This GTV for sale in New York is a two owner original example of this model at its zenith.
1974 Alfa Romeo GTV. Two Owners, 41,000 Original Miles, Original Colors, Original Interior, Excellent Example. This beautiful '74 GTV is Amaranth Red (an Aubergine color) over a Light Tan interior, the original colors. The car is believed to have had only two owners and just a single repaint. It was a dry southern car that does not exhibit any of the typical rust or ugly patching we so often find on Alfas of this era (or Alfas of any era, really). The car retains what appears to be its original interior, which is in great condition. It is currently showing 41,000 miles, which we also believe to be original. The car also retains its original SPICA injection system and runs and drives very well. It is equipped with four brand new Alloy GTA style wheels on Pirellis. This is an excellent unmolested, honest and original GTV that represents a very high fun to dollar ratio.
Given the condition and provenance of this car, the reserve is probably lying somewhere in the $25,000 to $35,000 range, as is the norm with these late model GTVs as of late. These are fantastic practical classics and I must say hats off to the two previous owners, as this car has been given the love and care it deserves.
If you've got roughly $35,000 to spend for a luxury sedan, many options await. If you're looking for a new car, BMW just redesigned their 3 series, Cadillac has a new small sedan, the ATS and there's the good old standby, the Mercedes-Benz C class. If you are boring, you can buy a Lexus ES350. But if you want to get something that's bespoke and will have people talking at the country club, you can stretch your dollars more in the used market and buy this: a Maserati Quattroporte. With it's Ferrari 4.2 liter V8 engine, no one will miss hearing you when you arrive while you are ensconced in the comfort of the finest Italian leather. This Quattroporte for sale in Texas has a done a little over 30,000 miles and is the perfect accessory if you want to play the role of mafia hit man.
2005 Maserati Quattroporte. 30,000 miles, 4.2 liter V8, 400 horsepower. $116k original MSRP! 100% Carfax/Autocheck Certified. 100% ready. Front & rear heated seats, power sunshade, DuoSelect transmission, optioned with Cuoio Sella Leather Package. Factory equipped w/ Skyhook Active Suspension. This is a well maintained and serviced vehicle. It is part of a 3-car collection we are selling for a client of ours.
I love the Quattroporte. One of my good friends bought one earlier this year and enjoys it thoroughly. It has just made me want one even more. While $32,500 seems like good value for this caliber of vehicle, keep in mind the clutch replacements for the automated manual gearbox come more often than on a regular transmission and will cost you several thousands of dollars. Even still, for me, it would be worth it knowing first hand what a aural and tactile sensation this car is to drive.