Maserati Mexico 4,2-Litres 1968

Maserati Mexico 4,2-Litres 1968

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There are a small number of cars that are on my “If you could only own one car you would love to own this one…” list. Most of the cars on that little “bucket list” of…

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1932 Stutz DV-32 Super Bearcat Convertible

1932 Stutz DV-32 Super Bearcat Convertible

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Were the Stutz name defunct I would want to be someone who resurrects it. Stutz is a name that is synonymous with Bentley and Bugatti; they raced against each other. Each represented the best in motor…

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Edo Period Tachi by Inshu Kanasaki of Hiroshima

Edo Period Tachi by Inshu Kanasaki of Hiroshima

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It is unusual to come across a tachi sword that was made after the Warring States period in Japanese history ended. Although school textbooks tend to suggest that after the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 Japan…

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Saddleback Leather: “They’ll fight over it when you’re dead”.

Saddleback Leather: “They’ll fight over it when you’re dead”.

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How many things do you own that you know “They’ll fight over it when you’re dead”? Maybe some, but maybe not much? Over at Saddleback Leather they’re making solid quality leather goods that are aimed to…

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Bentley 4¼-Litre Sports Special 1936

Bentley 4¼-Litre Sports Special 1936

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If you’ve read the books then you will know that James Bond does not drive an Aston Martin, or a Lotus, and most assuredly not a Toyota no matter how sporty the 2000GT might be. The…

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Ava Gardner’s 1958 Facel Vega Excellence ‘1st Series’ Saloon

Ava Gardner’s 1958 Facel Vega Excellence ‘1st Series’ Saloon

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What do you get if you combine the size, comfort and engineering of a 50’s vintage American car with French style and artistry? You get a Facel Vega. Facel Vega was a star amongst car makers…

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A Gentleman’s Room

A Gentleman’s Room

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I used to have a “gun room”. The sort of room that James May might call a “man lab” or a “man room”. In it was a large old wooden desk, and a solid jarrah wood…

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Holland and Holland, Where Art Meets Perfection

Holland and Holland, Where Art Meets Perfection

My real interest in firearms is not in the latest and supposedly best military or police weapons. What really grabs my imagination are the firearms that move from being mere functional objects into the realm where…

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1961 Jaguar E-Type ‘Flat Floor’ Roadster – “The most beautiful car ever made”.

1961 Jaguar E-Type ‘Flat Floor’ Roadster – “The most beautiful car ever made”.

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This is my December article for Hagerty. You’ll find the original on the Hagerty website here. 1961 Jaguar E-Type ‘Flat Floor’ Roadster – “The most beautiful car ever made”. Described by Enzo Ferrari as “The most…

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1938 Brough Superior SS100

1938 Brough Superior SS100

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I think there can be little doubt that the Brough Superior motorcycles manufactured between 1924-1940 should be regarded as the most fun machines to ever grace the earth. Sadly in this day and age the surviving…

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