All posts by Andy Reid

Andy Reid’s first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars, “none of them normal or reasonable,” as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

Pick of the Day: 1983 Alfa Romeo Spider

The Alfa Romeo Spider is an inexpensive way to get into an Italian exotic
The Alfa Romeo Spider is an inexpensive way to get into an Italian exotic

Italian sports cars have an allure like no others in the world. They combine striking styling, exotic mechanicals, a driving experience unparalleled by cars from Germany, England or the United States, and a storied history made up of scores of racing victories by some of the most famous drivers in the world. Quite simply, Italian sports cars have souls. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1961 MGA roadster

The MGA is one of the most attractive of the classic British sports cars
The MGA is one of the most attractive of the classic British sports cars

Summer has arrived, the perfect time for top-down motoring, and one of the best ways to enjoy the wind-in-your-hair experience of a real sports car is behind the wheel of an MG.

The MGA roadster is considered by many to be among the most beautiful of all British roadsters. Amazingly, MGAs are still quite affordable.

A correct luggage rack is attached to the trunk
A correct luggage rack is attached to the trunk

The MGA is possibly the best mix of vintage and a modern roadster. It offers a vintage sweeping design, an interior in leather that even a 6-foot-plus driver can be comfortable in and enough power to keep up with modern traffic with ease. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1993 Bentley Turbo R

The Bentley Turbo R is a low-mileage beauty
The Bentley Turbo R is a low-mileage beauty

From the 1950’s through the early 1980’s Bentley cars were for the most part badge-engineered Rolls-Royces with the only difference being the grille and the logos. This all changed in the late 1980’s with the launch of the Bentley Turbo.

The Turbo was a look back at the sporting Bentley cars of the 1920s and 1930s, offering incredible luxury matched with serious performance. These were 6,000-pound sedans that could cover 0-60 in 7.5 seconds and reach top speeds in excess of 150 mph. Think of the Turbo R as a high-speed boardroom and you get the idea. Continue reading

Daimler ‘Green Goddess’ reigns at Hershey Concours

The winning 1948 Daimler DE36 Green Goddess is driven up by owner Mark Hyman | Andy Reid photos
The winning 1948 Daimler DE36 Green Goddess is driven up by owner Mark Hyman | Andy Reid photos

This past weekend I attended The Elegance of Hershey for the first time, and I found it to be a serious, high-caliber concours event with cars that would not be out of place at Amelia Island or Pebble Beach.

The number of truly great cars was staggering, with multiple-award-winning Duesenbergs, Packards, pre-war Alfa Romeos, Ferraris, Rolls Royce and Bentley motorcars, and everything in between. Continue reading

Elegance at Hershey starts today

Famed Mormon Meteor was best of show at The Elegance at Hershey in 2014 | Elegance at Hershey photos
Famed Mormon Meteor was best of show at The Elegance at Hershey in 2014 | Elegance at Hershey photos

The Elegance at Hershey, a three-day event that harkens to collector car events of the 1950s and ‘60s, takes place this weekend in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and should prove to be another great year for this event.

It kicks off Friday with The Grand Ascent, a vintage-style hill climb for pre-war and early post war cars from the Vintage Sports car Club of America competing for the fastest time up the hill. While not strictly a race, the hill climb is quite competitive and a great opportunity to see historic sporting cars driven in anger. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1976 Rolls Royce Corniche convertible

The impressive Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible offers terrific value for the money
The impressive Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible offers terrific value for the money

Of all the cars in the world, none is more storied and more impressive than a Rolls-Royce. The company’s motto is “The best car in the world,” and a good example of any Rolls-Royce certainly delivers on that promise.

This is partly due to the fact that a Rolls-Royce has always been one of the most expensive cars in the world, always costing more than the average house by a long shot. When just looking at a Rolls and sitting behind the wheel, you see immediately where all that money was spent. Continue reading

TVR recruits Gordon Murray, Cosworth for brand’s return to the road

TVR chairman Les Edgar promises cars in production in 2017 | TVR photo
TVR chairman Les Edgar promises cars in production in 2017 | TVR photo

Let me state from the start that I love low-production British car brands. Aston Martin, Jensen, Alvis and Morgan are all brands that I hold dear to my heart.

The biggest problem of many of the cars from these marques is that they tend to be quite expensive when compared to their higher-production counterparts from Jaguar, MG, Triumph and Austin Healey. Continue reading

Stunning Pinnacle Portfolio of post-war sports cars bumps RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction to three days

Portfolio will include some 30 vehicles | RM Sotheby’s photo by Patrick Ernzen
Portfolio will include some 30 vehicles | RM Sotheby’s photo by Patrick Ernzen

The classic car auction empire that is RM Sotheby’s just keeps getting bigger.

Ian Kellehrer, car specialist for the classic car auction house, just announced at Sotheby’s headquarters in New York City that RM Sotheby’s has consigned to the flagship Monterey sale one of the largest and most significant single-owner collections ever to be offered at auction. Continue reading

Packard, Cisitalia takes best of honors at Greenwich

1935 Packard 1201 convertible wins best of show among American cars at Greenwich | Andy Reid photos 1935 Packard 1201 convertible wins best of show among American cars at Greenwich | Andy Reid photos

This year marked the 20th anniversary for the Greenwich Concours and event founder Bruce Wennerstrom was on hand all weekend to help usher in his baby’s next decade. The classic car hobby owes him a debt of gratitude for starting this event and keeping it going for these many years. It is the only concours of its stature in New England. Continue reading