Some will say the Volvo 200 series is, by any measure, lackluster. Its only body lines are those that are required, and it’s shape is that of the car we all seemed to draw in kindergarten. Its massive glass headlights are more reminiscent of grandpa’s coke-bottle glasses than anything else. Peering through the windows, it’s those undeniably “unique” headrests perched atop the seats that catch my attention, seemingly every time.
There’s something inherently special about the prototype racers of the GTP era. While modern prototype racing carries the torch, there’s something far more relatable, tangible, and approachable about the Group C and GTP machines of the ’70s and ’80s. Representing the earlier years of aerodynamic technology, their shapes and forms felt somewhat familiar, and their running gear was purely mechanical.
When it comes to the unique, the obscure, and the remarkable, there’s no better place to look than the greens of the Pebble Beach Golf Course. Each summer, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance brings about some of the automotive world’s greatest treasures and oddities, and thus it should come as no surprise that it stands as one of our favorite events of the year. It offers a chance to capture the details, facets, and intricacies of cars unlike anything else.
Porsche’s history in motorsports is a long one, laden with victories, achievements, and records that have arguably positioned them as the winningest manufacturer in history. The brand planted its racing roots early as Porsche Chassis No. 1 took a victory in its first race less than 5 weeks from its initial completion.
We’ve watched over the past few years as values in the classic car market soar. What were once affordable Porsches are now backup retirement investments, and even the bottom-of-the-barrel Bimmers are fetching several times what they were just a few short years ago. Rapid inflation has struck the classic car market, for better or for worse, and we’re merely along for the ride. Unfortunately, us car guys aren’t alone; classic trucks are worth more than ever.