A classic beauty, the car was painted archetypal British Racing Green with a stunning leather cockpit and was accented by bits of polished aluminum. Built to 1953 Le Mans specifications, the workmanship was world-class and the birdcage chassis was fabricated by hand.

Without hesitation yet with bidding paddle and checkbook in hand, Fred was off to the sale. When the auction started, paddles flew into the air and dollar amounts skyrocketed as eager bidders vied for the car of their dreams. The only problem — they were bidding against a very determined Fred Schrader.

The hammer dropped and Fred's paddle was the last one standing. Now at home in the Napa Valley, the car draws ouuus and ahhhs from young and old auto enthusiasts alike wherever it goes.

Friday, August 2, 2013 - 11:45