Sports Cars Illustrated was originally published by Henry Scharf and Motor Publications Inc. It started in July 1955 and was sold to Ziff-Davis sometime in 1956. It ended with the March 1961 issue when it was renamed Car and Driver. Content focused primarily on small European sports cars including road tests and racing activities.
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The publisher provided net paid circulation details in three years (1957, 1958 and 1961). It held the #6 or #8 position among automotive publishers who submitted sales data.
A total of 69 issues were printed from July, 1955 through March, 1961. All cover images are complete.