The magazine was unabashedly enthusiast-oriented, assuming a good knowledge of sports cars, racing, and automotive history. The magazine was originally edited by Mark Ewing. In the 1990s, (after the move from Newport Beach to Northern California) Jay Lamm served as editor; Lamm had worked at other publications, including Autoweek, and had written books on cars like the Mazda Miata. In 1994, SCI became the first magazine publication to go all-digital in its printing process. In 2006, Erik Gustafson served as editor, and upgraded the publication's layout, editorial style, and format to compete directly with rival top automotive publications.
The magazine ceased publication with the November 2008 edition due to cost factors such as a lack of advertising revenue. The publisher stated that all subscribers would ride out their subscription with Excellence, a magazine focused on Porsche automobiles. For those who already have subscriptions to Excellence and SCI, Forza, a Ferrari magazine would be the substitute.
The first magazine ever to be produced using computer to plate (CTP) process in 1994, by Publishers Press Inc.
Top sports cars
Sports Car International compiled a list of the Top Sports Cars of the last few decades. The selections were simply the opinions of the magazine's editors. The following lists are taken from the magazine.
- "Sports Car International back issues". Archived from the original on December 17, 2007. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
- "Sports Car International". SanJose. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
- "11 Questions with 24 Hours of LeMons Founder Jay Lamm". Jalopnik.com. January 4, 2008. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
- "Sports Car in digital fast lane – Sports Car International periodical". Findarticles.com. August 1, 1994. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
- Between the Lines: [http://www.autosflow.com/2011/08/10-the-best-and-greatest-sports-cars-of-all-time.html Sports Car] International on the Bugatti Veyron