Monday, March 19, 2018

Barn Finds II

A 1964 Jaguar E-type

1963 Corvette Split Window

1959 Porsche 356 Speedster

1925 Bugatti Type 22 Brescia Roadster

1969 GT 500

1979 Ferrari 308 GTS

Aston Martin DB4
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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Citroën 2CV

The Citroën 2CV is an air-cooled front-engine, front-wheel-drive economy car introduced at the 1948 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile and manufactured by Citroën from 1948 to 1990. Over 3.8 million 2CVs were produced, along with over 1.2 million small 2CV-based delivery vans known as fourgonnettes.
In total, Citroën manufactured almost 9 million 2CVs and variants.

The car was initially powered by a 375 cc (23 CID) H2 air-cooled 9 hp engine with a 65 km/h (40 mph) top speed, only one tail light and windscreen wiper with speed shaft drive; with the wiper speed dependent on the driving speed.
The 2CV's performance was the butt of jokes. It was said it went "from 0–60 km/h in one day". The original 1948 model had a 0–40km/h time of 42.4 seconds. Despite critics, Citroën was flooded with orders. The car was extremely cheap compared to competitors and was an instant success: within months of it going on sale, there was a three-year waiting list, which increased to five years.
The 2CV was originally sold in France and some European markets, and went on to enjoy strong sales in Asia, South America, and Africa. The 2CV was produced for 42 years, the model finally succumbing to customer demands for speed and safety, in which the ancient design had fallen far behind modern cars.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Range Rover Sport SVR beats supercar record along Tianmen Road

The latest high performance SUV from Jaguar Land Rover wasn't meant to outperform a supercar, but that’s what happened when the new Range Rover Sport SVR took on a fearsome mountain road in China. Land Rover’s performance SUV has smashed the record for negotiating the 99 corners of the famous Tianmen Road with an average speed of almost 70km/h.
The standard production Range Rover Sport SVR set a new, unofficial, record of 9 minutes 51 seconds for the 11.3km ascent, beating the previous best of 10 minutes 31 seconds – set by a Ferrari 458 Italia supercar in 2016.

1957 BMW 507 - Elvis

The BMW 507 is a roadster that was produced by BMW from 1956 to 1959.

Initially intended to be exported to the United States, it ended up being too expensive, resulting in a total production figure of 252 cars and heavy losses for BMW.
The engine was BMW's aluminium alloy OHV V8, of 193.3 cu in displacement, with pushrod overhead valves. It had two Zenith 32NDIX two-barrel carburetors, a chain-driven oil pump, high-lift cams, polished combustion chamber surfaces, and a compression ratio of 7.8:1, yielding 150 horsepower at 5,000 rpm.
It was mated to a four-speed manual transmission.
Elvis Aaron Presley, 23 and already a music and film star, was stationed in Germany while serving in the Army. Presley took possession of a BMW 507 in December 1958.

Elvis had the car painted red. It has since been fully restored. A Concours quality 1957 BMW 507 trends around $2,900,000.

Friday, March 16, 2018

1962 Mazda R360

The Mazda R360 is a kei car that was produced by Mazda. It was Mazda's first real car - a two-door, four-seat coupé. Introduced in 1960, it featured a short 69 inch (1753 mm) wheelbase and weighed just 838 lb (380 kg). It was powered by a rear-mounted air-cooled 356 cc V-twin engine putting out about 16 hp and 16 lb·ft of torque. The car was capable of about 52 mph (84 km/h). It had a 4-speed manual or two-speed automatic transmission.
Mazda captured much of the lightweight (kei car) market in Japan with the R360. It was augmented by the Mazda P360 "Carol" 2+2 in 1962, as well as a convertible version in 1964. Production of the R360 lasted for six years.

In 2015, Mazda produced 1.5 million vehicles.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mercedes-Maybach GLS set for April reveal

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLS will spawn an ultra-luxurious Maybach variant. A concept version will debut in April at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show. The concept will heavily inspire the production version, which is slated to go on sale sometime in 2019. Mercedes’ 48V starter-alternator system will be installed. The Mercedes-Maybach GLS will be powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, which makes over 500 horsepower.
Price is expected to be in excess of US$167,000.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Ferrari 330 GTO

With just three Ferrari 330 LMBs ever built, using a four-litre V12 found in the 1962 Le Mans-winning 330 TRI, it is both rarer and more technologically advanced than the hallowed GTO.

Featured are a Tipo 163/566 3,967 cc SOHC V-12 engine, 6 twin-choke Weber carburetors, 400 bhp @ 7,500 rpm, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, and anti-roll bar, and telescopic shock absorbers, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and telescopic shock absorbers.
To accommodate the larger engine, the chassis was slightly lengthened compared to the three litre 250 GTO. Ferrari built only 39 250 GTOs (33 of the “normal” cars, three with the four-litre 330 engine sometimes called the “330 GTO” and three “Type 64″ cars, with revised bodywork.

The Ferrari 250 GTO has been established as the most desirable and valuable Ferrari of them all. All examples have been accounted for, so there are no barn finds waiting, and they rarely change hands. On the rare occasion that one does sell, it’s usually done privately, meaning that 250 GTO ownership puts you into one of the most exclusive groups in the world.
It was 2014 when the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO made for Sir Stirling Moss fetched $38.1 million at the Bonham's Quail Auction.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Bonham - Amelia Island auctions

1936 Horch 853 Roadster at Bonhams. $544,000
The Amelia annually draws 300-plus classic cars, racing machines and creations from the past century to the rolling fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island next to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. There are five auctions on concours weekend.

1959 Porsche 356A 1600 Carrera GS Coupe. $632,000

1967 Aston Martin DB6. $291,000
1939 Bentley 4 1/4 Tourer

2015 McLaren P1. $ 1.7m

Monday, March 12, 2018

Ford Falcon XB Coupe V8 Interceptor

The Ford Falcon (XB) is a full-size car that was produced by Ford Australia from 1973 to 1976. It was the second iteration of the third generation of this Australian-made model. The Pursuit Special, also referred to as the V8 Interceptor, is the iconic black muscle car driven by the main character during much of the Mad Max franchise.

The first car shown in the film with the title Pursuit Special is a 1972 HQ Holden Monaro V8 coupe stolen and driven by the escaped criminal, the Night Rider. The more famous Pursuit Special is a modified 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT.
The V8 Interceptor, also known as a Pursuit Special, is driven by Max Rockatansky at the end of Mad Max and for the first half of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. The original Interceptor was created using a 1973 Ford XB GT Falcon Hardtop (XB GT Falcon Coupe) as the base vehicle.

2018 BMW M8 GTE

BMW has confirmed that its 2018 GTE contender will be based on the new M8 model, as the German manufacturer ramps up for a dual championship factory GT program next year. A fully camouflaged, early prototype of the production car was unveiled during a driving event at Nürburgring. Specifications for the production or race car have not yet been released but it’s believed to feature either a twin-turbocharged V8 or V12 engine.

The M8 GTE is scheduled to make its race debut in the 2018 Daytona 24 Hours.