Saturday, November 18, 2017

Most Expensive Cars at Auction in 2016

A 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport sold for €32,075,200 ($35,711,359) at the Artcurial Paris auction as the most-expensive car in 2016 and the second most-expensive car ever.
Le Mans-winning 1955 Jaguar D-Type that set a new record for a British car at $21,780,000 at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction.
Record for the most-expensive pre-War car ever was set at $19,800,000 for a 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider.
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione - $18,150,000 at Pebble Beach
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider - $17,160,000 at Amelia Island

Friday, November 17, 2017

Schumacher’s Monaco-winning Ferrari sells for record $7.5m

Michael Schumacher’s Monaco Grand Prix-winning Ferrari F2001 has sold for $7,504,000, a record for a modern-era Formula 1 car. A six-minute battle between eight bidders saw the machine blow past it's pre-sale estimate of $4m. The Ferrari F2001, chassis #211, helped power Schumacher to the fourth of his seven world titles.
Michael Schumacher - Scuderia Ferrari - Ferrari F2001

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Shelby Daytona

The Shelby Daytona was built for auto racing, specifically to take on Ferrari and its 250 GTO in the GT class. Just six Shelby Daytona Coupes were built between 1964 and 1965. The first Shelby Daytona Coupe was built at the Shelby American race shop in Venice, California. The remaining five were built at Carrozzeria Gransport in Modena, Italy. The first built, chassis CSX2287 won the GT class at the 12 Hours of Sebring in March 1964.
All trace of CSX2287 was lost by the mid-1970s, with many fearing the car had been destroyed. In 2001 the car was rediscovered in a rental storage unit in California. The owner had committed suicide by burning herself alive.
CSX2287 is the only Daytona which has not been restored. The car was mechanically reconditioned and resides at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. It's estimated at well over $4m.
The cars were powered by a 4.7 liter V8 producing 385 hp mated to a 4 speed manual transmission. Top speed was 191 mph. The car helped Carroll Shelby build his name and legend.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Jaguar E-Type

The Jaguar E-Type, or the Jaguar XK-E for the North American market, is a British sports car, which was manufactured by Jaguar between 1961 and 1975. Its combination of beauty, high performance and competitive pricing quickly established the model as an iconic supercar.
On its release in March 1961 Enzo Ferrari called it "the most beautiful car ever made". The Series 2 (1968–71) featured an engine producing 246hp and torque of 263. A total of 18,809 units were built, worldwide.
The Series 1 cars, which are by far the most valuable, fall into two categories: those made between 1961 and 1964, which had 3.8-litre engines, and those made between 1965-1967.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Uber cars at Center of Embezzlement Fight

A pair of the rarest collector cars in the world are at the heart of a London lawsuit embroiling an associate of one of China’s wealthiest men. Zhao Hua Chen, who court filings say works for Chinese aluminum billionaire Zhongtian Liu, has accused Eric Po Chi Shen of buying real estate, rare red diamonds and super cars with money he embezzled while acting as his financial adviser, according to court documents filed in London’s High Court.

This 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO made $52 million
At stake in the case is ownership of two classic cars that could be worth as much as $87 million.

Chen says his former business associate falsified his financial reports and lied about how much he spent on property deals, before using the spoils to buy a 1998 McLaren F1 and a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta. He is asking a judge in the British capital to order the cars to be sold or handed over to him. The 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta is likely worth around $25 million. The model is a Series 2, with the Series 1 fetching at least $40 million. 39 of the Italian brand’s 250 GTOs were produced.
The McLaren is estimated to be worth as much as $15 million. 106 examples were produced from 1992 through 1998.
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Monday, November 13, 2017

2019 Corvette ZR1

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is the most powerful production car Chevrolet has ever made. The 6.2-liter LT5 supercharged engine packs 755 horsepower with 715 lb-ft. The LT5 has a new dual-fuel-injection system, a first for GM.
The standard 2019 ZR1 will come with a seven-speed manual. An eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is an option.
Chevrolet isn’t talking about performance numbers or pricing, but the expectation is that price will be upwards of $130k when the ZR1 goes on sale in the Spring of 2018.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

1934 Ford V8 - Bonnie and Clyde Death Car

Ford launched a completely new model for 1932. The V-8 was marketed as the Model 18 in its initial year, and was commonly called the Ford V‑8. It had the new flathead V‑8 engine. The Model 18 was the first low-priced, mass-marketed car to have a V8 engine. It's output was 85 hp.
The 1934 Ford V-8 is infamous as being the vehicle in which the notorious Depression-era bandits Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were ambushed and killed.

On May 23, 1934, the two outlaws were traveling in a stolen 1934 Ford sedan in Bienville Parish, Louisiana, when a heavily armed law enforcement posse opened fire and riddled their car with bullets

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Cavallino Rampante - Prancing Horse

On 17 June 1923, Enzo Ferrari won a race at the Savio track in Ravenna where he met the Countess Paolina, mother of Count Francesco Baracca, an ace of the Italian air force, who used to paint a horse on the side of his planes. The Countess suggested Ferrari use this horse on his cars, saying that it would bring him luck.
Ferrari has used the cavallino rampante on official company stationery since 1929. Since the 1920s, Italian race cars of Alfa Romeo, Maserati and later Ferrari and Abarth were (and often still are) painted in "race red" (Rosso Corsa). This was the customary national racing color of Italy.

Stud farm in Italian is scuderia.

Friday, November 10, 2017

RM Sotheby's New York - Icons

1995 Porsche 911 GT2. $ 1.1m to $ 1.4m
RM Sotheby's is hosting the culmination of all collector car auctions in 2017. Celebrating automotive design, RM Sotheby's will present an expertly curated roster of iconic automobiles from the world's most admired marques on December 6th.

1961 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II by Pininfarina. $ 1.5 - $1.8m

2000 BMW Z8. $300 - $400k

1973 De Tomaso Pantera L by Ghia. $125k - $150k

1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS by Scaglietti. $500k - $ 600k

1952 Jaguar C-Type. $5.5 - $7m

2015 Porsche 918 Weissach Spyder. $ 1.7 - $ 1.9m

2016 Ferrari F12TDF. $ 1.1m - $ 1.4m

1948 Cadillac Series 62 Cabriolet by Saoutchik. $850k - $1.1m

1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster. $ 1.2 - $1.5m

1952 Chrysler D'Elegance by Ghia. 900k - $ 1.1m

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing $1.3m - $1.5m

2018 Bugatti Chiron. $ 3.5m - $4m