Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Top Cars at 2016 Monterey Auctions - Day 3

1967 Ferrari 275GTB/4 – $3,245,000

1985 Ferrari 288GTO Coupe $3,300,000

1966 Ford GT40 Mark I Road Coupe – $4,840,000

1979 Porsche 935 – $4,840,000

2014 Ferrari LaFerrari – $5,170,000

1950 Ferrari 166MM Berlinetta – $5,445,000

1956 Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta Competizione Tour de France – $5,720,000

1960 Ferrari 250GT SWB Competizione Coupe – $13,500,000

1959 Ferrari 250GT California LWB Alloy Spider – $18,150,000

1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider by Touring – $19,800,000

Monday, August 22, 2016

Pebble Beach 2016: Race cars zoom into auction record books

Two vintage race cars set sales records Friday night at the flagship Monterey Car Week.

A 1955 Jaguar D-Type car, a winner at the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans, was sold at RM Sotheby’s for $19.8 million ($21.7 million, with auction fees included) to become the most expensive British automobile ever sold at public auction.
Minutes later American race legend Carroll Shelby’s Cobra prototype, known as the CSX 2000, rolled onto the RM Sotheby’s stage.

When the bidding ended, the race car had sold for $12.5 million ($13.75 million with fees). That made the Shelby car the highest-priced American vehicle sold at public auction.
Bonham’s top car was a 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix Roadster that sold for $4 million.
Mecum sold a 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS Spider for $357,500

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Berlinetta Coachwork by Pininfarina/Scaglietti
£1.6 million - 1.9 million
Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale was held June 24, 2016 at Chinchester, Goodwood.
1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Racing Two-Seater

1940 Alvis 12/70 2.8-Litre Special Sports

1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Series 1' Coupé

1976 Ferrari 308 GT Berlinetta Vetroresina
£120,000 - 160,000

2003 BMW Z8 Alpina V8 Roadster

1957 Volkswagon Type 2 Samba 23-Window Microbus
£80,000 - 120,000

1938 Jaguar SS100 3½-Litre Roadster

1928 Lea-Francis 1½-Litre S Type Hyper Sports Two-Seater

1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé

1949 Aston Martin DB Team Car - £679,100

Thursday, August 18, 2016

McLaren MSO HS

MSO, in McLaren-speak, stands for McLaren Special Operations, and the HS, for sure, is special. It’s so special that you can't have one of the 25 units as they are sold out.

The HS has a full carbon-fiber body kit, a carbon-fiber hood and roof, and lightweight glass for the windows. Its carbon-fiber rear wing, similar to the McLaren P1 GTR, makes for a total downforce of 484 pounds at 150 mph, can be electronically adjusted for either track or street settings, and also functions as an air brake.
The 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine, shared across the McLaren range, is slightly more powerful than it is in the standard 650S, making 679 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque.
The MSO HS comes with McLaren Track Telemetry. The feature includes a host of sensors and three cameras to provide data to help the driver go even quicker.

MSO will customize each of the supercars to an owner's specifications. Pricing hasn't been released.

Given its extremely limited run, one might safely assume the MSO HS's price will dwarf the $350,000 of the 675LT.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS
Talbot-Lago was a French automobile manufacturer based in Suresnes, Hauts de Seine, outside of Paris.

The Anglo-French STD (Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq) combine collapsed in 1935. The French Talbot company was acquired and reorganized and afterwards the "Talbot-Lago" name was used internationally.
Centred on the 6-cylinder 2,996 cc or 3,996 cc, the Lago-Spéciale and Lago-SS models had a great racing history. The most frequently specified body for the Lago-SS was built by Figoni et Falaschi and featured an aerodynamic form.

1947 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport
After the war, the company was known for successful high-performance racing cars and for luxurious passenger cars The company had difficulty finding customers, and its finances were stretched.

The company struggled before finally ceasing operations in 1959. Talbot-Lagos have become a top-prized car at various auctions.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Cord 812

The Cord 810 (and related Cord 812) was an automobile produced by the Cord Automobile division of the Auburn Automobile Company in 1936 and 1937. It was the first American-designed and built front wheel drive car with independent front suspension. The 810/812 was also the first to offer hidden headlights.

Cord 812 Beverly Sedan
The car caused a sensation at its debut at the New York Auto Show in November 1935. The crowds were so dense, attendees stood on the bumpers of nearby cars to get a look.
Cord 812 convertible
1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Convertible Phaeton SedanSupercharging was made available on the 1937 812 model. Supercharged 812 models were distinguished from the normally aspirated 812s by the brilliant chrome-plated external exhaust pipes mounted on each side of the hood and grill. With supercharging, horsepower was raised to 170.
The design of the Cord 810/812 remains one of the most distinctive of the 20th Century. In 1996, American Heritage magazine proclaimed the Cord 810 sedan ‘The Single Most Beautiful American Car’. The ‘Classic Cord’ Hot Wheels toy car of the 1960s, a convertible coupé, is one of the most valuable, and commands up to US$800 (2006) if still in an unopened package.

1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton sold for $225,500 in 2011

Friday, August 12, 2016

Factory Restoration of a Porsche 911 2.5 S/T

The 911 2.5 S/T was discovered on a playground in the US. The car, which raced at Le Mans, was in a critical condition: rusty, bent out of shape, wonky – and definitely not drivable. The rear cross member was missing, the roof dented. It was time for the experts to take over.
On the straightening bench, the body is checked and restored to its original shape. Special metal plates are affixed to each of the axis points on the body, and are pulled using a hydraulic dozer and a steel chain until the body is back in shape.
Next, the experts reconstruct the body step by step. This painstaking process is done purely by hand and takes over 1000 hours – and with the help of original Porsche body jigs. These sheet metal tools help the restorers work precisely and keep to the correct dimensions. For the 911 2.5 S/T many body parts needed to be custom fabricated on the basis of the original Porsche drawings.
After a Cathodic dip painting (CDP) for corrosion protection, the body – including the underbody, engine compartment, the trunk and the interior – are painted with primer. This is then followed by factory painting by hand. After a curing period of about eight weeks, final assembly can commence.
The car is a rarity: only 24 of this racing car, based on the 911 2.4 S Coupé, were ever built. The 911 2.5 S was a works-modified version of the standard 911 2.4 S Coupé designed for use on racing circuits and modified in accordance with international sporting regulations.

Racing, in particular the Le Mans 24 Hours race, is of great significance to Porsche. Over 800 Porsche vehicles have taken part since the first race took place in 1951, with 103 of them taking a class victory and 17 overall victories making Porsche the most successful brand by far.