Saturday, February 16, 2019

Porsche 959 Sport

Production of the Porsche 959 started in 1987 and ending a year later with just 292 examples. Of these just 29 were Sport versions. Adjustable suspension, an intelligent four-wheel-drive system, tire pressure sensors, and super-lightweight hollow-spoke magnesium wheels made it a game changer 30 years ago. Even with a price tag of $300,000, it is said that Porsche lost money on every single one as a result of the costs of construction, research, and development.
Locomotion was courtesy of a 515 bhp, 2,848 cc DOHC horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with twin KKK turbochargers and Bosch-Motronic Electronic Fuel Injection through a six-speed manual transaxle.

Featured was four-wheel independent suspension with double wishbones and coil-over shocks, and front and rear ventilated disc brakes.
It might have resembled the 911 produced at the time, but this was an entirely different animal.

The 959 could leap from 0–60 mph in less than four seconds
The 959 Sport boasted a full, leather-wrapped road cage with four-point racing harnesses and cloth upholstery. It featured a coil-over suspension and was stripped of air conditioning and stereo. This carved off about 220 pounds.
The car spent six months at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, where it was on display in a special exhibit of Porsche super cars. This 959 S is a true collector-grade example. It made €1.96m in 2017.

Friday, February 15, 2019

1965 Ferrari 275 GTB by Scaglietti at RM Sotheby's

The Ferrari 275 is a series of front-engined V12-powered grand touring automobiles with two-seater coupé and spider bodies produced by Ferrari between 1964 and 1968. The first 275 series cars were powered by a 3.3L (3286 cc) dual overhead camshaft Colombo 60° V12 engine producing 260–320 hp.
The chassis were now-typical welded steel tubular frame, fully independent suspension with unequal-length A-arms front and rear, disc brakes, and tubular shock absorbers. A five-speed transmission was mounted in unit with the rear axle. The clutch and bell housing were at the engine. With the rear-mounted gearbox came independent rear suspension, making the 275 GTB the first street Ferrari to be so equipped.
The 275 GTB was intended for either touring or racing. Approximately 250 Series I and about 200 Series II 275 GTBs were built.
The 275 GTB marked a progression in Ferrari design from thinly disguised racers to comfortable transportation. Because of the chassis changes the 275s were not only faster, but more comfortable.
This 275 GTB, chassis 06899, was completely restored in January 2018 to it's as new state, the way it left Ferrari’s Maranello factory in 1965. The car immediately earned a Platinum Award at the XXVII Palm Beach Cavallino Classic.

The car carries an estimate of $2.2m to $2.4m
See ----->1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy at RM Sotheby's - €2.8m

Thursday, February 14, 2019

1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible at RM Sotheby's

The most well-known DB5 is the one owned by super-spy Bond, James Bond. But James Bond’s DB5 was just a standard, ordinary saloon model, one of nearly a thousand.

For true rarity one must have the higher-performance DB5 Vantage convertible, with just seven made.
The high-performance, Vantage-specification DB5 didn't make its first appearance until September 1964.

The prototype, DP217, bore the chassis no. DB5/1451/R and came fitted with triple Weber twin-choke, side-draft carburetors along with the five-speed gearbox. The DB5 Vantage's power output was 325 bhp at 5,750 rpm, some 40 bhp more than the standard engine.
The DB5’s reflexes were sharpened in Vantage tune, with 0–60 times dropping to just 6.5 seconds.

Chassis DB5C/1924/R is an authentic, factory Vantage convertible.
The DB5C received a comprehensive restoration to concours standards in 2005. The restoration included a professional conversion to left-hand drive. All restorative work was fully documented, and invoices for over $200,000 are included.

The DB5C is a multiple Class Award winner. It carries an estimate of $1,400,000 - $1,600,000.
See ----->Cars of Bond, James Bond

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

1962 Maserati 3500 GT Spider by Vignale

The Maserati 3500 GT (Tipo 101) and the Maserati 3500 GT Convertibile (Tipo 101/C) are 2-door coupé and convertible grand tourers made by Italian car manufacturer Maserati between 1957 and 1964. At its heart was a 3.5-liter twin-cam, twin-plug inline-6 that produced nearly 250hp on a trio of Weber carbs.
The engine was derived from the 350S sports racing car. Despite an eye-watering $13,000 price tag in 1960, the 3500 GT proved to be popular, with production reaching 2,250 units between 1957 and 1964, more than any previous Maserati model.
Just 250 Spyders were built over a five-year period compared to 2,000 coupes. Chassis number AM101 1365 was fully restored.
The car is a valid alternative to a Ferrari 250 PF Cabriolet or an Aston Martin DB5 Convertible and is a strong addition to any collection.

This is stylish Italian open-top motoring at its most glamorous. This example made $750,000.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Tourer by Corsica at RM Sotheby's

Bugatti introduced a second-series iteration of their vaunted Type 57, the sporting road car designed by Ettore Bugatti’s son, Jean, that featured a 3.3-liter dual overhead-cam eight-cylinder engine and competition-inspired chassis. Bugatti also unveiled two sporting variants, the 57C and the 57S. The 57S boasted 175 hp versus the standard Type 57 output of 135 hp, and when adding the available “C” specification Roots-type supercharger power output was raised to 200 hp.
This enabled a top speed of some 120-mph, making Bugatti the fastest French production car of the period. One of eight Type 57S examples bodied by Corsica; only two four-seater tourers. Only 16 Type 57S Bugattis delivered with open coachwork. Retains its original chassis, engine, gearbox, and body
The 57S set records at some 14 different types of events, including a speed average of 85.07 mph at Le Mans. An overall victory at Le Mans was later repeated in 1939.
The Type 57S was introduced in late 1937, and just over 40 production examples were built in total. This example was listed for $3,800 in a classified advertisement in the New York Times in 1960. A restoration was performed some 40 years later and the car was displayed on the lawn at Pebble Beach in 2003 to much fanfare.
Chassis 57512 features its original chassis, engine, gearbox, and coachwork, with the supercharger believed to be the same one that was installed within the first few years of its life.
The Bugatti 57SC has long been recognized by enthusiasts as one of the ultimate expressions of pre-war motoring. Chassis 57512 is part of an elite and exclusive group of truly world-class automobiles. The car carries an estimate of $6m to $7.5m

Monday, February 11, 2019

1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV Convertible at Mecum

1 of 45 Ram Air IV 4-speed GTO Convertibles produced in 1969. 400/370 HP V-8 engine. Rochester Quadrajet carburetor. 4-speed manual transmission. Positraction differential. Power brakes. Code 63 Champagne with White convertible top. Black vinyl interior. Bucket seats and center console with gauges. Wood steering wheel. Power convertible top. Hurst shifter. AM/FM radio. Hood tachometer.
The Ram Air IV was the absolute high-water mark for the production Pontiac 400. Rated at a very conservative 370 HP at 5,500 RPM, with 445 lb-ft of torque at 3,900, the Ram Air IV used a four-bolt main block with forged pistons, special round-port cylinder heads, cast-iron exhaust headers and an aluminum intake manifold with a removable heat crossover.
A highly desirable and collectible muscle car, and one of the most desirable GTOs ever built, they don't come cheap. In 2016 one sold at Barrett Jackson for $253,000.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

2006 Aston Martin DBR9

Born of the production-based GT category, and marking Aston Martin’s first return to international racing since 1989 with the Group C AMR1, the DBR9 took victory on its 2005 race debut in the Sebring 12 Hours.

A privateer DBR9 would also go on to win GT1 in the Nürburgring 1000 KM and take overall victory in the FIA GT Championship round at Bahrain that year.
Complete with a 625-bhp/550 lb.ft version of the DB9’s 5,935-cc, quad-camshaft V-12, all-alloy engine, mated to a six-speed, sequential Xtrac transaxle, overall weight was 1,100 kg/2,425 lbs. Base cost was £450,000 plus taxes.
This example made $616,000 at RM Sotheby's last year.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

The Bugatti from the Lake - 1925 Bugatti Type 22 Brescia €370,000

The local mythology surrounding the Bugatti in Lake Maggiore was well known. The 1925 Bugatti Type 22 Brescia Roadster used to belong to Grand Prix driver René Dreyfus, who lost it in a drunken poker game to Swiss playboy Adalbert Bodé in Paris in 1934; Bodé left for home with his new machine, but was unable to pay its import duties when he was stopped at the Swiss border. Bodé walked away, leaving Swiss officials to dispose of his prize. Officials chose to roll it into the lake; its eventual resting spot was 173 feet below the surface of the water where it stayed for almost 75 years.
It wasn't until the summer of 1967, when deep-diving technology was able to overcome the 29 fathoms of water pressure, that the Bugatti tale ceased to be a myth; a local diving club was able to see it for the first time. For more than four decades, amateur divers plunged the depths of the lake to catch a glimpse.
A crowd of thousands witnessed the long-sunk Type 22 emerge from Lake Maggiore on July 12, 2009. The half of the car that retains its body and tires rested in the silt at the bottom of the lake for decades; the remainder, exposed to the lake, fared less well. It sold for €370,000 at the Bonhams auction at Retromobile in Paris in January 2010.

The Type 13 was the first true Bugatti car. Production of the Type 13 and later Types 15, 17, 22, and 23, began with the company's founding in 1910 and lasted through 1920 with 435 examples produced. The Bugatti from the Lake resides at the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California.
One of only 3 examples it reportedly sold for $35 million.Dr. Peter Williamson bought a 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic at a Sotheby’s auction in 1971 for the unheard sum of $59,000 and held it for almost four decades.