Monday, April 24, 2017

2019 Chevrolet Corvette C8

The mid-engined version of the Chevrolet Corvette is coming. Development on the C7's replacement has begun, and rumor has it a mid-engine variant is in the works. The C8 will be "revolutionary." To Corvette watchers that can only mean one thing: a mid-engine Chevy supercar. If true the C8 will be the most important fundamental change to the Chevrolet Corvette since GM dropped in an eight-cylinder engine in 1955.
The driving reason the Corvette would switch to a mid-engined layout is for performance.

There is a limit to how much power a front-engine supercar can put down, and how much cornering grip it can achieve. Although the current Corvette Z06 is an awesome sports car, it's inherently held back by its front-mid-engine design.
After intense speculation, Autoblog and Car and Driver got their hands on spy photos of what's claimed to be the mid-engine Corvette prototype testing in Michigan. The photos show a heavily-camouflaged car but clearly rolling on some sort of a mid-engine chassis.
The mid-engine Corvette will use a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox sourced from Tremec. Of its seven speeds, the top three are overdrives, and Tremec says it can handle 9000 rpm input speed and 664 lb-ft of torque.

With a starting MSRP of just $55,400, the current C7 represents a great deal. Obviously, the mid-engined variant will cost more ... probably a lot more. $150,000 seems to be the most popular number.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Lamborghini Urraco

The Lamborghini Urraco is a 2+2 sports car manufactured by Italian automaker Lamborghini. It was introduced at the Turin Auto Show in 1970 but was not put on sale until 1973; production ended in 1979. It was named after a breed of bulls. When production ceased, 791 Urracos had been built. Twenty-one of these were Urraco P111 (P250 Tipo 111) for the American market. The other Urraco versions were the Urraco P200, Urraco P250 and Urraco P300 with 2 litre, 2.5 litre, and 3 litre V-8 respectively.
The Urraco P300 delivered 247 hp at 7,500 rpm. Similar to the Miura, the V8 engine was mid-mounted. The Urraco was born into cloudy times for Lamborghini.
The first Lamborghini Urracos delivered were not up to expectations. Workmanship left much to be desired and interior ergonomics were terrible.
Federal emissions regulations kept the later 250-hp, 3.0-liter DOHC engine upgrade from landing in America, the Urraco's prime target market. Choking on smog equipment the Urraco finally landed stateside in 1975 with a price of $22,500, more than twice the cost of the much faster Porsche 911.

Worse, the Urraco needed 10.1 seconds to reach 60 mph and 17.9 seconds for a quarter-mile, slower than today's Saturn Ion. Weeds grew at dealers and the car's fate was sealed.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

B.C. property with 340 vintage cars on sale for $1.45M

Mike Hall is looking to sell his five-acre property in Tappen, B.C., and he’s willing to throw in something extra to sweeten the deal: 340-plus vintage cars. Hall plans on retiring, and in an effort to simplify his life, wants to sell his auto-wrecking business — along with the hundreds of classic cars he never found time to restore.

Hall said his realtor has fielded about 100 inquiries — including five or six he considered to be serious — but he won’t start counting his money until a solid offer is on the table. “Buyers are liars, as my buddy used to say. Show me the money.”
Hall’s car collection consists almost entirely of vintage two-door vehicles that run the gamut from 1940s trucks to old-school ’70s muscle cars. Highlights include a 1927 Ford Model T truck, a 1947 Mercury Ute from Australia, and a 1964 Chevrolet Malibu convertible.
Perhaps the rarest vehicle in his collection is a 1966 Pontiac Beaumont, one of only 45 ever made.

Hall spent decades scaling rocks for a living and and collecting cars was a labour of love. But now he says it’s time to move on. “You think you own shit, and you realize it owns you,” he said. “Everything you own attaches a spider web to you, and one day you’ve got so many spider webs you can’t move and you can’t breathe.”

That may not sound like much of a sales pitch, but Hall says his offer is ideal for a gearhead who wants nothing more than to work on cars and enjoy the quiet beauty of the south-central British Columbia.

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 original Interceptor was created using a 1973 Ford XB GT Falcon Hardtop (XB GT Falcon Coupe) as the base vehicle.
Falcon XC Coupe.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Auburn "Boattail" Speedster

Auburn was a brand name of American automobiles produced from 1900 through 1937. In 1926 Auburn partnered with Duesenberg Corporation, famous for its racing cars, and used it as the launching platform for a line of high-priced luxury vehicles, the Duesenberg Model J. In 1937, production of Auburns, along with that of Cords and Duesenbergs, ended.
The Auburn Speedster (1935–37), and the Cord 810/812 (1936–37) became famous for their advanced engineering as well as their striking appearance. The Auburn Boattail Speedster was powered by a 4.6L straight eight that, with the popular supercharger option (150 hp), could top 100 mph (160 km/h). The Depression, coupled with Cord's stock manipulations, spelled the end of the company and production ceased in 1937.
Boattail Auburns are some of the most beautiful cars ever made, but they were some of the fastest as well. At a time when Cadillac was competing directly with Rolls-Royce and its most powerful engine managed 90 horses, the Auburn put out 115 and topped 100mph.

$725,000 - $875,000
851 Boattail Speedsters were made and today reproductions are very popular.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Barn Finds II


A 1964 Jaguar E-type

1963 Corvette Split Window

1959 Porsche 356 Speedster

1925 Bugatti Type 22 Brescia Roadster

69 GT 500

1979 Ferrari 308 GTS

Aston Martin DB4
See ----->http://superautoworld.blogspot.ca/2017/01/barn-finds.html

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

1957 Ferrari 335 Sport

The Ferrari 335 S is a sports racing car produced by Italian manufacturer Ferrari in 1957-8. Four cars were produced in total.

It had a V12 engine with a 4,023.32 cc (245.518 cu in) displacement and a maximum power of 390 horsepower at 7400 rpm; the maximum speed was around 300 kilometres per hour (190 mph)
The 335 S has a dark history. When it raced at the 1957 Mille Miglia, a blown tire caused one of the car to careen off the road and into a crowd of spectators. The driver, co-driver and 10 spectators were killed in the crash.
Despite the grizzly association, the 335 S is one of the most valuable cars in the world. In 2016, a 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti sold for €32.1 million in an auction in Paris. Valued between $30 to $34 million, the 335 S sold for $35,711,359, narrowly missing the record $38 million a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta brought.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

LEGO Ferrari F40

Enzo Ferrari’s masterpiece has been immortalized in plastic. The LEGO Creator-series F40 Ferarri (10248) is all red and black with its own removable V8 engine. Luigi would be proud.
The set contains 1158 LEGO pieces, has fully operational doors and rear hatch, and has detailing both outside and in. Price? $ 119.00

1960's VW Beetle gets “LEGO Creator Expert” set

LEGO Creator Volkswagen T1 Camper Van

LEGO Creator MINI Cooper
See ----->http://superautoworld.blogspot.ca/2017/04/mclaren-720s-supercar-now-lego-build.html