Thursday, June 21, 2018

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO by Scaglietti at RM Sotheby's

36 examples of the 250 GTO were produced, all of which have survived. Widely considered the most beautiful Ferrari design, the model was one of the most successful road/racing cars that the marque ever built, claiming overall victory or 1st in class in nearly 300 races worldwide. Decades later, the Ferrari 250 GTO has become the car collector’s “holy grail".
Chassis 3413GT, is the third of the 36 examples built, and began its life as a Series I car.

Italian gentleman racer Lualdi-Gabardi entered the GTO in 10 races in 1962, winning 9 and placing second once. He won the Italian National GT championship that year and his track success with the early GTO contributed significantly in cementing what would become the GTO legend.

A rare feat for any race car, it retains its original engine, gearbox, and rear axle, as well as its factory Series II body.

Maintained in highly original condition, this GTO is the most valuable motor car ever offered for public sale.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

LEGO releases Bugatti Chiron model

Fans of the Bugatti Chiron can have their own – it’ll just take putting together 3,600 LEGO pieces.

The 1:8 scale car is packed full of intricate details including aerodynamic bodywork and its accurate w16 engine. It also features spoked rims with low-profile tires and a detailed cockpit with movable paddle 8-speed gearshift. There’s even a tiny bugatti overnight bag inside a storage compartment hidden under the hood.
The model costs $349 USD, a much better number than the Bugatti Chiron’s $2.5 million base price tag.

1998 McLaren F1 'LM-Specification' at RM Sotheby's

Behold the most iconic supercar of the modern era. On 31 March 1998, a McLaren F1 achieved a top speed of 240.14 mph at the Ehra-Lessien proving ground in Germany, setting a record for road-going production cars that would stand for nearly seven years.

The 63rd road-specification F1 built is a featured star at RM Sotheby's.
Only five LMs were sold to the public and they rarely come to market. In 2015 Sotheby's auctioned off an ultra-rare 1998 McLaren F1 LM for a reported $13.75 million.
The ultimate version of one of the greatest automobile ever built, this car's new owner will become a member of a close-knit and exclusive fraternity. It won't come cheap however. Word is £15 million might be enough to swing the deal.

Monday, June 18, 2018

2018 Nissan GT-R Premium

At $125,600 the 2018 Nissan GT-R Premium could be considered a bargain when you look at the 540-hp Porsche 911 Turbo and 535-hp Audi R8 5.2 V10, which start at $184,200 and $185,000 respectively.
The AWD punches out 565 hp @ 6800 rpm, and 467 lb-ft of torque @ 3300 rpm through a six-speed rear-mounted twin-clutch transaxle. Four-wheel Brembo composite disc brakes provide stopping power.

Toyota TS050

The Toyota TS050 Hybrid is a racing car developed for the 2016 Le Mans Prototype rules in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The engine is a biturbo 2.4L V6.

The car features an 8 megajoule hybrid system, which uses lithium ion batteries.
In 2018 Toyota became only the second Japanese car manufacturer to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans after Mazda in 1991.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

FAI names most beautiful supercar etc

The 33rd Festival Automobile International was held in Paris. The Most Beautiful Supercar of the Year was awarded by a jury of 17, and was open to new models over €60,000. The McLaren 720S was voted the winner ahead of three other finalists: Aston Martin's V8 Vantage, Ferrari's Portofino and the Porsche Panamera.

Winner: Mazda Concept Vision Coupe
The Most Beautiful Concept Car was also awarded by jury, with 10 models nominated: the Audi Aicon, BMW i Vision Dynamics, Kia Proceed Concept, Lamborghini Terzo Millennio, Mazda Concept Vision Coupe, Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Concept, Mercedes-AMG Project One, Vision Mercedes Maybach 6 Cabriolet, Nissan Vmotion and Peugeot Instinct. The jury finally narrowed it down to four finalists: Kia Concept Proceed, Lamborghini Terzo Mellennio Concept, Mazda Concept Vision Coupe and Mercedes AMG Project One.
Most Beautiful Advertising film went to Kia Niro Hero's Journey with Melissa McCarthy. Agency: David & Goliath
Our favorite and finalist is Mercedes AMG GT Roadster Born to be Wild | Agency: Joel & Ethan Coen

Friday, June 15, 2018

RM Sotheby's New York - Icons

1995 Porsche 911 GT2. $1.1m
RM Sotheby's hosted the culmination of all collector car auctions in 2017. Celebrating automotive design, RM Sotheby's presented an expertly curated roster of iconic automobiles from the world's most admired marques in late 2017.

1961 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II by Pininfarina. $ 1.3m

2000 BMW Z8. $329k

1973 De Tomaso Pantera L by Ghia. $145k

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

1952 Jaguar C-Type. $4.8m

2015 Porsche 918 Weissach Spyder. $ 1.6m

2016 Ferrari F12TDF. $ 1.1m - $ 1.4m

1948 Cadillac Series 62 Cabriolet by Saoutchik. $850k

1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster. $ 1.2

1952 Chrysler D'Elegance by Ghia. $900k

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing $1.4m

2018 Bugatti Chiron. $ 3.4m

1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible. $2.4m

2014 Pagani Huayra $1.8m

2014 Ferrari LaFerrari. $2.7m

Thursday, June 14, 2018

1963 Ferrari 250 GTO: $ 70m

A 1963 example has been sold to an American collector for a rumoured $70 million and breaks the record for a fee paid for a classic car. Why such a premium for this particular Ferrari?

Serial number 4135GT is largely original. It’s also had an illustrious career in motorsport.
In its heyday it chauked up a fourth-place finish at Le Mans in 1963, and won the ten-day Tour de France road rally the following year. It’s raced all over Europe and Africa, before being the prized jewel in several private collections before its latest, record-breaking sale.

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The world's most expensive car - Ferrari 250 GTO

In 2014 a Ferrari 250 GTO sold for a world record price at auction of $38.1 million, though there have been rumors of private sales well above that number. Each time one of the world's most desirable cars comes to auction, it tends to break the price record because the market is rising relentlessly.
In 2016 it was reported there were 2 private sellers asking $57 million for their 250 GTOs. The price for a third being sold by Talacrest is $55.8 million according to the Robb Report. 33 GTOs were made in 1962 and 1963, and in 1964 a "Series II" was introduced. Three such cars were made, and four older "Series I" were given the "Series II" body and three "330 GTO" specials with a larger engine were also made. It brought the total of GTOs produced to 39.

The Ferrari 250 GTO won the World title both seasons in succession.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale Zagato

The one-off Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa by Zagato was originally unveiled at the Villa d’Este concours in Italy in 2010 where it won the award for best concept car. Created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Alfa Romeo, the TZ3 Corsa is based around the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione but features a completely bespoke body.

The TZ3 is powered by a V8 engine mated to a six-speed sequential transmission driving the rear wheels.
Thanks to a carbon fibre body, it weighs a mere 850 kg. It rockets to 100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds onto a top speed exceeding 300 km/h.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Jaguar C-X75

The C-X75 concept debuted in 2010, powered by 778-hp electric motors fed by diesel turbines. A production run was planned based on a hybrid setup instead. However in 2012 the C-X75 was canned, but not before five developmental prototypes had been produced.

The C-X75’s last big hoorah came when it was featured as the villan's car in the James Bond film, Spectre.