Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2014 Mercedes-Benz 'Black Series' SLS AMG

The SLS AMG 'Black Series' made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2012. Only 150 'Black Series' examples of the SLS AMG were produced for the world, and each was presold prior to delivery. The hand built 6.2L V-8 engine produces 622 horsepower with an 8,000-rpm redline. A revised suspension uses the coil-over AMG RIDE CONTROL and AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system.

The SLS AMG 'Black Series' is proving to be an astute collector supercar.
As new with just over 2,000 miles on the odometer, it is one of only five produced in Mars Red making it the rarest of all the available factory colors. This example is estimated at $500k to $600k

Monday, January 15, 2018

Worldwide Auctioneers' Scottsdale sale

1939 BMW 327 Cabriolet est $220,000 - $250,000
The Scottsdale Auction of Worldwide Auctioneers will take place on January 17th, 2018. Worldwide Auctioneers will be the first of the catalogue sales scheduled for Arizona Auction Week.

1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Hemi. est $600,000 - $800,000
The “Basement Find,” Hemi ‘Cuda was purchased by a prior owner out of South Dakota in 1978 and then stored in a Kansas City basement until 2014. With just 21,433 miles from new and the subject of a later painstaking four-year restoration, it has a verified "born with" all original, numbers-matching drivetrain. It was featured in the September 2016 edition of Muscle Car Review and was the recipient of MCACN Concours Gold Certification and a Sponsor Pick award in November 2017.

1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi Convertible est $1,600,000 - $1,900,000
“1 of 1” 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi Convertible in factory Plum Crazy Purple, one of only five Hemi/four-speed Challenger R/T convertibles built and the only Hemi/four-speed car built with 4.10:1 Super Track Pak.

2003 Ferrari Enzo. est $2,750,000 - $3,000,000
Numbered 132049, this original U.S.-specification Enzo is an early-production example, constructed during February 2003. 2,720 miles of use. Enzo 132049 remains spectacular in every possible respect and maintains outstanding provenance and unassailable integrity, complete with its “Red Book” issued by Ferrari Classiche.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Uninsured Supercars crushed in UK

The UK has a large and growing problem with uninsured drivers. Getting into an accident in East London for example could result in a one-in-eight chance that one of the drivers carries no insurance on their vehicle. Since 2008, a law has been in effect which stipulates that if a driver was found to be uninsured and still fails to insure their vehicle, it could be seized and crushed - and that's whats happening.

Supercar owners in the UK have been found to be large offenders when it comes to insurance, some leaving cars which cost nearly half-a-million dollars uninsured.
Some drivers of high-value cars believe they are above the law and exempt from taking out insurance. In September 2017, 10 vehicles collectively valued at over $1.3 million were scheduled for the crusher. This includes a Lamborghini Aventador valued at $430,000, a Mercedes G-Wagon worth over $140,000, a $125,000 Ferrari FF, $120,000 Porsche 911, a Bentley Continental GTC worth $105,000, and an $80,000 Maserati GranTurismo. In 2015, there were five Lamborghinis, three Ferraris, a Bentley and a Mercedes-AMG GT. The total value of all vehicles throughout the UK could be worth more than $90 million this year. Many of these vehicles will be auctioned off, but some find their way to the crusher.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

'World's first supercar' brings $ 655,000

Regarded as “the world’s first sports car” a Vauxhall Prince Henry Sports Torpedo fetched £516,700 (about $655,000) at Bonhams’ in London. Built in 1914, the car could hit the unheard of speed of 80 mph.
The car is incredibly rare said Bonhams’ James Knight. “In comparison to what else was out there, this car was absolutely the supercar of its day.”

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

RM Sotheby's - Arizona

1954 Jaguar D-Type Works. $ 12m - $ 15m
RM Sotheby's returns to the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, 18–19 January.

Over 100 blue-chip automobiles from the world's most iconic marques will be offered.

2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina. $475k - $ 525k

1992 Ferrari 512 TR $220k - $250k

1967 Ferrari 330 GTS by Pininfarina. $ 1.8m - $ 2.2m

1921 Alfa Romeo G1
$150k to $200k
1932 Lincoln Model KB Dual-Cowl Sport Phaeton

1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton. $175k - $225k

1907 Ford Model K Roadster. $ 175 to $275k

1962 Maserati 3500 GTi Spyder by Vignale. $575k to $675

1965 Shelby 289 Cobra. $900k to $ $1.2m

1965 Shelby GT350 R. $ 1m to $ 1.2m

1948 Tucker 48. $ 1.25m to $ 1.5m

1996 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.8. $ 425k to $ 525k

1967 Toyota 2000GT. $600 to $700k

1987 Porsche 959 Komfort. $1m to $1.2m

1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Speciale by Boano. $1.25m to $1.45m

Monday, January 8, 2018

Lamborghini Countach

The Lamborghini Countach is a mid-engined, V12 sports car produced by Lamborghini from 1974 to 1990. Its design pioneered and popularized the wedge-shaped, sharply angled look popular in many high-performance sports cars.

The Countach's styling and visual impression made it an icon of great design to almost everyone except automotive engineers.
The first production cars used the Lamborghini Miura's 4-liter engine. Later advances increased the displacement to 4754 cc and then 5167 cc with four valves per cylinder. The Countach entered production as the LP400 delivering 370 hp.
The 25th Anniversary Edition was  the quickest: 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) in 4.7 seconds and 295 km/h (183 mph) all out.
A total of 2,042 cars were built during the Countach's sixteen-year lifetime. A top end Countach might bring $325,000.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Collector Classics: 2018 Barrett-Jackson Auction

One of 59 known HEMI 'Cudas built in 1971.
The trendsetting Barrett-Jackson Auction Scottsdale, Arizona kicks off Jan. 15th. It is one of half-a-dozen auction events held in the Phoenix area during ‘auction week’. Buying and selling collector cars is a high-stakes game and many collectors treat these investment-quality cars like art.

Muscle cars from the 1960’s and early 1970’s will be hot ticket items.

One of 70, 1971 Dodge HEMI Challengers.

1969 Ford Mustang 428 Cobra Jet Convertible

Number 59 of the 69 COPO 1969 Camaros built.

A prototype. The very first 1966 Shelby GT350 built

Saturday, January 6, 2018

The 1913 Mercer Raceabout

The Mercer Type-35R Raceabout is a stripped-down, two-seat speedster, designed to be "safely and consistently" driven at over 70 mph (110 km/h). It was capable of over 90 mph (140 km/h). The Raceabout's inline 4-cylinder T-head engine displaced 293 cubic inches (4,800 cc) and developed 55 horsepower at 1,650 revolutions per minute.

The Raceabout became one of the premier racing thoroughbreds of the era, it was highly coveted for its quality construction and exceptional handling.
The car featured a three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with live rear axle, and two-wheel rear mechanical drum brakes with a foot-operated transmission brake.
The Mercer Type 35R Raceabout defined the concept of “sports car”. It won races and the hearts of sporting drivers from its inception. Few automobiles can claim the distinction of having remained valuable throughout their histories. The Mercer Type 35R is one of them.
The 1913 Mercer Raceabout is among the most classic American-made cars. One of its defining features was a small, monocle windshield that was good for the driver, but useless for the passenger. Another interesting feature was the Mercer's gas-lamp lights, which were used even though electric lights were available. That's because they could be removed at race time, helping to minimize the car's weight. The car, considered advanced at the time, originally sold for $2,250.

A 1913 Mercer Raceabout sold for $2,530,000 in 2014