Saturday, December 8, 2018

1935 Hispano-Suiza K6 Cabriolet by Brandone

Between 1929 and 1939 automobiles developed into sophisticated artifacts. For the first time in history the top cars were reaching speeds over 80 mph, an astounding feat. This 1935 Hispano-Suiza K6 Cabriolet comes from a time when cars had hood ornaments, shiny trim and running boards. It has a large hood ornament that is fashioned as a flying stork.
The Hispano-Suiza was reserved for kings, queens, and movie stars, the world’s wealthiest, most stylish people. They demanded the luxurious, beautiful, and exclusive. A total of 204 cars were built in the manufacturer's Paris factory.

About forty examples are known to have survived.
The new Hispano Suiza K6 was introduced at the Paris Auto Salon in the fall of 1934. It was offered as a rolling chassis only, so customers could have it fitted with coachwork of choice.
The straight 6, 5,184 cc / 316.3 cu in engine produced 125 bhp @ 3,200 rpm through a 3 speed manual gearbox.
This example crosses the block at RM Sotheby's in January. The last time a 1935 Hispano-Suiza K6 Cabriolet changed hands in 2012 it made $2.2m.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Solid Gold Model Ford GT Car makes $75k

A 1:25-scale solid 14 karat gold Ford GT replica was sold at auction at Sotheby's.
It was once owned by a descendant of Harry Ford. Est: 30,000 - 40,000 USD

Thursday, December 6, 2018

2 black 1969 L88 Corvettes at Mecums

L88 Corvettes have always been at the top of the food chain, both in terms of rarity and desirability. From 1967-69, only 216 L88 Corvettes were produced. Two Tuxedo Black L88s are a featured lot at Mecums. The L88 coupe retains its original L88 427/430 HP V-8 engine and has been driven 2,000 original miles since new.
The L88 was a race car disguised as a production car. The L88 option package added a whopping $1,032.15 to the Corvette convertible's $4,438 price tag, almost $600 more than the L71 option that was rated 5 HP higher than the L88’s totally misleading 430 HP rating.
Both cars are multiple award winners. They are estimated at $1.1 to $1.3m
See ----->1969 Chevolet Corvette L88

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

1985 Ferrari 288 GTO at RM Sotheby's - Arizona

The Ferrari GTO (Ferrari 288 GTO) is an exotic homologation of the Ferrari 308 GTB produced from 1984 to 1987. The GTO never raced and all 272 cars built remained purely road cars. The GTO's 2,855 cc (2.9 L; 174.2 cu in) V8 was mounted longitudinally, using the 308's rear trunk space. This was necessary to make room for the twin turbochargers and intercoolers.
The GTO could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in around 5 seconds with 0-125 mph (201 km/h) in 15 seconds onto a top speed of 189 mph (304 km/h), making it one of the fastest street-legal production cars of its time.
The cars are intensely collected. Hagerty suggests a concours example trends around $ 2.7m.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Bad Ferraris

The Ferrari 348 is a mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive V8-powered 2-seat sports car produced in 1989 and continuing until 1995. The 348 was Ferrari's low point. The supercar was bad. The 348 had all the standard Ferrari problems without any praiseworthy features. Extremely expensive maintenance, frustrating and poor reliability and bad ergonomics, the 348 had it all.
The Ferrari 400I is an embarrassing faux pas swept under the rug. Everyone seems to forget the 400I existed, and for many good reasons. The Ferrari 400I was boring to look at, slow and unagile. Perhaps worst of all, simply dull.
The Ferrari Mondial is a mid-engined, V8-powered grand tourer produced between 1980 and 1993. Some Ferraris depreciate spectacularly. But the Mondial goes above and beyond. Overweight and under-powered, the Mondial will get dramatically outrun by virtually anything with wheels.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Top lots at Mecum Monterey 2018

1933 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe. $3.8m

2014 Ferrari LaFerrari. 307 miles. $3.1m
2003 Ferrari Enzo. 3,150 miles. $2.8m

1989 Porsche 962. $2.2m
1969 Lamborghini Miura P400S. $1.1m.

1929 Duesenberg Model J. $1.1m.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

1948 Tucker 48 at RM Sotheby's Monterey 2018

1948 Tucker 48. It might please a vindicated Preston Tucker that the 47 surviving examples of the 51 cars he built are among the most valuable, desirable, and popular American cars in the world.

They draw the most attention and crowds to any museum at which they are displayed.
This car was one of 13 originally finished in Maroon, and one of eight late-production cars completed in the closed-down factory by former employees. It was eventually sold at the bankruptcy auction of October 1950. The car underwent complete restoration to authentic original condition in 2007.
The Tucker 48 featured an H-6 (horizontally opposed), OHV, 334 ci developing 166 bhp and 372 lb⋅ft torque.

This concours quality car made $ 1.8m.
The most recognizable feature of the Tucker '48, was a third directional headlight (the "Cyclops Eye"). It would activate at steering angles of greater than 10 degrees to light the car's path around corners.

See ----->The Tucker 48

Saturday, December 1, 2018

2017 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

The 2017 Porsche 911 features a base twin-turbo engine which produces 370 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque; different compressor wheels, a special exhaust setup, and a specific ECU tune nets the Carrera S 420 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque.

Porsche claims that the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet will hit 60 in 3.7 seconds while achieving 191 mph on the top end.
The standard seven-speed manual transmission uses a new, twin-disc clutch, while Porsche DoppelKupplungsgetriebe -- the PDK dual-clutch automatic -- gets several efficiency enhancements. The first is a dual-mass flywheel with a centrifugal pendulum, intended to reduce vibration and allow the engine to run at even lower rpm in higher gears.
Every Carrera now has Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) standard. Active dampers lower the ride height by 0.4 inch and are keyed into a new steering-wheel-mounted drive-mode selector on models equipped with the Sport Chrono package. The selector includes Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual settings that manipulate the settings for the transmission, exhaust, PASM, and the engine stop-start feature.
Porsche’s rear-steer system is optional on the Carrera S. It replaces conventional toe-control links with electric actuators varying rear-wheel angle up to 2 degrees.

The rear wheels turn in the opposite direction of the fronts at speeds up to 30 mph to decrease turning radius. They turn in the same direction over 50 mph to enhance stability during high-speed directional changes. Brakes are upgraded to account for more mass and speed, with larger rotors and 17 percent more swept area.
The 2017 Carrera S Cabriolet starts at a rock bottom $116,695.


Friday, November 30, 2018

Lamborghini Urus

Behold, according to Lambo, the world’s first "Super Sport Utility Vehicle." That means a turbocharged 8 pushing a very significant 650hp @ 6,000 rpm and 624 lb.-ft of twist to 4 wheels through an 8-speed automatic.

0-62 mph comes in 3.6s for the 2,200 kg (4,850 lb) juggernaut.
The Urus goes on sale in the spring, with prices starting from an estimated rock bottom $200k in the US. Expect it to go much higher with any options.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder - RM Sotheby's Paris

The Porsche 550 was a racing sports car produced by Porsche from 1953-1956. The Type 550/550 A is powered by an all aluminum 1,498 cc naturally aspirated aircooled 4 cylinder boxer engine known as the "Fuhrmann Engine". First versions produced 108 hp at 6200 rpm and a maximum torque of 89 lb⋅ft at 5000 rpm.
The first 550 had a fully synchronized 4-speed gearbox. Starting in 1956, a five-speed gearbox was used.

Perhaps the most famous of the first 90 Porsche 550s built was James Dean's "Little Bastard", numbered 130 (VIN 550-0055). The 550 is among the most frequently reproduced classic automobiles.
A 550 Spyder sold in 2012 for $3.6m. Jerry Seinfeld's 550-060 changed hands for $5.35m at a Gooding & Company auction in March 2016.
See ----->James Dean's cursed Porsche 550 Spyder