Monday, May 30, 2016

More Lambos Barbequed

A few weeks ago a Lamborghini Aventador went up in flames in Dubai. It probably had something to do with the V12 overheating. The guy filming was directly behind the Aventador in traffic, whose owner/driver/dickhead was too busy being the spoiled too rich dolt he is to even notice he was burning up ... others had to alert him.
Today we have a horror flick from Japan that also features an Aventador, although it’s shorter and the owner is nowhere in sight. It’s also sadder as the doomed supercar seems to be screaming for help via its illuminated headlights.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Lambo bites dust in British Columbia

A burning orange Lamborghini stopped traffic on the Sea-to-Sky Highway, just north of Squamish, B.C. on Saturday night. An Instagram user took photos and video of the car burning next to the “Big Orange Bridge” on Highway 99. In a video, the sports car is seen engulfed in flames and thick black smoke.

Multiple Instagram posts are attributing the car to Scenic Rush, a company that lets (dumb) customers pay to drive an exotic car along the Sea-to-Sky Highway.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bonhams Aston Martin Works Sale

Bonhams Aston Martin Works Sale was May 21, 2016 and featured more than 50 collectors’ motor cars along with an array of related automobilia.

Among the sale was a plethora of magnificent models of the 1960s, including the 1963 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 5' Vantage Convertible. It made £1,009,500.

1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante Sold for £617,500

1993 Aston Martin Virage Volante 6.3-Litre 'Works Special' £141,500

1972 Aston Martin DBS V8 Sports Saloon £113,500

1979 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'Oscar India' Sports Saloon £197,500

1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark I Drophead Coupé £326,300

2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé £449,500

1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2 Sports Saloon £203,100

1959 Aston Martin DB Mark III Sports Saloon £191,900

1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Sports Saloon £807,900

1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible £807,900

1971 Aston Martin DBS Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon £96,700

1997 Aston Martin V8 Coupé £70,940

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon £158,300

Monday, May 23, 2016

Mecum Auto Auction - Indianapolis

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda $425,000
Mecum Auctions is the world leader of collector car, vintage and antique motorcycle sales throughout the US. With a national audience and live auction action broadcast on NBC Sports Network, Mecum's auctions are well recognized.

One of the company's most well-established auctions is held annually in Indianapolis, May 17th through 21st.

1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster. $1,100,000

1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro. $260,000

1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster. $1,000,000

1970 Buick GS Stage 1 Convertible. EST $185,000 - $225,000

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback. $500,000

1972 Ferrari Dino GT $310,000

1967 Shelby GT350 Fastback $285,000

1940 Ford Deluxe Street Rod

1962 Chevrolet Corvette Styling Car. EST $150,000 - $200,000

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Tucker 48

Speculation exists that the Big Three automakers had a role in the Tucker Corporation's demise.
The Tucker 48 was an advanced automobile conceived by Preston Tucker and briefly produced in Chicago in 1948.

51 cars were made before the company folded on March 3, 1949, due to negative publicity from an SEC investigation and a heavily publicized stock fraud trial.
Tucker initially tried to develop an innovative engine. It was a 589 cubic inches (9.65 L) flat-6 cylinder with hemispherical combustion chambers, fuel injection, and overhead valves operated by oil pressure rather than a camshaft. As engine development proceeded, problems appeared. The 589 engine was installed only in the test chassis and the first prototype.
Some components and features of the car were innovative and ahead of their time. The most recognizable was a directional third headlight (known as the "Cyclops Eye").

It would activate at steering angles of greater than 10 degrees to light the car's path around corners.

Tucker refused to cede control to those who might have made the Tucker ’48 commercially viable. Instead, he attempted to raise money unconventionally, including selling dealership rights for a car that didn’t exist yet. Tucker died a few years after he went broke. Some regarded him as a scam artist, others as a tragic visionary.
Today the Tucker 48 is rare, collectible and extremely expensive. At the January 2015 Barrett-Jackson auction the final bid came in at $2,650,000 for this Tucker.

That means the new owner paid $2,915,000 to drive it home.

1948 Tucker Automobile Number 10. Found hidden away in a damp, musty old garage in Auburn, WA, it was sold for $300,000 to a flipper who a few weeks later sold it at auction for $720,000.