Saturday, October 29, 2016

McLaren 570S

The McLaren 570S was unveiled at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. It is powered by a new iteration of the 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine already used in the McLaren 650S and P1 delivering 562 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque via a paddle-shifted seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) takes three seconds onto a top speed of 204 mph (329 km/h).

The 570S uses a brake-steer system to help rotate the car by applying more braking force to the inside rear wheel. Two knobs, Powertrain and Handling, offer three drive modes—Normal, Sport, and Track. They allow independent control of ride/handling and powertrain response.

The 570S’s base price is $187,300

Monday, October 24, 2016

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 rocks Nürburgring Nordschleife

Chevrolet put its sixth generation Camaro ZL1 to the test on the Nürburgring Nordschleife race track in western Germany and came out with a record time.

With a time of 7:29.6, the 2017 ZL1 shaved nearly 12 seconds off the previous generation’s record run of 7:41.27 in 2012 on what is considered the world’s most challenging track. The sixth-generation Camaro ZL1 is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V-8 engine that makes 650 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. The ZL1 also features the Chevy's all-new 10R90 10-speed automatic transmission.
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Monday, October 17, 2016

Barrett Jackson - Las Vegas 2016

1968 Shelby GT500 convertible
The Barrett Jackson Las Vegas Auction ran October 13 through 15th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Barrett Jackson auctions have evolved over the years into world-class automotive lifestyle events where thousands of the world’s most sought-after, unique and valuable automobiles cross the block in front of a global audience.

1970 Oldsmobile 442 W30. $83,600.00

1953 Buick Skylark Convertible

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible. $108,900.00

2014 BMW I8

1971 Dodge Challenger R/T

2008 Dodge Viper SRT/10 Hurst 50th Anniversary #1 - $ 220,000

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 - $357,500

1967 Pontiac Firebird #001 and #002 are the first two Firebirds ever built by Pontiac and will be sold as a pair.

The “Wayne’s World” AMC Pacer sold for $37,400, including the buyer’s commission.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Genovation Extreme Electric based on Corvette C7

Genovation Cars announced a new top speed record achieved by its prototype high-performance all-electric Corvette, the Genovation eXtreme Electric or GXE.
The Genovation Extreme Electric (GXE) recently set a world record of 205.6 mph speed and will now enter a limited production run of 75 units with each costing $750,000.

The Genovation Extreme Electric is a street legal all-electric vehicle featuring the same electric powertrain re-engineered for a C7 Grand Sport Corvette. The GXE has a range of 130 miles during normal driving.
The GXE delivers 660+ hp and 600 lb-ft of torque.
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Saturday, October 8, 2016

‘Wayne’s World’ Pacer at Barrett-Jackson sale

The Mirth Mobile – the 1976 AMC Pacer with pasted-on flames and mismatched wheels in the 1992 comedy Wayne’s World – has been fully restored as an iconic piece of Hollywood memorabilia.

The baby-blue Pacer will cross the block during Barrett-Jackson’s collector car auction in Las Vegas. Purposefully funky and with such custom features as a red-licorice dispenser in the ceiling, the car will be offered at no reserve during the October 13-15 sale at the Mandalay Bay Resort.
Starring Mike Myers as Wayne and Dana Carvey as Garth, the movie’s opening scene in which Wayne, Garth and their crew warble along with the music playing inside the Pacer is a film classic.

The Pacer has been completely restored to how it was in the film complete with the movie prop features and camera supports. No word as to what its estimated value might be.


Friday, October 7, 2016

McLaren 570S GT4

The McLaren 570S GT4 race car has the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8, gearbox and carbon fiber Monocell II chassis as the road-going supercar. The bodywork, however, features both aluminum and carbon fiber, while the street car just utilizes aluminum.

Other race car features include two-way adjustable dampers, a roll cage, center-lock magnesium wheels and an air jacking system.
The McLaren 570S GT4 features a 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 which produces 641bhp and 500 lb ft of torque. Zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) takes three seconds and its top speed is 204 mph (329 km/h).
British team Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse will race a 570S GT4 in the British GT championship alongside its 650S GT3.

This nine-race run will serve as development for the 570S GT4 before it's offered to customers. The 570S GT4 will cost roughly $226,853.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Ford Edsel

The Edsel was an automobile marque by the Ford Motor Company during the 1958, 1959, and 1960 model years. With the Edsel, Ford expected to make significant inroads into the market share of both General Motors and Chrysler.

The Edsel never gained popularity with contemporary American car buyers and sold poorly. The Ford Motor Company lost millions of dollars on the Edsel's development, manufacturing and marketing.

The very word "Edsel" became a popular symbol for failure.
Ford announced the end of the Edsel program November 19, 1959. Total Edsel sales were approximately 116,000, less than half the company's projected break-even point. The company lost $350 million, or the equivalent of $2.8b in 2014 dollars. 118,287 Edsels were built, including 7,440 produced in Ontario. By U.S. auto industry standards, these production figures were dismal, particularly when spread across a run of three model years.

One of 76 convertibles built in 1960 with power from the optional 300hp, Super Express V-8. Sale price $ 70,000k
Historians have advanced several theories in an effort to explain the Edsel's failure. Popular culture often faults the car’s styling. Consumer Reports has alleged that poor workmanship was the Edsel's chief problem.

Marketing experts hold the Edsel up as a supreme example of the corporate culture’s failure to understand American consumers.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Unusual Cars at RM Sotheby's Amelia Island auction

RM Sotheby's Amelia Island 2016 Auction was March 12 and 13th at the Ritz-Carlton, Florida and featured more than 100 automobiles. Here are a few of the more remarkable.
The Toyota 2000 GT may be one of the few Japanese cars capable of drawing six figures.

RM Sotheby's will have a 1967 example finished in white, one of just 62 left-hand drive examples that were sold new in the U.S. The auction house claims that it is considered to be the most authentic 2000 GT in the U.S. $797,000
1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S.

Prices of Porsches are going nowhere but straight up. RM Sotheby's offered an example from 1997, one of just 183 Turbo S models built for the U.S. This one displays 13,379 miles and is said to be a numbers-matching car.

With a 424-hp engine, these were essentially supercars back in the day. $495,000
1962 Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine by Park Ward

This 1962 Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine by Park Ward is an example with 20,000 miles. That's low mileage even for the typical royal deferred-maintenance-mobiles, and it's rare to see such a purpose-made limo see so little use.

1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

A 1978 example will roll across the block, the subject of a frame-off restoration. 1978 was the first year for front disc brakes on these, even though the basic design dates back to the 1950s. A 4.2-liter inline-six lives under the hood, good for 135 hp. $82,000
1985 Ford RS200 Evolution - The Group B racer is famous for holding the Guinness record for "fastest accelerating car in the world" for some time. This particular RS200 is one of just 24 built to Evolution spec and packs a 600-hp 2.1-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, connected to a five-speed manual. RM states that this one shows less than 450 kilometers, which makes it one of the least used RS200s in the world. $522,000
1963 Volkswagen Type 2 '23-Window' Super Deluxe Microbus with Eriba Puck camper

RM will offer a 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 Super Deluxe Microbus with a "safari" windshield, complete with a 1967 Eriba Puck camper. The VW boasts a 50-hp four-cylinder. The Bus itself received a bare-metal restoration in the 1990s. $159,500