Saturday, December 31, 2016

'Barn-find': rare 8,000-mile Datsun 260Z

The term 'barn-find' describes a model of significant worth, hidden away and neglected for years, potentially subjected to the elements. This 1978 Datsun 260Z bucks that trend, as after 21 years in hibernation it looks in good to very good condition.

The car ended up hidden away in storage just a year after its owner had bought it in 1995.
The follow-up to Datsun's 240Z this end of production model has just 8,285 genuine miles on the clock, meaning it could be the lowest-mileage 1970s Z model in existence today.

The 260Z claimed updates and improvements over the 240Z including a 2.6 L (160 cu in) L26 I6, cast-iron block that produced 162 hp at 5,600 rpm.
This rare car is expected to sell for £18,000 to £22,000.

Friday, December 30, 2016

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


Thursday, December 29, 2016

2017 Bentley Mulsanne Speed

The 2017 Bentley Mulsanne Speed comes with all the bells and whistles, such as the 10.4-inch removable touchscreen Android-powered tablets and backseat champagne chiller (with three crystal flutes included, of course). The luxury super car boasts a 6.75 litre twin-turbo V-8 that drives the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic. It pumps out 530 horsepower.

0 to 60 mph is about 4.8 seconds. Top speed for this beast of a 6,200-pound luxury auto: 190 mph
Bentley’s team of engineers and designers focused on making the Mulsanne more refined. Road noise was markedly reduced through designed tires that incorporate a special foam-filled layer that reduces road noise by 50 percent. Active motor mounts keep all drivetrain-related noises from entering the cabin.
Base MSRP is $ 355,000

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2019 Chevrolet Corvette C8

The mid-engined version of the Chevrolet Corvette is coming. Development on the C7's replacement has begun, and rumor has it a mid-engine variant is in the works. The C8 will be "revolutionary." To Corvette watchers that can only mean one thing: a mid-engine Chevy supercar. If true the C8 will be the most important fundamental change to the Chevrolet Corvette since GM dropped in an eight-cylinder engine in 1955.
The driving reason the Corvette would switch to a mid-engined layout is for performance.

There is a limit to how much power a front-engine supercar can put down, and how much cornering grip it can achieve. Although the current Corvette Z06 is a fantastic sports car, it's inherently held back by its front-mid-engine design.
After intense speculation, Autoblog and Car and Driver got their hands on spy photos of what's claimed to be the mid-engine Corvette prototype testing in Michigan. The photos show a heavily-camouflaged car but clearly rolling on some sort of a mid-engine chassis.
The mid-engine Corvette will use a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox sourced from Tremec. Of its seven speeds, the top three are overdrives, and Tremec says it can handle 9000 rpm input speed and 664 lb-ft of torque.

With a starting MSRP of just $55,400, the current C7 represents a great deal. Obviously, the mid-engined variant will cost more ... probably a lot more. $150,000 seems to be the most popular number.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Barrett-Jackson’s 2017 Scottsdale Auction

Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, will feature an extraordinary docket of rare Mopars during the 46th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, to be held Jan. 14-22, 2017, at the WestWorld of Scottsdale in Arizona.

Lot #1392 is one of only 14 1970 Plymouth HEMI ’Cuda Convertibles built

1938 Rolls-Royce Boattail Speedster

Lot #1397 - 1964 DB5

Lot #1369 - one of 116 1969 L88s produced.

Lot #1340 - 1957 Eldorado Biarritz

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

In July of 2016, Rolls-Royce unveiled its latest offering – the Wraith Black Badge. The Wraith and Ghost models feature a raft of upgrades, with more power and dark metal detailing. Rolls says the Black Badge Series is geared towards “the risk takers and disruptors who break the rules and laugh in the face of convention.”
The 6.6-litre V12 in each car benefits from a bit of extra shove. The Ghost is upped to 603 hp and 620lb ft, while the Wraith now has 623 hp and 642lb ft. Both cars also have sharper eight-speed automatic gearboxes, while the Wraith gets an overhauled air suspension system, one which provides a “magic carpet ride.”

Rock bottom base MSRP is $306,350.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars sold a record number of cars last year, breaking through the 4,000 mark for the first time in its 111-year history.

The luxury car maker sold 4,063 cars, up 12% on last year, and marking the fifth consecutive year of record sales. Sales in the US increased by almost a third, by 40% in Europe and in the Middle East by 20%.
Its Wraith model and strong orders for its new Ghost Series II helped drive the strong performance.

The firm said it sold more cars worth more than €200,000 (£157,000) than any of its rivals.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Ferrari SP275 RW Competizione

The Ferrari SP275 RW Competizione is a one-off based on Ferrari’s F12 TDF, built for an unnamed but very, very wealthy customer.

The car uses the TDF's engine, pushing 770bhp and shares that car’s four-wheel steering system.
0-62mph is expected in 2.9 seconds onto a 211mph top speed. They won't be giving this baby away.

 The standard TDF rings in at £340,000 before the extras.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Lamborghini unveils soft-top Huracan 580-2 Spyder

The Huracan LP-580-2 Spyder is a soft-top version of Lamborghini's "entry level" two-wheel-drive sports car.

The Huracan LP 580-2 is less fast and powerful than the original Huracan 610-4. The $240,000 Huracàn LP 610-4, comes packed with a 602 horsepower V10 engine and all-wheel-drive traction. The hardtop Huracàn LP 580-2, starts about $40,000 less. It produces 573 horsepower and it's rear-wheel-drive, not all-wheel drive.
Since 1998, Lamborghini has nearly tripled its employees and increased sales from a few hundred cars per year to 3245 in 2015. A good reason for this growth is the new Huracán coupe, which in its first 18 months on the market is outselling its predecessor, the Gallardo, by a wide margin.

The Spyder can manage a zero-to-60 sprint in 2.8 seconds, versus the 2.5 from the coupe. All indications are that this Spyder is just as capable as the sublime coupe. The Spyder carries a $267,545 base sticker.