Sunday, December 31, 2017

Ferrari LaFerrari

When the Ferrari LaFerrari debuted in 2014, they were impossible to get, even if you had the $1.4 million burning a hole in your pocket. Within days of its announcement over 1,000 people applied to buy one of the 499 cars slated for production.

In order to even be considered for the waiting list, you had to own five other Ferraris already, and be considered a too valuable customer by the iconic marque to piss off.
The 950hp hybrid rocket is the most powerful street-legal Ferrari has ever built and can do 0–62 mph in less than 3 seconds onto a blistering top speed of 217 mph.

Most are locked up in collectors' vaults climbing in value whilst sitting still. Only a handful have been offered for sale and forget all about that ridiculously unrealistic $ 1.4m.
Bonhams sold a classic red version with only 230 miles on the clock for $3,685,000 last year, while Mecum sold a rare Nero DS Opaco (matte black) paint with 211 miles for $4,700,000.

Someone is currently selling a 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari engine on eBay. The seller claims that there are only 200 miles on it. Asking price is $285,000 or best offer. Shipping will also tack on an extra $2,000 because the engine is coming from Hialeah, Florida.
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Saturday, December 30, 2017

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB-4

The Ferrari 275 is a series of two-seat front-engined V12-powered cars produced in GT, roadster, and spyder form by Ferrari between 1964 and 1968. The first Ferrari to be equipped with a transaxle, the 275 is powered by a 3.3 L (3286 cc) Colombo 60° V12 engine that produces 280-300 hp.

Pininfarina designed the GT and roadster bodies, Scaglietti the very rare and valuable NART Spyder.

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Berlinetta Competizione
The 275 GTB was considered the last of the classic Ferraris. The long-nose examples are considered the ultimate derivative of the 275 GTB with one of the most stunning designs ever penned by Pininfarina and crafted by Scaglietti.

The car is an icon of Italian design and craftsmanship.
Approximately 58 long-nose, torque-tube, triple-carburetor, steel-bodied examples were made.

In early 2015 a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB by Scaglietti sold for $2,750,000

Friday, December 29, 2017

Top cars at auction in 2017

1959 Aston Martin DB4 GT Prototype $6.76m

1963 Jaguar E-type 3.8 Lightweight Roadster $7.37m

1937 Bugatti Type 57S Cabriolet $7.7m

1963 Jaguar E-type 3.8 Lightweight Roadster $8m

1961 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso $8.3

1970 Porsche 917K $14.08m

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione $14.52m

1995 McLaren F1 $15.62m

1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione $17.99m

1956 Aston Martin DBR1 $22.55m

McLaren 720S

McLaren revealed the $285,000+ 720S Supercar at the Geneva Motor Show. The two-seat mid-engine sports car is based on an all carbon-fiber tub and the new 4-liter twin turbo V8.

All 400 of the 720S Launch Edition models were sold pre-production.
The McLaren 720S features McLaren's new M840T engine. Its a 4.0-litre (3994 cc) twin-turbocharged V8 producing 710 bhp @ 7000 rpm, and 568 lb·ft @ 5500 rpm. The McLaren 720S goes from 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds onto a top speed of 212 mph. (341 km/h)
A Drift mode is offered in addition to Comfort, Sport, and Track settings. A touchscreen infotainment system is standard, as is a digital gauge cluster that hides away in the dashboard when in Track mode.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster

Mercedes-Benz 540K (type W24) is a car built by the German firm Mercedes-Benz from 1935 to 1940. Available as a two-seater cabriolet, four seater coupé or seven seater limousine with armoured sides and armoured glass, it was one of the largest cars of it's time. The straight-8 cylinder engine was 5,401 cubic centimetres (329.6 cu in).
The engine was fed by twin pressurized updraft carburetors, developing 115 hp. A Roots supercharger, which could either be engaged manually for short periods, or automatically when the accelerator was pushed fully to the floor.
Power was sent to the rear wheels through a four-speed or optional five speed manual gearbox that featured synchromesh on the top three gears. Mercedes-Benz built only 419 cars: 32 examples were roadsters. 25 Roadsters survived to this day
The world record price for a 540K Spezial Roadster is $11,770,000, by Gooding at Pebble Beach in 2012 for the Spezial Roadster of Baroness Gisela von Krieger of Prussia.
Four 540K Spezial Roadsters pictured are all in the top 100 most expensive cars ever sold at auction.

From top left clockwise, the 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Spezial Roadster which fetched US$9,680,000, the 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster which fetched US$7,480,000, the 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Spezial Roadster which fetched US$4,620,000 and the 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster which fetched US$8,106,150.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

1964 Ferrari 275P - World's most expensive car?

February 2018 will see a Ferrari 275 Prototype cross the auction block with record-breaking potential. It could become the most expensive car in history. The Ferrari 275P emerged from the Bardinon Collection.
Branded with chassis number 0816, the car collected the highest honour in the world of endurance racing in 1964, clocking an average speed of 122mph over 2918 miles.
The iconic 1964 Ferrari 275P is the last official ‘works’ Ferrari to race and win at Le Mans. It will be sold at Artcurial’s Motorcars auction in Paris, potentially beating the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO that sold for US$38.1 million in 2014 and setting the record for the world’s most valuable Ferrari.
The 275P is the eighth one entered in the Le Mans endurance race by Ferrari’s factory team and went on to win overall victory between 1949 and 1964. Once the car won Le Mans in 1964, it raced three times at the Road America 500, followed by the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1965.