Saturday, April 29, 2017

Ferrari 250 GTO

The Ferrari 250 GTO is a racing car produced by Ferrari from 1962 to 1964. A total of 39 250 GTOs were manufactured. (Gran Turismo Omologato, (grand tourer homologated) which means officially certified for racing in the grand tourer class.

In 2004, Sports Car International nominated it the top sports car of all time. Motor Trend Classic placed the 250 GTO first on a list of the "Greatest Ferraris of All Time." Popular Mechanics named it the "Hottest Car of All Time."
In 2012 the 1962 250 GTO made for Stirling Moss became what was then the world's most expensive car in history, selling for $35m.
The 250 GTO was designed to compete in GT racing. The car was built around a hand-welded oval tube frame, incorporating A-arm front suspension, rear live-axle with Watt's linkage, disc brakes, and Borrani wire wheels. The highly reliable engine was the Tipo 168/62 Comp. 3.0 L V12.

The engine was an all-alloy design utilizing a dry sump and six 38DCN Weber carburetors.

The world record for a car at auction was broken for the fifth time in six years on August 14, 2014 when a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO sold at Bonham's Quail Auction for US$34,650,000 (US$38,115,000 including buyers premium).

The car sold from the Maranello Rosso Collection was stamped with chassis number ‘3851 GT’ and was the 19th 250 GTO Berlinetta made by Ferrari, completed on Sept. 11, 1962.
The car was delivered to the leading French racing driver Jo Schlesser, co-driven by himself and French ski Champion Henri Oreiller in the 1962 Tour de France Automobile race.

Oreiller later crashed the car during a race at Montlhery Autodrome, south of Paris, and died of his injuries in hospital. A newspaper report at the time said the Ferrari careered off the track and flipped twice after a tire burst.
The car was repaired by Ferrari in Italy and was sold to Italian driver Paolo Colombo in time for the start of the 1963 competition season.

In 1965 young Fabrizio Violati, the scion of a wealthy Italian family, bought the car. “I saved the car from scrap and hid it from my parents. I only drove it at night so nobody would see me”

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Friday, April 28, 2017

1969 Datsun 240Z

The Datsun 240Z, then later as the 260Z and 280Z were the first generation of Z GT two-seat coupes, produced by Nissan Motors of Japan from 1969 to 1978. One of the most successful sports car lines ever produced, the cars competed head-to-head with established European sports car makers. The Datsun 240Z was introduced in 1969, and with its striking good looks and powerful engine it became an instant hit in the sports car market.
Positive response was immediate, and dealers soon had long waiting lists. As a "halo" car, the 240Z broadened the acceptance of Japanese car-makers beyond their econobox image.

 All variants of the S30 have a four-wheel independent suspension with MacPherson struts in front and Chapman struts in back. Front disc brakes and rear drums were standard. The 240Z used twin SU one-barrel side-draft Carburetors.
The 240Z's engine was a 2,393 cc (146.0 cu in) cast-iron block, alloy head, single overhead cam.
The engine made 151hp at 5,600 rpm through a four-speed manual, five-speed manual, or three-speed automatic (after September 1970)
The car was cheap ... $3,526 and the demand for the 240Z was so strong that in 1970, less than a year after the car’s debut, Kelley Blue Book valued used 240Zs at $4,000.
Today a top quality 240Z might go for $ 30,000 or more.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Bugatti from the Lake - 1925 Bugatti Type 22 Brescia €370,000

The local mythology surrounding the Bugatti in Lake Maggiore was well known. The 1925 Bugatti Type 22 Brescia Roadster used to belong to Grand Prix driver René Dreyfus, who lost it in a drunken poker game to Swiss playboy Adalbert Bodé in Paris in 1934; Bodé left for home with his new machine, but was unable to pay its import duties when he was stopped at the Swiss border. Bodé walked away, leaving Swiss officials to dispose of his prize. Officials chose to roll it into the lake; its eventual resting spot was 173 feet below the surface of the water where it stayed for almost 75 years.
It wasn't until the summer of 1967, when deep-diving technology was able to overcome the 29 fathoms of water pressure, that the Bugatti tale ceased to be a myth; a local diving club was able to see it for the first time. For more than four decades, amateur divers plunged the depths of the lake to catch a glimpse.
A crowd of thousands witnessed the long-sunk Type 22 emerge from Lake Maggiore on July 12, 2009. The half of the car that retains its body and tires rested in the silt at the bottom of the lake for decades; the remainder, exposed to the lake, fared less well. It sold for €370,000 at the Bonhams auction at Retromobile in Paris in January 2010.

The Type 13 was the first true Bugatti car. Production of the Type 13 and later Types 15, 17, 22, and 23, began with the company's founding in 1910 and lasted through 1920 with 435 examples produced. The Bugatti from the Lake resides at the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ferrari 288 GTO

The Ferrari 288 GTO is an exotic homologation of the Ferrari 308 GTB produced from 1984 through 1987. The GTO never raced and all 272 cars built remained purely road cars. The GTO was based on the mid-engine, rear wheel drive 308 GTB. The "288" refers to the GTO's 2.8 litre V8 engine as it used a V8 with twin IHI turbochargers, intercoolers, and Weber-Marelli fuel injection. It made 400hp.

1986 Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione
The GTO had 0-60 mph times around 5 seconds. Ferrari claimed 0-125 mph (201 km/h) in 15 seconds flat and a top speed of 189 mph (304 km/h), making it the first street-legal production car to reach 300 km/h (186 mph).

Ferrari also built five 288 GTO Evoluzione models with more aggressive and aerodynamic body styling and increased power. The engine in the 288 GTO Evoluzione originally put out as much as 650 hp. With weight of 940 kg (2,072 lb) the car had a top speed of 225 mph (362 km/h)

The 288 GTO, considered today to be the first of Ferrari’s modern supercars, made an indelible mark on the automotive industry despite never seeing competition. It proved to be a thrilling car to drive on the road, and it is highly prized today.

Hagerty values a concours quality GTO at $ 3.6m

1954 Mercedes Benz 300 SL ‘Gullwing’ Coupe

One of the most iconic cars in existence, the 300 SL, with its upwards-opening ‘Gullwing’ doors was the first in a line of performance-focused Mercedes SL models that continues to this day. With a revolutionary fuel-injected engine and the title of world’s fastest production car — with a speed of 161 mph — the 300 SL has all the parts needed for supercar status.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W198) was the first iteration of the SL-Class grand tourer. Introduced in 1954 as a two-seat coupé, it was later offered as an open roadster. The original coupé was available from March 1955 to 1957, the roadster from 1957 to 1963.
The 300 SL's main body was steel, with aluminum hood, doors and trunk lid. It could be ordered with an 80 kg (180 lb) saving all-aluminium outer skin at tremendous added cost; just 29 were made.

80% of the vehicle's production of approximately 1400 units were sold in the US, making the Gullwing the first Mercedes widely successful outside its home market. The 300 SL is credited with changing the company's image in America to a maker of high-performance sports cars.
Derived from the DB 601 V12 used on the high-powered Messerschmitt Bf 109E fighter of World War II, the 300 SL put out 175 hp to 215 hp. The result was a top speed of up to 260 km/h (160 mph), making the 300 SL the fastest production car of its time. A four speed manual was standard.
The 300 SL is considered one of the most collectible Mercedes-Benz models, with prices generally in the US$1,000,000–2,500,000 range.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Police Interceptors

Next time you see red and blue lights flashing in your rear-view mirror, odds are they'll be attached to a Ford. Between sales of its Police Interceptor Sedan, which is based on the Taurus, and Utility, which is based on the Explorer, Ford holds a 61 percent share of the police car market, with the Utility holding the top overall spot.
Last year it was reported that Ford Police Interceptor sedans had a problem. They reportedly shut off randomly with no way to restart them after fuel pump control modules failed.
More than 88,000 cars and SUVs were affected, including every Ford Police Interceptor sedan built at the Chicago plant between 2013 and 2015.

Dodge offers a 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine on it's Charger Interceptor. It delivers 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque.