Wednesday, May 31, 2017

1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale - Preston Henn

One of the most coveted cars in the world lost its owner this week when millionaire Preston Henn, a South Florida flea-market magnate, died at age 86. His 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale may be the world’s first car to break the $100 million mark, provided it finds its way to the auction block. Today, top versions of the 275 GTB are valued at about $2.4 million.

With six carburetors, the car produced 330 horsepower.
A very few of these machines were built for racing and stamped with a 'C' for 'Competizione' — and 'Speciale'. The "special" 275 GTBs had thinner body panels, a diet that trimmed 300 pounds in all.
Henn's 275 GTB/C Speciale was one of only 3 made. At auction in 2014, one of its siblings fetched $29.4 million. Whether the car finds its way to auction is unknown. Henn is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Betty, and four children. Before passing, he said he made sure the Ferrari will stay on display long after he is gone. "That was his crown jewel," Vogel said. "At one point he said he wanted to be buried in it."

Mercedes-AMG’s Project One

The Project One could rewrite the rules of supercars. While some automakers talk about cars inspired by Formula One, Mercedes plans to yank the engine from one of its all-conquering F1 cars and put it in the Project One’s engine bay. As in F1, this 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 will be backed by a hybrid system, which will use four electric motors in the Project One.

Mercedes will make 275 copies of the Project One. The ultimate Mercedes-AMG supercar is priced at $2.54 million, but the entire production run is already spoken for. The Project One is expected to debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Monday, May 29, 2017

1969 Dodge Polara 440

When old cops get together and talk squad cars, the 1969 Dodge Polara 440 is the one that gets reverence. The full-size 1969 Dodge Polara police special was relatively lightweight thanks to its unibody construction and overpowered due to the 375-horsepower, 440-cubic-inch V8 lurking under its hood.

Channeling that power through a three-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission the 1969 Polara made 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and blitzed through the quarter-mile in 14.4 seconds at 98 mph. Top speed was an unheard of 147 mph. Even by 21st century standards, that’s not shabby, at all.
The 1969 Dodge Polara has been considered the pinnacle of police-car performance: with the 440 under the hood, heavy-duty suspension, and monster brakes, it was more muscle car than most muscle cars in the day.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Millionaire rogue landlord's £200,000 Ferrari crushed

Zahid Khan's white Ferrari 458 Spider hit the headlines earlier this year when Khan illegally parked it on the pavement outside a court. He was appearing there to appeal against his rogue landlord conviction. Khan, 30, a trainee pilot, insisted he had bought the car at an auction before he pimped it up with parts he ordered from Ferrari.

West Midlands Police said the vehicle was crushed for invalid insurance and because it was unroadworthy.
Khan was convicted of forcing tenants out of his luxury Birmingham home. He was ordered to carry out 150 hours of community service. He returned to Birmingham Crown Court to appeal his conviction – parking his car on the pavement outside in an act of defiance. The court ordered Khan to pay £2,000.

The businessman provided a £1million supercar fleet for Floyd Mayweather during his UK tour - and now plans to become his personal pilot in America.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

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. It is a 4.0-litre (3994 cc) twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which produces 710 bhp @ 7000 rpm, and 568 lb·ft @ 5500 rpm. The McLaren 720S can go from 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds onto a top speed of 212 mph. (341 km/h)

Friday, May 26, 2017

Gearhead retires - 300 'classic' cars go to highest bidders

1976 Chevy Vega Station Wagon - Bid $ 36
Kerry Droog, owner of K&K Auto in Mobridge, South Dakota, has been working on his collection for over 40 years and has finally made the difficult decision to sell. As the son of an auctioneer and owner of a salvage yard, Kerry has been buying from auctions his entire life. Auctions and junkyards are to classic car collectors what stay cats are to your neighborhood cat hoarder.
1941- 1947 Dodge Truck Flat Bed - $ 260 bid

1941- 1948 Studebaker Front Clip/cab - $ 50 bid
Sure, some of these babies might need a tiny amount of work, but that's almost nothing.
1974 Dodge D 200 - $ 6 bid

Thursday, May 25, 2017

1962 Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark Concept

The XP-755 concept car, also known as the Mako Shark, was designed by Larry Shinoda in 1961, as a concept for future Chevrolet Corvette production cars. The streamlining, pointed snout, and other detailing was partly inspired by the sleek, fast-moving shortfin mako shark.

Mitchell had a mako shark mounted on the wall in his office, and ordered the paint to match the distinctive blue-gray upper surface gently blending into white underside of the fish. After numerous failed attempts, the team kidnapped the fish one night, painting it to match their efforts on the car, and returning it to the office. Mitchell never realized the difference.

The Mako Shark II was powered by a 427 Mark IV engine, which became available on production Corvette models. The paint scheme continued the Shark I tradition, with blue/gray on top and silver/white along the rocker panels. The original Mako Shark was then retroactively called the "Mako Shark I". In 1969 the Mako Shark II was returned to GM design studios and transformed into the Manta Ray.

XP-755 Mako Shark I with a double bubble top and side exhaust pipes.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Aston Martin and Red Bull's - 2018 AM-RB 001

Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing aim to claim the title of fastest street-legal car in the world. When it arrives, probably late next year, it could create a whole new category of car in need of a fresh prefix, over and beyond super-, mega-, and even hyper.
The AM-RB 001’s engine will be a naturally aspirated V-12 mounted behind the teardrop passenger compartment and will drive the rear wheels only.
Something around 100 examples will be built, each with a price tag of $ 3m.