Tuesday, March 28, 2017

1958 Porsche 356A

The Porsche 356 is a luxury sports car first produced in 1948–1949. It was Porsche's first production automobile. The 356 is a lightweight and nimble-handling, rear-engine, rear-wheel drive, two-door, sports car available in hardtop coupé and open configurations. Production started in 1948 in Austria, where 50 cars were built. In 1950 the factory relocated to Zuffenhausen, Germany. Of the 76,000 originally produced, it is thought half survive.

Porsche 356 1948 coupé
In early 1957 a second revision of the 356A was produced, known as Type 2 (or T2). Production of the Speedster peaked at 1,171 cars in 1957 and then started to decline.
The most-iconic 356 body style, the Speedster, was a basic $2,995 version of the car with racing-style bucket seats, and a low windshield.
Without Porsche’s diminutive 356, the company would not be where it is today. The top-shelf engine for the 356 A was the ‘Super’ version, which produced 88 horsepower. Within the last 25 years replicas of the 356 A have become very popular.

Last fall a 1958 Porsche 356 A 1600 Super Coupé brought €123.200

Monday, March 27, 2017

Lamborghini Huracan For Just $5

Having a supercar in your garage usually means paying an arm and a leg, not just for the exotic machine, but also on maintenance and unexpected repairs. However, this Lamborghini Huracan is going for just $5 and you don't need to worry. But make sure you get a trailer, and a broom to make sure that no ash is left behind.

Its condition speaks for itself - it burned to a total crisp for some reason, so salvaging it is slightly out of the question.
When it was still in driving condition, it used to have a black exterior over a black interior, and a 5.2-liter V10 engine pumping 601 HP and 413 lb-ft of torque to all four corners, enough for a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint made in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph).

It's a tad slower than that now.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

1950 Ferrari 166 MM/212 Export "Uovo" by Fontana

In August, the 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/212 Export “Uovo” by Fontana heads to auction as a featured lot in RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale. Chassis 024MB didn’t begin life as a custom-bodied Ferrari. Instead, the chassis originally wore a Barchetta body from Touring, and was first powered by a 2.0-liter V-12 rated at 140 horsepower.

A later 2.6-liter V-12 from a Ferrari 212 Export, equipped with triple Weber carburetors, produced in the neighborhood of 185 horsepower.
Though initially shunned by Enzo Ferrari, l’Uovo was invited to participate in Ferrari’s 50th anniversary celebration, held in 1997, and was briefly displayed at the Enzo Ferrari Museum.
The August Monterey auction represents the first time in over 30 years this Ferrari has been offered to the public. RM Sotheby’s predicts a selling price in excess of $5.5 million.

Porsche Carrera GT

The Porsche Carrera GT is a mid-engined sports car that was manufactured by Porsche between 2004–2007 in Leipzig, Germany. Sports Car International named the Carrera GT number one on its list of Top Sports Cars of the 2000s, and number eight on Top Sports Cars of All Time list.
The Carrera GT is powered by a 5.7 litre V10 engine producing 612hp. Porsche claimed the car would accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.5 seconds with a maximum speed of 330 km/h (205 mph). By the end of production on May 6, 2006, 1,270 GTs had been sold, 644 units sold in the US and 31 units sold in Canada. In the UK, 49 units were sold.

Technology includes a pure carbon fiber monocoque and subframe, dry sump lubrication and inboard suspension. At speeds above seventy mph, the Carrera GT raises its rear wing into the airstream to reduce lift. Both its front and rear suspensions comprise pushrod actuated shock absorbers and dampers with anti-roll bars.

Original base MSRP was around $442900 in 2005. Today that could be about double.

Friday, March 24, 2017

2016 Ford Taurus SHO

A Taurus graces this blog, are we mad? Perhaps, but the SHO isn't just ANY Taurus.

A 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine delivers 365 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 350 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm. The definition of "Super High Output" has changed at Ford, the last SHO had a paultry 235 horsepower.
The use of twin turbochargers reduced size of each turbocharger and results in diminished internal inertia, allowing the engine to avoid "turbo lag". Meanwhile, the direct injection delivers smooth engine response and surprising fuel economy.
The Taurus SHO driveline combines a six-speed 6F55 SelectShift transmission with standard torque-sensing all-wheel-drive.
The Taurus SHO's closest competition comes from the Dodge Charger lineup. The AWD, HEMI V8-equipped Charger is similar in price and performance to the entry-level SHO. The powerful Charger SRT8 can be had for nearly the same MSRP as a loaded SHO. The Charger boasts a 470hp engine however. A semi-outfitted Taurus SHO is something around $ 50,000.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Barn Find 1963 Jaguar E-Type a bargain at £44,000 ?

A newly-discovered Jaguar E-Type might be one of the greatest barn finds of 2016. It may not be much to look at but the car is one of only 1799 right-hand drive two-seater fixed head coupes ever produced.
Powered by a 3.8-litre, 265hp engine, this Jag is a rare and collectible machine. One of the most sought-after British sports cars of the last century, E-Types have seen a rapid increase in value.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

First Customer Lamborghini Centenario Spotted

Each Italian hypercar comes with a naturally aspirated V12 engine producing 770 hp, with Lamborghini stating it’s the most powerful engine they’ve ever produced.

It can run the 3,351-pound car from 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds and 0-186 mph in 23.5 seconds, onto a top speed of over 217 mph. Aiding in the quick acceleration is the permanent four-wheel drive, which includes the new Lamborghini rear-wheel steering system.
Only 20 units in coupe and 20 units in roadster were built, with all 40 units spoken for long before the official debut. Price was a trifling $ 2.5m

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

2017 Aston Martin DB11

Under the hood of the 2017 Aston Martin DB11 is a twin-turbo 600-hp V-12 that makes 516 lb-ft. The engine has been developed to deliver lag-free response with one turbocharger and intercooler per bank. This facilitates cylinder deactivation, with the engine shutting down a whole bank under gentle use to become a 2.6-liter inline-six.

The transmission is an eight-speed ZF automatic with power sent to the rear wheels through a torque-vectoring differential.
The DB11 gets a new multilink rear suspension and electrically assisted power steering.
The interior is appointed with leather and an 8-inch display in the dash's center. Options include automatic parking and a 360-degree camera system.
The DB11 will be priced at a base MSRP of $214,820 in the U.S. Deliveries started in Q4.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Cars of Bond, James Bond

The Sunbeam Alpine featured in the film 'Dr. No' is significant to Bond fans.

It's the first time Bond drives his “own” vehicle, as opposed to a car taken from a foe.

Bentley Mark IV Drophead 3.5 Litre (1935). James Bond's car in 'From Russia with Love' came with a car phone of course.
The 1963 Aston Martin DB5 is the iconic James Bond car. The special effects team added an array of gadgets, including an ejector seat, machine guns, a smoke screen, and tire slashers. The Aston Martin DB5 used in the James Bond classics "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball" sold at auction for $ 4.1m in 2010.
The 1967 Toyota 2000 GT was the car of choice for 'You Only Live Twice', a Bond film set primarily in Japan. The 2000 GT was a hardtop coupé, but the low roof proved too restrictive for Sean Connery, who was too tall to sit comfortably in the car. Toyota made modifications to produce a special open top version for the film.
Aston Martin DBS (1968) 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' introduced a new James Bond, George Lazenby.
1974 AMC Hornet X Hatchback - 'The Man with the Golden Gun' In the film's landmark stunt, Bond, along with Louisiana Sheriff J.W. Pepper, spot an old collapsed bridge and do a 360 degree barrel roll over the river in pursuit of the evil Francisco Scaramanga.
The Lotus Esprit S1 (1976) from 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977) can turn into a submarine.

Tesla founder Elon Musk bought the car for £616,000 in 2013.
Bajaj RE. Known as a Tuk-Tuk Taxi, this small, three wheeled vehicle showed up in 'Octopussy' (1983).

Bond is reassured the Tuk-Tuk is “a company car”. Accelerating at a speed unknown to a vehicle of that size we find out that it’s been fitted with engines courtesy of 'Q'.
1985 V8 Vantage Volante For 1987's 'The Living Daylights' A new James Bond, Timothy Dalton had gadgets like lasers, missiles, outriggers, a rear rocket propulsion system and tire spikes for added traction control. It also had a heads-up missile guidance display, and a built-in self-destruct timer.
“Golden Eye”, featured the BMW Z3, this was also the first film where a clear marketing strategy was used by BMW featuring a car that was to go on sale to the public a few months after the film.

The product placement caused a huge spike in sales for BMW.
The BMW 750iL from 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997) features some of the most impressive gadgets in a bond car.

It features bulletproof windows, a body that can withstand a sledgehammer, electrified door handles and can be controlled via remote control.
The V12 Vanquish in 'Die Another Day' (2002) features one of the most ridiculous gadgets any car has ever had.

It comes with the standard ejector seat, torpedoes and shotguns, but this one can turn invisible.
2006 Aston Martin DBS V12. Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008) Daniel Craig came equipped with the latest Aston Martin DBS V12, but the gadgets were minimal.

"Spectre" marks a departure from past Bond films because the two main cars featured in the movie were created solely for the film and are not available to the public.
Aston Martin's car for the James Bond film "Spectre" is so exclusive that only one person will be able to buy it. But they won't be allowed to drive it on the road.

Aston Martin created 10 cars, dubbed the DB10, especially for the film. The automaker plans to auction off one DB10 next year, but the car doesn't have the necessary road certifications for driving. That means the owner will simply have to place it in their collection and show it off to friends.
The villian's car, a Jaguar C-X75, is not for sale. The hybrid concept car was unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, but never went into full production.

Only seven of these Jaguars were created for the film.