Tuesday, October 30, 2018

1969 Chevolet Corvette L88

One of 116 L88-powered Corvettes built in the final year of L88 production. The engine was a masterpiece of raw power, combining a reinforced cast-iron block with a forged rotating assembly, 12.5:1 compression and a free-breathing top end incorporating big-valve aluminum heads, a solid-lifter cam and a Holley 4-barrel carburetor on an aluminum intake manifold.
It was officially rated at 430 HP at 5,200 RPM, but was more like 560 HP at 6,400 RPM.

At a hefty additional price tag of $1,032.15, the L88 engine package weighed in at almost a quarter of the base Corvette price in 1969.
This example had an all-encompassing frame-off restoration totaling 5,100 hours. This spectacular machine was exactingly returned to its as-built state. It made $ 577k in 2016.

Monday, October 29, 2018

RM Sotheby's Porsche 70th Anniversary Sale

1977 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera. $ 151k.RM Sotheby's sale of uber porsche was the weekend of 27 October. Some 70 of the world's most important and sought-after collectible Porsche models were up for grabs.

RM Sotheby's has established itself as a market leader in the sale of significant Porsche cars at auction.

1996 Porsche 911 Carrera RS

1975 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.0. $ 390k

1956 Porsche 356 A 1600 'Super' Speedster by Reutter $ 494k

1983 Porsche 956 Group C

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.8. $ 2.4 to $ 2.8m

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder. $ 1.4m

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Prototype.
$ 1.3m.

1985 Porsche 959 Prototype. $ 1m

1958 Porsche 356 A. $ 307k

1980 Porsche 935 K4. $ 885k

Sunday, October 28, 2018

1968 Shelby GT500KR convertible at Mecum

One of 518 Shelby GT500KR convertibles produced, No. 2429, is one of 267 with factory 4-speed transmission. It is equipped with the 428 Cobra Jet big-block.
Hagerty suggests a concours quality 1968 Shelby GT500KR convertible trends around $ 260k.

This example made $ 165k in late 2018.

Top Japanese collector cars

Current record for a Japanese car at auction is held by a Mazda 767B racing car. $1.75m.Japanese cars don't do well at auction. The record price for an Italian car is $48.4m, for a German car $31.1m, $22.5m for a British car, $22m an American car, and $10.4m for a French car. The Japanese record is $1.75m.Only 500 Lexus LFA supercars were built, and only 50 of them had the Nurburgring package.
The highest price paid for a Series I Cosmo is $264,000. The Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-R. $242,000. The record for a Fairlady Z 432 is $253,000

1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro at Mecum

1 of 201 Yenko Camaros produced in 1969. Chevy loyalists revere a car dealer named Don Yenko. Yenko had a deserved reputation for driving, building, and selling dominating Chevrolets.

The Holy Grail for Chevy enthusiasts, these cars are among the most sought after Chevy muscle cars ... period.
427 CI V-8 engine. Hi-lift camshaft. Solid valve lifters. Hi-Rise intake with 800 CFM Holley carburetor. The L72 427, which Chevy pegged at 425 bhp, Yenko rated a more-realistic 450.
As delivered, Yenko Camaros turned mid-13s. Most were fitted with headers and slicks and in this form recorded 11.94-second ETs at 114 mph.

The car's iconic status is reflected in the steep rise in value over the decades. It is difficult to touch one of these cars for under $200,000. Hagerty suggests a concours example trends around $ 350,000. This example made $192,500 in 2018.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Audi R8 GT3 Evo LMS racer

Audi pulled the covers off its 2019-spec R8 LMS GT3 racer at the Paris Motor Show. Power output figures remain unchanged from the car's naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10. It produces a healthy 580 horsepower. Pricing for the whole 2019 model year is around 398,000 euros ($460,000) plus taxes. The car will be offered both as a brand-new turn-key race car and Evo kit for existing customers worldwide.
The Evo kit is available for 28,000 Euros ($32,000).

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

1956 Ferrari 290 MM up for grabs at RM Sotheby's

A Ferrari Classiche-certified 1956 Ferrari 290 MM previously raced by Formula 1 legends Juan Manuel Fangio, Peter Collins and Sir Stirling Moss is heading to RM Sotheby's auction on Dec 8. The car has received a complete restoration by Ferrari Classiche in Italy and houses a perfect Tipo 130 V12 engine.
The car was built at the direction of company founder Enzo Ferrari, and it was the last of four 290 MM models built in 1956. A competition Ferrari, with a winning history, that was driven by several world famous drivers. That makes it desirable.

It's estimate is $ 26m.
In 2015 a 1956 Ferrari 290 MM made $28m.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird at Mecum

1 of 135 Hemi Superbirds produced. 426/425 HP Hemi V-8 engine. 727 TorqueFlite transmission. A36 Performance Axle Package. Power steering. Power brakes with front discs. Rallye wheels. Lemon Twist Yellow. Hood pins and simulated fender scoops. Black vinyl top. Bucket seats and center console.
Superbirds were equipped with the top-of-the-line 426 cu in (7.0L) Hemi engine with a pair of four barrel Carter AFB carburetors producing 425 hp. The car could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. It was developed specifically for NASCAR racing. Increasing emissions regulations, insurance spikes for high performance cars and NASCAR's ban on aero cars made 1970 the only production year.
The current figure generally accepted for production numbers is 1,935. The cars have steadily risen in price, regularly fetching between US$100,000 to $200,000 based on condition, engine, gearbox and other factory options. Hemis can sell for $ 300k or more. This example made $280,500