Monday, April 29, 2019

1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Tourer by Corsica at RM Sotheby's

Bugatti introduced a second-series iteration of their vaunted Type 57, the sporting road car designed by Ettore Bugatti’s son, Jean, that featured a 3.3-liter dual overhead-cam eight-cylinder engine and competition-inspired chassis. Bugatti also unveiled two sporting variants, the 57C and the 57S. The 57S boasted 175 hp versus the standard Type 57 output of 135 hp, and when adding the available “C” specification Roots-type supercharger power output was raised to 200 hp.
This enabled a top speed of some 120-mph, making Bugatti the fastest French production car of the period. One of eight Type 57S examples bodied by Corsica; only two four-seater tourers. Only 16 Type 57S Bugattis delivered with open coachwork. Retains its original chassis, engine, gearbox, and body
The 57S set records at some 14 different types of events, including a speed average of 85.07 mph at Le Mans. An overall victory at Le Mans was later repeated in 1939.
The Type 57S was introduced in late 1937, and just over 40 production examples were built in total. This example was listed for $3,800 in a classified advertisement in the New York Times in 1960. A restoration was performed some 40 years later and the car was displayed on the lawn at Pebble Beach in 2003 to much fanfare.
Chassis 57512 features its original chassis, engine, gearbox, and coachwork, with the supercharger believed to be the same one that was installed within the first few years of its life.
The Bugatti 57SC has long been recognized by enthusiasts as one of the ultimate expressions of pre-war motoring.

Chassis 57512 is part of an elite and exclusive group of truly world-class automobiles.
The car carries an estimate of $6m to $7.5m

1971 Pontiac GTO Judge

Concours nut and bolt rotisserie restoration completed early 2019. Original drivetrain. Original sheet metal. of 412 produced. Long term ownership. Two original build sheets. Lucerne Blue Metallic. Data sheet. Factory hood tachometer. Rally gauge cluster. Bucket seats and console. Factory 8-track player. Tilt wheel. Power steering and brakes.
455 HO V-8 and functional ram air.Finished in Lucerne Blue with a black bucket-seat interior, this 1971 GTO Judge is one of 357 hardtops built in the Judge's final year of production.
Other optional equipment includes a Turbo 400 automatic transmission, tilt steering column, Formula steering wheel, console with floor shifter, and Rally gauge cluster.

Estimate is $150k to $ 180k

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Shelby Cobra at RM Sotheby's Monterey

The Shelby Cobra is unquestionably one of the most important American performance icons of the 20th century. 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra. $995k

1963 Shelby 289 Cobra $950k
Two superior examples crossed the block at Monterey 2018.

A 1963 289 Cobra with 1817 original miles made $1.7m in 2014.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

1970 Plymouth 'Cuda 426/450 Hardtop - $187k

The 1970 Hemi 'Cuda is near the top of the list of the greatest muscle cars ever made. This 'Cuda left the factory finished in Code EV2 “Tor-Red” Hi-Impact paint. It was ordered with the legendary Code E74 dual-carbureted 426 Street Hemi V-8 engine breathing through a “Shaker” hood scoop and mated to an A833 four-speed manual transmission.
The Code A33 Track Pak featured the 9.75-in. DANA 60 rear axle with Sure Grip and 3.54:1 gears, the N51 Maximum Cooling package, N65 7-Blade Torque Drive Fan, S15 Hemi suspension with front sway bar, and S25 Firm Ride shock absorbers.
Of the 55,499 Barracudas produced in 1970, only 18,880 were of the performance ‘Cuda-designated variety, only 652 of which were hardtops equipped with the mighty 426 Hemi.
Of those, only 284 came equipped with a four-speed manual. A high-quality restoration to factory specifications. With mileage of 19,850, this example made $187k.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 - $160k

Owner history since delivered new on May 8, 1970. Original matching numbers born with drivetrain. MCACN Concours Gold Certificate Nov. 2018 AACA 1st Place National award Febuary 2019. No expense spared nut and bolt Concours rotisserie restoration. 454/450 HP LS6 engine with all GM LS6 components. M22 4-speed transmission. 4.10 Positraction differential. Original colors 78-78 Black Cherry with Black interior.
“The past is gone. The future may never see a car like this. It is one of the brutes, and all it needs is a way of staying in contact with terra firma” -Hot Rod Magazine, May 1970. There never was another car like it. Checking off RPO Z15 delivered a 450hp, 454ci monster of solid lifter cranking out 500 lbs.-ft. Redline was 6500.
The LS6 was the most powerful engine offered in 1970. It featured four-bolt mains, forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods with forged aluminum, 11.25:1 pistons.
$159k

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

4 Shelby Cobras at Mecum

Mecum is auctioning four rare Shelby Cobras from the estate of late car collector Steven Juliano. Up for grabs is a 1967 427 S/C Roadster, a 1966 427 Roadster, a 1965 289 Dragonsnake and a 1964 289 Roadster. The S/C ticks all the boxes. 427 cubic-inch Ford V8. Side pipes, hood scoop, roll hoop, and wide fenders is present. 31 of these vehicles were converted from race cars into street spec. It has 10,760 miles on the clock. $2.7m to $3.2m
A 1966 Cobra is offered. It’s also fitted with a 427. $2m to $2.2m

A 1965 Dragonsnake, built by Shelby for drag racing. 1 of 6 built. $1.7m to $ 2.2m
A 1964 Factory Stage III outfitted with a 289 cubic-inch V8. This race-spec snake is the only one in the world built for street use. $1.7m to $2.2m

Sunday, April 21, 2019

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet A by Sindelfingen - €2.22m

The Mercedes-Benz 500K and its successor, the 540K, were perhaps the most noteworthy production models offered by the Stuttgart firm during the 1930s.

The 540K was developed from the 500K and shared its independently suspended chassis, while the 540K was bored up to 5.4 litres of supercharged straight-eight power.
The car featured the company’s famous Roots-type supercharger system where pressing the gas pedal to the end of its travel would simultaneously engage the compressor and close off the alternative atmospheric intake to the carburetor.
The system had been thoroughly proven on the preceding series of Dr Ferdinand Porsche S-Type cars, and the 540K was the last supercharged production Mercedes-Benz for decades.
The 540K was launched in October 1936 with an engine that developed 115 bhp un-supercharged or 180 bhp with the compressor engaged.
With a top speed approaching 110 mph (177 km/h) the supercharged Mercedes was one of the very few 100-mph road cars available in the 1930s.

32 were built with 18 surviving today. €2.22m

Saturday, April 20, 2019

1970 Plymouth Superbird

The Plymouth Superbird is muscle car royalty. It appeared for a single year in 1970 with an aerodynamic nose cone, ridiculous spoiler, and a horn that made the same sound as the Road Runner cartoon. A heavily modified version of the Plymouth Road Runner, 308 were produced. A race car for the street, it gained notoriety for its rarity and performance. It is equipped with a 390-horsepower 440-cubic-inch Super Commando V-8 engine with a six-barrel carburetor and a four-speed manual transmission.
Superbirds equipped with the uber top end 426 ci Hemi engine with a pair of four barrel Carter AFB carburettors producing 425 hp could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 5.5 seconds.
Today top tier examples fetch over $200,000 at auction.

Friday, April 19, 2019

1957 Ferrari 250 TR

The Ferrari TR, or 250 Testa Rossa, is a race car built by Ferrari. They were introduced at the end of the 1957 season in preparation for the regulations restricting sports cars to 3 litres for Le Mans and World Sports Car Championship races from 1958. These cars completely decimated their competitors.

A total of 34 250 Testa Rossas were built from 1956 through 1962.
The phrase "Testa Rossa" means "red head", a reference to the red valve covers on the cylinder heads of the engine. From 1957 to 1958 only 2 factory cars and 19 customer cars were built. After the 250 GTO, the 250 Testa Rossa is the second most valuable Ferrari.
In 2011, a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa sold for $16.39 million. In February 2012, a 1964 250 GTO sold for nearly $32 million. Later that year, a 1962 250 GTO sold for $35 million.

An unrestored, 1957 250 Testa Rossa was reportedly sold for over $39 million, making it the most expensive car ever sold in the UK.