Sunday, June 30, 2019

1985 Ferrari 288 GTO at RM Sotheby's

By 1984, the words Gran Turismo Omologato already carried enormous weight in the Ferrari world. The 250 GTO was long considered the finest sports racer that Ferrari had ever produced. The GTO was nothing short of legend. For Ferrari to revive that legendary moniker, the new GTO would have huge expectations. Group B was incredibly popular following its introduction in the early ’80s, and Ferrari was eager to jump into the fray.
Group B was canceled, leaving Ferrari with a fully developed and homologated car on their hands but no series to compete in. The race-bred, 2.8-liter V-8 engine with twin IHI turbochargers pumped out a massive 400 hp with 366 foot-pounds of twist. The GTO could rocket to 189 mph, making it the fastest road car produced at the time. The car could reach 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and 100 mph in 10.2.
272 examples were built. Chassis 55237 was the 137th Ferrari 288 GTO made and was fitted from the factory with air-conditioning, power windows, red seat inserts, and the optional Ansa sport exhaust.
The 288 GTO is an absolute 'must-have' for any discerning Ferrari collector. As a core 'halo' car, high-quality examples are becoming more difficult to acquire and they command a significant premium over fair examples. Values cross the board trend only upward. Hagerty suggests a top tier example is trending around $2.4m.

This example appears at Monterey in August.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

1962 Ferrari 250 California Spyder by Scaglietti

Behold an icon. 280 bhp, 2,953 cc single overhead camshaft V-12 engine, three Weber carburetors, four-speed gearbox, independent front suspension via A-arms, coil springs, and telescopic shock absorbers, live rear axle with semi-elliptical springs and telescopic shock absorbers, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes.
An incredibly rare car, the 1962 Ferrari 250 California Spyder is one of the prettiest and most desirable open-topped Ferraris ever made. Ferrari produced a total of just 106 California Spyders, 56 of them on the short wheelbase chassis. Of those 56, 37 were delivered with the covered-headlamp variant.
The California Spyder was based upon the 250 GT Tour de France, Ferrari’s dual-purpose berlinetta.
This example crosses the block at Monterey in August

All-Wheel-Drive 1970 Ford Mustang Convertible

This 1970 Ford Mustang might not look like much but it carries a remarkable secret "factory" all-wheel-drive, making it likely the only one in existence. Ford examined the concept of AWD and had a British company named “Ferguson Research” fit its crude all-wheel-drive system into the mustang. The AWD Mustangs also featured an ABS braking system, long before the feature was common. In 2017 a 1970 Mustang FF (“Ferguson Formula”) 4×4 was listed for sale in the Netherlands.
No word on what happened to the vehicle.Though performance and handling were improved, the modifications were too expensive and Ford decided not to pursue AWD. It's believed that three Mustangs were fitted with AWD, the other two coupes.

Friday, June 28, 2019

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will offer 760 hp for a starting price of $74k. Add a few extras like the Carbon Fiber Track package and that number tops $90k, making it the most expensive factory street-legal Mustang ever made.

All GT500 Mustangs come with a supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 engine with 625-lb-ft of torque mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 starts at $64,695 but offers a puny 650hp from its supercharged V-8. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, which has 797 hp, starts at $73,440.
Deliveries start this fall.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

1969 Shelby GT350 H

For 1969 the Mustang was given a makeover. The hood was constructed of fiberglass and was fitted with five NACA style hood scoops and locking hood pins. Under the hood was a Cleveland 351 V8 that was rated at 300 horsepower. In 1969 for $12 a day, an individual could rent one of these cars from Hertz as part of their 'Rent-A-Racer' program. Or they could get the car for $60 a week plus 11 cents a mile. In 1969 a total of 152 examples were produced.
First cars were 4 speed manual, but that was changed to automatic after cars came back with burnt clutches.
In 2014 a top tier example made $93k.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Enzo Ferrari

The Enzo Ferrari is a mid-engine berlinetta sports car named after the company's founder, Enzo Ferrari. It was built 2002-2004 using advanced Formula One technology, such as a carbon-fibre body, F1-style electrohydraulic shift transmission, and carbon fibre-reinforced silicon carbide (C/SiC) ceramic composite disc brakes. Also used are technologies not allowed in F1 such as active aerodynamics and traction control.

It was later sold at a Sotheby's auction for $1.1 million.
399 units at $659,330 were produced, all of which were sold before production began. In 2004, a 400th Enzo was built and donated to the Vatican.
The Enzo's F140 B V12 engine was the first of a new generation for Ferrari. It displaces 366 in³ and produces 651hp at 7800 rpm and 485 lb·ft at 5500 rpm. The redline is 8,200 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed semi-automatic.
The Enzo can accelerate to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.14 seconds and can reach 100 mph (160 km/h) in 6.6 seconds. The ¼ mile (~400 m) time is about 11 seconds with a top speed of 217 mph.

The Enzo made huge waves when it debuted, and it remains one of Ferrari’s most loved and sought-after modern 'halo' models. Today a top tier Enzo will bring $3m to $3.5m

1968 Chevolet Corvette L88

The biggest and baddest Corvette of them all was the L88 built from 1967 to 1969. What set the car apart was a racing package that included a big block V8 with solid-lifters and Can-Am spec cylinder heads. Chevrolet actively discouraged L88 orders from dealerships and the public. What was the fuss about? The L88 was capable of 171 mph and sported more than 500 hp. With its exhaust removed, and running on racing fuel, the L88 was capable of 600 hp.
Mandatory L88 factory upgrades included a Muncie M22 Rock Crusher or M20 Hydramatic Transmission, power-assisted heavy duty brakes, an F41 heavy duty suspension with new coil springs and dampers, G81 positraction differential and a special cowl induction hood.

 An award-winning 1968 Corvette L88 recently sold at Barrett-Jackson. One of 80 cars produced that year with the L88 option, it made $495,000.

Monday, June 24, 2019

1967-69 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray L88

The L88 was a factory racing option package. The 1967 L88 Corvette was powered by a modified version of Chevy’s 427 V-8. 435hp was claimed, with real output between 540 and 580hp.

Four out of the five most expensive Corvettes at auction are L88s. The L88 package was more than just the potent race engine. It included choice of the manual Muncie M22 Rock Crusher or M20 Hydramatic transmission.
Also included were power assisted heavy duty disc brakes, and the F41 heavy duty suspension.
The L88 stayed in production until 1969 with a total of 216 produced. Values of the original 216 1967–69 L88s have grown exponentially over the past 10 years.
The rarest Stingray 427 example from 1967. There were only 20 original factory units produced with half of these convertibles. It sold in 2014 for $3.9m.

Ferrari 250 GTO recognized as work of art

The Ferrari 250 GTO is acclaimed as the world’s most valuable car, with an example selling at auction last fall for $48m. Regarded as the Holy Grail of cars, 36 were made between 1962 and 1964.
An Italian commercial tribunal in Bologna has recognized the model not only as a classic, but as a work of art that is original and must not be imitated or reproduced. The judgment came after Ferrari complained that a company in the northern city of Modena was planning to produce 250 GTO replicas.

The 250 GTO became one of Ferrari’s most successful racers, widely renowned for its aerodynamics, great handling and powerful V12 engine.
See ----->1963 Ferrari 330 LM Berlinetta

Sunday, June 23, 2019

1954 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider Scaglietti

In the early 1950s, Ferrari shifted from using the compact Colombo-designed V12 engine in its smallest class of sports racers to a line of four-cylinder engines designed by Aurelio Lampredi. Inspired by the success of the light and reliable 2.5 L 553 F1 car, the four-cylinder sports racers competed with great success through the 1950s, culminating with the famed 500 Mondial and 750 Monza.
1954 saw the introduction of the 750 Monza. 35 were made. Sporting a three-litre version of the 500 Mondial's engine, the Monza was more powerful, with 250 hp (186 kW) on tap.

The new-style body was penned by Pinin Farina.

Mike Hawthorn and Umberto Maglioli piloted their 750 Monza to victory at Monza on its very first race, giving the car its name.
As might be expected these to die for Ferrari race cars don't cross the block often. When they do they aren't cheap. In 2013 a 1954 750 Monza Spider made $3.7m