Tuesday, July 30, 2019

1938 Mercedes-Benz Gelandesport 170VS Alpine Racer

The first Alpine Racer built of 10. The only example known to exist. Chairman's Choice at 2019 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. International Journalist Award at 2019 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance. Concours restoration initiated by Riter and completed by Horsepower Motorworks in Victor, New York. Retains the original stamped body panels. Aluminum and magnesium coachwork with low-cut doors, minimalist fenders and sloping trunk. 1.9/65 HP engine with twin Solex carburetors. ZF 4-speed manual gearbox.
Alpine Racer No. 840801 scored many medals during its brief racing career before disappearing at the onset of war in 1939. The completed 840801 is sensational, showing uncanny attention to detail befitting both the finest Mercedes-Benz automobiles of the period and this car’s concours awards.
The car carries an estimate of $ 425k to $475k.

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.
The car made $160k

Monday, July 29, 2019

1926 Harley-Davidson Peashooter

Auction Lot F44, Monterey. From the estate of long time AMA racer and collector. Powered by 1928 H-D race motor, very common with successful race bikes.

Factory built Harley-Davidson racer. Not restored. First year produced. Rare original short frame by Harley. Board track racer. Overhead valve twin port. Barrel valve alcohol carburetor. Equipped with 1928 21 CI engine. Direct drive no brakes.
Harley-Davidson built a pair of new machines with single-cylinder side-valve engines in 1926: the Models A and B. Harley-Davidson's factory-built production racer was known as the Peashooter.

The unrestored machine features a patina from its years of racing, which included a replacement motor in 1928.
There are very few Peashooters left with an as-last-raced finish, meaning a machine in this condition will be desired. Estimate is $70k to $90k.

Friday, July 26, 2019

1967 Ferrari 350 Can-Am

In the early 1960's, Ferrari was the most potent player in endurance racing. Competing in GT and prototype classes, Ferrari was building some of the fastest cars of the period. The company hovered out of reach above the rest of the racing world. None could touch the mighty Ferrari. Maranello's miracle workers were so successful that Ford showed great interest in buying the company.
The notoriously headstrong Enzo Ferrari was not willing to see through any agreements with Ford, and after the talks went sour Ford decided to devote a portion of its vast resources to developing a strong racing team. Out of a personal grudge against the cavallino rampante, Ford's legendary GT40 was created.
The first time Ford met Ferrari on the track was in 1964 for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Reliability problems meant no Fords finished, while Ferrari placed a 4-liter 330 P in first, second, and third. For 1966, both manufacturers geared up for an all-out battle. It spelled war. Ferrari revised the 330 further. It featured innovations such as a 5-speed ZF gearbox, lightweight fiberglass doors, and a new Lucas fuel injection system. The cars were marvels on paper, but not enough development time meant reliability problems.
Ford came through with a podium-filling finish while no Ferraris completed the race. The reversal of fortunes was a devastating and embarrassing moment for the Italian sports car maker. Ferrari spared nothing in its development of the 330 P4. At the 24 Hours of Daytona race in 1967, Ferrari earned back its pride. They destroyed the Ford home team, with P4's crossing the finish line in first and second, followed closely by a remaining P3. After the 1967 season regulations were changed and there was no longer a place for the large displacement sports prototypes. Ferrari brought two of the 330 P4s back to the factory and converted them for use in the North American Can-Am series. One example failed to change hands in 2012 for $ 10m.

Most expensive cars at auction in 2016

A 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport sold for €32,075,200 ($35,711,359) at the Artcurial Paris auction as the most-expensive car in 2016 and the then second most-expensive car ever.
Le Mans-winning 1955 Jaguar D-Type that set a new record for a British car at $21,780,000 at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction.
Record for the most-expensive pre-War car ever was set at $19,800,000 for a 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider.
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione - $18,150,000 at Pebble Beach
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider - $17,160,000 at Amelia Island

1968 Chevrolet Camaro custom build

Pro-tour rotisserie restoration completed by GQ Creations. 3 Stage Candy Apple Wine Metallic paint. 2018 Chevrolet Performance LT4 Dyno tuned to 732 HP and 593 RWHP. 2018 Chevrolet Performance 8-speed automatic transmission. Ford Positraction rear end with 4.11 gears. Detroit Speed subframe and rack and pinion steering. 4-corner QA1 adjustable coilovers. Detroit Speed subframe connectors and front and rear sway bars. Heidts Quadra-link rear suspension.
Wilwood 4-wheel big disc performance conversion with 6/4 piston calipers. Billet high gloss aluminum hood hinges. Chrome power booster with Wilwood master cylinder. Smoothed quarter seems, door and trunk jams. Custom wrap around front spoiler.
This uber monster appears at Mecum Harrisburg this weekend.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider

Gooding & Company has just added a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider to its official Pebble Beach auction docket, joining the 1962 Ferrari 250 California SWB Spider at RM-Sotheby's.

Since 2008, eight Ferrari 250 GT California Spiders have sold for more than $10m, with the highest price doubling that. The prices fetched by the two cars in Monterey will provide insight into the top end of the market.
There are two main variants to the Ferrari 250 GT California Spider, the LWB (Long Wheelbase - 2,600 mm) and SWB (Short Wheelbase - 2,400 mm). In total, 108 were built, 50 LWB and 58 SWB. The LWB were built between 1957 and 1960 and are powered by a 2,953 cc SOHC Colombo V12 engine producing 237 hp at 7,000 rpm. The SWB appeared in 1960 with disc brakes replacing the drums of the LWB and a 276 hp version of the same engine. The SWB is the preferred car, with the exception of 'competizione' units, built for racing.

At the height of the global financial crisis in 2008, a Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider attracted a high bid of 'just' £2.6m. ($4.2m) Hagerty suggests a concours 250 California Spider is trending around $17.5m.

Monday, July 22, 2019

1990 Testarossa - 867 miles on the clock

The Testarossa is one of Ferrari’s most produced models, with almost 10,000 made during its 12-year production run. The Testarossa featured a 4.9-liter flat twelve, developing 385 horsepower.
The car offered here by Symbolic international has likely one of the lowest odometer readings on earth.
Hagerty suggests an uber top end 1990 Testarossa trends around $147k

2017 Pagani Huayra Roadster

126 miles since new. 1 of 100 produced. Twin turbocharged 6.0/720 HP engine. Inconcel titanium exhaust. Top speed of 238 MPH. 0-60 MPH in 3.0 seconds. 7-speed automated manual transmission. Front lifting system. Independent front and rear suspension. Double wishbones and adjustable coilover shocks. 4-wheel carbon ceramic disc brakes. Bianco Benny finish. Carbon fiber front hood. Carbon fiber rear bumper. Custom interior with leather, Alcantara and carbon fiber throughout.
The Pagani Huayra Roadster uses a Mercedes-AMG M158 twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12 designed and built specifically for Pagani. Pagani massaged the engine to 754 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 737 lb-ft of torque at 2400 rpm. It is mated to a 7-speed automated manual transaxle.

The Huayra Roadster is estimated to hit 60 mph in 2.9-seconds on the way to a top speed of 210 mph.
The Pagani Huayra Roadster weighs just 2,822 pounds—176 pounds less than the coupe. Each of the 100 built were sold for $2.4 million.
This example crosses the block at Mecum in August.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

1969 Chevrolet Corvette Baldwin Motion Phase III GT

Motion Performance joined forces with Martyn Schorr and upgraded, converted and sold some of the most formidable muscle cars to ever prowl the street.

Motion’s performance-tuned muscle cars remain legendary. As one of just 10 Phase III GT Corvettes ever to come from Motion Performance shops and sold new by Baldwin Chevrolet, this example retains its matching-numbers, Motion-massaged L71 427/435 HP tri-power engine.
1 of 10 Phase III Corvettes built. 46,165 miles. Matching numbers 427/435 HP engine. M-21 4-speed transmission. 14 Motion modifications. Only Phase III Baldwin Motion with Shelby side scoops

A part of the spectacular Todd Werner Collection the car carries a wide estimate of $200k to $300k

Saturday, July 20, 2019

1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale by Scaglietti

Ferrari built 453 examples of the 275 GTB for consumers, but only three 275 GTB/C Speciales were assembled to contest the 1965 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The first car built, chassis 06701, never saw competition, but it brought $28.4m at RM Sotheby's in 2014. The three 275 GTB/C Speciales were hand-built, utilizing a lightweight tube-frame chassis wrapped in aluminum body panels, with power coming from a 3.3-liter V-12 engine. In competition form, six Weber 38 DCN carburetors fed the Type 213 engine which produced 320 hp.
The first Ferrari with independent rear suspension and a transaxle gearbox, it was a major improvement over the outgoing 250 and an evolution of the 250 GTO. Completed in April 1965, chassis 06701 was the first 275 GTB/C Speciale built.

Ferrari would go on to produce another dozen 275 GTB/C models for the 1966 racing season.
Machines built for racing were stamped with a 'C' for 'Competizione'. Only chassis 06885 would see competitive action. Although its racing career was brief, 06885 quickly proved the potency of the Speciales.
At the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans it won the GT class and finished third overall behind a pair of Ferrari 250 LMs. 06885 lost its owner when millionaire Preston Henn, a South Florida flea-market magnate, died at age 86 in 2017.

His 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale is one of the world’s most valuable cars.

The "special" 275 GTBs had thinner body panels that trimmed 300 pounds.
Henn is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Betty, and four children. Before passing, he said he made sure his beloved Ferrari will stay on display after he is gone. His wife said "That was his crown jewel, at one point he said he wanted to be buried in it."