Monday, June 17, 2019

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda at Mecum

Matching numbers 426/425 HP Hemi engine. Rotisserie restoration. Shaker fresh air hood. Torqueflite automatic transmission. 3.23 sure grip rear end. Rally instrument cluster. Console with slap stick shifter. Refinished in the original Tor-Red.

In the muscle car world, the Plymouth Hemi Cuda is a by-word for the Holy Grail. It is widely accepted by many enthusiasts that the 1970 Hemi 'Cuda is near the top of the list of the greatest muscle cars ever produced.
The $871 Hemi was a hugely expensive option, thus explaining the very limited number of Hemi Cudas. This example crosses the block June 21/22.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

1968 Shelby GT500 KR

By 1968 the competition was catching up to Ford and it needed a car that could beat its rivals head to head. Shelby’s 360 hp, 428-ci GT 500 was performing respectably, but then the special Cobra-Jet engine was unveiled. The GT 500 KR – the King of the Road – was born. The Cobra-Jet 428 engine was rated at 335 hp as a ruse to hoodwink the competition and insurance companies. The engine pumped out at least 400 hp with 440 foot-pounds of twist.
The KR included a number of engine modifications over the 428 Police Interceptor engine in standard GT500s.
Ford dropped the GT500 KR after 1968, before Shelby stopped modifying Mustangs, ending production at a little over 1,200 units. Today, the King of the Road is regarded as the ultimate Shelby Mustang.
Fully restored in 2010 this example made €109k.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

1965 Aston Martin DB5 - 'The' Bond Car

One of two examples purchased by Eon Productions for the Bond film 'Thunderball.' Third of four examples built per Q Branch specifications and featured in 'Goldfinger.' Restoration completed in 2012, including refurbishment of all 13 original special-effects modifications. The most iconic and recognizable Aston Martin ever built and the most famous car in the world.
Producers wanted two near-identical cars for various roles during filming. One was required for stunt driving and chase sequences, the other was for interior shots and close-ups.
The success of Goldfinger was also a success for Aston Martin, which saw DB5 sales surge. The most iconic car of all time, DB5/2008/R is the most legendary Aston Martin ever built.
The icon crosses the block at RM Sothebys in August at Monterey.

Friday, June 14, 2019

1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Codes - The Amos Minter collection

Many consider the 1957 Ford Thunderbird to be the very best of the two-seater T-Birds. That year, the Thunderbird was offered with several engine options, ranging from 212 to 300 hp. At the highest end was the 312-cid, F-code V8, fitted with a 4-bbl carburetor and McCulloch VR57 Supercharger.

There were 196 'F-Code' Thunderbirds built in 1957.
The F-Code option brought serious performance to the T-Bird, enabling 0-60 mph times in the low 6-second range and a top speed approaching 130 mph.

Factory dealer invoice of $3,757 made it a very expensive car for it's time.
The Amos Minter F-Bird collection contains without question the finest 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Codes on earth. These spectacular cars crossed the block May 14-19 2019.

£1.75m prototype McLaren up in smoke

The new 2020 Speedtail has already sold out ahead of its release – with all 106 limited edition units spoken for. With over 1,000bhp and a top speed of 250mph, the British manufacturer’s fastest-ever road car is due to be released next year. But it experienced a few bumps in the road after it started smoking out and narrowly averted a major catastrophe.

Two McLaren employees were pictured dousing it with fire extinguishers, before they managed to move it away from the pumps. It's thought an electrical issue sparked the fire.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Ferrari’s first PHEV (plug-in hybrid vehicle) develops 986bhp. Doing most of the work is a heavily revised version of Ferrari’s twin-turbo V8, which delivers 769bhp. Adding further go are three e-motors delivering a combined 217bhp.

Thanks to AWD and the hybrid tech, the SF90 makes 0–62mph in 2.5 seconds and 0–124mph in 6.7. It tops out at 211mph.
The car comes with a new 8-speed dual clutch transmission. The transmission does not have a reverse gear.
This is a production car, not a special edition. Price has not been disclosed. Some are suggesting $500k+.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Ferrari F50

The Ferrari F50 is a mid-engine sports car made from 1995–1997. The car is powered by a 4.7 L naturally aspirated Tipo F130B 60-valve V12 engine that was developed from the 3.5 L V12 used in the 1990 Ferrari 641 Formula One. Succeeding the turbocharged F40, the naturally aspirated F50 was a monster. Just 349 F50s left the factory gates, making it rarer than the fabled Enzo. With the 520hp V12 bolted onto the carbon-fibre chassis, the F50 used cutting-edge technology.
The F50 wasn't appreciated as a highly sought after ‘halo’ Ferrari supercar at first. Things change and they surely aren't giving these babies away today.
The Ferrari F50 has been described as an 'F1 car dressed as a road car.'

A 1996 Ferrari F50 with 13,500 miles changed hands this spring for $2m.

DB4 GT Zagato Continuation

The original 1960s DB4 GT Zagato was built to take on Ferrari’s dominant race cars of the time, and the aluminium bodywork applied by Zagato was beautiful. The latest looks true to the original but the parts are modern. More than 4,500 hours goes into each machine.

A 4.7-litre straight-six engine puts out in excess of 390bhp. That's sent to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual.
The Continuation will only be sold as part of a twin-pack with the DBS GT Zagato – basically a DBS Superleggera that’s been rebodied by the Italian coachbuilder. The price for both?

A jaw dropping £6m plus taxes. The duo isn't for everybody.

Monday, June 10, 2019

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Aston Martin unveiled the most powerful regular production car the company has ever offered last fall. The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is powered by a 715 hp turbocharged V12 engine. The DBS Superleggera is a Grand Touring car, not a race car. That means emphasized refinement and comfort along with the raw performance.

The car goes from zero to 60 mph in a little under 3.4 seconds on the way to a top speed of 211 mph.
The DBS Superleggera only rivals are the likes of the Ferrari 812 Superfast and Mercedes-AMG S65 Coupe. MSRP is a rock bottom $305,000.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Ferrari F40

The Ferrari F40 is a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, two-door coupé sports car built from 1987 to 1992, with the LM and GTE race car versions continuing production until 1994 and 1996 respectively.

The successor to the Ferrari 288 GTO, it was Ferrari's fastest, most powerful, and most expensive car. The car debuted with a MRSP of $400k in 1987. A total of 1,311 F40s were built.
The car is powered by 2,936 cc (2.9 L) twin-turbocharged Tipo F120A V8 of 471 hp funneled through a 5-speed manual transmission.
The body was a new design by Pininfarina featuring Kevlar, carbon fiber, and aluminum. The F40 makes 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.7 seconds onto a top speed of 321 km/h (199 mph).
The very first production car to break the 200-mph barrier, the F40 was a landmark in Ferrari’s history. It was created in celebration of the company’s 40th birthday and would be the last model that Enzo Ferrari oversaw before his passing.
Hagerty quotes an average price of $ 1.6m for a concours quality F40.