Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Top 10 supercars at auction in 2019

Michael Schumacher’s 2002 Ferrari. Victorious in three races in the 2002 season, the car helped Schumacher win his fifth drivers’ world championship. It made over $6.6m, the second most valuable Formula 1 car sold at auction.
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 cabriolet. A masterpiece of Italian design and among the most beautiful cars ever built. One of 40 series I cabriolets and one of five with chrome side air vents. $6.8m
2017 Pagani Zonda Aether. Pagani stopped making the Zonda in 2013, but one extremely deep-pocketed type coaxed the automaker into making a final one in 2017. $6.8m.
1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB. One of the last SWB berlinettas made and a Lusso (luxury) model. The steel-bodied, dual-purpose street and track car is one of 166 built and one of 77 second-series cars in road going specifications. $7.5m
1965 Ford GT40. The prototype GT40 convertible and the first of five roadsters built and the only one to have survived in its original form. It was built for Shelby American as a test and development car and was driven by Carroll Shelby and Jim Clark. – $7.6m.
1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB. Intensely collectible and fully restored, this example was offered without reserve. Ferrari Classiche certified and truly iconic it made $8.1m.
2014 Lamborghini Veneno roadster. One of nine roadsters built by Lamborghini to mark its 50th anniversary in 2013. $8.4m.
1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder. Most believe the Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder is among the most beautiful cars ever made. Ferrari built 14 California Spyders during 1958. $9.9m.
1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900. The 8C 2900 Alfa Romeo was the most advanced and dominant sports car money could buy. The 2900cc straight eight cylinder supercharged engine featured advancements far ahead of it's time such as dual camshafts, dual magnetos and dry sump oiling. It produced an astounding 180 hp, delivered through a four-speed gearbox. $ 19.5m.
1994 McLaren F1 'LM-Specification' This F1 is the rarest of the rare, one of two of the 64 F1 road cars made converted by the factory to Le Mans specification. $19.8m.

Friday, February 3, 2023

1962 Plymouth Savoy Max Wedge - $77k

First Super Stock Max Wedge built with a manual transmission. Chrysler Registry documented. Odometer reads 6,593 miles. Restored to original specifications with upgrade to 500-plus HP. 413 CI V-8 engine.
Chrysler was getting harsh reviews in 1962 on it's new styling. The saving grace was the introduction of the 413 Maximum Performance Wedge, known as the Max Wedge. The dual carb cross ram 413 produced 425 bhp and ran 12 second quarter miles right from the showroom floor. Balanced and blueprinted it was 500 hp and 470 Ft-lbs of torque.
The B-Body 413 Max Wedge was the perfect sleeper: even after everyone woke up, it was still unbeatable. 1962 Max Wedge Dodges and Plymouths were among the very first muscle cars. Production volumes using the monster engine were low. Dodge produced 298 while Plymouth built 214. There are some 37 1962 Plymouth Savoy Max Wedges registered. This example appeared at Mecum.

Thursday, February 2, 2023

1967 Pontiac Firebird Convertible Serial no. 001 - $165k

Serial no. 001, the first Firebird produced. Nut and bolt concours rotisserie restoration to like original condition by Gas Monkey Garage. Original 326 CI V-8 engine. Column-shifted automatic transmission. Power steering and brakes. Regimental Red with Red bucket seat interior.
80,389 believed-original miles. The car is powered by its original L30 326 CI V-8 engine fitted with a 2-barrel Rochester carburetor, rated at 250 HP.
A column-shifted Powerglide 2-speed automatic transmission, cruise control, console-mounted clock, AM pushbutton radio, power drum brakes and power steering are included factory options.
The car appeared at Mecum in 2021.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Carroll Shelby’s 1968 Ford Mustang - Black Hornet - $451k

Barrett-Jackson auctioned off Carroll Shelby’s 1968 Mustang Black Hornet as part of its annual Scottsdale sales event. This is a triple black Mustang, meaning its body, top and interior are all finished in the color. Underneath its hood lurks a 428 Cobra Jet V-8 mated to a four-speed manual that sends its 335 hp and 445 ft lbs of torque to the rear axle. Other performance upgrades include high-volume fuel pump, Holley carburetor, aluminum intake and heads, Mallory ignition and Griffin radiator.
The Black Hornet was Shelby’s tribute to the Mustang Green Hornet concept that he worked with Ford on in 1967. The car has 564 miles on the clock.
Bound to go for a major league bundle the car is Here.

1957 Ford Thunderbird 'F-Code'

The “F-Code” supercharged engine was named for the first letter of the Thunderbird’s chassis number signifying the car’s factory powerplant, “F-Birds,” as they became known, sported the Thunderbird Special 312-cubic-inch V-8 engine fitted with a McCulloch/Paxton VR57 centrifugal supercharger, pressure-sealed Holley four-barrel carburetor, and reinforced cylinder heads. Factory-rated at 300 horsepower, period tests and even Paxton Products themselves put the figure closer to 400hp.
21,380 Thunderbirds were produced in 1957, but only 196 were delivered with the F-Code engine package. Options listed on the dealer invoice include the F-Code supercharged V-8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, tinted glass, signal seek radio, and rear fender skirts. A 3.70:1 rear axle, the highest gear ratio available, rounded out this F-Bird’s details. This car is cloaked in its factory-correct finish of Raven Black over Flame pleated vinyl upholstery with a matching black hardtop. A similar example made $175k in 2015. Here.
Hugely collectible, this example appears at RM Sotheby.

Saturday, January 28, 2023

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV by Bertone - $3.5m

One of 150 SV examples built. Retains numbers-matching chassis, engine, and body. Desirably equipped with air conditioning and split-sump lubrication system. Blu Notte over light gray. The Miura P400 was a revolutionary sports car, from its transversely positioned mid/rear-mounted V-12 engine, to the stunning coachwork designed by Bertone’s Marcello Gandini. The Miura underwent a final development in 1971. The Miura P400 SV was available by special order only, and the SV (Spinto Veloce) was the most advanced Miura.
The P400 SV was built in a modest quantity of 150 examples, making it the rarest of the three Miura variants. It remains hugely prized by discerning collectors.
The Lamborghini V-12 was tuned to develop 385 horsepower.
The car made $3.5m at RM Sotheby's.

Friday, January 27, 2023

2014 Ferrari LaFerrari - $4.01m

Finished in Blu Elettrico over Crema leather. Odometer indicates 3,185 miles. Featuring a HY-KERS (Hybrid Kinetic Energy Recovery System) powertrain: a 789-hp 6.3-liter V-12 with an 9250-rpm peak at redline; an oil-cooled 161-hp electric motor hung off the back of the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic; and a low-set, liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack that acts as a structural element aft of the passenger compartment. Total system output is 950 horsepower and 516 lb·ft @ 6,750 rpm.
List price was something around $1.5m. This LaFerrari is estimated at $4m – $4.5m. Going fast at RM Sotheby.
Concluding production in January 2016, manufacture of the LaFerrari was capped at 499 examples, lending the model top-shelf status as a Maranello hypercar. Officially retailing for over $1.3m, all 499 cars were purchased by preferred clients before production began. This example is showing just 3,186 miles.

1967 Ferrari Dino 206 S

In February 1966, Ferrari debuted a new sports-racing car formulated for the FIA’s 2-litre Group 4 class, with the direct aim of winning over the numerous privateer teams that were largely running a variety of Porsche models. Dubbed the Dino 206 S, the car was powered by the further development of the 65 degree V-6 engine that had been conceived by Enzo’s son Dino Ferrari, prior to his death in June 1956.
By the end of the 1966 race season, the 206 S had proved its mettle, earning a 2nd place finish at the Targo Florio, 2nd and 3rd at the Nürburgring and a 6th place finish at Spa. Although the 206 S was originally slated for a homologation of 50 examples, labour problems prematurely interrupted production after only 18 cars had been assembled.

Chassis no. 032, holds a special place among Dinos as the final Drogo 206 S constructed. Out of the 18 examples, two were bodied by Pininfarina and three were coupes, making this the final of only 13 Drogo Spyders built.
Up for grabs soon at RM Sotheby's

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

2023 McLaren Artura

Base price: $258,585. Powertrain: 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 plug-in hybrid. 8-speed dual-clutch, rear-wheel drive. Horsepower: 671 @ 7,500 rpm. Torque: 531 lb-ft @ 2,250 to 7,000 rpm.
The mid-engine two-seater rides on a new lightweight platform. It also pairs a twin-turbo V-6–the company's first—with a battery-electric powertrain to create a plug-in-hybrid model. Zero-to-60-mph time is 2.6 seconds on to a top speed of 205 mph.

Sunday, January 22, 2023

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C by Scaglietti

The car was recognized as the 275 GTB/C.
Ferrari built 3 cars in 1965 at a compromised weight. Chassis 06885 took a class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing 3rd overall. Ferrari then built a series of 10 more competition 275 examples with short-nose bodywork. Utilizing the production model’s wet-sump engine, these berlinettas were nearly identical to the standard road cars with the exception of thin-gauge lightweight aluminum coachwork, weight-saving measures, and the use of competition fuel tanks. For 1966, the factory developed the competition specs to a greater degree, building 12 two-cam cars with long-nose bodywork.
Triple Weber 40 DFI/3 carburetors fed by curved velocity stacks contributed to a 9.3:1 compression ratio, and the racing engine was mated to a magnesium alloy transaxle case via a large-diameter driveshaft. The 275 GTB/C was the last racing GT model built by Ferrari’s competition department, and two examples went on to take GT class wins at Le Mans in 1966 and 1967, earning Maranello three consecutive class wins at La Sarthe. After completing a nut and bolt refurbishment in August 2017, this beautiful Ferrari was then presented at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as part of Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary celebration, and at the 2018 Cavallino Classic, where it won an FCA Platinum Award.
Many of the 275 GTB/C examples were aggressively raced, and with the model’s extremely thin-skinned aluminum, cars were often beaten past recognition by the slightest of collisions.

Chassis number 09067 claims an accident-free life with only two recorded races in period, and gentle touring use by its subsequent conservators. The car made $7.5m in August 2022. Here.

Saturday, January 21, 2023

1979 Pontiac Trans Am 10th Anniversary - $90k high bid

1,300 miles. 6.6L V-8 engine. 3-speed automatic transmission. 15-inch finned turbo wheels. Shaker hood. Air conditioning. 4-wheel disc brakes. Pontiac served up one last round with "The 10th Anniversary Limited Edition" Trans Am. Along with its special paint, graphics, wheels, it would be among the last offered with the "6.6" 403 engine. As a collectible car from the 1970s, the anniversary Trans Am stands out. 5,683 were built with the "6.6 Litre" Oldsmobile 403 and a Turbo Hydra-Matic 350 automatic.
403 Oldsmobile 6.6 Litre engines are boringly reliable but they were gutsy performers … at least by enemic late 70s standards. The GM 8.5-inch 10-bolt was standard issue, with a 3.23:1 gearing.

Rust is the biggest enemy of these Pontiacs. Many anniversary Trans Ams lived a charmed, salt-free existence because they were perceived as collectors’ items. 1,817 Trans Ams were equipped with the T/A 6.6 Pontiac 400 and a Borg-Warner T-10 four-speed. They command a premium.

For your consideration at Mecum.

Friday, January 20, 2023

1995 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 - $85k high bid

182 miles. Highly original. Last year for C4 ZR1. Original Goodyear Eagle GS-C tires. Original matching numbers drivetrain. 5.7L/405 HP LT5 V-8 engine. ZF 6-speed manual transmission. Torch Red exterior over light beige leather interior. Bose stereo. Power sport seats. Selective Ride and handling package. 17 inch 5-spoke light alloy wheels warning labels still affixed.
Chevrolet teamed up with Lotus, which GM owned at the time, for assistance building a powerplant for the ZR1. The result was the all-aluminum, 32-valve, DOHC, small-block LT5, good for 375 HP when it debuted for the 1990 model year. For 1993, output was increased to 405 HP and 385 lb-ft of torque.
The C4 ZR1 rocketed from 0-60 MPH in four seconds, finished the quarter mile in under 13 seconds and topped out around 180 MPH.

The car crossed the block at Mecum.

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Bitcoin car in the news

The mystery of the orange bitcoin car has been solved. The Mercedes sports a bitcoin logo in place of the car’s iconic badge and the words “in crypto we trust” across the wheels. Michael Chobanian, the Ukranian founder of Kuna bitcoin exchange said “How is the crash related to my property? I am [in the] crypto and finance industry for 10 years. I am not selling anything, nor promoting. If someone made bad decisions and lost money, it’s their fault and not my cars.”