Sunday, December 3, 2023

1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider by Scaglietti - €3,098,750

Nocciola Metallizzato over Pelle Beige. Retains its matching-numbers 4.4-litre V-12 engine. Awarded “Red Book” certification by Ferrari Classiche in 2016. With 26 years of continual development the Daytona Spider is regarded by many tifosi as one of the finest cars to leave Maranello’s factory gates. Chassis number 16689 was delivered during August 1973, number 82 of just 121 Daytona Spiders produced. Estimate was €2,350,000 - €2,650,000 at RM Sotheby

1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible - $160k high bid

With an original eye-watering list price of $6,501, the Biarritz was a very special car in 1956.

1 of 2,150 produced. 365 CI V-8 engine. Dual 4-barrel carburetors. Batwing air cleaner. Dual exhaust with through-bumper exit. Automatic transmission. Power steering. Power brakes. Emerald Green Iridescent finish with Green leather interior. Power windows. Power convertible top.
This example appeared at Mecum in 2020.

Saturday, December 2, 2023

1969 Chevrolet Nova SS - $104k

1969 would see a name change of the Chevy II to the Chevy Nova. The compact's SS package could be had with a 300 hp 350 ci small block, but if you wanted it all the L78 396 big block making 375 hp could be had. Hot Rod Magazine called it the 'Ultimate Street Sleeper.
This bad boy received a nut and bolt, no expense rotisserie restoration. It retains all of its original sheet metal and matching-numbers 396 big block backed by the Muncie M-20 4 speed manual and 12-bolt posi rear end with 3.55 gears. This Nova SS is equipped with power steering, power brakes, F41 Suspension, headrest seats, remote mirror, AM radio, two-speed wipers, and tinted glass. Price for it all was $4378.
Nova SS production totaled 17,654 for 1969. A scant 5,262 were fitted with the L78 396/375-hp engine. This example appeared at Mecum.

2012 Lexus LFA - squared

2012 Lexus LFA. One of 156 LFAs delivered to the US market, number 483 of 500 produced. 112 miles. Finished in Pearl Yellow over black leather. Equipped with a 552-hp 4.8-liter V-10. $940k at RM Sotheby's.
2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package. 143 miles. Number 15 of 25 Nürburgring Package LFAs delivered to the USA. One of seven Nürburgring LFAs delivered to the USA in code 9K5 Orange over black Alcantara with orange stitching and carbon-fiber trim. $1.8m at RM Sotheby's.

Friday, December 1, 2023

Wrecked Lamborghini Countach From ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ - $1.35m

The wrecked supercar, one of the casualties of Jordan Belfort’s excesses in the blockbuster film, will be sold by Bonhams in Abu Dhabi. Here. This is the “hero car” used to film most of its scenes in the movie, according to Bonhams. The rare US-spec 25th Anniversary model is finished in Bianco Polo over Bianco carries a significant estimate of $1.5m to $2m. The car made $1.35m.

Thursday, November 30, 2023

1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda

One of 108 Hemi Cuda coupes produced in 1971. One of 59 4-speeds. Meticulous, no expense spared, frame-off rotisserie restoration. Original 426/425 HP Hemi engine. Odometer reads 15,146 miles. 4-speed manual transmission. Pistol Grip shifter. 3.54 Dana rear end. Power steering. Factory shaker hood.
The Plymouth Barracuda was sold with the same body as the Dodge Challenger from 1970-1974, but was offered with six different engine choices: a 340, a 383, a 440 ci Magnum, a 440 ci six-barrel, and the top dog 426 Hemi. Only the more performance-oriented models were sold as ‘Cudas.
Among the most desirable models of the entire muscle car era, every 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda is important.
In 2020 a spectactular 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda made $550k at Barrett Jackson. This example crosses the block at Mecum.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

1933 Mercedes-Benz 370 S Mannheim Sport Cabriolet 'project' - £280,625

One of 195 examples of the Sport Cabriolet constructed between 1931 and 1933. The 15/75 HP 370 boasted elegant design and impressive performance, powered by a 3,689-cc inline six-cylinder engine fed by twin carburettors. In 1958 the car passed into the care of the consigning owner’s father, who purchased the car from a dealer for £250. This example of Mercedes-Benz’s seminal sports car is in original and unrestored condition, complete with many period features including its twin rear-mounted spare wheels.
This example remained in storage for 63 years.

The 370 laid the groundwork for some of the German manufacturer’s most celebrated models, including the 540. The car changed hands at RM Sotheby.

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

1971 Plymouth Hemi GTX - $250k high bid

One of 11 4-speed Hemi GTX hardtops produced in 1971. Final year for Hemi production. Extensive restoration. Original matching numbers 426 Hemi V-8 engine. Correct dual 4-barrel carburetors. 4-speed manual transmission. Original Track Pack rear with Dana 60 3.54 gears. Power steering. Power brakes. In Violet Metallic over White interior. White longitudinal tape stripe. Bucket seats and center console with woodgrain applique. A01 Light Group. Tinted glass. AM/FM stereo.

The Plymouth GTX was created in 1967 to give buyers an upscale sport model, and it was offered only with the 440 Super Commando and 426 Hemi powerplants. The car shown here is from the final year of both the stand-alone GTX package and the Hemi powerplant. Beautiful with the horsepower to back it up, the Hemi GTX met its demise in 1971.
The car appeared at Mecum's and high bid to $250k in 2020.

Monday, November 27, 2023

1995 Honda NSX Type R - $632k

One of 483 NSX Type Rs (NA1) built from 1992-1995. 7,000 kilometers. Finished in Championship White with matching Enkei wheels and red Alcantara upholstery. Powered by a factory blueprinted and balanced 3.0-liter V6 engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. 483 examples of the right-hand-drive NSX Type R were built, exclusively for the Japanese domestic market.
Introduced in 1990, the car represented a huge leap forward in sports-car design and construction. It was produced in a state-of-the-art, single-model plant by 200 carefully chosen craftsmen. The mid-engine NSX features an aluminum frame, semi-monocoque body and suspension. The DOHC V6 engine is an engineering masterpiece with an aluminum block and heads, a forged crankshaft, titanium connecting rods and Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) and Variable Volume Induction systems.
This car sold for $632,000, including buyer’s premium, at Broad Arrow Auctions’ Monterey, CA, sale on August 17, 2023.

Sunday, November 26, 2023

1966 Shelby Cobra Roadster

CSX3283. 1 of 260 factory-built coil spring street-trim 427 Cobras. Dispatched from England in July 1966, billed to Shelby American and finished in Acrylic Green, 1 of 56 produced in this color. Ford's official race-car contractor, Holman Moody, built the 427 CI side oiler V-8 engine, fitted with dual four-barrel carburetors, in 1967.
The Shelby invoice described the car as “1966 Street Cobra, Veh. # CSX3283, $6,145.00.”
Often copied but never replicated, this baby will probably change hands for something around $1m. Here.

Saturday, November 25, 2023

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe I

There are many 1963 split windows crossing the block, a rare event.
327/300 HP V-8. Automatic. Silver Blue over dark blue. 1 of 278 Corvettes produced with factory air conditioning in 1963. Numbers matching original L75 327/300 HP V-8 engine, Powerglide transmission. Original XG-coded factory air body/trim tag. NCRS Top Flight awards at regional level in 2019 and 2021 and NCRS national level in 2021. . Body-off restoration. Here.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Export Split Window Coupe. 22,723 miles. Original Daytona Blue paint over Dark Blue interior Numbers matching original 327/360 HP fuel-injected V-8 engine. CCAS engine affirmation. 1 of 199 Corvette Z06s produced in 1963. Bloomington Gold Benchmark Certified in 2013 Bloomington Gold Certified Bloomington Survivor Certified. Here.
40,530 miles. 327/300 HP V-8. 4-Speed Manual. Saddle over saddle interior. Nut and bolt concours body-off restoration of a no hit body. Here.
47,844 miles. 327/340 HP V-8. 4-Speed Manual. Riverside Red over black. Body-on restoration performed on a no hit body. Engine rebuilt in 2005 with 4,000 miles since. Here.

Friday, November 24, 2023

1963 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupe Aerodinamico

Chassis No. 4651, 1 of 22 long-wheelbase series II cars built from 1962-64. 48,354 miles. 3,967 CC Tipo 163 SOHC 60º V-12 Engine. Three Weber 40 DCZ6 Carburetors. 320 BHP at 6,600 RPM. 4-Speed Manual Gearbox with Electric Overdrive. 4-Wheel Vacuum-Assisted Dunlop Disc Brakes. The Ferrari 400 Superamerica Aerodinamico was a special version of the Ferrari 400 Superamerica coupe with bodywork designed by Aldo Brovarone. Each was built by hand at Pinin Farina. (later Pininfarina)
These rare and beautiful cars were perhaps the apex of the closed premium Ferrari grand tourer, and they were purchased by the world's most elite, well monied, motorists.
Hagerty suggests a range of $2.2m to $2.6m for a 'good' example. For your consideration at Mecum.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

1 of 1,285 produced in 1960. Frame-on restoration to correct specs. Finished in original code 99 Heather Metallic with code 12B Gray leather interior. Tri-Power 390/345 HP V-8 engine. Hydraulic valve lifters. Hydra-Matic transmission. Power steering. Power brakes. Bucket seats. White convertible top. Factory air conditioning. Power windows. Cruise control.
The equipment list included everything Cadillac could offer in comfort, convenience, and style for 1960. Price was a jaw dropping $7,750, the most expensive car built by GM. The 19 foot-long, 5,058 pound Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible makes an undeniable statement.
The Cadillac Eldorado was manufactured and marketed by Cadillac from 1952 to 2002 over ten generations.
The Eldorado Biarritz represents an age of glamour for America, and 1960 represents the absolute pinnacle in its era.
This example made $121k in May 2019.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

1955 Buick Century CHP Police Car

For those who knew the 1950s, a black-and-white ’55 Buick sedan will always be Broderick Crawford. The actor portrayed Dan Mathews, chief in the Highway Patrol television series that debuted in October 1955.
In the early 1950s the California Highway Patrol was looking for a vehicle that could keep up with hot rods and sports cars. The result was one of the first cars built specifically for police, the Buick Century. Buick executives had returned from a trip to the UK and said that the British referred to going 100 mph as "doing the century". The executives liked the Century name. Buick built 270 of these two-door sedans, 135 with manual transmissions, 135 with automatics. The body was lightweight, the cheapest car in the Buick line. The engine, however, was the 322-cubic inch V8 rated at 236 horsepower. It came with oversize drum brakes. The April 1955 issue of Highway Patrolman magazine reported “the car developed 148-horsepower at the rear wheels and reached a wheel speed of 108 mph". In 1956 the Century's base price was $2,963.