Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Ferrari Monza SP1

Ferrari announced the Monza SP1, a new open-top supercar, as “probably the closest and purest driving experience to Formula 1.” Naturally the 500 planed examples have already been pre-sold, despite a likely $1m-plus price tag.

At a private event for well heeled customers at its headquarters in Maranello, Italy, the company said the 810hp Monza can reach 62mph in 2.9 seconds.
The cars will come in one-seat or two-seat versions. The company plans to launch an unprecedented 15 new models. Among them will be Ferrari’s first sports utility vehicles called Purosangue – Italian for thoroughbred.

Monday, September 17, 2018

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback at Mecums

The Boss 429 is one of the most iconic muscle cars ever assembled. 1358 Boss 429s made between 1969 and 1970. Ford assigned Kar Kraft to modify 4 speed Cobra Jet Mustangs to accept the Boss 429 Engine. This example is KK no. 1857. 18,000 miles. Original drivetrain. Original documents. 820-T 429/390 HP engine. Close ratio 4-speed manual transmission. 3.91 Traction-Lok differential. Competition suspension.
Set to appear without reserve in Dallas in October the car is expected to fetch between $ 225k to $ 250k

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Ferraris top RM Sotheby’s London sale

A 2003 Ferrari Enzo topped the sale, bringing £1.97m. ($2.5m)

1953 Ferrari 212 Europa coupe. £1.02m ($1.3m).
A 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.8 made £933k.($1.2m)

A 1931 Cadillac V16 sport phaeton. $677,267

1971 Iso Grifo 7-liter Series II, $648,102

Saturday, September 15, 2018

End of the line for the Beetle

Volkswagen will cease global production of its iconic Beetle. Volkswagen revived the car in the US in 1998 but it attracted mainly female buyers.

The company revamped it for the 2012 model year in an effort to make it appeal to men. US sales rose to over 46,000 in 2013 but tailed off after that.
The Volkswagen Beetle, officially the Volkswagen Type 1, is a two-door, four passenger, rear-engine economy car manufactured and marketed by German automaker Volkswagen from 1938 until 2003.
The need for this kind of car was formulated by Adolf Hitler, leader of Nazi Germany, wishing for a cheap, simple car to be mass-produced for the new road network of his country.
He contracted Porsche in 1934 to design and build it to his exacting standards.
On 26 May 1938, Hitler laid the cornerstone for the Volkswagen factory in Fallersleben. The factory had only produced a handful of cars by the start of the war in 1939; the first volume-produced versions of the car's chassis were military vehicles, the Type 82 Kübelwagen (52,000 built).
The amphibious Type 166 Schwimmwagen (about 14,000 built).

Mass production of civilian VW cars did not start until post-war occupation.
The factory produced another wartime vehicle: the Kommandeurwagen; a Beetle body mounted on a 4WD Kübelwagen chassis. The Kommandeurwagen had widened fenders to accommodate it's Kronprinz all-terrain tires.
669 Kommandeurwagens were produced up to 1945.

Dr. Ferdinand Porsche
After World War II, the car was officially designated the Volkswagen Type 1, but was more commonly known as the Beetle.

During the post-war period, the Beetle had superior performance in its category with a top speed of 115 km/h (71 mph) and 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 27.5 seconds with fuel consumption of 6.7 l/100 km (36 mpg) for the standard 25 kW (34 hp) engine. In 1949 the car was exported to the US. On 17 February 1972, when Beetle No. 15,007,034 was produced, Beetle production surpassed the previous record holder, the Ford Model T.

By 1973, total production was over 16 million, and by June 1992, over 21 million had been produced.

The final original VW Beetle (No. 21,529,464) was produced at Puebla, Mexico, 65 years after its original launch.
Production in Brazil ended in 1986, then started again in 1993 and continued until 1996.

The last Beetle was produced in Puebla, Mexico, in July 2003. The final batch of 3,000 Beetles were sold as 2004 models and badged as the Última Edición.

VW 1303/Super Beetle (1973)

Friday, September 14, 2018

Bugatti EB110 - Jermaine Jackson of Supercars

The Bugatti EB 110 is a mid-engine sports car produced by Bugatti from 1991 to 1995. 139 examples were produced.
1992 Bugatti EB110 SS It featured has a 60-valve, quad-turbocharged V12 engine powering all four wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. The 3,499 cc (3.5 L) engine pushes 552 bhp at 8,000 rpm. It was unveiled on 15 September 1991. Bugatti announced the EB110 SS six months later. Horsepower was increased from 550 to 603.
The EB110 SS boasted a 0–60 mph time of just 3.2 seconds, leading to an incredible top speed of 216 mph. Despite creating one of the most spectacular supercars the world had ever seen, Bugatti went bankrupt in 1995. A concours quality 1995 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport made $675k in 2015.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

1967-69 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray L88

Four out of the five most expensive Corvettes at auction are L88s.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.
The L88 package was more than just the potent engine. It included choice of the manual Muncie M22 Rock Crusher or M20 Hydramatic transmission, power assisted heavy duty disc brakes, the F41 heavy duty suspension with new coils and dampers, and the G81 Positraction differential.
The L88 stayed in production until 1969 with a total of 216 produced.

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.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

51 Ferraris destroyed by Typhoon Jebi in Japan

A three foot high wall of seawater surged into a Ferrari showroom on an artificial island in the city of Kobe, destroying around $9 million in high-end supercars. About 100 cars at another seaside dealership in Nishinomiya in Hyogo prefecture were turned into junk after their electrical systems shorted out from sea water.

An extensive amount of repair is necessary to make cars reliable again after salt water damage. The 51 Ferraris have been written off for insurance purposes.
130 mph winds and rushing floodwaters claimed the lives of at least 11 people, making Typhoon Jebi the strongest such storm to hit Japan in decades.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Bugatti Divo Sold Out

If you were thinking about buying a new Bugatti Divo, forget it. The $5.8 million supercar's 40 examples are spoken for. It's said zero to 62 mph comes in 2.4 seconds on the way to a top speed of 236 mph. That courtesy of a 1,500 horsepower, quad-turbo engine with four turbochargers with two-stage turbocharging and intercooling.

The Divo is classified as a hypercar, meaning it has low production, superior performance (faster than your average supercar) and a price tag in the millions.

Student discovers two 1980s supercars worth plenty in gramma's garage

For over a decade amid dusty rubble a 1981 Lamborghini Countach and a Ferrari 308 have languished, unappreciated and unloved.
The cars were purchased for an exotic car rental business. High insurance costs torpedoed the business. The bright-red convertible 308 was the Ferrari driven by Tom Selleck in the television series Magnum P.I.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

1987 Porsche 959 Komfort bashed on way to Auction

A rare 1987 Porsche 959 Komfort, the first of 294 examples built — was bound for the Mecum Auction at Monterey in a car trailer when disaster struck. The trailer unhitched from the truck on the freeway and careened off the road until it was eventually stopped by a tree. The Porsche had extensive front end damage and the front right wheel was torn off. The rear-mounted engine was unscathed.
Despite the damage, the car went to auction and sold for $467,500. In January another example sold at auction for $1.16m while one sold at Monaco last year for $1.35m.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Singer Porsche Williams DLS

Singer Vehicle Design and Williams Advanced Engineering spent two years creating the Dynamics and Lightweighting Study (DLS). The result is a cutting edge 2,180-pound coupe with customized carbon fiber body panels.
The engine remains a normally aspirated, air-cooled Porsche flat-six, but developed by Williams Advanced Engineering working with legendary Porsche engineer Hans Mezger to give 500bhp at 9000rpm.

Unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Singer says the company will make a total of 75 DLSs. Williams will build the vehicles at its facility in the UK.
All this nifty bespoke engineering technology doesn't come cheap. Try $ 2m.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

McLaren F1 GTR '25R'

McLaren built 106 examples of its iconic F1 supercar from 1993 to 1998. That includes 71 versions for the road, 28 for the racetrack, and seven prototypes. The auto maker is now offering a Certificate of Authenticity. These can only be issued by McLaren Automotive and describes each car’s provenance, originality, service life, road/race history, and condition. Factory archives are used to check how a car conforms with the original specifications.
The first car that has undergone the process and received its certification is well known in supercar circles. Referred to as 25R, this particular 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail checks all the boxes. McLaren Special Operations fully restored the car to its spec for the 1997 24 Hours of Le Mans.