Sunday, November 18, 2018

Cheap Sports Cars II

Aston Martin DB7. The Aston Martin DB7 is a grand tourer produced by Aston Martin from 1994 to 2004. The six-cylinder DB7 was positioned as an "entry-level" model below the hand-built V8 Virage. This model was the highest production Aston Martin vehicle ever, with more than 7,000 built. For as low as $30,000 on Autotrader it doesn't get a lot better than this.
2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S. The latest Porsche 911 Turbo S model costs something north of $ 150k. Fear not.

Look a bit further down the food chain and you might get a 2005 for less than $45k. For that money you're getting a real supercar bang for the buck.
2016 Chevrolet Stingray. You might land a 2016 Corvette Stingray for $36,000.

If you have any doubts take one for a test drive and see what 455 hp means. Experts are saying the 2016 Corvette Stingray might be the world's best sports-car bargain.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz at RM Sothebys

In the late 1950s, Cadillac was the undisputed heavyweight champ in the full-sized luxury car market in North America. Cadillac used the nameplates "Eldorado Seville" and "Eldorado Biarritz" to distinguish between the hardtop and convertible. The 1959 models came near the end of the 3rd generation. The 1959 Cadillac is remembered for the largest tailfins ever and the dual bullet tail lights.
While the 1959 Eldorado was misunderstood in its day, collectors today recognize the car's combination of power, presence, and unbridled extravagance.
The Eldorado featured the ultimate engine of the late 50s, the Q-code V-8, topped by three two-barrel Rochester carburetors producing 345 hp.
This concours quality example carries an estimate of $260k to $ 300k

Friday, November 16, 2018

Cheap Sports Cars I

Corvette C5. The 5th generation Corvette was produced for the 1997 through 2004 model years. Not many could beat the Corvette C5 Z06 when it first appeared. The C5's 0–60 mph times could match the likes of the Aston Martin DB7 Vantage, and Ferrari 355. At around 4.5 seconds with a standing quarter-mile time of 13.3 seconds at 108 mph the C5 was no slouch. The LS1 engine initially produced 345 hp. Hagerty says the price has bottomed. If you see a manual-transmission C5 around $ 20k, especially a FRC or a Z06, buy it now.
2010 Nissan GT-R. With a twin-turbo V-6, 3.8-liter engine boasting 485 hp, all-wheel drive, and automated manual paddle-shifted 6-speed transmission, the 2010 Nissan GT-R is a supercar in all but the price tag.

0-60 comes in about 3.3 seconds onto a top speed of 193 mph. A low mileage example in good condition is a bargain around $ 40k.
2001 Ferrari 456 GT. It's not exactly the most popular Ferrari ever built, nor is it the prettiest or fastest appreciating. But you might land one for $40k and it is still a decent supercar that can put most modern cars to shame.

A bonus is that you can fit 4 humans inside, something not common from the car maker. Plus you can say you drive a Ferrari, which a body can't put a price on.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Ford dealer selling 'brand new' 2005 GT

A Ford dealer in Illinois is trying to unload a 13-year-old ‘new’ car for a whooping $449,900. This isn't a Taurus, it's a GT and originally stickered for $156,595. The car is regularly maintained, and with 4 miles on the clock it's possibly the lowest-mileage 2005 GT left in the world.

The GT was inspired by Ford's Le Mans racers of the 1960s and built to celebrate the car maker's 100th anniversary. It’s powered by a 550 hp supercharged 5.4-liter V8. Ford sold 4038 of the supercars over the 2005 and 2006 model years.
You'll have to wait if you want a new GT but this baby can be yours today. The dealer has it listed at $495,000 with a Hawk Ford discount of $41,100 bringing it down to a more manageable $449,900.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

1958 Cadillac Series 62 at Mecum

The Cadillac Series 62 is a series of cars produced by Cadillac from 1940 through 1964. The 1958 model was the 5th generation.

It featured "shark" style fins and "dagmar" bumpers. The later term is derived from Dagmar, a well endowed early 1950s television personality known for her low-cut gowns and cleavage. She was amused by the tribute.
The example being offered is unrestored with an original 11,750 miles. These cars are eagerly collected by Cadillac fans.

Values range much more widely according to bodystyle than normal, but as usual convertibles are highest. A concours quality 1958 Cadillac Series 62 trends around $ 60k according to Hagerty.

Lamborghini Reventon

The Reventon debuted at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show and is one of Lamborghini’s rarest cars. It had a total production run of 21, and had an original asking price of $1.5m. It was named in the Lamborghini tradition after the fighting bull that killed famed bullfighter Felix Guzman in 1943.

The car packs a 6.5L V-12 engine pushing 641 bhp through a paddle-shifted E-Gear 6-speed transmission.
The Reventon accelerates to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds on the way to a 211 mph top speed.
Driven just 168 miles, this example was estimated at Mecum Monterey in August at $1.7 to $ 2m. The car failed to change hands.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Ferrari F40 tribute

Developed to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th anniversary, the F40 has a hallowed place in supercar history. At the time of its release in 1987, it was the fastest, most powerful, and priciest Ferrari production model. Slightly more than 1,300 examples left the gates of the Maranello factory until 1992 when the model was discontinued. Samir Sadikhov has digitally envisioned an F40 for the 21st century that builds upon Pininfarina’s design. His efforts are amazing.

Monday, November 12, 2018

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV

Lamborghini started out building tractors. Ferruccio Lamborghini decided to build his own car in 1963, but it was the Miura that really put the Italian brand on the map. One of the most sought after variants is the P400 SV, of which a beautiful example is coming up for auction at RM Sotheby’s.
The Lamborghini Miura was the result of an unofficial effort by engineers to create a car to take on the best of Ferrari. A rolling chassis was displayed at the 1965 Turin Salon where it received a stellar reception. People were placing orders before even seeing a finished car. Bertone rushed together the styling project for the 1966 Geneva motor show.
Lamborghini's flagship, the Miura received periodic updates and remained in production until 1973. The Lamborghini P400 SV was the final incarnation of the Miura and featured a revised 380hp V12 engine.

Just 150 SV models were produced when production ended in 1973.
Fully restored this example is a multiple award winner. It crosses the block December 8.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

1974 De Tomaso Pantera L

A cult classic goes under the hammer next month. The early example 1974 De Tomaso Pantera L (for “Lusso”, meaning luxury) is in 'pristine' condition according to RM Sotheby’s, with low mileage, original parts, and servicing carried out by the family that’s owned the car since 1978. There are 4,818 miles on the clock.

The Pantera L is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.8-litre Ford Cleveland V8 engine, which produced 326bhp, sent through a 5-speed ZF manual transmission. The top speed was a claimed 159mph with 60mph in 5.5 seconds.
This example is being offered at no reserve with no estimates. RM Sotheby’s sold a different Pantera L in a similar condition for $203,500 last year.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

1967 Chevrolet Corvette Tanker

One of only two built in 1967. The explanation for the rarity of this 1967 Tanker Corvette lies in the fact that a new generation of Corvette had been planned for that year. Fraught with design issues, the new Corvette was delayed until 1968.

After a frame-off restoration that earned NCRS Top Flight honors, the car was inducted into the Bloomington Gold Special Collection.
The car is powered by the L79 327/350 HP small-block backed by a Muncie M20 4-speed and G81 3.36 Positraction rear end. This example is fully optioned with factory air conditioning, power steering and brakes, power windows, Soft Ray-tinted glass, whitewall tires, an AM/FM radio and the N03 fuel tank.
The car made $418,000 this spring at Mecum.

1967 Toyota 2000GT at RM Sotheby's

The 1965 Tokyo Motor Show marked a paradigm shift in the Japanese car industry. Japan was known for making cheap economy cars while Europe was making sports cars. The idea of a two-seater sports car designed and built in Japan was strange. The 2000GT proved that Toyota could take the fight to the world's sports car makers.
When production came to a close in 1970, just 351 examples had been built. Priced at over $7,000 in 1967 it was outrageously expensive.

The car appears December 8th.
Survivors are thought to number around 260. The 2000GT is one of the most coveted 1960s sports cars and most desirable Japanese car ever built.

Friday, November 9, 2018

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Villa d'Este at RM Sotheby's

Aston Martin and Zagato have been creating jaw-dropping designs for nearly six decades – beginning with the DB4 GT Zagato in 1961. The car is the production version of 2016 Villa d’Este concept car. It is one of 99 coupes produced; with just 15 in the U.S. All 99 examples share a 592-hp version of Aston Martin’s V-12 engine that delivers power to the rear wheels, through an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
Showing only delivery mileage, it is in as-new condition.
The car crosses the block December 8.