Monday, December 31, 2018

1963 Cheetah

The Bill Thomas Cheetah was an American sports car designed and engineered with American components, and built from 1963 to 1966 by Chevrolet performance tuner Bill Thomas. An ultra-rare Cheetah sold for $718,750 in May.

The red 1963 coupe was believed to be the most original of the 11 surviving cars.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

2019 Porsche 911 GT3 Towing a Trailer

The 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 is considered one of the wonders of the automotive world. A naturally aspirated motor with 500 horsepower, it can blitz the Nurburgring in 7:12.7. Thanks to Instagram, we know the car can haul a set of spare wheels in a trailer too.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

1956 Ferrari 290 MM at RM Sotheby's

A Ferrari Classiche-certified 1956 Ferrari 290 MM previously raced by Formula 1 legends Juan Manuel Fangio, Peter Collins and Sir Stirling Moss topped RM Sotheby's auction on Dec 8. The car has received a complete restoration by Ferrari Classiche in Italy and houses a perfect Tipo 130 V12 engine.
The car was built at the direction of company founder Enzo Ferrari, and it was the last of four 290 MM models built in 1956. A competition Ferrari, with a winning history, that was driven by several world famous drivers. That makes it desirable.

It made $ 22m.
In 2015 a 1956 Ferrari 290 MM made $28m.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione

The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione is a two-seater sports car produced by Alfa Romeo between 2007 and 2010.

It was first presented as a concept car at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show and later offered for sale for the 2007 model year. 500 customers ended up with the 8C Competizione and another 500 with the 8C Spider, bringing the production total to 1,000 cars.
The car uses a unique platform that shares several components with the Maserati GranTurismo. The powertrain features a Ferrari/Maserati derived cross-plane, dry sump lubricated 4.7 L (4,691 cc) 90° V8 engine assembled by Ferrari. That's 444 bhp at 7,000 rpm and a peak torque of 347 lb⋅ft at 4,750 rpm. A paddle shifted six–speed transaxle gearbox has computerized gear selection.
The 8C spawned several bespoke versions from renowned coachbuilders Carrozzeria Touring and Zagato. In the US the 8C Spider had a base price of US$299,000.

Friday, December 21, 2018

2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta at RM Sotheby's

One of 210 Apertas. 1,500 miles from new. Fully optioned and recently serviced.

The ultimate open-top Ferrari hypercar.
The Aperta features a 6.2-liter V-12 engine and a 120 KW electric motor. With 789 bhp on tap from the V-12 and an additional 161 bhp from the electric motor, total output is rated at 950 bhp.
Delivered new to Ferrari of Beverly Hills, this LaFerrari Aperta was ordered in Nero Daytona with red accents throughout. All options were selected, including the full carbon package.
The car carries a wide estimate of $6m to $8m.
See ----->2016 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta at Mecums

Monday, December 17, 2018

Aston Martin Valkyrie

The Aston Martin Valkyrie is a limited production hybrid electric sports car collaboratively built by Aston Martin, Red Bull Racing and others. The car's makers intend to claim the title of fastest street-legal car in the world.

A 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine tailored by Cosworth has been unveiled. A Rimac-built hybrid battery system, which performs as a KERS system, is also installed.
The engine is expected to produce 1,130 hp @ 10,500 rpm with a redline of 11,000 rpm. At 1,030 kg (2,271 lb) the car surpasses the intended 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. 

Power is delivered by a 7-speed paddle-shift transmission constructed by Ricardo.
Practicality takes a backseat, err there is no backseat. It is said it takes a crowbar and the skills of a contortionist to actually get into the road rocket. Cupholders are missing too, naturally.
If you are smitten and must have one, best be ready to crack open that piggybank. 150 road-going units are planned, at a per unit price of US$3.2 million.

Friday, December 14, 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. This car is the production version of the 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 crossed the block December 8. It made $ 637k

Thursday, December 13, 2018

2020 Porsche 911

Say hello to the eighth-generation 911. On tap is 444 of the old fashioned (SAE) hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque from a turbocharged 3.0-litre, flat-six. This through an eight-speed, dual-clutch PDK transmission.
Thanks to an enhanced version of Porsche’s all-wheel-drive system, a 2020 911 Carrera 4S will sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds
Top speed is 191 mph. To keep that on the pavement the car also features a newly-designed Porsche Active Suspension Management system.

Price? Try an absolute rock bottom $113k.

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 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 made $324k

1989 Ferrari F40 at RM Sotheby's

The F40 was so named to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the marque. When it debuted in 1987 it was a no-compromise supercar that featured a 2.9-liter twin turbo V-8 that made 478 hp and propelled the car from 0-60 in 4 seconds onto a top speed of 200 mph. Ferrari built 1,315 examples from 1987 to 1992.
The list price was $400k. The F40 is often considered a 'must-have' for Ferrari collectors. This F40 was certified by Ferrari Classiche and has 4,000 km from new. The car made $1.5m.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

McLaren MP4-12C

The most affordable McLarens are the first built, and that means an MP4-12C, a car whose introduction was far from smooth and which McLaren needed to restyle, re-engineer, rename and relaunch after just three years. It came to market in 2011 without functioning navigation, with doors that many owners couldn't open and with handling like a brick on wheels.
The kinks were ironed out and the upgrades were free.But things change, and a car that cost £168,500 seven years ago can be bought for less than half that today. And it's a different car. The MP4-12C had a huge upgrade in 2012 which, among other things, raised power from 592bhp to 616bhp.
The engine has the same capacity, configuration and, post-upgrade, the same power as the latest 600LT. Overall the car has performed well and without major problems, but it is a bespoke automobile and that means expensive service and parts.