Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Saleen S7

The American-made Saleen S7 is rare. Production lasted just a few years, and in that time just 1,500 were built. This example was auctioned as part of RM Sotheby’s 2017 Amelia Island sale. The 550-horsepower V8 boasts a top speed of over 200 miles per hour (321 kmh). This is the only S7 ever finished in Speedlab Silver with a Beige leather interior. It wears seven-spoke silver polished wheels to match, and even comes with a certificate of authenticity identifying its one-of-a-kind credentials.

One of just eight S7s built for the 2004 model year, and one of just 30 naturally-aspirated examples. $ 473,000

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Written-off McLaren star of salvage auction - $ 83k

The winning bidder paid $83,000 plus GST for the privilege of owning the exclusive, de-registered wreck through Manheim Auctions New Zealand. Fresh off the lot, an exact replica costs $449,500 with a top speed of 333km/h, reaching the legal limit in about three seconds.

In its current state, this supercar would be extremely unlikely to reach any of those lofty standards.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

MSO McLaren 720S makes $650,000

With a MRSP of $284,745 what motivated someone to spend more than twice as much? For starters, it's a bespoke 720S in Luxury specification developed by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), which means it features a range of nifty options including extensive use of carbon fiber.
Nothing changes from a technical point of view, which means the bespoke McLaren 720S features the same 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that makes 710 bhp and 568 lb-ft of torque. Top speed is 212 mph (341 km/h).

Saturday, February 24, 2018

RM Sotheby's at Amelia Island - Top Lots

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB by Scaglietti. Chassis No. 08603, Engine No. 08603, Gearbox No. 645. One of approximately 58 long-nose, torque-tube, triple-carburetor, steel-bodied examples. Retains its original chassis, engine, and gearbox, Finished in its original colors of Rosso Rubino over Nero. Estimate: US$ 2,200,000 - US$ 2,500,000
1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.8. Chassis No. WP0ZZZ96ZPS497111, Engine No. 62P85663, Gearbox No. 004429. Exclusively Porsche - The 964 Collection, One of only 55 built, 6,825 km from new, Matching-numbers drivetrain, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Estimate: US$ 1,250,000 - US$ 1,500,000
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing. Chassis No. 198.040.6500292, Engine No. 198.980.10.002887, Body No. A198.040.6500288. Restored in 1992-1994 by Kienle Automobiletechnik in Germany, Air conditioning for enjoyable touring discretely installed when restored, Reconditioned in April 2007 by Kienle, Finished in elegant dark blue (DB322) with oyster beige interior, Driven only 7,910 miles since restoration. Estimate: US$ 1,100,000 - US$ 1,300,000
1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Roi des Belges "The Silver Fairy" in the style of Barker. Chassis No. 970, Engine No.60970. A very rare 134½-in. “short-wheelbase” Silver Ghost, Original 7.4-liter engine and factory four-speed overdrive transmission, Best in Class, 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Extensive cosmetic and mechanical restoration by marque expert Steve Littin, Complete original drivetrain with a painstaking recreation of the original Barker body. Estimate: US$ 1,000,000 - US$ 1,250,000

Monday, February 19, 2018

Car Auctions in the News

The very first 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 with VIN 001 sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. for $925,000. The proceeds went to charity. The car packs a hand-built supercharged 6.2-liter LT5 V8 engine making 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque. The winning bidder will select if they want a ZR1 coupe or convertible.
A handsome Ford GT went home for a whopping $2.55 million. The proceeds again went to charity.
Topping RM Sotheby's sale was a 2017 Bugatti Chiron, one of only 500. The 1,500-horsepower coupe was offered with less than 1,500 kilometers on its odometer and sold for an auction-record $4,138,068.75.
Second-highest price paid at the auction was the $2,492,334.38 paid for a 2005 Maserati MC12, one of only 50 produced.
3nd place was a 1993 Bugatti EB110 SS Prototype. The car was one of 36 produced, had been driven only 3,300 kilometers since new, and sold for a record $1,434,862.50

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Ford GT Competition Series

Ford is set to offer its supercar in a Competition Series. The Ford GT trim is supposed to make it more suitable for folks who identify themselves as “hardcore track enthusiasts.” The changes to the GT even include titanium lugnuts. And forget the air conditioning - that and the cupholders are gone.
The Ford GT Competition Series is available for all the production years that Ford plans to build the GT, so if you’re one of the folks fortunate enough to have a GT coming your way – you should let Ford know that you’re cool enough to want a track based $400k+ supercar. Numbers should be slightly better than the boring old 647 hp at 6,250 rpm and 550 lb-ft of torque at 5,900 rpm and top speed of 216 mph.

Monday, February 12, 2018

2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom

There's an eighth generation Phantom. Rolls-Royce unveiled the Phantom VIII in July 2017. Rolls-Royce is expected to commence customer deliveries in early 2018. The standard Phantom starts at around $450,000. However, Phantom VIII customers are adding around $150,000 in options to their cars for an average order price of $600,000.
Unlike most cars, Rolls-Royce customers are more likely to spend their time in the back of the car. As a result, Rolls has created an environment designed to deliver unparalleled luxury and isolation from the outside world. In others words, it's what the company calls the "magic carpet ride."
Although the new body shell is both lighter and stiffer than the previous car’s, the official curb weight of 5862 pounds is higher. That is due to more standard equipment and also a huge amount of sound-deadening material to help deliver on the company’s ambition to make the Phantom the undisputed quietest car in the world, at least as measured in the cabin. The curb weight includes no less than 287 pounds of acoustic insulation and triple-layer 0.2-inch-thick glass in all windows.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

McLaren reveals extreme performance figures for Senna supercar

Performance figures have been revealed ahead of the car's official public debut at next month’s Geneva motor show, with McLaren claiming 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds, 200km/h in 6.8 seconds, and a quarter-mile (402m) sprint in 9.9 seconds. Top speed is 340 km/h.

The Senna is capable of generating a staggering 800kg of downforce. McLaren will build 500 examples of the Senna priced at £750,000. All were pre-sold.
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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Pristine 1997 McLaren F1 sold - Price Unknown

McLaren’s F1 supercar is an automotive icon. As such, an F1 with plenty of miles on it will still cost plenty; an F1 with 9,000 miles on its odometer recently sold for $15.5m.

So how much for a brand-new 1997 McLaren F1, still in its factory-packaging with 148 miles of production testing on the clock? The seller, classic supercar dealer Tom Hartley Jnr, didn't spill the beans and this mint-condition F1, unregistered, has a new owner.
Who could possibly look at this Yellow McLaren F1 and resist the urge to get behind the wheel and open it up? Nobody — except for one iron-willed Japanese businessman who resisted that urge for 20 years.
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Friday, February 9, 2018

Lancia Stratos

The Lancia Stratos HF (Tipo 829) is a sports and rally car made by Italian car manufacturer Lancia. The HF stands for High Fidelity. It was a highly successful rally car, winning the World Rally Championship in 1974, 1975 and 1976. The Stratos power output was around 275 hp for the original 12 valve version and 320 hp for the 24 valve version. Beginning with the 1978 season the 24 valve heads were banned from competition by a change to FIA rules.

Production ended in 1975 with 492 examples made.
Production of the 500 cars required for homologation in Group 4 commenced in 1973 and the Stratos was homologated for the 1974 World Rally Championship season.
Hagerty suggests a concours quality Lancia Stratos trends around $725,000.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera slightly scratched

A 31-year-old man walked away from a crash that left his $ 240,000 supercar wedged underneath a trailer. The incident happened in Costa Mesa, California in the early hours of 3 February.
The driver, Cesar Castro Rodriguez, suffered no major injuries. They found him looking for his passenger. Fire and rescue then had to negotiate downed power lines and an unstable trailer to get into the vehicle to look for the passenger, but he wasn’t there. The 25-year-old male was later found at home with minor injuries, having wandered off after the accident. Rodriguez was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

AMC ‘Javelin AMX’

Building incredible machines that blur the boundaries between art and car is not new.
Ringbrothers has unveiled the 1,080 hp AMC ‘Javelin AMX’. Power to the one-off is provided from a hellcat-sourced, supercharged 6.2 liter V8, that produces a monstrous 1,030 hp to the rear wheels, through a bowler automatic transmission.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Porsche Brakes might squeal - Porsche

How dare you imagine for even a moment the precision engineering of a Porsche product was imperfect. Your complaints about brake squeal are invalid. You should know brake squeal is actually good, very good.

Since you do not, Porsche has prepared a video to educate you so that you stop saying bad things.
The video elaborates on the effect that is essentially tiny vibrations caused by the friction of the brake rotor and brake pad making contact. Variations in temperature, speed, humidity and corrosion could all cause some unintended noise, but are not usually serious issues. That horrible noise just means your Porsche is doing work, like keeping you alive. The vehicle has been engineered to perfection; it is the endlessly variable conditions of life that are imperfect. Now we know.

The McLaren Senna

The McLaren Senna is described by the British manufacturer as the most extreme road-legal car it’s ever built. The McLaren Senna 720S’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 is wound up to 789bhp and producing 590lb ft of torque, channelled through a seven-speed twin-clutch transmission. Numbers aren't official but 0-62mph in 2.8secs, 0-124mph in 6.8secs, 0-186mph in 16.5secs and a standing quarter mile in 9.8secs at 152mph is suspected
The Senna will have three drive modes: Comfort, Sport or Track, with McLaren promising “suitably savage,” and “neck-snapping” acceleration in all modes. The Senna utilizes a new, third-generation version of the carbon-fiber McLaren ‘Monocage’ chassis and weighs just 2,641 lbs. Also present is a hydraulic double-wishbone suspension system dubbed RaceActive Chassis Control II, which works in harmony with the car’s front and rear active aerodynamics systems.

The cockpit is equally as race-inspired as the rest of the car, with only the seats, dash and side airbags covered in upholstery. A central infotainment screen and a McLaren Folding Driver Display helps relay information to the driver. There’s almost no room for luggage or other items.

Just 500 examples of the McLaren Senna will be built, each of which have already been sold at a price of about $1 million USD.