Friday, September 28, 2018

1958 Facel Vega FV4 Typoon

The Facel brand was created a few months after the start of World War II, but it was not until the early 1950s that elegant bodies from the coachbuilder were to be seen. Facel launched into the creation of a first prototype in 1952, turning to Chrysler for their V8 engines. This prototype was finally unveiled in 1954 at the Paris Motor Show. Year after year, the design was improved, and after the launch of the FV3, the company went on to add the FV4, powered by the Typhoon 354 engine exclusively for the US market.
For 1958, the engine grew to 5.8 litres (FV4) and 325 hp. Transmission was 2- or 3-speed automatic or 4-speed manual. In total, 357 FVs and FVSs were built.
The last Facel rolled off the line in 1961. Mecum's sold a concours example in February for $214k

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Super Barn Finds

1963 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible. Dry stored from 1979 and with only 60,000 miles, it was sold at auction in 2011 for £310,000.
1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atlante. Dr Harold Carr parked the car in his garage in 1960 - where it remained until his death in 2007. The contents of the garage were left to his family, who had no idea the car even existed. One of 17 built it made £3m

1955 300SL Alloy Gullwing. One of only 29 built. The transmission gave up in 1971 and the car was parked. More than 40 years later it sold for $2.5m.
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. For 14 years the car sat in an Ohio field. Children used it as a slide. The GTO was eventually sold in 1986. It was restored by a Swiss collector, with whom it remains to this day, now worth tens of milions.
1949 Ferrari 166MM. A US serviceman found this 166MM - one of 25 built - at a used car dealership in Switzerland. He parked it in his Arizona garden, and that’s where it stayed until his death. A collector bought it in 2007 for a cheap “over $1m". The car once raced at Le Mans, Silverstone and in the Targa Florio.

1964 Shelby Daytona. For decades it was thought that only five of the six built Daytonas had survived - the sixth, the original prototype, lost. In a storage unit for 30 years, its now fully restored and worth well over $4m.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Big swack of supercars from $364m Ponzi scheme

  1. 2014 Ford Explorer
  2. 2014 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster
  3. 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63
  4. 2015 BMW S1000R
  5. 2015 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX
  6. 2016 Ferrari 488
  7. 2017 Audi R8 5.2 Plus
  8. 2017 Lamborghini Huracán convertible
  9. 2017 Range Rover
  10. 2017 Range Rover Sport
  11. 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S
  12. 2018 Rolls-Royce Dawn
  13. 2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith
  14. 2018 McLaren 720S
  15. 2008 Bugatti Veyron
  16. 2013 Ferrari California
  17. 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe
  18. 2014 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
  19. 2014 Pagani Huayra
  20. 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63
  21. 2017 Cadillac Escalade
  22. 2017 Lamborghini Aventador
  23. 2018 Ferrari 488 Spider
  24. 2018 Lamborghini Huracán 
A massive Ponzi scheme is likely to see the two dozen luxury cars, including four Lamborghinis, four Ferraris and a Bugatti Veyron hit the auction market. Scammers also blew the loot on luxury property, a boat and precious jewelry.

See ----->3 men charged in $364m Ponzi scheme

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

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.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

1963 Ferrari 275 P at RM Sotheby's Private Sales

For the 1963 running of the Le Mans 24 Hours, Ferrari showed up in force. The marque fielded an intimidating 11 cars on the starting grid that year. Chassis 0816 took the checkered flag some 16 laps ahead of the runner-up 250 GTO. 0816 had covered 2,834 miles at an average speed of 118.104 mph, setting a record for distance driven during the race. Ferrari swept the top six positions, asserting their dominance of Le Mans and cementing their legacy.
In late 1963, 0816 was upgraded to 275 P specification with a new Tipo 210 engine. In the 12 Hours of Sebring in March 1964, 0816 took the checkered flag, thus earning major championship victories in both North America and Europe.

Three new Ford GT40s would take to the Circuit de la Sarthe in Ford’s first outing at Le Mans. For 0816, chances of landing atop the podium appeared slim, as the GT40s were both more modern and more powerful. Incredibly, 0816 crossed the line ahead of everyone yet again, securing its second Le Mans victory.
At the end of its racing career, 0816 was sold to Pierre Bardinon in January 1970 and shipped to France, where it has remained for the last 48 years.
RM Sotheby's describes the car as "the most significant sports racer built by the industry’s most celebrated company."