Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Top track-only supercars

For those with money to burn a track only version of a supercar is the ultimate expression of automotive decadence.

McLaren P1 GTR. McLaren’s 3.8-litre engine and race ready components are exploited to their upmost in the P1 GTR. 1,000bhp on tap insures all a gentleman driver can handle.
McLaren-Mercedes SLR 722 GT. The car is a grand tourer jointly developed by Mercedes-Benz and McLaren Automotive and sold from 2003 to 2010. When the car was developed, Mercedes-Benz owned 40 percent of the McLaren Group. The 722 GT appeared in 2007.
Pagani Zonda R. The car debuted at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show, using the 6.0-litre M120 V12 engine sourced from the racing version of the Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR. 15 examples were made.
Lamborghini Sesto Elemento. The car debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and isn't as hard core as others. With a 562bhp engine borrowed from the Gallardo Superleggera, and a weight of just 999kg, it’s no beach ball. It’s rare, with 20 built.
Ferrari FXX K. The FXX K combines the legendary Ferrari V12 with an F1-style electric motor system for a grand total of 1,036bhp.

It will hit 60mph from a standstill in two and a half seconds on to a 220mph barrier for those with enough bravery to try. 40 ultra-rich owners get special stroking through Ferrari’s special XX track day program.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Ferrari spider collection on the block

Gooding & Company will be offering six Ferrari Spiders in January, with an estimated value around $6.8m.
A nifty 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider is estimated at $2m to $2.4m.
A 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet is expected to fetch around $1.4m.
Top dog is expected to be the essential component in any serious Ferrari collection, a 1995 Ferrari F50.

In testimony to it's hallowed status the estimate is $3.2m to $3.6m.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

The Corvette C8 - working man's supercar

The Corvette has long been a sports car highly worthy of desire. The C7 was the best bona fide performance deal on earth. But with the C8, Chevrolet is rocketing into supercar territory.

The definition of a supercar usually include high horsepower, serious acceleration, a frightening top speed, exotic appearance, low availability and a stupid high price. So is the C8 a supercar? Yes and no. The C8 is not exotic and is highly available.
Numbers do the talking. The gem quality 6.2-liter LT2 V8 pushes 490 horsepower with 465 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 comes in under 3 seconds with a 194 mph top speed. Time around the Nurburgring is a blistering 7:28.30.

Base price is under $60k. (not a misprint) This vaults the C8 into supercar killer territory. You get ALL the juice for a fraction of the price. The Acura? $157,500. McLaren? $210,000. Lamborghini? $261,000. Ferrari? $300,000+.

Friday, December 20, 2019

1962 GTO at center of legal battle

The Ferrari GTO is widely considered the Holy Grail in collectible cars. 36 were built. In October 2017, lawyer Bernard Carl sold his blue 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO to Gregor Fisken for $44 million.

Now they are in a $500k legal battle over the car’s gearbox. Part of the legend of Ferrari GTOs is racing history. This GTO has a sterling racing pedigree.
Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien drove the Ferrari during the 12 Hours of Sebring and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans the next year. As a race car, parts were often swapped out to maximize success on the track.

This is why the vehicle’s original gearbox was removed and not put back in.
Fisken says he bought the Ferrari knowing it didn’t have its original gearbox, but on the understanding that Carl would eventually give it to him. That didn’t happen. Ironically, Fisken doesn't own the car any more, as he sold it at an undisclosed price.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

1966 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster

CSX3162. Sold new at Tasca Ford in Rhode Island. Delivered in the spring of 1966 via Shelby's Cobra Caravan. The Cobra Caravan was a traveling promotion tour featuring cars from Shelby American.

427 CI big-block V-8 engine, two 4-barrel carburetors, 4-speed manual transmission.
This is a very rare, very desirable car. It appears at Mecum's Kissimmee.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

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)

Monday, December 16, 2019

2019 BMW 8-Series Convertible

The 2019 BMW 8-Series Convertible packs a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of twist. An eight-speed automatic shuffles the power front and back, as necessary.

The 8 Series reaches 60 mph in a swift 3.8 seconds.
Performance numbers are particularly impressive for the convertible as the car weighs an SUV-like 4,736 pounds.First examples rolled into dealers in the US in March at a rock bottom base of $121,400.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

The Boss 429, the "Boss 9", is one of the rarest and most valued muscle cars from the era. The origin of the Boss 429 came about as a result of Ford’s desire to compete in the top NASCAR series. Ford was seeking to develop a "Hemi" engine that could compete with the famed 426 Hemis from the Mopar camp - the 426 Hemi Charger Daytona and the Plymouth Superbirds.

The Boss 429 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine was rated very conservatively at 375 HP while actual output was believed to be well over 500 HP.
In 1969 there were 859 Boss 429s made by Ford, two of which were Cougars for the Lincoln/Mercury Race Division. There were five different colors available and the only color for the interior was black.
#1 Concours examples trend around $450,000 according to Haggerty. Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world.
In 2015 a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 with a nearly unbelievable 120 miles on the clock sold for $247,000

That number would likely be higher today.
KK No. 1857 brought $231k at Mecum's

Friday, December 13, 2019

RM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi

40 blue-chip collector cars crossed the block at RM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi, generating total sales of $31.3m. Top lot was a one-off 2017 Pagani Zonda Aether. It made $6.8m.

Michael Schumacher’s championship-winning 2002 Ferrari F2002 made $6.64m. A 2015 Ferrari FXX K, the first of its kind offered at auction, sold for $4.2m.
A 1990 Ferrari F40 joins a Lamborghini Series I LP400S Countach.
Rare and desirable is an Aston Martin One-77. 77 were made in 2009, but there's only 76 left now as one was recently written off in a crash in Hong Kong. It rolls with a full carbon fiber monocoque chassis housing a 750-horsepower 7.3-liter V12.

The car made $1.4m.
A Pagani Zonda Aether. One of the last made. It's powered by a AMG 7.3-liter V12 engine making 760 horsepower. This one-off is based loosely on the one-of-five Zonda Cinque Roadsters. Estimate was $4.5 to $5.5 million.
Only 80 Diablo GTs were made after it launched in 1999. Essentially, it's a road-legal version of the Diablo race car. Just under $300,000 when new, a low mileage, show worthy example recently made $950k. A limited-production, V-12 supercar with a manual gearbox seems like a sure investment. This example failed to change hands.