Thursday, January 31, 2019

McLaren Senna wows em at RAF Wroughton

The Senna has 789 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque thanks to a 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 engine. Zero to 62 mph comes in 2.8 seconds, while zero to 124 mph takes 6.8 seconds. Top speed is 211 mph, but it would be faster if the car didn't create a metric ton of downforce. That's almost enough for the car to drive upside down.

The Senna obliterated the previous lap record at RAF Wroughton. At 1 minute and 12.9 seconds it was nearly 4 seconds faster than the Lamborghini Huracan Performante.
With production capped at 500 examples, and only about 120 units earmarked for the US, getting one might be problematic.

Barrett-Jackson hammered nearly new number 005 for $1.45m this month at it's Scottsdale auction.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Bugatti trifecta Barn Find

Early Bugattis are among the most desirable pre-war cars and are highly collected. The cars laid dormant inside a barn in Belgium before the curators at Artcurial Motorcars dug them out.

All three will be offered without reserve at Artcurial's Retromobile 2019 event on February 8th, 2019.
A blue convertible is a 1937 Type 57 Cabriolet, estimated at $457k to $685k. A yellow 1923 Type 49 Berline is estimated $171k to $228k.
A Type 40 that was crashed at some point is estimated at $80k to $148k.

Monday, January 28, 2019

2019 Yenko Chevrolet Camaro Yenko S/C Stage II

The 2019 Yenko Chevrolet Camaro boasts a LT1-based 6.8-liter V-8 engine supercharged to achieve 1,000-hp. There are plans to build 25 Stage II cars. Each will cost $67k more than a 2019 Camaro SS with the 1LE package. Thus the cheapest Yenko Camaro is something around $112k. A few other options such as hood and stripe graphics, and embroidered headrests will push the price up further.
The brochure on the new Yenko Stage II Camaro kindly mentions that it’s *Not emissions legal in California and is only legal there in sanctioned track events, and that exterior modifications include a “non-functional scoop and grille.” Everyone loves a good non-functional scoop and grille.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

2020 Mustang Shelby GT500

Behold the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500, the most powerful street-legal Ford ever.

That means a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine, which Ford says will deliver more than 700 hp. That comfortably exceeds the Ford GT supercar, which comes in with a puny 647 horsepower. A TREMEC 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is standard with normal, weather, sport, drag, and track modes.
Ford Performance engineers took the Mustang platform and pushed it to the limits with a new powertrain, suspension, and more. Engineers are still tweaking the powertrain to maximize performance, including the layout of the TVS supercharger and its supporting air-to-water intercooler.

Even with the most effective powertrain, there is still the matter of putting it to the ground. Engineers continued to push the S550 chassis and suspension development. That means a new electronic power assisted steering system, lighter coil springs, and next-gen version of the MagneRide dampers.
With that much power and grip, braking force to rein in the car is just as important. The GT500 features front rotors the size of a medium pizza. Measuring 16.5 inches (420 mm) and clamped by six-piston, red-painted Brembo calipers, they are said to be the largest brakes offered on a domestic sports coupe.
Pricing details haven't been revealed but are expected to be north of $65,000.

While the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 doesn’t go on sale until the fall, the first copy has already been sold: VIN 001 was hammered at Barrett-Jackson for a cool $1.1m.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Aston Martin reveals 'Tag Heuer' special edition

Aston Martin is readying a special edition, blacked-out DBS Superleggera to match the Tag Heuer watch that inspired it. The supercar boasts "Monaco Black" paint with red accent brakes and sidewalls of Pirelli tires.

Under the hood is the same twin-turbo V12 that powers the regular DBS Superleggera with 735 hp on tap. 50 examples will be produced with price something past $300k. One does get a 'free' Tag Heuer timepiece with every purchase however.
Carrera Caliber Heuer 01 Aston Martin Special Edition.
The car sports a 3.4-second 0-60 mph time and 211-mph top speed.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Massive barn find auction in France

A diverse collection of 81 classic cars from the 1950s, '60s, '70s, and '80s was found months ago. The cars were strewn about in the weeds. Notable cars included a highly coveted Lamborghini Miura P400, a Porsche 356 coupe, a Series 1 Jaguar E-Type coupe, and a Citroen 2CV.
The oddly relaxing video reveals the variety in the rare vehicles. Top lot was the Muria which made 405,000 euros.

1967 Ferrari 330 GTS by Pininfarina at RM Sotheby's

In 1966 the 330 GTS debuted at the 1966 Geneva auto show. The new model borrowed the tail of the 275 GTS in its entirety, a nose modeled on that of the 500 Superfast, and front fenders from the 330 GT 2+2.

The resulting 330 GTC personified elegance, style, and speed in the great Italian tradition.
Ferrari Classiche certified; original engine and gearbox. 71st of 99 rare and exclusive examples produced. Showing only 33,750 original km. One of the finest 330 GTS in the world.
The 330 GTC was more spacious and comfortable than the 275 GTB and more sporting than the 2+2, making it one of the most popular Ferraris of the era.
Lurking under the sleek hood was the Ferrari’s famous four-liter, twin-cam V-12, delivering 300 bhp at 6,600 rpm.
This rare, powerful, well-preserved 330 GTS made $ 2m when it crossed the block January 17, 2019.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

2003 Ferrari Enzo at RM Sotheby's

Any Enzo is a rare and desirable car. This example sports Rosso F1 2007 paintwork and only 8400 km. Offering the best available Formula One technology and rolled into a road-going package, the Enzo has a hallowed place in any Ferrari collection.

Estimate is €1.8m to €2m.
See ----->The Enzo Ferrari

Friday, January 18, 2019

McLaren 600LT Spider revealed

Like the coupe, a twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 produces 600hp and 457lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch ‘SSG’ gearbox channels power to the real wheels.

The 0-62mph time of 2.9 seconds for the spider is identical to the coupe, while 0-124mph is 0.2 seconds slower at 8.4 seconds.
Demand for previous longtail McLarens has been huge. The 675LT coupe and spider models sold out in weeks.

Despite a starting base price of £201,500 similar is expected for the 600LT.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Elite Supercars on the Rise I

Top tier supercars are an exclusive club. Automakers push the boundaries of technology with cost being no object.
Porsche 918 Spyder. Porsche made 918 of its hypercar. The car was priced at $845,000 in 2016. That would be around $ 1.7m today.
Aston Martin Vulcan. The Vulcan is a track-only beast. Only 24 of them were built, all with a growling, naturally aspirated V12.

$2.3m new, that price is past $ 3m now, assuming you can find one at all.
Koenigsegg Agera RS. The Agera has been dropping jaws since 2011, and still impresses. Only 25 have been made and with the upgrade it pushes 1,360 hp.

$1.9m new, try something around $2.5m today.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 at Mecum - $ 115k

The age of muscle cars peaked as the 1970s began, and nothing peaked more than the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454. The 454 V-8 started at 360 bhp and ended at a barbaric 450. The LS6 was the monster 454, with a 800-cfm Holley four-barrel on an aluminum manifold, 11.25:1 compression, solid lifters, four-bolt mains, forged steel crank and connecting rods, forged aluminum pistons, and deep-groove accessory pullies. No production engine ever had a higher factory horsepower rating.
Legislation of emissions, coupled with ascending insurance rates and unleaded gasoline meant the evolution of pure muscle had come to an end. Even with up to a reported 4,475 LS6 models said to have left the factory for the 1970 model year, LS6 Chevelles remain highly sought-after collectors items.
This example had a frame-off restoration and refreshed in original code 14 Cortez Silver. The car made $115k.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

1974 De Tomaso Pantera L

The De Tomaso Pantera is a cult classic. This early example 1974 De Tomaso Pantera L ('Lusso'-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, which produced 326bhp, sent through a 5-speed ZF manual transmission.
The top speed was 159mph with 60mph arriving in 5.5 seconds. This example made $134k.

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible at Mecum - $ 2.6m

There are rare muscle cars in the world … and then there’s the Plymouth Hemi Cuda convertible. These cars are all things powerful, fast, and stylish, and built in incredibly low production numbers. 14 Cuda convertibles were built in 1970, five with the coveted 4-speed. 426 CI Hemi engine. Two 4-barrel carburetors. Sure Grip differential.
They surely aren't giving these babies away. A 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda convertible was easily the main attraction at the Monterey auction event for Mecum in 2015. It was fitted with the automatic gearbox and made $2.25m.

The jewel of the Mecum Auctions in Kissimmee in 2016 was a yellow 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda convertible with the A833 4-speed transmission. It went for $2.6 million.

See ----->1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda at Mecum