Thursday, February 28, 2019

Ferrari F8 Tributo

Ferrari has unveiled its F8 Tributo, one of five new cars the Italian marque plans to unveil in 2019. The F8 will replace the 488 Pista.

It uses the same 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 as the 488, except it’s making 710 horsepower – 50 more than the boring old car. Zero to 100 km/h comes in 2.9 seconds; zero to 200 km/h in 7.8 seconds, on to a top speed of 340 km/h.
Styling has not changed greatly from the previous models, but there are a few minor touches for bragging rights.

The 2019 Ferrari F8 Tributo will be officially unveiled at the Geneva auto show. There are no pricing details yet.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

2020 McLaren 720S Spider

Thrust for the chop top comes courtesy of a mid-mounted, 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that twists out 710 horsepower at 7,500 rpm, and 568 lb-ft. between 5,500 and 6,500 rpm.

So that's 710 eager horsies and 1,332 kg. The auto writers are falling over their dopey selves over this baby.
The 2020 720S Spider starts at a rock bottom $350,000. Few will hit the road for that price.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Maserati MC12

The Maserati MC12 is a two-seater sports car produced to allow a racing variant to compete in the FIA GT Championship. The car entered production in 2004, with 25 cars produced. A further 25 were produced in 2005, making a total of 50 cars available for customers, each of which was pre-sold for €600,000. The MC12 signaled Maserati's return to racing after 37 years. The road version was produced to homologate the race version. Three GT1 race cars were entered into the FIA GT with great success.
The car is based heavily on the Enzo Ferrari, using a slightly modified version of the Ferrari Dino V12, the same gearbox and the same chassis.
The MC12 has a unique body which is wider, longer and slightly taller. The increased size creates greater downforce across the MC12's body in addition to the downforce created by the spoiler.
The MC12 sports a 5,998 cc (366 cu in) Enzo Ferrari-derived V12 engine, mounted at 65°. Maximum power is 620hp at 7500 rpm, fed through a rear-mounted, six-speed semi-automatic transmission.

Maserati campaigned the MC12 in the FIA’s GT and GT1 World Championship series. In August 2015 a 2005 Maserati MC12 made $2,090,000 at RM Sotheby's
A 2005 Maserati MC12 Corsa is being offered at Amelia Island. With only 2,015 km on the clock this example is estimated at $1.6 to $2m.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

1967 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 427/435 Coupe

An icon of the automotive world, the original Sting Ray Corvettes are among the most highly prized of America’s sports cars. A documented 427/435 Sting Ray coupe is something very special. Corvette developed the C2, known as the Sting Ray, to replace the C1 for 1963. In addition to three base engine choices, two new options were offered: the L71 and the ultra-rare 600-hp L88.
The 435 hp, 427 cu. in. 'Turbo-Jet' V-8 engine was a monster. It was the ultimate 427 and available in the 1967 to 1969 Corvettes. It featured 3X2-barrel Holley carburetors, known as "Tri-Power."
This fully restored example features a four speed gearbox and power brakes.
The 1967 Sting Ray big block coupes are, without any question, among the most desirable and collectible American cars of the period.

This examples carries an estimate of $175k to $225k

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Ferrari 488 Pista, Pista Spider

The Ferrari 488 GTB was special. But it wasn't speciale — that honor goes to the newest version of Marnanello's super sports car. The 488 Pista, which was officially revealed at the Geneva Motor Show last March, is the successor to the 458 Speciale, a car that was an evolution of the 488's predecessor, the 458.

Pista is Italian for track. Total output is now 711 hp, a bump up from the 488's 661 hp. The 0-62 mph time, according to Ferrari, is 2.85 seconds, and the top speed is 211 mph.

3.9L/710-hp/567-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC
The Pista’s electronics are grouped under the heading of Ferrari’s Side Slip Angle Control system (SSC). The sixth-gen system supervises the car’s magnetic dynamic adaptable shocks, electronic limited slip differential, traction control, stability control, and the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE). FDE software controls the brake calipers, interpreting the driver’s braking urgency and modifying system pressure to achieve the desired degree of stopping power.
Base price is a cool $350,000 for the coup, more for the spider.
Ferrari promises "The sound level is higher than the 488 Spider in all gears and at all engine speeds."

A clever automobile writer says it will also blow all your hair off if you aren't careful.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

1954 Mercedes Benz W196

The Mercedes-Benz W196 was a Formula One racing car produced by Mercedes-Benz for the 1954 and 1955 F1 seasons. Successor to the W194, in the hands of Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss it won 9 of 12 races entered and captured the only two world championships in which it competed.

A crash at Le Mans that year ended its short-lived domination and spelled the end for the W196, as Mercedes pulled out of competitive racing in 1955 and did not return for another three decades.
The 2,496.87 cc (152.368 cu in) straight 8 delivered 257 bhp. The W196 was the only F1 car with advanced fuel injection technology.
The W196 was front mid-engined, with its longitudinally mounted engine placed just behind the front axles instead of over them to for better front/rear weight distribution.
A welded aluminum tube spaceframe chassis carried ultra-light Elektron magnesium-alloy bodywork.
At the Bonhams Goodwood sale in 2013 the W196 driven by Juan Manuel Fangio made $29,650,095.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

1969 Datsun 240Z

The Datsun 240Z, then later as the 260Z and 280Z were the first generation of Z GT two-seat coupes, produced by Nissan Motors of Japan from 1969 to 1978. One of the most successful sports car lines ever produced, the cars competed head-to-head with established European sports car makers. The Datsun 240Z was introduced in 1969, and with its striking good looks and powerful engine it became an instant hit in the sports car market.
Positive response was immediate, and dealers soon had long waiting lists. As a "halo" car, the 240Z broadened the acceptance of Japanese car-makers beyond their econobox image.

 All variants of the S30 have a four-wheel independent suspension with MacPherson struts in front and Chapman struts in back. Front disc brakes and rear drums were standard. The 240Z used twin SU one-barrel side-draft Carburetors.
The 240Z's engine was a 2,393 cc (146.0 cu in) cast-iron block, alloy head, single overhead cam.
The engine made 151hp at 5,600 rpm through a four-speed manual, five-speed manual, or three-speed automatic (after September 1970)
The car was cheap ... $3,526 and the demand for the 240Z was so strong that in 1970, less than a year after the car’s debut, Kelley Blue Book valued used 240Zs at $4,000.
Today a top quality 240Z might go for $ 30,000 or more.

Monday, February 18, 2019

1930 Duesenberg Model J

The Duesenberg Model J is a luxury automobile intended to compete with the most luxurious and powerful cars in the world. It was introduced in 1928.

The Model J, available with a supercharger after 1932, was sold until 1937. The Model J’s impressive 420-cu. in., dual overhead-cam, inline eight-cylinder engine featured a free-breathing, four-valve cylinder head, and it could develop 265 bhp in normally aspirated form.
Other features included a fully automatic chassis-lubricating system that operated every 30 to 60 miles, excellent two-shoe hydraulic drum brakes, and complete instrumentation, which included a 150-mph speedometer, a tachometer, an altimeter, an eight-day clock with a split-second stopwatch hand.
The original owner of chassis no. 2336 was J. Clarke Dean, a broker at Dean, Onatavia & Company of Chicago. Dean was a very prominent figure, dealing in stocks, bonds, and commodities. The prosperous Mr. Dean paid cash for his new Model J, and he was one of only a few men capable of doing so.

The Duesenberg has been subject to a comprehensive concours-quality restoration.
It is an exceptional example of the marque, and one with a known history from new. It has been well maintained and cared for throughout its life. It carries an estimate of $1.6m to $2m.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

1994 Venturi 400 GT Trophy at RM Sotheby's

We have an internet guru saying uber nice things about this 'French Ferrari F40.' " ...there are good buys that slip through the cracks. When the hammer fell on a 1994 Venturi 400 GT Trophy at RM Sotheby’s recent Paris 2019 sale, the rare and enigmatic French supercar went home with a new buyer for just around $150,000."The 400 GT, was introduced in 1992. The 400 GT was not only the most powerful car ever built in France at the time of its introduction, but the first production car with carbon ceramic brakes as standard. It boasted a V-6 engine producing 400 bhp.
Venturi was founded by Claude Poiraud and GĂ©rard Godfroy in the 1980s and their first car took to the streets in 1986. Venturi’s most exciting car, the 400 GT, was introduced in 1992.
One of only 76 examples converted for racing use. Without a doubt one of France’s most exciting cars of the 1990s, this is a Venturi with uniquely French history.
The car made €132k.