Thursday, October 31, 2019

1940 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead

Original paint. Arguably the finest original paint benchmark 1940 knucklehead in the world. Offered at No Reserve.

The Harley-Davidson Model EL ‘Knucklehead’ was introduced in 1936 with a 61 cu-in. (1000cc) V-twin with overhead valves and a recirculating oiling system. The ‘Knucklehead’ engine got its name from the aluminum rocker covers which gave the appearance of a fist.
This 1940 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead is a factory original motorcycle and very likely the best in the world.

 In 2014 it brought $159k. It will very likely break that mark.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

1965 Ferrari 275 GTS by Pininfarina

The Ferrari 275 is a series of front-engined V12-powered grand touring cars with two-seater coupé and spider bodies produced by Ferrari between 1964 and 1968. The first 275 series cars were powered by a 3.3L dual overhead camshaft Colombo 60° V12 engine producing 260–320 hp. An updated 275 GTB/4 was introduced in 1966, with a revised four overhead camshaft engine producing 300 hp. The 275 series were the first road-going Ferraris equipped with a transaxle and independent rear suspension.
In all, 474 275 GTB/2’s were built between 1964 and 1966 in three basic series.
This example is the 189th of 200 built and appears at RM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi

1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS - $60k

The Chevrolet Chevelle was produced by Chevrolet in three generations for the 1964 through 1977 model years. Part of the GMs A-Body platform, the Chevelle was one of Chevrolet's most successful nameplates. The Chevelle Super Sport, or SS, represented Chevrolet's entry into the muscle car battle.

396/350 HP big block engine. Three year frame-off restoration. Air conditioning. Power-assisted steering and brakes.
1967 marked the end of the first generation. The ’Coke Bottle’ design is distinctive.
Prices in 1967 started at $2,825 for the coupe and $3,033 for the ragtop. 63,000 were built. 0-60 mph was pegged at 6.5 sec.
This example appeared at Mecum's and made $60k.

Monday, October 28, 2019

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fastback Cobra Jet - $121k

Very rare Super Cobra Jet Mach 1. One of 36 produced with these engine and trim options and 4.30 rear axle. Extensive nut and bolt restoration. Correct Ram Air 428 Super Cobra Jet engine. Factory Drag Pack. Close ratio 4-speed manual transmission. Power brakes with front discs. Shaker hood. Factory correct Raven Black with blackout hood treatment. Black Mach Clarion-knit/vinyl high-back bucket seats. Tinted glass, AM radio. Styled steel wheels with Goodyear Polyglas tires.
In 1969 the Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 Cobra Jet was the star of the stable. Cheaper than a Boss 429, it was a force.
Muscle car royalty, they aren't giving these cars away.

A top end example will bring $100k. This Cobra Jet made $121k at Mecum's.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

1968 Shelby GT500KR Fastback, Convertible

1968 Shelby GT500KR Fastback. Shelby No. 2346. 428 CI Cobra Jet V-8 engine. 4-speed manual transmission. Air conditioning. Power steering. Power brakes. Console with Stewart Warner gauges. Lucas fog lights. Magnum 500 wheels. Firestone Wide Oval tires. Raven Black paint. Black Deluxe interior. $137k.
Shelby No. 3813. 428 CI Cobra Jet V-8 engine. 4-speed manual transmission. Factory air conditioning. Power steering. Power brakes. Holley 4-barrel carburetor. Black Deluxe interior with woodgrain trim. Console with Stewart Warner gauges. Shelby 10-spoke wheels. $209k.

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback - $275k

KK no. 2365. Matching numbers 429 CI engine. 4-speed transmission. 26,453 miles. Three owner car. Drag Pack and competition suspension. Original interior. Heavily optioned.

The Mustang Boss 429 is one of the most desirable Mustangs in existence.
The Boss 429 was underrated at 375 hp but actually developed over 500 hp, with stock examples capable of quarter-mile times under 14 seconds.

At $4,087, the Boss 429 was the priciest non-Shelby Mustang, with limited production of 859 units for 1969, followed by 499 more for 1970.
This example crossed the block at Mecum's.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S by Bertone - £1.2m

The S was a result of continuous improvement over the production run of the P400 and was first made available in 1968. Its engine now producing 370 bhp care of higher-lift camshafts with revised timings and four Weber 40IDL-3L carbs. The Miura S also boasted updated brakes and a handful of other changes. This Miura S would be it's owner's most cherished possession for just over four decades, until his passing in 2015.

Never fully restored, chassis 4245 remains in spectacular original condition throughout. The car retains its original engine and still sports its original Giallo Flay paint.

Lamborghini’s beautiful, awesomely powerful, and ground-breaking mid/rear-engine Miura set a new bar for performance cars, and it was the opening salvo of the Italian supercar battle that followed.
<The Miura S was manufactured in quantity of no more than 338 examples and it is widely considered by many marque enthusiasts to be the definitive Lamborghini. The car holds a special place in the hearts of sports car fans and collectors.
This example made £1.2m at RM Sotheby's

Friday, October 25, 2019

Nifty Convertibles at Mecum's

1970 Dodge Challenger Convertible. $87k.
  • Rotisserie restoration
  • Era-correct 426 Hemi V-8 engine
  • Two 4-barrel carburetors
  • Automatic transmission
  • FC7 Plum Crazy exterior
  • Power-operated White convertible top
  • 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Convertible. $88k.
  • Cowl induction
  • 454/360 HP LS5 V-8 engine
  • 4-barrel carburetor
  • 4-speed manual transmission
  • Red exterior with Black stripes
  • Black convertible top
  • 1970 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV - $42k

    1 of 627 produced in 1970. Believed to be 7,611 miles. Frame-off restoration. Build sheet. Muncie M21 4-speed manual transmission. 3.90 Positraction Safe-T-Track rear end. Hood tachometer. Rally II wheels.

    1970 is generally believed to be the high water mark for American muscle.
    The standard motor for the $3,267 GTO was a 350hp 400 paired with a floor-shifted three-speed manual. The first step up was the 455 at $57.93 with air induction for an additional $84.26. From there, the Ram Air III at $168.51. Top-dog was the Ram Air IV at a staggering $558.20 (plus mandatory equipment that added $200 more).
    Rated at a highly conservative 370 HP, the Ram Air IV output was closer to 425 HP.

    The car appeared at Mecum Dallas in September.

    Wednesday, October 23, 2019

    1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro at Mecums - $175k high bid

    Of the estimated 1,000 COPO 9561 Camaros produced in 1969, 75 were destined for dealerships in Canada.

    This example features the legendary L72 427/425 HP V-8 engine.
    Canadian COPO Camaros were the same as U.S. versions. Except for the ridged hood and exhaust rumble there was little giving away the fact that this was one of the most powerful cars in the world.
    COPO is an acronym for Central Office Production Order. COPO was the method used by dealers in the know to order very special cars.
    The performance of these cars represent the absolute apex of the muscle era and their values reflect it to this day. $175k to $200k

    Monday, October 21, 2019

    Lamborghini Reventón

    The Reventón debuted at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show and is one of Lamborghini’s rarest cars. It had a total production run of 21, and carried an original sticker price of $1.5m. It was named in the Lamborghini tradition after the fighting bull that killed famed bullfighter Felix Guzman in 1943.

    The car packs a 6.5L V-12 engine pushing 641 bhp through a paddle-shifted E-Gear 6-speed transmission.
    The Reventón sported exclusive composite carbon-fiber body panels, inspired by the F-22 Raptor fighter jet, over its carbon-fiber and steel main structure.

    The Reventón accelerates to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds on the way to a 211 mph top speed.
    Driven 168 miles, this example was estimated at Mecum Monterey in 2018 at $1.7 to $2m. The car failed to change hands.
    A Lamborghini Reventon Roadster, owned by a dictator's son, recently made $1.97m