Saturday, November 30, 2019

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet A by Sindelfingen - €2.25m

The Mercedes-Benz 500K and its successor, the 540K, were arguably the most noteworthy production models offered by the Stuttgart firm during the 1930s.

The 540K was developed from the 500K and shared its independently suspended chassis, while the 540K was bored up to 5.4 litres of supercharged straight-eight power.
The car featured the company’s famous Roots-type supercharger system where pressing the gas pedal to the end of its travel would simultaneously engage the compressor and close off the alternative atmospheric intake to the carburetor.
The system had been thoroughly proven on the preceding series of Dr Ferdinand Porsche S-Type cars, and the 540K was the last supercharged production Mercedes-Benz for decades.
The 540K was launched in October 1936 with an engine that developed 115 bhp un-supercharged or 180 bhp with the compressor engaged.
With a top speed approaching 110 mph (177 km/h) the supercharged Mercedes was one of the very few 100-mph road cars available in the 1930s. 32 were built with 18 surviving today. The car made €2.25m

1966 Shelby GT350-H Fastback, 2016 Ford Shelby GT-H

1 of 999 produced. 289 CI V-8 engine. 4-speed manual transmission. New dual exhaust. Black with Gold striping. New Black interior. Fold-down rear seat. New correct Shelby Hertz wheels. New BF Goodrich tires
159 of 171 produced. 655 actual miles. 5.0L/435 HP V-8 engine. Automatic transmission.

Black exterior with Gold stripes. Black interior. Paddle shifters. Heated/Ventilated power front seats. Air conditioning. Navigation. AM/FM stereo with CD player. GT-H floor mats. Back-up camera. Ford Racing Handling Package. Ford Racing Performance exhaust. Carbon fiber front spoiler. 19-inch performance wheels. Michelin Pilot Sport tires.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Ferrari GTO

Ferrari has made three models named GTO. The Ferrari 250 GTO, the 1984-87 Ferrari 288 GTO, and the 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO.

In August 2018 a Ferrari 250 GTO sold for $48.4m to become the most valuable car sold at public auction.
272 Ferrari 288 GTOs were made. A concours example would make $ 3m+.
The Ferrari 599 GTO is one of the most exclusive modern Ferraris and limited to 599 units. It is a special version based on the 599 GTB.

According to Ferrari, in 2010, when the GTO was released, it was the fastest street-legal Ferrari ever built. It's base was $426,843.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

1971 Plymouth Hemi Road Runner

4,220 miles. 1 of 55 Hemi Road Runners produced in 1971. Matching numbers 426 Hemi engine, rebuilt to correct specs. Dual 4-barrel carburetors. Hemispherical cylinder heads. Air Grabber hood. Torqueflite automatic transmission. 3.55 Sure Grip 3/4 rear end. Power steering and front disc brakes. Original two-tone Black and Orange interior. Bucket seats and center console. Tuff steering wheel. Elastomeric bumpers. Front and rear spoilers. AM/FM/Cassette stereo. 15 inch Rallye wheels.
The Hemi was rated at 425 hp. Corporate documentation suggests over 460 hp. 1971 was the last year for the Hemi and 440 six-barrel options for The Road Runner.
The last of the Hemi street cars marked the end of an era. This example appears at Kissimmee.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

1966 Shelby 427 Cobra - $ 1.8m

Behold an automotive icon. Enter Ford’s mighty 427 engine: a cast iron, big block monster. The 427 Cobra was born, but not without a substantial amount of engineering work, which included a new chassis with 4-in. tube frame and 7-in. wider body with larger fender flares – needed because of the increased power and weight of the engine.
Termed the 427 Cobra in a staff meeting on 7 April 1965, Shelby’s big-block cars have always been rare, with just over 300 built.
The 427 Cobra was a mighty racing car and virtually unbeatable.
Chassis no. CSX 3359 is the second-to-last 427 Cobra produced and has all of 1,900 original miles on the clock. The Cobra sold in 1978 for $85,000. It had recorded 512 original miles in two decades.

In 2004 the car was fully restored. This incredible Cobra is unquestionably one of the most authentic and original 427s in the world. The car made $ 1.8m.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Dubai Police welcome Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S

Dubai Police recently announced the addition of the new Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S to its fleet. The car features a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 making 639 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque routed through a nine-speed automatic and the AMG-tuned 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.

It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, and claims a top speed of 315 km/h.

For those smitten the new Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S starts at a very rock bottom $146k.

Monday, November 25, 2019

1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback - $143k

Shelby no. 00410. 1 of 118 Nightmist Blue GT500s produced with automatic transmission in 1967. 24,000 original miles. Concours rotisserie restoration. Original sheet metal and fiberglass. Original Shelby tag and all VIN stamps. Matching numbers 428 CI Police interceptor engine, balanced and blueprinted. Restored original Holley 600 CFM BJ/BK 4-barrel carburetors. Matching numbers Select-O-Matic transmission. Power steering. Power brakes with front discs. Black Decor interior. Fold-down rear seat. Extra cooling package. Factory stripe car. Inboard lamps. Tachometer and trip odometer. Restored original glass.
Like all 1967 GT500s, the Shelby was converted from a big-block Mustang fastback to high-performance Shelby with a fiberglass hood and spoilered trunk lid, grille-mounted high-beam headlights, upper and lower side scoops, and distinctive sequential tail lights. Shelby American produced only 2,044 GT500s for 1967.
The 428 cu. in. V-8 engine (7.0 L) had two 600 CFM Holley four-barrel carburetors sitting atop a mid-rise aluminum intake manifold producing 355 hp.

This example hammered for $143k.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

1971 Pontiac GTO Judge - $115k high bid

Concours nut and bolt rotisserie restoration completed early 2019. Original drivetrain. Original sheet metal. 1 of 412 produced. Lucerne Blue Metallic. Data sheet. Factory hood tachometer. Rally gauge cluster. Bucket seats and console. Factory 8-track player. Tilt wheel. Power steering and brakes.
455 HO V-8 and functional ram air.Finished in Lucerne Blue with a black bucket-seat interior, this 1971 GTO Judge is one of 357 hardtops built in the Judge's final year of production.
Other optional equipment includes a Turbo 400 automatic transmission, tilt steering column, Formula steering wheel, console with floor shifter, and Rally gauge cluster.

The car high bid $115k against an estimate of $150k to $180k

1978 Ford Mustang II King Cobra

The mid 70s were not good for muscle cars. Among the most hated is the 1978 Ford Mustang II King Cobra. This was a limited edition version with 4,313 units produced. The King Cobra was available only with the V8 to help bolster the car's 'performance image'.

To make up for the 130 odd horsepower of the, Ford went the “paint and tape-stripe” route. They called it King Cobra and it was a PoS. The Mustang II owes its roots to the Ford Pinto, and it shows.
Ironically, the only thing the Mustang II King Cobra was king of was price. A King Cobra cost about $6,350, an insane sum in 1978. When new, a stock King Cobra wheezed its way to 60 mph in 11.2 seconds. It didn’t fare better in the quarter-mile with an elapsed time of 16.59 seconds at 82 mph.

Friday, November 22, 2019

2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS - $242k

The 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS packs 500 horsepower and 338 lb-ft of torque courtesy of a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six. A seven-speed PDK is the only available transmission. A paddle-neutral feature and a button for limiting pit-lane speed are standard.

Zero-to-60-mph time comes in 3.1 seconds while zero-to-124-mph clocks in at 10.9; the sprint through the quarter-mile is said to consume 11.2 seconds.
The 2016 GT3 RS made hay with a 7-minute, 20-second lap time on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the gold standard of performance hairsplitting. The RS features rear-wheel steering, an infinitely variable locking limited-slip differential (PTV Plus), and Porsche Active Suspension Management.

Pricing for the 2016 GT3 RS started at $176,895.
Porsche assembled a healthy list of options, including a lightweight lithium-ion battery, front-axle lift system, carbon-ceramic brakes, and the Sport Chrono Package. This example had a whooping 540 miles on the clock.
The car made $242k last year.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda - $220k high bid

In the muscle car world, the Plymouth Hemi Cuda is the Holy Grail. It was the third generation of the Plymouth Barracuda and offered from 1970 to 1974. The Barracuda was discontinued after the 1974 model year.

The Cuda had the 383ci 335 as the standard engine. It also could be had with the 440ci four-barrel Super Commando, the 440ci six-barrel Super Commando Six Pak, and the top of the line 426ci Hemi.

The 440 and Hemi-equipped cars received upgraded suspension components and structural reinforcements. 1 of 284 produced. Period correct 426 CI engine rated 425hp . Highly desired factory 4-speed manual transmission. 11,836 miles since new.

This example resides near the very top of the collector food chain.
Peerless then, nearly priceless now, the 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda is a muscle car classic.

This example made a ludicrous high bid of $220k. Low estimate was $600k.