Tuesday, March 31, 2020

1996 Porsche 911 leads at Sotheby's

RM Sotheby’s first online-only catalog sale replaced the annual live South Florida auction because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A 1996 Porsche 911 GT2, an unmodified example of only 194 road-going examples was the high seller, hitting $891,000.
A highly optioned 2019 McLaren Senna with just 200 miles on the odometer, was second highest at $847,000.

Monday, March 30, 2020

The Artcurial Retromobile auction 2018

The headlining Ferrari 275 P may have been withdrawn from the sale but there were plenty of other big-ticket cars at France’s major collectors’ car sale, the Artcurial Retromobile auction in Paris.
A 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante was the star of the show. The Bugatti coupe sold for €2.9m, short of the €3.5m expected but still a world record auction price for this model.

Runner-up was a 2007 Ferrari FXX. The track-only Ferrari, of which just 38 were made, has covered only 100km and is said never to have been in top gear. It sold for €2.7m, a new FXX record.
A 1954 Maserati A6 GCS/53 Spyder sold for €2.5m A 1964 Porsche 904 GTS went for €1.8m

Sunday, March 29, 2020

LaFerrari Aperta - $4.5m

The LaFerrari was first unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2013. The Aperta appeared in 2016 and was made available to preferred clients who already owned a LaFerrari. All 210 examples were pre-sold before it debuted.

The car failed to change hands.
Two of 210 LaFerrari Apertas were offered. At RM Sotheby's a black 2017 example has 1,500 miles from new. It is fully optioned with carbon fibre option and recently serviced. It remained unsold.
At Mecum, a 2016 red LaFerrari Aperta has 174 miles.

It too failed to find a buyer. The seller will accept $ 7m and will consider trade of other cars or car collections.
The cars carried an estimates of $6.5m to $8.5m

Saturday, March 28, 2020

1931 Bugatti Type 50 Roadster

The Bugatti Type 50 was a development of the Type 46 touring model that employed a powerful new engine. A new dual overhead-cam straight eight was equipped with two carburetors, a large supercharger, and dry sump lubrication; this same engine, in tuned form, was used in the Type 54 Grand Prix racecar.

Of the 65 cars built, only four had factory roadster coachwork and this is the sole remaining example.
Chassis 50123 was described by Road & Track, July 1958 as 'a sports car of Herculean size and strength.' The car is capable of producing over 200 hp with its Roots-type supercharger and dual Zenith carburetors.
Depending on the body style the Type 50 might reach a top speed of 105 mph and a 0-60 time of eight seconds. Production of the Type 50 lasted from 1930 through 1933 with just 65 built.

Many magnificent bodies, both closed and open, were installed on the Type 50 chassis.
The Type 50 is a highly regarded and rare automobile. It made $ 1.5m in May 2019.

Friday, March 27, 2020

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta

Original unrestored with one repaint in the early 1970s. Refinished in Grigio Mahmoud. Original 3,286cc four-cam V-12 engine. Six Weber carburetors. 5-speed manual gearbox. Front and rear disc brakes. Saddle Tan interior. Original glass and lenses. The correct mileage is believed to be just under 15,000 kilometers.
Late in 1964, Ferrari introduced two new cars, the 275 GTB and 275 GT Spyder on similar chassis. For the first time a Ferrari GT incorporated independent suspension at all four corners. The 275 also had 4-wheel disc brakes and an all-new rear suspension.
The 275 series employed the final development of the short block V-12 engine designed by Gioacchino Colombo in 1947. It delivered 280 hp and was available with three Weber downdraft carburetors in standard form, with six as an option. Both the GTB and GTS utilized an all-synchronized 5-speed gearbox mounted at the rear in transaxle. The 275 GTB was faster than its predecessors and more comfortable.
Engine development continued in the 275 GTB, and in 1966 it received a new version of the 3.3L V-12 engine with two overhead cams, dry-sump lubrication, and 300 HP. The new designation: 275 GTB/4.

Chassis No. 10717 retains its original matching engine and is original and unrestored but for a single repaint in Grigio Mahmoud in the early 1970s.
The car is scheduled to cross the block in May.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

1969 Ford Mustang Convertible - $170k high bid

1 of 26 428 Ram Air 4-speed convertible Mustangs built by Ford in 1969. Three-time MCA Concours Gold winner. 428/335 HP V-8 engine. 4-speed transmission. 4-barrel carburetor. 10.5:1 compression.

Candy Apple Red with Black Clarion interior. Power top with glass backlite. Visibility group. Power front disc brakes. Power steering. AM radio, Clock. Tinted glass.
Ford’s new 428/335 HP Cobra Jet big-block was offered in all mustang body styles for 1969. This mustang is one of only 26 convertibles produced with the Ram Air 428 Cobra Jet and 4-speed drivetrain combination. Candy Apple Red with a black Clarion interior and black top, the convertible has been honored with numerous show awards.
The through-the-hood Shaker scoop is a dead giveaway that the mustang is powered by the R-code 428 Cobra Jet with functional ram-air.
The hood scoop funnels cooler, denser air through the air filter and into the Cobra Jet’s Holley 4-barrel carburetor.
The car high bid to $170k against an estimate of $200k to $250k

Monday, March 23, 2020

Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale

The Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is a mid-engined sports car built by Alfa Romeo between 1967 and 1969. "Stradale" (Italian for "road-going") is a term used by Italian car manufacturers to indicate a street-legal version of a racing car. The 33 Stradale was derived from the Tipo 33 sports prototype. 18 examples were made.

The 33 Stradale is the first production vehicle to feature dihedral or 'butterfly' doors.
The car was designed with a dry-sump lubricated all aluminum 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) V8 that featured fuel injection, four ignition coils and 16 spark plugs. The first production Stradale claimed 243 hp at 9,400 rpm with a "street" exhaust and 254 hp with open exhaust.

Like the racing car the transmission was a six-speed transaxle gearbox.
The car takes 5.5 seconds to reach 60 mph (96.6 km/h) from a standing start and has a top speed of 260 km/h (160 mph). In 1968 it was the fastest commercially available car in the standing kilometer with time of 24 seconds. It was the most expensive automobile for sale to the public in 1968 at US$17,000.

Today fewer than 10 are known to exist and very rarely come up for auction. At a minimum a concours example would expect to make $10m

Saturday, March 21, 2020

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fastback

The Ford Mustang Mach 1 is a performance-oriented option package of the Ford Mustang, introduced in August 1968 for the 1969 model year. The Mach 1 title adorned performance oriented Mustang offerings until the first retirement of the moniker in 1978.

Three year nut and bolt rotisserie restoration. R-Code 428 CI Cobra Jet V-8 engine with 4-speed transmission.
1969 was the benchmark year for Ford Mustang in its proliferation of performance names and engines. Six factory performance Mustang models were available.
The 428 cu in (7.0 L) Cobra Jet 4V with or without Ramair could be had with a 4-speed manual or 3-speed automatic. That monster developed 335 bhp and 440 lb⋅ft.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Chevrolet stops taking orders for 2020 Corvette C8

Chevrolet is being forced to stop taking orders for first-year 2020 models due to lack of supply. No new orders for the 2020 model will be accepted by the auto maker. Potential customers will only be able to start placing orders for the 2021 Corvette starting end of May.

It will be virtually impossible to find a 2020 Corvette C8 for a price anywhere near the original MSRP of $70,000.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic by Ghia

The 8V is Fiat’s most legendary, significant, and storied production model. The most striking were the 15 bodied to Giovanni Savonuzzi’s stunning Jet Age design, known as the Supersonic.
The Fiat 8V had a 70 degree V configuration displacing 1,996 cc and fitted with two twin-choke Weber 36 DCF 3 carburetors. In its first iteration (type 104.000) the engine produced 104 hp at 5,600 rpm. The improved type 104.003 made 125hp. The engine was connected to a four speed gearbox. The car had independent suspension all round and drum brakes on all four wheels.
Only 114 of the high-performance coupés were produced. Regardless, they continued to win the Italian 2-litre GT championship every year until 1959. Eight 'Supersonic' are thought to have survived.
A 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic by Ghia sold at Amelia Island in 2017 for $1.3m.

This example is another gem from the Elkhart collection.