Tuesday, June 30, 2020

1969 Dodge Daytona - $231k

Cars like this spectacular Charger Daytona showed up in late 1969, among the ultimate “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” American supercars from this era. One of 503 Daytonas produced, this car is documented with its original broadcast sheet and window sticker and is recipient of an exacting nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration to correct as-built specs. Beneath the hood is a matching-numbers 440 Magnum V-8 engine, pumping out 375 HP. This is backed by the A727 TorqueFlite transmission as part of the A36 Performance Package, which added the 8.75 Sure Grip differential with 3.55 gears.
The Charger Daytona and its kin were part of a single production run, one that Dodge wouldn't revisit. The hoped for Daytona win was not part of it's legacy (Plymouth’s Superbird got that honor in 1970) but the icon remains hugely respected and collectible.

This beauty made $231k against an estimate of $175k - $225k and was top lot at Mecum.

2020 Carroll Shelby Signature Series Mustang

The latest debuted in Vegas in Feb. Limited to 50 units in North America, the Carroll Shelby Signature Series is not a typical Mustang. For more evidence, the price tag starts at $127,795 before any options. Shelby says it's the only sports car in the world with the choice of convertible or fastback, automatic or manual transmission, and 825 horsepower.
Major power is hiding under the vented hood, thanks to a Whipple supercharging kit complementing a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine.
Six and four piston brakes from Brembo, active suspension from Ford Performance, 20- by 11-inch forged aluminum wheels, and a short-throw shifter and six-speed manual are standard.

Monday, June 29, 2020

2014 Lamborghini Aventador LP-720/4 Roadster 50th Anniversary

88 miles. No. 22 of 100 produced. 1 of 43 produced for the U.S. MSRP of $607,525. Giallo Maggio exterior. Composite aluminum body. Scissor doors. All-wheel drive. 6.5L/720 V-12 engine. Automatic transmission. Removable hardtop.
The car is capable of rocketing it's occupants to 217 MPH.The Aventador was unveiled at the February 2011 Geneva Auto Show as the replacement for the Murciélago as the company’s new flagship model, and it boasted a number of breakthrough technologies. The all-new 6.5L V-12 engine is a 700 HP behemoth with a 8,500 RPM redline.
Behind the multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters for the 7-speed automatic gearbox, the digital readouts include an array of displays. Estimate is $400k to $500k.

Friday, June 26, 2020

The 1971 Cuda Convertible

1 of 12 BBL Automatic Cuda Convertibles produced in 1971. Documented with the original broadcast sheet. Extensive restoration completed with original and NOS parts. Believed to be 21,026 miles. 440 BBL engine. Dual exhaust with chrome tips. D32 Heavy duty automatic transmission. A34 Super Track Pak with 4.10 gears. Power brakes. FE5 Bright Red with Black convertible top.
The multi-carbureted Mopar E-body convertibles of the early 1970s are among the most highly desired muscle cars on earth.

Under the scalloped hood is the 440 6-BBL engine with a 385 HP rating.
The engine bay features the oval air cleaner, OE-design black battery, cast manifolds and dual exhaust ending in chrome tips. Built under the A34 Super Track Pak code, this Plymouth came with the D32 heavy-duty A727 automatic transmission and a Dana 60 differential featuring 4.10 Sure Grip gearing.
Final-year 1971 Cuda convertibles are well established among enthusiasts as the ultimate muscle car.

While the 7 Hemi Cuda convertibles stand at the apex as the most valuable engine-option for 1971, the 17 Cuda convertibles built with the V-code 440 6-BBL engine command great respect. This example made $1.1m.
1971 Hemi Cuda convertible - $3.5m
The 1970 Plymouth Barracuda and Cuda were selling well in that year with 50,617 cars sold. Buyers went AWOL in 1971, when Chrysler sold just 16,159. Of those, 108 were Hemi Cuda coupes and 11 were Hemi Cuda convertibles. Only two of the convertibles were sold with 4-speeds. This blue car is one of the them.

In 2014 it became the most expensive Mopar ever sold at auction when it made $3.5m.
The car was restored in 2000. Once owned by Broom Hilda cartoonist Russell Meyers, it was sold to its next owner for $250,000. It was later confiscated in a drug raid and subsequently sold at auction for $405,000.
Writers of the time made comments. “There is nothing politically correct, nothing socially responsible about a Hemi ‘Cuda. The 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda convertible is wretched excess in a nearly unimaginably limited production package.”

It is the ultimate portrayal of the ultimate muscle car. Original list price‎ was ‎$4,348.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Packard Panther

Built in 1954, the Packard Panther was a show car, built to showcase new features the automaker was considering. Four Panthers were built with 2 survivors. One sold for $360k in 2006. It made $850k in 2013.

The Panther was powered by a 359cid Packard straight 8 with a McCulloch centrifugal supercharger making 275hp. The car featured an innovative fiberglass body.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

2012 Aston Martin Vantage GT4

Factory built GT4 race car. 1 of 12 built to compete in various series across the world including the European GT4 Championship. 4.7L V-8 engine. Vehicle construction cost $225,000. Track ready.

The 2008 Vantage GT4 started a dominating winning streak in European GT4 competition. For 2012, the automaker released a new version of the Vantage GT4. The 2012 Vantage GT4s were so successful that they took two championships, 40 race wins and 47 podium finishes.
The Aston Martin 4.7L V-8 produces over 400 HP from the factory, with fuel delivery via a midmounted fuel cell. The mill is mated to an Xtrac 6-speed sequential manual transmission, with slowing duties assigned to 4-wheel, two-piece discs with 4-piston monoblock calipers. Pirelli racing rubber keeps the car stuck to earth.

The interior is all business with a full roll cage, Recaro competition seat, Sabelt six-point harness, FIA compliant Lifeline plumbed-in extinguisher system and quick-release steering wheel. The carbon fiber center stack houses all the pertinent stitch gear and controls, plus a two-way radio for race communications.
The racer appears at Mecum's.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Lamborghini SCV12

Lamborghini has released limited details about its most powerful V12 ever. The latest track-only supercar packs a mid-mounted 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine delivering 830 horsepower to the rear wheels. This is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox. No build numbers or pricing has been announced. If one needs to ask the price one clearly can't afford one.
Design features meant to improve the car’s aerodynamics include a front splitter, lateral flicks, vertical fins and a dramatic carbon-fiber rear wing.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

1996 Lamborghini Diablo SE30 - €231k

Celebrating Lamborghini’s 30th birthday, the Diablo SE30 was an enhanced version of the production Diablo. Each SE30 was equipped with upgrades, including larger magnesium-alloy wheels, magnesium intake manifolds, a free-flow exhaust, a tweaked fuel system, and Plexiglas windows to save weight.

The Diablo VT’s 5.7-litre V-12 engine got a power boost to 523 hp.
Of the 2,884 Diablos only 150 SE30 models were built, and of these, about 15 were converted to "Jota" specification. The "Jota" was a factory modification kit to convert the race-oriented SE30 into an actual circuit racer.
The car made €231k at RM Sotheby's

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Ferrari F12tdf

The F12tdf (tour de France) is a track-focused version of the F12 berlinetta unveiled in October 2015. The F12 TDF shares the same 6.3 litre V12 engine with the F12, but with power output increased to 769 hp at 8500 rpm and 520 lb⋅ft at 6750 rpm.

The F12 TDF accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and 0 to 200 km/h in 7.9 seconds. Production of the F12 TDF was limited to 799 invitation only units.
Base price was believed to be around $490k. A sale 8 months later made a whooping $1.5m. As more cars become available the price will likely correct. An example with 368 miles is offered at $900k.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Novice 20-year-old female driver no Mario Andretti

A 20-year-old novice Victoria-area driver and her three passengers are lucky to be alive and mostly unhurt after crashing into a tree. Oak Bay police are sharing images of the collision, which occurred around 12:45 a.m. on Beach Drive.

Cops clocked the vehicle at 73 kilometres per hour in a 40 kilometre per hour zone, and engaged their lights. The vehicle then crashed into the tree 350 metres further down the road. The driver was handed five tickets for her troubles, and police said they are consulting with the Crown on possible criminal charges.

1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro

One of 30 of the 201 Yenko Camaros equipped with the Turbo 400 Hydra-Matic transmission. Meticulous nut and bolt restoration completed in 2019.

COPO 9737 Sports Car Conversion Package. COPO 9561 427/425 HP L72 V-8 engine. Cast iron block. Winters aluminum intake. Solid lifters. Holley 780 CFM 4346 carburetor. NOS cowl induction air cleaner setup. 11:1 compression. BE 4.10 rear end.
Power steering. Power brakes with front discs. Factory Endura bumper example. Front and rear spoilers. Daytona Yellow with black vinyl top. Black bucket seat interior. Center console with gauges and horseshoe shifter.
In 1969 Yenko ordered 201 Camaros with the COPO 9561. Soon thereafter, Chevrolet delivered the batch to his Canonsburg dealership doorstep armed with L72 V-8 engines. It was a game changer.
This example received COPO 9737, the Sports Car Conversion Package, which upgraded the suspension and added a 140 MPH speedometer. This top tier example appears at Mecum's.