Thursday, December 31, 2020

1952 Ferrari 340 America

Chassis No. 0202A. 1 of 24 Ferrari 340 America chassis built. Driven to 5th Place finish in the 1952 24 Hours of Le Mans by Andre Simon and Lucien Vincent. Meticulous build and restoration by the Ferrari Classiche Department in Italy. Classiche Red Book with White stripe, denoting significant racing Ferrari. Provenance verified. Extensive racing history throughout the U.S. in the 1950s. Vignale coachwork. Finished in period-correct French Racing Blue No. 14 livery. 4.1L V-12 engine. 4-speed manual transmission.
Chassis No. 0202A is the ultimate barn find. Drag racer Mike Sanfilippo purchased the remains of the car in 1990 for $200. After originally planning to cut up the chassis to make a Hot Wheels-type dragster, Sanfilippo thought better and the car sat undisturbed for years. He had no idea that beneath the battered bodywork lay the bones of a precious race Ferrari.

Automotive restoration expert Tom Shaughnessy purchased what was listed as a vintage Devin sports car on eBay for $26,912. After extensive restoration the car is worth millions. In 2016 Bonhams offerred Chassis No. 0196A with an estimate of $7.5-9m. The car appears at Mecum.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Top cars at auction in 2020 - I

11. 1968 Ford Mustang GT ‘Bullitt’ (£2.8m/$3.7m) The star Bullitt Mustang GT was hiden away for decades, with not even Steve McQueen able to persuade the owner to part with it.

The car brought the highest sale price of any Mustang ever at public auction.
10. 1965 Shelby GT350R Prototype (£2.88m/$3.85m) The very car honed by Ken Miles and Carroll Shelby. It is the prototype R, and thus the first Shelby Mustang to win a race. It was the mule that made the legend.

Rescued from a yard, it entered the Shelby American Museum for 14 years until 2010, when John Atzbach bought the car and returned it to its precise 1965 spec.
9. 1955 Aston Martin DB3S (£3m). Having reliability issues with the Aston Martin DB3, A.G. “William” Watson engineered a superior race car. The end result was the DB3S, and in May 1953, the new prototype made its appearance at Charterhill, UK.

During 1953 the DB3S was a hugely successful race car.
8. 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV Speciale (£3,2m). No Lamborghini Miura has ever cost more at auction than this gold P400 SV Speciale. The car is one of 150 P400 SVs produced, and one of 764 Miuras total. The car was made for French industrialist Jacques Dembiermont, who wanted dry sump lubrication and a ZF limited-slip differential.

Finished in Oro Metallizzato (metallic gold), it rolled off the line in 1971. The car was restored by leading Italian marque specialists Carrozzeria Autosport and Top Motors.
2001 Ferrari 550 GT1. $4.29m. 12 Ferrari 550 GT1 Prodrive race cars were built, this being the second example made.

This car won 14 races and claimed 15 poles between its racing in both the U.S. and Europe.

Monday, December 28, 2020

1997 Dodge Viper GTS CS

This one of one Dodge Viper GTS CS was meant to be the start of a 50-car production run managed by Carol Shelby. Due to Shelby’s failing health, only one example was produced. The Viper GTS CS appears at Mecum with an estimate of $200k to $225k.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Top results II - Car Week 2020

1965 Ferrari 275 GTB. 442 were made in total, with 250 of those being a 'short nose' car, as this one is. The car was recently fully restored and Ferrari Classiche certified. $1.9m - RM Sotheby's.
2014 Pagani Huayra. The 56th of 100 Huayras built. A twin-turbo, 730-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-12 built by Mercedes-AMG is paired with a seven-speed paddle-shift transmission. 5,500 miles. $1.8m - RM Sotheby's.
2014 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse "Meo Costantini". One of 30 open-roof Grand Sport versions. The car makes 1,200 hp from its 8.0-liter, quad-turbo W-16 engine. $1.75m.
1992 Ferrari F40. Ferrari built more than 1,300 F40s, though only 213 to U.S. spec, as this one is. Less than 5,000 miles, Ferrari Classiche certification. $1.6m - Gooding & Company.
1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L "Lusso". The 250 GT/L was built for comfort and style, as well as performance with a 3.0-liter Columbo V-12 engine. $1.49m - RM Sotheby's

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Cavallino Rampante - Prancing Horse

On 17 June 1923, Enzo Ferrari won a race at the Savio track in Ravenna where he met the Countess Paolina, mother of Count Francesco Baracca, an ace of the Italian air force, who used to paint a horse on the side of his planes.

The Countess suggested Ferrari use this horse on his cars, saying that it would bring him luck.
Ferrari has used the cavallino rampante on official company stationery since 1929. Since the 1920s, Italian race cars of Alfa Romeo, Maserati and later Ferrari and Abarth were (and often still are) painted in "race red" (Rosso Corsa). This was the customary national racing color of Italy.

Stud farm in Italian is scuderia.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Get Smart - Sunbeam Tiger

Get Smart is an American comedy television series that parodies the secret agent genre that was popular in the United States in the late 1960s. The program was created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, and premiered on NBC on September 18, 1965. The show stars Don Adams as agent Maxwell "Max" Smart, or Agent 86, Barbara Feldon as Agent 99, and Edward Platt the Chief. The show ended its five-season run on May 15, 1970, with 138 episodes.

The car that Smart is seen driving most is a red 1965 Sunbeam Tiger roadster. This car had various custom features, such as a machine gun, smoke screen, radar tracking, and an ejection seat.
The Sunbeam Tiger is a high-performance V8 version of the British Sunbeam Alpine roadster, designed in part by Carroll Shelby and produced from 1964 until 1967. Shelby had carried out a similar V8 conversion on the AC Cobra. Two major versions of the Tiger were built: the Mark I (1964–1967) was fitted with the 260 cu in (4.3 L) Ford V8; the Mark II, of which 633 were built in the final year of Tiger production, was fitted with the Ford 289 cu in (4.7 L) engine.
An expensive $3,425 when new, a concours 1965 Sunbeam Tiger is trending around $150k.

1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster

Correct 427 CI side oiler V-8 engine. Correct 4-barrel carburetor and intake. 4-speed manual transmission. Factory correct Rangoon Red. Sunburst knock-off wheels. History listed in the Shelby Registry.

Recently restored in April 2018 to original as-delivered spec. CSX3318 is a multiple award winner.
The "side oiler" Ford 7.0 L (427 cu in) FE engine equipped with a single 4-barrel 780 CFM Holley carburetor was rated at 425 hp at 6000 rpm and 480 lb⋅ft at 3700 rpm of torque.

In 2019 a 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster with a scant 1900 original miles sold for $1,792,500 at RM Sotheby’s, setting an auction record for a non-competition-spec Cobra 427. The sale broke the previous record of $1,705,000 at RM’s Monterey auction in 2014.
This example is estimated at $1.3m to $1.5m at Mecum.

Monday, December 21, 2020

2020 Ferrari 458 Speciale

Your Ferrari deserves a level of protection. This Ferrari 458 Speciale has been tuned to not only produce more power out of its 4.5-liter turbocharged V-8 engine, but to also carry proper protection in the form of armor. For a bargain $28,000, 'Add Armor' will fit your Ferrari with armor that’s supposedly 10 times stronger than ballistic steel without compromising the Ferrari’s performance capabilities.
Nifty composites, Add Armor calls them “laminated synthetic armoring materials”, are the answer. The engine now produces a total of 637 horsepower and a little over 400 pound-feet of torque, all while adding just 67lbs.

Your armored Ferrari 458 Speciale can still hit a top speed of 202 mph and make 0-to-60-mph in 2.8 seconds.

RM Sotheby’s Paris 2020 – Top Ten Auction Results

The top result at the RM Sotheby’s Paris 2020 sale went to the restored, matching-numbers 1958 BMW 507 Series II that changed hands for €1,996,250.

1. 1958 BMW Roadster Series II – €1,996,250
2. 1964 Porsche 904 GTS – €1,917,500
3. 2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport – €1,523,750

4. 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing – €1,073,750
5. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster – €764,375
6. 1965 Aston Martin DB5 – €623,750
7. 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta – €522,500
8. 1939 Delahaye 135 Roadster – €455,000
9. 1969 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 ‘Red Pig’ Replica – €432,500
10. 1992 Jaguar XJ220 – €398,750

A 1964 Porsche 904 GTS sold for €1,917,500.
A 2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport made €1,5m.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Lamborghini collection heads to auction

RM Sotheby’s is holding a two-part auction in Paris on February 13th. A single-owner Lamborghini collection heads to auction.

Including most of Lamborghini's greatest hits, the catalogue features a 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 (450k-550k euros), 1968 Lamborghini Espada Series 1 (180k-220k euros), a 1969 Lamborghini Islero GTS (400k-450k euros), a 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV (2,1m-2,5m euros), a 1977 Countach LP400 ‘Periscopio’ (750k-900k euros) and a 1984 Countach LP500 S (300k-350k euros).

1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro - Rick Treworgy's Muscle Car City 2021

This 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro is a part of the huge and magnificent Rick Treworgy collection, newly listed at Mecum. Well over 200 vintage ’50s to early ’70’s muscle cars were part of Muscle Car City in Punta Gorda, Florida.

The Treworgy collection represents a serious cut into the roots of American muscle.

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

The Andrews Collection

Restored Shell Gas Pump $6,900
The sale of much of Paul and Chris Andrews’ classic car collection figured to be huge, and it was, with 78 vehicles and some cherished automobilia and other items selling May 6, 2016 for in excess of $53.88 million, which RM Sotheby’s claims is a record for a single-vendor automobile auction.

Paul Andrews and his son, Chris, began collecting cars around 15 years ago. The quality of the Andrews’ collection is reflected in the fact that 16 of their vehicles sold for $1 million or more.
1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe by Bertone $1,320,000

Packard Approved Service Neon Sign $16,100

1934 Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster $528,000

1930 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Sedan by Murphy $1,925,000

1938 Lincoln Model K Coupe by LeBaron $231,000

1910 Pierce-Arrow Model 48-SS Demi-Tonneau $852,500

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 'Split-Window' Coupe $253,000

1957 Chevrolet Corvette 'Fuel-Injected' $170,500

1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary $451,000

1931 Marmon Sixteen Convertible Coupe by LeBaron $1,320,000

1963 Ferrari 400 Superamerica LWB Coupe Aerodinamico by Pininfarina $2,860,000

1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster $1,842,500

1965 Shelby GT350 R $770,000

1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet by Pininfarina $7,645,000

1953 Cadillac Eldorado $291,500

1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz 'Raindrop' Prototype $324,500

1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible $429,000

1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Town Car by Bohman & Schwartz $3,630,000