Thursday, September 23, 2021

The cop car John Dillinger stole

The 1933 Ford V8 stolen by John Dillinger on March 3, 1934, from Lake County Sheriff Lillian Holley returned home to Crown Point for the first time in 87 years this spring. Dillinger escaped from the jail, taking guards hostage with a wooden gun, stealing two submachine guns and then the car to make his escape.

By taking the stolen car across state lines, Dillinger committed a federal offense, and the FBI began it's own manhunt.
The car was abandoned in Chicago. “If I ever see John Dillinger, I’ll shoot him dead with my own pistol,” Holley told Time Magazine. Holley died June 15, 1994, at the age of 103.
See ----->John Dillinger killed 87 years ago

Monday, September 20, 2021

Bonhams Goodwood Revival auction


1955 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon. £642k
The Goodwood Revival Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia auction was held Sep 18, 2021.

1958 AC Ace Roadster. £149k.

1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon. £423.

1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America Project. Coachwork by Pinin Farina. £319k

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Top lots at Mecum 2021 Dallas auction

1. 2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ - $660k
2. 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback - $357k
3. 1968 Ford Mustang GT500CR 900C Fastback - $335k
4. 1956 Chevrolet 210 Custom - $253,000
5. 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible - $220k
6. 2002 BMW Z8 Roadster - $211k
7. 1966 RCR Ford GT40 Replica $203k
8. 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith - $203k
9. 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro - $200k
10. 1999 Shelby Series 1 Roadster - $189k

Saturday, September 18, 2021

1990 Yugo GVC Cabrio - $12,100

370 miles are showing on the odometer. The Yugo suffered from a reputation for non-existant workmanship and is generally recognized as the worst car ever made. Many Yugos began falling apart immediately after leaving the showroom. The car became the brunt of humor, with it's greatest asset said to be it was light and easy to push after breaking down. Unknown who is buying a Yugo with a view to a future collector car, but here we have it. 1990 was the beginning of the end for the Yugo in America. The Yugo disappeared from the US market for good in 1992. Only 6,359 Yugos were built for 1990, with no notion as to how many convertibles might have been.

1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Clubsport

The Porsche 911 GT2 Clubsport is one of the rarest 993-generation models, with a rumored number of just 21 made. Porsche created the GT2 Clubsport because of 90s homologation rules. A certain number of road-going cars were derived from its FIA GT2 turbocharged 911 race car. Out of the 194 GT2 911’s built, only a handful were adapted to Clubsport specification.
The 993 GT2 3.6-litre flat-6 bi-turbo engine generated 430hp. The engine is based on the 993 turbo unit, but without four-wheel drive and traction control. 0-60 time is around 4 seconds onto a top speed of 184 mph. RM Sotheby’s expects the car to bring upwards of $1.4m USD.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

1998 Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion

When the 911 GT1 was unveiled in 1996, Porsche exploited the rule book to the full. Rather than develop a race version of one of their road going models, what they created was effectively a purpose built prototype, but in order to comply with regulations a street legal version was created, 911 GT1 Straßenversion - literally a road-going racing car. The new vehicle was an outright success at Le Mans, winning the GT1 class at its debut race, and finishing 2nd and 3rd overall behind Joest Racing's Porsche WSC-95 prototype from the LMP1 class.

0 to 60 is 3.6 seconds and top speed of 196 mph. (315 kph)
The 911 GT1 Straßenversion packs a mid-mounted 3.2-liter twin-turbo flat six that produces 537 hp and 443 lb-ft. The car weighs 2,535 pounds. (1,150 kg)
Only 21 of them are in existence with 2 being spyders.

In early 2018 chassis number 005, driven a total of 4,400 km, made $5.66m

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

2021 Ford Bronco

The 2021 Ford Bronco is the cat's ass. How so? A used First Edition model was sold for nearly double its retail price at auction. The First Edition Bronco, one of 7,000 produced, sold at Mecum’s Dallas auction for a ridiculous US$126,500. The base price for the vehicle is listed at US$63,500. In Cyber Orange, it has 300 kilometres on the odometer. The four-door trim features a twin-turbocharged 2.7-litre V6 EcoBoost engines that pushes out 310 hp and 400 pound-feet of torque.
Ford has received more than 190,000 reservations for the SUV, and has halted online ordering. There are production issues, including hardtop replacements. As customer frustrations boil over, those at the front of the line are cashing out, some US$63,000 to be exact.

Monday, September 13, 2021

2016 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta

Introduced in October 2016 to commemorate Ferrari's 70th anniversary, the LaFerrari Aperta is the most exclusive and ultimate in Ferrari style, performance, and technical advancement. 174 original miles. 1 of only 210 produced. Black carbon fiber hardtop, $62,807 in options. 6.3/949 hp hybrid drive V-12 engine. HY-KERS Kinetic Energy Recovery System. Factory-rated top speed of 217 mph. F1 7-speed dual clutch gearbox.
The Aperta shares the same hybrid powertrain as the LaFerrari. 0 to 60 mph comes in 2.4 seconds, 125 mph in less than 7 seconds onto a top speed of 217.5 mph. This is the ultimate open-cockpit road Ferrari of all time.
Since the car was sold out before production began, list price is unknown. Estimates vary from $2.1 million to $3.9 million. An Aperta auctioned for charity made $10m.

1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster - $1.3m

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 made $ 1.3m in 2020 against an estimate of $1.3m to $1.5m at Mecum.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Auburn "Boattail" Speedster

Auburn was a brand name of American automobiles produced from 1900 through 1937. In 1926 Auburn partnered with Duesenberg Corporation, famous for its racing cars, and used it as the launching platform for a line of high-priced luxury vehicles, the Duesenberg Model J. In 1937, production of Auburns, along with that of Cords and Duesenbergs, ended.
The Auburn Speedster (1935–37), and the Cord 810/812 (1936–37) became famous for their advanced engineering as well as their striking appearance. The Auburn Boattail Speedster was powered by a 4.6L straight eight that, with the popular supercharger option (150 hp), could top 100 mph (160 km/h). The Depression, coupled with Cord's stock manipulations, spelled the end of the company and production ceased in 1937.

Boattail Auburns are some of the most beautiful cars ever made, but they were some of the fastest as well.
At a time when Cadillac was competing directly with Rolls-Royce and its most powerful engine managed 90 horses, the Auburn put out 115 and topped 100mph.

$725,000 - $875,000
851 Boattail Speedsters were made and today reproductions are very popular.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird at Mecum - $280k

1 of 135 Hemi Superbirds produced. 426/425 HP Hemi V-8 engine. 727 TorqueFlite transmission. A36 Performance Axle Package. Power steering. Power brakes with front discs. Rallye wheels. Lemon Twist Yellow. Hood pins and simulated fender scoops. Black vinyl top. Bucket seats and center console.
Superbirds were equipped with the top-of-the-line 426 cu in (7.0L) Hemi engine with a pair of four barrel Carter AFB carburetors producing 425 hp. The car could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. It was developed specifically for NASCAR racing. Increasing emissions regulations, insurance spikes for high performance cars and NASCAR's ban on aero cars made 1970 the only production year.
The figure generally accepted for production numbers is 1,935. The cars have steadily risen in price, regularly fetching between $100k to $200k based on condition, engine, gearbox and other factory options. Hemis can sell for $ 300k or more. This example made $280,500 in 2018.