Tuesday, April 13, 2021

1950 HWM Alta Jaguar

The 1950 HWM Alta Jaguar sold for £517,500. The vehicle played a significant role in Motorsport and has been raced by Sir Stirling Moss, Lance Macklin, George Abecassis, John Heath, and Rudi Fischer.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

1968 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T - $231k

One of 264 Hemi Charger R/Ts produced in 1968 with an automatic transmission. The only known automatic example produced in code EE1 Dark Blue Metallic. Correct paint code and interior code. One cosmetic refresh in 1992. Original 426 Hemi engine. Original Torqueflite automatic transmission. Functional AM radio with 8-track player.
Of the nearly 100,000 Chargers sold in 1968, 17,584 were ordered as Charger R/T models. The 426 Hemi added a whooping $604.75 to the Charger R/T's $3506 base sticker price.

1956 Ferrari 290 MM - $22m

A Ferrari Classiche-certified 1956 Ferrari 290 MM previously raced by Formula 1 legends Juan Manuel Fangio, Peter Collins and Sir Stirling Moss topped RM Sotheby's auction on Dec 8 2018. The car has received a complete restoration by Ferrari Classiche in Italy and houses a perfect Tipo 130 V12 engine of 320hp.
The car was built at the direction of company founder Enzo Ferrari, and it was the last of four 290 MM models built in 1956. A competition Ferrari, with a winning history, that was driven by several world famous drivers. That makes it desirable.

It made $ 22m.
In 2015 a 1956 Ferrari 290 MM made $28m.

Friday, April 9, 2021

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series I by Pinin Farina

In March 1956 the coachbuilder Boano introduced a new open Ferrari built on the 250 GT platform. One year later Pinin Farina unveiled a more refined version. Pinin Farina used its initial design as the basis for a more formal series of luxurious cabriolets that featured wind-up windows and Borrani wire wheels. The coachwork remained unchanged through the production of 37 examples, though the last few were built with uncovered headlamps.

A total of 40 examples were built with 3 prototypes. Chassis no. 0913 GT is the 25th example built. While the bodywork was the same the interior details and trim were customized to order, and it is believed that no two were ever produced exactly alike.

Exquisite in build quality and very rare, the first-series Pinin Farina cabriolets were built through 1959. These cars rarely change hands and are usually held long term by their owners for their collections. Very few ever become available through public sale.

Immaculately maintained this example is what dreams are made of. The car high bid to $5.5m on January 17, 2020. Estimate was $6m to $7m.
Chassis number 0789 GT features some bespoke appointments like side vents, short “bumperettes,” and covered headlights.

During its heyday, it was the most expensive Ferrari at $14,950. 0789 GT made $6.8m in 2019.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

‘Blue Buzz II’ headlines Bonhams Monaco

A 1936 Delahaye 135 S Competition Court race car that ran at Le Mans headlines at Bonhams Les Grandes Marques à Monaco’ scheduled for April 23. The car is expected to sell for €800,000 to €1.1 million ($950,000 to $1.3 million)

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione = $ 16.35m

Leading the charge at RM Sotheby's New York in 2017 was a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione.

The Spider, one of eight with the same specifications in the world, raced at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. Estimated at $ 14m to $ 17m, it hammered at $ 16.35m, by far the most expensive vehicle to feature in the New York sale.
Within the hierarchy of the LWB California Spiders, chassis number 1451 GT sits at the very top of the pyramid. Built to full “competizione” specifications, it was the second of eight California Spiders bodied in aluminum and bore the first outside-plug, Tipo 128F engine, topped with high lift camshafts, triple 40 DCL6 carburetors, and a competition-spec fuel tank with an external fuel filter.
Horsepower was 262.5 bhp at 7,300 rpm.
A restoration was completed in August of 1983 and the car’s first event on the show circuit was the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The car’s significance was not lost on the judges of the world’s most prestigious concours, and 1451 GT came away with 1st in Class honors. The car is truly one of the great California Spiders.

Monday, April 5, 2021

IRS auction of Scott Tucker's cars

Scott Tucker's pay day scheme fell far outside of the law, and he finds himself behind bars for the next 17 years. Some of his loot went into high end cars.

These cars are a 2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta, a track-only Ferrari 599XX, a 2011 Porsche GT2 RS, and a Porsche 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. The Ferrari Aperta is one of 80 examples built. It fetched $1.02m.
Base price on the 29 Ferrari 599XXs produced was $1.75m. This example made $1.2m.

Tucker's supercars crossed the auction block on February 5th 2020 in Austin after the IRS Criminal Investigation Unit seized them. The cars aren't going to recoup anything close to the $1.3 billion that Tucker stole.
A Porsche 2005 Porsche Carrera GT brought $609k.
Porsche made 500 (132 in US spec) of the GT2 RS at a bargain basement $245k. That number was $475k for this example.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Ferrari leads at RM Sotheby’s

The top lot at RM Sotheby’s 2021 Open Roads, March Auction was a 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A which made $500k. It was designed by one of Ferrari’s VIP clients.
A 2009 SLR McLaren Roadster with a scant 434 miles made $434k. It is finished in Crystal Galaxit Black Metallic finish and matched with anthracite and beige leather interior.
A 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster ‘Heritage Design’ made €297,000. It is one of 1,948 units built.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

1958 Plymouth Fury - Christine

Star car from the 1983 film "Christine" directed by James Carpenter on a novel by Stephen King. Promotional sweepstakes giveaway car for the movie. Comprehensive restoration.

Small block wedge V-8 engine. Offenhauser intake manifold. Dual 4-barrel carburetors. Torqueflite pushbutton automatic transmission. Power steering. Power brakes. Finished in red with white roof. Red vinyl and cloth bench seat interior.
The car appeared at Mecum's Kissimmee and did not change hands for $375k high bid. Estimate was $400k to $500k.
More than 20 cars were used to play the role of Christine. When filming was finished, only a few unscathed cars remained. One of the movie cars sold for $198k at Barrett-Jackson’s in January 2015.

Hagerty suggests a 1958 Plymouth Fury in #2 (excellent) condition is trending around $47k.

1957 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione 'Tour de France' by Scaglietti

Ferrari’s 250 GT berlinetta dominated the multi-stage Tour de France rally from 1956 to 1959.

72 examples were built that are highly prized by collectors. Produced in four discreet series before being succeeded by the 250 GT SWB berlinetta, the ‘Tour de France’ is the cream of Ferrari racing history.
This mid-production TdF is the 15th of 17 examples built in the 1957 body style.

The 3.0-litre V12 had a confirmed output of 258 bhp at 7.200 rpm. The transmission was the competition ribbed gearbox, paired with a limited-slip differential and an 8 × 32 final drive ratio.
With a history including a successful career with a celebrated German driver, chassis 0879 GT rightfully claims a rich racing pedigree.

Chassis 0879 GT was entered in more than 20 races, claiming 11 victories and top-five finishes. This example has a short and well-documented chain of ownership, including use by a Ferrari factory driver. Built with the three-louver Scaglietti coachwork and desired covered headlights this car has had just two custodians over the last 45 years.
The 15th of 17 third-series examples with desirable covered headlights, this example crossed the block at RM Sothebys in 2018 against a $9m to $11m estimate. It failed to change hands.

In 2016 a 1956 a Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione 'Tour de France' made $5.7m

Friday, April 2, 2021

1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro - $312k

A Yenko Chevy is scarce, but to find one that is both a Yenko Camaro and a Double COPO car is very rare. COPO 9561 was the order that removed the L78 396 and had the L72 427 installed. COPO 9737 was the Sports Car Conversion package that added 15-inch Rally wheels, E70-15 wide-tread tires, a thicker sway bar and a 140 MPH speedometer.
1 of 201 Yenko Camaros built in 1969. YS9561 COPO 9561 L72 Engine. COPO 9737 Sports Car Conversion. L72 427/425 HP V-8 engine. High-rise manifold with 800 CFM Holley carburetor. Muncie M21 4-speed manual transmission. Rally Green exterior with Black vinyl top. Yenko side and hood striping. Power steering. Power disc brakes. Rear spoiler. Special ducted hood. Heavy duty suspension. Positraction 4.10:1 rear axle. 15x7-inch Rallye wheels.

Thursday, April 1, 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.