Sunday, January 31, 2021

Scottsdale collectors’ car auctions - Bonhams

A 1959 BMW 507 Series II is expected to be the top lot. 253 were built.

Hugely expensive at the time, BMW lost money on every car. The vehicle made $1.8m.
Hollywood stars’ favourite in the mid 1950s was the Mercedes 300Sc roadster. 53 of the hand built cars were produced. Restored 25 years ago, the car has put 500 miles on the clock since. The car made $698k.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Patton's 1944 Dodge WC-57 Command Car

230 cid inline six-cylinder engine, 92 HP, four-speed automatic transmission with 4x4 drive capable, solid front and rear axles with leaf spring suspension, hydraulic front and rear drum brakes.

A purpose-built military vehicle produced from 1942 to 1945. Command Car with off-road capability.
The vehicle appears at worldwideauctioneers.com

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E - $134k

One of a dozen known survivors. Original matching numbers drivetrain. Rare matching numbers W-Code 427 side oiler, balanced and blueprinted rebuild. Rebuilt C6 Merc-O-Matic transmission. Rebuilt 3.50 limited slip rear end. Original 4-barrel Holley carburetor. Optional Competition Suspension package.

Madras Blue with Light Aqua Decor interior. Photo documented rotisserie restoration. Factory parts markings precisely match original using photos. Original styled steel wheels Deluxe Marti Report. Copy of window sticker. 55,979 original miles.
This Cougar GT-E might be one of the finest examples of its species. Not a single part was ignored in this meticulously thorough rotisserie restoration. 393 examples were produced in 1968. Of those, 356 were fitted with a 427 cubic-inch V8 engine and the remaining 37 packed a 428 cubic-inch Cobra Jet. The engine was the one Ford used to homologate its NASCAR racing program.

Virtually all Cougar GT-E models came equipped with the Select-Shift Merc-O-Matic, or C6 transmisson.
A must-see for any Ford or investment auto enthusiast, the 1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E is highly desirable. How so? In 2011 a top tier example made $181k. This pristine example made $132k at Mecum.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Al Capone's bulletproof 1928 Cadillac

The 1928 Cadillac Town Sedan has only 1,111 miles on the odometer and a host of hardware. It features one-inch-thick bulletproof glass windows all around, and the side windows can even be cranked up to allow a two-inch gap at the bottom for gunmen to shoot a Thompson submachine gun. The back window opens as well to allow rear-firing. The car was outfitted with a police siren, flashing police lights, and a police radio hidden in the glove box.

The car sold for $341,000 in 2014.

The green and black paint was similar to Chicago’s police cars. The infamous Caddy has lived a quiet, little used life, occupying museums.
The U.S. Treasury Department impounded Capone’s Caddy after he was arrested in 1931. When FDR went to Congress to ask for a declaration of a state of war on December 8, 1941, he rode in this Cadillac.
The car is offerred at $1m with no takers thus far.

Friday, January 22, 2021

The Mazda Furai Concept Supercar

The Furai concept was slated to undergo testing in order to enter Le Mans racing. That was until disaster struck. In the span of minutes, the car that was to mark the return of the rotary engine was reduced to cinders and ashes.
The Furai is forever memorialized in video games but is no longer of this world.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Mercedes-Benz 300SL

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing. $1.5m.
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster. $1.2m. Restored in factory correct Silver Gray Metallic with Red leather interior. 2,996cc engine with Bosch fuel injection. 4-speed manual gearbox. 4-corner independent suspension. 3.98 rear axle. 4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.

Friday, January 15, 2021

1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster - $5.9m

A crown jewel of Carroll Shelby’s personal collection. CSX3178, was owned by Carroll Shelby from the day it was assembled in March 1966 until his passing in May 2012. One of five 427 Cobras finished in Charcoal Gray. In 2016, the car was purchased from Carroll Shelby’s estate by the consigner. It became the subject of a concours restoration, which returned it to its original Charcoal paint color and its original 427 configuration with a 4-speed.
Carroll Shelby’s lifelong personal 427 Cobra is the big brother of CSX2000, the original small-block Cobra. CSX2000 sold for almost $14m. CSX3178 is the only 427 Cobra Carroll Shelby owned from new until his passing.
The icon appeared at Mecum and made $5.9m..

1954 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster - $242k

Of the 3,460 1954 Corvettes built, only 100 were adorned in Sportsman Red. 235/155 HP Blue Flame Six engine. Powerglide transmission. Optioned with heater, signal seeking AM radio, courtesy lights, directional signal, parking brake alarm and windshield washer. 6.70x15 Whitewall tires. Miltiple award winner.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda - $214k

One of 368 automatic Hemi Cuda Hardtops produced in 1970. 20,350 miles. 426 Hemi V-8 engine. Torqueflite automatic transmission. A32 Super Performance Axle Package with 4.10 gears. Power brakes. Chrome exhaust tips.

Shaker hood with hold-down pins and argent scoop. Factory color combination of Dark Green with White vinyl interior.
Beneath the Shaker scoop is a 426 Hemi V-8, rated at 425 HP from the factory and using a race-bred block, bottom-end and cylinder head design. Two 4-barrel carburetors came atop this engine from the factory, and free-flowing manifolds fed exhaust to a dual exhaust system ending in chrome tips.

The car blew past it's 200k high estimate.

Alfa Romeo - Squared

1973 Alfa Romero 1600 junior Zagato coupe. One of 402 handcrafted examples by Zagato. One of 12 known to reside in the U.S. 56,473 km. 1570cc DOHC high performance aluminum inline 4-cylinder "S" engine. Dual Weber 2-barrel carburetors. 5-speed manual transmission. 4-wheel disc brakes.
1972 Alfa Romero Montreal Bertone coupe. One of 3,925 produced between 1971-1975. Aluminum DOHC V-8 engine sourced from the Tipo 33 Prototype. Dry sump lubrication. 5-speed manual transmission. Finished in Orange with Black cloth interior.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Koenigsegg Regera

The Regera possesses a twin-turbocharged V8 engine that works with three electric motors to pump out a monumental 1200kW and 2000Nm of torque. This propels the Swiss car to 100km/h from a standstill in just 2.8 seconds before it tops out at a hefty 450km/h.
For those smitten the high estimate for the vehicle is $6.5m.

Monday, January 11, 2021

The 1970 Boss

1970 Boss. KK no. 2337 Produced on November 6, 1969. Boss 429 CI V-8 engine. 4-speed manual transmission. Grabber Green exterior. Black interior. Decor group. Convenience Check Group. Rim Blow Deluxe steering wheel. Console. AM radio. Clock. Deluxe belts/warning light. Tachometer and trip odometer. Drag Pack.
KK no. 2401. 7,745 miles. 429 CI V-8 engine. 4-speed transmission. Grabber Blue exterior. Black interior. Convenience check group. Rim blow-deluxe steering wheel. Console. AM radio. Decor group.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Ferraris top Bonham's sale

Bonhams sale at the Goodwood SpeedWeek event resulted in a trio of classic Ferraris topping the event. Top lot was a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS, one of 100 produced. The car hammered for $1,639,336 (price includes buyer’s fee).
A 1969 365 GTC, part of the Chester Collection and one of only 22 with right-hand drive, brought $686,134.
A recently restored 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS coupe sold for more than $400k.

Friday, January 8, 2021

2021 Lamborghini Essenza SCV12

if you buy a track only Essenza SCV12, Lamborghini recommends you let the company keep it for you at the company's headquarters in Italy. Owners will have access to a secure web cam feed so they can look at the car. If they want to drive it, Lamborghini will arrange for it to be transported to almost any racetrack in the world. Lamborghini will even provide a professional driver to provide coaching.
The company will host special events throughout the year to let Essenza SCV12 owners get together and enjoy their cars as a group. 40 of the cars will be produced. Customers have already signed contracts for most of them but a few remain available. Price? Something around $2m.
For the money a body gets a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter engine that will produce over 818 horsepower. That is sent to the rear wheels via a new six-speed transmission with paddle shifters.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Mussolini's girlfriend's Alfa Romeo 6C2500


Italian dictator Benito Mussolini gave an Alfa Romeo to his mistress Clara Petacci as a gift. The pair met at Lake Como and planned to seek asylum in Switzerland.

A motorcade they were in, which included a retreating German anti-aircraft unit, was stopped at a roadblock near the town of Dongo on April 27, 1945. The fascist leader and his mistress were both identified before being shot dead and their bodies hung upside down at a petrol station. Petacci’s Alfa Romeo was confiscated and eventually acquired by an American Army Air Corps officer, Major Charles Pettit.

Correspondence between the pair convinced Keno that he had ownership of the historic car.
The vehicle was given a new lease of life in 1970 when it was purchased by Ron Keno of Mohawk, New York for $300. The antiques dealer was eventually put in touch with Franz Spogler, a former Nazi whose job it had been to drive Petacci and Mussolini towards the end of the war.
In late 1978 the partially restored Alfa Romeo was sold by Keno to collector Donnie Morton, of Connecticut, who ultimately passed it to the Imperial Palace Auto Collection. Staff restored and displayed it as part of their holdings of rare automobiles for the next two decades, until it was sold to another long-term owner in 1999.
A no-expenses-spared restoration with Garage Bonfanti followed. The work, which went so far as to recreate replicas of the original dashboard switchgear, reportedly took two years and cost a staggering €500,000 (roughly $625,000 in 2004).
The 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C2500 achieved a high bid of €1.8 million ($2.1 million), but failed to meet its reserve price.