Saturday, February 27, 2021

Bad Ferraris

The Ferrari 348 is a mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive V8-powered 2-seat sports car produced from 1989 through 1995. The 348 was Ferrari's low point. The supercar was all bad.

The 348 had all the standard Ferrari problems without anything praiseworthy. Extremely expensive maintenance, poor reliability and bad ergonomics, the 348 has it all.
The Ferrari 400I is an embarrassing faux pas swept under the rug. Everyone seems to forget the 400I existed, and for many good reasons. Produced between 1972 and 1979, the Ferrari 400I was boring to look at and slow. Perhaps worst of all, dull.
The Ferrari Mondial is a mid-engined, V8-powered grand tourer produced between 1980 and 1993. Some Ferraris depreciate spectacularly. But the Mondial goes above and beyond all others. Overweight and under-powered, the Mondial gets dramatically outrun by virtually anything with wheels.

1969 Plymouth Hemi Road Runner

This 1969 Plymouth Hemi Road Runner Hardtop is one of 234 Hemi Road Runners that were produced in 1969 with an A-833 Hemi four-speed transmission mated to a 426-ci V8 that delivers 425 hp.

The car is optioned in Code 99 special order Omaha Orange finish with black vinyl top.

Friday, February 26, 2021

1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona - $577k

1 of 20 Hemi 4-Speed Daytonas produced in 1969. R4 Charger Red with Black interior. 426/425 HP Hemi V-8. 4-speed transmission. Two 4-barrel carburetors. A33 Dana 60 Track Pack. Power front disc brakes. Bucket seats with woodgrain console. Chrome roof trip moldings. Rallye instrument cluster. Wood-rimmed sport steering wheel. A01 light group. Solid State AM radio.
Running under Hemi power, a Charger Daytona laid claim to the fastest stock car in the world, laying down a qualifying run at 199.985 MPH in practice for its inaugural race at Talladega. From then through the following year, Daytonas won 45 of the next 59 races.
On March 24, 1970, at Talladega, Buddy Baker became the first NASCAR driver to officially break the 200 MPH barrier on a closed course.
This 1969 Charger Daytona is one of only 20 built combining the dual 4-barrel Hemi engine with the Hurst Pistol Grip heavy-duty 4-speed manual.
This Hemi 4-speed is one of the most desirable Aero Mopars in existence.

The car brought $577k in 2019 against an estimate of $750k to $ 800k

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Supercar depreciation kings

2012 Aston Martin V12 Vantage. Original MSRP was $183,585 but has since plummeted all the way down to $80,500 for a pristine example.
2015 McLaren 650s. The McLaren 650s was built with a 641 horsepower 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that made 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. Its MSRP was $265,500. Top examples can be had for $100k less.
2003 Mercedes SLR McLaren. Its MSRP was $452,500, but has since dropped to $283,900 or less, representing the top depreciating supercar.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

T.50s Niki Lauda

A total of 25 T.50s Niki Laudas are planned. Each is powered by a bespoke 725bhp Cosworth V12 commissioned by GMA. Production of the £3.1m track only machine will begin in January 2023 after 100 road cars have been delivered.
725 horsepower at a screaming 11,500 rpm (redline is 12,100 rpm), is on tap, with peak torque of 357 lb-ft arriving at 9,000 rpm. That is funneled through a six-speed Xtrac paddle-shift transmission that features a patented gear preselection system.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

2012 Lexus LFA

The Lexus LFA is no ordinary supercar. When new, the LFA boasted an astonishing sticker price of $375k. The engine was a masterpiece 4.8-liter naturally aspirated V10 that makes 552 horsepower and 334 pound-feet of torque. It boasts a screaming 9,000-rpm redline. This is number 425 of the 500-model production run, 178 in US spec.
This is a slightly-used example, with 1,073 miles on the odometer. With a list price of $680k, this baby doesn´t come cheap.

1954 Ferrari 375 America Coupe by Vignale - $2.5m

Within the Ferrari road car lineup there existed a strict model hierarchy. Beginning in 1950, the powerful, limited production gran turismos given the name “America” sat at its very top. The Ferrari 375 America, introduced for 1953, continued the tradition.

Vignale’s redesign of the Ferrari 250 Europa GT-chassis produced 3 examples. A racing-derived 4.5-liter Lampredi V12 produced 296 BHP that was sent to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual.
The car made $2.5m at RM Sotheby’s.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Corvette squared

2021 Corvete 3LT convertible. 38 miles. Z51 Performance Package, $5,995 option. 3LT Equipment Package. 6.2L/495 HP V-8 engine. Performance exhaust. Dry sump oiling and variable valve timing. 8-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.
2020 Corvette 3LT Coupe. 76 miles. Z51 Performance Package. 3LT Equipment Package. 6.2L/495 HP V-8 engine. Performance exhaust Dry sump oiling and variable valve timing 8-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.

2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina

2001 marked the 70th anniversary of Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina and 50 years of its partnership with Ferrari. To celebrate the milestones, the two collaborated on the 550 Barchetta Pininfarina. 448 were produced. A 5.5L/485 HP 48-valve 65-degree V-12 engine features four overhead camshafts. Power is delivered through a 6-speed manual transmission.
Price was something around $258k when new. In July 2020 an example with 454 miles on the clock made $396k.

Friday, February 19, 2021

1970 Dodge Charger in The Fast & Furious

The Dodge Charger driven by Vin Diesel in the original The Fast and the Furious movie. It is a 1969 dressed as a 1970. For the original film 5 Dodge Chargers were built. This is one of 2 hero cars that were used for close ups. Three stunt cars were built. One was heavily damaged in the final rollover scene, the other two were restored and are in private hands.
The blower on the charger was fake and the car was nor capable of a 9 second quarter mile. The icon was sold for a reported $200k in 2017.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

1966 Yenko Stinger

YS-050. No. 50 of the first 100 Yenko Stingers built in 1966. Comprehensive mechanical and cosmetic restoration. Stage II 190 HP 6-cylinder engine 10.1 compression. High performance stinger camshaft. Four carburetors. Dual exhaust. 4-speed manual transmission. 3.55 rear axle. Iconic White and Blue finish. Black bucket seat interior with full instrumentation.
Yenko offered four stages of tune for the $3,520 Stinger. Stage II bumped power to 190 hp for an extra $500. A rear-mounted, quad-carb, air-cooled six-cylinder engine was mated to a four-speed manual transmission. In January 2020 an uber top end stage II Stinger made $220k.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

2022 Porsche 911 GT3

Behold the track-focused Porsche 911 GT3. Engine is a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-6 that generates a peak 502 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque. Red line is a significant 9,000 rpm. Buyers will be able to choose between a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The new 911 GT3 arrives as a 2022 model and lands at dealerships in the fall. No price has been revealed.

Monday, February 15, 2021

1971 Ford XY Falcon GT-HO Phase III - $1.15m

An Aussie auction record of $1.15m has been set for the king of Australian muscle.

It’s the ultimate Aussie muscle car and this example might be the best. In the early 70s the car was the fastest four-door sedan in the world. Once rolling the car was untouchable. Key to speed was the upgraded 5.8-litre (351ci) Cleveland V8.
A 1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III that sat for decades, was missing an engine, and had been attacked with an axe, sold for $400k.

300 high performance road cars were built by Ford with less than 100 known to survive.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Listers Supra

The Fast and the Furious catapulted the Supra into fame, but it has long been a mainstay in modified car culture. In Japan, tuning firms boosted its 2JZ motor to 1,000hp and beyond. Listers' kit costs £3,000 and delivers 450hp at 6,300rpm, up from 340hp at 5,000rpm. If you're impatient you could buy this supercar killer 2019 Supra with 5,569 miles on the clock for £43,991.

Friday, February 12, 2021

The last Pontiac Fiero - $115k

Auctioned by GAA Classic Cars the 1988 Fiero GT with 583 miles on the clock made $115k. The original owner got the car via a raffle held for Pontiac Assembly Plant employees. In the trunk is a 2.8-litre V6, a much needed upgrade from the base model’s “Iron Duke” four-cylinder. It’s the last Pontiac Fiero to ever roll off the assembly line.

A total of 370,168 units were produced over a production run of five years. The Fiero's reputation suffered from criticisms over performance, reliability, and safety.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

2004 Porsche Carrera GT

The 2004 Porsche Carrera GT boasts a 5.7-liter V-10 spitting out 605 hp @ 8,000 rpm and 435 ft lbs @ 5,750 rpm through a six-speed manual. This example was one of 664 produced to US specification.
Porsche intended to manufacture 1,500 examples, but produced only 1,270, priced from $440k. Despite a deserved reputation as a widow maker the car has become collectible. Only the most accomplished drivers dare take the car to it's limits. Carrera GTs have infamously ended up with dead occupants, including actor Paul Walker.

With 10,145 miles on the clock this Carrera GT’s high estimate is $985k.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Lamborghini Diablo SV-R

The Diablo SV-R is the first Lamborghini race car straight from the Sant’Agata Bolognese factory. 31 examples were built to compete in their Supertrophy series. A naturally aspirated 5.7-liter V12 engine produces 533 HP, bolted to a five-speed manual transmission.
The racing Lambo recently came out of a $125k restoration from Lamborghini Melbourne, using brand new original parts to bring it back to its race specification. It can now compete in the EU/US International GT Legends series. The racer is located in Australia and is offered in an online auction at Trading Garage.

Friday, February 5, 2021

1970 Chevrolet LS5 Chevelle SS Convertible - $93k

LS5 454/360 HP engine. Automatic transmission. Positraction rear axle. 8,400 actual miles. SS wheels with wide oval tires. Correct spare and jack assembly. Power steering, windows, and convertible top. Sport steering wheel. Black bucket seat interior. Under hood auxiliary light. Factory Cranberry Red. Front bumper guards. Pushbutton AM radio. Oval aluminized exhaust.
1970 was a watershed year in the history of American muscle. Most would agree that the muscle era hit its apex in 1970. Vying for the top of the pops was Chevrolet's Chevelle SS 454. The SS 454 carried Chevy's intermediate performance banner. The Super Sport package, Chevelle's highest performance option, was available in the hardtop Sport Coupe ($3,497) and convertible. ($3,697)

The big block LS5 454-cubic-inch V8 produced 360hp in standard form. The LS6 produced a claimed 450 gross HP in solid-lifter, high-compression guise and cost a mere $263.30. 4,574 LS5s were produced in 1970. Of those, 91 were convertibles.
While not the uber top end LS6, they surely aren't giving these babies away. A 1970 LS5 Convertible made $ 185k in 2011 at Barrett Jackson. This example made $93k at Mecum.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

BMW M1 once owned by Paul Walker - $500k

453 examples of the BMW M1 were made, and this modified AHG Studie is even rarer. 53 cars would be built for racing. Ten road cars were modified by German BMW dealership AHG. Made to look like the racing M1s used in the Procar series, they received a comprehensive makeover.
The 3.5-liter straight-six engine produced 277 horsepower in a regular M1. AHG pushed this to 350 hp. A five-speed manual transaxle with a limited-slip differential was standard. This M1 has covered 4,200 miles from new. It made $500k.
The modified M1 rarely come to auction. One appeared in 2015 and failed to change hands on a $650k high estimate.