Monday, June 28, 2021

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet

The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet, chassis 1075 GT, features custom coachwork by Pinin Farina and is the 34th of the 40 Series I Cabriolets built by the marque. Chassis 1075 GT is finished in its original color scheme of Andalusia Gold over brown leather. It underwent restoration by Wayne Obry’s Motion Products Inc., one of the foremost Ferrari restorers in the world. Chassis 1075 GT achieved a perfect 100-point score and Best in Class in its concours debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® in 2008.
2,953 CC SOHC Tipo 128D V-12 Engine. Three Weber 36 DCL3 Carburetors. 220 BHP at 7,000 RPM. 4-Speed Manual Gearbox. 4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes. Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs and Houdaille Shock Absorbers. Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs and Houdaille Shock Absorbers.
A 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet carries an average value of $7.5M in in #1 (concours) condition. A 250 GT Series I Cabriolet sold for $6.8M in Pebble Beach in 2020

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Top results - Car Week 2020

12 Ferrari 550 GT1 Prodrive race cars were built, this being the second example made. While it never tasted victory at Le Mans, this car did win 14 races and claim 15 poles between its racing in both the U.S. and Europe. $4.29m - RM Sotheby's
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB. A second-series, "long nose" car with desirable torque-tube driveshaft and six-carb specification. 50,000 miles from new. $3.08m - Gooding & Company
2003 Ferrari Enzo. This Enzo was special ordered in Nürburgring Silver and has 7,100 miles on the clock. $2.3m - Gooding & Company.
1959 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder. The brand's first bespoke race car was the mid-engine 550 Spyder. This RSK was an evolution of that design. $2.2m - Bonhams.
1995 Ferrari F50. This Nürburgring Silver F50 is one of a 349-car production run. The naturally aspirated 4.7-liter V-12 has become known as one of the last old-school supercars. 10,000 miles. $2.1m -Gooding & Company.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Ferrari 330 P4

The 330 P4 was developed in the late '60s. The 330 P4 is a mid-engined endurance car Ferrari built to replace the 330 P3 race car. After Ford destroyed Ferrari with its 1-2-3 finish at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, it was the 330 P4 that got the Italians revenge when it recorded a 1-2-3 finish at the 1967 24 Hours Of Daytona. Only one 330 P4 survives today.

Friday, June 25, 2021

1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88

The rarest L88 of them all is the three-unit run that Chevy built for AIR, James Garner's racing team. This AIR-spec 1968 L88 is concours quality, but before you take the eBay plunge, the owner is asking a minimum $777,777. That might be a bargain.
A 1968-model-year version, this L88 comes with a removable hard-top. It sports James Garner's signature and AIR logo on the rear fenders alongside the white stripes on the hood, roof, and rear deck.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

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.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

2015 Porsche 918 ‘Weissach’ Spyder

The 2015 Porsche 918 ‘Weissach’ Spyder packs a 4.6-liter V-8 that churns out 887 hp and 944 ft lbs of twist. This provides a top speed of 214 mph and a zero to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. 918 Spyders were built in 2015. 230 were outfitted with the Weissach package.
The car is expected to fetch between $1.14m and $1.38m at RM Sotheby’s Open Roads auction, running June 23-30.

Monday, June 21, 2021

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

The Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato ranks among the most collectible sports cars on earth. The car is a grand tourer designed by Zagato and produced between 1960 and 1963. This rare 1961 example, 1 of 19 built, is the only one finished in Peony red. Fitted with a 3.7–liter aluminum inline-six, it’s capable of 314 hp and a top speed of 154 mph. Zero to 60 mph comes in 6.1 seconds. In 2018 a 1961 Aston Martin MP209 DB4GT Zagato brought $13.3m.
This DB4 Zagato was unsold at Gooding & Company’s “Passion of a Lifetime” sale. It was expected to sell for between $9.1m and $11.7m.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

1995 McLaren F1 heads to auction

One of 106 made between 1992 and 1998, and one of 64 road-going versions, this example has 390 kilometers (242 miles) on the clock. A hallowed name in the climate-controlled halls of uber rich car collectors, it’s expected to go for “in excess” of $15m, making it a member of the top 30 most expensive cars ever sold.

Its naturally aspirated BMW Motorsport six-liter V-12 engine developed over 100 hp-per-liter that revved to a 7,500 rpm redline. The F1 featured a revolutionary carbon fiber monocoque chassis, a six-speed manual transaxle, unassisted Brembo brakes, and bespoke high-speed tires.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Twister Special Fastback - $165k

428 Super Cobra Jet Drag Pack Twister Special. Comprehensive concours restoration. Concours detail throughout. C6 automatic transmission. Power front disc brakes. AM radio. Tinted glass.
A total of 96 Mustang Twister Specials were produced and sold in Kansas-area dealerships for the 1970 model year. Based on the Mach 1, the Twister Special added a drag pack suspension and either a Super Cobra Jet Ram Air engine or the new 351 CID Cleveland V8. The cars were available only in Grabber Orange and featured a black hood stripe and tornado decal. 52 Twisters are thought to exist today, of which 18 host the 351 engine.
https://www.mecum.com/lots/TJ0621-481279/1970-ford-mustang-mach-1-twister-special-fastback/

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

1967 Shelby 427 S/C Cobra - $3.3m

1 of 27 Factory 427 S/C Cobras produced. Five owners since new. 10,760 original miles. Original engine. Professionally restored in 2002.

https://www.mecum.com/lots/SC0521-462048/1967-shelby-427-sc-cobra-roadster/

Monday, June 14, 2021

The Bugatti from the Lake - 1925 Bugatti Type 22 Brescia €370,000

The local mythology surrounding the Bugatti in Lake Maggiore was well known. The 1925 Bugatti Type 22 Brescia Roadster used to belong to Grand Prix driver René Dreyfus, who lost it in a drunken poker game to Swiss playboy Adalbert Bodé in Paris in 1934; Bodé left for home with his new machine, but was unable to pay its import duties when he was stopped at the Swiss border. Bodé walked away, leaving Swiss officials to dispose of his prize. Officials chose to roll it into the lake; its eventual resting spot was 173 feet below the surface of the water where it stayed for almost 75 years.
It wasn't until the summer of 1967, when deep-diving technology was able to overcome the 29 fathoms of water pressure, that the Bugatti tale ceased to be a myth; a local diving club was able to see it for the first time. For more than four decades, amateur divers plunged the depths of the lake to catch a glimpse.
A crowd of thousands witnessed the long-sunk Type 22 emerge from Lake Maggiore on July 12, 2009. The half of the car that retains its body and tires rested in the silt at the bottom of the lake for decades; the remainder, exposed to the lake, fared less well. It sold for €370,000 at the Bonhams auction at Retromobile in Paris in January 2010.

The Type 13 was the first true Bugatti car. Production of the Type 13 and later Types 15, 17, 22, and 23, began with the company's founding in 1910 and lasted through 1920 with 435 examples produced. The Bugatti from the Lake resides at the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California.
One of only 3 examples it reportedly sold for $35 million.Dr. Peter Williamson bought a 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic at a Sotheby’s auction in 1971 for the unheard sum of $59,000 and held it for almost four decades.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Mclaren Sabre

McLaren’s latest is a 1-of-15, 824 HP monster only available in the US. The new Sabre is the marque's most powerful two-seater ever. The Sabre is the brainchild of the automaker’s bespoke division, McLaren Special Operations. Each car was tailored to the “exacting standards” of its owners.
The bespoke supercar is powered by a 4.0-liter V-8 churning out 824 horses and 590 ft lbs of twist. The supercar is able to reach a top speed of 218 mph. No word on price but expect $1m rock bottom.

Friday, June 11, 2021

1937 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante

The Atalante was a two-door coupe body style similar to and built after the Atlantic, both built on the 57S chassis. Only 17 Atalante cars were made, four of which reside in the Cité de l’Automobile Museum in Mulhouse, France.

One of the most aerodynamic and beautiful of Bugatti’s Type 57 variants, the car was capable of 125 mph with its 3.25-liter inline-8 that produced an unheard of 175 hp.
The Type 57S is equipped with a Marshall K200 supercharger, 4-speed manual gearbox, and 4-wheel mechanical drum brakes.The engine on chassis 57502 was fitted with a supercharger by its second owner. This gave it a mind-boggling 220 hp. The Type 57S is truly one of the most sought-after of all Bugattis.
This 1937 Type 57S Atalante sold for £7,855,000. ($10,179,000)

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

1962 Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark Concept

The XP-755 concept car, also known as the Mako Shark, was designed by Larry Shinoda in 1961, as a concept for future Chevrolet Corvettes. The streamlining, pointed snout, and other detailing was partly inspired by the sleek, fast-moving shortfin mako shark.

Mitchell had a mako shark mounted in his office, and ordered the paint to match the blue-gray upper surface gently blending into white underside of the fish. After many failed attempts, the team kidnapped the fish, painting it to match their efforts on the car, and returning it to the office. Mitchell never realized the difference.

The Mako Shark II was powered by a 427 Mark IV engine, which became available on production Corvette models. The paint scheme continued the Shark I tradition, with blue/gray on top and silver/white along the rocker panels.

The original Mako Shark was then retroactively called the "Mako Shark I". In 1969 the Mako Shark II was returned to GM design studios and transformed into the Manta Ray.


XP-755 Mako Shark I with a double bubble top and side exhaust pipes.

Chevrolet XP-755 Shark, 1961