Saturday, July 31, 2021

2022 COPO Camaro - 9.4 litres

At 572 cubic inches, or 9.4 liters, the new big block is the largest V-8 ever to power a factory Camaro. The engine features a cast-iron block with four-bolt main caps, aluminum heads, a forged steel crankshaft, forged steel connecting rods, and forged aluminum pistons.
The V8 is NHRA-rated at just 430 hp. That makes it the weakest offering in the 2022 COPO Camaro lineup. One can upgrade to a supercharged 5.7-liter V8 with 600 hp. That would start around $ 140k.

Friday, July 30, 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.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

2015 McLaren P1 GTR

120 miles. No. 26 of 35 produced. Initially available only to P1 owners. Midmounted twin-turbocharged 3.8L/986 HP V-8 and electric engine. ERS-style push-to-pass system.
The P1 is a cutting-edge demonstrator for McLaren’s race-derived technologies. Power is delivered by a 3.8L twin-turbocharged and intercooled V-8 engine delivering a peak 727 HP at 7,300 RPM with a flat-plane crankshaft. In concert with a single electric motor raising the P1’s total output to 903 HP, the race car is good for a 217 MPH top speed.

The car is estimated $2,000,000 - $2,500,000 at Mecum.

1995 Ferrari F50

The F50 was unveiled at the 1996 Geneva Motor Show as a celebration of Ferrari's 50th anniversary in 1997. A 4.7-liter V12 with an 8,000 rpm red line pushes 512 hp to the rear wheels through a 6 speed gearbox.
349 F50s were built. Chassis No. 104262 is one of 55 in US spec. The car has a low estimate of $2.5m at RM Sothebys.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Blue F40 sets UK online record

The metalic blue F40 was sold by UK online auction platform The Market for £1m to set a new European record. 1,311 Ferrari F40’s were built between 1987 and 1992, with all of them in Rosso Ferrari red. The price at launch was £163k but demand soon resulted in F40s changing hands for much larger sums.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Strassenversion

25 road cars were built to qualify the CLK GTR for racing, and one is set to cross the block at Gooding & Company Aug. 13-14. Developed by AMG, the 1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Strassenversion (road version) was built to comply with FIA GT1 class rules. While GT cars are generally production-based, the rules allowed manufacturers to field full-on race cars, as long as they built 25 street-legal versions.
The Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR was the world's most expensive production vehicle in 1998 with an asking price of $1,547,620.
The CLK GTR is powered by a mid-mounted 6.9-liter V-12 producing 604 hp channeled to the rear wheels through a paddle-shifted 6-speed Xtrac sequential transaxle. Gooding & Company expects this CLK GTR to sell for between $8.5m to $10m.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Weber collection

Donald L. Weber amassed a fleet of Ferraris throughout his lifetime. More than 20 of Weber’s cars will go under the gavel at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction in August.
A pristine 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 is expected to fetch between $2.75m to $3.5m.
A 1992 Ferrari F40 with a mere 2,500 miles on the clock is one of 22 that rolled off the line during the final year of production. It’s estimated between $1.7 million and $2.2 million.
A low mileage 1965 275 GTS ($1.3 to 1.6m), a 1973 365 GTB / 4 Daytona ($550k to $ 650k), and a 1986 Testarossa ($175k and $225k), will be presented alongside a 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi Koenig Special ($250k to $350k).

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Top supercar sales in the UK II

1967 Ferrari 275GTB/4 - £1.8m. Chassis 09389 is finished in a rare combination of black with a green interior.
1960 Aston Martin DB4GT - £1.9m. The Aston Martin DB4GT is the ultimate Gran Turismo of its time. 19 DB4GT/Zagatos were produced.
1969 Ford GT40 - £2.5m. This Ford GT40 MKIII is well known as the last of the originals to be numbered and built.
1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT - £2.7m. One of 75 DB4 GTs built. One of 30 left-hand drive. Show quality with a documented history, matching engine and chassis and an engine upgraded to 4.7-litres.
1937 Bugatti Type 57 - £4m. The car was lost for 51 years. One of 42, its powered by a 3.3-litre, twin-overhead-camshaft, straight-8-cylinder engine.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Top supercar sales in the UK I

One of 338 Lamborghini Miuras produced. Restored and bedecked in its factory Verde Miura green paintwork. £737,000
1990 Porsche 962C - £759k. One of seven 962C factory Porsche prototype race cars made.
2006 Porsche Carrera GT - £771k. 4,043 miles on the clock. It boasts a race-bred 5.7-litre naturally aspirated V10 producing 604bhp.
1963 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible - £836k. One of 123 convertibles produced by the factory.
1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL - £935k.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

1972 Lamborghini Miura SVJ “Corsican Car”

Six Super Veloce Jotas were produced when the Miura was in production, and a seventh was converted from a Miura S at the Sant’Agata Bolognese factory in the 1980s. Chassis number 5090 underwent an extensive restoration from 2010 to 2012.
The ultra-rare supercar is offered with 19,582 kilometers (12,168 miles) on the clock. Price will likely top $2m because chassis number 4892 sold for $1.1m and $1.9 million in 2010 and 2015.
The 3.9-liter V12 boasts 380 horsepower.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

1986 Detomaso Shelby Pantera GT5-S

No. 1 of 3 GT5-S models delivered directly to Carroll Shelby from the factory. Documented ownership history. 2nd Place at the Antwerp Concours d'Elegance in 2018, prior to its restoration. 13,760 miles since new. 40 of the 187 GT5-S models produced in 1986-1991 were sent to the U.S. Recent comprehensive restoration completed in 2021 with only 500 miles since completion
The De Tomaso Pantera is a mid-engine sports car produced by De Tomaso from 1971 to 1992. Italian for "Panther", the Pantera was the automaker's most popular model, with over 7,000 manufactured over its twenty-year production run.
The car appears at Mecum

1977 Holden Torana A9X - $775,000

Behold a pristine Torana A9X, the first built of 33 in existence and with only 475km on the clock. It might be one of the most sought after Australian muscle cars in the world.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Goodwood Festival of Speed sale

Alfa Romeo Tipo 33. Headlining is an Alfa Romeo racing sports prototype, a Tipo 33 that finished fourth overall at Le Mans in 1972. It failed to change hands. Est. £1.8-£2.2m
1928 Tipo 26B two-seater sports. The Maserati Tipo 26B made £967,000 against an estimate of £900,000-£1.3m
Ferrari Dino 246/60 F1 car. Once on display in the Enzo Ferrari family museum in Modena. It is believed to be on the chassis of the first Dino F2 prototype from 1957 and has the original four-cam V6 engine and original gearbox dating from 1959. £967,000 against £900,000-1.3m.
Ferrari F40. More than 1,300 of these supercars were built but only 78 of them were official UK-spec and of those only 20 were the favoured non-catalyst versions, of which this 1990 example is one. £883,000 versus £800,000-1.2m.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

2012 Lexus LFA - $808k

The Lexus LFA is a rare Japanese supercar with 500 built. This example has a scant 72 miles on the clock, making it perhaps the rarest of all. This “Pearl Yellow” example has spent the last nine years on display at Arlington Lexus of Palatine, Illinois, after the owner of the dealership purchased it in 2012. A 4.8-liter DOHC V10 engine pumps out 552 HP and 354 lb-ft of torque. The LFA red lines at a screaming 10,000 RPM. 0-60 MPH comes in 3.6 seconds with the top speed limited to 202 MPH.
This Lexus LFA made $808k on a Bring a Trailer listing. HERE

Friday, July 9, 2021

Aventador LP 780-4 Ultima

Even at Lamborghini the V-12s days are now numbered. Automobili Lamborghini announced the last of its flagship models to rely purely on a naturally aspirated V-12: the Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae.
The LP 780-4 is derived from the car’s engine placement, “Longitudinale Posteriore” (positioned longitudinally), plus the output of 780 cv (nearly 770 hp) as well as its four-wheel-drive setup. With 531 ft lbs of torque, the 6.5-liter is managed by the automaker’s Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) seven-speed transmission.
The 3,417-pound coupe tops out at 220.5 mph after charging from zero to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds. The vehicle’s carbon-ceramic brakes bring it to a stop from 62 mph in less than 98.5 feet. 350 coupes and 250 roadsters, priced at $498,258 and $546,847 will be built. 18 standard paint options and 300 color choices are available through the bespoke Ad Personam division for those suitably cash enabled.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Monterey Car Week

The 1970 Porsche 917K consigned with RM Sotheby’s has a presale estimate of $16m to $18m. This Porsche ran as high as third in the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans before crashing in the rain-soaked event. Film of the car during the race was used in the 1971 McQueen movie “Le Mans.” A similar 917 that never raced but also featured in the movie sold for $14m in 2017.
A 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta “Tour de France” by Scaglietti, chassis no. 1031 GT. A two-time competitor in the Tour de France, the Ferrari achieved fourth overall in that event in 1958 and was sixth at the Monza Lottery in 1959. Estimated $5.75m to $6.5m.
Ferrari 512 BB/LM, chassis no. 35527, was raced by the N.A.R.T. team in the 1981 Le Mans 24. It ran third overall, and at the fastest pace achieved by any BB/LM at the circuit, before retiring. Estimated $3m to $3.5m.
A 1930 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Sedan with coach work by Murphy. RM Sotheby previously sold the car in 2015 for $1.925 million, then the highest price for a Cadillac V-16 at auction. This Cadillac won Best in Class at Pebble Beach in 1997. The car is expected to sell for $1.5 million to $1.8 million.
This 1956 Maserati A6G/54 is a true barn find. It is one of dozens of cars to emerge from the collection of Roger Baillon, a businessman, in France six years ago. 60 A6G/54 were built, each with a 150-horsepower six-cylinder engine. This car is one of four coupes from the coach builder Carrozzeria Frua. Gooding & Company estimates that the car will sell for $2.5 million to $3.25 million.