Monday, August 30, 2021

RM Sotheby's - Arizona 2017


1954 Jaguar D-Type Works. $ 12m - $ 15m
RM Sotheby's returned to the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, 18–19 January 2017. Over 100 blue-chip automobiles from the world's most iconic marques were offered.

1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton. $175k - $225k

1907 Ford Model K Roadster. $ 175 to $275k

1962 Maserati 3500 GTi Spyder by Vignale. $575k to $675

1965 Shelby 289 Cobra. $900k to $ $1.2

1965 Shelby GT350 R. $ 1m to $ 1.2m

1948 Tucker 48. $ 1.25m to $ 1.5m

1996 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.8. $ 425k to $ 525k

1967 Toyota 2000GT. $600 to $700k

1987 Porsche 959 Komfort. $1m to $1.2m

1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Speciale by Boano. $1.25m to $1.45m

Thursday, August 26, 2021

2012 Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition - $1.6m

A 2012 Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition sold for a whooping $1.6m at a recent RM Sotheby's Monterey auction. When it launched in 2011, the Lexus LFA retailed for $375k. The more desirable Nurburgring Edition had an MSRP of $445k. Production of the Lexus LFA was 500 examples, 64 of which were Nurburgring Editions. Out of these, only 25 were built for the US and this example was one of only three finished in black.
This LFA was only 930 miles on the clock. Powering the LFA Nurburgring is a screaming 4.8-liter naturally-aspirated V10 producing 562 horsepower.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Ferrari 250 GTO

The Ferrari 250 GTO is a racing car produced from 1962 to 1964. A total of 39 250 GTOs were manufactured. (Gran Turismo Omologato, grand tourer homologated) which means officially certified for racing in the grand tourer class. In 2004, Sports Car International nominated it the top sports car of all time. Motor Trend Classic placed the 250 GTO first on a list of the "Greatest Ferraris of All Time." Popular Mechanics named it the "Hottest Car of All Time."
In 2012 the 1962 250 GTO made for Stirling Moss became what was then the world's most expensive car in history, selling for $35m.
The 250 GTO was designed to compete in GT racing. The car was built around a hand-welded oval tube frame, incorporating A-arm front suspension, rear live-axle with Watt's linkage, disc brakes, and Borrani wire wheels. The highly reliable engine was the Tipo 168/62 Comp. 3.0 L V12.

The engine was an all-alloy design utilizing a dry sump and six 38DCN Weber carburetors.

The world record for a car at auction was broken for the fifth time in six years on August 14, 2014 when a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO sold at Bonham's Quail Auction for US$34,650,000 (US$38,115,000 including buyers premium).

The car sold from the Maranello Rosso Collection was stamped with chassis number ‘3851 GT’ and was the 19th 250 GTO Berlinetta made by Ferrari, completed on Sept. 11, 1962.
The car was delivered to the leading French racing driver Jo Schlesser, co-driven by himself and French ski Champion Henri Oreiller in the 1962 Tour de France Automobile race.

Oreiller later crashed the car during a race at Montlhery Autodrome, south of Paris, and died of his injuries in hospital. A newspaper report at the time said the Ferrari careered off the track and flipped twice after a tire burst.
The car was repaired by Ferrari in Italy and was sold to Italian driver Paolo Colombo in time for the start of the 1963 competition season.

In 1965 young Fabrizio Violati, the scion of a wealthy Italian family, bought the car. “I saved the car from scrap and hid it from my parents. I only drove it at night so nobody would see me”

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1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione - $7.7m

During the spring of 1966 Ferrari began building a final series of 275 GTB/C examples. These dozen cars were built on specially lightened chassis and clothed in paper-thin aluminum half as thick as the standard alloy material.

Monday, August 23, 2021

1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato - $9.5m

Top result in the RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2021 sale was a 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato that sold for $9,520,000. It is one of only 19 DB4GT Zagatos built. Aston Martin turned to Carrozzeria Zagato to build what would be the ultimate DB4GT. Zagato delivered with what is now considered to be their finest masterpiece.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

1955 Volkswagen Beetle - $29,700

20,412 miles. Highly original condition. Rare oval rear window. Original Black paint. Original chrome bumpers and trim work. Original Red vinyl seating and interior. 1200cc/30 HP engine. 4-speed manual transmission. Semaphore turn signals. Original wheels with VW chrome hubcaps.
The Volkswagen Beetle remains one of the world’s most recognizable cars. With development and production beginning before World War II, the “People’s Car” was designed to be inexpensive transportation for the masses.
Early Beetles had a unique split rear window design, which was replaced by an oval rear window in 1950.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance - best of show

The 70th Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance is over. The car named Best of Show was a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn Kurier. Only three units were built, with this year’s winner being the only one left in the world. Mercedes first presented this car during the 1938 Berlin Motor Show. It was created in-house at the Sindelfingen factory near Stuttgart, Germany, on the supercharged 540K chassis. The chassis features independent double-wishbone suspension up front and a swing axle setup at the rear. The engine is a 5.4-liter supercharged inline-8 good for 180 hp, and paired with a 4-speed manual.

Friday, August 20, 2021

1959 Ferrari California Spider Competizione - $10.84m

Created as an open-top counterpart to the 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta, the California Spider was developed for the North American market. Between 1957 and 1962, Ferrari built 106 California Spiders on two chassis variants: a total of 50 examples on the original long-wheelbase (LWB) followed by 56 of the later short-wheelbase (SWB). Of the 50 examples of the LWB California Spider built, 10 were supplied in competition trim.
A 2,953 cc Tipo 128D SOHC V-12 engine developed 253 bhp at 7,200 rpm and is fitted with hi-lift cams and a four-speed competition gearbox. Chassis No.1235 GT retains its matching-numbers engine, gearbox and differential. Recently restored and painted with its original tricolor livery.
The car brought $10.84m.

1995 McLaren F1 - $20.47m

A 1995 McLaren F1 sold for a record-setting $20.47 million at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction. The price makes the supercar the most expensive F1 of all time and is the highest price paid for a vehicle at auction this year. 106 F1s were built between 1992 and 1998. This example, Chassis 029, is the 25th of 64 road cars from the production run. Originally sold to a collector in Japan, the car is in “as delivered” state. It has 243 miles on the clock.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

The Ferrari TR, or 250 Testa Rossa, is a race car built by Ferrari in the 1950s and 1960s. They were introduced at the end of the 1957 season in preparation for Le Mans and World Sports Car Championship races from 1958. The cars dominated their competition, with variations winning 10 World Sports Car Championship races including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1958, 1960, and 1961.
In all, thirty-four 250 Testa Rossas were built, from 1956 through 1961. The phrase Testa Rossa means "red head", a reference to the red valve covers.
The original 250 TR had unorthodox bodywork by Scaglietti. This model is often called the "Pontoon" TR.

More orthodox bodywork came in 1958. The 250 TRs of 1960 and 1961 were dominant racers, obliterating the competition.
The 250 TR is among the most valuable cars in the world. In 2011, a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa sold for $16.39m. In February 2012, a 1964 250 GTO sold for nearly $32m. Later that year, a 1962 250 GTO sold for $35m.