Monday, November 29, 2021

Top results at Amelia Island II

1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider. $2,452,500. The 36th of only 121 examples built. 1972 New York International Automobile Show car. Ferrari Classiche Certified and Platinum Winner at the Cavallino Classic. Retains its matching-numbers chassis, engine, and gearbox. Finished in original colors of Giallo Fly over Pelle Nera. Fewer than 13,500 original miles and known history from new.
1913 Mercer Type 35K Runabout. $2,425,000 This sale is a record for a Mercer. The car sold for $412,000 in 2004.
1992 Ferrari F40. $2,040,000. The F40 is powered by a mid-mounted, 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V-8. This car eclipsed the Haggerty #1 (Concours) condition value by nearly 25%. With just 3300 miles on its odometer, this is one of the last F40s produced for North America and might be best.
2020 Ford GT Mk II. $1,870,000. Decked in historic Le Mans livery, the car has just 15 miles on the odometer. GTs produce a paltry 647 hp compared to the 700 horses on tap from the Ford GT Mk II.
1969 Ford Big Oly Bronco. $1,870,000. Behold the most expensive truck ever sold at auction. A one-of-a-kind racer built for, raced by, and sold by Parnelli. It remains one of the most recognizable Broncos ever built.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale

57 miles. 3.9L/986 HP twin-turbocharged V-8 Hybrid drive engine. Automatic transmission. Extracampionario White exterior. Scuderia shields. Red interior. Daytona-style leather seats. Stitched White Cavallino. eManettino steering wheel. Heads up display. Dual zone climate control.
The 2022 SF90 Stradale and Spider models offer an electrified setup with 986 horsepower. It boasts a zero-to-60-mph time of just 2.0 seconds. Rock bottom base price was $508k.

The car crosses the block at Mecum.
The 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 generates 769 horsepower, and the trio of electric motors provide 217 horsepower more. Net output is 986 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Vintage Porsches quickly rising in value

A 1973 Porsche Carrera RS 2.7 Touring sold for just under $1 million. Ferrari dominates the classic car market. Porsche dominates the next-up list. Blue chip cars in general have risen from an average value of $600,000 in 2007 to $2.6 million today. ("blue chip" autos are the most expensive, like Ferrari and Mercedes.) Vintage German-made cars jumped an average value of $150,000 in 2007 to $650,000.
Hagerty data that combines public auction sales and private sales shows that the 1974-1977 Porsche 911 has increased the most in average sale price of any classic car this year, with a jump of 154 per cent in value over 2014. That's more than anything from Aston Martin, Ferrari, or Lamborghini.

Auction houses offered more Porsches this year at the Monterey auctions than last year, especially 930s and 911 SC models.
Porsches-especially the 911s made between 1970 and 1980 and the 356 Speedsters made in the 1960s-have growing appeal. They are far more reliable than other vintage cars from the era. Their mechanically simple Volkswagen-approved engines run smoothly and easily, and their well-built components are easily found.
Porsches from this era have a wide entry point for prospective buyers.
Highlights at RM Sotheby's New York December 10th, 2015 auction included singer Janis Joplins iconic Porsche 356 C 1600 SC Cabriolet. The car was expected to fetch $400,000. It made $1.7 million

It has been on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland since 1995.


Thursday, November 25, 2021

Corvette Big Brake Tanker - Squared

1961 Chevrolet Corvette Big Brake Tanker. GM factory-prepared race car. Raced in 1961 SCCA competition. Triple Crown recipient. Rare RPO 1625 Big Tank, 1 of only 21 as delivered. Rare RPO 687 Heavy duty brakes and special steering. Rare RPO 276 Wide Wheel option. Heavy duty brakes, shocks and suspension. At Mecum
1962 Chevrolet Corvette Big Brake Tanker. GM factory-produced race car. RPO 1625, 1 of 60 produced with 24 gallon Big Tank option. RPO 687, 1 of 246 produced with heavy duty brakes and special suspension. Heavy duty drums and vented backing plates. Fuel injected 327/360 HP V-8 engine. Finned aluminum valve covers. 4-speed manual transmission. 4.11 Positraction rear end. At Mecum

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R

324 miles. 4.0L/577 HP twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. Dry sump lubrication system. Automatic transmission. Solarbeam Yellow metallic exterior. Matte AMG carbon fiber trim. Black Nappa leather/Dinamica interior with Yellow contrast stitching. Dinamica performance steering wheel. Dinamica roof liner. Extended interior lighting. Dual zone climate control. COMAND navigation. Burmester surround sound stereo with SiriusXM.
Developing 577 hp at 6,250 rpm and 516 lb-ft of torque available between 1,900 rpm and 5,500 rpm, the GT R's engine is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8. AMG's seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission, mounted between the rear wheels, is connected to the engine by a carbon-fiber torque tube
The GT R's base sticker was $200,000. Available at Mecum.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Cavallino Rampante - Prancing Horse

On 17 June 1923, Enzo Ferrari won a race at the Savio track in Ravenna where he met the Countess Paolina, mother of Count Francesco Baracca, an ace of the Italian air force, who used to paint a horse on the side of his planes.

The Countess suggested Ferrari use this horse on his cars, saying that it would bring him luck.
Ferrari has used the cavallino rampante on official company stationery since 1929. Since the 1920s, Italian race cars of Alfa Romeo, Maserati and later Ferrari and Abarth were (and often still are) painted in "race red" (Rosso Corsa). This was the customary national racing color of Italy.

Stud farm in Italian is scuderia.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

2020 Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo

Not street legal. Never driven. Full air jacks. 5.2L V-10 engine. Automatic transmission. Matte Black and Gold exterior. No. 63 Roger Dubuis livery. Black interior. Roll cage. Carbon fiber front air extractors. Lamborghini Squadra Corse badges. OMP racing seat. Alcantara dashboard. OMP racing steering wheel.
The 2020 Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo boasts a 5204cc 40v V10, 611bhp @ 8250rpm, 420 lb ft @ 6500rpm through the naturally aspirated V10, delivering a 0-62mph time of 3.0 seconds. A six-speed Xtrac paddle-shift gearbox sends power to the rear wheels. Öhlins dampers, carbon aero additions and a set of Pirelli slicks completes the package.
Base MSRP was around $310k. This race car is ready to go at Mecum.

Monday, November 22, 2021

1999 Acura NSX

Serial No. 1. 44,830 miles. 1 of only 238 produced for 1999. Professionally modified, no expense spared. 3.2L mid-mounted V-Tech 6-cylinder engine. Whipple supercharger and ECM package. Science of Speed cold air intake with AIS filter. NGK iridium plugs and coils. Comptech stainless headers with custom built CATS.
6-speed manual transmission. Science of Speed lightweight aluminum flywheel with four steel puck inserts. 6 puck Kevlar and bronze clutch disc. Comptech short throw shifter. Comptech front and rear sway bars.

Up for grabs at Mecum.

2017 Pagani Zonda Riviera = $5.5 million

Highlight of the Dubai International Motor Show was the 2017 Pagani Zonda Riviera, which sold for $5.5m. The Zonda Riviera started life as an ordinary Zonda F - but a car accident sent it back to Pagani for repair & upgrades. The car went from Zonda to one-of-a-kind Riviera. Upgrades include new carbon fiber body panels, a roof scoop, a carbon fiber rear wing, carbon black wheels and carbon fiber front canards. Pagani upgraded the car's 7.3 litre engine to produce 760hp, and complimented that with a brand new exhaust system.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Top Cars at auction II

1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante. The Type 57S debuted in 1936 with the S standing for “surbaisse,” or lowered. The car was lighter, faster, and more advanced than the Type 57. By using a 3.3-liter twin-cam straight eight with dry sump, Bugatti was able to lower the engine. 42 were made between 1936 and 1938. This was one 17 that had Jean Bugatti’s “Atalante” coachwork. $10,413,374
1959 Ferrari 250 GT Spider California LWB. $10,840,000. The tipo 128D engine had Hi-Lift tipo 130 camshafts, high compression 9.3:1 Borgo pistons, and three 36 DCL3 Weber carbs topped with a cold air intake box and open velocity stacks. This resulted in 253 hp at 7200 rpm, 20 to 30 more than most LWB California Spiders. It also got a competition gearbox, limited-slip diff, Abarth exhaust, and a 36-gallon gas tank.
1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sport. $12,640,550. The car has a compelling motorsports history stretching from GP wins by Rene Dreyfus to ownership by King Leopold III of Belgium. During its racing years, this Type 59 was fitted with a variety of engines and drivetrains. The supercharged “Voiture Moteur No. 5” started out in the 1934 Monaco GP, where it was driven to a third-place podium finish by Dreyfus.
1995 McLaren F1. $20,465,000. The McLaren F1 is the Ferrari GTO of the modern era. It is designer Gordon Murray’s road-going masterpiece. The center-seated, V12-powered supercar is said to have the best balance and feel of any street car ever made.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Top cars at auction I

The car Lewis Hamilton drove to victory in the Turkish Grand Prix in 2010. It’s the first Hamilton race car and GP-winning car ever offered at Auction, according to RMSotheby’s. It made $6,477,735
1962 Ferrari 268 SP. Ferrari put a DOHC V6 designed by Vittorio Jano (and credited to Dino Ferrari) into two cars, this being one of them. $7,705,000
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C. $7,705,000. The 275 GTB/C was the last of the factory competition grand tourers. A beautiful Ferrari with a solid racing pedigree.
Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato. $9,520,000. A DB to end all DBs. Zagato delivered with what is now considered to be their finest masterpiece. Owning one of the 19 DB4GT Zagatos is the ultimate achievement for an Aston Martin enthusiast.

Friday, November 19, 2021

Aston Martin Valkyrie arrives

The first production Aston Martin Valkyrie has arrived. The British carmaker said production is now up and running and the first car awaits delivery. Aston Martin first showed the car as a concept back in 2016 with the codename AM-RB-001. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is a limited production hybrid electric sports car collaboratively built by Aston Martin, Red Bull Racing and others. The car's makers intend to claim the title of fastest street-legal car in the world. A 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine tailored by Cosworth has been unveiled. A Rimac-built hybrid battery system, which performs as a KERS system, is also installed.
Engine is a 6.5-liter hybrid V12 engine that makes 1,160 hp with a redline of 11,000 rpm. At 1,030 kg (2,271 lb) the car surpasses a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. Power is delivered by a 7-speed paddle-shift transmission constructed by Ricardo.
Practicality takes a backseat, err there is no backseat. It is said it takes a crowbar and the skills of a contortionist to actually get into the road rocket. Cupholders are missing too, naturally.
If you are smitten and must have one, best be ready to crack open that piggybank. 150 road-going units are planned, at a per unit price of US$3.2 million.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

2017 Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV Coupe

The Aventador LP750-4 SuperVeloce took the automaker to new extremes when it debuted at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. As the LP750-4 name suggested, power was from the automaker’s V-12 engine up to 750 PS (740 hp) and was fed to all four wheels via a single-clutch, paddle-shifted gearbox. Revised valve timing and intakes helped the V-12 produce the additional power while still letting it scream toward an 8,400 rpm redline.
This example had just over 200 miles from new and is believed to be the last model produced for the American market. Well optioned; original MSRP was $611,085.

The list of factory options include the Carbon Skin package, Travel package, transparent engine cover, Lamborghini sound, fixed rear intake, MR suspension, carbon fiber roof, and a host of others.
The Aventador powertrain is a mid-mounted naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 that develops 730 horsepower and 509 lb-ft of torque via a seven-speed automated-manual transmission.
The car made $478k in March 2019.