Sunday, January 30, 2022

Supercar depreciation kings

2012 Aston Martin V12 Vantage. Original MSRP was $183,585 but has since plummeted all the way down to $80k for a pristine example.
2015 McLaren 650s. The McLaren 650s was built with a 641 hp 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that makes 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 a whooping $452,500, but has since dropped to $280k or less, representing the world's top depreciating supercar.

Saturday, January 29, 2022

2019 McLaren Senna - $985k

A 2019 McLaren Senna changed hands through online auction platform CollectingCars.com. Color is Vega Blue Elite with gloss carbon-fiber components. 500 examples make up the Senna’s production run with this example sporting 934 miles. A 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 delivers 789 hp and 590 ft lbs of torque to the rear wheels. At 2,641 pounds it tops out at 211 mph, with zero to 62 mph coming in about 2.8 seconds.
McLaren priced the track car at £1.1m plus taxes, equating to $1.43m. Two Sennas have sold at auction for over $1m. One, sold at Barrett-Jackson for $1.45m in 2019, was chassis #005 and finished in a shade of purple. The other, a 600-mile example sold for $1m on Bring A Trailer in Feb, was finished in an exclusive color and featured factory-designed unique branding.
This is 'just' a Senna, #376 of 500.

Friday, January 28, 2022

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.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

1934 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Stationary Coupe by Dietrich - $4.2m

One of five survivors. Pebble Beach Best in Class. Series 1108. Body Style 4068. 160 bhp, 445.5 cu. in. modified L-head V-12 engine, three-speed selective synchromesh manual transmission, vacuum-assist clutch, shaft drive with a hypoid rear axle, front and rear leaf-spring suspension, and four-wheel vacuum-assist drum brakes.
Packard became one of Dietrich’s best customers. After 1933, all open Packards carried Dietrich body tags. One of the most impressive Dietrich bodies was the two-passenger stationary coupe, named to set it apart from the roadster. Chassis 1108-32 was sold to Mrs. Eken, the spouse of Andrew Jackson Eken, one of the contractors who built the Empire State Building.
The completely restored car debuted at the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where it was recognized with a First in Class, the CCCA Award of Excellence, and the Most Elegant Closed Car.
These spectacular cars usually reside solely in museums. The car made $ 4.2m in 2015.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback - $374k

Shelby no. 643. 1 of 47 produced with these color, trim and mechanical combinations. Multiple-time Concours award winner. Concours restoration completed in 2007. 428 CI Police Interceptor engine. Dual 4-barrel carburetors. Toploader 4-speed manual transmission. Power steering. Power brakes with front discs. Finished in Dark Blue with White striping.
Factory finished in Dark Blue Metallic paint with Wimbledon White Le Mans stripes and a Parchment interior. Shelby added the cast-aluminum medium-rise intake manifold from Ford's 427, twin 600-cfm Holley four-barrel carburetors, and other tweaks for a conservative rating of 355 bhp. The car crossed the block and made $374k at Mecum.

The 1967 Shelby GT 500 got a reworked 428-cid "Police Interceptor." which made more than the touted 355 bhp.

Hagerty suggests a top end example is trending around $300k.

Monday, January 24, 2022

1930 Cadillac Series 452 V-16 Roadster

Cadillac astonished the world's automotive elite when it introduced a spectacular new ultra-luxury car, powered by a 16-cylinder engine, at the 1930 New York Auto Show. This new super-sized Cadillac would set new benchmarks for smooth, silent and superbly impressive performance.
The heart of the Cadillac V-16 was its magnificent engine. Displacing a total of 452 cubic inches on all its sixteen cylinders, it featured overhead valves, and produced up to 185 horsepower.

The car featured a three-speed selective synchromesh manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs and hydraulic dampers, three-quarter floating rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, and four-wheel vacuum-assisted mechanical drum brakes.
Although the V-16 was brilliantly designed, its shrinking Depression Era market meant that the V-16 was produced in tiny numbers. It is believed that there are less than ten, authentic 1930-31 V-16 Roadsters in existence today. An extremely significant and completely proper 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster made $ 1.1m at Bonhams in 2019.
An example made $1.1m at Sothebys in 2017.

1954 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible - $99k

1 of 2,150 produced in 1954. 64,000 miles. Functional factory headlight dimmer. Functional factory spotlight. Parade fiberglass cover for the top. Cadillac 331 CI V-8. Automatic transmission. Power steering and brakes. Power windows, seats and top. The Cadillac Eldorado returned for 1954 with its stunning price nearing $8,000.
Equipped with Cadillac’s state-of-the-art 331-ci V8, the Eldorado was offered only one way — fully loaded. The original Eldorado convertible was the “it” car, the one to have, the one to be seen in and the one that rose above all the others. Many marque enthusiasts and collectors regard the 1954 Cadillac Eldorado convertible as one of the most beautiful Cadillac models ever produced.
This award winner made $99k at Mecum.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible - $2.1m high bid

1 of 14 Hemi Cuda Convertibles produced in 1970. 1 of 9 with automatic transmission. Documented with two broadcast sheets. Rotisserie restoration completed by Legendary Motorcar in Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada. Body stripped to bare metal, components refinished to OEM style. Body stripped to bare metal and refinished in correct High Impact FY1 Lemon Twist. H6T5 Tan interior and Black convertible top.
Of the 14 Hemi Cuda convertibles built in 1970, three were destined as Canadian exports. Of the trio, one is believed to have been destroyed, and the other two were both delivered in High Impact FY1 Lemon Twist paint.
Underneath the Shaker scoop 10.25:1 compression forged pistons, a race-bred reciprocating assembly, dual 4-barrel carburetors, massive-port cylinder heads and a free-flowing dual exhaust ends in chrome tips. A console-shifted Slap-Stik shifter operates the A727 Hemi TorqueFlite automatic transmission, feeding power to the Sure Grip differential. The provenance on this car is extensive, as the options are documented with two broadcast sheets. Also included is extensive ownership history back to 1970.

The hugely collectible icon high bid to $2.1m at Mecum.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Muscle at Mecum


https://www.mecum.com/lots/FL0122-498362/1970-plymouth-hemi-cuda/
1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda. 9,939 miles. Original glass and sheet metal. Matching numbers 426 CI Hemi V-8 engine. 4-speed manual transmission. Rare color combination. Alpine White exterior with Black hockey stick stripe. Black interior. Pistol grip shifter. Dana rear axle. 652 Hemi Cuda coupes were built in 1970, just 284 of which were equipped with the Hurst Pistol Grip-shifted New Process A833 4-speed transmission. The 4-speed Hemi Cuda arrived with heavy-duty suspension, a heavy-duty Dana 60 differential and a Shaker hood scoop. $297k.
1969 Chevrolet Berger Camaro. COPO 9737 Sports Car Conversion Package. COPO 9561 L72 High Performance Unit. Matching numbers engine and transmission. Winters aluminum intake. 4-barrel carburetor. 4-speed manual transmission. BE-coded 12 bolt rear end. 140 MPH speedometer. 13/16th inch sway bar. Power brakes with front discs. Special ducted hood. Finished in Hugger Orange with Black vinyl top. $286k https://www.mecum.com/lots/FL0122-487466/1969-chevrolet-berger-camaro/
1969 Plymouth Hemi Road Runner. 1 of 234 4-speed Hemi Road Runner Hardtops produced in 1969. 200 miles since restoration. A-833 Hemi 4-speed transmission. Code 99 special order Omaha Orange finish with Black vinyl top. Black spiit bench seat interior. Beep Beep horn. Hurst shifter. Air Grabber hood with Performance hood paint. A01 light group. Solid State AM radio. $192k https://www.mecum.com/lots/FL0122-498366/1969-plymouth-hemi-road-runner/

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Cheap classics on the rise

The Datsun 240Z is the first generation of Z GT 3-door two-seat coup├ęs, produced by Nissan from 1969 to 1978. It was one of the most successful sports car lines ever produced. The heart of the 240Z is a 2.4-liter six-cylinder engine pumping out 151 hp. The 240Z's sleek styling, modern engineering, relatively low price, and impressive performance was a hit with the public. On top of that, the 240Z is super reliable with many still on the road today.
1990 Corvette ZR-1. In 1990 Chevy partnered with Lotus to build the ZR-1. 3,049 ZR1 coupes were produced at an original list price of $58,995. Powered by a Lotus-built 5.7-liter LT5 V8 generating 375 hp, the ZR-1 could go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and had a top speed of 180 mph.
The R129 generation of the Mercedes-Benz SL Class is a landmark of the auto industry. The R129 was lauded for its over-engineered nature and was considered to be one of the most advanced cars of the '90s. The most powerful engine is an M120 V12 pumping out 389 hp. The R129 is available for around $30k, making it one of the cheapest V12-powered sports cars you can buy.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

1970 Pontiac GTO Judge -$86k

Frame off restoration. Y96 handling package. 400 CI L74 Ram Air 3 V-8 engine. M20 4-speed manual transmission. 67,196 miles. WT1- The Judge Ram Air package. Of the 40,149, GTOs built in 1970, just 3,797 were ordered with the Judge trim level. The Ram Air III engine was standard on the judge although the Ram Air IV and a 7.5l big block was also available.
The Ram Air III was conservately rated at 366 hp and 445 pound-feet of torque. 400 bhp would be a much better guess. Suspension was independent up front with a solid axle at the rear. New for 1970 was anti-roll bars at both ends to minimize the car’s tendency to roll through corners. The car's 58/42 weight distribution was still prone to understeer.
When new, the GTO had a base MSRP of about $23,500. Hagerty values a top tier 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge around $120k.
This example appeared at Mecum.

Monday, January 17, 2022

1939 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Sedan - barn find - $63k


The first two cars built purportedly went to the White House and were used by President Roosevelt.
9,300 miles. Barn find. No. 3 of 4 produced. Roll-up glass divider window. 431 CI V-16 engine.

The car changed hands at Mecum.