Friday, February 25, 2022

Mussolini's girlfriend's Alfa Romeo 6C2500


Italian dictator Benito Mussolini gave an Alfa Romeo to his mistress Clara Petacci as a gift. The pair met at Lake Como and planned to seek asylum in Switzerland. A motorcade they were in, which included a retreating German anti-aircraft unit, was stopped at a roadblock near the town of Dongo on April 27, 1945. The fascist leader and his mistress were both identified before being shot dead and their bodies hung upside down at a petrol station. Petacci’s Alfa Romeo was confiscated and eventually acquired by an American Army Air Corps officer, Major Charles Pettit.

Correspondence between the pair convinced Keno that he had ownership of the historic car.
The vehicle was given a new lease of life in 1970 when it was purchased by Ron Keno of Mohawk, New York for $300. The antiques dealer was eventually put in touch with Franz Spogler, a former Nazi whose job it had been to drive Petacci and Mussolini towards the end of the war.
In late 1978 the partially restored Alfa Romeo was sold by Keno to collector Donnie Morton, of Connecticut, who ultimately passed it to the Imperial Palace Auto Collection. Staff restored and displayed it as part of their holdings of rare automobiles for the next two decades, until it was sold to another long-term owner in 1999.
A no-expenses-spared restoration with Garage Bonfanti followed. The work, which went so far as to recreate replicas of the original dashboard switchgear, reportedly took two years and cost a staggering €500,000 ($625,000 in 2004).
The 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C2500 achieved a high bid of €1.8 million ($2.1 million), but failed to meet its reserve price.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

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/

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

1965 Chevrolet Malibu SS Convertible - $2,200

One owner from new. 327 CI V-8 engine. 4-speed manual transmission. Red exterior. White convertible top. White interior. Bucket seats. Hurst shifter. Clock. 120 MPH speedometer.

Beating in the heart of this rust bucket is the RPO L79. The hydraulic-cammed twin of the L76 327/365 HP solid-lifter Corvette engine was rated at 350 HP, with a Holley 4-barrel carburetor, 11:1 compression forged aluminum pistons, and forged crank.
A 1965 Chevrolet Malibu SS Convertible made $65k in 2016.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing - $6.8m

A rare 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing sold for $6.8m at RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale auction. It set a new record for the iconic model. A 1955 Alloy Gullwing that sold for $4.2m at Gooding & Company’s Scottsdale auction in 2012 falls to 2nd place. Chassis number 5500332 is one of only 24 aluminum Gullwings built. It is one of a handful to retain its original, numbers-matching 3.0-liter NSL inline-6 engine, high-speed 3.42 rear axle, front spindles and Rudge wheels, as well as the authentic alloy body and factory-correct livery.
The M186 Engine was a 3.0 litre single overhead camshaft inline 6, developed in the early 1950s to power the company's new flagship 300 "Adenauer" (W186) four-door saloon. It made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in April 1951. Various versions of the engine (M186 – M199) produced from 115–240 bhp.

Sunday, February 20, 2022

1968 Toyota 2000GT - $850k

Considered the first supercar and first truly collectible car from Japan, the Toyota 2000GT two-seat sports coupe had a production run of 351 units. One of the 109 export models was sold in California on Bring a Trailer. The winning bid was $850,000 USD.
A 2.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine is longitudinally mounted with hemispherical combustion chambers and a cast iron block. That is topped by a Yamaha-designed aluminum cylinder head.
It boasts 148 hp through a five-speed manual transmission. In America, the 2000GT sold for an expensive $6,800, much more than contemporary Porsches and Jaguars. About 60 units reached North America and the others were thinly spread worldwide. Most 2000GTs were painted either Solar Red or Pegasus White.

Thursday, February 17, 2022

DC Solar ponzi scheme - Carpoff car collection

Jeff Carpoff, 50, went to federal prison for 30 years. He pleaded guilty and received the maximum sentence for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. His wife is expected to pull 15 years for her role.

A 2017 Bentley Continental GT V8 S went for $128k
149 cars that were seized by the FBI went up for auction, selling for $8.23m. The collection included two Teslas, eleven Plymouth Road Runners, a dozen Chevrolet Camaros, nine Dodge Challengers, and a Pontiac owned by Burt Reynolds.

The cars were seized from DC Solar founder Jeff Carpoff, who's $800m ponzi scheme came crashing down.
1967 Ford Mustang GT500 SE- by Riley Performance M. It made $205k.

A 1968 Dodge Challenger Super Bee that fetched $102k.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

2016 Ferrari LaFerrari - £2,142,500 GBP

Only select buyers were invited to buy a Ferrari LaFerrari, one of the 499 examples produced for around $1.5m. This example shows 918 miles and is finished in Vinaccia paint over a Pelle Chiodi Di Garofano leather interior.
A combination of a 6.3-liter V12 and an F1-sourced KERS electric motor blasts 946 hp and 663 pound-feet of twist to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Redline is a whopping 9,250 rpm. The LaFerrari hits 60 mph in 2.4 seconds. RM Sotheby’s put a pre-auction estimate at $3-$3.45 million. Outcome was about $2.8m.

Saturday, February 12, 2022

1987 Porsche 959 Komfort

The Porsche 959 is an all-wheel-drive, twin-turbocharged, homologation car that represented the pinnacle of Porsche’s technological know-how. Power output was factory rated at 444 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The 959 was the fastest production car in the world when new, with a zero-to-60 time of under four seconds and a top speed of 197mph. 337 examples were produced between 1986 and 1988. This 959 shows just over 1,300 kilometers.
The 2.85L M959/50 flat-six was based on the unit found in the 956 and 962 race cars and features water-cooled, four-valve cylinder heads as well as titanium connecting rods, forged alloy pistons, Nikasil-lined air-cooled cylinders, and sequential turbochargers. Power is sent to all four wheels via six-speed manual transmission and a computer-controlled Porsche-Steuer Kupplung (PSK) system can route up to 80% of power to the rear wheels.
Current bid on Bring a Trailer is a significant $2.1m. HERE

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic by Ghia

The 8V is Fiat’s most legendary, significant, and storied production model. The most striking were the 15 bodied to Giovanni Savonuzzi’s stunning Jet Age design, known as the Supersonic.
The Fiat 8V had a 70 degree V configuration displacing 1,996 cc and fitted with two twin-choke Weber 36 DCF 3 carburetors. In its first iteration (type 104.000) the engine produced 104 hp at 5,600 rpm. The improved type 104.003 made 125hp. The engine was connected to a four speed gearbox. The car had independent suspension all round and drum brakes on all four wheels.
Only 114 of the high-performance coup├ęs were produced. Regardless, they continued to win the Italian 2-litre GT championship every year until 1959. Eight 'Supersonic' are thought to have survived.
A 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic by Ghia sold at Amelia Island in 2017 for $1.3m.

This example is another gem from the Elkhart collection. It made $2m.