Friday, January 27, 2023

2014 Ferrari LaFerrari - $4.01m

Finished in Blu Elettrico over Crema leather. Odometer indicates 3,185 miles. Featuring a HY-KERS (Hybrid Kinetic Energy Recovery System) powertrain: a 789-hp 6.3-liter V-12 with an 9250-rpm peak at redline; an oil-cooled 161-hp electric motor hung off the back of the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic; and a low-set, liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack that acts as a structural element aft of the passenger compartment. Total system output is 950 horsepower and 516 lb·ft @ 6,750 rpm.
List price was something around $1.5m. This LaFerrari is estimated at $4m – $4.5m. Going fast at RM Sotheby.
Concluding production in January 2016, manufacture of the LaFerrari was capped at 499 examples, lending the model top-shelf status as a Maranello hypercar. Officially retailing for over $1.3m, all 499 cars were purchased by preferred clients before production began. This example is showing just 3,186 miles.

1967 Ferrari Dino 206 S

In February 1966, Ferrari debuted a new sports-racing car formulated for the FIA’s 2-litre Group 4 class, with the direct aim of winning over the numerous privateer teams that were largely running a variety of Porsche models. Dubbed the Dino 206 S, the car was powered by the further development of the 65 degree V-6 engine that had been conceived by Enzo’s son Dino Ferrari, prior to his death in June 1956.
By the end of the 1966 race season, the 206 S had proved its mettle, earning a 2nd place finish at the Targo Florio, 2nd and 3rd at the Nürburgring and a 6th place finish at Spa. Although the 206 S was originally slated for a homologation of 50 examples, labour problems prematurely interrupted production after only 18 cars had been assembled.

Chassis no. 032, holds a special place among Dinos as the final Drogo 206 S constructed. Out of the 18 examples, two were bodied by Pininfarina and three were coupes, making this the final of only 13 Drogo Spyders built.
Up for grabs soon at RM Sotheby's

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

2023 McLaren Artura

Base price: $258,585. Powertrain: 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 plug-in hybrid. 8-speed dual-clutch, rear-wheel drive. Horsepower: 671 @ 7,500 rpm. Torque: 531 lb-ft @ 2,250 to 7,000 rpm.
The mid-engine two-seater rides on a new lightweight platform. It also pairs a twin-turbo V-6–the company's first—with a battery-electric powertrain to create a plug-in-hybrid model. Zero-to-60-mph time is 2.6 seconds on to a top speed of 205 mph.

Sunday, January 22, 2023

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C by Scaglietti

The car was recognized as the 275 GTB/C.
Ferrari built 3 cars in 1965 at a compromised weight. Chassis 06885 took a class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing 3rd overall. Ferrari then built a series of 10 more competition 275 examples with short-nose bodywork. Utilizing the production model’s wet-sump engine, these berlinettas were nearly identical to the standard road cars with the exception of thin-gauge lightweight aluminum coachwork, weight-saving measures, and the use of competition fuel tanks. For 1966, the factory developed the competition specs to a greater degree, building 12 two-cam cars with long-nose bodywork.
Triple Weber 40 DFI/3 carburetors fed by curved velocity stacks contributed to a 9.3:1 compression ratio, and the racing engine was mated to a magnesium alloy transaxle case via a large-diameter driveshaft. The 275 GTB/C was the last racing GT model built by Ferrari’s competition department, and two examples went on to take GT class wins at Le Mans in 1966 and 1967, earning Maranello three consecutive class wins at La Sarthe. After completing a nut and bolt refurbishment in August 2017, this beautiful Ferrari was then presented at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as part of Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary celebration, and at the 2018 Cavallino Classic, where it won an FCA Platinum Award.
Many of the 275 GTB/C examples were aggressively raced, and with the model’s extremely thin-skinned aluminum, cars were often beaten past recognition by the slightest of collisions.

Chassis number 09067 claims an accident-free life with only two recorded races in period, and gentle touring use by its subsequent conservators. The car made $7.5m in August 2022. Here.

Saturday, January 21, 2023

1979 Pontiac Trans Am 10th Anniversary - $90k high bid

1,300 miles. 6.6L V-8 engine. 3-speed automatic transmission. 15-inch finned turbo wheels. Shaker hood. Air conditioning. 4-wheel disc brakes. Pontiac served up one last round with "The 10th Anniversary Limited Edition" Trans Am. Along with its special paint, graphics, wheels, it would be among the last offered with the "6.6" 403 engine. As a collectible car from the 1970s, the anniversary Trans Am stands out. 5,683 were built with the "6.6 Litre" Oldsmobile 403 and a Turbo Hydra-Matic 350 automatic.
403 Oldsmobile 6.6 Litre engines are boringly reliable but they were gutsy performers … at least by enemic late 70s standards. The GM 8.5-inch 10-bolt was standard issue, with a 3.23:1 gearing.

Rust is the biggest enemy of these Pontiacs. Many anniversary Trans Ams lived a charmed, salt-free existence because they were perceived as collectors’ items. 1,817 Trans Ams were equipped with the T/A 6.6 Pontiac 400 and a Borg-Warner T-10 four-speed. They command a premium.

For your consideration at Mecum.

Friday, January 20, 2023

1995 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 - $85k high bid

182 miles. Highly original. Last year for C4 ZR1. Original Goodyear Eagle GS-C tires. Original matching numbers drivetrain. 5.7L/405 HP LT5 V-8 engine. ZF 6-speed manual transmission. Torch Red exterior over light beige leather interior. Bose stereo. Power sport seats. Selective Ride and handling package. 17 inch 5-spoke light alloy wheels warning labels still affixed.
Chevrolet teamed up with Lotus, which GM owned at the time, for assistance building a powerplant for the ZR1. The result was the all-aluminum, 32-valve, DOHC, small-block LT5, good for 375 HP when it debuted for the 1990 model year. For 1993, output was increased to 405 HP and 385 lb-ft of torque.
The C4 ZR1 rocketed from 0-60 MPH in four seconds, finished the quarter mile in under 13 seconds and topped out around 180 MPH.

The car crossed the block at Mecum.

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Bitcoin car in the news

The mystery of the orange bitcoin car has been solved. The Mercedes sports a bitcoin logo in place of the car’s iconic badge and the words “in crypto we trust” across the wheels. Michael Chobanian, the Ukranian founder of Kuna bitcoin exchange said “How is the crash related to my property? I am [in the] crypto and finance industry for 10 years. I am not selling anything, nor promoting. If someone made bad decisions and lost money, it’s their fault and not my cars.”

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

1955 Chrysler Ghia ST Special - $770k

1 of 4 produced. Exhibited at the 1955 Turin Motor show. Nut and bolt restoration completed in 2014. Copper with an ivory roof, Havana leather interior, ivory dashboard. Factory-commissioned Ghia coachwork fitted to a Chrysler New Yorker chassis. 331/250 HP Hemi V-8 engine. 4-barrel carburetor. 2-speed Powerflite automatic transmission. Power steering. Power brakes. The car’s Hemi V-8 is fed by a single four-barrel carburetor, mated to a PowerFlite automatic transmission.
Chassis N558768 has appeared several times in recent auctions. In 2018 it went to auction at RM Sothebys and made $527k. On Jan 2, 2020 the car high bid to $375k against a $450k-$550k estimate at Mecum.

The car will next cross the block at Mecum Kissimmee.

Sunday, January 15, 2023

2003 Ferrari Enzo - $3.1m high bid

Odometer reads 7,334 miles. 1 of 400 produced. 6.0L/660 HP V-12 engine. 484 lb-ft torque. 4 overhead camshafts with variation control. F1 automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. Argento Nurburgring exterior. Scuderia shields. Nero leather bucket seats with stitched Cavallino.
From a standstill, the Enzo will reach 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, leading to a top speed of 218 mph. The engine in the Enzo is longitudinally mounted, and the car has a rear mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout with a 44%/56% front/rear weight distribution. The original list price was $643,330.

The Enzo has an automated manual transmission (F1 gearbox) using paddle-shifters to control an automatically actuated electrohydraulic clutch and shifting mechanism. LED lights on the steering wheel tell the driver when to change gears.
This baby is up for grabs at Mecum. The car failed to achieve its estimate of $3.5m to $3.7m

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda - $302k

Meticulous restoration. 426 CI Hemi V-8 engine. Torqueflite automatic transmission. Flawless paint is X9 Black Velvet over a Saddle Tan interior. Black matching vinyl top. 3-spoke rim blow steering wheel. Console. Light group. Rallye instrument group. Power windows. MSRP exceeded a whooping $5,500. Top option is the 426 CI Hemi V-8 engine.
A shaker hood scoop feeds air to the dual Carter AFB carbs and heads placed atop an engine with 10.25:1 compression and a NASCAR-style heavy-duty reciprocating assembly. Power is fed through the A727 TorqueFlite automatic and A36 Performance Axle with 3.55 Sure Grip gears. Heavy-duty E-body Hemi suspension parts, power steering and power front disc brakes tacked on $1,250 to the base $3,164 Cuda model price.
They surely aren't giving these babies away. From the Edwards Collection At Mecum.

1970 Plymouth AAR Cuda - squared

Factory Rallye Red on Red AAR Cuda. Comprehensive restoration to like original specs. Original drivetrain. Broadcast sheet. Matching numbers 340 6 BBL V-8 engine. Side exhaust. Matching numbers 4-speed transmission. Power brakes. $181k. Here.
Unrestored with original Moulin Rouge paint. Two broadcast sheets. Original matching numbers drivetrain. 340/290 HP 6 BBL engine. Side exhaust. 4-speed manual transmission. Power brakes with front discs. $308k. Here

In 1970, Plymouth entered SCCA Trans-Am racing, contracting with Dan Gurney’s All American Racers (AAR) to build and race cars. Homologation requirements dictated that a manufacturer build a minimum of 2,500 street versions.
2,724 cars were built during a five-week period between March and April 1970.

1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona NASCAR - $1.4m

Previously piloted by NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Bobby Allison. On August 24, 1969, Allison ran the no. 22 car for four laps in excess of 200 MPH. Restored in correct Red and Gold Coca-Cola no. 22 livery after being discovered in a barn. Bobby Allison personally inspected this car and verified its authenticity in a handwritten letter dated November 10, 1999. Dash autographed by Allison in two locations. First Place Award at the 2005 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. 426/650 HP Hemi engine built and dyno tested by Dick Landy.
This chunk of automotive history is up for grabs at Mecum.

1992 Ferrari F40 - $3.1m

Odometer reads 10,994 miles. No. 179 of a total of 213 U.S. spec Ferrari F40s built, no 92189. Rosso Corsa over Red and Gray interior. Matching numbers 2,936cc DOHC V-8 engine. Twin IHI turbochargers with Behr intercoolers. Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection. 478 HP at 7,000 RPM. 5-speed manual transmission. Ventilated 4-wheel disc brakes. 4-wheel independent double-wishbone suspension with coilover shock absorbers.
The Ferrari F40 (tipo F120) was built from 1987 to 1992, with the LM and GTE race car versions continuing production until 1994 and 1996. As the successor to the 288 GTO it was designed to celebrate Ferrari's 40th anniversary. It was the last Ferrari automobile approved by Enzo Ferrari.

A total of 1,315 cars were built. Power output is 478 hp at 7,000 rpm and 426 lb⋅ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. 0-100 km/h (62 mph) comes in 4.7 seconds onto a top speed of 328 km/h. (201 mph) When the F40 was unveiled in 1987 it received mixed reactions. Its spartan design and lack of latest technology raised eyebrows with some. An expert explained its popularity among the Ferrari cognoscenti: "They will never be allowed to make another F40 in today's world of red tape and health and safety. That is what makes it so special and so desirable."
Today the F40 is a highly required jewel in any Ferrari collection. It is 'number 2' on the list of top 5 modern Ferrari. The car carried an estimate of $3.7m to $4m.
This example crosses the block at Mecum.

Saturday, January 14, 2023

1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Twister Special test vehicle - $330k

Documented Ford test vehicle, only one in existence. 1 of 96 Mustang Mach 1 Twister Specials produced. 1 of 24 equipped with the 428 Super Cobra Jet and 4-speed manual. Original drivetrain. Matching numbers. Close ratio 4-speed manual transmission. Drag Pack with 3.91 Traction-Lok rear end. 96 Mustang Mach 1s, 90 Torino Cobras, and 2 Rancheros were branded Twister Special and distributed to Ford's Kansas City district. All 96 Twister Specials were top-of-the-line Mach 1 models fitted with the Shaker hood scoop.
These cars have become the 'must have' in Mustang world. In 2021 a fully restored SCJ-powered car with an automatic made $214,500. This 1 of 1 example crosses the block at Mecum. Estimate is $350k to $400k.

See --->1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Twister Special Fastback - $170k high bid

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

1969 Plymouth Hemi GTX - $101k

1 of 198 Hemi GTXs produced for 1969. 426 Hemi V-8 engine. Dual 4-barrel carburetors. Torqueflite automatic transmission. Air Grabber hood. Blue with Black interior. Bucket seats and center console. Standard was a 4-barrel 440 CID Super Commando V8 that produced 375 horsepower. It was a monster $700 to upgrade the car to include the 426 CID Hemi V8, which gave 425 hp @ 5000 rpm and 490 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm.
The GTX is based on Plymouth’s mid-sized Belvedere line, and was the top level performance and trim level for that line when it was introduced. In 1968 the Road Runner became the 'it' car.
0-60 mph came in 5 sec, 0-100 km/h in 5.2 sec, 0-200 km/h in 22.3 sec and the quarter mile time in 13.5 sec. Crossing the block soon at Mecum.