Sunday, April 30, 2023

1965 Z16 Chevelle

The Z16 Chevelle was Chevy’s foray into the high-performance, muscle-car wars that had been sparked by Pontiac’s GTO in 1964. 396/375 HP V-8 engine. Authentic documented Z16. Frame-off restoration. One of only 201 built. #36 in the Z16 Chevelle registry Documentation of ownership back to new. 4-speed manual transmission. Power steering. Power brakes. 6,000 RPM tachometer. 160 MPH speedometer. The 1965 Chevelle started with an anemic, 194 ci Hi-Thrift straight-six with 120 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque as the base engine, while a 230 ci Turbo-Thrift capable of 155 hp and 215 lb-ft was the optional six.
A 327 cubic-inch Turbo-Fire eight topped the options list. With a large Rochester four-barrel carburetor, a 10.5:1 compression ratio, and hydraulic lifters, the 327 churned out 300 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 360 lb.-ft. at 3,200 rpm.
The Z16 Package was the ultimate, and it wasn't publicized. At the heart of this enigma was the legendary L37 396 cubic-inch big-block V8. The L37 produced 375 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque with 11:1 compression, a hydraulic-lifter camshaft, forged pistons and crankshaft, four-bolt mains, ported closed-chamber cylinder heads, dual-snorkel air cleaner and an aluminum intake with a Holley 3310 four-barrel carburetor. A Muncie M20 wide-ratio four-speed floor-shifter with a 2.56:1 low gear and an 11-inch clutch was the only available transmission. It sent power to a 12-bolt rear containing a 3.31:1 differental. Z16-spec cars were not available with Positraction. Its thought less than 80 cars survive. Colors were limited to three: Regal Red, Tuxedo Black and Crocus Yellow. This example made $187k at Mecum Glendale 2019.
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Thursday, April 27, 2023

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 by sealed bid at RM Sotheby's

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Lamborghini Aventador wasted in Vancouver

North Vancouver RCMP are seeking surveillance video that might explain how the driver of a $600k Lamborghini wound up smucked into a Canyon Heights retaining wall. The crash happened around 6 a.m. Saturday on the 4000 block of Highland Boulevard, although exactly what occurred isn’t clear. The driver fled on foot before police arrived. The Lamborghini Aventador model involved in the crash currently lists for between $558,000 and $659,000.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 - $770k

Behold the mighty 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, appearing at Barrett-Jackson in Jan 2023.

The 1969 Camaro with the uber rare, all-aluminum, 427-cubic-inch ZL-1 big-block was designed for racing. Chevrolet rated the ZL1 at 430 hp @ 5200 rpm and 450 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm. Dyno tests of factory ZL1s revealed their output was more in the 550hp range. 69 ZL-1 Camaros were built.
First. Most powerful. Quickest. One Chevy combines them all: the 1969 Chevrolet ZL1 Camaro.

It went a step beyond the 427 Yenko and even the mighty L88 Corvette. A batch of '69 Camaros came with a version of the 427-cid V-8 used by the all-conquering Can-Am Chaparral. This was another very special Central Office Production Order. COPO 9560. These are the rarest of all 1969 Camaros.
The 427 was called the ZL1. It was similar to the most-potent iteration of the aluminum-head L88, but it was the first production Chevy engine to also have an aluminum block. All this came at a price: $4,160 for the ZL1 engine alone, pushing the car's sticker to a ridiculous $7,200.
Two 1969 ZL1 Camaros were offered as a matched pair in 2018. Numbers 18 and 30 of the 69 Chevy built. The pair made $1.2m.
This 1969 ZL-1 sold for $1,094,500, in 2020 at Barrett-Jackson. The only Camaro to sell at auction for seven figures has it's original engine. The ZL-1 featured rectangular-port, open-chamber aluminum heads, and a forged crank, connecting rods, and pistons. It featured a solid-lifter camshaft.

Sunday, April 16, 2023

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air hardtop - $275k

Known as the "Lakewood 57". Extensive restoration completed in 1990 at the GM Lakewood plant. This car was initially built at the Lakewood plant in 1957 and would be the last car finished there before it closed. The car was disassembled and re-run back down the production line, becoming the last 1957 Chevrolet built at the Lakewood plant. Once completed, the car as awarded to a GM employee in July 1990 by means of a draw. Correct 283/270 HP V-8 engine. 3-speed manual transmission. 900 photos of the rebuild process. Extensive documentation from GM. Chevrolet sign autographed by participating employees.
GM decided to locate a 1957 Sport Coupe that was originally built in Atlanta (ser. no. VC57A218526), purchase it, bring it back into the Atlanta plant, disassemble the car, send it back down the assembly line, and completely "RERUN" the car. After 10 painstaking months of work by the some 500 GM employees at the time, the car was beautifully completed, to the last bolt. There is no finer 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air hardtop on earth. The "Lakewood 57" is the only 1957 sport coupe ever built twice by GM, and is in essence the last 1957 chevy ever built.
The car made $143k at Barrett Jackson in 2007. Here. It appeared again at Mecum and the number was $275k.

Saturday, April 15, 2023

1968 Ford Mustang GT/CS - California Special

The GT/CS is one of the most desirable Mustangs built. The cars fitted with the large 390 and Cobra Jet 428 cubic-inch (6.4- and 7.0-liter) V8 engines are the most sought after due to their scarcity, but the small block California Specials are becoming increasingly popular. Between February 17 and July 30 of 1968, the San Jose plant turned out some 4,118 California Specials. Priced at $194.31 and listed on the window sticker as the "GT/CS EQUIP PACKAGE," the package was cosmetic.
Base Mustangs came standard with the 115-hp, straight-six, a solid, boring engine. The first step came in the form of the C-code two-barrel, 195-horse, The hottest came in the form of the R-code 428 V-8, aka the Cobra Jet. Released close to the March 1 introduction of the California Special, the 428 put out an advertised 335 hp and made the Mustang a force to be reckoned with. Ford made just three California Specials equipped with the 428 Cobra Jet. An additional nine 428-powered GT/CSs were sold out of the Denver region as part of the 251 examples badged as High Country Specials.
Every California Special is a two-door hardtop coupe. Ford made no convertible or fastback GT/CS models. The Mustang was a relatively simple car, using unit-body construction and a conventional independent front suspension with coil springs, tube shocks, and an anti-roll bar up front. In the rear, there were leaf springs, tube shocks, and a live axle driving the wheels. Drum brakes all around were standard, but front discs and power brakes were optional. This 289-cubic-inch (4.7-liter) V8, C4 automatic transmission, showed 56,494 miles. It made $57k in Jan at Mecum.

Ferrari Testarossa - King of expensive maintenance

Ferrari introduced the Testarossa (Type F110) in 1984 at the Paris Auto Show. The iconic Ferrari Testarossa has developed a reputation as a money pit. Older Ferraris are not the most dependable vehicles to begin with. The Ferrari Testarossa uses a flat-V12 engine. This means a full engine out being required for even for the most basic servicing. The timing belt on the Testarossa requires an engine out change every 30,000 miles. Annual fluids for the Testarossa can cost $1,000 and brake pad replacements will cost between $500 to $1,395. Major service repairs to belts, gaskets, bearings, and seals range to $7,715.
These cars are reasonably priced compared to other Ferrari but buyer beware. One of the car's many problems are both hot and cold starts which are notoriously problematic.

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Palmen barn find collection

230 cars including rarities like an Alfa Romeo 2600 SZ, Lancia Aurelia Spider, Mercedes-Benz 300S Roadster and Facel Vegas, was discovered in Dordrecht.
Palmen started collecting cars 40 years ago, storing them in three different buildings – one of which was a church. Mr Palmen performed most of the work on the cars himself, starting them on a regular basis to avoid the engines becoming seized.
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2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170

Dodge is discontinuing the Challenger and among the final special editions is the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170. Running on E85 fuel, the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 makes 1,025 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 945 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm. Even on E10 gasoline, the output is still 900 hp and 810 lb-ft. When making the full 1,025 hp, the Demon 170 can hit 60 miles per hour in 1.66 seconds. It completes the quarter-mile in 8.91 seconds at 151.17 mph.
The Demon 170 retails for a rock bottom $96,666 before the destination fee. Dodge plans to make 3,000 for the US and 300 for Canada.

Monday, April 10, 2023

Ferrari 250 GTO

Of the 36 GTOs produced from the factory, the first 33 were Series 1s, recognizable by the trio of D shaped ducts that could be covered for aerodynamic slickness or removed for improved radiator cooling. Four of the Series I cars were updated in 1964 with Series II bodies. The 250 GTO was heavily derived from the earlier 250 GT Berlinetta SWB. Ferrari engineers constructed two 250 GTO prototypes in 1961 by converting existing chassis of the SWB. Three 275 GTB/C Speciales were built in 1964/65. Despite their origins, they are sometimes considered developments of the 250 GTO due to similarity of configuration and bodywork.

Saturday, April 8, 2023

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet series I - $6.8m

A masterpiece of Italian design, and among the most beautiful cars of the 1950's, only 40 Series I Pinin Farina cabriolets were built between 1956 and 1959. A 2,953 CC Tipo 128D SOHC alloy V-12 engine sporting 3 Weber 36 DCL3 carburetors produces 220 BHP at 7,000 RPM through a 4-speed manual gearbox. This example crossed the block in August 2022.
Chassis number 0963 GT is the 30th car produced and is finished in Nero Tropicale IVI paint over an interior of Rosso VM 3171 Connolly leather. The only example of five built in this specification to be ordered new in black. Considered by many as the most elegant open GT Ferrari of the 1950s, the 250 GT Cabriolet Series 1 by Pinin Farina is the connoisseur’s choice for open air touring.

Exhibited at the 1958 Paris Motor Show, the car was sold new to Count Giovanni Volpi. Sometime during the early 1960s the Ferrari was exported to the United States.
The car made $6.8m against an estimate of $6m to $7m at RM Sotheby
In 2014 a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series I sold for $6.1m, well exceeding it's $4m to $5m estimate at Gooding. It is the 14th of 40 series 1 cabriolets built. Here.

Friday, April 7, 2023

1937 Packard Custom Twelve Series 1507 - $70k high bid

1 of 42 produced in 1937. 454 CI big block engine. 700R4 automatic overdrive transmission. Power steering. Power brakes. Air conditioning. AM/FM/Satellite radio and auxiliary hookup. Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor. Red with Tan leather interior. Woodgrain dash and door panel accents. One-piece windshield glass. As the top-of-the-line, the Packard Twelve offered luxury, speed, and style. It is powered by a 454 cubic-inch V12 engine that produced 180 horsepower. 1,300 Twelve chassis were constructed for the 1937 model year.
Packard's 1507 series Twelves rode a long 139-inch wheelbase and were flat out luxury cars. In concours condition these cars will fetch $250k.
For your consideration at Mecum.

Thursday, April 6, 2023

1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder

The 27th of 50 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyders. A late-production (508D) chassis.
Chassis number 1425 GT was not exported to the United States but instead remained in Naples. Engine was the latest (and most powerful) Tipo 128D variant of the Colombo V12. On 11 August 1969, this Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder set sail from Genova aboard the SS Paolo d’Amico, bound for San Francisco. Jack Castor died in 2014 and his beloved Ferrari was subsequently sold for $7.7m to its current owner, a prominent collector in the UK.

Never comprehensively restored, chassis number 1425 GT presents its next custodian with one of a number of options. Preserving that patina and with the chance to drive a 250 GT LWB without worrying about flawless perfection is among them. A nut-and-bolt restoration to the exact specification in which chassis 1425 GT left the factory in 1959 is also a noble goal.
For the discerning and well heeled the car is here.