Sunday, July 30, 2023

1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Sportsman Convertible Coup - $200k high bid

CCCA Full Classic. Serial no. 32317F. Engine no. FC3029. 1 of 64 supercharged Convertible Coupes produced. 20 known to exist. Frame-off restoration. Depression caught up to the Cord empire, and 1937 was to be the final model year. The cars, now designated Model 812, were available for the first and only time with an optional supercharger, which boosted power to almost 200 hp.
289/170 HP L-head V-8 engine. Schwitzer-Cummins pull-through supercharger. Bendix 4-speed pre-selector gearbox. Independent front suspension with transverse leaf springs. Rear semi-elliptic leaf springs. 4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Front wheel drive. Finished in Maroon with Tan leather interior.
The car high bid to $200k against an estimate of $200k to $300k at Mecum.

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Koenigsegg Regera

The Koenigsegg Regera is a limited production, plug-in hybrid Supercar manufactured by Swedish manufacturer of high-performance sports cars Koenigsegg. The name Regera is a Swedish verb, meaning "to reign" or "to rule."  80 units were built.

The Regera produces a total of 1,822 metric horsepower through a hybrid powertrain. The engine is a mid-rear mounted, in-house developed, twin-turbocharged V8 engine with a 5.0-litre capacity. It produces 820 kW (1,100 bhp; 1,115 PS) at 7,800 RPM and 1,280 Nm (944.1 ft-lb) at 4,100 RPM. It works in conjunction with three YASA electric motors with a total capacity of 520 kW (697 bhp) and 900 Nm (663.8 ft-lb) of torque. Price started around $ 1.9 million.

One 215 bhp electric motor on the crankshaft supplies torque fill while acting as both a generator and a starter motor and two 241 bhp wheel shaft mounted electric motors drive the rear wheels and provide torque vectoring.

The electric motors are powered by an 800-volt, 90 kg liquid cooled battery pack, making it the first 800 volt production car.
The Regera doesn't have a traditional multi-gear transmission but instead features a single-speed fixed gear transmission, often called a direct drive. Koenigsegg states that the car has a top speed of 255 mph, is capable of reaching 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds, 300 km/h (190 mph) in 10.9 seconds, and a speed of 250 mph in 20 seconds.

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

2001 Ferrari 550 Maranello Prodrive

Five-time entrant in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the most of any 12-cylinder Ferrari chassis. GTS class podium-finisher in the 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans. GTS class pole position in the 2002 24 Hours of Le Mans. 2nd in the 2003 American Le Mans Series. 3rd in the 2005 Le Mans Endurance Series. Five victories, 14 podium finishes, and 10 pole positions. The last 12-cylinder Ferrari to win at the Circuit de la Sarthe remains the Ferrari 550 Maranello Prodrive.
The Ferrari 550 Maranello was designed, developed, and constructed by Prodrive to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the FIA GT Championship, and the American Le Mans Series. No stone of any size was left unturned by Prodrive in its quest to build the ultimate GT1 racer. The Ferrari 550 Maranello Prodrive was a monumental success. Between 2001 and 2008 it garnered 69 victories, 151 podiums, and 60 pole positions. Chassis number CRD03 is the third of 12 Ferrari 550 Maranello Prodrives. Of the 34 events CRD03 entered between 2002 and 2006, it won five races, took 14 podium finishes, and scored 10 pole positions. In 2022, this car received its Ferrari Classiche certification, with the Ferrari factory recognizing the car and it's historical significance. Returned to its 2004 Le Mans specification and livery, this car is, for sure, all that.
Estimate is $8m to $9.5m at RM Sotheby.

Saturday, July 22, 2023

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV by Bertone - $3.5m

One of 150 SV examples built. Retains numbers-matching chassis, engine, and body. Equipped with air conditioning and split-sump lubrication system. Blu Notte over gray. The Miura P400 was a revolutionary sports car, from its transversely positioned mid/rear-mounted V-12 engine, to the stunning coachwork designed by Bertone’s Marcello Gandini. The Miura underwent a final development in 1971. The Miura P400 SV (Spinto Veloce) is the most advanced variant.
The P400 SV was built in a modest quantity of 150 examples, making it the rarest of the three Miura variants. It remains hugely prized by discerning collectors.
The Lamborghini V-12 was tuned to develop 385 horsepower.
The car made $3.5m at RM Sotheby's.

Friday, July 21, 2023

1969 Chevrolet COPO Chevelle - $165k

One three COPO Chevelles produced in special-order Hugger Orange for Canadian market in 1969. The only example equipped with 4-speed manual transmission. Frame-off rotisserie restoration using many NOS parts. Original GM sheet metal. COPO 9566 427/425 HP L72 V-8 engine. Gardner exhaust. Muncie M22 Rock Crusher 4-speed transmission. 4.10 Positraction differential. Vacuum-assisted power brakes with front discs. Hugger Orange with White longitudinal side striping. Black bench seat interior. SS wheels.
Chevrolet built 86,307 SS Chevelles in 1969, and of that number, 323 were COPO cars. Of those elite 323, 99 were sent to Yenko to be transformed into a Yenko S/C Chevelle at his Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, dealership.
GM built 96 COPO Chevelles with automatic transmission (Code MP) and 277 with a four-speed (Code MQ). In 2014 a 1969 Chevrolet COPO Chevelle made $101k. This example made $165k in 2020 at Mecum.

Thursday, July 20, 2023

1964 Pontiac GTO Convertible - $80k high bid

Comprehensive no expense spared nut and bolt restoration. The only known example produced in this color combination with these options. Matching numbers 389/348 HP V-8 engine. Factory 77J engine with Tri-Power. Automatic transmission. 1 of 693 Tri-Power equipped cars with the automatic transmission built for 1964. Marimba Red with an Ivory top. Parchment bucket seat interior. Tilt steering column. Electric clock. Power steering. Power brakes. Power windows.
In 1964, Pontiac debuted the GTO, a package of options for the Pontiac Tempest. It was an attempt to appeal to younger buyers. The GTO was fitted with a Pontiac 389, a three-speed (optional four-speed) manual transmission with Hurst shifter, firmer suspension, special badging, and upgraded wheels. The result was one of the fastest American production cars of its time. It is often credited with ushering in the muscle car era. With every available option, the GTO cost about $4,500, a significant sum in 1964.

Motor Trend magazine found a four-speed GTO convertible capable of completing the quarter-mile in 15.8 seconds at 93 mph.

The 1964 Pontiac GTO Convertible is a stellar example of automotive history and an embodiment of the American muscle car era. This example appeared at Mecum and high bid to $80k. Here.

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Top results - Car Week 2020

12 Ferrari 550 GT1 Prodrive race cars were built, this being the second example made. While it never tasted victory at Le Mans, this car did win 14 races and claim 15 poles between its racing in both the U.S. and Europe. $4.29m - RM Sotheby's
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB. A second-series, "long nose" car with desirable torque-tube driveshaft and six-carb specification. 50,000 miles from new. $3.08m - Gooding & Company
2003 Ferrari Enzo. This Enzo was special ordered in Nürburgring Silver and has 7,100 miles on the clock. $2.3m - Gooding & Company.
1959 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder. The brand's first bespoke race car was the mid-engine 550 Spyder. This RSK was an evolution of that design. $2.2m - Bonhams.
1995 Ferrari F50. This Nürburgring Silver F50 is one of a 349-car production run. The naturally aspirated 4.7-liter V-12 has become known as one of the last old-school supercars. 10,000 miles. $2.1m -Gooding & Company.

Monday, July 17, 2023

2024 V12 Aston Martin Valour

The new Valour is limited to 110 examples. It boasts a twin-turbocharged 5.2-litre V12 that may be the last V12 of its kind. The engine makes 705 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed manual directs power to the rear wheels. Price isn't posted on billboards but is thought to be north of $1m.

Saturday, July 15, 2023

Hagerty's rising stars

Hagerty suggests the red-hot collector car market has cooled. They say the sub-$50k market offers the best potential for gains. These are the top movers from the latest Hagerty Price Guide.

2004 Volkswagen Golf R32. Launched in Europe in 2003, the R32 was a much meaner GTI featuring the 240-horsepower, 3.2-liter VR6 engine. Unlike the front-wheel-drive GTI, the R32 has a Haldex all-wheel-drive setup. Mk IV Golf R32s are in demand, with clean cars in the $30k range (about MSRP), and as-new cars bringing much more. A 97-mile example sold on Bring A Trailer in February for $109k.
1977 Pontiac LeMans Can Am. The one year 1977 Can Am melded together the best parts of the LeMans and Trans Am. A broken spoiler mould halted production at 1133. The cars are attainable. A “good” example will bring $25k and a show-quality car $42k.

1997-2004 Lotus Esprit S4 V-8. The S4 Lotus Esprit never garnered the same attention as its analog sports car peers. The car has long been under appreciated. As values of more well-known names have gotten out of reach, some may be looking at the V-8 Lotus Esprit’s similar performance on a relative budget. An uber top end example can be had for under $100k, a fraction of the big name competition.

Friday, July 14, 2023

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

The Boss 429, the 'Boss 9', is one of the rarest and most valued muscle cars from the era. The origin of the Boss 429 came about as a result of Ford’s desire to compete in the top NASCAR series. Ford was seeking to develop a Hemi engine that could compete with the famed 426 Hemis from the Mopar camp - the 426 Hemi Charger Daytona and the Plymouth Superbirds.

The Boss 429 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine was rated at 375 HP while actual output was believed to be well over 500 HP.
In 1969 there were 859 Boss 429s made by Ford, two of which were Cougars for the Lincoln/Mercury Race Division. There were five different colors available and the only color for the interior was black.
#1 Concours examples trend around $515k according to Haggerty. Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world.
In 2015 a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 with a scant 120 miles on the clock sold for $247,000 That number would likely be much higher today.

Thursday, July 13, 2023

1953 Fiat 8V Berlinetta by Zagato

One of the most important and unique examples of the Zagato-bodied genius of Otto Vu. Believed to be the only Zagato berlinetta equipped with the uprated Tipo 104.004 competition engine. The rare uprated Tipo 104.004-specification engine was chiefly characterized by the presence of dual four-barrel Weber carburetors. One of 32 examples clothed by Zagato, including 25 berlinettas. One class win and one 3rd-in-class finish in period rally competition. Among the 114 examples built, small quantities were coachbuilt by Ghia, Vignale, and Zagato, the latter of whom created a lightweight berlinetta that went on to achieve numerous victories in the Italian Sports Car Championship. Following completion of the restoration in the spring of 2009, the car was presented at the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza, where it won its class.
The berlinetta collected an additional class win at the 2012 Zuote Concours d’Elegance. This outstanding show-awarded 8V Zagato is likely the most rarely configured and desirable example of its species in the world. Estimate is $3m to $3.5m at RM Sotheby.

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 coupés were produced. Regardless, they continued to win the Italian 2-litre GT championship every year until 1959. Eight 'Supersonic' by Ghia 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.