Will it sell for $500,000?One of the most anticipated sales of the 2008 Hilton Head Classic Auction presented by the Worldwide Group Auction House is this 1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500. Sure, it could. What really helps its chances are its invitation to the 2009 Pebble Beach Concurs d'Elegance and The Quail Motorsports Gathering. It is one of three known Alfa Romeo's to be bodied by Touring in this Sport Cabriolet body style.
A 2000 Ford Taurus Ricky Rudd Nascar vehicle is expected to sell for $30,000 - $40,000. For that price, the lucky bidder will receive the engine under its hood - a monstrous 351 cubic-inch overhead valve V8 engine rated at 700 horsepower!!
Other exciting vehicles include a Lamborghini Miura, a Kaiser Darrin, A Model L Lincoln, a post-war Aston Martin, a 1929 Marmon Speedster, A pair of 1963 Maseratis, a Maserati Merak SS, several Ferrari's and Porsches, and a 1917 Packard 2-25 Twin Six Runabout Racer.....and the list continues. Around 100 vehicles are expected to roll across the block.
1959 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France sold for £2,255,000It was standing room only at the seven-hour sale as 100 of the world's finest vintage motor cars went under the hammer before an international audience. A series of intense bidding contests developed throughout the evening, which in addition to the record-breaking McLaren sale, saw a 1965 Ferrari 250 LM Berlinetta and the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France each fetch £2,255,000 indicating the continued strength of the sports and racing segment of the market. Other notable highlights included an ultra-rare 1938 Horch 853 Special Roadster which sold for £1,127,500 and a stunning 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante which brought £660,000.
McLaren F1 supercar for £2,530,000Auctions, in association with Sotheby's, entered the history books again tonight selling a superb McLaren F1 supercar for £2,530,000 at the highly anticipated Automobiles of London event.
Marking the first time the car has been offered since sold new by McLaren, tonight's sale of one of the world's fastest road cars and McLaren's former Park Lane showroom model attracted spirited bidding. The final sales price more than doubled the pre-sale estimate.
'The world record breaking price for the McLaren F1 is a huge achievement for our London auction and confirms RM's position as the world's leading auction house for vintage automobiles,' said Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Auctions European Division.
'The £2.5 million sale price redefined the market for these superb vehicles. The McLaren F1 is quite simply one of the most contemporary cars ever produced and tops a sale that has again shown that great cars attract great prices. We are now looking forward to building on tonight's results at our next European event in Maranello, Italy on May 17, 2009,' he added.
Austin SevenThis 1924 Austin Seven 'Chummy' Tourer was imported to the United States in 1970. Recently, it was painted in British Racing Green with black fenders and black wire wheels. There is a spare tire mounted in the rear, four wire wheels, black leather seats in the front and black vinyl in the rear, and cowl-mounted headlamps. The L-head four-cylinder engine displaces 747cc and produces a modest 12 bhp. The wheelbase is a mere 81-inches.
Chevrolet GPiX Crossover Coupe ConceptGeneral Motors revealed the Chevrolet GPiX crossover coupe concept today at the 25th edition of the Sao Paulo International Auto Show. The Chevrolet GPiX concept was developed by General Motors Design in Brazil and represents a potential new segment for GM in the Mercosur region.
The GPiX concept features a two-door body style with high ground clearance appropriate for the types of roads and conditions found in emerging markets. 'It offers the sporty design and versatility necessary for a country with the continental dimensions of Brazil,' said Carlos Barba, General Director of Design for GM Latin America, Africa and Middle East.
GPiX also combines Chevrolet's global design 'DNA' with the cost-benefit proposition necessary to compete in today's emerging markets. Jaime Ardila, President of General Motors Brazil and Mercosur said, 'with this project, the Chevrolet GPiX concept could result in the development of many models for Brazil and the Mercosur region.'
Fiat 500The Jolly 500 was introduced in 1957. The coachwork is by Ghia. Carrozzeria Ghia SpA 'Ghia' was established in 1915 in Turin, Italy and was noted for their famous Italian design and coachbuilding firms.
The Jolly is noted for its canvas surrey top and wicker seats. The Fiat Jolly was marketed for resort areas and used for sight-seeing. The 500 model is the successor of the Topolino. The engine is a 479cc 2-cylinder that develops 16.5 horsepower and has a top speed of about 60 mph. The Jolly weighs 1,050 pounds making it fuel efficient at approximately 42 mpg.
Martin StationetteJames V. Martin was a prolific inventor who spent years designing cars that he hoped someone would be willing to produce. The Stationette was his last attempt. Produced by Commonwealth Research Corp. in New York, NY, this car is an all wooden monocoque construction. It features no axles, shock absorbers, or propeller shaft, which Mr. Martin claimed made it cheaper to build. It was designed to fit the needs of the suburban commuter, as popular acceptance would greatly ease traffic congestion. The Stationette was shown at the 1954 World Motor Sports Show and offered as 'America' Economy Car of the Future.' Mr. Martin failed to convince anyone to produce this car. Like the two cars he had previously designed (the Martin Aerodynamic and Martin Martinette), the Stationette remained a one-off prototype.
Nissan 370ZNissan offers the first look at the upcoming 2009 370Z Coupe, which makes its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 19th. The all-new 2009 Nissan 370Z, the first full redesign of the iconic Nissan Z since its reintroduction as a 2003 model, solidifies the strengths of its predecessor with an unmatched balance of performance, style and value. The all-new Z will go on sale at Nissan dealers in early 2009.
Renault Sand'up ConceptSand'up Concept is a modular 2+2 coupé that transforms from coupé to cabriolet to pickup on the whim of its passengers.
Based on Sandero Stepway – an 'urban sport' vehicle only available in Brazil and Argentina, Sand'up Concept goes 'topless' to give its four passengers a true cabriolet experience. It features two distinctive aluminum roof rail arches that stretch from the front of the roof to the tail lights. With the rear bench folded down, Sand'up Concept turns into a pick-up. It can also be transformed into a coupé by fitting a red hard top on the roof rails.
Sand'up Concept's reflective gray paintwork underlines its sophisticated and robust nature while an array of red inserts accentuate its sporty side.
A red bumper-integrated nudge bar tells the concept car apart from Sandero Stepway at the front. The color red also features at the back, this time in the shape of a skid plate, pierced by two trapezoidal exhaust pipes. A further red touch is the elegant edging running the length and breadth of the car and separating it into two parts. The flowing design of the upper part contrasts with the more robust forms below (emphatic wheel arches, side sills and 18-inch aluminum wheel rims). The five-spoked rims marry gloss black with the lead gray of the graphite and the red of the brake calipers to give Sand'up Concept a resolutely sporty air, enhanced by the black masks on the front and rear lights.
Victoria 250The Spatz (German for 'Sparrow') was first introduced at the 1954 Paris Auto Salon and under the firm BAG (Bayerische Auto Gesellschaft) the 250 was produced from January 1957 to February 1958. The unusual features include fiberglass body construction and a five gear electronic transmission shifted by three dash-mounted buttons to shift into reverse, neutral & first; and a small lever used in conjunction with the clutch to shift into second, third and fourth. The engine is a 250cc, 1-cylinder, 2-stroke that develops 14 bhp at 5200 RPM and is capable of 60 mph speed. This vehicle was manufactured in Nuremberg, Germany.
Messerschmitt KR200The Messerschmitt was designed by aircraft engineer, Fritz Fend, and was manufactured in the former Messerschmitt Aircraft Company located in Regensburg, Germany. The KR stands for 'Kabinenroller' which means 'cabin scooter'. The KR-200 is noted for its three-wheel design and is immediately identifiable by its distinctive bubble canopy. The engine is an air-cooled 199cc 1-cylinder, 2-stroke that develops 10 horsepower at 5250 RPM. The Messerschmitt KR-200 was produced between February 1955 and December 1966. 16,000 were produced.
Peel P50The main business of Peel Engineering Company, located on the Isle of Man, as making fiberglass molds for motorcycle fairings and boat hulls. The company entered the car market in 1955 with he P50. Peel's best known car, the P50, is recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records as the smallest road-legal car ever produced.
Powered by a 49 cc DKW single cylinder, the 250 pound P50 is a mere 4'-5' long, 3 feet and 3 inches wide and four feet tall. The body is essentially a single seat surrounded by a one-piece fiberglass shell, incorporating a single headlight. A simple but useful 'reversing handle' is attached to the rear body, allowing the operator to simply and easily pick up the rear of the car and swing it in and out of a parking space. Approximately 50 were built.
Scootacar MKIIThe Scootacar was developed in 1957 by the Hunslet Ergine Works of Leeds, Yorkshire, UK, by Henry Brown. This company also manufactured railroad locomotives. The Scootacar was designed to be a weatherproof alternative of the motorcycle. By 1960 popularity of this car demanded a deluxe version referred to as the Mark II. This 3-wheeled micro car features a seat design which allows driver plus 2 passengers, each of which sits on either side of the engine. The engine is a 197cc, single-cylinder, 2-stroke. This micro car costs 254 British Pounds.
Vespa 400Designed by Piaggio Company in Italy, best known for their Vespa scooters, the 400 was manufactured in Fauchambault, France by Ateliers DeConstruction De Motorcycles Et Automobiles. Approximately 1600 cars were imported to the US. This Vespa was imported through the Port of Houston and sold by a Colorado scooter dealer. The price was $1,080. Speeding rating: 55 mph.
The engine is a 2-cylinder 2-cycle Air-cooled 25 cubic-inch 393 cc, with 18 horsepower. The two-stroke engine differs from a four-stroke engine by completing the same four processes (intake, compression, combustion, exhaust) in only two strokes of a piston verse four. The beginning of the compression stroke and the end of the combustion stroke perform the intake and exhaust functions.
Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 PoliziaA private ceremony was held today at the Viminale Palace where Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. donated a police version of the company's newest super sports car, Gallardo LP560-4 Polizia, to the head of the Italian State Police, Prefect Antonio Manganelli.
The new Gallardo LP560-4 Polizia, which replaces the previous Gallardo in use by the Italian police force since 2004 has a 560 horsepower engine that can reach speeds of up to 203 mph. The car will begin service with the Lazio Highway Police Department in order to continue accident and crime prevention to sustain security on the Italian roads.
Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Super TrofeoNext year will see Automobili Lamborghini launch an all-new race series – the world's fastest one-make series. In May 2009, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo takes to the track with its first race. By the end of October, it will have completed 18 races on famous European circuits, supporting popular series like the Deutsche Tourenwagen-Meisterschaft (DTM), the FIA GT Series and the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). To participate, the factory is offering its customers an exclusive sports machine – the Gallardo Super Trofeo with 419 kW (570 hp), a reworked chassis and significantly reduced weight.
The Super Trofeo is the only one-make series in the motorsport world to feature cars with all-wheel drive. And it is Lamborghini's clear objective to ensure that it will be the fastest single-brand series in the world – partly due to the technical superiority of the all-wheel drive principle. From May the Super Trofeo will make guest appearances at six race events – at Silverstone (UK), on the Adria Raceway (Italy), on the Norisring (Germany), in Spa (Belgium), in Barcelona (Spain) and in Monza (Italy).
Lamborghini is building 30 cars for the Super Trofeo, which they are making available to individual enthusiasts, as well as to Lamborghini dealer teams. The factory will enter one car for itself, and plans to commission well-known guest drivers to take the wheel. And on the edge of the racing action, the Super Trofeo Village hospitality venue will be available.
Plymouth Sport FuryFor 1959 Chrysler Corporation's Plymouth division chose the new Sport Fury as its top-of-the-line car, but dropped the model at the end of the year only for it to reappear again in mid-1962. The 'regular' Fury, starting also in 1959, was then stepped-down to replace the Plymouth Belvedere range. The Sport Fury, unlike the Fury with multiple versions, was available only as a 2-door coupe or convertible.
The Fury that is associated with the Stephen King novel and John Carpenter adaptation cult movie Christine is a 1958, not a 1959, but given that it is possessed with supernatural forces it has often confused viewers.
Toyota FJ CruiserThe Toyota FJ Cruiser, which melds the brand's off-road legacy with distinct heritage design in a modern SUV, gains new safety features and three new colors for 2009.
The 2009 FJ Cruiser gains a roll sensing side curtain airbags, as well as active headrests for the front seats. In certain rear collisions, a cable-actuated mechanism in the active headrest moves the headrest upward and forward to help limit the movement of the occupant's head. The roll sensing side curtain airbags can detect a potential rollover and signal the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system to help reduce a lateral skid. In addition, the rollover sense can signal the standard seat-mounted side airbags and side curtain airbags to deploy.
New for 2009, the optional Convenience Package adds a rear backup camera and auto-dimming rear-view mirror. Three new exterior colors include Black, Silver Fresco Metallic, and Iceberg (white).
2009 Cadillac EscaladeDramatic design and technology drove Cadillac Escalade to the top of the large luxury SUV category, in terms of both image and sales. In 2009, Escalade extends that leadership thanks to the world's first hybrid in the large luxury SUV class, as well as a new ultra-luxury Platinum Edition with even more segment-first technologies. Escalade Hybrid delivers a 50-percent fuel economy improvement in city driving. A separate release outlining the Escalade Hybrid's features is part of Cadillac's 2009 product information.
Escalade Platinum is the fullest expression of the brand's dramatic design, luxury and technology. The '09 Escalade Platinum becomes one of the most technically advanced SUVs with the additions of segment-first LED headlamps and the world's fastest-acting suspension, Cadillac's Magnetic Ride Control. Magnetic Ride Control, standard on the Platinum Edition, also becomes available as an option on other Escalade models in 2009.
'The Platinum Edition extends Escalade's continuing status as the large luxury SUV of choice for top consumers,' said Jim Taylor, Cadillac general manager. 'Escalade Platinum offers even more dramatic design and technology, the pillars of Cadillac's overall renaissance.'
Chevrolet Corvette Desktop WallpaperAfter a milestone year in 2008 that saw the introduction of the LS3 6.2L V-8 as the new standard engine, a custom, leather-wrapped interior and more upgrades, the Corvette powers into 2009 with a raft of enhancements that further distinguish it and give customers more choices – including a lower-priced convertible model.
Of course, that range of choices also includes the ZR1, with its 6.2L supercharged engine that produces 638 horsepower (476 kW). (Please see the separate Corvette ZR1 release for complete information on Chevy's world-class supercar.)
'It has a wonderful sporting style, seating for two, ingenious features and unusually competent construction', said Rod Egan, Managing Partner and Chief Auctioneer. 'This, along with a Pebble Beach quality restoration makes it an exceptional multi- purpose automobile, ideal for modern tours, events and historic racing'.
Held in association with Sotheby's, the two-day event is expected to attract the ‘who's who' of the global collector car world, as well as the international jet-set, as 100 exceptional motor cars, including some of the world's finest British, German and Italian luxury marques go under the hammer.
'Building on the great success of our previous European sales, including our Ferrari auction earlier this year when we sold the world's most expensive motor car ever sold at auction - the ex-James Coburn California Spyder- our London auction is set to be another very important event on the global collector car calendar,' said Max Girardo. 'With a spectacular line-up of motor cars and a hotly anticipated cocktail reception, the event is set to not only capture the attention of the automotive world but also the London social scene.'
Aston Martin Ulster Team CarThe Aston Martin Ulster stands as one of the most respected of all pre-war racecars. After the success of the factory team cars in the 1934 Ulster T.T. Race, Aston Martin made replicas available to the public to purchase. These cars were largely based on the previous MKII model, and were powered by a SOHC 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produced 85 bhp. Less than 25 Ulsters were ever made and they all still exist. This car is still actively campaigned in VSCCA events.
Calling all vintage car enthusiasts! Classic car fever is set to sweep over Central London,
Austin-Healey Nassau SpriteThis prototype car is a factory Healey lightweight driven by John Celgate and Ed Levens. At Sebring, it was hit by another car so they wired a flashlight and continued to a class win. They also won the Nassau Governors Cup, which was a very important race in the 1960s. The car also raced at Goodwood and Watkins Glen.
The current owner heard about this car in 1974. Fifteen years later, he decided to pursue the car and found the owner in northern Georgia. He then purchased the car with three motors and had it restored.
This car was vintage raced six times in the 1990s with the S.V.R.A and H.S.R with three class wins.
Commutacar ElectricIntroduced in 1978, the ComutaCar was constructed in Seabring, Florida. Utilizing many of the same body and mechanical parts as the Vanguard CitiCar, the ComutaCar was produced at the orginal CitiCar factory. The CitiCar was designed by Robert Beaumont and introduced in 1974 and produced until 1976. After production ceased the factory was sold piece by piece at an auction in 1977. Frank Flowers of NJ purchased most of the parts of the factory and the majority of the production line. Flowers was a mobile home produced, along with founding Electric Mobility; a well-know electric wheelchair company.
Using the same factory that had been used for CitiCar, Flowers began to produce the ComutaCar. He didn't have the copyright for the original name, so instead he named the vehicle CommuttaCar. A total of 2000 vehicles were produced and sold during its production run until 1981. Sales were encouraging since at the time America was just emerging from the second major oil crises caused by the Middle Eastern political situation. People were searching for a more efficient vehicles. The first year was fantastic for sales, and more than 4,000 vehicles were sold in 1978. The average price for the ComutaCara was $6,500, which was still high considering the average price of vehicles in 1978.
Dodge Challenger SRT10 ConceptThe opportunity for SRT engineering to 'one-up' itself comes to fruition with the 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT10 Concept. Power for the 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT10 Concept comes from the Dodge Viper 8.4-liter, all-aluminum V-10 engine with 600 horsepower and 560 lb. ft. of torque. This new halo concept delivers the well-known SRT credo of benchmark performance. The Dodge Challenger SRT10 Concept includes a fresh coat of Tornado Red paint with a carbon-fiber deck lid and hood. The 'shaker hood' is a nostalgic representation of the 1970 HEMI Cuda, giving the 600-hp Viper V-10 engine room to breathe. Brakes have been upgraded and BILSTEIN® shocks at all four corners improve handling balance. The interior boasts sport seats and carbon-fiber accents throughout and, of course, true to the Viper-powered vehicle lineage, a red engine start push-button in the dash.
Dodge Challenger TargaThe Dodge Challenger Targa is a full-blown competition car that raced and completed the infamous Targa Newfoundland race this year. 'Samantha' started life as a Mopar Challenger drag race package car. Many features were borrowed from the Dodge Viper, but the most noticeable is the snakeskin green paint. To keep the front end down, a Mopar chin spoiler 'Splats' developed in a full scale wind tunnel, was added to the front of the car. Mopar gauges keep a close eye on the vital signs. The Mopar hood is equipped with a scoop to make room for the 540-horsepower, 490 lb. ft. of torque, 392 HEMI® V-8 Mopar crate motor. Mated to a Tremec six-speed manual gearbox, the engine blasts power to the rear wheels through a production 2009 modified gear ratio in the rear end. An abundance of fade resistant stopping power comes from Stop-Tech brakes. Up front, the six-piston calipers clamp 380-millimetre rotors, while in the rear, four-pot calipers work with 355-mm rotors. Developed by KW, the race suspension and brake upgrades came from a proven hero — the Dodge Viper ACR, which just broke the production car lap record at the world-renown Nurburgring in Germany. With only a few exceptions, the Dodge Challenger Targa was built using parts available through Mopar.
MINI EThe BMW Group will be the world's first manufacturer of premium automobiles to deploy a fleet of some 500 all-electric vehicles for private use in daily traffic. The MINI E will be powered by a 150 kW (204 hp) electric motor fed by a high-performance rechargeable lithium-ion battery, transferring its power to the front wheels via a single-stage helical gearbox nearly without a sound and entirely free of emissions. Specially engineered for automobile use, the battery technology will have a range of more than 240 kilometers, or 150 miles. The MINI E will initially be made available to select private and corporate customers as part of a pilot project in the US states of California, New York and New Jersey. The possibility of offering the MINI E in Europe as well is currently being considered. The MINI E will give its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 19 and 20, 2008.
Chevrolet Corvette Rondine PininfarinaFor the 1963 season the famous Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina prepared this unique coupe based on the new Corvette Sting Ray. This dramatic design incorporates such elements as an increased front overhang with a prominent sloping nose to give the car an even longer appearance. Its large wrap-around windscreen and white leather upholstery give the car's greenhouse a particular bright appearance. While it's 'pinched' rear deck, with the rear fenders kicked up over the wheel arches is similar to a Fiat of the late 1960s. This fabulous one-off Corvette was retained by Pininfarina for over 40 years and displayed in their lobby.
Chevrolet Corvette Scaglietti CoupeThis is one of three 1959 Corvette chassis sent to Carrozzeria Scaglietti in Maranello, Italy, to get lightweight alloy bodies. The new design by Sergio Scaglietti was the project of three Texas-based racers - Gary Laughlin, Jim Hall and Carroll Shelby - who where trying to beat Ferrari at their own game; they wanted to create an inexpensive lightweight sports racing car with Chevrolet power. Their intention was to race these cars against the likes of the Ferrari 250 GTOs and the 250 SWB Berlinettas. Scaglietti's biggest customer, Enzo Ferrari, was not pleased. Consequently, the car took more than two years to complete and the project failed. This is perhaps the Cobra that should have been, but the Texas trio eventually turned their attention to other cars including Carroll Shelby's hugely successful AC Cobra project.
1953 Chevrolet CorvetteThis is one of the most famous of the early Corvettes (serial number 300) and the last of the initial run of hand-built cars from the Flint, Michigan, GM factory. Originally delivered to a California doctor, it went into storage for many years before changing ownership to a Florida dentist and then to its current owner. All the 1953 Corvettes came in Polo White with red interiors and black canvas roofs. They were all bodied in fiberglass and had the 'Blue-Flame' 105 horsepower, six-cylinder engine. A signal-seeking AM radio and a heater were listed as options, but all 1953 Corvettes were equipped with both items. The radio had an interesting feature: since fiberglass is electrically inert, the antenna was simply incorporated into the trunk lid.
Lamborghini Raptor Zagato CoupeThe Raptor was the brainchild of former Lamborghini CEO Michael Kimberly, who requested an 'eye catcher' from Andrea Zagato just four months prior to the 1996 Geneva Auto Show. Fortunately, Zagato was one of the first companies to have full computer-aided design capabilities, so the entire car was created virtually. Based on the Diablo, the Raptor appeared at Geneva in March of 1996, and then came to Pebble Beach. It remained a one-off, and can be used as either a 'barchetta' or a coupe that has the signature Zagato double bubble roof.
The First Time Ever Shown in PublicAs the 1980s concluded Lamborghini took a stab - and it wasn't its first - at a less expensive model. Designed by Marcello Gandini, the P140 featured a new chassis and a 325 hp mechanical-injection V10 in unit with 5-speed transmission and differential. Overheating and other shortcomings forced the company to cancel the project, as did the development and launch of the Countach's successor, the 202-mph Diablo. The P140 thus remained a one-off, and the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance marked the first time it was ever seen in public.
Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM AuctionsRM Auctions held their 2nd Annual Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey at the famous Hershey Lodge. The collector car market eagerly awaited the outcome, since the current economic climate on the global hobby has raised several important questions. Wall Street had a very shaky week and many feared this would have a profound impact on the outcome of the sale. Those fears were laid to rest as total sales surpassed $6.9 million with 88% of the vehicles finding new ownership.
'Despite recent fluctuations in the financial markets, collectors and enthusiasts remain positive about the classic car market,' said Ian Kelleher, Managing Director of RM Auctions following the auction. 'RM continues to be the barometer for the industry and strong sales results coupled with an increase in international interest – namely European bidders - at our Hershey event are a good indication that the market for alternative investments remains strong,' he added.
Buick Series 40 SpecialFor 1957, the Buick models became lower and wider and included extra flair with the help of chrome and boldly styled fins. The fuel door could be found in the rear bumper and the bumper ends had either a single or dual exhausts.
All of the closed models, with the exception of the wagon, were upholstered in nylon and Cordaveen materials. The interior featured a standard Red Liner speedometer, dual horns, a trip mileage indicator, dual sun visors, turn signals, a glove box lamp, and a color-coordinated dash panel.
This particular Two-Door Hardtop Coupe is a fully restored example that is finished in two-tone paintwork of red and white. Chrome and wide whitewalls compliment the paint scheme.
Packard 180 DarrinThe Packard 180 made its debut in 1941 in New York and was to be a replacement for the legendary Packard Twelve. The Packard 180, along with the companion 160 Series, had a modern design with headlights integrated into the fenders for the first time. The interior was equally as modern, with a dash fascia molded almost entirely in plastic.
World War II would halt production and after the war, the company sold its tooling to the Russians. This left the mid-priced Clipper as the company's sole offering after the war. The art of coachbuilding was also coming to a close, as new construction methods all but did away with this craft. Howard 'Dutch' Darrin was one of the few coachbuilders that survived past the late thirties. Darrin had relocated to California and opened a shop in Hollywood where his work catered to the stars.
Pierce Arrow Model 48Pierce-Arrow was manufactured in Buffalo, New York between 1901 and 1938. By 1901 Pierce built its first single-cylinder two-speed (no reverse) Moterette with the engine licensed from de Dion, and in 1904, a two-cylinder was made and named the Arrow. In 1903 Pierce decided to concentrate on making a larger, more luxurious auto for the upscale market. This proved to be Pierce's most successful product, and the solidly-built cars with powerful engines gained positive publicity by winning numerous auto races.
The Pierce-Arrow was a status symbol, owned by Hollywood stars and corporate tycoons; royalty of many foreign nations had at least one Pierce-Arrow in their collections. It was known by many as the finest automobile ever made. Pierce-Arrow closed and holdings were sold on Friday, May 13, 1938.
The 48 Series was produced from 1916 to 1918, cost between $4,900 and $5,500, and, like all Pierce-Arrows, the body was cast aluminum.
Ford GT40The Ford GT-40 program was a result of Henry Ford II's unsuccessful attempt to buy Ferrari. Initially welcomed by Ferrari, a deal was all but agreed on - but Ferrari called it off in 1963 after an agreement with Fiat gave some financial backing to Ferrari while also promising to preserve Ferrari's independent. When rebuffed, Henry decreed that Ford compete at long-distance races against Ferrari (who won at LeMans six times from 1960 to 1965). The Ford GT-40 became a winner of the 24 Hours of LeMans four times, from 1966 to 1969.
The car was named the GT after the Grand Tourismo category; the 40 represented its overall height of 40 inches, as required by the rules. Ford V8 engine of 4.7 and 7.0 liters were used, compared with the Ferrari V12, which displaced 3.0 or 4.0 liters. The first 12 'prototype' vehicles carried serial numbers GT-101 through GT-112. When 'production' began, subsequent cars were officially called 'GT-40s,' which dispels the story that the identifier was 'only a nickname.'
Volvo P1800The Volvo P1800 is probably best remembered and known for the television show, 'The Saint' staring Roger Moore. During the entire production of the show, the Volvo Car Corporation supplied a total of five P1800 models. One of the vehicles was split apart so better interior shots could be ascertained. One of the P1800's was wrecked on accident in 1967. Some of the parts were salvaged by the production company and used to update one of the older P1800s.
Originally, a Jaguar XK-E was going to accompany Roger Moore on his adventures but when Jaguar did not respond to the production company requests for vehicles, Volvo gladly handed over their P1800's. A decision Jaguar would quickly regret due to the shows popularity. However, in 1970 'The Return of The Saint' featured a white Jaguar XJ-S.
The P1800 is a departure from the vehicles Volvo is known for making. The company reputation boasts safety, reliability, and large and boxy vehicle. The P1800, on the other hand, was a stylish, responsive, sports coupe.
Reynard 961.008 Champ CarThis 1996 Reynard Champ Car was driven by Stefan Johanson with sponsorship from Alumax Aluminum. The car was used as the primary speedway car and backup at road courses.
Following the 1996 season, the car was purchased by FEDEX and given a show car livery to celebrate that company's series sponsorship. FEDEX utilized the car promotionally, photographing each of the 1997 series drivers with the FEDEX car at the scenic California Speedway.
The car was purchased by its current owners in 2004 and fitted a Cosworth X8 Series II Turbocharger Champ Car spec engine to replace the ILMOR Mercedes 1C08G unit that is now unavailable. Few conversions of this type have been successfully completed, but after two years the project is now complete and ready for historic racing in the B.O.S.S. Series.
1955 Chevrolet CorvetteAlthough Harley Earl's first Corvette was exceedingly pretty, it was not nearly as fast as it looked. But the '55 was a vastly different car, and a sign of good things to come. Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov is credited with successfully incorporating Chevrolet's most potent new 265 cid V8 and an optional three speed manual transmission to work in the Corvette. This did wonders for the car's performance and for the first time 'America's Sport Car' was just that!
Chevron B19This Chevron chassis number CH-B19-08 saw it's early racing life among the famous circuits in Italy. It was purchased by an American in 1979 and brought to the United States. It raced in the early 1980s in SCCA racing and later campaigned in vintage and historic racing where it continues to be a front runner and reliable race car.
Marmon SixteenHoward Marmon was a brilliant engineer, who built his first car in 1902. In 1931, he completed his masterpiece, a 200bhp state-of-the-art, overhead valve V-16. It was an all-aluminum engine that displaced nearly 500 cubic-inches and could propel these cars to an almost effortless 100 mph. The Marmon Sixteen could even out-accelerate the legendary Model J Duesenberg! The economic realities of the Depression led to Marmon's demise in 1933.
The covers will be pulled off during Mazda's press conference from 12:20 to 12:45 (local time) revealing the all-new Mazda3, the latest evolution of Mazda's Zoom-Zoom spirit.
All-new Mazda3 sedan (North American specification)
Every element of the all-new Mazda3 has been developed for heightened exhilaration, with a more refined sporty ride, top class fuel economy and quietness. Environmental and safety features, based on Mazda's long-term 'Sustainable Zoom-Zoom' vision, aim to achieve a balance with fun-to-drive. Add in a new expressive face and Mazda's dynamic design elements, and the all-new Mazda3 is everything a driver could ask for in a sports compact.
The brand new version of Mazda's best-selling sports compact carries forward the heritage of Mazda and the pedigree of the current Mazda3. Since its launch in 2003, the current Mazda3 has sold approx. 1.8 million vehicles*2 in over 100 countries and has won more than 90 global motoring awards*3 to date. The Mazda3 accounts for almost one in three Mazdas sold every year.
Following the world debut of the North American specification sedan with 2.0- and 2.5-liter engines at the show, the five-door hatchback version will be revealed in line with Mazda's global sales schedule.
Kicherer CL 60 CoupeOne thing is for sure, a Mercedes CL is one of the most comfortable and largest coupés on the market. And those who will choose the CL 600 with V12 biturbo will even be able to take pleasure in something like sports car characteristics despite the giant's opulent weight.
And should you care to provide the Super Benz's sheer luxury with an extra dose of dynamic vitality, Kicherer has in stock what you are looking for.
The specialists from Lake Constance have redefined the CL with several new components – and baptised it CL 60.
Among other things, this reinterpretation includes a storming increase in performance from 517 hp to 570 hp and an improved torque resulting in 900 Nm.
Shelby CanAm ProSeriesAround the 1990s, Mr. Carroll Shelby and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) began a joint venture to produce a 'spec' racer that could compete in both amateur 'Club Racing' and could later evolve into a Pro-Series car.
These were fairly heavy cars weighing around 1820lbs, but since their competition was 'themselves', it did not matter. It was intended as a level playing field where most talented driver would win the race. Wallet size was not a factor in determining the victor.
The goal was to build 200 cars; each car would have its own uniquely numbered dash plaque. Only 76 cars were ever constructed, partly because of the cost. For $35,000 a box of parts were shipped to the owner who would then have to assemble the car, an investment of over 100 hours.
The series lasted until 1996 with the final races being the Runoffs at Mid-Ohio. Only three cars competed for the last amateur National Championship.
Currently, the SCCA has classified the Shelby CanAm cars in their C Sports Racer (CSR) category and are eligible for Regional and National competition. Four examples raced against a very vast field of sportscars at this years Historic Sportscar Racing at Watkins Glen. More on that can be seen here ..
Ford Ka Digital ArtVibrant ‘street fashion' style, using a fresh, high-contrast green as the base colour. The exterior pack features patterned body stripes and solid green grille surround and door mirror cappings. The interior pack includes seats with patterned inserts and green headrests, green door panels, and a solid green finish to the centre console bezel, door pulls, instrument cluster shroud, steering wheel and the rings around the air vents. Finishing touches include a gear knob and handbrake handle combining green leather with an aluminium finish, and velour floor mats with green stitching.
Ford Ka Grand PrixAn exciting motorsports theme with a chequered flag motif based on either a red or white exterior colour scheme. The exterior pack comprises patterned body stripes with solid colour grille surround and door mirror cappings, and can be combined with a rear spoiler and white alloy wheels. The interior pack features red seats with an embossed white pattern and white headrests, red door panels and red leather trim on the steering wheel. A gear knob and handbrake combining red leather with an aluminium finish, and velour floor mats with red stitching complete the package.
Ford Ka TattooA fashionable and fun tattoo design with a heart at its centre, created in bold metallic colours. The exterior pack includes a large decal of the tattoo logo on the roof and a smaller decal on the fender. The interior pack features seats with silver-grey fabric inserts and the tattoo logo embossed on the backrest, silver-grey headrests and door panels, and anthracite leather trim on the steering wheel. Velour floor mats with silver stitching and embroidered tattoo emblem round things off, along with a gear knob and handbrake combining anthracite leather with an aluminium finish. There is also a unique leather seat option which has a special metallic finish on the insert panels and an embossed tattoo emblem.
Ford Kuga Show CarFord of Europe is previewing new powertrain and styling enhancements for the new Ford Kuga at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.
Early in 2009, the dynamic Kuga range will be extended with the availability of an exciting new 200 PS, 2.5-litre Duratec Turbo petrol engine as well as a new optional Durashift 5-tronic automatic transmission.
In addition to these new powertrain choices, the Kuga will also be available with Ford Individual vehicle personalisation options, combining a new exterior body kit and specially designed 20-inch alloy wheels with a classy interior treatment.
Pininfarina B0 ConceptBolloré and Pininfarina have entered into a partnership featuring all the expertise required to launch serial production of an electric car which, thanks to its technical characteristics and its attractive styling, is bound to make waves in motoring circles.
This car will not be a prototype. It will be a mass production model, with the first units coming off the production line at the end of 2009, after which production will be ramped up gradually based on the availability of the batteries. Built in Turin by Pininfarina-Bolloré, a joint venture formed by the two family-owned groups, the B0 electric car will be powered by Bolloré's proprietary LMP technology, using a combination of batteries and supercapacitors manufactured in Bolloré's plants in Quimper, France and Montreal, Canada. The B0 will be a fully-electric vehicle without any carbon dioxide production, having been designed from the ground up with that aim in mind. Its batteries will be housed in a compartment specially designed for that purpose and located under the car, between its axles, lowering its centre of gravity and providing it with outstanding road-holding properties. With its superb body styled by Pininfarina, Italy's renowned vehicle design shop, the B0 electric car will be an elegant four-seater, four-door hatchback with an automatic gearbox. Its LMP battery, which will be rechargeable in a matter of hours from a standard domestic main socket, will provide it with a range of 250 km (153 miles). The B0 will have a top speed that is electronically limited to 130 km/h (80 mph) and will feature potent acceleration, reaching 60 km/h from a standing start (0 to 37 mph) in 6.3 seconds. The B0 will also feature solar panels on its roof and hood, so as to help recharge its electrical power reserves.
Venturi Volage ConceptThe result of close technological collaboration between Venturi Automobiles and Michelin, the Venturi Volage, presented for the first time at the 'Mondial 2008' (Paris Motor Show), marks a major step forward in the evolution of the Automobile.
This new Venturi incorporates innovations which have enabled radical changes in terms of the vehicle's architecture, style, dynamic behaviour and, more generally, the design of a modern vehicle.
All these changes constitute several world premières which, with the presentation of the Venturi Volage, reinforce Venturi's capability for constant innovation, as well as its position as the most advanced company in the field of electric vehicles.
Audi A1 Sportback ConceptAt the Paris Motor Show (October 2-10, 2008), Audi is unveiling the A1 Sportback concept study: following on from the Audi A1 project quattro, the three-door show car presented in 2007, this is a concept for a five-door four-seater for the sub-compact class – once again exhibiting all the characteristics of a genuine Audi. The 3.99-meter long (13.09 ft) and 1.75-meter wide (5.74 ft) vehicle combines cutting-edge, dynamic styling with optimum economy of space and supreme quality. At the same time, a series of visionary technical solutions take efficiency, dynamism and motoring pleasure into new territory as only Audi knows how.
Audi is presenting another version of the innovative hybrid technology in the drive unit for the A1 Sportback concept. At work under the hood is a 1.4-litre TFSI engine developing 110 kW (150 hp), whose power is directed to the front wheels by means of the S tronic dual-clutch transmission. A 20 kW (27 hp) electric motor integrated in the drive train is able to deliver up to an additional 150 Nm of torque (110.63 lb-ft) when the vehicle is accelerating. During the boosting phase, i.e. when the TFSI engine and electric motor operate simultaneously to enable a sporty driving style, the two power packs deliver impressive propulsion. The tried-and-tested front-wheel drive – supplemented by the newly developed, ESP-controlled active front differential lock – ensures optimum transfer of power to the road.
Audi A4 Concept eEfficiency is the way into the future – Audi is introducing the current state-of-the-art for its fuel-saving technologies at the Paris Auto Show. The A4 TDI concept e technology concept has the agile handling characteristics typical of the A4, but requires just 3.99 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (58.95 US mpg). This exemplary result was possible through the concentrated use of innovative efficiency modules.
Audi is committing major resources in order to continue improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions. The brand is introducing a trend-setting technology concept at the Paris Auto Show: the A4 TDI concept e offers the typically agile experience of driving an Audi, yet it uses just 3.99 liters of fuel per 100 km (58.95 US mpg), which corresponds to a CO2 output of only 105 grams per km (168.98 g/mile). With this near-production study, Audi demonstrates the great potential of the technologies in its modular efficiency system.
The powertrain of the Audi A4 TDI concept e uses a direct-injection TDI engine with an output of 88 kW (120 hp) and 290 Nm (213.89 lb-ft) of torque. It propels the sedan from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 10.7 seconds, and tops out at 206 km/h (128 mph). An entire array of details – from soft springs on the intake valves to a new thermal management system – improves fuel efficiency. Intelligent technologies are used in the engine's functional environment as well, such as on the fuel pump and on the automatic air conditioning's compressor.
GTbyCITROENWith GTbyCITROEN, a show-car presented at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, Citroen becomes the first vehicle manufacturer to cross over to the virtual worlds: An original take on a road car, GTbyCITROEN is a style replica of a vehicle from the digital world. The car is the result of a partnership between Citroen and Polyphony, designer of the driving simulation game Gran Turismo 5 on Playstation 3. Already shipped in more than 50 million units worldwide, Gran Turismo is renowned for its quality, design and realism. In the game, GTbyCITROEN features an electric drive train powered by a fuel cell with no pollutant emissions. It is a car designed to square up to the strongest competition.
'GTbyCITROEN shows how the worlds of virtual and real-life motoring can join together to create a truly innovative partnership. We were delighted that Citroen approached us and gave us the opportunity to combine our creative strengths to build this very special concept car. To see the car take shape in game and then for real has been a truly unique experience as our work normally stays in the digital world. I just hope I can get behind the wheel of GTbyCITROEN and drive it on a real race track!' Kazanori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital Inc and creator of Gran Turismo.
Nissan Nuvu EV ConceptWithin just a few years, cities all over the world will be at near bursting point. If mankind wants to retain the level of personal mobility it currently enjoys – and if the city is to survive – the only way forward is for a radical rethink of the type of cars driven there. One solution could be a car like Nuvu, designed for the city of the not-too-distant future.
'Nuvu is literally a 'new view' at the future of the city car. It is electric, of course, but as far as Nissan is concerned, for tomorrow's city cars that is a given. No, the most important aspect of Nuvu is the interior design which provides great comfort and space in an intelligent package designed to make best use of our crowded roads and limited parking slots.' François Bancon, General Manager, Exploratory and Advance Planning Department, Product Strategy and Product Planning Division, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Paris Auto ShowThe doors to the Porte de Versailles Expo center in Paris are officially opened and the 2008 'Mondial de l'Automobile' (Paris Auto Show) is well underway. This bi-annual event has it all, from supercars to environmentally friendly. There were dozens of debuts and concepts unveiled with many potential candidates to make it to production. Continuing the trend that has been popular for a number of years, 'small' and 'green' were very popular.
All the major automakers were present at this show and once again, Paris did not disappoint.
Renault Mégane CoupéThe Megane Coupe Concept unveiled at the Geneva Show in the spring of 2008 paved the way for the release of a new C-segment model line-up with real character. Today, following the recent introduction of 2008 Renault Megane in September, it's the turn of 2008 Renault Megane Coupe to take front stage at the Paris Motor Show. The 2008 Renault Megane family's designs are the product of a desire to produce an immediately eye-catching car. Its elegant styling takes its inspiration from the passion associated with the automobile, including cues from the world of sport.
The two 2008 Renault Megane models that have now broken cover both have their own distinct personalities. The hatchback version stands out as appealing and reassuring. Its strengths include assertive lines which mark a clear shift in styling, plus outstanding comfort, practical equipment and exemplary roadholding. Meanwhile, 2008 Renault Megane Coupe places the emphases on safe driving enjoyment and performance for discerning enthusiasts looking for sensations to match this coupe's striking looks but who also want a car they can use on a daily basis.
Both models are robust, too, with the accent very much on the fit and finish of its panels, as well as on the quality of the materials it employs. The new model has also benefited from the progress that has been achieved across the Renault range on both the reliability and durability fronts.
Renault Megane TrophyHaving starred in the World Series by Renault's premier saloon car championship since the creation of the WSR in 2005, Megane Trophy has undergone a raft of radical modifications in readiness for the 2009 campaign. The most visible change concerns its new body design which takes its inspiration from the lines of New Megane Coupe. Under the bonnet, a fresh look has also been taken at the Renault-Nissan Alliance's V6 3.5 24V powerplant which now delivers 360hp. At the same time, Renault Sport Technologies has carried over many of the acclaimed features of the current Megane Trophy to produce a reliable, competitive and affordable racing car.
There can be no mistaking New Megane Trophy's resolutely sporty calling and pedigree thanks its stunning looks which are based on the design of New Megane Coupe. The front and rear light units and windscreen are those of the road car, while the designers at the Renault Technocentre have made full use of digital simulation technology in the realm of fluid mechanics to hone the flowing lines of the bodywork. New Megane Trophy also carries over the ground effect aerodynamics of the existing car:
- The front splitter channels airflow to the extractors, - Rear downforce is generated by the diffuser and wing.
Renault Z.E. ConceptIn parallel to its new TCe and dCi engine ranges, Renault is furthering its strategy aimed at curbing CO2 emissions with the development of electric vehicles. Since the beginning of 2008, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has signed agreements with several states and regions (Israel, Denmark, Portugal, Japan's Kanagawa prefecture, the state of Tennessee in the USA), which will lead to the mass marketing of this form of vehicle from 2011.
Renault Z.E. Concept ('Z.E.': Zero Emission) is Renault's vision of the electric vehicle as an efficient, userfriendly zero-emission car. Based on the brand new Renault Kangoo be bop, Z.E. Concept features a design which has been adapted to the spirit of an electric vehicle, with the focus on minimizing energy consumption while at the same time providing core comfort features.
The energy consumption of auxiliary functions such as lighting, heating, climate control, etc. is a key factor when it comes to an electric vehicle's range, so special attention has been paid to optimize energy management. Renault Z.E. Concept also incorporates several interactive information features which are easy to use.
2009 Lotus Exige Cup 260Lotus Cars Ltd, has unveiled the MY 2009 Lotus Exige Cup 260. A direct development of the 2008 Exige Cup Car, this year's car uses advanced light weight components and carbon fibre body material, to reduce the overall weight by 38 kg to a total mass less than 900 kg. Maximum power output of 257 hp (260 PS), remains the same as the 2008 car, but with careful attention to weight reduction detail, the 2009 Lotus Exige Cup 260 provides a more agile and dynamic track focused drive and is more than capable of taming Europe's most challenging race circuits.
Unusually for such a focused track and road machine, the 2009 Lotus Exige Cup 260 is fully homologated for road use in Europe and key markets in Asia - a must have for many race competition programmes where a road legal car has to be entered. The Lotus Exige Cup 260 is also eligible to compete in the newly announced 2009 Lotus Cup Europe race series organized and run by LoTRDC. The Lotus Exige Cup 260 exploits the Lotus philosophy of using weight reduction to increase performance and reduce emissions.
Mike Kimberley, Chief Executive of Group Lotus commented, 'Lotus is now recognised globally as one of the leaders in the green automotive revolution. Colin Chapman, the founder of Lotus is attributed as saying 'Adding power makes you faster on the straights; adding lightness makes you faster everywhere' and this statement is more relevant today than it ever has been, as decreasing weight increases the car's performance and most importantly efficiency.'
BMW X1 ConceptOnce again the successful history of BMW X models is opening up the door for further inspiration in the development of innovative vehicle concepts: The BMW X1 Concept offers all the thrill of agile and versatile mobility also beyond the beaten track in a new segment of vehicles.
Proudly presenting this new Concept Car, BMW is offering an outlook at the world's first Sports Activity Vehicle in the premium compact segment. Through its design alone, this new concept model clearly expresses all the strengths and qualities of such a vehicle, the BMW X1 Concept exuding a strong touch of agility and versatility both in its driving qualities and practical use. And at the same time the Concept Car clearly reveals the stylish elegance of this five-door as well as its modern function.
Creating this unique Concept Car, BMW is catering for the demands of a modern target group in search of an up-to-date automobile meeting both the challenges of everyday traffic and the personal needs of many purchasers for an active lifestyle and a versatile driving experience. The BMW X1 Concept expresses that very special sheer driving pleasure so typical in this unique form of a BMW X model combined with a high standard of all-round functionality. So now these qualities are for the first time being carried over to a vehicle in the premium compact segment.
Lamborghini Estoque ConceptIt is a Lamborghini like no other before it: a four-door sports car that sticks resolutely to its creed. The Lamborghini Estoque concept has everything that defines a Lamborghini: extreme, uncompromising and unmistakably Italian, iIt brings a whole new versatility to the brand's DNA – with its four seats and ample luggage space, this 'everyday sports car' is a perfect fit for an equally versatile lifestyle.
Estoque is a study, a concept created specifically for the 2008 Salon d'Automobiles in Paris. From the very first glance there can be no doubt that this is a Lamborghini – a car with compelling presence, both unique and unmistakable. The long wheelbase, the low profile, the broad track, the mighty, accentuated wheels, the clean surfaces and razor-sharp definition – every single line breathes the spirit of the Lamborghini brand.