Aston Martin Ulster Team CarThis car with chassis number LM17 is the third member of the team that Aston Martin entered for the 1934 RAC Tourist Trophy race in Ulster. Originally the racing Astons were green but were re-painted red because 'Bert' Bertelli, the Aston Martin boss, thought, in accord with Italian superstitions, that green was an unlucky color. He may have been correct, as the red cars brought home the team prize. The car's current owner, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, races it in historic events.
Mercedes-Benz 710 SS RennsportThis 38-250 Mercedes-Benz SS was ordered by Captain Malcolm Campbell in 1930 and was first tested on the outer circuit at Brooklands. Its specifications were the same as that of Rudolph Carraciola's Tourist Trophy-winning, works supercharged 7-liter 38-250. This car with chassis number GP10 was entered in many notable races during 1930, 1931 and 1932, including two Irish Grand Prix events as well as races at Brooklands. Campbell sold the car in 1932. It was later owned by another British amateur driver, the late A.F. Rivers-Fletcher.
Dailu MKIIAfter successfully building one competitive racer, it was only natural that it was followed by another, more advanced and modern example. The MKII, later known as the Shrike, had a chassis identical to its predecessor. It was given a fiberglass body, a Jaguar XKE rear suspension, and a 437 horsepower Ford Traco engine.
The cars inaugural racing debut was at the 1963 BEMC Spring Trophy Race where it was driven by John Cannon. This would be Cannon's one and only race with the car; a race in which he would win.
The car had been built for Peter Lerch and given a coupe body. The body was later modified into roadster trim. In the capable hands of Lerch, the car scored many victories and even a lap record at St. Eugene. The cars racing pedigree continues into modern times, as its current owner continually races the car in historic competition.
Dekon MonzaThis is the 2nd of 12 DeKon Monza All-American GT (AAGT) chassis built. DeKon Engineering built this vehicle for Harry Theodoracopoulous (Harry T). Harry T ended up wrecking the vehicle during his first practice session and sent the car back to Dekon, where it was repaired and updated. One of the updates the car got was an extra bar, running from the main roll hoop, and down to the passenger footwell area. They named this extra bar the 'Harry bar,' because they were worried he'd need the extra bracing for his next big wreck.
In 1975 and 1976, Harry T ran the car in IMSA events at Lime Rock, Sebring and Road Atlanta. Harry also entered the car in both the Watkins Glen and Pocono Trans-Am events in 1976.
In 1978, William Wonder purchased and raced the car in IMSA.
The car remained in William Wonder's possession until the late 1980s and has since been vintage raced.
'Fantastic styling, an impressive race history and innovative engineering are earmarks of Lancia's more than 100 years of automotive manufacturing,' says Sandra Kasky Button, chairman of the Pebble Beach Concours. 'Lamborghini, the ‘bad boy' from Italy, is less than half the age of Lancia, but the brand has captured the heart of auto connoisseurs worldwide and has ‘A-plus' collectability.
'And then there's GM, the world's largest auto company. Their history, achievements and multitude of vehicles built during the last century are legendary, so we can only focus on a few highlights. In particular, we're concentrating on the engineering, styling and forward-thinking of the GM Motorama road show, the striking, high-powered Cadillac V-16, the GM Woodies and GM-powered sports cars.'
BMW M1 Homage ConceptBMW introduced the world to their M1 Homage concept at the Villa d'Este Concours d'Elegance. The vehicle rested along side the original design created during the late 70s and early 1980s. It was also positioned beside the Turbo Concept of the early 1970s.
Official details on the M1 Homage are expected shortly which should give an indication as to the direction and official plans for the vehicle. The car will officially be unveiled by Auto Bild and BMW within a few days.
The 58th annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008 at The Lodge at Pebble Beach™, will showcase the historic Italian marque Lancia, Italian super sports car Lamborghini and the General Motors centenni
Alpina B6 GT3ALPINA look back on a long and successful history in international motorsport. Well-known F1 and Touring Car drivers such as Niki Lauda, Jacky Ickx, Hans Stuck and Dieter Quester gripped an ALPINA steering wheel on their way to winning three European Touring Car Championships. ALPINA pilots also won the Nürburgring 24 Hours numerous times, as well as the 24 Hours of Spa in 1970.
'We think that the BMW 6 Series – especially with the super-charged, torque-laden 4,4 l V8 ALPINA engine from the B6 S (530 HP, 725 Nm) – provides the ideal basis to challenge pure-bred sportscars such as Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin within the framework of GT3 regulations', said Andreas Bovensiepen, ALPINA proprietor.
After 20 years out of racing, ALPINA will field a factory team, running the B6 GT3 in the 2009 FIA GT3 European Championship, our race car based on the BMW ALPINA B6 S road car. ALPINA will field its this team in the FIA GT3 European Championship, as well as racing in selected important endurance races.
Edo Competition 630 Scuderiaedo competition Motorsport GmbH, one of the top names in sophisticated modifications of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche cars is now introducing the brand new edo 630 Scuderia aerodynamics package for the Ferrari 599 GTB!
The aim was to underline the perfect shapes of the Ferrari 599 GTB and to adapt the aerodynamics to higher top speed and meet the increased cooling demands caused by the improved power output without compromising the styling of the car.
The flow-optimized front apron features an enlarged cooling air inlet which improves the engines thermal balance. The larger center inlet also provides cool air for the brakes, thereby increasing their service life and fade resistance. In addition to that the front spoiler lip improves downforce on the front axle.
The newly developed side skirts reduce crosswind sensitivity and improve wheel arch ventilation in combination with the new rear apron. To achieve this, a new undertray with a wider diffuser now with 6 blades was mounted on both sides to enhance rear axle downforce at high speeds. Additionally a carbon fiber lip is mounted on the trunk lid to provide extra stability and rear downforce.
Ferrari 250 LMFerrari 250 LM with chassis number 5909 is a right-hand drive vehicle constructed in April of 1964. It was sent to the United States to Luigi Chinetti and the N.A.R.T. team. It competed at the 1000km Nuerburgring and the 24 Hours of Lemans in 1964. In both events, it failed to finish. Its first racing accomplishment came at the 12 Hours of Reims in 1964 where John Surtees and Lorenzo Bandini drove the car to a second place finish overall and second in class.
Steven Read became the next owner in 2004. He brought the car back to the Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca. Since then, the vehicle has been shown at various events and entered in historic competition. It was shown at The Quail: A Motorsport Gathering in 2006.
Kurtis Kraft Roadster 500GFrank Kurtis infatuations with automobiles began at an early age. His father owned a blacksmith shop located in Pueblo, Colorado that repaired automobiles and horse-and-buggy. The family later moved to Los Angeles, CA where Frank got a job working with Don Lee Cadillac, after lying about his age. By the 1930's, Frank was designing, building, and repairing racers in his four car garage located behind his house.
In 1941 he had created a car to be entered in the Indianapolis race which was driven by Sam Hanks. Near the mid-1940's, he had created two other racers designed for Indy. The first was for Ross page and the second was the Novi Special. The Novi V8 Specials were racing cars designed to compete at Indianapolis from 1941 through 1965. These were very fast and powerful machines that had a reputation for their handling, which had claimed the lives of two drivers.
During the 1940's, Kurtis fostered a reputation for his midget and Indy racers. In 1946, the Kurtis Miller Ross Page Special had been created and was ready to compete in the first Indy 500 after World War II. The rear faring was constructed of Plexiglas and powered by a 183 cubic-inch Offenhauser engine. It competed in the 1946-1948 Indianapolis 500 races.
Maserati Quattroporte Bellagio FastbackWith the Bellagio fastback concept based on the Maserati Quattroporte, the Touring Superleggera brand revives its longstanding links with the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este: in the past, the latest Carrozzeria creations were likewise traditionally presented to the well-heeled public at the Concorso on the shores of Lake Como.
Premier4509 GallardoPremier4509™ has added the Lamborghini Gallardo to their lineup of aero kits for exotic vehicles. The latest release from the company features aerodynamic enhancing redesigns for the front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper and rear spoiler. Optional stainless steel exhaust tips will also be offered with the package.
The pieces will be hand made in Japan and will be built using a combination of Carbon Fiber and FRP. 'We've been in this business for twenty years now and we've always been known for our quality. We've gone a step up for our Premier line up and these parts will be flawless. For this line up we have assembled our best teams of craftsmen in Japan to hand build these parts.' said Hironoa Yokomaku, president of Premier4509. 'For example, the rear diffuser on our Gallardo kit is larger than the raw sheets of supplied carbon fiber. To ensure there are no seam lines from the adjoining sheets, we have a technician whose sole responsibility is to line up the individual rows of carbon fiber with a needle.'
The design of the kit will aid the aerodynamic efficiency and will direct the airflow to vent crucial components on the vehicle. 'The design is reminiscent of where Lamborghini is headed in design. I wanted to capture that essence while offering a dramatic option to Gallardo owners,' said Yokomaku.
Talbot-Lago T120 Baby 3.0-LiterThis 1935 Talbot T120 ‘Baby 3.0-Liter' Drophead Coupé has coachwork by Talbot used under the Figoni patent. It is a right-hand drive vehicle that was brought to the 2007 Bonhams Auction, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia, held at the Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club in Carmel, California. The car was sold for a high bid of $260,000 plus premium and taxes.
The Talbot T-120 was produced until 1939. Many were specifically tailored to clients' requests by some of the finest coachbuilders of the era. The six-cylinder engine displaced 3-liters and produced about 90 horsepower. Top speed was achieved at around 80 mph.
Wiesmann GT MF 5Completed just in time for the start of the IAA: the Wiesmann GT with the model name of MF 5 and a 10-cylinder motor. Hiding behind this unpretentious name is the most exciting sports car ever to be presented by Wiesmann to the public.
It is a perfect blend of the corporate philosophy's contents, which is a combination of beautiful body shapes and state-of-the-art technology. The appearance of this super sports car alone would clearly signal the arrival of something extraordinary: a very low and cowered-down body in combination with wide base tyres stand for abounding power and a highly racy vehicle to be expected.
Wiesmann fulfils the desire of many a GT enthousiast, who had welcome the successful expansion of the Wiesmann model portfolio, and who, at the same time, had still wanted for the engine to become even racier.
Dipl.-Kfm. Friedhelm Wiesmann (business graduate), spokesman of the board, explains: „Our intention is to meet these demands with the GT MF 5. This new sports car tops off our porfolio of models, setting the new benchmark when it comes to the Wiesmann sports cars' driving performance – which is rather impressive anyhow.'
Hosted by Canadian-based RM Auctions, and held at the Wayne Davis Estate in Southlake, it was standing-room only at the single-day event, which not only offered a range of exclusive ownership opportunities for serious collectors, but also treated them to a good dose of genuine Texan hospitality.
The six-hour, ‘no reserve' sale saw 78 cars and 45 lots of automotive themed memorabilia cross the block, resulting in over $8.4 million in total sales.
'With an eye for quality and rarity, Wayne Davis had amassed an enviable collection of classic cars,' said RM veteran and Sale Manager, Dan Spendick.
'Serious collectors recognized the magnificent quality and condition of the cars and the results reflected this, with not only a large number of bidders onsite, but also bidding via the internet and over the phone.
'Overall it was a magnificent sale of a wonderful, personal collection with spirited bidding evident throughout the day,' Spendick added.
Buick Invicta ConceptBuick took another step to bolster its global design presence with a sneak peek at a luxurious show car it plans to reveal in China at the Beijing Motor Show on April 19. Named Invicta, Buick's show car reflects the way General Motors utilizes design and engineering talent around the world to execute a premium vehicle with international appeal.
The Invicta, which is Latin for 'invincible,' evolves Buick's global design direction from the Riviera concept introduced last year in Shanghai. The Invicta show car was co-developed by GM design centers in North America and China to meet customers' expectations equally in the world's two largest automotive markets.
'Buick's global appeal created an opportunity for GM Design Centers to elevate our collaboration to new levels. Using our virtual reality centers in Warren, Mich. and Shanghai, designers fused the best ideas from both cultures during the development of the Invicta, ' said Edward T. Welburn, vice president, General Motors Global Design. 'The result will set a new design standard for Buick, and it couldn't have been achieved by one studio working in isolation. The Invicta represents another significant design milestone in Buick's history.'
Opel InsigniaA new name, a new car, a new ambition. With its groundbreaking design and sophisticated technology, the Insignia makes a quantum leap toward rejuvenating the brand and providing the perfect opportunity to discover Opel. The styling of the new 4.83 meter five-seater clearly expresses Opel's strategy to make advanced technology and attractive design affordable.
The Insignia boasts a flowing, powerful silhouette with a coupé-like roofline. The body's sculpted shape is accented by a distinctive radiator grille with a newly-designed Opel emblem. Unmistakable design elements include a sweeping front and rear light 'wing' signature and a 'blade' side contour that begins directly behind the front wheel and glides through the entire side of the body. Both details give the Insignia's a muscular but graceful allure.
'With Insignia we are introducing an exciting new sophisticated design vocabulary, which combines sculptural artistry with German precision,' says Mark Adams, Vice President Design, GM Europe. 'Our aim was to develop a confident look which compels the world to experience for themselves the superb driving dynamics the Insignia radiates.'
Porsche Cayenne Turbo SPorsche AG, Stuttgart, has extended its third model line by the addition of the top of the range Cayenne Turbo S. The Turbo S, the most powerful Cayenne of them all, is driven by a 4.8 liter V8 engine with twin turbo forced induction, delivering 550 hp (404 kW).
The Turbo S is Porsche's response to the wishes of its customers. There is huge demand, especially in the new emerging markets of Eastern Europe and Asia, for exclusive sports-style SUVs with top quality physical handling dynamics. Despite the fact that Porsche has managed to give the new Turbo S even better drive performance than the regular Turbo model (500 hp / 368 kW), the fuel efficiency figures for the Turbo S are exactly the same as those for the Cayenne Turbo (as per the calculation methods stipulated under the New European Operating Cycle – NEFZ).
From the outside, the Turbo S can be recognized by its 21 inch SportPlus alloy wheels housed within its painted wheel arches and by a sports exhaust system with four tail pipes made from aluminum investment casting. The air intake grills and wheel arches are painted the same color as the car body. The new understated yet elegant 'lava gray metallic' paint option is exclusive to the Turbo S.
The Turbo S's enhanced performance relative to that of the regular Turbo model is due to its modified exhaust system and improvements in engine control. In addition to the performance improvements, there has also been an increase in maximum torque by 50 Nm to 750 Nm within an engine speed range of 2,250 rpm to 4,500 rpm.
The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and its top speed is 280 km/h. The Turbo S will be introduced into the market as from August 2008. The international basis price is EUR 111,400.
Chevrolet CamaroOf the 201 Yenko Camaros produced in 1969, there were only 37 painted Hugger Orange. Of that 37, only nine had the combination of a four-speed transmission with a black vinyl top. This car is fully documented and listed on the official VIN list maintained by Supercar Registry.
This car was sold directly by the Yenko Chevrolet dealership in Canonsburg, PA.
Lancia AureliaThis Lancia B20 Aurelia Grand Turismo Coupe was a California car that was treated to a restoration since new. It is finished in dark blue paintwork with the interior being tan hides, fresh carpet, and chrome fittings.
There were 3,141 examples of the Aurelia B20 GT Coupe created; a mere 190 were of the 6th Series. In 2008 this car was brought to the Automobiles of Amelia presented by RM Auctions where it was estimated to sell for $95,000 - $125,000 and offered without reserve. The winning bid was slightly higher than the estimates, selling for $129,250.
Dodge Viper SRT10The 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10® is the ultimate American sports car and the icon of the Dodge brand.
For 2008, the Dodge Viper SRT10 offers even more outrageous power, with an 8.4-liter 600-horsepower (450 kW) V-10 engine contributing to blistering acceleration (0-60 mph in less than 4 seconds, 0-100-0 mph in the low 12-second range), setting a new American sports car benchmark.
A dramatic new hood featuring a larger, more efficient hood scoop for air induction and functional hood louvers to facilitate a greater cooling effect enhance Viper's bold, aggressive looks. Viper design hallmarks including deep-cut side scallops, swept-back fenders, lowered hood lines and the signature Dodge crosshair grille remain.
The new 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 will offer a new level of customization with a choice of eight exterior colors, five dual-painted stripe colors, five interior colors and three wheel designs.
Marmon HCM V12Howard Marmon used his initials, HCM, for the name of the car.
The design of the Marmon Sixteen was from a college student. The work had been contracted out to Walter Dorwin Teague Associates in New York. Oddly enough, Mr. Teague did not enjoy automobiles so he assigned the project to his son, Walter Dorwin Teague, Jr., who was a car enthusiasts and a student at M.I.T. The design was elegant and it brought about the slogan 'The World's Most Advanced Motor Car.'
The total production costs of the car were taken care of by Howard Marmon himself. It is estimated that those expenses were in the neighborhood of $160,000. The project was completed in 1933, the same time the Company had entered receivership. The car was taken on a national tour in attempts to stimulate interest in its production by any major automobile manufacturer. No one seemed interested.
Mercedes-Benz SL ClassA new-generation four-valve-per-cylinder V8 powers the SL550 model, which replaces the SL500. First seen in the next-generation S-Class sedan, the new 5.5-liter engine produces 382 horsepower and 391 lb.-ft. of torque, a power increase of more than 26 percent.
The supercharged V8 that powers the high-performance SL55 AMG now has 510 horsepower and 531 lb.-ft. of torque, a very noticeable three percent increase. The 2007-model SL55 AMG also comes with new carbon-fiber interior trim and redesigned 19-inch five-spoke AMG wheels shod with high-performance tires. While the twin-turbo V12 powering the exclusive SL600 gets a similar horsepower bump – to 510 – it now also has a monstrous 612 lb.-ft. of torque.
Excellent stopping power for all four SL models is provided by large, four-wheel disc brakes enhanced with four-channel ABS anti-lock control. The SL550 is equipped with vented 13.8-inch front and solid 12.6-inch rear discs, while the SL600 has 14.2-inch vented rotors with eight-piston front calipers and 13.0-inch vented rotors with four-piston rear calipers. The SL55 AMG has 14.2-inch vented rotors with six-piston front calipers and 13.0-inch vented rotors with four-piston rear calipers. The SL65 AMG boasts vented discs that are another 1.2 inches in diameter with six-piston front calipers.
As on all other Mercedes-Benz models, Brake Assist can potentially reduce braking distances in emergency or 'panic' stops. In addition, the standard Electronic Stability Program (ESP) helps to keep the car on its intended path, preventing oversteer or understeer in turns, and providing straight-line traction control.
Talbot-Lago T-26 GS FranayThis Talbot Lago T26 GS is chassis number 110113 and has coupe coachwork by Franay on a 2.65M wheelbase. It is believed that only three of the Grand Sports had Franay coachwork, a coupe in California and a roadster now in Austria.
There were approximately 30 Grand Sports built but only 8 with the short chassis of 2.65M, the same as used on the Grand Prix cars. The engine in this car is a 4.5 L with three carburetors.
The car was originally sold in Geneva, likely the only place that could afford the car in 1947. This car was found in Tennessee in 1988 and was recently restored by Auto Restoration Ltd. in Christchurch, NZ. It is finished in its original black paint with red leather interior with black piping and is completely original with all its original body panels, engine, chassis, etc.
THRILLING LINE-UP OF IMPORTANT FERRARIS FOR MARANELLO AUCTION EVENTRM Auctions, in association with Sotheby's, will offer an exciting line-up of important Ferrari sports and racing cars when they return to Maranello, Italy on May 18th for the much-anticipated ‘Ferrari: Leggenda e Passione' auction event. Headlining the list of significant consignments for the single-day event is a pair of rare and ultra-desirable California Spyders, a 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe Pinin Farina with celebrity provenance, and a 1951 Ferrari 340 America Coupé with a superlative racing history.
Ferrari aficionados will have a rare opportunity to peruse and bid on some of the marque's finest – and oldest – sports and racing cars next month when RM Auctions, in association with Sotheby's, returns to Maranello, Italy for their much-anticipated Ferrari: Leggenda e Passione auction event.
To be held May 18th at Maranello's legendary Ferrari factory, the single-day event will present dozens of significant vintage Ferraris for auction, as well as a selection of newer Ferrari models, and items from one of the world's most important Ferrari memorabilia collections, Jacques Swaters' famed Ferrari Francorchamps Collection.
'Our upcoming Ferrari Leggenda e Passione auction is set to be a truly historic and international event, highlighting over 50 years of Ferrari history,' said Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM's European Operations.
Monterey Historic Automobile Races at Laguna SecaSome of the greatest automotive racing cars in history make the annual journey to Laguna Seca in August for several intense days of racing. The cars that circle the scenic course are worthy of display in museums; in fact, many of the cars are the center piece of exhibits when they are not turning laps at one of the more challenging course in the United States. The Monterey Historic Races evolved from road racing in the Del Monte Forest north of Monterey, California during the early 1950s. In 1956, due to complaints and growing safety concerns, racing through the Forest was banned. So the activities were moved to the Laguna Seca Raceway located just miles away. This year, the track celebrated its 50th year of operation with the Monterey Historics being apart of the track for the past 34 years.
The Historics are held during the same weekend as the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, along with the many other automotive related activities and events that occur during this time. The Historics is now a four-day event, with the first day of activities including practice runs and qualifying for the Ferrari / Maserati Historic Challenge. The final three days are for the fourteen racing groups. There is much to see and do during this time, with hundreds of legendary racing machines going all-out at Laguna Seca.
ABT Golf R32VW‘s Golf 3,2 V6 R32 is the fastest Golf offered by the Wolfsburg carmaker – and 'therefore the perfect basis for ABT Sportsline', says Hans-Jurgen Abt. 'The R32 is already designed as a super sports car. People who buy this Golf want an extremely fast compact car.' A racing car in golf‘s clothing, suitable for every day use.
ABT has put such an extraordinary car on dynamic 19-inch BR-wheels: instead of serial 250hp (184kW) the ABT R32 now delivers enormous 370hp (272kW). This immense plus in power of 120hp is possible thanks to a modified motor management and the use of the ABT compressor kit combined with a water-cooled intercooler.
AC Schnitzer ACS6More aggressive, more attractive: With its latest facelift, BMW has made its successful 6-series coupé a little more dynamic. Everyone who thinks this measure does not go far enough will welcome the newly restyled aerodynamic components from AC Schnitzer. Like its predecessor, the new front skirt of the ACS6 mirrors the famous kidney design of the grille, but its proportions have been clearly sharpened by Head Designer Michele Viandante. In conjunction with the newstyle triangular fog lights from BMW, the car looks considerably more powerful. This impression is reinforced at the restyled rear, where an AC Schnitzer rear spoiler enhances the new design of the tailgate with its dynamic 'sharp creases' and the integral brake light. The Aachen-based vehicle tuner has made the rear skirt slightly smoother than before, which in conjunction with the facelift rear lights make the vehicle appear not only more elegant but also more dynamic - an effect only enhanced by the AC Schnitzer sports rear silencer with chromed tailpipe. Made totally from stainless steel, this is not only an eyecatcher but also optimises engine response.
A touch of sophistication is given by the AC Schnitzer new side skirts which now also look flatter than before. In contrast, the power and torque curves of the uprated engines are anything but flat! This is especially true of the new diesel, which is available in the 6-series for the first time in the facelift model. AC Schnitzer has really turned up the power screw in the 635d in particular: instead of 210 kW/286 HP and 580 Nm, the ACS6 3.5d develops 228 kW/310 HP and 680 Nm.
Scion tC RS*R RWD Formula DriftScion's drift car is based on its most popular model, the tC sports coupe. The factory built front-wheel drive tC turned into a drifting contender through a rear-wheel drive conversion performed by acclaimed exhaust and suspension manufacturer, RS*R. The tC shares its platform with Toyota's Japanese market Avensis four-wheel drive and Caldina all-wheel drive, enabling it to undergo the conversion. RS*R used its extensive performance shop experience to change the tC's stock transverse engine configuration to a longitudinal setup in order to drive power, through the transmission and drive shaft, directly to the rear wheels.
'Scion has participated in motorsports for three years and the fan support has been incredible,' said Jack Hollis, Scion vice president. 'Drifting is an exciting, emerging motorsport with a dedicated and intense fan base. We're looking to engage drifting enthusiasts and Scion owners just like we do in drag racing. We think the fans will be just as excited as we are about our RS*R Scion tC as it demonstrates one of Scion's primary philosophies, customization. At this time we do not have confirmed plans to produce a tC rear wheel drive, but a lot of people will want to take one home.'
Caterham Seven Superlight R500For those really serious about their driving, the famous supercar-slaying R500 moniker is back with the arrival of the all-new Caterham Seven Superlight R500.
The latest model from the British sportscar manufacturer takes the minimalist, lightweight Seven philosophy to a new level with more power, sharper handling and for those venturing on track the option of launch control and the Caterham Motorsport engineered sequential gearbox.
Weighing just 506kg and producing 263bhp, R500 is the most potent race-tuned production Seven yet.
The Series 3 chassis flagship model blasts out 520bhp-per-tonne and is capable of propelling itself from 0-60mph in 2.88 seconds, delivering a pure adrenalin fix for those committed enough to strap themselves into the Kevlar race seats.
Kleemann GTK ConceptIn 2004, KLEEMANN made ambitious plans for creating unique and exclusive KLEEMANN sportscars. Now, after 3 years of design and development, KLEEMANN brings their vast technology know-how and experience to the next level by introducing the GTK concept car.
KLEEMANN, best known for their extensive experience in Kompressor technology and exclusive styling products for Mercedes-Benz cars, now enters the battlefield of the exclusive sportscar manufacturers. This was made possible when KLEEMANN employed the internationally experienced car designer Christian Brandt. Christian has headed the top secret GTK design project, which was not only a sportscar project, but also a design and technology development platform for future KLEEMANN performance and styling solutions for Mercedes-Benz cars.
'KLEEMANN styling solutions have always been designed with the deepest of respect for the elegant, powerful and exclusive design of the Mercedes-Benz cars. In order to go to the next level of KLEEMANN design, we felt that we needed to create a complete car. Designing a complete car enables us to create styling solutions for the Mercedes-Benz cars from a much bigger perspective than we have done previously by creating enhancements for production cars.' says Christian Brandt.
Van Blerck SpeedsterThe upcoming Houston Classic Auction has a very diverse line-up of vehicles which should cater to a wide audience. For those looking for unique, their appetites should be quenched by this intimidating machine. It has a length of eighteen feet, stands over seven feet tall and has seating for two. Yes, it makes a Hummer look a little more practical. But wait, there's more. Most of the real estate is reserved for the six-cylinder engine that displaces 17-liters (Over 1000 cubic-inches). To guarantee that all of the fuel and air is ignited with each stroke, there are three spark plugs per combustion chamber. This audacious Speedster is the work of Gary Wales, a renowned craftsman and Pebble Beach award winner. In early May it will cross the auction block where it is estimated to fetch between $370,000 - $470,000.
'Ultimate Hemi' to join the $20 million lineup of collector cars crossing the stage at the Houston Classic Auction, on May 3rd.Worldwide Auctioneers, responsible for the sale of some of the world's most significant automobiles, is proud to present a unique 1970 Monteverdi Hai 450 SS Prototype at the Houston Classic Auction, on May 3rd. One of only four ever built, this is the only example existing outside the Monteverdi museum and is the sole car to carry the legendary 450hp 'Hemi' engine. In the words of Rod Egan, Chief Auctioneer and Managing Partner of Worldwide Auctioneers; 'This is an extraordinary opportunity to own one of the greatest functioning prototypes of any kind ever built. It is the first time that this car has been offered to the public since the death of the legendary Peter Monteverdi and it is likely to be the last time that it is available in the foreseeable future'.
The Monteverdi will be joined on stage in Houston by over 100 other stunning European and American road and race cars, with an estimated overall value of $20 million.
Automobiles of Amelia IslandThe 10th annual Automobiles of Amelia Island hosted by RM Auctions was another successful and entertaining event. Held in conjunction with the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, the vintage car event saw over 100 rare automobiles cross the auction block, with four breaking the magic million dollar mark.
More than $16.8 million in automobile and memorabilia was auctioned. Highlights included a rare 1931 Duesenberg Murphy Convertible, which sold for $2.64 million, and an historic 1934 Ford Model 40 Special Speedster, custom built for Edsel Ford, which sold for $1.76 million. A gorgeous 8-Liter Bentley Open Tourer with coachwork by Harrison sold for $2.2 million and a LeBaron bodied Duesenberg went for $1.21 million.
'Over the past decade, our Amelia Island auction, in conjunction with the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, has carved a reputation as one of the leading automotive events on the collector car calendar,' said Ian Kelleher, Managing Director of RM Auctions.
'With record attendance and strong prices across the board, this year's Amelia Island auction was a fitting celebration for our 10th anniversary sale,' he added.
Mansory McLaren SLR RenovatioSince 2004 McLaren has been producing the Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren in Woking in almost unaltered form. MANSORY, the specialist in upgrading super sports cars and luxury limousines has now presented the gull wing racer at the Auto Salon 2008 in Geneva in a new design. Not only did the bodywork get a facelift, the engine was also given modified supercharging by means of MANSORY compressor technology. Ultra-light forged wheels and a superlative automotive interior complete the all-round renewal.
The 5.5 litre V8 engine with its standard 626 hp likewise profited from the comprehensive changes. The motto of the MANSORY engineers when redesigning the engine was 'evolution instead of revolution.' The leading idea was not about making major changes to the SLR's core. Rather, existing components were swapped for modified developments by MANSORY itself. For example, use is made of new high performance compressors and tailor-made intercoolers. The finishing touches to the performance upgrade are a sports air filter and modified engine management. As a result the Renovatio is two tenths faster from zero to 100 km/h than the super sports car production model. The top speed increases to 340 kph. Following the alterations the Renovatio has 700 PS and generates 880 Nm torque on the crankshaft.
A California native and 50 year broadcasting veteran, Astor is a renowned entrepreneur and passionate collector, having built one of the country's most impressive and diverse collections of vintage automobiles and pre and postwar memorabilia.
Encompassing over 250 vehicles, Astor's remarkable fleet of classic cars is the result of over thirty years of dedicated acquisition. Highlighted by various American models from the 1920s through 1970s, the collection features a comprehensive selection of original, low mileage examples, including various magnificent ‘woodies', and one of the largest collections of Packards ever offered. The cars are presented in top operating condition, with Astor himself regularly taking the majority to the road.
The Astor Collection also boasts an extensive range of rare and highly desirable memorabilia, including one of the world's finest collections of early radios, telephones, televisions and microphones, all in working condition. Also offered at this ‘no-reserve' auction is an eclectic variety of Art Deco furniture, decor and automobilia.
Concorso ItalianoDuring the Monterey Weekend there are numerous events to attend with many centering around the word, 'exclusive.' The Concorso Italiano could fall under this category, in that it is an event for vehicles that were created from the boot-shaped country of Italy. That is where the exclusivity stops and the warm-welcome's begin. Any Italian built car that is able to make it the Monterey Peninsula and to the Blackhorse Golf Course in Seaside, California is able to be shown. The two marque's in strong attendance were Ferrari and Lamborghini, with many others such as Fiat, DeTomaso, ISO, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Bizzarrini, and Maserati also having significant numbers.
With a show of this magnitude, there were many celebrated models and features. The Countach was recognized for its 35th anniversary. Many examples were on display that spanned the years of production, allowing onlookers to examine the differences that were introduced each year. The most significant Countach on the well-manicured golf course lawn was the first example ever created. Lamborghini's test driver, Valentino Balboni, was present to share stories and experiences about the stages of development for the Countach.
The coveted 'Best of Show' went to a Ferrari 275 GTS owned by Tazio Denicola of Saratoga, FL. This marked the first time a Ferrari has won the award in several years. Only two-hundred examples of the 275 GTS were ever constructed. They were created as the successor of both the 250 GT California Spyder and the 250 GT Cabriolet. The 'Best of Show' was a well earned award and one that should make the vehicles owner, Tazio, very proud considering his car beat many other suitable and deserving vehicles.