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- HISTORIC PAIR OF MILLER RACE CARS LEAD EARLY CONSIGNMENTSRM Auctions will lift the gavel on an important pair of Miller race cars when its highly anticipated Sports & Classics of Monterey event returns to historic downtown Monterey, California, August 13th to 15th.
Now in its 24th year, the annual RM event was the first and original auction held during the now famous Pebble Beach classic car week. Regarded as one of the world's largest auction events of its kind, over the years it has been witness to the sale of some of the most significant sports and classic automobiles available to the market. This year will be no exception with a one-of-a-kind 1931 Miller V16 and a beautifully crafted 1927 Miller 91 rear drive from the esteemed Chuck Davis Collection leading the pace for early consignments. The masterwork of legendary American racing car designer, Harry Miller, both cars boast fascinating histories and are set to attract the attention of vintage racing enthusiasts worldwide.
- The 2011 Jeep Grand CherokeeNearly 18 years ago, Jeep invented the premium SUV segment with the introduction of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. More than 4 million sales later, Jeep improves the formula and hits the sweet spot of real-world capability and on-road refinement with the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers premium on-road performance while maintaining the Jeep brand's legendary four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand two-speed transfer case and unsurpassed towing capability. It also offers improved fuel economy (up to 11 percent) and a world-class interior cabin.
'We listened carefully to our customers and the market,' said Scott Kunselman, Vice President – Jeep/Truck Product Team, Chrysler LLC. 'Our all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee hits the sweet spot of premium on-road performance and legendary class-leading Jeep capability.'
- The 21.5-Liter Blitzen-BenzThe Blitzen Benz was designed to surpass 200 km/h (125 mph), an astonishing speed at the time. The car was made as narrow as possible to minimize wind resistance. The tall, narrow radiator core stands behind a brass grille, whose upper end forms an expansive tank that gives the car its signature 'bird beak.'
Powered by a huge 21.5 liter (approximately 1300 cubic-inches) engine that produced 200 horsepower, the car immediately began setting speed records in Germany, Belgium, and at Brooklands in England. Fulfilling the design objectives, the flying-start one-kilometer record was set at 202.7 km/h.
The giant Benz was shipped to America for a promotional tour in 1910. Promoter Ernie Moross hired Barney Oldfield to drive the 'Lightning Benz,' later renamed 'Blitzen Benz,' and he set an unofficial record of 211.97 km/h. Former Buick works driver Bob Burman later set an official record of 228.1 km/h for the flying-start kilometer. A second Blitzen Benz raced against the first in 1912. In 1914, Teddy Tetzlaff set a record at Bonneville in the second car at 229.85 km/h.
- 1957 Chevrolet Corvette SSThis Chevrolet Corvette 'SS' is an experimental magnesium-bodied car and set a new lap record at Sebring, Florida, in 1957. It has served as the forerunner of many Corvette sports/racing models. Zora Arkus-Duntov, engineer-designer of the car, presented it to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 29, 1967, during the drivers' meeting prior to the 51st Indy 500 mile race, which was paced by a Chevrolet Camaro.
Led by the gifted Zora Arkus-Duntov, a team of engineers created this ultra-lightweight (1850 lbs) and powerful (307 horsepower) racing car using the Mercedes 300SL as their template. A featherweight magnesium body enveloped a tubular steel space frame that featured coil-over-shock front suspension, a de Dion rear axle and inboard-mounted aluminum drum brakes. A fuel-injected small-block V8 that could reach 307 horsepower at 6,400 RPM sat under the hood.
- Harry SchellRacing can be infectious. Harry Schell's mother was not immune to its effect. It helped that she descended from a wealthy family as racing is also an expensive infection. Harry and his mother moved from America to France. It was in France that Harry's mother met Laury Schell and soon the two of them became quite invested in auto racing, specifically rallying. Born in 1928, Harry grew up watching his parents race cars. The infection spread.
Shortly before World War II, Harry's parents were involved in an accident that killed Laury and severely injured his mother Lucy. As the 'Blitz' rolled through western Europe, and the Germans came to occupy France, Harry and his mother left France and returned to America. Harry had already served in the war with the Finnish Air Force in 1939. However, upon returning to America Harry was given a commission in the U.S. Tank Corp.
- The Cooper T12When one thinks about all a grand prix car should be small and compact usually are some of the attributes most sought. The Cooper T12, however, exceeded that attribute so greatly that it appeared almost as though it were a go-cart instead of a highly tuned grand prix car. However, the T12 helped to set the standard for what a Formula One grand prix car would become.
In 1946, Charles Cooper and his son John with the help of Eric Brandon, started the Cooper car company. The car company started out small like many others. The company started out in the Coopers' garage in Surbiton, Surrey, England, but what would evolve from out of that garage would forever revolutionize racing.
- Harry SchellRacing can be infectious. Harry Schell's mother was not immune to its effect. It helped that she descended from a wealthy family as racing is also an expensive infection. Harry and his mother moved from America to France. It was in France that Harry's mother met Laury Schell and soon the two of them
- Duesenberg Twelve Cylinder PrototypeWith the onset of the Great Depression, the demand for expressive automobiles began to gradually decrease. By 1936, most of the luxury automobile manufactures were either out of business or facing serious financial hardships. The Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg Company of Auburn, Indiana was no exception. The demand for the famous Model J Duesenberg had all but vanished, and the Auburn, Cord Duesenberg Company was only assembling a few cars a year based on customers' requests, often using left-over parts.
In 1937, E.L. Cord stopped production of all Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg automobiles. However, a few vehicles were built afterwards using remaining parts and the last Model J Duesenberg was assembled in 1940. From its introduction in 1928 until the companies demise, less than 500 Model J Duesenberg's were built and sold.
This unique 1936 Duesenberg was designed by Gordon Buehrig utilizing parts from Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs. While most Duesenbergs used the famous dual overhead camshaft straight eight engine, this rare example uses a 12-cylinder engine which would have been more common in an Auburn. The first owner of this sport, gentleman's speedster is believed to be the famous movie star Jackie Coogan.
- Holden Efijy ConceptEFIJY is a radical custom coupe shape boasting V8 Supercar power under the bonnet, Chevrolet Corvette underbody and state-of-the-art automotive technology, reinterpreting the classic design cues of the iconic 1953 FJ Holden.
The technology matches the larger-than-life design cues with a 480-kilowatt, supercharged six-litre V8 engine, air-adjustable shock absorbers, touch control LCD screen and fan-cooled LED headlamps.
A long-term dream for Chief Designer Richard Ferlazzo, the EFIJY concept was developed as a collaboration with suppliers which reduced impact on the company's heavy work schedule and ensured the highest possible quality result for the showcar. The car is not intended for production.
- MG L1 MagnaThis MG L1 Magna was delivered to the Lancashire Constabulary in Preston, England, on April 11th of 1933. It was the 13th L1 four-seat Tourer built out of 258 total, and third in a batch of eight L1 police cars built. All MGs of this period were built in Abingdon-Upon-Thames, England. This example is one of two known remaining L1 police cars. The car has undergone a complete two-year restoration to the original specifications of black exterior, blue leather interior and blue wheels. The interior was imported from Mike Collingburn of North Yorkshire, and the instruments were rebuilt by John Marks of Kent, England. Many original parts were sourced from the UK to ensure authenticity.
- The 2003 Buick BlackhawkThe Buick Blackhawk is not just any customized car – it's designed to emphasize Buick's heritage of distinctive design and outstanding power for the specialized audiences that attend custom/hot rod shows.
'This is a very special show car,' said Michael E. Doble, Buick's special vehicles manager: 'It has classic styling combined with contemporary proportions. If you're talking about customized cars, the Blackhawk is the ultimate expression of Buick.'
- The Lister JaguarDriver Brian Lister began producing sports racing cars during the mid-1950s, using MG and Bristol engines at first, and then experimenting with Jaguar and Chevrolet power. The Lister-Jaguars of 1957 had success racing against the highly competitive Jaguar D-Types and Aston Martins of the time. In total, there were 34 examples of the Lister-Jaguar constructed.
- The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismois once again defining a brand-new segment in the automobile market. The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo combines elegance, space, comfort and variability in truly unique style. As an attractive, future-oriented extension of the BMW 5 Series, the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is quite unparalleled worldwide in the upper middle segment, combining the characteristic features of a prestige saloon, a modern, highly versatile Sports Activity Vehicle, and a classic Gran Turismo in brand-new, unprecedented style.
Through its body design, the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo combines the proportions so typical of a BMW, an elegantly stretched silhouette and a coupé-like roofline, as well as four doors with frameless windows to create one complete, harmonious unit. The front view of the car animates powerful dynamism through the sheer presence of the upright BMW kidney grille, large air intakes and dual round headlights slanted back at an attractive angle. For the first time the daytime driving light function is provided by corona rings with LED technology. Boasting clear-cut horizontal lines, the rear end comes with that characteristic look of width, power and muscle further enhanced by L-shaped rear light clusters with homogenously illuminated rows of lights in LED technology.
- Audi Q5 Custom ConceptProminently featured is the Audi Q5 custom concept: Audi engineers prepared this particularly sporty version of the SUV specially for the Wörthersee Tour. The test bed for Audi Genuine Accessories in the custom color Daytona Gray, matt rolls on 21-inch wheels of 7 twin-spoke design. Compared to the production model, the track was widened by 90 millimeters (3.54 in) and the ride height lowered by 60 millimeters (2.36 in). The power output of the 3.0 TFSI V6 engine has been increased from 245 kW (333 hp) to 300 kW (408 hp), allowing the Audi Q5 custom concept to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds. Top speed is governed at 250 km/h (155 mph).
- Volkswagen Scirocco RThere could not be a better time or place for a world premiere: parallel to the start of the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, Volkswagen is presenting the new Scirocco R for the first time anywhere. A sports car without compromise and a race track that demands everything of the driver will be meeting together this weekend.
Approximately one year after the market launch of the third Scirocco generation, Volkswagen is presenting the most powerful series built Scirocco ever made at the Nürburgring. Its charged four-cylinder 2.0 l TSI is impressive with an output of 195 kW / 265 PS and 350 Newton metres of torque – the dynamic effect is just as striking as the running gear which provides optimal traction characteristics thanks to, amongst other things, the new front axle differential lock XDS.
- 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injection Le MansThis car was one of the most dominating Corvettes in auto racing history. Grady Davis Gulf Oil Racing purchased the Corvette in 1962 from Yenko Chevrolet. The car was campaigned by 'The Flying Dentist,' Dr. Dick Thompson, in the 1962 SCCA-A Production Class. In 14 races, the Gulf Oil 62 Corvette finished first in class 12 times including wins at Daytona and Sebring and captured the 1962 A-Production Championship.
The car was sold to Tony Denman at the end of the 1962 season. He raced it throughout 1963, finishing second in class at Daytona while battling against newer Corvettes, Ferrari GTOs and Porsches. At the end of the 1963 season, Denman removed most of the high performance racing parts in order to sell the car as a typical street Corvette. Almost 20 years later, the Corvette was discovered by Rev. Mike Ernst who found the car, now painted red and being driven by a college student as a daily driver. In researching the Corvette, Ernst found the car came with the rare and highly sought after RPO 687 package, which includes the heavy duty brakes, suspension and steering. The Corvette also had a 37-gallon fuel tank, which was common for RPO 687 Corvettes that were raced at the time.
- 2010 Acura TSXSince its redesign last year, the TSX has shattered sales records to become one of Acura's best-selling sedans. As the entry point to the Acura brand, the four-cylinder TSX has won over customers with its nimble handling, agile driving feel and balanced performance. The V-6 model adds a new level of power on top of these winning traits for a more sporty and spirited driving experience. The V-6 will surely satisfy driving enthusiast's appetite for a fun-to-drive, yet refined sports sedan.
With the introduction of a V-6 powered TSX, Acura will fill a niche in its lineup between the four-cylinder TSX and the all-new TL performance luxury sedan. With the TL moving more upscale following its redesign in the 2009 model year, the TSX V-6 will be aimed squarely at youthful buyers who want a performance-oriented sports sedan in a more personal size.
- Mercury Milan HybridThe Mercury Milan builds on a strong foundation of quality and reliability, adding to the mix for the 2010 model year an all-new hybrid model, more fuel-efficient gasoline powertrain options, class-exclusive technologies and a more refined, sophisticated design.
'The Milan has been a strong part of the Mercury lineup since its initial launch and has helped attract more consumers to dealer showrooms,' said John Felice, general manager, Ford, Lincoln Mercury Marketing. 'For sophisticated consumers looking for a stylish hybrid, the Milan now offers them the most fuel-efficient hybrid sedan in its class.'
Chief designer Darrell Behmer and his team had the advantage of working from a vehicle that's been lauded by consumers and consumer groups. 'Our approach was to build upon the Milan's strengths – to improve rather than reinvent,' Behmer said. 'From a design standpoint, we wanted to clarify the design, making it cleaner and more modern.'
- Studebaker Golden HawkFor 1957, Studebaker's top-of-the-line model was Studebaker Golden Hawk. It was a 2+2 hardtop coupe with seating for five and attractive styling courtesy of Raymond Loewy's design studio. Under the hood was a 289 cubic-inch V8 fitted with a Paxton supercharger and capable of producing an impressive 275 horsepower. They had a Flight-O-Matic automatic transmission hydraulic drum brakes. The Golden Hawk was every bit the American sports car counterpart of Ford's Thunderbird and GM's Corvette for 1957.
Just over 4,000 examples of the 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk were produced.
- 2010 BMW X5 MThe modern, sustainable legacy of BMW M GmbH began in 1985 when engineers placed the snarling, race-bred inline-6 engine from the M1 supercar into the production BMW 5 Series sedan, reworked the suspension and brakes, and created the first M5. Through this industry-first combination of attributes, the M5 redefined the capabilities of a sedan with levels of power, precision, balance, and linear control never before imaginable. Since then, finding new ways to expand the boundaries of what is possible with existing BMW models has been the singular purpose of the craftsmen at BMW M. Now the BMW X5 M and the BMW X6 M are the first all-wheel-drive models to offer the remarkable performance, dynamic driving experience, athletic design, and premium quality of a BMW M product.
Both models are powered by a newly-developed 4.4-liter V8 M engine delivering 555 hp at 6,000 rpm and 500 lb-ft of torque from 1500 to 5,650 rpm. This new M engine is the world's first with a pulse-tuned exhaust manifold encompassing both rows of cylinders combined with high-performance twin-scroll twin turbo technology.
For the X5 M and X6 M, engineers at BMW M pushed the capabilities of BMW's intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system and the Dynamic Performance Control system to manage the power and performance potential of these two new vehicles. The special M suspension includes Adaptive Drive and newly-developed Servotronic power steering. These features combine to push the limits of what was previously possible with a sports-oriented vehicle, and guarantee driving behavior characteristic of a BMW M product: incredible stability and precisely controlled steering qualities abound throughout the performance envelope.
The BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M set new standards of acceleration, lateral grip, steering response, balance, and stopping power among high-performance activity vehicles. Both models accelerate to 60 mph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds and feature impressive delivery of power from the V8 twin-turbo engine which provides maximum torque of 500 lb-ft from 1,500 and 5,650 rpm. From a handling standpoint, both vehicles are notable for superb balance through careful tuning of xDrive, Dynamic Performance Control, and Dynamic Stability Control with M Dynamic Mode for linear buildup of cornering forces. These capabilities place the performance of the X5 M and X6 M on par with the performance of other recent BMW M vehicles.
- 2010 Chevrolet EquinoxChevrolet unveiled the all-new 2010 Equinox, a compact crossover that blends distinctive design with outstanding efficiency. A new, 2.4L direct injection engine helps the Equinox deliver expected best-in-segment estimated highway fuel economy of 30 mpg (EPA certification pending) – a 25-percent improvement over the previous model. Chevrolet expects nearly two-thirds of customers will choose the efficient, 2.4L engine.
The new Equinox draws its exterior design inspiration from the Chevrolet Malibu sedan and Traverse crossover; and like those vehicles, the new Equinox complements its styling with attention to detail and unexpected features, according to Ed Peper, GM North America vice president, Chevrolet.
The Equinox makes its world debut at the North American Auto Show in Detroit next month.
'At a time when customers are so concerned about the fuel efficiency of their vehicle, the Equinox delivers,' said Peper. 'It offers the roominess and capability of a crossover with great fuel economy. Equinox will provide customers a vehicle filled with refinement, comfort and great value.'
- 2010 Lincoln MKZCustomers who have come to equate Lincoln with elegant, modern design, unparalleled comfort, unrivaled features and top quality have still more reason to favor the brand: the new 2010 Lincoln MKZ mid-size sedan.
'The new MKZ improves on the success of the current vehicle with Lincoln's new signature look, appointments that amplify and expand the Lincoln portfolio and a faster, more refined powertrain,' said Mark Fields, Ford's president of The Americas.
New for 2010, the MKZ features a new sport version with special sport suspension tuning with stiffer springs and larger stabilizer bars, 18-inch Euroflange polished wheels, darkened grille and headlamps, and an interior with contrasting piping and unique appliqués.
The new Lincoln MKZ also offers segment-exclusive features, including first-in-class Blind Spot Information System (BLIS™) with Cross Traffic Alert (CTA), which makes navigating traffic and parking lots safer and easier.
BLIS tracks vehicles in the blind-spot zones on either side of the vehicle using two multiple-beam radar modules behind the rear fenders. Indicator lights in the outside rear-view mirror on both sides of the vehicle warn the driver when a vehicle enters the defined blind-spot zone, extending from the side mirror to 10 feet behind the vehicle and 10 feet away from the vehicle.
- 2010 Toyota PriusToyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., unveiled the all-new 50-mile-per gallon rated third-generation Prius hybrid vehicle today at the 2009 North American International Auto show.
Celebrated as the benchmark for cars of the future, the Prius has delivered superior fuel economy and ultra-low emissions to more than one million owners worldwide for more than 10 years.
The midsize third-generation 2010 Prius will offer even better mileage ratings, enhanced performance, and innovative design features. It will be quieter, roomier, and equipped with advanced standard and available features such as a moonroof with solar panels, four driving modes, Intelligent Parking Assist (IPA) and steering wheel touch controls that display on the instrument panel.
- Lotus CarltonBack in 1990 a car called the Lotus Carlton was unleashed upon an unsuspecting public.
It was based on the inconspicuous Vauxhall Carlton (Opel Omega in some markets), a family-hauling sedan with no more sporting intentions than the most sensible Volvo or Toyota.
The boring Vauxhall Carlton was an accurate representation of the Vauxhall brand as a whole. The marque was nearly lifeless and in need of resuscitation. A GM subsidiary, Vauxhall produced drab cars with too little personality and too much anonymity. To remedy the boredom bug, Vauxhall contacted Lotus. Like Vauxhall, Lotus was a British name. Unlike Vauxhall, Lotus knew how to produce some seriously quick and colorful machinery.
The ensuing project involved much more than throwing some Lotus badges at a family sedan. The engineering virtuosos at Lotus developed and built their own thoroughly enhanced version of the Carlton. With a tunable straight six and rear-wheel-drive, the Carlton made a good starting point for a high-performance vehicle. The sports car mavens at Lotus improved upon everything.
- MG TD1953 was the last year that the TD was produced. The TD debuted in 1949, and retained the TC drivetrain with only minor modifications. Body construction and general look appeared much the same too, but the TD was wider and sat much lower with an independent front suspension. The most obvious visual cue to the TD's identity were its standard 15-inch disk wheels instead of the TC's 19-inch wires. Wire wheels were offered as a factory option.
26,000 MGTD vehicles were produced between 1950 and 1953.
- LEGENDARY 1957 FERRARI 250 TESTA ROSSA SMASHES AUCTION WORLD RECORD AT MARANELLO SALERM Auctions, in association with Sotheby's, made history at the Ferrari factory in Maranello today as a 1957 Ferrari 250 TR, chassis no. 0714TR sold for €9,020,000 at the third annual Ferrari Leggenda e Passione event to set a new world record for the most expensive motor car ever to be sold at auction.
Returning to its Maranello birthplace for its auction debut, the €9,020,000 sale price for 0714TR represents €1,980,000 more than the previous auction world record which was set at the same sale last year.
'The historical significance of this car attracted a bidding war as collectors from around the world - both in the room and on the telephone – competed to secure one of the most alluring and iconic of all Ferrari racing cars,' said Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Europe.
- Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8AThe Tipo 8 was powered by a 5.9-liter eight-cylinder engine capable of producing 100 horsepower. They were clothed in elegant bodies and purchased mostly by the rich and famous. Their engines made them one of the most powerful cars of their era and they were the United States second most popular foreign manufacturer, right behind Rolls-Royce.
The Tipo 8A was introduced in 1924, bringing with it a larger engine, now displacing 7.3-liters and produced around 120 horsepower. The bodies sat atop a 145-inch wheelbase. An 'S' and 'SS' version was available, which were sportier versions which sat on a shorter wheelbase, measuring 134-inches. The factory guaranteed the cars could reach 90 mph.
- 1967 Ferrari 350 Can-AmRM Auctions has sold its fair share of Ferraris. The prestigious auction house is a magnet for fine cars, and vehicles wearing the prancing horse frequently pass through RM to their new owners. On May 17, 2009, RM will be offering yet another of Enzo's creations. But while no Ferrari is ordinary, this particular vehicle happens to be one of the most highly esteemed cars to ever cross the block at RM.
The story starts like this. In the early 1960's, Ferrari was the most potent player in endurance racing. Competing in GT and prototype classes, Ferrari was building some of the most devastatingly fast cars of the period. The company hovered out of reach above the rest of the racing world. No one could touch Ferrari.
Maranello's miracle workers were so successful that Ford showed great interest in buying the company. The notoriously headstrong Enzo Ferrari was unwilling to see through any agreements with Ford, though, and after the talks went sour Ford decided to devote a portion of its vast resources to developing a strong racing team. Out of a personal grudge against the cavallino rampante, Ford's legendary GT40 was created.
The first time Ford met Ferrari on the track was in 1964 for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Reliability problems meant no Fords finished, while Ferrari placed a 4-liter 330 P in first, second, and third. Ford's empire had plenty of change to spare, though. Undeterred, the American behemoth continued dumping funds into its racing efforts.
- Chevrolet Camaro Trans-Am RacerThe very popular Trans-Am Racing series lasted from 1966 through 1981. The cars that could be seen racing on the track could be purchased at dealerships, though not to the same specifications. Many popular pony cars such as the Mustang, Camaro, and Javelin were seen racing around in contention for top honors. The real sponsors and contenders of the race were the manufacturers who were in a constant battle of economics. By employing some of the greatest professional drivers in American road racing history the sport soon became a household favorite. Famous individuals such as Mark Donohue, Parnelli Jones, Sam Posey, Dan Gurney, George Follmer, Swede Savage, Jim Hall, Peter Revson and Jerry Titus could be found behind the wheel of a Trans Am vehicle. Many of the cars and teams were backed by factory support due to the high costs associated with staying competitive. There were a few teams that entered under their own financing, many failed to compete the entire season. Competition was so stiff, that it took constant tuning, preparation, modification, strategy, and practice to compete and stay competitive.
- Ferrari Mondial TThe Pininfarina designed Mondial 8 was debuted at the Geneva Auto Show in 1980 as a replacement for the 308 models. It used the same 2927cc quad-cam V8 mounted transversely behind the seats. The US version produced 205 bhp while the other versions produced 214 bhp. The transmission was borrowed from their F1 efforts and featured a transverse mounted gearbox which lowered the drive-line by five inches.
This was the first Ferrari with power assisted rack-and-pinion steerings. Air-conditioning was standard with climate control for both the driver and passenger.
- Keels & Wheels Concours d'EleganceThe 14th Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d'Elegance was held at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas, and showcased an incredible array of automotive and boating classics. It is the largest classic car & boat show in the country. The featured marque was Duesenberg, considered by many as the finest American automobile ever built. The other feature was The Cars of Carroll Shelby, revered among race and muscle car enthusiasts.
The Keels & Wheels Concours is similar, in many ways, to other concours events, but it is also very different. Most events allow only one day to enjoy the vehicles, the Keels & Wheels concours gives onlookers several days of admiration. Many of the cars were brought two days before the concours and positioned on the show field. Since this is a multi-day event consisting of a concours, boat show, and concours, it allowed visitors plenty of opportunities to leisurely enjoy and learn about the cars.
- The Bugatti EB110 SSFrom 1991 through 1995, there were 139 examples of the Bugatti EB110 vehicles produced. The design was courtesy of Marcello Gandini and power was from a 3.5-liter quad-turbo V12 engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
The EB110 SS, meaning Super Sport, was introduced in 1992. It was lighter and more powerful and capable of a top speed of 216 mph.
- The Lamborghini LM002The Lamborghini LM002 was built from 1986 through 1993 with 301 units being produced. Lamborghini is known and respected for their exotic vehicles that are as stylish as they are fast. The SUV codenamed 'Cheetah' was a project that began in 1977 and designed to be sold to the United States Military. A Chrysler V8 engine was used in the prototype 'Cheetah' but the production versions were outfitted with a V-12, courtesy of the Lamborghini Countach. The original Cheetah prototype was destroyed by the US military during testing. The Cheetah project was short lived. Production on the LM001 began in 1981. This was the second attempt at creating a four-wheel drive, rear-mounted engine, all-terrain vehicle. The LM001 was powered by a twelve-cylinder powerplant and first displayed to the public at the 1981 Geneva Auto Show. The LM002, also known as the LMA, was introduced a year later featuring the engine in the front. Production finally began in 1986, albeit with many changes.
- The Cadillac XLRThe XLR roadster, Cadillac's bold entry into the elite club of the finest luxury roadsters, enters 2009 with a revised model lineup that is focused on more dramatic design, technology and craftsmanship.
Cadillac's retractable hardtop roadster features new color choices, revised interior trim and enhanced electronics for 2009 – and only the finest editions of the XLR will be offered: The luxurious XLR Platinum and the high-performance XLR-V. The XLR Platinum is equipped with a 320-horsepower (239 kW) 4.6L Northstar V-8 VVT. The XLR-V is powered with a 443-horsepower (330 kW) 4.4L Northstar V-8 supercharged engine.
Changes for '09 complement a host of enhancements that came in the previous model year, including an improved version of Cadillac's acclaimed Magnetic Ride Control system and amenities such as a heated steering wheel. XLR's advanced technologies also include Adaptive Forward Lighting that enables the headlamps to swivel in concert with vehicle steering; a head-up display; StabiliTrak; heated and cooled seats; Keyless Access with push-button start; and DVD navigation and entertainment.
- The WaterCarWaterCar, Inc is the brainchild of Dave March and his two sons. For over thirty years March has been an avid high performance car and boat enthusiast. In 1998 March accepted an offer to sell his business and semi-retired. He was looking for a challenge when his youngest son expressed an interest in amphibious vehicles. Together, they restored a 1964 Amphicar. However, they were very disappointed by its performance. It was fun to drive into the water but once in, it traveled at a top speed of 7 mph. March discovered there had been a number of amphibious vehicles constructed through the years, but no one had successfully built one capable of operating at high speed in both the water, and on land. To do so became March's obsession.
Following 5 years of trial and error, major breakthroughs and major disappointments, March began development of his third model, which would incorporate the lessons learned throughout the prior years. He designed this WaterCar along the lines of an extended cab pickup truck. This provides the ground clearance and length to achieve the ride dynamics he has been seeking from the beginning. As an added benefit there is storage space for skis and fishing equipment or groceries depending on how it is being used. After six long years March achieved his original design objectives and has a product he anticipates offering for sale to the public later this year. The first public showing of the WaterCar will be May 2nd and 3rd at the Keels and Wheels Concours in Seabrook Texas.
- Keels & Wheels Concours : Best of Show AmericanThe Keels & Wheels Concours d'Elegance handed out two Best of Show awards to the cars in attendance; one was for the best American car and the second was for the car the judges select as their favorite European car. This year, the judges selected this 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton with coachwork by LaGrande. Making this award even more special was the fact it was one of seven Duesenberg's on the field. With this number of Duesenberg's in attendance, it was clear that one of them would go home with this prestigious honor.
- People's Choice Award at the Keels & Wheels ConcoursWith a field full of marque's such as Duesenberg, Delahaye, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, and Shelby, the people selected a Peugeot as their favorite at the Keels & Wheels Concours d'Elegance in Houston, Texas.
1935 saw the introduction of the 402 at the Paris Show in October. It marked a turning point in the history of the Peugeot brand, which was ahead of all its French competitors in introducing aerodynamic bodies as standard. This is the famous 'Sochaux rocket' range, characterized by fluid lines and a shield-shaped grill to protect the headlights.
A total of 104 Peugeot 402 Darl'mat Special Sport Roadsters were crafted on the 402 chassis. They were upgraded at Darl'mat's shop with Cotal four-speed electro-mechanical gearboxes, before being shipped to Pourtout and fitted with the Paulin-designed bodies, formed from pieces of sheet aluminum hand-shaped and then nailed to wooden structures of ash framing that were then attached to the chassis.
- Delahaye Type 135 SportAt the Worldwide Group Auction in Houston, Texas, bidding began at $1.5 million and rose by increments of $100,000 until $1.8 million was reached. From there, bidding rose to $1.85 million and then to $1.9 million.
This car has an invitation to the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, is extremely rare and unique, and has rarely been shown. It rides on a short competition wheelbase which means it does not have the same overwhelming presence when sitting next to a Duesenberg, but it has undeniable elegance. It surely has the ability to challenge for 'Best of Show' honors at every event it will attend.
This is a car that is worthy of the mega million dollar price tag in which it demands. With bidding capped at $1.9 million, its reserve was not satisfied and it was left unsold. The good news – the opportunity to purchase this masterpiece is still available.
This 1936 Delahaye 135 S 'Court' Competition Teardrop Coupe is believed to be the only all-alloy example ever created. It is one of the earliest Figoni & Falaschi teardrop coupes, and may even be the very first one built. It has spent nearly all of its life in Europe and rarely been seen. Its restoration was to the highest of standards and is absolutely stunning in every detail, in both form and function.
The wheelbase measures a short 2700mm and clothed with an all-alloy masterpiece that is believed to be the first to use a boxed 10cm extension to the frame at the back to give it a longer, more gentle slope, enhancing its aerodynamic features and blending harmoniously with the slope of the teardrop front and rear fender shapes. The engine is a competition unit with higher compression, bigger valves, a wider cylinder head casting, and different rocker arm assemblies. Every exterior surface of the engine has been machined to remove all excess material.
Considering a 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante Coupe sold for $7.92 million in mid-2008, this Type 135S is certainly worth twice (if not more) the high bid at the Worldwide Group auction.
- 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial SedanThere were 3,228 Imperials built in 1931 with 1,195 examples fitted with close-coupled club sedan bodywork by Briggs Manufacturing Company. Many of these club sedans were later re-bodied to make dual cowl phaetons. As a result, this original example is quite rare. It was given a professional restoration that was completed in 1999. It is painted in two-tone brown with a dark brown beltline. The list of accessories included with this vehicle are dual side-mounted spare tires with chrome-accented hard covers, dual cowl lights, dual windshield wipers, and a rear-mounted trunk. There are wide whitewall tires with dark brown painted wire wheels, with chrome-plated hubcaps and trim rings.
At this weekends Worldwide Group auction in Houston, Texas, this car is estimated to sell for $120,000 - $150,000. Considering it sold for $192,500 (including buyer's premium) in 2008, these current estimates appear to be a bargain!
- Lamborghini Diablo VT 6.0The third version of the Diablo VT was introduced in 2000 and produced until 2001. During its production lifespan, only 260 examples were produced. A new hybrid engine replaced the aging 5.7 liter unit. Based on the Diablo GT, the 6.0 liter VVT engine had updated software and new intake and exhaust system, resulting in 550 horsepower. Titanium connecting rods and a lighter crankshaft added to the engines improvements. Most of the vehicles were AWD however, upon customer request, rear-wheel drive could be ordered. To improve visibility at high speeds, the windshield wipers were improved. The interior and exterior of the vehicle received styling and modernization updates, including the bumper, dashboards, seats, and more. The interior was lined in leather and airbags were standard for both the driver and passenger. Carbon fibre and aluminum were used throughout the cockpit.
- Up For Sale : Talbot-Lago T-26 RecordOne of the highlights at this weekends Worldwide Auctioneers auction in Houston, Texas is this Talbot-Lago T-26 Record with factory cabriolet coachwork. It is powered by a seven main bearing hemispherical head twin cam inline six-cylinder engine and fitted with a Wilson pre-selector transmission.
This T-26 was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where it won the Talbot-Lago class. Later, it was shown at the CCCA Seattle Grand Classic where it was judged 100 points, earning the CCCA's Senior National First Prize.
Estimates have this car selling for $260,000 - $290,000. Last year it crossed the block at another auction where it was purchased for $214,500 (including buyer's premium). It was purchased by an individual who has a keen eye for identifying rare and unique vehicles. At the 2008 auction, it was expected to fetch as much as $375k, making the estimates at the Worldwide Auctioneer auction rather appropriate.
A 1951 Ferrari 340 America Berlinetta is expected to sell for $1.2 - $1.4 million. It is one of only two to be bodied by Touring. (Another 1951 340 America Berlinetta - with Ghia coachwork - sold in 2006 for $852,500 including buyer's premium.)
Also crossing the block is a 1936 Delahaye 135 S Competition Teardrop Coupe (Estimates are available from the auction house upon request). It wears coachwork by Figoni & Falaschi and is the only 135S with all-alloy body. It is one of the first Figoni & Falaschi teardrop coupe's created (and may even be the very first). If it sells, it could be the highest sale of the day. It will be difficult to say for sure, since Yacht's (with the million dollar predictions) are up for sale too.