Cars

Automotive Goldmine found in France
A team from French auction house Artcurial Motorcars recently discovered a treasure trove of dozens of “barn find” condition cars wearing badges from the likes of Ferrari and Maserati as well as prewar greats like Delahaye and Bugatti.

The whole collection is to be sold by Artcurial at their annual Paris sale early next year.
The specialists at Artcurial regularly traverse France finding cars for sales. This was definitely the find of a lifetime. Sixty collector cars in one place is something special, but the quality of the machinery found is the stuff dreams are made of.

Included are cars from Bugatti, Hispano-Suiza, Talbot-Lago, Maserati, Ferrari, Porsche, Delahaye, Delage and Facel Vega as well as coachwork by famous names like Chapron and Saoutchik. Even grimy and neglected, any one of them would be an incredible find on its own.
One car that will likely be a highlight at auction is the Ferrari 250 SWB California Spider. Found under a pile of papers, it is one of just 37 built, and was thought lost by marque car experts.

The last SWB California Spider to sell at auction went for $15 million. Artcurial estimates that this example will do €9.5 million to €12 million ($11.7 million to $14.7 million).
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Abandoned Supercars of Dubai
Dozens of Jaguars, BMWs and Mercedes have been left with the keys in the ignitions by former millionaire owners who have chosen to cut their losses and run back home rather than face potential jail sentences under Dubai’s strict debt laws.
More than 3,000 cars were abandoned last year — to be sold off by Dubai police or scrapped.
Recent reports have highlighted high-end sports cars gathering dust at Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports from panicked expats fleeing the country to avoid prison sentences for money owed.

Under Sharia law which is observed across the Middle East, non-payment of debt is a criminal offence. As the UAE has no bankruptcy laws, there is no protection for those slipping into debt, even accidentally. There have been cases of foreigners being prevented from leaving the Emirates after being blacklisted for missing a credit card payment or bouncing a cheque.

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RM Sotheby's - Motor City 2015

1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe. $176,000
The RM Sotheby’s Motor City 2015 auction was staged July 25th at the Concours of America at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan. The 21st annual sale featured 80 automobiles, including American classics, sports and muscle cars and late-model collectibles.
1934 Auburn Twelve Salon Speedster. $506,000

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham. $125,000 - $175,000

1961 Chrysler 300G Convertible $121,000

1958 Buick Special Convertible. $57,750

1968 Shelby GT500 KR Convertible. Sold for $203,500

2005 Ford GT $319,000

1933 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Sport Phaeton in the style of LeBaron. $583,000

1932 Buick Series 90 Coupe Roadster $176,000

1929 Stutz Model M Four-Passenger Speedster by LeBaron. $302,500

1934 Pierce-Arrow Twelve Convertible Coupe Roadster. $297,000
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Ferrari 458 Speciale
The Ferrari 458 is a mid-engined sports car produced by Ferrari. The 458 replaced the Ferrari F430, and was first officially unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. It is now being replaced by the Ferrari 488 GTB, which was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2015.
The 458 is powered by a 4,499 cc (274.5 cu in) V8, producing 570 PS (419 kW; 562 hp) at 9,000 rpm. The engine features direct fuel injection, a first for Ferrari mid-engine setups in its road cars.
The 458 Speciale is the top performing 458 Italia. New for the Speciale are the forged wheels, vented hood, finned side sills, taller rear spoiler and redesigned bumpers, which include active aerodynamics designed by Ferrari Styling Centre in cooperation with Pininfarina; front and rear movable flaps balance downforce and cut drag at speed.
The engine was revised, with power increased to 605 PS (445 kW; 597 hp) at 9,000 rpm.
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McLaren 650S Can-Am
McLaren established itself through the 1960s and 70s as a world-beating force in one of the most extreme forms of motorsport, Can-Am, winning five consecutive championships between 1967 and 1971.

In honour of the 50th anniversary of the 1966 inaugural season, McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has created the limited production 650S Can-Am which takes its inspiration from the race cars of this golden age of motorsport.

The 650S Can-Am is priced at £255,850 with deliveries set to commence in the spring of 2016. 50 examples will be produced globally, all based on the 650S Spider.

<The McLaren 650S Can-Am features a 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 which produces 650PS (641bhp) and 678Nm (500 lb ft) of torque. Zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) takes three seconds and its top speed is 204 mph (329 km/h).

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2017 Ford GT
At the 2015 North American Auto Show Ford pulled the curtain off of the all-new 2017 Ford GT. With a super-light carbon fiber and aluminum construction, a 600-plus horsepower, EcoBoost V-6 and a race-ready cockpit, the latest Ford GT is hands down the best supercar in the history of the Blue Oval brand.

The 2017 Ford GT was conceived to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the company’s legendary victory at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race, in which three Ford GT40 race cars swept first, second and third place.
It had to be fast tracked from concept to production, with testing and development compressed into the next 18 months in order to go on sale by the end of next year

Power will be sent to the rear wheels courtesy of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Said force is transmitted to the rear wheels with 20-inch alloy wheels wearing specially designed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires.
The all-new GT starts production in 2016.

Ford has taken a page out of Ferrari’s book, and given the GT an F1-inspired steering wheel with all the needed controls for car function mounted to it. This opens up the steering column and gives uncluttered access to the shift paddles used to control the ’GTs transmission.
The GT should easily break the four-second barrier in the 60-mph sprint, and top speed should be in the 200-mph range.

Ford indicated it would be priced competitively with the Lamborghini Aventador – which carries a base sticker price approaching $400,000
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Corvette - America’s sports car
The Chevrolet Corvette is a sports car manufactured by the Chevrolet division of General Motors. The car has been produced through seven generations.

The first model, a convertible, was designed by Harley Earl and introduced at the GM Motorama in 1953 as a concept show car. Myron Scott is credited for naming the car after the type of small, maneuverable warship.

The first Corvette went into production in Flint, Mich. on June 30, 1953.
The 1954 model year vehicles could be ordered in Pennant Blue, Sportsman Red and Black, or Polo White. 3,640 were built, and sold slowly.

1956 Corvette
The 1958 Corvette received quad headlamps, bumper exiting exhaust tips and a new steering wheel. The 1959–60 model years had few changes except a decreased amount of body chrome and more powerful engine offerings.
In 1961, the rear of the car was completely redesigned with the addition of a "duck tail" with four round lights. The second generation (C2) Corvette introduced the Sting Ray. Production started for the 1963 model year and ended in 1967.
The third generation Corvette was introduced for the 1968 model year and was in production until 1982. Styling changed subtly throughout the generation until 1978 for the car's 25th anniversary.

Regular fourth generation production began on January 3, 1983. Beginning in 1985, the 230 bhp (170 kW) L98 engine with tuned port fuel injection became the standard. Chevrolet released the Grand Sport (GS) version in 1996 to mark the end of production of the C4 Corvette.
Production of the C5 Corvette began in 1997 and ended with the 2004 model year. The C5 had a top speed of 181 mph (291 km/h) and was judged by the automotive press as improved in nearly every area over the previous Corvette design.
The sixth generation-C6 was produced between 2005 and 2013. The 6.0L (364 cu in) LS2 V8 produced 400 bhp giving the vehicle a 0–60 time of under 4.2 seconds. Its top speed was 190 mph (310 km/h).
The seventh generation corvette, the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z07 was officially unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show. Pricing of the Z07 is expected to be around $100,000.
The 2016 Corvete Z07 will have two engine variants. The first is a 4.5 liter twin-turbo generating up to 500 horsepower. The second will be a 6.2 liter V8 producing over 600 horsepower.

Both engines will be mated with the seven speed Tremec TR-6070 manual transmission and an eight speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission.
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The Ron Pratte Collection
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, is honored to be selected by world-class businessman and car collector Ron Pratte for the sale of his world-renowned collection at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2015 auction.

Ron Pratte, a businessman who demands perfection in everything he has a hand in, built the majority of his collection at Barrett-Jackson auctions. This pristine collection includes Carroll Shelby’s personal vehicle – the only remaining 1966 Shelby Cobra Super Snake, that sold for a world record $5.5 million, and a Pontiac Bonneville Special Concept Car, one of only two.

Shelby pegged the car's 0-60-mph time at just over three seconds.
The Pontiac Bonneville Special is a purpose-built concept car unveiled at the General Motors Motorama in 1954, the first 2-seater sports car Pontiac ever produced.

Two prototypes, one painted metallic bronze and one emerald green, were built with the intention of unveiling them simultaneously at the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf in New York and the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles in 1954.

The 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special concept car, went for $3.3 million

The former record for a Tucker was $ 1.1m. $2,915,000.00
"This year's Scottsdale auction was on a scale unlike anything in our 44-year history," said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, in a statement

The bus roared to $4 million on the block.

This 1947 Bentley Mark VI last sold for $ 1.7m. $2,750,000.00

One of only 153 1968 Shelby GT 500s. $440,000.


1957 Desoto Adventurer Covertible $225,500.00

1955 Chevrolet Nomad Autorama Custom Wagon
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2005 Ford GT. 6,941 Miles. Sold for $230,000
The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader in live auctions of collector cars, classic cars, corvettes, hot rods, street rods and muscle cars.

1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV. 400/370 HP, 4-Speed. Sold for $160,000

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback. Professional Restoration Sold for $250,000

1992 Ferrari 512 TR. 3,200 Miles Sold for $295,000

1968 Ferrari 330 GTS. $ 3,000,000

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S. Sold for $2,300,000

2005 Maserati MC12. Sold for $1,575,000

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible. Executive Demonstrator of John Herlitz Sold for $2,250,000

1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster. $1,000,000

1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera. Steve McQueen's Last Special Order Porsche Sold for $1,950,000

1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T SE. 426/425 HP, 4-Speed Sold for $185,000

1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro. 427/425 HP, 4-Speed Sold for $155,000
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Cool Cars at Barrett-Jackson

Lot 42: 1989 Jaguar XJS Convertible - $9900
The Barrett-Jackson auto auction produces large prices but there are still some good buys to be had. These cars may not have been the cream of the crop, but they're cool machines.
Lot 205: 1965 Ford Mustang - $11,000
Lot 39.1: 1969 Buick Custom Sport Wagon - $14,850

A 400 cubic inch "big block" with 350 Turbo transmission was found in the GS series.
Lot 461: 1991 Chevrolet Corvette Callaway ZR1 - $30,800.

The fourth-generation Corvette isn’t remembered fondly but in the hands of noted Corvette tuner Calloway, this ZR1 makes 550hp through a six-speed manual. It’s a very rare find.
Lot 519: 1981 Chevrolet Camaro - $6050.

Second-generation Camaros are quickly rising in value. This particular example has Z/28 trim, T-tops, and a 350 cubic-inch V8. The buyer got a bargain.
Lot 807: 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible - $22,000

Impalas were all over, but one of the best buys was this all original 1967 SS. This car has all the right parts, including the 275hp 327 cubic-inch V8 mated to a four-speed manual transmission.
Lot 7000: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Custom Coupe - $34,650

Similar Camaros in both stock and custom trim sell closer to $100,000. This one slipped through. It’s a keeper with a 475hp V8, Muncie four-speed manual transmission, front disc brakes and a complete restoration.
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The Tucker 48
The Tucker 48 was an advanced automobile conceived by Preston Tucker and briefly produced in Chicago in 1948. 51 cars were made before the company folded on March 3, 1949, due to negative publicity from an SEC investigation and a heavily publicized stock fraud trial.

Speculation exists that the Big Three automakers had a role in the Tucker Corporation's demise.
Some components and features of the car were innovative and ahead of their time. The most recognizable was a directional third headlight (known as the "Cyclops Eye"). It would activate at steering angles of greater than 10 degrees to light the car's path around corners.
Tucker initially tried to develop an innovative engine. It was a 589 cubic inches (9.65 L) flat-6 cylinder with hemispherical combustion chambers, fuel injection, and overhead valves operated by oil pressure rather than a camshaft. As engine development proceeded, problems appeared. The 589 engine was installed only in the test chassis and the first prototype.

Tucker refused to cede creative control to businessmen who could have made the Tucker ’48 commercially viable. Instead, he attempted to raise money through unconventional means, including selling dealership rights for a car that didn’t exist yet.

Tucker died a few years after he went broke, still working on new designs. Some regarded him as a scam artist, others as a tragic visionary.
At the January Barrett-Jackson auction the final bid came in at $2,650,000 for this Tucker.

That means the new owner paid $2,915,000 to drive it home.
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Concept Cars at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show
Bugatti's Vision GT Concept started life as a digital design in the Gran Turismo 6 video game. Based on the Le Mans-winning Type 57 heritage model, the Vision GT Concept provides clues as to the design direction Bugatti will take with the upcoming successor to the Veyron.
The S-Class-sized IAA physically transforms itself to increase efficiency. Below 50mph, it looks like a sensible enough Mercedes CLS from the 22nd century. But drive any faster and it begins to change shape.

According to Mercedes, the whole transformation improves the car's aerodynamic efficiency.
The Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo joins the expanding list of carmaker-created superfast racers for Sony's Playstation game.

The company's 2016 World Rally Championship entrant is a completely new racecar based on the next-generation five-door i20, still undergoing testing and planned for competition at the 2016 Monte Carlo Rally.
The Mission E from Porsche. This all-electric sports car offers room for four passengers, straight line performance to best the 911 and a long enough driving range to persuade anti-electric vehicle critics that it's worth investing in.
Nissan Gripz