2016-12-07: Beautiful Bugattis headed for auction and new Ferrari and Mercedes-AMG racers ...
2016-12-05: Fabulous Group A BMW 635 CSi in full detail ...
Early next year, two fabulous Bugattis will cross the block. Headlining RM Sotheby's Amelia Island sale will be this Type 57 S Vanvooren Cabriolet
. This very rare low chassis Type 57 is one of just three examples bodied by Vanvooren with this body style. Chassis 57513
has been part of the same collection since 1996 and has only very rarely been seen since. RM reckons it will sell for over $8.5 million.
At Gooding & Co's Scottsdale sale
, this Bugatti Type 35
looks set to grab the limelight. A great example of the quintessential Bugatti Grand Prix car, chassis 4487
has had just three owners since the 1930s. To become the fourth member of that select group will require coughing up around $3 million.
At the Daytona Motor Speedway, Ferrari celebrated the end of the season over the weekend. The Italian manufacturer used the occasion to reveal the all new 488 Challenge
. It shares its 670hp engine with the production 488 GTB, which makes it the most powerful Ferrari Challenge car yet.
At their end of year celebration, Mercedes-Benz also revealed a new GT racer; the Mercedes-AMG GT4
. Derived from the awe-inspiring GT3 car, it looks set to be instantly competitive when it hits the tracks in 2017.
2016-12-02: Lightweight E-Type headed for auction and new Cadillac and Hyundai racers ...
Throughout this year, we have been to many events that celebrated BMW's centenary. At these events we have seen many great examples from the Bavarian company and among them was the 635 CSi Group A
. Built in the early 1980s, it was designed to compete in a choice of touring car championships all around the world. It was based on the 'E24' 6-series coupe and was powered by a straight six engine, which produced just shy of 300 bhp. Pitched against a wide variety of machinery, the 635 CSi more than held its own both in the hands of the works (supported) and privateer teams. Today, we have taken a renewed look at this legendary touring car with a 243-shot gallery
featuring no fewer than eleven examples
of this particularly lovely BMW.
2016-11-30: Bonhams Bond Street preview with rare Vauxhall and 300 SL Roadster ...
One of the most revered and sought after Jaguars is the E-Type Lightweight Roadster
. So much so that Jaguar built six additional cars a few years ago using chassis numbers that were originally allocated but not used in period. The original cars are all in major collections and only very rarely come up for sale. One of the exceptions will be at the upcoming Bonhams Scottsdale Auction
where chassis S850667
is set to cross the block. It has had just three owners from new and has been with the current custodian since 1999. Bonhams estimates the car will change hands for at least $7.5 million. We have used this occasion to also expand our Lightweight E-Type feature, which now consists of 132 shots
of eight different examples
Hot on the heels of Mazda's new IMSA prototype, Cadillac have introduced their rival, the DPi-V.R
. It is based on the new Dallara LMP2 car and features bespoke Cadillac styling and a rumbling 600 bhp V8. Among the drivers due to line up with the striking DPi-V.R
at its Daytona 24 Hours debut is none other than multiple NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon.
Another exciting racing car to break cover is the new-for-2017 Hyundai i20 WRC
. It is built to heavily revised regulations, which combines a 20% power increase with a more aggressive aerodynamics package. With Volkswagen retired from the World Rally Championship, the new i20 WRC
should certainly be among the rally winners next year.
2016-11-28: RM Sotheby's formidable Duemila Ruote results and new VW ...
Still reeling from last weekend's estimate shattering Duemila Ruote
sale, we today take a look at the last major auction of the year; Bonhams' Bond Street Sale
this coming Sunday. Limited to less than three dozen lots, the auction includes a fine selection of sports cars from all eras and for all tastes. The earliest car and one of the most interesting consigned is this Vauxhall Prince Henry
. Built as a replica of the Laurence Pomeroy design Prinz Heinrich trial cars, it can be considered on of the first true sports cars. The example
on offer has had just four owners during its 102-year life, including son of the designer and noted journalist Laurence Pomeroy Jr. It has also been enjoyed thoroughly throughout its life as by the early 1930s, it had already covered over 140,000 miles.
Judging from the estimates, the most valuable car in the sale is this Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
. Delivered new to the United States, this lovely example has only had a handful of owners during the last 60 years and in recent year has been under the virtual constant care of marque experts HK Engineering. This 300 SL Roadster
is expected to sell for just over GBP 1 million.
2016-11-25: Button bows out and fastest Exige ever ...
This weekend, RM Sotheby's staged the massive Duemile Ruote
sale in Milan. The three-day auction featured over 800 lots from a singe collection that were all offered at no reserve and included over 400 cars. With the prospect of all cars selling no matter what and very conservative estimates, the sale attracted a lot of attention and ultimately totalled over Euro 50 million.
Topping the sale was this Ferrari 275 GTB
. Fitted with an alloy body, six-carburettor engine and torque tube, this was the highest specification at the time. Chassis 08311
was offered for the first time since 1980 and ultimately found a new owner for Euro 3.4 million.
A close second on the result sheet was this Maserati MC12 Stradale
. Having covered just 6,000 km from new, this Italian delivered example
sold for Euro 3 million.
The Lancia LC2
we featured last week had a result very typical for this auction as it sold for three times the top estimate at Euro 851,200.
Volkswagen will add a new four-door Coupe to the line-up next year. Dubbed the Arteon
, it will make its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
This weekend, 2009 World Champion Jenson Button will compete in what looks set to be his last ever Formula 1 Grand Prix. To celebrate his successful single seater racing career, we have today taken a renewed look at the Brawn GP BGP001 Mercedes
he used to win the 2009 World Championship. The car's history looks to come straight out of a Hollywood movie with a team on the verge of demise rising from the ashes to stage the most unlikely World Championship campaign of the last decades. Featured today is the BGP001
that Button drove throughout the year and is today owned by Ross Brawn himself. It was certainly not a fluke for the team as at the same Grand Prix that Button bids farewell, the team's current iteration, Mercedes GP, will see one of its two drivers crowned World Champion for the third year in succession.
Lotus, meanwhile, have announced the fastest ever Exige in the form of this Sport 380
. As the name suggests, it is powered by a supercharged V6 that produces around 380 bhp. This allows the compact sports car to accelerate to 100 km/h in well under four seconds and onto a top speed of 284 km/h. The Exige Sport 380
is available as a Coupe or a Spider with a removable hard-top.