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2017-01-20: Rare Porsche and Squire headed for auction and news from McLaren and MINI ...
Porsche 911 GT2 Today, the auctions at Scottsdale with RM Sotheby's starting their second day, while the two-day Gooding sale starts. The Bonhams Scottsdale Sale has already concluded and the results are topped by this lovely Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Roadster.
Among the many great cars due to cross the block today is this very rare Porsche 911 GT2 offered by RM. Built as a homologation special for the competition car, this is one of the most extreme road cars produced by Porsche during the 1990s. Only 57 examples were built, and the 911 GT2 available has had just two owners from news.
Gooding, meanwhile, has consigned an even rarer Squire 1500. Using a gem of a supercharged four-cylinder engine, less than a dozen were built during the second half of the 1930s. The Ranelagh Tourer on offer today has recently been completely restored by a British specialist and was shown at last year's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este.
Ahead of the official launch at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, McLaren have released the first details of the second generation Super Series that is due to replace the 650S models.
BMW owned MINI announced the latest addition to their John Cooper Works line-up in the form of this Countryman. It uses the same 231hp engine as fitted to the other MINI body styles, which can be mated to a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox.

2017-01-18: Magnum P.I.'s Ferrari and Bonhams Scottsdale preview ...
Ferrari 308 GTSi qv The 2017 auction season is about to kick off at Scottsdale with a series of major auctions. The first of these is the Bonhams The Scottsdale Auction that will start Thursday afternoon local time. We were at the preview yesterday and have now illustrated our lot list with a 90-shot gallery.
Among the star lots is this Ferrari 308 GTSi qv. It is more special than most as it was one of around five examples of the type used during the filming of the popular television series Magnum P.I. Having survived unmolested, chassis 51941 is now offered by its second owner with less than 40,000 miles on the odometer.
Other highlights due to cross the block in the Bonhams sale are a beautifully preserved Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Roadster, a very rare Ferrari 340 American Vignale Spyder and a highly sought-after Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder.
We have also taken a closer look at the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione that starred at last weekend's Interclassics Maastricht.

2017-01-16: 2017 Interclassics Maastricht report and 100-shot gallery ...
2017 Interclassics Maastricht report and 100-shot gallery This weekend, the 24th annual Interclassics Maastricht show officially kicked off the season for us. The largest show of its kind in the Benelux area, the four-day event attracted just over 25,000 visitors, who were treated to 35,000 m2 of car and car-related displays. Among this year's features was a tribute to Facel Vega with an exhibition of ten distinct examples and the celebration of Ferrari's 70th anniversary. Among the many great cars on show from the famous Italian marque was a rare 250 GT SWB Competizione and a pair of Ferraris that had been originally commissioned by the Dutch Prince Bernhard. Further highlights included a very rare Bizzarrini Europa 1900 GT and the Alfa Romeo Tipo B due to be offered by RM Sotheby's early next month in Paris.
We ventured to the most southern tip of The Netherlands and have captured the 2017 Interclassics Maastricht in a 100-shot gallery that serves to illustrate a concise report of all the highlights.

2017-01-13: Lovely Chevron racer, another new Lotus Exige and new Mercedes-AMG hypercar ...
Chevron B26 Hart Up until the end of the 1973 season, Chevrons were relatively straightforward machines built around a spaceframe chassis. Then the small British specialist manufacturer stepped up to produce the Chevron B26, which featured a full aluminium monocoque. Like its predecessors, it was a successful machine in the two-litre class around the world. Today we take a detailed look two Hart-engined examples. Among them is chassis B26-74-10, which is better known as 'Chocolate Drop' thanks to its unusual brown colour. It was a works car and raced by the likes of Brian Redman and Peter Gethin.
Following hot on the heels of the Sport 380 announced last month, Lotus have now revealed the track-only Exige Race 380. It shares the same 375 bhp engine with the road going car but is further stripped down to bring the weight down to just 995 kg. The Race 380 will also come with adjustable suspension and a sequential XTrac gearbox.
The highlight of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Mercedes-AMG will undoubtedly be the introduction of the Project One hypercar later in the year. Using Formula 1 technology, it will feature a hybrid drivetrain that should be good for around 1,000 bhp. We will keep close tabs on the development and bring more news once it is available.

2017-01-11: Italian masterpieces from Ferrari and Alfa Romeo headed for auction ...
Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder At next week's Scottsdale auctions one of the absolute stars on offer will be this Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder due to cross the block at Bonhams next Thursday. Shown at the 1961 Brussels Motor Show, it was originally finished in a very rare rust colour. It is also believed to have starred in an Italian movie where it was featured in a particularly exciting chase scene along with a Miura. Today, chassis 2277GT is finished in red and has been maintained to full running order by its British owner.
Bonhams also has a fabulous example of the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Zagato Spider on offer. One of the great 1930s Alfa Romeos, the car on offer has a known history from new. Following an early life in Switzerland, it was part of the same American collection for four decades from 1962 onwards. The Zagato Spider has more recently been in British hands.
Much rarer than the Zagato coachwork, is the one-off Figoni body fitted on this 6C 1750 GS that is due to cross the block at the Gooding Scottsdale Auctions. This striking machine was shown by Figoni at the 1933 Paris Auto Salon and returned to the city of lights for the 2016 Retromobile show where we captured it. The Figoni Roadster is expected to sell for around $2.5 million.

2017-01-09: 2017 NAIAS day one round-up ...
Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS The first big event of the year is the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This year's NAIAS kicked off today with the first of a pair of press days. The Volkswagen Group was out in force with several interesting releases. Among them was the new Porsche 911 Carrera GTS. Powered by a 450 hp version of the new twin turbo engine, it is available as a Coupe, Cabriolet and Targa versions. The former also in two- or four-wheel drive versions.
Audi, meanwhile, introduced the second generation SQ5 and previewed the upcoming Q8 in concept form.
Combining a retro design with a cutting edge electric drivetrain is Volkswagen funky I.D. Buzz Concept. As the name suggests, it is a modern take on the legendary Microbus.
Our eye was certainly caught by the all-new Kia Stinger GT. This rear- or all-wheel drive saloon features a range-topping 3.3-litre twin turbo V6, good for 365 bhp.
Japanese luxury manufacturer Lexus used the Detroit show to take the wraps off the fifth generation LS. Larger than ever before, the LS 500 model will be powered by a twin-turbo V6 engine.
AMG kicked off their 50th anniversary celebrations by revealing a substantially updated Mercedes-AMG GLA 45. The compact cross-over boasts a compact four-cylinder that at 375 bhp produces almost 200 bhp per litre.