2016-02-12: A pair of the greatest Alfa Romeos from right before and after the war ...
2016-02-10: The Porsches that starred at Retromobile and new Ferrari GTC4Lusso ...
Although carefully tucked away at the back of the Fine Automobiles stand at Retromobile
, the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta
was one of the most impressive cars on display this year. This has prompted us to take a look through our archive and read up on each of the five examples
we have seen over the years. Fitted with a slippery and very light bodywork by Touring and built on Grand Prix racer inspired underpinnings, these cars rank among the very first super cars. They were so good, that one example managed to win the 1947 Mille Miglia outright even though the rules had forced the entrant to remove the supercharger. Today, these cars are among the most sought after and valuable in the world, and in 2008 one was awarded 'Best of Show' at Pebble Beach. Each of the mentioned examples is pictured in our 77-shot gallery
After the war, Alfa Romeo abandoned the eight-cylinder engine and instead focused solely on the 2.5-litre straight six both in the road and competition cars. The first of the new racing cars to emerge from the Milan-based factory was this 6C 2500 Competizione
. It was built on a short chassis and boasted a tuned engine and very slippery body. A pair of these were built for the 1948 season and a third was built in 1950 using a slightly larger three-litre engine. Although not quite as successful as its predecessors, the cars featured strongly in the first post-war editions of the Mille Miglia and Targa Florio. The featured example
is the sole survivor and was displayed by Fiskens at Retromobile last week.
2016-02-08: Comprehensive 2016 Retromobile and auctions coverage ...
As mentioned in our detailed report
, Porsches starred at this year's Retromobile Show. One of the very best was a hugely original example of the iconic 904 Carrera GTS
brought by German dealer Axel Schuette. Styled by Butzi Porsche, the mid-engined 904 was the first Porsche to use a fibreglass body and was built in sufficient numbers to qualify as a GT. Raced around the world, it was virtually unbeatable in the two-litre category. The example
that was shown at Retromobile was originally owned by Hap Sharp and Jim Hall of Chaparral fame but was never raced in period. As a result, it has survived in a beautiful, patinated condition.
Of a slightly earlier vintage was the 718 W-RS
displayed by Porsche themselves. This unique car was based on a 1960 718 RS and was modified extensively, eventually gaining an eight-cylinder engine. In this guise, it was instrumental in winning the 1963 and 1964 European Hill Climb Championship. Raced for so long, it was lovingly referred to as the 'Grandmother' by Porsche mechanics. The one-off 718 W-RS
was displayed to mark the introduction of the new 718 Boxster and Cayman models.
Although tucked away in a corner, one of the stars on the Fisken stand was an unmolested Porsche 934
. Porsche's first turbocharged racer developed for customers, the 911 Turbo-based 934 was the car to have in the Group 4 class during the second half of the 1970s. The example
on display at Retromobile was originally owned by Belgian racer Jean Blaton and competed at Le Mans three times.
On Monday, Ferrari revelead the first details of the GTC4Lusso
, which will be launched in Geneva and replaces the FF. It retains the shooting-brake design but with a large number of cosmetic and mechanical refinements. In addition to the four-wheel drive, the GTC4 Lusso
also boasts four-wheel steering.
2016-02-05: Renault returns to F1, Audi RS Q3 performance and Pininfarina concept teaser ...
Every year, the best way to start the season is a visit to the annual Retromobile Show
in Paris. The best event of its kind, the show attracts a broad array of exhibitors and spectators from around the world. At this year's edition, the auctions grabbed centre stage, and in particular Artcurial's official Retromobile Sale. The fabulous ex-Bardinon Ferrari 335 S
sold for a staggering Euro 32.1 million, which is a new world record. Elsewhere on the show-floor there also was plenty to see, ranging from a T34/85 tank to the sole surviving BMW V12 LM and a very rarely seen Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta. Porsches also grabbed the attention with stars including a beautifully presented Porsche 934 and a highly original 904 GTS.
Our photographers explored every corner of the Porte des Versailles exposition centre and also visited the three auctions to bring you this comprehensive report
, illustrated by four different galleries
with a total of 370 shots. At the bottom of the article, there is also a link to the results of each of the three auctions.
As always, you can expect several more detailed articles on the individual cars that starred at Retromobile this year in the coming weeks.
2016-02-03: Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR and $25+ million Ferrari 335 S headed for auction ...
At a special event in Paris on Wednesday, Renault officially announced their return to Formula 1 as an entrant. The French manufacturer will use the new R.S. 16
, which is built in Enstone, England, and powered by the R.E. 16 engine that hails from Viry Chatillon in France. Signed to drive for the re-branded team are Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer. The Renault R.S. 16
will make its debut at the first official F1 test later this month.
Ahead of the official launch in Geneva, Audi revealed the first details of the RS Q3 performance
. Based on the RS Q3, the new 'performance' version features a 27 hp power increase. The chassis of the RS Q3 performance
has also been tuned to make the most of the additional power.
At the Geneva Motor Show, Pininfarina will reveal a new show car of which the first teaser image
has just been revealed.
Today, the ACO held the annual press conference, announcing the entries for the FIA WEC and the European Le Mans Series. Among them was the Ave-Riley AR-2
due to be entered in the ELMS by Murphy Prototypes. The new American LMP3 racer has been designed by Riley Technologies and assembled by Ave Motorsport. One of the drivers will be Tony Ave himself.
2016-02-01: Daytona winning Ligier Honda, Ferraris headed for auction and new Hyundai rally car ...
This week the classic car world has gathered in Paris for the annual Retromobile show and the associated auctions. We were also there and will have a detailed report of the all the highlights from the show and sales ready for you early next week. Today, we would like to offer a final preview for two of the auctions, as the RM Sotheby's sale is already in progress as we write this.
One of the star lots of tomorrow's Bonham's sale is the very rare Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR
. The example on offer is a road-going version, built to homologate the successful competition cars. Priced at over $1 million, it was the most expensive new car available at the time. The particular chassis
consigned to the Bonhams sale was delivered new to Switzerland and is still highly original. We captured it at the auction preview today and it is estimated to sell for close to 2 million Euros.
The absolute star of the Retromobile week is expected to be the Ferrari 335 S
consigned to the Artcurial sale from the estate of legendary collector Pierre Bardinon. We got a closer look at this masterpiece today and were quite taken aback by its striking Scaglietti penned body and Vittorio Jano developed mechanicals. Especially the quad-cam, twin-spark V12 is a thing to behold. Artcurial's pre-sale estimate is a hefty 28-32 million Euro and rightly so as we would take it over the similar but more modestly engined 250 TR any day.
The road racing circuit kicked off in style this weekend with the Daytona 24 Hours. With close racing throughout the field, the race was an instant classic. What also made it a historic occasion was that the race was won for the first time by an LMP2 car; the Ligier JS P2 Honda
entered by Extreme Speed Motorsports. Built and designed by by Onroak Automotive, the JS P2 has been at the sharp end of the LMP2 field since its introduction at Le Mans back in 2014. A spirited drive by Daytona debutant Pipo Derani helped the ESM Ligier JS P2
score the type's first ever outright victory.
Over the weekend, the auction season
also kicked off and the sales were topped
by this Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster
sold by RM Sotheby's for $9.9 million and this Ferrari 166 MM Touring Berlinetta
that found a new owner at the Gooding sale for close to $6.5 million.
There is little time to take stock as Paris will host further auctions from Wednesday as part of the Retromobile week. Ferraris once again look set to set centre stage with most of the headlines grabbed by the Pierre Bardinon 335 S
that has been consigned to Artcurial auction with a pre-sale estimate of Euro 28-32 million. Also part of the same sale is the very last 250 GT SWB
built, which is expected to sell for around Euro 10 million. The RM Sotheby's Paris Auction has this, the very first 400 Superamerica S2
as one of the highlights. Originally shown at the 1962 Earls Court Motor Show, it looks set to sell for Euro 3-3.3 million.
Hyundai meanwhile have released the first images and details of the i20 R5
. Based on the recently introduced World Rally Car, it is due to compete in national and continental championships.