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2021-04-15: Continental GT Speed Convertible and Porsches headed for Bonhams Monaco sale ...
Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible Three weeks after revealing the Coupe, Bentley have now taken the wraps off the drop-top version of the range-topping Continental GT. Like the Coupe, the Convertible is powered by a 650 bhp version of the familiar, twin-turbo W12 engine. Despite the additional weight of the folding roof structure, the new Speed Convertible can still accelerate to 100 km/h in a stunning 3.7 seconds and has the same top speed as the Coupe at 335 km/h.
Nissan's competition department NISMO have created this Special Edition of the GT-R. Finished in a unique grey with an exposed carbon-fibre composite panels, it will be built in very limited numbers.
Next week, Bonhams will stage the Le Grandes Marques a Monaco sale. One of the great marques represented in the sale is Porsche with three 'Carrera' models. The earliest is a very rare 356 A Carrera Cabriolet. It is one of just five Cabriolets built with the new-for-1958 T2 body and the roller-bearing 1500 engine. Delivered new to California, the Carrera 1500 GS Cabriolet still comes equipped with the original four-cam engine. The Carrera name returned to the Porsche line-up with the RS 2.7 of which a lovely example was consigned. Sold new to Italy, it is appropriately painted red. Also finished in a striking colour is this yellow Carrera GT. It has had just two owners from new and is the most valuable of the three Porsches with a pre-sale estimate of €790,000 - €850,000.

2021-04-13: Ferrari 512 BB LM, ADA Group C car and first glimpse of MG Cyberster ...
Ferrari 512 BB LM Although things are starting to get better slowly, we are not in the clear as evidenced by the recent announcement that the postponed Le Mans Classic will be cancelled after all. One of the cars that would have most certainly been in action at Le Mans in July is this striking Ferrari 512 BB LM. Bought new by an English gentleman racer, it was raced at Le Mans twice in period. In the current ownership, 35523 has not missed a Le Mans Classic since 2010. It may still be at Le Mans in July as the Peter Auto team will still hold an event there this year but on the shorter, Bugatti Circuit only.
Another car that may very well race at Le Mans this year is this ADA 02B Cosworth. Originally designated the ADA 02, it was the first all-new car built by the ADA Engineering team and complied with the Group C2 regulations. In its original guise, it won only its second race outright. It was crashed at the next outing and then comprehensively rebuilt. From that point it was known as the 02B. In 1990, it scored two further wins and also appeared at Le Mans twice. The unique 02B is currently in Swiss ownership and has been campaigned at recent rounds of the Historic Group C series.
Following the renders released last week, MG have now published actual pictures of the Cyberster that is set to debut at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month. The MG B inspired machine will undoubtedly be one of the stars of the event.

2021-04-08: Bonhams Supercars on Sunset preview with mighty Saleen and ex-Seinfeld Porsche ...
Saleen S7-LM On Saturday, Bonhams will host the new Supercars on Sunset auction. As the name suggests, the 32-lot strong sale features supercars and will be held in downtown Los Angeles, on Sunset Boulevard. Among the rarest cars consigned is one of seven Saleen S7-LMs built to date. The car on offer is the third example completed as part of a recommissioning of the Twin Turbo S7 built during the second half of the 2000s. Announced in 2017, the 'Le Mans' package celebrates the 2010 class win at Le Mans and includes a retuned engine good for as much as 1,500 bhp. Available to existing cars only, it is believed seven cars have received the upgrade. The S7-LM has a pre-sale estimate of $1 - $1.3 million.
Also included in the sale is a 991-generation Porsche 911 GT3 RS that was built specifically for comedian and Porsche collector Jerry Seinfeld. Not only does the vin number end with '911', it is also finished in a paint-to-sample silver/blue metallic. The complete package of options set Seinfeld back around $250,000, which came on top of the $200,000 base price. It is now estimate to sell for considerably less at $290,000 - $330,000.
For Ferrari 458 Speciale enthusiasts, Bonhams have consigned both a white and a red example. Both cars have been finished in a colour scheme inspired by Luigi Chinetti's legendary North American Racing Team or N.A.R.T.
It will be a conventional sale with in-person viewing scheduled for the next few days and then a live auction starting on 2 pm local time on Saturday afternoon.

2021-04-05: Time-warp Ferrari, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo and new Toyota GR 86 ...
Ferrari 250 Europa GT Coupe In lieu of an in-person auction at Amelia Island, Gooding have opted to hold another edition of their Geared Online sales in May. Among the early consignments to this online-only auction are three time-warp machines.
The earliest of this trio is a Ferrari 250 Europa GT that was built to special order in 1955. It is offered for the first time since the early 1960s, when it joined the Southern California collection it has been consigned by. Placed into storage in 1965, chassis 0413GT had not been seen in public for over 50 years. The once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire the 250 Europa GT is estimated to set you back well over $2 million.
Having had just two owners from new, this Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Coupe is another time-warp consignment. It was sold new to the United States and has covered just 27,000 miles from new.
Offered by its original owner is this lovely Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider. Still on black Californian plates, it is estimated to sell for $70,000 - $90,000.
Toyota Gazoo Racing have taken the wraps off the Toyota GR 86. It is the second generation of the new '86' sports coupe that has been developed together with Subaru. It is powered by a larger flat-four engine, which is good for 232 bhp, which is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. The compact, two-door GR 86 tips the scales at just 1,270 kg.

2021-04-01: A look ahead into the future from Genesis, Lexus and MG ...
Genesis X10 Concept With no motor shows planned for the foreseeable future, manufacturers are now free to pick their own time and place for a new car launch. As coincidence would have it, Genesis, Lexus and MG have all picked the same week to reveal their latest concept car and with them, their vision for the future.
Launched on a private rooftop in Los Angeles was the Geneses X10. Built by Hyundai's luxury arm, this all-electric show car offers more than a glimpse of what a high performance grand tourer from the South Korean manufacturer could look like. In addition to striking exterior lines, the Genesis X10 also features a futuristic, upcycled interior.
Lexus debuted the LF-Z Electrified as part of a plan to speed up the electrification of the brand. By 2025, the Japanese luxury manufacturer plans to introduce 20 new or improved models of which more than ten will be fully electric or hybrid. The LF-Z is a full battery electric vehicle and features motors on both the front and rear axles.
An altogether more compact electric vehicle is the new MG Cyberster Concept. This will actually be shown at a physical event; the Shanghai Motor Show later this month. Inspired by the MG B and penned at the Chinese owned company's London design studio, the Cyberster can accelerate to 100 km/h in under three seconds and also has a range of up to 800 km.

2021-03-29: 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix winner and McLarens headed for auction ...
Mercedes-Benz W12 E-Performance As a result of the absolute domination of the Mercedes-Benz team, Formula 1 has suffered from predictability during the last couple of seasons. A subtle rule change and a much improved Honda engine seems to have levelled the playing field. This resulted a truly spectacular season opening, Bahrain Grand Prix yesterday. Lewis Hamilton had to pull out all the stops to clinch what was far from a predictable victory in the new W12 E-Performance. Strictly speaking, it is not a new car at all as the regulations have limited the development work that could be done. Carried over from last year were the chassis and gearbox but the W12 does benefit from a new engine. Further changes were also made to the aerodynamics to meet ensure the car meets the revised regulations intended to reduce overall downforce. Judging from the Bahrain qualifying and race, the 2021 seasons will most definitely not be boring or predictable.
One team that did not even opt to use the two available development tokens is Haas F1. The VF-21 used at Bahrain is little more than a repainted VF-20 with only the necessary changes made to meet the regulations. The American team have opted to use all of their precious resources for the development of the 2022 car, all but giving up on the 2021 season.
For enthusiasts of modern high performance sports cars, Bonhams will host the dedicated Supercars on Sunset sale on April 10th. Among the cars already consigned are a pair of limited production McLarens; a Senna and an Elva. Like so many recent high-end cars that end up on the auction block, both cars are only delivery miles only.