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2018-02-16: Two new F1 cars, Rolls-Royce SUV and the latest Mercedes-AMG models ...
Williams FW41 Mercedes In less than two weeks, the Formula 1 season kicks off with the first of two official tests at the Barcelona circuit. While most teams will not launch their cars until the very last moment, two have already offered a first glimpse of what is to come. Last night, Williams revealed the first renders of the upcoming FW41 Mercedes. Its most obvious new feature is the HALO cockpit protection system that is mandatory from this season but chief designer Paddy Lowe also promises many more subtle changes that should help the team to be more competitive in 2018. The first new F1 car to break cover was the Haas VF-18. Once again designed by Dallara and fitted with a Ferrari engine, the American Formula 1 car will once again be raced by Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.
Rolls-Royce will be entering a new and very lucrative market with the all-new Cullinan, which is euphemistically described as a 'high-sided car'. For us regular folks this type of car is better known as an SUV. The Cullinan name is derived from the largest flawless diamond ever found. Technical details are still sparse but the new Rolls-Royce will feature an aluminium spaceframe chassis.
Mercedes-AMG have worked their magic on the recently revised G-Class to create the G 63. The 'high sided car' combines the unmistakable, angular lines and classic ladder frame with a sophisticated twin-turbo V8 engine to create most potent G-Class ever. The same engine is also expected to be used in the upcoming four-door Mercedes-AMG GT of which the first camouflaged images have been released.
  2018-02-12: 2018 Retromobile report and 520-shot gallery ...
2018 Retromobile report and 520-shot gallery Last week the Parc des Expositions Porte des Versailles hosted the 43rd annual Retromobile show. The event is the traditional kick-off for the new season and attracts visitors and exhibitors from all over the world. Among the exhibitors are specialist dealers, major manufacturers, clubs and vendors, who all make an effort to bring the very best they have to offer. This year was certainly no exception with Renault celebrating the 40th anniversary of their Le Mans victory, Jaguar Heritage launching a continuation version of the D-Type and dealers bringing out rare machinery ranging from an Alfa Romeo Sportiva, the only road legal Porsche 935 K3 to one of just two Brabham BT49s in private hands. An absolute highlight was the line up of no fewer than ten Ferrari 250 GT SWBs on the stand of Lukas Huni. In addition of the show, auctions were also hosted by the RM Sotheby's, Bonhams and Artcurial.
We braved the unusual wintery weather to capture all the highlights of Retromobile in this 260-shot gallery that serves to illustrate our concise report. We also have separate galleries for the RM Sotheby's, Bonhams and Artcurial auctions.
2018-02-09: RM Sotheby's Paris results, McLaren Senna and Pininfarina show car ...
RM Sotheby's Paris The Retromobile week in Paris kicked off on Wednesday with the RM Sotheby's Paris Sale. While the headlining lots struggled to attract sufficient bids, the sale was topped by the brand new Chiron we featured a few weeks ago. Despite having a Euro 2.4 million sticker price, it eventually changed hands for an impressive Euro 3.3 mllion. The sale total was just under Euro 23.5 million with a 83% sell through rate. The full results can be found here and are illustrated by a 100-shot gallery from the viewing.
Ahead of the public launch at next month's Geneva Motor Show, McLaren have revealed further details and images of the high performance Senna sports car. With 800 hp, the twin-turbo V8 fitted is the most powerful internal combustion engine ever offered by the British manufacturer. The dry weight is a startling 1,195 kg. Unfortunately, all of the 500 examples available of the road-legal track-day machine have already been spoken for.
Also due to be released in Geneva is this HK GT. It is the latest show car developed by the Hybrid Kinetic Group and features a design penned by legendary Italian coach-builder Pininfarina. For now, only teaser sketches have been released but we will update our feature once more details emerge.
  2018-02-05: Fabulous Porsche collection headed for auction ...
Porsche 356 Carrera 2 GT 2000 The three-day auction marathon in Paris this week will be concluded by Artcurial Motorcars' official Retromobile Sale. Among the headliners is a fabulous selection of Porsches from the Jean-Claude Miloé collection.
The earliest pair are two Carrera engined 356s; a very rare 356 Carrera 2 GT and this slightly earlier 356 A Carrera 1600 GS Cabriolet. The Carrera 2 represents the ultimate development of the 356 Carrera and in GT guise saw a limited production run of just 16 examples. Like the earlier Cabriolet, it is estimated to sell for Euro 800,000 to 1.2 million.
Using the same two-litre engine as the Carrera 2 is this 904 Carrera GTS consigned to the auction. It was extensively raced in period and Miloé was just the third owner after acquiring it in 1994. As can be seen in our detailed feature, it has also been used in historic events like the Tour Auto. To become the fifth owner, Artcurial estimate a minimum bid of Euro 1.4 million is required.
The most recent machine of the quartet is this 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring. Sold new in France, it was more recently comprehensively restored and is offered from the Miloé collection with a Euro 550,000 - 650,000 estimate.
We will be in Paris this week and will run features on the auctions and the of course the highly anticipated Retromobile show shortly thereafter.
2018-02-02: Colourful machines head for auction in Paris and the Fittipaldi F5A ...
Bugatti Type 57 Torpedo Tourist Trophy Next week, we will be in Paris for the annual Retromobile show and the associated auctions. Arguably the best venue of the week is the Grand Palais used for the Bonhams sale on Thursday. One of the headliners of the sale is this unique Bugatti Type 57 Torpedo Tourist Trophy. A works competition car, this striking machine was raced in period by the likes of Lord Howe and Pierre Levegh. Following a very lengthy racing career, it was sold to the current, Australian owner in 1958. Chassis 57264 has since been restored to its original configuration. Available for the first time in six decades, it is estimated to sell for over Euro 800,000.
Also consigned to the same auction are a pair of colourful competition cars. The most striking of the two is undoubtedly this Lancia Delta S4 Group B car. A works car, it served as a recce machine at several rallies. More recently in French ownership, '051' has been raced in several historic rallies. The second is this hugely successful Ferrari F355 Challenge, which was driven to ten wins by Beppe Schenetti.
On Wednesday, RM Sotheby's will stage their Paris sale. Among our favourites consigned is this DeTomaso Mangusta, which has been equipped with a tweaked, 350 bhp V8 engine.
Two-time world champion Emerson Fittipaldi joined his brother's Fittipaldi team during the late 1970s. The most successful of these cars was the Fittipaldi F5A of 1978. The best result came exactly 40 years ago this week when Fittipaldi himself drove his F5A to a second place finish in the Argentinean Grand Prix.