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2020-03-30: RM Sotheby's Palm Beach results with McLaren Senna and Shelby Cobra ...
McLaren Senna This weekend, the RM Sotheby's Palm Beach online-only, time-based auction concluded. A week's worth bidding provided a big of a mixed bag for the Anglo-Canadian company with the headlining LaFerrari Aperta stalling before the reserve was met. The sale was eventually topped by the road-going Porsche 911 GT2 we featured a couple of weeks ago. Another top-seller was this delivery mileage McLaren Senna. Finished in grey with McLaren orange accents, it changed hands for $847,000.
The third highest seller was this AC Shelby Cobra. Completed early in 1963, it was one of the first to be fitted with the 289 engine. Like so many road-going Cobras, it was later modified with a more powerful engine and flared arches but a recent restoration saw to it that the car was put back to its original configuration. Owned by only a handful of collectors during the last four decades, the Cobra sold over the weekend for $682,000.
The Bonhams Goodwood Members' Meeting sale also scheduled for this weekend was cancelled and it remains to be seen when the next major auction will be held.
  2020-03-27: Two great competition Alfa Romeos to round up this week ...
Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ These are strange times and instead of travelling to events, we are now stuck in the office. That does mean we have the opportunity to take a look in our archive. Today we have found a pair of great Alfa Romeo competition cars for you to enjoy.
First up is this Giulia TZ, which is one of just three fitted with a fibreglass body. Its chassis was similar to that of the subsequent TZ2 but by using the earlier body design, it could be fielded in the GTS class for fully homologated GT racers. It was successfully raced in period by the Autodelta works team. Chassis 750107 has also had a successful historic racing career in the hands of Angelo Chiapparini. It is now back in Italian ownership and returned to the track in recent years.
The 8C 2300 ranks as one of the all-time great Alfa Romeos and this lovely Monza perfectly illustrates why. It was raced in period by Jean-Pierre Wimille and Raymond Sommer. In 1935, it was also used for successful average speed record runs on the Montlhery circuit near Paris. The car then spent a huge portion of its life in Brazil, until it was found and recovered by the great car archeologist Colin Crabbe. For some time now, chassis 2211138 has joined a formidable collection of competition cars in Germany.
2020-03-25: Aston Martin Valhalla engine info, and DB3S and AMR1 in full detail ...
Aston Martin Valhalla Aston Martin have released further details on the engine that is due to power the upcoming Valhalla. The first all-new engine developed in-house by Aston Martin since 1968, it is appropriately named the TM1 after Aston Martin's legendary engine designer Tadek Marek. The three-litre V6 will be used as part of a sophisticated hybrid drivetrain. Following the 'hot V' principle, the engine's two turbochargers are mounted in between the two cylinder blocks. The Valhalla should enter production in 2022.
The news of a new six-cylinder engined Aston Martin made us think back at the many great cars produced by the manufacturer with straight-six power. One of these is the legendary DB3S and to the mark the occasion, we have taken a detailed look at an ex-works example. One of two built ahed of the 1956 season, it boasts the ultimate DB3S specification with covered headlights and Girling disc brakes. Chassis DB3S/10 has been a familiar sight on racing tracks throughout its life and we have captured it several times over the years.
The engine Tadek Marek designed for Aston Martin in 1968 was the venerable V8 engine that would serve the company into the 2000s. One of the most potent machines powered by this unit must surely be this AMR1 Group C racer. The last of five built, the featured example was fitted with the 6.3-litre version engine that reportedly produced in excess of 700 bhp. Although not seen in recent years, AMR1 / 05 has been actively raced in historic events during much of the 2000s and 2010s.
  2020-03-23: Unique Lister Maserati and Ford GT headed for Bonhams auction ...
Lister Maserati Even though the upcoming Goodwood Members' Meeting has been postponed due the COVID-19 outbreak, the Bonhams Auction scheduled on the same weekend is still on. Interested parties can not bid in person and instead, the sale caters for absentee, telephone and online bids.
One of our favourite lots consigned is the unique Lister Maserati works car. It was built by Brian Lister for the great Archie Scott Brown to race during the 1956 season. Mating a Maserati engine to the Lister chassis was an interesting and relatively successful experiment, but Brian Lister nevertheless opted to switch to Jaguar power from the 1957 season onwards. In more recent years, the one-off Lister Maserati has been restored to full running order to race in historic event on both sides of the Atlantic. Interestingly, it comes with the original Maserati A6 GCS engine.
The most valuable car consigned to the sale is this low mileage Ford GT. Delivered to its first and only owner early in 2018, it is painted black and fitted with the appropriate registration number '1966 GT'. The GT is estimated to find its second custodian on Sunday for GBP 700,000 - 900,000.
2020-03-20: Stunning Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta and Porsche 911 GT2 headed for auction ...
Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta Due to the global COVID-19 outbreak, RM Sotheby's have decided to hold their planned Palm Beach Auction as an online-only, time-based sale. The 250+ lots will be open for bidding today at 11:00 AM ET, and remain open through to March 29th.
The lots consigned are very diverse but the absolute headliner is this Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta. It is one of 210 built and is finished in a striking yellow over black paint-scheme. Consigned with just 175 miles on the odometer, it is estimated to sell for $4.5 - 5.5 million.
Another spectacular machine in the lengthy lot list is this Porsche 911 GT2. It is one of the original road-going GT2s produced in the mid 1990s of which just 194 were built. Painted in Polar Silver with a black interior, this GT2 has survived in a beautiful condition. Having covered 30,000 km in the last 25 years, it should find a new owner for around $1 million.
We will keep tabs on this interesting sale, and will post the results once the sale as concluded.
  2020-03-18: MOMO liveried Group C and GTP sports racers ...
Gebhardt 88 C2 Audi One of sports car racing's most iconic livery is that of the late Gianpiero Moretti's MOMO company. The striking red and yellow colours have been applied to many cars during Moretti's racing career and today we highlight two of them. First up and the rarest of the two is the Gebhardt 88 C2 Audi. Created by the small German team, the car started life in 1987 as the JC873 and was then rebadged the 88 C2 when an all new body was fitted in 1989. Chassis 872/1 was then raced in MOMO colours during the 1990 season. It was re-acquired by Fritz Gebhardt in more recent years and we saw it back in action last year at the Monza Historic.
Of a similar vintage is this Nissan NPT-90. Built for the IMSA GTP championship, the NPT-90 combined a startling amount of power with huge downforce levels thanks to the ground effect aerodynamics. Although usually a two-car effort, Nissan constructed over a dozen tubs and some were never used in period. Chassis 90-12 is one of those but using the abundant number of spare parts available it was later built into a complete and running car.
2020-03-16: Porsche 718 RSK headed for auction and one-off 935 JLP-2 highlighted ...
Porsche 718 RSK Spyder Bonhams have released the very first consignment of their Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Auction; a beautifully preserved Porsche 718 RSK Spyder. It was raced in period with great success by Bob Holbert, who won with this car at the Bahamas Speed Week among other races. Chassis 718-031 joined the stable of the vendor during the early 1970s, so it will be offered for sale for the first time nearly half a century.
A Porsche of an altogether different nature is this fire-belching 935 JLP-2. Using a bare shell supplied by Porsche, it was built up to Kremer K3 specifications by the JLP Racing team in the United States. It was raced successfully during the 1980 season by the team before it was superseded by the even more extreme JLP-3. The JLP-2 was raced by subsequent owner Marty Speer through to the 1984 season. Meticulously restored, the car is now owned and raced by a French enthusiast.
One of the last cars to break cover that should have been launched at Geneva is this APEX AP-0 Concept. A preview of the production version due in 2022, the AP-0 is an all-electric sports car that combines a 649 bhp drivetrain with a kerb weight of just 1,200 kg. When it will be available for sale, the APEX AP-0 will cost around GBP 150,000 plus local taxes.
  2020-03-13: Italian sports cars that starred at Retromobile ...
Ferrari 330 P4 Now that the dust has settled after last month's Retromobile, we have today taken a closer look at four Italian sports cars that starred at the show. One of the absolute highlights was this Ferrari 330 P4. The second of three examples built in period of this achingly beautiful machine, it was raced at Monza, Le Mans and Brands Hatch before being updated to Can-Am specification. In more recent years, chassis 0858 was restored to its original configuration. Shown on the same display was this Ferrari 166 MM Touring Le Mans Berlinetta, which was raced in the Mille Miglia three times. It was completely restored over the last 20 years.
Revealed by Lamborghini Polo Storico, was this Miura SV/J. Built for a German racing driver, it was one of half a dozen finished in this high performance specification. The SV/J has survived in remarkably original condition and was just carefully reconditioned by Lamborghini's restoration department.
Virtually impossible to miss was this Maserati MC12 Corsa. It is the eighth of 12 of these MC12-based track-day specials. Offered by Girardo, the Corsa retains its original, instantly recognisable orange colour-scheme.
2020-03-11: RUF Off-Roader and production ready SCR, and new Mercedes-AMG GT4 ...
RUF Rodeo Concept German Porsche enhancer turned proper manufacturer RUF have revealed the details of the models that would have debuted at Geneva. The most adventurous, literally, is this Rodeo Concept. It is built around RUF's new carbon-fibre monocoque chassis and was inspired by Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance. Thanks to the raised suspension, four-wheel drive and additional equipment, the Rodeo Concept is ready to go off-road.
RUF also revealed the first SCR production car. It uses the same composite chassis as the Rodeo Concept, which comes with double wishbones and push-rod springs and dampers. The engine fitted is a four-litre, naturally aspirated flat-six, which produces a staggering 503 bhp. That is quite a hike from the original SCR that produced 217 bhp some 38 years ago. The SCR follows the lines of the 964 generation Porsche 911.
For the 2020 season, Mercedes-AMG have released an updated version of the GT4. It features cosmetic changes to match the revised GT road car, while it also boasts uprated suspension components to improve handling and durability. The new GT4 is available with immediate effect.
Renault was the last Formula 1 team to reveal their livery but have now shown the true colours of the R.S. 20 due to debut at the Australian Grand Prix this weekend. Not surprisingly, the new F1 racer is once again painted Renault's corporate yellow with black.
  2020-03-09: Amelia Island auction results with Lola T165 and Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost ...
Lola T165 Chevrolet This weekend, the three major international auction houses held their annual sales on Amelia Island. Topping the charts was RM Sotheby's, who grossed just under $36 million during their two-day sale. One of the most impressive results was this mighty Lola T165 Chevrolet Can-Am racer. It was consigned at no reserve and would go on to sell for three times the low estimate at $665,000.
At the Gooding sale a day earlier, this Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Kellner Torpedo Phaeton topped the bill at $2.2 million. It had been sold new to Portugal where it remained until the early 2000s. It was reunited with its original coachwork by the vendor, who had it restored at no expense. Chassis 67RB was already successfully shown in events on both sides of the Atlantic. Kicking off the action on Thursday was Bonhams. The British company's $21 million auction was topped by the Bugatti Type 55 Roadster we featured last month. It sold for an impressive $7.1 million, while the Vanderbilt Renault also did well, finding a new owner for $3.3 million.
2020-03-06: RM Amelia Island preview with Enzo and Stratos and Geneva's supercars ...
Lancia Stratos HF Stradale Today, the official, two-day Amelia Island auction, staged by RM Sotheby's. To get you in the right mood, we have highlighted a pair of Italian sports cars that captured our attention. The earliest is this beautifully restored Lancia Stratos HF Stradale. It spent most of its life in Italy with two enthusiast who owned the car for a combined 30 years before it was sold to North America in 2015. The bright-blue Stratos HF Stradale is estimated to sell for $500,000 - 600,000.
Looking to top the sales is this low mileage Ferrari Enzo. It is offered from a 15-year spell in the Lingenfelter Collection. The next custodian will have to have around $3 million to spare to get his hands on this Enzo.
Rounding up our Geneva coverage, we today take a look at a couple of high performance supercars that would have been unveiled this weekend. Swedish company Koenigsegg was on good form with the mighty Gemera 2+2 and the low-drag Jesko Absolut. The Gemera is technical tour de force as it combines a mid-mounted three-cylinder that drives the front wheels with three electric motors. The combined output is a staggering 1,600bhp.
Other limited production cars launched this week include the minimalistic Aston Martin V12 Speedster, the track-ready Chiron Pur Sport and the all-electric Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne.
Although visually quite similar to the existing car, BAC have produced an all-new Mono. Among the major changes is found in the engine compartment where the naturally aspirated Ford four-cylinder engine is replaced by a cutting edge 2.3-litre, turbo-charged engine. Good for 332bhp, it gives the Mono an impressive power to weight ratio of 582bhp-per-tonne.
  2020-03-03: 2020 Geneva Motor Show round-up ...
McLaren 765LT Even though this year's Geneva Motor Show has been cancelled, the new cars due at are still being revealed today. We have kept close tabs on our inbox and have produced a long line-up of many of the highlights.
McLaren have raised the bar once more with the introduction of the 765LT. As the name suggests, it is a long-tail version of the already very accomplished 720S with an additional 45hp available. Porsche added a whopping 70hp to the output of the engine in the all-new 911 Turbo S compared to the previous generation model. From the launch, it is available as a Coupe and Cabriolet. Bentley's coachbuilding subsidiary Mulliner have stepped up their game to create the Bacalar. Its design is inspired by the EXP100GT and it is named after the beautiful Laguna Bacalar, a lake on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. Production of the highly bespoke Bacalar is limited to 12 examples and all have been spoken for.
Reviving a legendary nameplate, Alfa Romeo would have launched the 540hp Giulia GTA and Giulia GTAm at Geneva. The latter is a track-ready version with a stripped out interior and additional carbon-fibre components. Like the original GTA, no more than 500 examples will built of the two models combined.
Caught out by the Geneva Motor Show cancellation, Morgan did not despair and actually drove one of the all-new Plus Fours back to Malvern over the road in time for the hastily staged launch event this morning. Once again relying on BMW power, the new Plus Four is equipped with a 255 bhp four-cylinder engine provided by the German manufacturer.
Perhaps the most beautiful car that would have been at Geneva is the Automobili Pininfarina Battista Anniversario. This particular version is built to celebrate Pininfarina's 90th anniversary and is limited to just five examples. These are part of the 150-strong production run of the Battista, which will start towards the end of the year.
2020-03-02: Gooding at Amelia Island with Porsche 934, Lamborghini Centenario and Ferrari California Spyder ...
Porsche 934 On Friday, Gooding & Co. will host their annual sale during the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance weekend. Today we take a look at three of our favourite lots in the sale.
First up in this lovely Porsche 934, which was raced with great success in the German DRM series by the Kannacher GT Racing team and Kremer Racing. It was later also campaigned at Le Mans. Never modified to later 934/5 or 935 specification, the beautifully restored machine has had just two owners since 1982.
Offered by its original owner, this Lamborghini Centenario Roadster is still virtually factory fresh. It is finished in a striking two-tone blue and features a lot of exposed carbon-fibre bits both inside and out.
A strong contender to become the most expensive car sold during the weekend is this fabulous Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder. Equipped with covered headlights and offered with a hard-top, this Ferrari Classiche certified example ticks all the right boxes. Chassis 0937GT is estimated to sell for $9-11 million.
Austrian company KTM have revealed the first details of the X-Bow GTX. Fitted with a 600bhp version of Audi's familiar five-cylinder engine, it looks set to be the fastest X-Bow yet. The GTX is also eligible to run in the new GT2 series of mildly modified, high-performance production cars.