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2020-05-29: Ferrari Friday with 250 GTO and 512 M ...
Ferrari 250 GTO Today we mark Ferrari Friday with two very special competition cars built by the Italian manufacturer. First up is this lovely 250 GTO, which was delivered new to Italy. It was subsequently sold to Swedish raver Ulf Norinder, who painted it in the national colours of blue and yellow. While the car was later re-bodied by Drogo for road use, it has more recently been restored to its original configuration. Owned by the same American collector since 2005, chassis 3445GT is one of very few GTOs that is still actively been used as can be seen in our 44-shot gallery.
The other great Ferrari featured today is a 512 M that had started life as a 512 S in 1970. Updated to M specifications in the spring of 1971, it was raced at Le Mans in both configurations by Ecurie Francorchamps. It was also raced in North American and even competed in a Can-Am race. Now restored to its 1971 Le Mans configuration, 1030 made a rare appearance at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed where ex-driver Derek Bell's successful racing career was celebrated.
  2020-05-27: Three 1990s high performance cars headed for auction ...
Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo 2 In addition to the high-end Ferrari supercars we featured earlier this week, RM Sotheby's online-only Driving Into Summer sale also includes three 1990s icons. One of our all time favourites and the last of the great Lancias is the Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo 2. It is the ultimate development of the road-going Deltas and was introduced when Lancia had already withdrawn their Group A works team from the World Rally Championship. Although in production for a single year, around 2,500 examples were built. The consigned car was sold new to Japan and has only recently been imported into the United States.
Although in this case for DTM touring car racing, the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II was also built to homologate a Group A racer. Like the Delta, the example on offer this week was sold new to Japan and was more recently shipped to North America.
Another production road that was hugely successful as a Group A racer in the early 1990s was the Nissan Skyline GT-R. It became a legendary machine for so many other reasons and can only be imported into North America for a couple of years. That also happened to the Cherry Red car that is consigned to the RM Sotheby's auction. It boasts some mild modifications and accordingly can be yours for just $45,000 - $55,000.
Bidding on the Delta will close on Friday, while parties interested in the Mercedes-Benz and the Skyline can still place their bids until Saturday.
2020-05-25: Ferrari supercars headed for auction and new Radical SR3 XX ...
Ferrari 288 GTO With conventional auctions still out of the question, RM Sotheby's stage their Driving Into Summer online only, time based sale this week. The lots opened for bidding on Friday and will close on the 28th or the 29th. The sale is headlined by the trifecta of Ferrari supercars of the 1980s, '90s and '00s. The earliest of the trio is this 288 GTO, which was delivered new to German collector Hartmut Ibing, who also had a 250 GTO in his collection. It was briefly stolen when it was brand new and has only three legitimate owners. The GTO is estimated to sell for $2.2 - $2.4 million.
From the 1990s comes this F50, which was also sold new to Germany. It was the second chassis built and was shown at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show. During its 25-year life, the $2.5 - $2.75 million F50 covered just over 3,000 miles.
The Ferrari Enzo consigned to the sale has had only two owners from new and is almost brand new with the odometer reading 1,250 miles. Delivered new to San Francisco, it is estimated to sell for $2.6 - $2.9 million.
Over the weekend, Radical introduced the SR3 XX, which is a more sophisticated version of the British sports car's familiar machine. It features an all-new electrics system that has been developed by AiM Technologies. The top-of-the-range SR3 XX is powered by a 1.5-litre version of the Suzuki Hayabusa engine, which is good for an impressive 226 bhp.
  2020-05-22: Production GT-R50 by Italdesign, more on the Maserati MC20 and Alpina XB7 ...
Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign Two years ago, Nissan and Italdesign Giugiaro announced a collaboration to celebrate the 50th anniversaries of the iconic Nissan GT-R and Italdesign Giugiaro. A limited production run of 50 Italdesign bodied GT-Rs was announced and a first prototype was shown. Now, the first production GT-R50 has been revealed. It is based on the Nismo version of the GT-R, which houses a 710 bhp, hand-built version of the familiar twin-turbo V6 engine. In keeping with the theme, the GT-R50 is limited to just 50 examples and deliveries will start later this year. The car is not quite sold out yet, so you can get your own if act quickly!
Maserati, meanwhile, had a major release scheduled for Wednesday but this, sadly, had to be postponed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The car in question was the upcoming and highly anticipated MC20 mid-engined sports car. The launch has now been pushed back to the fall but Maserati did release some additional teaser pictures of the MC20 test car, which has been dubbed the Stirling Moss in memory of the former Maserati works racer, who passed away last month.
German BMW enhancer Alpina have worked their magic on the latest X7 to create the American-market-only XB7. It features BMW's well known twin-turbo V8 engine that produces around 600 bhp in this application. Alpina have also reworked the suspension and fitted the XB7 with an opulently appointed interior.
2020-05-20: A look back at Spa Classic 2019 with Aston DBR9, Lola T212 and Porsche 718 RS 61 ...
Aston Martin DBR9 Sadly, it has become a familiar feeling but we should have been packing our bags today for the next great event. On the schedule this weekend would have been the annual Spa Classic. Whereas some events have been postponed to a later date, the Spa Classic has been cancelled for 2020. To illustrate why this is such a shame, we have taken a closer look at three great machines that participated in last year's edition.
Competing in the Endurance Racing Legends series was this Aston Martin DBR9. It is the second customer car built and was entered for just one race in period. Due to an engine issue, it actually did not take the start in its single outing. Still fitted with the massive rear wing it was allowed to run with in Brazil, chassis DBR9/102 is now being raced with great verve by a German enthusiast.
While Lola built 22 T212s for the 1971 season, only the example featured today was raced at Le Mans in period. It was campaigned that year by Guy Edwards with considerable success. Sadly HU26 failed to finish at Le Mans due to a flywheel failure.
The Greatest's Trophy race saw a German enthusiast campaign this Porsche 718 RS 61. It was sold in period to an Austrian racer, who was quite successful with the car in hill-climbs. Between the late 1960s and 2000, it was seen in public only once and accordingly 718-075 has survived in highly original condition.
  2020-05-18: New Porsche 911 Targa and unique Ferrari Rainbow ...
Porsche 911 Targa 4 In time for Summer, Porsche have revealed the third body variant of the new 992-generation 911 in the form of the Targa. Available from the launch with all-wheel drive only, the variants available are the 379 bhp Targa 4 and the 444 bhp Targa 4S. Both are equipped with a fully automatic Targa roof that can be opened or closed in just 19 seconds. Needless to say, both the Targa 4 and 4S are faster than their predecessor and can be specified with optional ceramic disc brakes.
Having a foldaway Targa roof is nothing new as is demonstrated by the unique Ferrari 308 GT Rainbow. Designed by Marcello Gandini and built by Bertone, the 1976 Turin show car served as the carrozzeria's pitch for the replacement of the 308 GT4 Dino. It is built on the same underpinnings and features a striking wedge-style body. The roof features a hinge at the back that allows it to slide down behind the seats. In the end, Pininfarina got the job, so the Rainbow remained a fully functional one-off.
2020-05-15: Ford Friday with a pair of mighty Blue Oval racers ...
Ford Capri RS Cosworth Over the last fifty years, Ford's products have been raced with great success on both sides of the Atlantic. Today, we take a closer look at two of the most extreme production based competition cars to wear the Blue Oval badge.
The earliest of the pair is this Capri RS, which is one of three works cars built ahead of the 1974 European Touring Car Championship. Developed to take on the BMW 3.0 CSL, it is powered by a 3.4-litre engine developed by Cosworth and fitted with bespoke twin-cam heads. Rated conservatively at 440 bhp, it remains as one of the most extreme touring cars built during the era. The chassis featured here is one of two surviving examples and the only one in private hands. The most recent custodian has regularly raced the car in Peter Auto's popular HTC series.
During the 1980s, the Ford Motor Company had commissioned Roush to build bespoke racing frames for silhouette racers based on a full range of the Detroit-based company. Between 1984 and 1997, a total of 33 chassis were built by Roush. One of them was this Mustang that competed in the 1991 IMSA GTO Championship. It is distinct in that it does not feature a V8 but instead a 2.5-litre, turbocharged Pinto engine. The two cars were raced for Roush by Dorsey Schroeder and Robby Gordon. With victories at Portland and Del Mar, Gordon was the most successful of the two drivers and he ended the year second in the IMSA GTO driver's championship. The example highlighted today was the car raced by Gordon, which has been carefully rebuilt for historic racing.
  2020-05-13: Wing Wednesday with Venturi Trophy and Alba Buick GTP racer ...
Venturi 400 Trophy For this week's Wing Wednesday, we take a closer look at a pair of well winged, V6-engined racers. The newest of the two is the Venturi 400 Trophy, which was raced in a single make series between 1992 and 1994. The car and race series were the brainchild of Stephane Ratel, who would later be one of the founders of the BPR series, which in turn formed the basis for the current FIA GT championships. The Venturi Trophy proved a great success as the small French sports car manufacturer produced no fewer than 73 examples of the V6-engined machines. As can be seen in our 54-shot gallery, several examples of the 400 Trophy have returned to action in recent years with the Endurance Racing Legends series.
Little known Italian manufacturer Alba was the first to produce a sports car with a carbon-fibre composite monocoque chassis. While the earliest Albas were Group C cars, the AR8 featured today was constructed for use in the IMSA GTP series. Accordingly, it is powered by a mighty twin-turbo Buick V6 engine. While hugely powerful, the stock-block based unit was also notoriously unreliable. As a result, the AR8 was not particularly successful during its brief competition career. Having spent most its life in North America, it has recently been repatriated to Italy.
2020-05-11: Monaco Monday with Ferrari, Lotus and ATS that starred in 2018 ...
Ferrari 312 B This weekend, we should have been in Monaco for the twelfth biennial Historic Grand Prix but sadly, the global COVID-19 pandemic has forced the organisers to cancel the event. That has left us with no other option but to highlight three Grand Prix cars that raced in Monaco two years ago.
The earliest of the trio is this Ferrari 312 B of 1970. It was one of the first generation of flat-12 engined, three-litre Ferrari Grand Prix cars that would ultimately win three World Championships later in the decade. The example featured today was raced in period by Jackie Ickx and Clay Regazzoni and is today owned and raced by an Italian enthusiast.
In 2018, ground effect F1 racers were allowed to race for the first time in the Historic Grand Prix in a new grid that had 1980 as the cut off year. The race was won from pole position by Martin O'Connell in an ATS D4. In period, the German wheel manufacturer backed team was usually found in the midfield and the D4 was no exception with an eighth place finish in 1980 as the best result. That did not prevent O'Connell from winning in this D4, which is the fourth and final example built.
In the same grid, there were a pair of Lotus 81s, which were raced not in the familiar black and gold JPS colours but instead in the blue and silver of Essex Petroleum. It was not Lotus' best Grand Prix car by quite some margin but as can be seen in our 49-shot gallery, all four cars originally built have survived.
  2020-05-07: New Lamborghini Huracan EVO RWD Spyder and Hyundai i20 N first glimpse ...
Lamborghini Huracan EVO RWD Spyder Lamborghini have just virtually taken the wraps off the new Huracan EVO RWD Spyder with an augmented reality section on the company's official website. Like its Coupe counterpart announced earlier this year, the drop-top is a lighter, more poised version of the EVO Spyder. Crucially, all of the V10 engine's 610 horses are sent to the rear wheels. The soft-top roof can be stored in 17 seconds at speeds of up to 50 km/h. The EVO RWD Spyder can accelerate to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds, while the top speed is 324 km/h. Deliveries will start in the summer and prices in Europe start at €175,838 excluding taxes.
South Korean manufacturer Hyundai have been busy with their latest road and racing cars in Sweden for cold weather testing. Among them is the upcoming i20 N, of which pictures in camouflage have just been released. The full details of the high performance version of the i20 should be released later this year.
2020-05-06: Two highly original Porsches entrusted to Gooding for private treaty sale ...
Porsche 904 Carrera GTS With the Pebble Beach Auctions delayed, Gooding & Co. have ramped the company's private treaty sales department. Two of the latest additions to the private treaty line-up are two very original Porsches that were part of the same collection for five decades.
First up is this lovely Porsche 904 Carrera GTS, which was originally delivered to an Italian gentleman racer. He campaigned the car in select events, before selling it on and by 1969, it joined the stable of Leslie Gunnarson, from California. He used the car on the road extensively before parking 904-044 is his garage. Still in highly original condition, complete with the matching number engine, it is now offered for sale on the public market for the first time since the 1960s.
In 1969, Gunnarson also added this 356 Speedster to his collection. It was also driven on the road regularly for three decades. At some point a later engine was fitted but other than that, 80753 is offered in a time-warp condition.
  2020-05-04: Three great Lancia racing cars in full detail ...
Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione Group A While Lancia has only produced the Ypsilon city car since the last couple of years, in its glorious past built some of the most legendary competition cars. One of the last truly successful Lancia racers is the Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione, which was raced in the World Rally Championship during the 1992 and 1993 seasons. It was the wildest version of the Group A Delta and featured wheel arches that were so wide that it earned the nickname 'Deltona'. The featured example was entered for Didier Auriol in the 1992 Tour de Corse. He absolutely dominated the event, taking 18 stage wins and the outright victory. Rare for a rally car of any period, this 'Deltona' has survived in remarkably original condition.
Among Lancia's most evocative machines is undoubtedly the Stratos, which was both a design icon and a hugely successful rally car. The Stratos highlighted today was a works car that was raced in the Targa Florio, Tour de France and the Lombard RAC Rally. It was then raced by privateers through to the mid 1980s. Chassis 001512 has since been restored to its works, Marlboro livery.
Not quite as well known as the rally cars are the single seater and sports racers produced by Lancia during the 1950s. Designed by Vittorio Jano and built with a virtually unlimited budget, these were some of the finest cars of their era. One rare survivor from this period is this fabulous D23 Sport Spyder that is today on display in the Louwman Museum.
2020-05-01: Ferrari Friday with Group B 308 GTB and Group 4 Daytona ...
Ferrari 308 GTB Group B From the early 1970s, Ferrari focused all their factory racing efforts on their Formula 1 program. The customers of the Italian company did not stop racing and rallying Ferraris but these were usually converted for racing by specialists like Michelotto with a certain degree of back-door support from the factory. Today, we take a look at two of those independently developed cars that have raced at the top level.
The newest of the pair is this 308 GTB Group B, which was built for 1980 European and nine-time Spanish Rally Champion Antonio Zanini. It was not one of the four road cars uprated by Michelotto but instead it was prepared by Ferrari's agent in Barcelona using Michelotto supplied components. Zanini drove the car to a debut victory and early in 1985, it was campaigned in the Rally Catalunya. Chassis 24783 was made famous by a Scalectrix version of the car as raced in the Rally Catalunya. Its current owner restored it to that livery once more.
While Ferrari sanctioned 15 365 GTB/4 Daytona competition cars, customers had additional cars built to Group 4 specifications during the early 1970s. The featured example was one of these third party conversions with the work done by Sport Auto in Modena for Luigi Chinetti's North American Racing Team. It raced at Le Mans in 1972, finishing ninth overall and fifth in class. The striking Group 4 Daytona has been in the same Swiss hands since 1997 and was shown at Villa d'Este in 2017.