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2020-06-29: Cobra, Porsche, Lotus and Simca Abarth that starred during the 2019 Revival ...
AC Shelby Cobra Mk II For the first time in well over 20 years, it will be a very quiet September at the Goodwood Motor Circuit this year. As a small consolation, we today take a closer look at four machines that starred at the Goodwood Revival in 2019.
One of the finest drives of the weekend came in this AC Shelby Cobra, which was driven to victory in the prestigious RAC TT Celebration race by its owner and Le Mans winner André Lotterer. Beautifully prepared, this very genuine Cobra proved blisteringly quick as Lotterer managed to set the fastest ever lap around Goodwood for a Cobra during practice. Having served its purpose, the owner has now put it up for sale with British dealer William I'Anson.
Another hugely successful racer around Goodwood and Le Mans for that matter, is this Lotus 15. Delivered new to John Coombs, it was raced in period by a very young Bruce McLaren. Having come full circle, chassis 609 is today owned and raced by an enthusiast from New Zeeland.
Also a recent veteran of the Revival and the Le Mans Classic, is the Porsche 910 featured today. It was raced in period by a British privateer, who would go on to own the car for over three decades. Its current German custodian knows how to use the car properly as he drove the car on the road from his home in London to Goodwood to take part in the 2019 Revival Meeting.
One of the more unusual cars that competed last September was this Abarth Simca 2000 GT. It was extensively raced in period and then spent many years in the fabulous Maranello Rosso Museum. Now re-painted in the flat black colours it raced in most of its life, the rare Abarth Simca looked very menacing.
  2020-06-26: Formula 1 Friday with four Cosworth DFV engined Grand Prix cars ...
Lotus 49B Cosworth Next week, the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship is finally due to get under way with the Austrian Grand Prix. To mark that occasion, we have today taken a closer look at four Grand Prix cars from the Cosworth DFV era. The earliest and most successful is undoubtedly this Lotus 49B Cosworth. The featured example was one of a pair originally built for the Tasman series but upon its return to Europe, it was converted to full Grand Prix specification and raced by the likes of Graham Hill, Richard Attwood and Jo Bonnier. More recently, chassis R8 was acquired at auction by ace Formula 1 designer Adrian Newey, who has since raced and shown the car at a variety of events.
Of a similar vintage is this McLaren M14A, which was raced during the difficult 1970 season by Denis Hulme. It was also campaigned by Jackie Oliver and Peter Gethin before it was converted into a F5000 car. Back in F1 configuration, M14A/2 is today part of the fabulous ROFGO Collection.
One of the most successful Grand Prix cars fielded by the Fittipaldi team was the F7 of 1980. It was derived from the final Wolf design as that team had been absorbed at the end of 1979. Two were converted Wolf chassis, but the featured example was the only one built from scratch. It has recently been restored and campaigned at the 2018 Monaco Historic Grand Prix.
One of the very last Cosworth DFV cars to win a Grand Prix is the Williams FW08C and the example represents the very last of the line. It was not actually raced in period as it was earmarked for a customer's 1985 F3000 campaign that ended prematurely. Today part of the Williams Heritage Collection, chassis FW08-12 remains as the last DFV-engined racer built by the British team.
2020-06-24: A Group 4 Pantera that was hidden in plain sight and Lamborghini track-day special ...
DeTomaso Pantera Group 4 One of the more remarkable histories we learned about recently is of this DeTomaso Pantera Group 4. It was the very first Group 4 Pantera built and at its debut during the 1972 Le Mans trials immediately smashed the GT lap record. Sadly, it did not get to race at Le Mans as it was involved in an accident at Monza. While the damage was not substantial, the car was not repaired as it was involved in a legal dispute with the insurance company. DeTomaso was eventually paid for the damages under condition that the car was destroyed. The Italian manufacturer did nothing of the sort and instead used the chassis, with a new number, to build a Pantera GT5 that was used as a factory demonstrator in Europe. A later owner discovered the true origins of the car, and the most recent custodian has had the Pantera Group 4 completely rebuilt to its original, 1972 configuration.
Ahead of the official launch later in the year, Lamborghini Squadra Corse have revealed a first glimpse of the SCV12 track-day special. Producing at least 830 hp, it produces Lamborghini's most powerful naturally aspirated V12 engine to date. Due to be constructed in limited numbers, the lucky few owners are invited to participate with their SCV12 in special events where they will receive tutoring from five-time Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro.
Lotus have marked the 20th anniversary of the Exige with a special edition based on the Exige Sport 410. It will be available in three colours that were taken from the original Exige as well as three new colours. Subtle cues throughout reveal that it in fact is the Exige 20th anniversary model.
  2020-06-22: Ferrari supercars headed for Gooding auction and Trans-Am winning Alfa ...
Ferrari F40 With the official Pebble Beach auction cancelled for obvious reasons, Gooding & Co. will hold the online-only Geared Online sale instead between August third and seventh. Among the early consignments to the sale are a trio of Ferrari supercars that are offered from the stable by the family of the original owner. The earliest is this F40, which has barely covered 4,500 miles from new. In 1995, it was joined in the collection by this silver F50. Also offered in highly original condition, it is expected to sell for $2.2 - 2.6 million. The latest addition to the stable was this Enzo, which was also finished in silver. Like the F50, it should fetch between $2.2 and 2.6 million.
Not due at the auction but consigned to Gooding & Co. as a private treaty sale is this Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA. Prepared by Autodelta for its first owner, it was raced with great success in the inaugural Trans-Am series by Horst Kwech and Gaston Andrey. Their combined efforts helped Alfa Romeo score enough points to win the manufacturers' trophy. Kwech also used this GTA to win the B-Sedan National Championship and SCCA President's Cup at the end of the season. The asking price of this Trans-Am winning GTA is $575,000.
2020-06-19: Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint headed for auction and lovely TZ ...
Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, conventional auctions have been postponed or replaced with online-only sales. The latest addition to this fold is leBolide.com, established by French enthusiast Christian Philipsen. This is a platform that allows vendors to submit and sell their car in an auction environment. One of the first machines consigned is a great example of Alfa Romeo's 2600 Sprint. Built between 1962 and 1968, the 2600 Sprint features an all-alloy straight six engine and represented the top of the Alfa Romeo range. Chassis AR826030 was sold new to an Italian customer and has survived in the hands of the current custodian for 38 years in highly original condition. Offered at no reserve, bidding on the 2600 Sprint will close in the next two days.
In an Alfa Romeo state-of-mind, we have also taken a closer look at this TZ. Delivered new early in 1965, it was raced in minor events by its first two owners through to 1969. Following spells in Japan and The Netherlands, chassis 750081 is now in Swiss hands, and regularly raced in historic events.
  2020-06-17: Mustang Mach I, Noble M500 and more news ...
Ford Mustang Mach I Following a teaser a few weeks ago with pictures of a camouflaged example, Ford have now taken the wraps off the new Mustang Mach I. It is the first time in 17 year that the legendary type name has been used and just over 50 years since the original Mach I was launched. The latest example is powered by the naturally aspirated V8 engine, which is good for 480 bhp. The Mach I benefits from suspension upgrades, additional cooling and comes as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. A 10-speed automatic will be available as an option. The first deliveries should start early in 2021.
British specialist manufacturer Noble have announced the new 'entry-level' M500. The smaller brother to the familiar M600 will use a twin-turbo Ford V6, a six-speed DSG gearbox and should tip the scales at just 1,350. With as much as 550 bhp on tap, it should provide customers great bang for the buck once it is ready for production.
Mercedes-AMG have also added an entry level model to the line-up in the form of the Mercedes-AMG GT 43. It forms part of the new 2021 model range of the four-door GT model and is powered by a straight-six engine that benefits from mild hybrid support. This turbocharged engine is good for 362 bhp.
To mark the 25th anniversary of the Le Mans victory with this F1 GTR, McLaren have created the limited 720S Le Mans. Only 50 examples will be built and will feature mainly cosmetic changes as well as a VIN starting with 298 in reference to the number of laps covered by the winning car.
2020-06-15: Four interesting racers captured at Le Mans over the years ...
Ferrari 512 BB LM This weekend, racing enthusiasts from around the world should have gathered at Le Mans for the annual 24 Hours race. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the race has been postponed to September and next month's Le Mans Classic has actually been postponed a whole year. This has prompted us to take a look back at previous editions and feature four cars that particularly captured our attention.
A Le Mans Classic regular is this Ferrari 512 BB LM, which was also raced at Le Mans in period. As can be seen in our extensive, 32-shot gallery, it has had a very busy historic racing career.
That can also be said for this Ford GT40, which was originally dispatched to Shelby American. Due to paperworks issues, it was sent back to England and later starred in Shell commercials. Today, chassis GT40P/1025 is part of an impressive British collection. The owner has raced the car with great success all around Europe.
A much rare machine is this Porsche 936 built by Kremer Racing using the original drawings. It did not actually race at Le Mans in period but has made it to La Sarthe a couple of times in the hands of German ace Marco Werner.
Another rarity is the Iso Grifo A3/C featured today. It is one of just a handful of examples built with right-hand drive. It was delivered new to England and campaigned in some local events. Still in British hands, B 0215 was brought out for the most recent Le Mans Classic.
  2020-06-12: RM Sotheby's European Sale results and new Porsche Cayenne GTS ...
Bugatti Type 57 Gangloff Cabriolet This week all eyes were on RM Sotheby's with their online-only European Sale for which the final lots closed last night. It was a success for the Anglo-Canadian company with a 91% sell-through rate with a total result of €19.2 million. Topping the sale was the Porsche 935 we featured last week and sold for €1.3 million. Another impressive result was for this Bugatti Type 57 Gangloff Cabriolet, which was originally shown at the 1939 Geneva Motor Show. Later in its life, it was part of the famous Quattroruote Collection for the better part of five decades. Chassis 57731 was now sold for €770,000.
One half of the sale was dedicated to the Petitjean Collection, which was offered at no reserve. Among the top sellers from this French stable was this Lamborghini Miura. Delivered new to Paris, it spent its entire life in French ownership and was acquired by Marcel Petitjean in 1979. Forming the ideal base for a ground-up restoration, it found its first new owner for over 40 years for just over €700,000.
Porsche have just released the GTS version of the latest generation Cayenne. Whereas the predecessor was powered by a twin-turbo V6 engine, Porsche have reverted back to a V8 for the high performance model. The engine used is the familiar four-litre twin turbo V8 that produces 453bhp. In addition to the conventional Cayenne, the GTS version is now available with the 'Coupé' body-style.
2020-06-10: Two Jaguar sports racers from the 1950s and 1970s ...
Jaguar D-Type Today we have taken a look at a pair of Jaguar sports racers. The earliest is this D-Type, which was built in the summer of 1955. It was one of the first customer cars built following the design of the 1955 Le Mans winning machine. It was raced extensively during a four-year racing career. In its final season, it was driven by a very young Jim Clark for the Border Reivers team. He won a staggering 12 times out of 20 starts despite the age of the car. Today, chassis XKD 517 is owned by a Brazilian historic racer, who has regularly fielded the rare Jaguar in events around Europe.
By the 1970s, the Jaguar factory racing program had long been shuttered. In North America, Bob Tullius continued to defend the Jaguar colours with his Group 44 team. For the 1976 season, Group 44 created this XJ-S using an acid-dipped shell supplied by Jaguar directly. It was powered by a V12 engine fitted with six twin-choke Weber carburettors, which produced a hefty 465 bhp. The Group 44 XJ-S debuted halfway through the year and did not really get on steam until the following year. It helped Tullius win his class five of the ten Trans-Am rounds on the way to the Class I championship.
  2020-06-08: Ex-Pikes Peak RUF CTR2 headed for auction and new ATS RR Turbo racer ...
RUF CTR2 Sport One of the most interesting cars consigned to this week's online-only RM Sotheby's Europe Sale is this RUF CTR2 Sport. Bids are due to close on Thursday and the high bid at the time of writing is just €320,000, which is well shy of the €640,000 bottom estimate. The car on offer is the first of 16 CTR2 Sports built by RUF using the wide-body 993-generation Porsche 911 as the base. Although fully road legal, it was raced extensively, finishing second in class at the 1997 Pikes Peak hill-climb. The car is currently in Germany with only its second private owner.
Newly re-established company ATS Automobili have expanded their line-up with this Corsa RR Turbo. Based on the road car launched a few years ago, the latest machine from the Italian company is more track oriented. It is powered by a Honda-based, two-litre turbo engine that produces 600bhp. That is more than sufficient to give this 800kg machine hugely impressive performance figures. Complying with FIA GT homologation, the RR Turbo can be campaigned in a variety of events including the German VLN Championship and the 24h Series.
2020-06-04: All new BMW 4-series and two legendary predecessors ...
BMW M440i xDrive In an online-only reveal, BMW took the wraps of the all-new 4-Series. Boasting distinct design cues, it is no longer just a 3-Series with two doors removed. The most obvious change are the prominent BMW 'kidneys' in the front grille. They are inspired by classic models from the 1930s and 1950s and will certainly be a subject of debate. While an M4 will be launched in due course, the current range topping model is the M440i xDrive. This is powered by a 369bhp 3-litre engine that is mated to a mild hybrid system.
A clear inspiration is the 328 of the 1930s of which this 328 MM Touring Berlinetta is quite possibly the most famous. This was a one-off built by Touring with a slippery coupe body. It won its class at Le Mans and also won the final pre-War edition of the Mille Miglia, which featured a shortened course. After many years in private hands, the 328 MM is once again owned by BMW and regularly shown at a variety of events.
One of the actual predecessors of the current 4-Series is the two-door E21 3-Series, which formed the basis for a wild and very wide competition car. Powered by a two-litre engine, it was raced in Group 5 guise in the World Championship and the DRM series. The featured example was a customer car and raced by its first owner in the DRM series.
  2020-06-02: Porsches headed for auction and first glimpse of the new Mach I Mustang ...
Porsche 935 Hot on the heels of the Driving Into Summer sale for which the results are now in, Canadian auctioneer RM Sotheby's now focus on the European Sale. This fills the void left by the cancelled Techno Classica sale and will open for bidding on June 3rd. A late consignment to the 214-lot sale is this virtually brand new Porsche 935. The second example built, it was finished in grey but has been wrapped in the legendary Martini colours as used by the original 935. The mighty track-day special is estimated to sell for around €1.3 million.
The first half of the sale will close on June 10th and is dedicated completely to the collection of Marcel Petitjean, which is offered at no reserve in its entirety. One of the most interesting cars in the Petitjean stable is this Porsche 904 Carrera GTS. It was sold new to France and spent most of its life there. Restored with a six-cylinder engine, chassis 904-062 has been part of the Petitjean collection since 1993.
Over the weekend, Ford revealed the first glimpse of the upcoming Mustang Mach I. While no specifications have been revealed, the American manufacturer does promise that this will be the most potent version of the 5.0-litre, naturally aspirated Mustang line-up. Further details are expected in the next couple of months.