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2023-02-28: Exotics headline RM Sotheby's final Amelia Island Auction ...
Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder For many years the official auction company at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, RM Sotheby's now stages their final Amelia Island Auction this weekend after event organiser Hagerty and their newly acquired auction arm have taken over. Intending to go out with a bang, the sale on Saturday is headlined by this Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder. It was bought new by an 18-year-old scion of a very wealthy American family. He specified a distinct metallic blue but during the last restoration, it was decided to paint the car the burgundy colour it still wears today. Chassis 1203GT has a pre-sale estimate of $9 - $11 million.
Also consigned are fine examples of two of Ferrari's legendary supercars. The earliest is this 288 GTO that was cherished throughout its life. Coming from a 22-year single ownership, it has covered less than 8,000 km from new. Used even more sparingly is this F50, which was retained by the original owner for 27 years. It was then submitted to a refurbishment at the hands of specialists DK Engineering and is now offered with a pre-sale estimate of $4.75 - $6 million.
A more recent hypercar on offer is this Bugatti Chiron from 2019. Having had just two owners from new and actually enjoyed quite a bit, it should now find its third owner for around $3 million.
  2023-02-24: The 2023 Formula 1 cars hit the track for the first time ...
Red Bull Racing RB19 Yesterday, the Formula 1 season kicked off with the official test at Bahrain. This year, the testing has been curtailed to just three days, one week before the first Grand Prix, also hosted at Bahrain, next week.
With testing so limited, there is no time for cloak and daggers or sand-bags, so it was telling that Max Verstappen was fastest on the opening day with the new Red Bull Racing RB19. It was the first time we got to see the actual car that will be used to defend the World titles in 2023. Not surprisingly, it is further refinement of the all-conquering RB18. Not only did the RB19 proof fast, it was also reliable as Verstappen completed 157 laps.
Fernando Alonso was second fastest with the Aston Martin AMR23. The British team's day did not start off well as the car ground to the halt on its first outing but the issues were obviously quickly rectified. The new Ferrari SF-23 also proved fast with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. clocking the third and fourth fastest times. It was also an encouraging day for McLaren with Lando Norris starting the 60th anniversary year with a fifth fastest in the MCL60.
Clearly having a lot riding on a successful test was the Mercedes team, who were keen to bounce back from a disappointing 2022 season. The all-black W14 was sixth fastest in the hands of Lewis Hamilton. Crucially, team boss Toto Wolff reported there was none of the bouncing that hampered the W13 so much at the start of the 2022 season.
2023-02-21: Ferraris headline Gooding Amelia Island auction ...
Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder At next week's Gooding Amelia Island Auctions Ferraris will take centre stage. Leading the way is this 250 GT SWB California Spyder, which has had just two owners since 1973 and now has a $18 - $20 million estimate. The earliest Ferrari consigned is this 250 MM Vignale Spyder. Raced in Italy and Brazil in period, it has been part of the collection of the late Jess G. Pourret, who was one of the foremost Ferrari historians. Another competition Ferrari on offer is this $6 - $8 million 250 GT Tour de France. It was sold new to a Swiss racer and has more recently been restored for a prominent American collector. We were also very taken by the lovely preserved 500 Superfast and 275 GTB/4.
Of all cars consigned, our favourite is this Eagle Mark 1; the very first car produced by Dan Gurney's All American Racers. Among the most beautiful Grand Prix cars built, this one was originally powered by a Coventry Climax engine and spent most of its life in the Donnington Grand Prix Collection.
Over the weekend, Alpine took the wraps off the A523 Formula 1 car. Due to make its on-track debut later this week, it will be driven by an all-French driver line-up.
  2023-02-16: Bonhams Amelia Island preview and more new racing cars ...
Bugatti Type 57 SC Vanden Plas Roadster As part of the Amelia Island concours d'elegance week, Bonhams will host their annual sale at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. Headlining the sale is this one-off Bugatti Type 57 SC Vanden Plas Roadster, which was acquired by the current owner at the same auction seven years ago. In the interim, it has been meticulously restored and shown at several great events around the world. It is estimated to find a new owner for over $10 million. Also consigned is the remarkably original Ferrari 500 Superfast. It was sold new to the United States and has never been fully restored. Offered at no reserve, 8817SF should sell for over $1 million. Consigned together with the rest of the Hendricks Lost Jaguar Collection is this time-warp Lister Costin. It was raced extensively between 1959 and 1973, and then by stark contrast had not seen any action for the next 50 years.
Earlier today, the Mercedes-Benz F1 team took to the track for the first time with their W14 E-Performance Grand Prix car. The team hopes the wrongs of last year's W13 have been set right with the new car. In order to save weight, the Mercedes have also reverted back to an all-black livery for the W14.
Ahead of the 2023 season, McLaren have introduced the 720S GT3 Evo. As the name suggests, it is an evolution of the 720S GT3 racer. The Evo can be acquired as a complete car or as an upgrade package by existing customers.
2023-02-14: Formula 1 class of 2023 ...
Ferrari SF-23 During the last couple of days, six new Formula 1 cars broke cover. Leading the way is the Ferrari SF-23, which was unveiled during a special event in Maranello today. Each new Formula 1 season comes with high expectations and the fans were immediately catered for by a demonstration of the SF-23 with both Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz behind the wheel.
On Monday, McLaren kicked off the sixtieth anniversary celebrations with the debut of the aptly named MCL60. The bright orange machine is once again powered by the Mercedes-AMG power unit, which should help to get the team closer to the podium on a regular basis. Sharing the same power unit and also looking upwards are the Aston Martin AMR23 and the Williams FW45 that also broke cover yesterday. Alpine, meanwhile, offered a very distant glimpse of the A523, which will be officially launched later in the week.
At the New York Fashion Week, Scuderia Alpha Tauri took the wraps of the AT04. The revised livery now includes a dash of red courtesy of new sponsor Orlen.
  2023-02-10: 2023 Retromobile report and 180-shot gallery ...
2023 Retromobile report and 180-shot gallery After being away for three years, we finally returned to Paris for the Retromobile show earlier this month. The traditional kick-off of the classic car year was cancelled in 2021 and then held on a much smaller scale in 2022 but it was now back at full force this year. Three halls of the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles were filled with the traditional mix of car dealers, model makers, spare part vendors, event organisers, book sellers and artists. All exhibitors brought their A-game with the central theme of the show being the Le Mans Centenary. In addition to the show, there were also three major auctions.
We have spent two days in Paris to capture the event in its entirety. This has resulted in a 180-shot gallery that serves to illustrate our concise report that includes results and separate galleries for each of the three auctions
2023-02-07: First 2023 F1 car, final V12 Lamborghinis and Bonhams Paris results ...
Alfa Romeo Racing C43 Ferrari During the last couple of days, several teams revealed their 2023 liveries but today Alfa Romeo F1 became the first to show an actual 2023 Grand Prix car. Dubbed the C43, it represents an evolution of the C42 used in 2022. Again equipped with the Ferrari power unit, it combines a series of changes stipulated by the revised regulations, like the larger wing-mirrors, with improvements that should bring the Italo/Swiss team further up the order.
Ahead of the introduction of the next generation of the range-topping Lamborghini supercar, the Italian manufacturer produced two one-offs that bid the naturally aspirated V12 engine farewell. Based on the outgoing Aventador, they are dubbed the Auténtica and the Invincible. Both are powered by a 768 bhp version of the howling V12 but one the first is a Roadster while the second is a Coupe. The design language of both is inspired by earlier limited production Lamborghinis like the Veneno, Reventón and Sesto Elemento, while there are also many subtle cues inspired by motorsport like the large rear wing and deep splitter.
Continuing our Retromobile coverage, we have now taken a look at the Bonhans Les Grandes Marques du Monde a Paris sale. Illustrated by a 50-shot gallery, the results reveal that a Ferrari F40 was the top seller at just under €2.2 million. The exact same amount was also paid for this fabulous and very distinct Talbot Lago T26 GS Chambas Coupe.
  2023-02-02: RM Sotheby's Paris results and latest news ...
Bugatti Chiron Profilée Last night, RM Sotheby's held their record-breaking €49,769,080 Paris sale. Topping the sale was the unique, pre-production Bugatti Chiron Profilée that found its first owner for just shy of €10 million. That makes it not only the most expensive Chiron but also the most expensive new car ever sold at auction. Other highlights included a Ferrari Enzo that changed hands for just over €4 million and the ex-Jean Alesi Ferrari 643 F1 that sold for €3.7 million.
The revived Bizzarrini company has offered the first glimpse of the all-new Giotto supercar. Due to be ready for testing early in 2024, it will be powered by a Lamborghini-sourced V12 engine, mated to an eight-speed, dual clutch gearbox.
At a special event, Nissan revealed the Max-Out Concept. The striking concept offers a glimpse of the future Nissan range due in 2030.
Sports car manufacturer Radical has upgraded the SR10 model with the XXR version. While it uses the same 425 bhp, turbo-charged engines, it includes a variety of subtle upgrades that warrant the new model name.