Monday, June 26, 2017

The Volkswagen Beetle

The Volkswagen Beetle, officially the Volkswagen Type 1, is a two-door, four passenger, rear-engine economy car manufactured and marketed by German automaker Volkswagen from 1938 until 2003.
The need for this kind of car was formulated by Adolf Hitler, leader of Nazi Germany, wishing for a cheap, simple car to be mass-produced for the new road network of his country.
He contracted Porsche in 1934 to design and build it to his exacting standards.
On 26 May 1938, Hitler laid the cornerstone for the Volkswagen factory in Fallersleben. The factory had only produced a handful of cars by the start of the war in 1939; the first volume-produced versions of the car's chassis were military vehicles, the Type 82 Kübelwagen (approximately 52,000 built).
The amphibious Type 166 Schwimmwagen (about 14,000 built).

Mass production of civilian VW cars did not start until post-war occupation.
The factory produced another wartime vehicle: the Kommandeurwagen; a Beetle body mounted on a 4WD Kübelwagen chassis. The Kommandeurwagen had widened fenders to accommodate it's Kronprinz all-terrain tires.
669 Kommandeurwagens were produced up to 1945.

Dr. Ferdinand Porsche
After World War II, the car was officially designated the Volkswagen Type 1, but was more commonly known as the Beetle.

During the post-war period, the Beetle had superior performance in its category with a top speed of 115 km/h (71 mph) and 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 27.5 seconds with fuel consumption of 6.7 l/100 km (36 mpg) for the standard 25 kW (34 hp) engine. In 1949 the car was exported to the US.

On 17 February 1972, when Beetle No. 15,007,034 was produced, Beetle production surpassed the previous record holder, the Ford Model T.

By 1973, total production was over 16 million, and by June 1992, over 21 million had been produced.

The final original VW Beetle (No. 21,529,464) was produced at Puebla, Mexico, 65 years after its original launch, ending a 58-year production run.
Production in Brazil ended in 1986, then started again in 1993 and continued until 1996.

The last Beetle was produced in Puebla, Mexico, in July 2003. The final batch of 3,000 Beetles were sold as 2004 models and badged as the Última Edición.

VW 1303/Super Beetle (1973)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8

The Austin-Healey 3000 is a British sports car built from 1959 to 1967. In 1963, 91.5 per cent of all Austin-Healey 3000 cars were exported; mostly to North America. The 3-litre 3000 was a highly successful car, which won its class in many European rallies in its heyday.
The Austin-Healey 3000 was announced on 1 July 1959 with a 3-litre BMC C-Series engine of 2,912 cc (2.9 L) and 136 bhp. The car had a top speed of 115 mph (185 km/h) and could accelerate from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 11.7 seconds. The Mark III made 180bhp with 17,712 made.
A top end example will bring $75,000 - $95,000 today.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6

The Porsche 906 or Carrera 6 was the last street-legal racing car from Porsche. It was announced in January 1966 and 50 examples were subsequently produced, meeting the homologation requirements of the FIA's new Group 4 Sports Car category.

The 1966 Porsche 906 was powered by a 1991cc flat 6. The engine regularly fitted was the 901/20 lightweight racing engine with 220 hp and carburetors.
Some examples that were raced by the factory team received fuel-injected or 8-cylinder engines.
At the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 906 placed 4-5-6-7 behind three Ford GT40 Mk IIs, outlasting all of the previously dominant V12-engined Ferrari Ps
A 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6 appeared for auction last year in Scottsdale with an estimated value of between $2 million and $2.4

Friday, June 23, 2017

Vintage Supercars without a Barn

This might be a painful sight for classic car fans. Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, BMW; just a few of the iconic names whose logos you would never expect to find on vehicles in such a sorry, decaying state.
Surrounded by a security fence in the wooded hillside next to the collector's house, fifty classic cars were parked here when the car enthusiast turned 50 in the year 2000.
TV crews, photographers and fans were invited to the opening in the summer of 2000, but this “museum” has rarely been open to the public since. None of the cars is for sale.

Aston Martin Valkyrie

Aston Martin’s hotly anticipated hypercar, the Valkyrie, will reportedly have over 1,100 hp of combined output from a KERS-style electric drivetrain and a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12. When it arrives, probably late next year, it could create a whole new category of car in need of a fresh prefix, over and beyond super-, mega-, and even hyper.
The engine will be mounted behind the teardrop passenger compartment and will drive the rear wheels only.
Something around 100 examples will be built, each with a price tag of $ 3m.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

RM Sotheby's - Santa Monica

$2,800 - $3,200
RM Sotheby’s Santa Monica sale is 24th June at the historic Barker Hangar.

This year’s event boasts over 170 collector cars and select memorabilia.

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Cobra Jet $55,000 - $70,000

1939 Lincoln-Zephyr V-12 Convertible $80,000 - $100,000

1964 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 GT $130,000 - $160,000

1968 Mazda Cosmo Sport Series I $110,000 - $130,000

1937 Mercedes-Benz 230 n Roadster $200,000 - $250,000

1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Berline by Murphy $800,000 - $950,000

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hennessey Venom F5

Hennessey Performance is looking to hold onto its claim to fame as the builder of the world’s fastest production car. The Texas-based company, which set an unofficial 270 mph mark with its $1.2 million Venom GT, has confirmed production of its next supercar: the Venom F5.

The Venom GT earned a Guinness record for the fastest 0-300kmh sprint, which it did in 13.63 seconds. Hennessey sold 13 Venom GTs, split between coupes and open top spiders.
Specifications for the Venom F5 haven't been revealed but Hennessey predicts that it will get close to 300 mph, if not break it. The Venom GT featured a 1,244 hp 7.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8.
The 1,200 hp Bugatti Veyron Super Sport currently holds the official top speed record at 268 mph per Guinness rules. The Venom GT’s record was a one-way trip down the Kennedy Space Center’s old 3.2-mile-long Space Shuttle landing runway.

The price and start of production date for the Venom F5 have not been announced.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2018 McLaren 570S Spider

The McLaren 570S Spider is the third body type in McLaren’s Sport series lineup, which includes the 570S Coupe and the 570GT. The 570S Spider will make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, held in the UK June 29th–July 2nd.

The 570S Spider is motivated by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8. 0–60 mph comes in 3.1 seconds with a top speed of 204 mph.
The first 400 units of the 570S Spider will be “launch edition models” and will be priced at an 'attainable' $208,000. That’s almost $200,000 less than the 675LT Spider and $120,000 less than the 650S Spider.

The convertible comes in three colors: “Sicilian Yellow”, “Vega Blue” and "Curaçao Blue."
A carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis is at the heart of all Sports Series cars. The roof can be opened or closed in 15 seconds, at vehicle speeds up to 40km/h (25mph).

Electro-hydraulically assisted power steering, carbon-ceramic brakes and Pirelli P ZERO™ CORSA tyres are standard.
The combination of lightweight carbon fibre construction and potent 3.8-litre, twin-turbocharged V8, means that the 570S Spider is more powerful and lighter than comparable convertibles, with a power-to-weight ratio of 419PS-per-tonne. McLaren's M838TE engine produces 562 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.