Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ferrari 250 GTO

The Ferrari 250 GTO is a racing car produced by Ferrari from 1962 to 1964. A total of 39 250 GTOs were manufactured. (Gran Turismo Omologato, grand tourer homologated) which means officially certified for racing in the grand tourer class.

In 2004, Sports Car International nominated it the top sports car of all time. Motor Trend Classic placed the 250 GTO first on a list of the "Greatest Ferraris of All Time." Popular Mechanics named it the "Hottest Car of All Time."
In 2012 the 1962 250 GTO made for Stirling Moss became what was then the world's most expensive car in history, selling for $35m.
The 250 GTO was designed to compete in GT racing. The car was built around a hand-welded oval tube frame, incorporating A-arm front suspension, rear live-axle with Watt's linkage, disc brakes, and Borrani wire wheels. The highly reliable engine was the Tipo 168/62 Comp. 3.0 L V12.

The engine was an all-alloy design utilizing a dry sump and six 38DCN Weber carburetors.

The world record for a car at auction was broken for the fifth time in six years on August 14, 2014 when a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO sold at Bonham's Quail Auction for US$34,650,000 (US$38,115,000 including buyers premium).

The car sold from the Maranello Rosso Collection was stamped with chassis number ‘3851 GT’ and was the 19th 250 GTO Berlinetta made by Ferrari, completed on Sept. 11, 1962.
The car was delivered to the leading French racing driver Jo Schlesser, co-driven by himself and French ski Champion Henri Oreiller in the 1962 Tour de France Automobile race.

Oreiller later crashed the car during a race at Montlhery Autodrome, south of Paris, and died of his injuries in hospital. A newspaper report at the time said the Ferrari careered off the track and flipped twice after a tire burst.
The car was repaired by Ferrari in Italy and was sold to Italian driver Paolo Colombo in time for the start of the 1963 competition season.

In 1965 young Fabrizio Violati, the scion of a wealthy Italian family, bought the car. “I saved the car from scrap and hid it from my parents. I only drove it at night so nobody would see me”

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

OMG = Ferrari 250 GTO Series II Left Fender

RM Sotheby's Arizona sale is offering up without reserve, and no we aren't making this up, a Ferrari 250 GTO Series II Left Fender.

"Possibly the only example in existence, this new-old-stock 250 GTO fender is mounted on an attractive barn wood base. It is ready to be displayed as the ultimate Ferrari sculpture, or to use in case you bang up your GTO. The fender is unpainted and in excellent condition with only minor dents and scratches."

Unknown who WOULDN'T want this baby but before we rush to Arizona to pick it up the estimate is $ 15k - 20k.
Just 39 250 GTOs were manufactured between 1962 and 1964. This includes 33 cars with 1962-63 bodywork (Series I), three with 1964 (Series II) bodywork similar to the Ferrari 250 LM, and three "330 GTO" specials with a larger engine. They are considered the most expensive cars in the world.
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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. It made $2 million.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

2018 Lexus LC 500

Lexus dropped a 5.0-litre V-8 under the 2018 Lexus LC 500's hood. This engine sends 471 horsepower and 398 foot-pounds of torque to the rear wheels and will propel the unit from zero to 96 kilometres per hour in 4.5 seconds.

A 10-speed automatic is the only transmission available. There are six different drive modes to choose from.
Four-wheel active steering is a part of the Performance Package, along with massive disc-brake rotors, with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers and a pre-collision system.
The powerplant in the hybrid is a 3.5-litre V-6 mated with a hybrid drive and electric motor, producing 295 hp and 257 lb.-ft. of torque.
The 10-speed is replaced by what Lexus calls a multi-stage transmission — a four-speed automatic embedded inside a continuously variable transmission. This engine totally changes the character of the LC. Gone is the bad-boy. In its place is a sedate grand tourer. Base Price is something around $101,600 with the Performance Package adding $13,500.

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Enzo Ferrari

The Enzo Ferrari is a mid-engine berlinetta sports car named after the company's founder, Enzo Ferrari. It was built 2002-2004 using advanced Formula One technology, such as a carbon-fibre body, F1-style electrohydraulic shift transmission, and carbon fibre-reinforced silicon carbide (C/SiC) ceramic composite disc brakes. Also used are technologies not allowed in F1 such as active aerodynamics and traction control.

It was later sold at a Sotheby's auction for $1.1 million.
399 units at $659,330 were produced, all of which were sold before production began. In 2004, a 400th Enzo was built and donated to the Vatican.
The Enzo's F140 B V12 engine was the first of a new generation for Ferrari. It displaces 366 in³ and produces 651hp at 7800 rpm and 485 lb·ft at 5500 rpm. The redline is 8,200 rpm. The engine was mated to a 6-speed semi-automatic.
The Enzo can accelerate to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.14 seconds and can reach 100 mph (160 km/h) in 6.6 seconds. The ¼ mile (~400 m) time is about 11 seconds with a top speed of 217 mph.

The Enzo made huge waves when it debuted, and it remains one of Ferrari’s most loved and sought-after modern models. Today a top tier Enzo will easily bring $ 3 to $ 3.5m

Sunday, December 10, 2017

RM Sotheby's - Arizona

1954 Jaguar D-Type Works. $ 12m - $ 15m
RM Sotheby's returns to the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, 18–19 January.

100 blue-chip automobiles from the world's most iconic marques will be offered.

1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton. $175k - $225k

1907 Ford Model K Roadster. $ 175 to $275k

1962 Maserati 3500 GTi Spyder by Vignale. $575k to $675

1965 Shelby GT350 R. $ 1m to $ 1.2m

1948 Tucker 48. $ 1.25m to $ 1.5m

1996 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.8. $ 425k to $ 525k

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The McLaren Senna

The McLaren Senna is described by the British manufacturer as the most extreme road-legal car it’s ever built. The McLaren Senna 720S’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 is wound up to 789bhp and producing 590lb ft of torque, channelled through a seven-speed twin-clutch transmission. Numbers aren't official but 0-62mph in 2.8secs, 0-124mph in 6.8secs, 0-186mph in 16.5secs and a standing quarter mile in 9.8secs at 152mph is suspected
The Senna will have three drive modes: Comfort, Sport or Track, with McLaren promising “suitably savage,” and “neck-snapping” acceleration in all modes. The Senna utilizes a new, third-generation version of the carbon-fiber McLaren ‘Monocage’ chassis and weighs just 2,641 lbs. Also present is a hydraulic double-wishbone suspension system dubbed RaceActive Chassis Control II, which works in harmony with the car’s front and rear active aerodynamics systems.

The cockpit is equally as race-inspired as the rest of the car, with only the seats, dash and side airbags covered in upholstery. A central infotainment screen and a McLaren Folding Driver Display helps relay information to the driver. There’s almost no room for luggage or other items.

Just 500 examples of the McLaren Senna will be built, each of which have already been sold at a price of about $1 million USD.