Wednesday, October 18, 2017

JBR Capital - Best Automotive Investments

Mercedes-Benz 300SL R107 (1989) The timelessly elegant 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300SL R107 is a great car for those interested in collecting a classic.

Made famous by TV series such as Dallas and Hart to Hart, the R107 is in strong demand with values rising in recent years and showing no signs of slowing down.
Ferrari F355 Berlinetta (1998). The car that replaced the 348, the F355 was faster and better in every way. In Berlinetta coupe, with a traditional Ferrari open-gate six-speed manual gearbox, it’s a textbook modern classic.

The F355’s iconic styling will see its status soar in years to come.
Aston Martin Vanquish S (2007) The last car produced at Aston Martin’s Newport Pagnell factory had a starring role in the 2002 James Bond movie Die Another Day. The Vanquish S is a genuine 200mph machine, with less than 1,100 examples made. The Vanquish S is a modern classic in the making.
BMW Z8 (2000) Inspired by the BMW 507 of the 1950s, the Z8 is one of the most beautiful BMWs ever made and is now a highly sought after and appreciating roadster. Values have doubled in the last decade.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pristine 1997 McLaren F1 up for grabs

McLaren’s F1 supercar is an automotive icon. As such, an F1 with plenty of miles on it will still cost plenty; an F1 with 9,000 miles on its odometer recently sold for $15.5m.

So how much for a brand-new 1997 McLaren F1, still in its factory-packaging with 148 miles of production testing on the clock? The seller, classic supercar dealer Tom Hartley Jnr, isn't saying and hasn't listed the price of this mint-condition F1.
Who could possibly look at this Yellow McLaren F1 and resist the urge to get behind the wheel and open it up? Nobody — except for one iron-willed Japanese businessman who resisted that urge for 20 years.
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Monday, October 16, 2017

The Tucker 48

The Tucker 48 was an advanced automobile conceived by Preston Tucker and briefly produced in Chicago in 1948. 51 cars were made before the company folded on March 3, 1949, due to negative publicity from an SEC investigation and a heavily publicized stock fraud trial.

Speculation exists that the Big Three automakers had a role in the Tucker Corporation's demise.
Some components and features of the car were innovative and ahead of their time. The most recognizable was a directional third headlight (known as the "Cyclops Eye"). It would activate at steering angles of greater than 10 degrees to light the car's path around corners.
Tucker initially tried to develop an innovative engine. It was a 589 cubic inches (9.65 L) flat-6 cylinder with hemispherical combustion chambers, fuel injection, and overhead valves operated by oil pressure rather than a camshaft. As engine development proceeded, problems appeared. The 589 engine was installed only in the test chassis and the first prototype.

Tucker refused to cede creative control to businessmen who could have made the Tucker ’48 commercially viable. Instead, he attempted to raise money through unconventional means, including selling dealership rights for a car that didn’t exist yet. Tucker died a few years after he went broke. Some regarded him as a scam artist, others as a tragic visionary.
At a Barrett-Jackson auction last year the final bid came in at $2,650,000 for this Tucker.

With only 47 surviving examples, each and every Tucker has its own story. None of them come cheaply

Sunday, October 15, 2017

70 Years of Ferrari - Top 7 Ferrari models -

The 950hp hybrid la Ferrari is the most powerful street-legal Ferrari has ever built and can do 0–62 mph in less than 3 seconds onto a top speed of 217 mph.

1947 Ferrari 125 S

Ferrari 250 GTO

Ferrari Dino 206 GT

Ferrari 308 GTS

Ferrari F40

Ferrari 458 Italia

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.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale

Ferrari built just three of the 275 GTB/C Speciales, each with lightweight aluminium bodywork and a 316bhp 3.2-litre V12 engine. As the first Ferrari with an independent rear suspension and a transaxle gearbox, it was a major improvement over the outgoing 250-series and an evolution of the front-engined 250 GTO. Completed in April 1965, chassis 06701 was the first of the three 275 GTB/C Speciales built. It was hand built in all respects, as were the two cars that followed.
Chassis 06701 brought $28.4m at RM Sotheby's in 2014. Only chassis 06885 would see competitive action. Although its racing career was brief, 06885 quickly proved the potency of the Speciales, finishing third overall at the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans, a record that has stood ever since as the best finish by a front-engined car.
One of the most coveted cars in the world lost its owner when millionaire Preston Henn, a South Florida flea-market magnate, died at age 86. His 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale may well be one of the world’s most valuable cars, provided it finds its way to the auction block.

With six carburetors, the car produced 330 horsepower.
A very few of these machines were built for racing and stamped with a 'C' for 'Competizione' — and 'Speciale'. The "special" 275 GTBs had thinner body panels, a diet that trimmed 300 pounds in all.
Whether the car finds its way to auction is unknown. Henn is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Betty, and four children.

Before passing, he said he made sure his beloved Ferrari will stay on display long after he is gone. "That was his crown jewel, at one point he said he wanted to be buried in it."

Friday, October 13, 2017

2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante

Aston Martin’s DB11 Volante is powered by a 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 engine working 503bhp through a eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. Electric power steering and limited-slip differential with dynamic torque vectoring are featured. The convertible supercar is built around a bonded aluminum structure first seen in the coupe.
0-62mph takes 4.1seconds, 0-100mph comes in 8.8 seconds onto a top speed of 187mph. It’s as basically as quick as the coupe. The Volante also swings the DB11’s weight balance more towards the rear; it’s split 47/53 front/rear.
If you're smitten, then set aside an absolute minimum of £159,900, before options. Deliveries start in the new year.