Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Bugatti from the Lake - 1925 Bugatti Type 22 Brescia €370,000

The local mythology surrounding the Bugatti in Lake Maggiore was well known. The 1925 Bugatti Type 22 Brescia Roadster used to belong to Grand Prix driver René Dreyfus, who lost it in a drunken poker game to Swiss playboy Adalbert Bodé in Paris in 1934; Bodé left for home with his new machine, but was unable to pay its import duties when he was stopped at the Swiss border. Bodé walked away, leaving Swiss officials to dispose of his prize. Officials chose to roll it into the lake; its eventual resting spot was 173 feet below the surface of the water where it stayed for almost 75 years.
It wasn't until the summer of 1967, when deep-diving technology was able to overcome the 29 fathoms of water pressure, that the Bugatti tale ceased to be a myth; a local diving club was able to see it for the first time. For more than four decades, amateur divers plunged the depths of the lake to catch a glimpse.
A crowd of thousands witnessed the long-sunk Type 22 emerge from Lake Maggiore on July 12, 2009. The half of the car that retains its body and tires rested in the silt at the bottom of the lake for decades; the remainder, exposed to the lake, fared less well. It sold for €370,000 at the Bonhams auction at Retromobile in Paris in January 2010.

The Type 13 was the first true Bugatti car. Production of the Type 13 and later Types 15, 17, 22, and 23, began with the company's founding in 1910 and lasted through 1920 with 435 examples produced. The Bugatti from the Lake resides at the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ferrari 288 GTO

The Ferrari 288 GTO is an exotic homologation of the Ferrari 308 GTB produced from 1984 through 1987. The GTO never raced and all 272 cars built remained purely road cars. The GTO was based on the mid-engine, rear wheel drive 308 GTB. The "288" refers to the GTO's 2.8 litre V8 engine as it used a V8 with twin IHI turbochargers, intercoolers, and Weber-Marelli fuel injection. It made 400hp.

1986 Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione
The GTO had 0-60 mph times around 5 seconds. Ferrari claimed 0-125 mph (201 km/h) in 15 seconds flat and a top speed of 189 mph (304 km/h), making it the first street-legal production car to reach 300 km/h (186 mph).

Ferrari also built five 288 GTO Evoluzione models with more aggressive and aerodynamic body styling and increased power. The engine in the 288 GTO Evoluzione originally put out as much as 650 hp. With weight of 940 kg (2,072 lb) the car had a top speed of 225 mph (362 km/h)

The 288 GTO, considered today to be the first of Ferrari’s modern supercars, made an indelible mark on the automotive industry despite never seeing competition. It proved to be a thrilling car to drive on the road, and it is highly prized today.

Hagerty values a concours quality GTO at $ 3.6m

1954 Mercedes Benz 300 SL ‘Gullwing’ Coupe

One of the most iconic cars in existence, the 300 SL, with its upwards-opening ‘Gullwing’ doors was the first in a line of performance-focused Mercedes SL models that continues to this day. With a revolutionary fuel-injected engine and the title of world’s fastest production car — with a speed of 161 mph — the 300 SL has all the parts needed for supercar status.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W198) was the first iteration of the SL-Class grand tourer. Introduced in 1954 as a two-seat coupé, it was later offered as an open roadster. The original coupé was available from March 1955 to 1957, the roadster from 1957 to 1963.
The 300 SL's main body was steel, with aluminum hood, doors and trunk lid. It could be ordered with an 80 kg (180 lb) saving all-aluminium outer skin at tremendous added cost; just 29 were made.

80% of the vehicle's production of approximately 1400 units were sold in the US, making the Gullwing the first Mercedes widely successful outside its home market. The 300 SL is credited with changing the company's image in America to a maker of high-performance sports cars.
Derived from the DB 601 V12 used on the high-powered Messerschmitt Bf 109E fighter of World War II, the 300 SL put out 175 hp to 215 hp. The result was a top speed of up to 260 km/h (160 mph), making the 300 SL the fastest production car of its time. A four speed manual was standard.
The 300 SL is considered one of the most collectible Mercedes-Benz models, with prices generally in the US$1,000,000–2,500,000 range.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Police Interceptors

Next time you see red and blue lights flashing in your rear-view mirror, odds are they'll be attached to a Ford. Between sales of its Police Interceptor Sedan, which is based on the Taurus, and Utility, which is based on the Explorer, Ford holds a 61 percent share of the police car market, with the Utility holding the top overall spot.
Last year it was reported that Ford Police Interceptor sedans had a problem. They reportedly shut off randomly with no way to restart them after fuel pump control modules failed.
More than 88,000 cars and SUVs were affected, including every Ford Police Interceptor sedan built at the Chicago plant between 2013 and 2015.

Dodge offers a 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine on it's Charger Interceptor. It delivers 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque.

Monday, April 24, 2017

2019 Chevrolet Corvette C8

The mid-engined version of the Chevrolet Corvette is coming. Development on the C7's replacement has begun, and rumor has it a mid-engine variant is in the works. The C8 will be "revolutionary." To Corvette watchers that can only mean one thing: a mid-engine Chevy supercar. If true the C8 will be the most important fundamental change to the Chevrolet Corvette since GM dropped in an eight-cylinder engine in 1955.
The driving reason the Corvette would switch to a mid-engined layout is for performance.

There is a limit to how much power a front-engine supercar can put down, and how much cornering grip it can achieve. Although the current Corvette Z06 is an awesome sports car, it's inherently held back by its front-mid-engine design.
After intense speculation, Autoblog and Car and Driver got their hands on spy photos of what's claimed to be the mid-engine Corvette prototype testing in Michigan. The photos show a heavily-camouflaged car but clearly rolling on some sort of a mid-engine chassis.
The mid-engine Corvette will use a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox sourced from Tremec. Of its seven speeds, the top three are overdrives, and Tremec says it can handle 9000 rpm input speed and 664 lb-ft of torque.

With a starting MSRP of just $55,400, the current C7 represents a great deal. Obviously, the mid-engined variant will cost more ... probably a lot more. $150,000 seems to be the most popular number.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Lamborghini Urraco

The Lamborghini Urraco is a 2+2 sports car manufactured by Italian automaker Lamborghini. It was introduced at the Turin Auto Show in 1970 but was not put on sale until 1973; production ended in 1979. It was named after a breed of bulls. When production ceased, 791 Urracos had been built. Twenty-one of these were Urraco P111 (P250 Tipo 111) for the American market. The other Urraco versions were the Urraco P200, Urraco P250 and Urraco P300 with 2 litre, 2.5 litre, and 3 litre V-8 respectively.
The Urraco P300 delivered 247 hp at 7,500 rpm. Similar to the Miura, the V8 engine was mid-mounted. The Urraco was born into cloudy times for Lamborghini.
The first Lamborghini Urracos delivered were not up to expectations. Workmanship left much to be desired and interior ergonomics were terrible.
Federal emissions regulations kept the later 250-hp, 3.0-liter DOHC engine upgrade from landing in America, the Urraco's prime target market. Choking on smog equipment the Urraco finally landed stateside in 1975 with a price of $22,500, more than twice the cost of the much faster Porsche 911.

Worse, the Urraco needed 10.1 seconds to reach 60 mph and 17.9 seconds for a quarter-mile, slower than today's Saturn Ion. Weeds grew at dealers and the car's fate was sealed.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

B.C. property with 340 vintage cars on sale for $1.45M

Mike Hall is looking to sell his five-acre property in Tappen, B.C., and he’s willing to throw in something extra to sweeten the deal: 340-plus vintage cars. Hall plans on retiring, and in an effort to simplify his life, wants to sell his auto-wrecking business — along with the hundreds of classic cars he never found time to restore.

Hall said his realtor has fielded about 100 inquiries — including five or six he considered to be serious — but he won’t start counting his money until a solid offer is on the table. “Buyers are liars, as my buddy used to say. Show me the money.”
Hall’s car collection consists almost entirely of vintage two-door vehicles that run the gamut from 1940s trucks to old-school ’70s muscle cars. Highlights include a 1927 Ford Model T truck, a 1947 Mercury Ute from Australia, and a 1964 Chevrolet Malibu convertible.
Perhaps the rarest vehicle in his collection is a 1966 Pontiac Beaumont, one of only 45 ever made.

Hall spent decades scaling rocks for a living and collecting cars was a labour of love. But now he says it’s time to move on. “You think you own shit, and you realize it owns you,” he said. “Everything you own attaches a spider web to you, and one day you’ve got so many spider webs you can’t move and you can’t breathe.”

That may not sound like much of a sales pitch, but Hall says his offer is ideal for a gearhead who wants nothing more than to work on cars and enjoy the quiet beauty of the south-central British Columbia.

Ford Falcon XB Coupe V8 Interceptor

The Ford Falcon (XB) is a full-size car that was produced by Ford Australia from 1973 to 1976. It was the second iteration of the third generation of this Australian-made model. The Pursuit Special, also referred to as the V8 Interceptor, is the iconic black muscle car driven by the main character during much of the Mad Max franchise.

The first car shown in the film with the title Pursuit Special is a 1972 HQ Holden Monaro V8 coupe stolen and driven by the escaped criminal, the Night Rider. The more famous Pursuit Special is a modified 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT.
The original Interceptor was created using a 1973 Ford XB GT Falcon Hardtop (XB GT Falcon Coupe) as the base vehicle.
Falcon XC Coupe.