Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mussolini's girlfriend's Alfa Romeo


Italian dictator Benito Mussolini gave an Alfa Romeo to his mistress Clara Petacci as a gift. The pair met at Lake Como and planned to seek asylum in Switzerland.

A motorcade they were in, which included a retreating German anti-aircraft unit, was stopped at a roadblock near the town of Dongo on April 27, 1945. The fascist leader and his mistress were both identified before being shot dead and their bodies hung upside down at a petrol station. Petacci’s Alfa Romeo was confiscated and eventually acquired by an American Army Air Corps officer, Major Charles Pettit.

Correspondence between the pair convinced Keno that he had ownership of the historic car.
The vehicle was given a new lease of life in 1970 when it was purchased by Ron Keno of Mohawk, New York for $300. The antiques dealer was eventually put in touch with Franz Spogler, a former Nazi whose job it had been to drive Petacci and Mussolini towards the end of the war.
In late 1978 the partially restored Alfa Romeo was sold by Keno to collector Donnie Morton, of Connecticut, who ultimately passed it to the Imperial Palace Auto Collection. Staff restored and displayed it as part of their holdings of rare automobiles for the next two decades, until it was sold to another long-term owner in 1999.
A no-expenses-spared restoration with Garage Bonfanti followed. The work, which went so far as to recreate replicas of the original dashboard switchgear, reportedly took two years and cost a staggering €500,000 (roughly $625,000 in 2004).
The 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C2500 achieved a high bid of €1.8 million ($2.1 million), but failed to meet its reserve price.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

2017 Acura NSX triumphs at Pikes Peak, wins class victory

The 2017 Acura NSX had an impressive North American racing debut Sunday, taking first place in the Time Attack 2 class at the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

It was the 100th anniversary of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which is America’s second-oldest racing event. The Acura NSX zoomed through the 12.42-mile Pikes Peak course in a time of 10:28.8, winning the Time Attack 2 class.
The 2017 Acura NSX runs on a three-motor sport hybrid super-handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) powertrain.



See ----->http://superautoworld.blogspot.ca/2016/05/2017-nissan-acura-nsx-type-r.html

Monday, June 27, 2016

Ferrari 458 MM Speciale

If you want to make your Speciale even more special you can have a chat with Ferrari Special Projects. They’ll help you build the Ferrari of your dreams (if emptying your wallet isn't an issue that is). That’s what one British owner has done to differentiate his hardcore 458 from all the boring others.

Called the 458 MM Speciale, it uses the same stripped-out chassis and 597bhp, 4.5-litre V8 (with a record 133bhp-per-litre) as the Speciale but has had some major visual changes.
More aggressive, sporting lines and glass areas to give a ‘visor’ effect like a helmet, the car is finished in Bianco Italia (that’s white to ordinary folks) with an Italian flag livery.
There’s no word on performance, but there's probably not much change from the standard Speciale’s 0-62mph run of 3.0secs, 124mph in 9.1secs and 199mph top end.

The Cioccolato leather upholstery with white stitching is elegantly accented, don't be ridiculous.


See ----->http://superautoworld.blogspot.ca/2016/04/mystery-ferrari-488-spotted-testing.html
See ----->http://superautoworld.blogspot.ca/2016/02/2016-ferrari-488-gtb.html

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Vintage Porsches quickly rising in value

Recently in New York, a 1973 Porsche Carrera RS 2.7 Touring sold for just under $1 million.

Ferrari dominates the classic car market. Porsche dominates the next-up list. Blue chip cars in general have risen from an average value of $600,000 in 2007 to $2.6 million today. ("blue chip" autos are the most expensive, like Ferrari and Mercedes.) Vintage German-made cars jumped an average value of $150,000 in 2007 to $625,000.
Hagerty data that combines public auction sales and private sales shows that the 1974-1977 Porsche 911 has increased the most in average sale price of any classic car this year, with a jump of 154 per cent in value over 2014. That's more than anything from Aston Martin, Ferrari, or Lamborghini.

Auction houses offered 27 more Porsches this year at the Monterey auctions than they did last year, especially 930s and 911 SC models.
Porsches-especially the 911s made between 1970 and 1980 and the 356 Speedsters made in the 1960s-have growing appeal. They are far more reliable than other vintage cars from the era. Their mechanically simple Volkswagen-approved engines run smoothly and easily, and their well-built components are easily found.
Porsches from this era have a wide entry point for prospective buyers.
Highlights at RM Sotheby's New York December 10th, 2015 auction included singer Janis Joplins iconic Porsche 356 C 1600 SC Cabriolet. The car was expected to fetch $400,000. It made $1.7 million

It has been on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland since 1995.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Mansory 4XX Siracusa

The new Mansory 4XX Siracusa is a Ferrari 488 with an engine tune up to 790 horsepower and a 'bumblebee' bodykit. Mansory claims the Siracusa makes 643 lb-ft of torque (up from 561 stock) and does 0-60 in 2.9 seconds on the way to 212 mph.

The exterior is largely defined by Mansory’s trademark for adding an extensive amount of carbon fiber to give the 488 GTB a more race-oriented profile.
According to the German tuner, the modifications to the car’s 3.9-liter biturbo V-8 engine mainly include an optimized ECU unit and a new, specially designed sports exhaust system.

Wheels are a set of 20- and 21-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 255/30 and 325/25 high-performance tires.
Mansory typically doesn’t release pricing details for its auto show-bound projects.


See ----->http://superautoworld.blogspot.ca/2016/05/2017-ferrari-488-spider.html
See ----->http://superautoworld.blogspot.ca/2016/02/2016-ferrari-488-gtb.html

Monday, June 20, 2016

Concept Cars never built - Beyond Mad Max

The Mazda Furai debuted at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and marked the final concept in Mazda’s fluid Nagare line.

Its name, meaning “sound of the wind”, was fitting: the Furai was powered by an all-new 20B 3-rotor wankel engine that was good for over 400 hp.
Lamborghini has never built a production sedan. The Estoque was revealed in Geneva in 2008 and looked like it was intended to be a production model.

The Estoque had all the makings of a top-end sedan, including a powerful 5.2-liter V10 engine.
The Renault DeZir Concept. Though it was only powered by a 150 hp electric motor, its too sexy sheet metal stole the show at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

The HX Concept was going to be the one that saved Hummer. Smaller than the H3, the HX still had Hummer DNA but in a far less clumsy package.

The HX came far too late to save Hummer.
The Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina is a one-off sports car made by Italian sports car manufacturer Ferrari but redesigned by Pininfarina.

The car was an Enzo. The project cost US$ 4 million and was officially presented to the public in August 2006.
Cadillac Sixteen Concept. The Cadillac Sixteen is a high performance concept car first presented by Cadillac in 2003.

The vehicle was equipped with a Cadillac proprietary-developed 32-valve V16 engine displacing 13.6 liters (~830 cu. in) mated to a four-speed, electronically controlled, automatic transmission driving the rear wheels. The Sixteen would seamlessly shut down twelve cylinders in light driving, eight during strenuous driving, and only awaken the entire engine under full acceleration. The engine was said to produce a minimum of 1,000 horsepower.
BMW M1 Hommage Concept. The M1 Hommage was unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este in Italy in 2008.
The concept marked a celebration of the 30-year anniversary of the original German supercar.
The Citroën GT Concept. In a partnership between the French automaker and racing simulation developer Polyphony Digital, the GT was designed and created for Gran Turismo 5.

The car weighs a mere 3,086 pounds and houses a Ford V8 with 646 horsepower.
The Ford Interceptor is a concept car debuted at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

It featured a Ford Racing 5.0-liter Cammer engine producing 600 hp, with the capability of running on ethanol. It included a manual six-speed transmission.
No single machine from the film Mad Max was as memorable as Max's Pursuit Special, a 1973 Ford XB Falcon GT351. The car is a limited edition with a 5.7-litre V8 351 Cleveland engine and a four-speed manual transmission.

Only 949 XB GT coupes were built.