Friday, May 26, 2017

Gearhead retires - 300 'classic' cars go to highest bidders


1976 Chevy Vega Station Wagon - Bid $ 36
Kerry Droog, owner of K&K Auto in Mobridge, South Dakota, has been working on his collection for over 40 years and has finally made the difficult decision to sell. As the son of an auctioneer and owner of a salvage yard, Kerry has been buying from auctions his entire life. Auctions and junkyards are to classic car collectors what stay cats are to your neighborhood cat hoarder.
1941- 1947 Dodge Truck Flat Bed - $ 260 bid

1941- 1948 Studebaker Front Clip/cab - $ 50 bid
Sure, some of these babies might need a tiny amount of work, but that's almost nothing.
1974 Dodge D 200 - $ 6 bid

Thursday, May 25, 2017

1962 Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark Concept

The XP-755 concept car, also known as the Mako Shark, was designed by Larry Shinoda in 1961, as a concept for future Chevrolet Corvette production cars. The streamlining, pointed snout, and other detailing was partly inspired by the sleek, fast-moving shortfin mako shark.

Mitchell had a mako shark mounted on the wall in his office, and ordered the paint to match the distinctive blue-gray upper surface gently blending into white underside of the fish. After numerous failed attempts, the team kidnapped the fish one night, painting it to match their efforts on the car, and returning it to the office. Mitchell never realized the difference.

The Mako Shark II was powered by a 427 Mark IV engine, which became available on production Corvette models. The paint scheme continued the Shark I tradition, with blue/gray on top and silver/white along the rocker panels. The original Mako Shark was then retroactively called the "Mako Shark I". In 1969 the Mako Shark II was returned to GM design studios and transformed into the Manta Ray.

XP-755 Mako Shark I with a double bubble top and side exhaust pipes.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Aston Martin and Red Bull's - 2018 AM-RB 001

Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing aim to claim the title of fastest street-legal car in the world. 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 AM-RB 001’s engine will be a naturally aspirated V-12 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.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Abandoned Supercars of Dubai

Dozens of Jaguars, BMWs and Mercedes have been left with the keys in the ignitions by former millionaire owners who have chosen to cut their losses and run back home rather than face potential jail sentences under Dubai’s strict debt laws.
More than 3,000 cars were abandoned last year — to be sold off by Dubai police or scrapped.
Recent reports have highlighted high-end sports cars gathering dust at Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports from panicked expats fleeing the country to avoid prison sentences for money owed. Under Sharia law which is observed across the Middle East, non-payment of debt is a criminal offence. As the UAE has no bankruptcy laws, there is no protection for those slipping into debt, even accidentally. There have been cases of foreigners being prevented from leaving the Emirates after being blacklisted for missing a credit card payment or bouncing a cheque.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Ford Mustang turns 53


1963 Mustang II concept
The Ford Mustang was formally introduced on April 17th, 1964 at the New York World’s Fair.

The Mustang’s first day sales were 22,000 units. Over the next 12 months, Ford sold 417,000 examples of the 1964.5 and 1965 Mustang, leading to a monthly average of 34,750 new cars sold each month. The Mustang’s 52 straight years of production makes it the longest running sports car. (There were no 1983 Corvettes)
The best year for the Ford Mustang came in 1966, when 607,568 units sold. Overall Ford Motor Company has sold 9,660,193 Mustangs.

Though it was based on the economy-minded Ford Falcon, Ford wasted no time in building performance models.

1965 GTX-350
The muscle car of Mustang was the 1968 Cobra Jet with the 428-cubic inch Cobra Jet engine.

The 1969 Mustang Boss 429 is rarer than the Boss 302.

1984 Mustang SVO
The 1970s weren’t kind to the Ford Mustang. Federal safety and emissions regulations put a stranglehold on performance and the once mighty Mustang migrated to the same platform as the lowly Ford Pinto economy car.

It wasn't until the mid-80s that it could once again be considered a performance machine.

2000 Mustang Cobra R
The 2012 Boss 302 featured a 5.0-liter V-8 of 444-horsepower. All had performance brakes, adjustable shocks, stiffer suspension settings, and quicker, adjustable steering.

The 2013 Mustang Shelby GT500 featured a new dual-overhead cam 5.8-liter V-8, increasing output to 662-horses.
At the L.A. auto show in November, Ford unveiled the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R. The GT350R is powered by a naturally aspirated flat-crank 5.2-liter V-8 and packs Ford’s first adaptive magnetorheological suspension.

Transmission is a six-speed manual, and the car is fitted with dedicated coolers for the engine oil, the gearbox, and the 3.73:1 Torsen limited-slip differential. The GT350R rolls on carbon-fiber wheels, a first for any major automaker and a rarity even among exotic supercars.
The Shelby GT350R is about as stripped-down as a street-legal car can get. The GT350R buyer gets no air conditioning, no stereo, no rear seats, and no trunk upholstery or cargo floor. Base MSRP is $48,695.

If that doesn't work for you, you must need the supercharged "Shelby Super Snake" with a host of Ford Performance components, including a Roush-sourced 2.3-liter supercharger, which boosts the GT's 5.0-liter V-8 from 435 hp to 627 hp.

There's also an exhaust, a handling kit, 3.73:1 rear-axle gears, half-shafts, and a short-throw shifter. Shelby fits cooling upgrades, 20-inch Weld Racing wheels, and six-piston Wilwood front brakes too.
The "Shelby Super Snake" claims a 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, and a top speed of 200mph. Base MSRP is $ 87,000.
How about the Shelby Terlingua V8, with 750-horsepower, upgraded brakes and suspension tweaks?

No? Well then Saleen has the 730-horsepower S302 Black Label.
Need an eight-second quarter-mile run? No problem, try the new Cobra Jet.

Only 50 will be made, with each starting at $99,990. The Cobra Jet is a factory-fresh way to run in National Hot Rod Association Stock and Super Stock races, as well as the International Hot Rod Association, National Mustang Racers Association, and National Muscle Car Association. Under the hood is a 5.0-liter V8 with a Whipple supercharger. New coilover shocks and springs, lighter brakes, a roll cage, new fuel system, new seats with racing harnesses, and a race-prepped automatic transmission are included, naturally.