Saturday, April 29, 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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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

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.

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.