Thursday, March 23, 2017

Barn Find 1963 Jaguar E-Type a bargain at £44,000 ?

A newly-discovered Jaguar E-Type might be one of the greatest barn finds of 2016. It may not be much to look at but the car is one of only 1799 right-hand drive two-seater fixed head coupes ever produced.
Powered by a 3.8-litre, 265hp engine, this Jag is a rare and collectible machine. One of the most sought-after British sports cars of the last century, E-Types have seen a rapid increase in value.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

First Customer Lamborghini Centenario Spotted

Each Italian hypercar comes with a naturally aspirated V12 engine producing 770 hp, with Lamborghini stating it’s the most powerful engine they’ve ever produced.

It can run the 3,351-pound car from 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds and 0-186 mph in 23.5 seconds, onto a top speed of over 217 mph. Aiding in the quick acceleration is the permanent four-wheel drive, which includes the new Lamborghini rear-wheel steering system.
Only 20 units in coupe and 20 units in roadster were built, with all 40 units spoken for long before the official debut. Price was a trifling $ 2.5m

Top American Muscle cars

The 1964 Pontiac GTO was considered the pioneer in muscle cars. "GTO" stood for Gran Turismo Omologato.
The name GTO was coined by Pontiac’s Chief Engineer John DeLorean, who was motivated by Ferrari 250 GTO.
1967 Pontiac GTO. 1967 marked the first availability of ram air through a hood scoop on the GTO. It was a 400-cubic-inch V-8, delivering 360 horsepower and 438 lb·ft.
1968 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi was pure brawn with a 425-horsepower, 426-cubic-inch Hemi V-8 engine.
Plymouth licensed the Road Runner name and likeness from Warner Brothers. It went a step further by developing a horn sound imitating the cartoon bird's "beep-beep,"
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429. Fewer than 1,400 were built between 1969 and 1970. Its 429-cubic-inch V-8 engine delivered 375-horsepower. It was basically hand-built. Ford farmed out its assembly to Michigan-based Kar Kraft. Very little distinguished the Boss 429 other than a hood scoop and trunk-mounted spoiler.
1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. With fewer than 70 ever built, the '69 ZL1 had the most powerful Chevrolet engine offered to the public for decades. It's the rarest production car Chevrolet ever made.

Based on Chevrolet's iconic 427 V-8 engine, the ZL power plant had an aluminum block.
1970 Buick GSX Stage 1. Of the 687 GSXs built, 488 were ordered with the Stage 1 upgrade. By 1970, a 455-cubic-inch V-8 engine powered the Gran Sport.
1970 Plymouth Barracuda the big dog, was armed with the dual-carburetor, 426-cubic-inch Hemi with 425 hp. The Hemi 'Cuda could go toe to toe with the era's top-tier muscle cars.
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454. Chevrolet offered two versions of the 454-cubic-inch V-8. The LS5 generated 360 horsepower, while the LS6 punched out 450.

It's the LS6 version, with its Holley four-barrel carburetor, that put the SS 454 on the map. No other muscle car would ever equal the wallop of the 1970 SS 454.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

2017 Aston Martin DB11

Under the hood of the 2017 Aston Martin DB11 is a twin-turbo 600-hp V-12 that makes 516 lb-ft. The engine has been developed to deliver lag-free response with one turbocharger and intercooler per bank. This facilitates cylinder deactivation, with the engine shutting down a whole bank under gentle use to become a 2.6-liter inline-six.

The transmission is an eight-speed ZF automatic with power sent to the rear wheels through a torque-vectoring differential.
The DB11 gets a new multilink rear suspension and electrically assisted power steering.
The interior is appointed with leather and an 8-inch display in the dash's center. Options include automatic parking and a 360-degree camera system.
The DB11 will be priced at a base MSRP of $214,820 in the U.S. Deliveries started in Q4.

Monday, March 20, 2017

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Built to order for the wealthiest and most demanding, the Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster was the flagship of the brand in the prewar years. Introduced in 1936, just 26 540 K Special Roadsters were constructed before the Second World War brought car construction to a halt. Of these, only a few found their way to the United States.
A straight-8 cylinder engine of 5,401 cubic centimetres aspirated by twin pressurized updraft carburetors developed a natural 115 hp.
An attached Roots supercharger could either be engaged manually for short periods, or automatically when the accelerator was pushed fully to the floor. It increased power to 180 hp, creating a top speed of 170 kilometres per hour (110 mph).

Power was sent to the rear wheels through a four-speed or optional five speed manual gearbox that featured synchromesh on the top three gears. Brakes were vacuum-assisted hydraulic.
Chassis 130894, the 540 K Special Roadster auctioned in Phoenix last last, was sold by Mitropa Motors in New York City on April 24, 1937 for $14,000.
A Ford Model 74 Fordor sedan could be had for less than $640 at that time. The $9.9 million realized in Phoenix makes the 540 K Special Roadster the most expensive car ever sold during January’s Arizona auction week, but it fell short of a record for the make and model. In August 2012, a high-door, long-tail 540 K Special Roadster sold for $11.77 million.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Cars of Bond, James Bond

The Sunbeam Alpine featured in the film 'Dr. No' is significant to Bond fans.

It's the first time Bond drives his “own” vehicle, as opposed to a car taken from a foe.

Bentley Mark IV Drophead 3.5 Litre (1935). James Bond's car in 'From Russia with Love' came with a car phone of course.
The 1963 Aston Martin DB5 is the iconic James Bond car. The special effects team added an array of gadgets, including an ejector seat, machine guns, a smoke screen, and tire slashers. The Aston Martin DB5 used in the James Bond classics "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball" sold at auction for $ 4.1m in 2010.
The 1967 Toyota 2000 GT was the car of choice for 'You Only Live Twice', a Bond film set primarily in Japan. The 2000 GT was a hardtop coupé, but the low roof proved too restrictive for Sean Connery, who was too tall to sit comfortably in the car. Toyota made modifications to produce a special open top version for the film.
Aston Martin DBS (1968) 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' introduced a new James Bond, George Lazenby.
1974 AMC Hornet X Hatchback - 'The Man with the Golden Gun' In the film's landmark stunt, Bond, along with Louisiana Sheriff J.W. Pepper, spot an old collapsed bridge and do a 360 degree barrel roll over the river in pursuit of the evil Francisco Scaramanga.
The Lotus Esprit S1 (1976) from 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977) can turn into a submarine.

Tesla founder Elon Musk bought the car for £616,000 in 2013.
Bajaj RE. Known as a Tuk-Tuk Taxi, this small, three wheeled vehicle showed up in 'Octopussy' (1983).

Bond is reassured the Tuk-Tuk is “a company car”. Accelerating at a speed unknown to a vehicle of that size we find out that it’s been fitted with engines courtesy of 'Q'.
1985 V8 Vantage Volante For 1987's 'The Living Daylights' A new James Bond, Timothy Dalton had gadgets like lasers, missiles, outriggers, a rear rocket propulsion system and tire spikes for added traction control. It also had a heads-up missile guidance display, and a built-in self-destruct timer.
“Golden Eye”, featured the BMW Z3, this was also the first film where a clear marketing strategy was used by BMW featuring a car that was to go on sale to the public a few months after the film.

The product placement caused a huge spike in sales for BMW.
The BMW 750iL from 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997) features some of the most impressive gadgets in a bond car.

It features bulletproof windows, a body that can withstand a sledgehammer, electrified door handles and can be controlled via remote control.
The V12 Vanquish in 'Die Another Day' (2002) features one of the most ridiculous gadgets any car has ever had.

It comes with the standard ejector seat, torpedoes and shotguns, but this one can turn invisible.
2006 Aston Martin DBS V12. Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008) Daniel Craig came equipped with the latest Aston Martin DBS V12, but the gadgets were minimal.

"Spectre" marks a departure from past Bond films because the two main cars featured in the movie were created solely for the film and are not available to the public.
Aston Martin's car for the James Bond film "Spectre" is so exclusive that only one person will be able to buy it. But they won't be allowed to drive it on the road.

Aston Martin created 10 cars, dubbed the DB10, especially for the film. The automaker plans to auction off one DB10 next year, but the car doesn't have the necessary road certifications for driving. That means the owner will simply have to place it in their collection and show it off to friends.
The villian's car, a Jaguar C-X75, is not for sale. The hybrid concept car was unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, but never went into full production.

Only seven of these Jaguars were created for the film.