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1967 Jaguar Pirana

Think of countries that excel in the field of sports cars and no doubt you’ll come up with Italy and Britain. Between these two troublemakers, so much iconic cars has flown off the road. Most notably, you have the collaboration between Aston Martin and Zagato. But today we’re taking a look at something far more overlooked.

Suffice it to say that this isn’t a really well-known design, though it would go on to heavily influence none other than Lamborghini’s Espada grand tourer. We’re talking, of course, about the 1967 Jaguar Pirana, which took the E-Type and paired it with Bertone’s long, low bodywork for a truly one-of-a-kind profile.

Responsible for the aesthetic, too, is no other than legend Marcello Gandini. As such, the car sports a semi-monocoque design that prioritizes luxury over the lightweight, racing-centric profile typical of E-Type units. For a beastly ride such as this, you might think it odd that the Daily Telegraph, a publication, commissioned this one. It debuted at the 1967 London Motor Show, polarizing purists of the E-Type. But, of course, it wowed those with an eye for innovation.

A lot of folks would go on to pursue their own commissions. As such, the Priana underwent several modifications. There’s a manual transmission variant. And an automatic. There’s a two-seater, too. Plus a 2+2 GT version. But here, now, it’s in its original specification, nostalgic glory all intact.

Unfortunately, the 1967 Jaguar Pirana didn’t proceed and stayed, sadly, a one-off. However, Gandini would use many of the concepts here on the production of Espada in 1968.

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Photos courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Bugatti Chiron Centuria

If someone thinks the Bugatti Chiron needs more retooling, they’re simply crazy. Yet that’s exactly the headspace Mansory needed to be in when it built this Bugatti Chiron Centuria, which is unbelievably more formidable than its base inspiration.

A listing for the car popped up Monday on the German tuning company’s website. The mod marks the first time anyone has dared to modify the Chrino, on its own already a pretty beastly affair. But as you know in the world of cars, the best is a peak not a plateau. Mansory knew the Bugatti Chiron set a high bar. So it moved that bar even further.

In all fairness, Mansory has the credentials to back it up. It’s been renovating Bugatti cars since 2009. And here’s how it describes itself:

“No other company can boast more experience in individualization of these million-dollar luxury sports cars than the team around company founder and designer Kourosh Mansory.”

You get the idea. As of this time, it’s not exactly clear if Mansory touched the ride’s 1,500 horsepower, 8-liter, W-16 engine. It did, however, redo the exterior. On top of a new Centuria blue paint job, the supercar now boasts bespoke carbon-fiber body panels, new side skirts, and a diffuser. It’s also got a redesigned wing, which will apparently improve the car’s aerodynamics.

Mansory also added larger intake inlets on the hood for better engine cooling. There’s a special exhaust and fully forged alloy wheels as well, complete with a turbine design and a carbon-fiber finish.

Now, on to the big question — how much?

Well, you can get the Bugatti Chiron Centuria for a cool Centuria for $4.8 million.

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Photos courtesy of Mansory

Rolls-Royce Wraith Eagle VIII

Not long ago, Rolls-Royce paid homage to space exploration with a limited edition take called the Phantom Tranquillity. This sweet ride has all the bells and whistles that match its luxury vibe. It seems that special releases are still on the menu with the unveiling of the Rolls-Royce Wraith Eagle VIII. Just like the former, this new ride likewise pays homage to another historical feat for humanity. You can say that this ride is one fitting tribute for the pioneers of transatlantic flight.

For those of you who love their history, Arthur Brown and John Alcock were the first to complete a non-stop flight over the Atlantic ocean. These British aviators piloted a World War I Vickers Vimy bomber from Newfoundland to Ireland. The duo was also carrying mail at the time, thus marking it as the first transatlantic airmail flight as well.

The Wraith Eagle VIII is a fitting name for this commemorative vehicle for a specific reason. The aforementioned aircraft was powered by two 350-horsepower 20.3-liter Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines. This exclusive run will offer only 50 examples of this premium automobile. The exterior sports a Selby Grey and two-tone Gunmetal colorway. Additionally, the front grille vanes and wheels feature a dark coat of paint as well.

Slip inside the lavish cabin and witness a similar color scheme of Selby Grey and Black leather upholstery. Aviation enthusiasts will no doubt admire the eucalyptus wood panels of the dash with inlaid copper and silver. These apparently mimic the view pilots see of cities during night time flights. The Rolls-Royce Wraith Eagle VIII is another mesmerizing masterpiece of automotive craftsmanship.

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Mercedes-AMG S 65 Final Edition

The moment a carmaker announces a limited edition model, regular consumers can’t help but let out a heavy sigh. These exclusive models normally go for insane prices that only the elite can ever hope to afford. If you belong to the affluent crowd that hates to be seen driving a regular production model, then get ready. The Mercedes-AMG S 65 Final Edition is a badass and sexy beauty with a monster under the hood.

The high-gloss Obsidian Black coat and matte bronze accents give it a sinister appearance, which we love. The latter color is also available on its multi-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels, which completes the stylish ensemble.

This luxury sedan features a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine capable of 630 horsepower with 738 lb-ft at 2,300-4,300 rpm. It’s enough power to push this two and a half-ton vehicle from zero to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. The manufacturer reveals that it will be the last production vehicle model to carry the V12 power plant.

Let’s move on to the interior of the Mercedes-AMG S 65 Final Edition, which closely mirrors the color scheme you see outside. Passengers will bask in the comfort of black Nappa leather seats with copper stitching. To remind owners of its exclusive nature, a badge sits on the center console that establishes its status. Equally notable are the motorized back seats that you can adjust for ideal comfort during travel. Only 130 examples of this black beauty will be available for purchase, which easily makes it a collector’s item from the get-go.

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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Mid-Engine

Chevrolet’s 2020 Corvette Mid-Engine is real and set to hit the road this summer. Chevy just uploaded the first teaser photo on its Instagram page, showing a camouflaged production model.

Corvette engines have always lived under the front hood, but for the 2020 models, they’ll move behind the seats. This design is called the mid-engine, and is standard in many of today’s greatest supercars. The Lamborghini Aventador and McLaren Senna are just two among several.

Right now, the specs of this 2020 Chevy Corvette Mid-Engine is anyone’s guess, basically. But some speculate the powertrain to have a brand-new V8 engine and an automatic dual-clutch transmission. Possibly even the same eight-speed PDK gearbox found in the latest Porsche 911.

It’s not yet clear if the mid-engine model will replace the current C7 unit. That includes the Stingray, Grand Sport, Z06, and the flagship ZR1. By the looks of it, it’s highly likely the 2020 Chevy Corvette Mid-Engine will replace the C7. Why? Well, the reveal came with an announcement of the final C7 car.

That ride will go into auction care off Barrett-Jackson. Earnings from the winning bid will go to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. That’s in honor of the New York City firefighter of the same name who died during the September 11 attacks.

You can hit the link below to visit Chevy’s website. They’re letting users sign up for updates on the 2020 Chevy Mid-Engine Corvette, so make sure to leave your email if you want to be up to speed. Make sure to check back with Men’s Gear as we learn more.

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1972 Magnus Walker Porsche 911 STR II

Fresh out of England, Magnus Walker braved Los Angeles penniless. But at the bottom, there’s nowhere else to go but up. So Walker built a fashion empire from the ground up, and redefined what it means to be a true Porsche fan.

Perhaps the best quality about Walker is he isn’t afraid to be bold, to push boundaries. Which is why it gives him no fear to add plenty of flair to vintage Porsches. That outlandish, no-Fs-given style sentiment is reflected in all his car. His Porsche 911 STR II is no exception, of course.

It’s perhaps his most popular build yet, having been featured on a coterie of magazines and TV shows. It’s also a darling within hundreds of editorials and online blogs. Walker calls it his “best build to date,” something that’s extremely hard to argue against.

As for the specs, you’ll find an air-cooled 3.2-liter flat-six engine underneath, with 275 ponies. That’s mated to a 915 transmission, just as Porsche intended. There’s an updated suspension, too, plus a new black interior. That lends it road handling ability well beyond a stock Porsche 911 would be capable of. Despite the newfangled stuff, Walker thought to retain the car’s non-assisted dynamics, exactly what makes them famous in the first place.

This is probably one of the only few chances you’ll get toward owning an outlaw Porsche 911. And it’s a no-reserve auction, so it’s practically anyone’s for the taking provided you swoop in fast enough to steal it.

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1973 Maserati Bora 4.9

The Maserati Bora is an iconic model from the Italian sportscar manufacturer. A landmark car, it earned Maserati several of its firsts — first mid-engine layout, first fully-independent suspension chassis, and so on.

There were rumors in 1968 that Ferrari was going o unleash a mid-engine vehicle called Dino. Not wanting to be potentially outdone, Maserati got to work quickly. It began designing its own mid-engine car, but with an entirely different direction. Whereas Ferrari’s Dino didn’t carry the brand name and had only a wee V6 engine, the Bora was a larger GT with a V8. Its design harkened back to the ‘50s, with tapered edges, boxxy curves, and that droopy hood.

Still, Maserati stopped with the nostalgia there. And we’re glad it did. Though ‘50s-heavy, this ride still represents the zenith of 70s Italian design. Its long, low look crafted by legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro is enough of an indication. But just in case it doesn’t suffice, turn to the car’s hydraulic system, which powers everything from the pedals to the headlights.

The model above is a 1973 Bora Maserati 4.9, which comes with a 4.9-liter V8 engine. It’s coated in the original campagne colorway, too, looking like rust if you watch it at certain angles. With completely matching numbers, too. Comprehensively restored in 1989, the only thing this bad boy needs right this second is a driver. One who’s worthy enough to hightail this uncompromising supercar to great distances. Oh, and $280,000, please. Head to PrinsClassics and get on a quote.

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Photos courtesy of PrinsClassics

1964 Shelby Cobra 289

Two worlds collided and turned into the Shelby 289 Cobra, which represents the very best of American and British automotive innovation. Legendary designer Carroll Shelby took an AC chassis and body and paired it with a Ford V-8 engine, the result a sophisticated teeter between sleekness and performance.

While not as powerful as the fan favorite Shelby Cobra 427 S/C, the Cobra 289 remains revered as the one to get. The above, more specifically, is a second-generation Mark II model. It’s got quite a high-octane history, having burned rubber at the SCCA United States Road Racing Championship. It lost only once in three years.

The car has spent much of its time over the years sitting pretty in collections. And along the way, it’s had a pretty intensive restoration. So, no signs of wear, at all. It’s still pumping to this day after snagging the top title at the 1967 SCCA Nationals. And people have used it in numerous vintage events up until now. Talk about endurance.

After many lonely hours at the showroom, the car is now ready for a garage to call it its new home. You can hit up Auxietre & Schmidt to get a price quote if you’re interested in snatching this bad boy up. Do note that it won’t be cheap, but you probably already knew that. It comes with a LeMans Hardtop, too. Will definitely look great alongside your other Shelbys in storage. Just make sure to leave something for the rest of us!

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Photos courtesy of Auxietre & Schmidt

2019 Bentley Continental GT Number 9 Edition By Mulliner

To remind us of how long certain manufacturers have existed, special edition items are usually in order. These serve to commemorate their achievements and to show off some of the best that they can do. 2019 already has its fair share of awesome rides that are on their way to showrooms later this year. Let’s check out another one that’s recently making a splash across the automotive industry. The 2019 Bentley Continental GT Number 9 Edition by Mulliner.

This exceptional ride reportedly pays homage to Sir Henry Ralph Stanley Birkin, an iconic member of the original Bentley Boys. This awe-inspiring luxury vehicle apparently draws inspiration from the former’s famous Blower that won the 1930 Le Mans 24 Hours race. Making its debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the British carmaker is employing the expert hands of Mulliner to deck out this fancy automobile. To celebrate its 100 years in operation, the Number 9 Edition will have an exclusive run of only 100 examples.

You’ll notice that the grille bears the number 9 as a nod to the race care familiar to fans of motorsports. Lucky owners can have it in Beluga Black or Viridian Green, which are both equally stunning options. Additionally, the interior upholstery comes in either Beluga or Cumbrian Green leather upon request. In place of some of the chrome components of the base model, you’ll find black accents instead. The 2019 Bentley Continental GT Number 9 Edition by Mulliner is also sitting on four bespoke 21-inch wheels. Meanwhile, the center dial of the rotating dashboard includes a wooden insert from the original Birkin’s original Blower car.

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2020 Morgan Plus Six Powered By A BMW Engine

British automaker Morgan Motor packs a new engine underneath the Morgan Plus Six, its official 2020 model unit.

Has there even been a more premium vehicle? You’re talking an all-new aluminum bonded platform and BMW’s turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine. That’s the same one powering the 2020 BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra. Which is all to say the Morgan Plus Six will deliver a similar performance. That means 335 ponies 369 pound-feet of torque.

It’s no Quicksilver, sure, but you’ll be zooming past zero to 60 in just 4.2 seconds. Morgan Motor probably couldn’t have done better than a top speed of 166 mph. But that’s not too shabby at all, if we’re being honest.

More about that engine, now. Morgan Motor chose it because it was designed with fuel efficiency in mind. That’s why you get a combined mpg of 38.2 miles per gallon. The only downside is that this isn’t a manual, so manual loyalists out there have to hold out. If you have no qualms with the car’s 8-speed automatic transmission, then feel free to issue a check.

Other features include lightweight composite hard-top, which will come standard in all touring models. There’s an updated interior as well, plus a slew of customizations. Throw in a new wheel design on top of that, by the way.

The Morgan Plus Six will launch with a couple of First Edition models. Morgan Motor is accepting orders in the UK right now, so what are you waiting for? That’s £77,995, please.

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Photos courtesy of Morgan Motor

Pininfarina All-Electric Battista

Pininfarina has unveiled its all-electric ride, called the Pininfarina Battista. Launching in 2020, the Battista is poised to be the most formidable road-legal EV.

Boasting 1,900 ponies, the Battista rages from zero to 60 in less than two seconds, and is offers a top speed of over 217mph. That effectively makes it one of the fastests electric cars on the planet. Just quick enough to beat Ferrari’s own hypercar, and perhaps just as fast, if not faster than the Ferrari F1.

To make the all-electric powertrain possible, Pininfarina worked with Rimac. The result? A beastly 120 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that trails 279 miles easy in just a single charge. These are mind-boggling specs, especially for an EV. It blows any other car out of the road, without even using a drop of gas.

The car also boasts an all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring and carbon ceramic six-piston brakes. Custom Pirelli tires with 21-inch wheels prop everything up, coupled with a full carbon fiber monocoque structure for some flair.

Pininfarina will only produce 150 Battista units globally. Each will be developed, hand-crafted and manufactured in Turin, Italy. Yes, the country that gave birth to two of the most famous companies people associate with hypercars.

The release date is still a ways to go, of course, but that doesn’t keep us from being thoroughly impressed with Pininfarina’s first car. From now to 2020, however, it’s entirely possible something will come out that eclipses Battista’s numbers. The silver lining is that, if such ever happens, the ride’s price will likely drop. A win-win for consumers.

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Emory AWD 1964 Porsche 356 C4S

The most interesting aspect of this car isn’t its eccentric blend of boxxy and curvy corners. That’s already typical of a Porsche 356, of course. You’ll find its special weapon underneath, more specifically the 1990 911 C4 running gear, which here is paired with the body of a Porsche 356.

An unexpected, but certainly welcome, if not surprising, combination that you don’t expect would work, but does. Emory Motorsports built this one for a client who wanted the polished elegance of a 356. That and enough power for the car to get him to and from snowy ski trips. The custom job proved to be a challenge — this car is actually four years in the making.

Emory Motorsports took down the bodywork from this AWD 1964 Porsche 356 C4S and widened it. Not just for aesthetic reasons, but to accommodate the 911’s rear track, whose wheelbase they shortened, as well.

There’s a 2.4-liter Emory-Rothsport Outlaw-4 engine keeping everything revved up, which tops out at 200 ponies. That’s plenty powerful enough, even for modest, snow-lined tracks. That’s paired with the C4’s five-speed manual gearbox, giving a refined performance. The whole ride rests on 16-inch black powder-coated wheels with Pirelli Ice Zero tires.

The result is your everyday gorgeous Porsche, but one that’s far, far more utilitarian in spirit than its coevals. Other people’s ski trips will probably not hold a candle to that client’s. Lucky them. The car gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “arriving in style.”

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McLaren 600LT Spider By MSO

You’re looking at McLaren Special Operations’ latest handiwork. The crafty customization folks turned to the McLaren 600LT Spider and asked themselves how an already gorgeous-looking ride can look even more dashing.

MSO decided to wrap the entire vehicle in a ridiculously posh Dove Gray coating. The scene-stealer, however, are the Napier Green accents throughout, which add a bright contrast to the car’s luxuriously dreary paint job.

You’ll find them nearly everywhere. On the sides, the brake calipers, and even on the tips of the aerodynamic components, including the front splitter and rear diffuser’s ribs. There’s more green inside, including some on the seats and a strip on the steering wheel, too.

Don’t mistake it for being just green, by the way. MSO used a special technique to apply the color, putting the shade onto a light, flexible film before affixing it to the panel. This isn’t the first time the company has used this method. It’s the same one it applied on the 720S GT3 and 570S GT4. It all comes together with the retractable roof, which features MSO Bespoke’s Carbon Black Shade.

Not to be overlooked are the carbon fiber pieces, which are featured on the front fender louvers and elsewhere. 10-spoke forged wheels with a gloss-black finish keep the ride propped up.

Inside, there’s more carbon fiber on the door inserts and sides of the center tunnel. There’s also a nice little touch here: a 600LT emblem on the accelerator pedal.

Underneath is a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with 592 ponies and a torque of 457 pound-feet. The engine outputs goes through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, and you’ll be hitting zero to 60 in just 2.8 seconds.

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Photos courtesy of McLaren Special Operations

This 2019 Bentley Bentayga By Mulliner Is Heading To Japan

During car shows, we often see the latest and the best automakers that automakers can offer. These include concept vehicles that usually never make it into production and limited-edition models. The former normally lives on in our imagination, while the latter eventually becomes available albeit in small numbers. While supercars and hypercars are notably popular, the luxury market is equally as exciting. Enter the 2019 Bentley Bentayga by Mulliner, a Japanese only release with only 10 examples in line for production.

So what makes these variants different from the regular version? The name obviously holds a clue, which advertises a touch of elegant stylings from the folks at Mulliner. These experts live and breathe for the customization of Bentley vehicles. As such, these Japan-bound models flaunt unique elements that make the exterior and interior stand out from regular Bentaygas.

Starting off with what’s on the outside, you have an exclusive new shade of paint that the manufacturer calls Porcelain. The SUV also sites on 22-inch Mulliner Paragon wheels that sports hubcaps that keep the winged logo upright at all times. Additionally, both of its front doors proudly bear the union jack emblem projects the marque’s name on the ground when it’s open.

Up front sits a chrome matrix grille that looks classy. Meanwhile, the cabin of each 2019 Bentley Bentayga by Mulliner showcases a mixture of blue and white leather with camel brown stitching. Owners can likewise bask in the beauty of the dashboard’s wooden strip. Taking cues from the traditional Japanese parquetry, each intricate panel takes three months to complete.  Each of the 10 units will carry a price tag of around $285,000.

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1984 Ferrari F40 LM

By now RM Sotheby’s is a regular at Men’s Gear seeing that it never runs out of cool cars to show. The above, a 1984 Ferrari F40 LM coupe, is just one of many now up for auction.

The F40 was actually the last car Enzo Ferrari oversaw. It came out in 1987 to commemorate Italian automaker’s 40th anniversary. And also to capitalize on the 288 GTO, which was developed for the FIA Group B racing formula.

This particular model, chassis no. 74045, carries quite a history. The factory intended to use it as nothing more than a pre-production prototype, but Le Mans and IMSA driver Rene Herzog decided to buy it in 1992. Herzog sent the car to Michelotto for conversion to LM specification.

Shortly after its completion, however, Herzog ownership gave it to Charles Zuger. Then, in 1995, Stephane Ratel bought the car and raced it in the European GT Championship in the same year. Then he sold it mid-season to the French Pilot-Aldix team for use in the BPR Global GT Series.

That’s some historic imprint for a car never meant to be more than just a raw road car. If anything, it proves a great car can come from anywhere with the right modifications. As such, the F40 LM has a 2.9-liter V8 engine went up to 700 horsepower from 471 in stock trim. And it was slimmed down by more than 400 pounds following adjustments and chassis modifications.

This particular F40 LM model finished 12th overall in the at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans. Not only that, but it achieved such a feat eight years after it was built. No one does it like Ferrari.

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1982 BMW Alpina B7 S Turbo

This BMW beaut, now up for auction at RM Sotheby’s, is an Alpina B7 S. That’s a huge deal, and if you don’t know why, shame on you.

Just kidding. Of course, all vintage car fans know that Alpina makes high-performance versions of BMW cars. It’s been doing that for more than 50 years now, bringing spoked wheels and turbocharged motors to BMW’s otherwise vanilla models.

Suffice it to say that Alpina makes better BMW cars than BMW itself. You want proof? Look no further than the ride you see above, a 1982 Alpina B7 S. With its boxxy yet sleek corners and understated decals, this ride screams vintage.

But the car isn’t just about looks. Alpina didn’t skimp on the specs, that much its clear. We’re talking a twin-turbo 3.5-liter inline six that makes 330 horsepower. That’s not terribly impressive these days, of course. But those are insane numbers at the time and brought the car parallel to dedicated sports coupes of the era.

If you knew enough about Alpina, you wouldn’t be surprised at all. The automaker’s philosophy was that owning a sedan shouldn’t mean forgetting that you still deserve utmost speed and performance. As such, apart from the engine, Alpina threw in a lot of other upgrades for the Alpina B7 S. Like improvements to the suspension, new shocks, springs, and additional bracing, to boot.

This particular 1982 Alpina B7 S model is the 22nd made out of just a total of 60. We expect for hardcore vintage car collectors to eat this one up in no time. The car has been driven merely 36,000 miles, by the way. Owning it means also owning a thrilling chunk of the history of high-performance sedans.

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Photos courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

1994 Venturi 400 GT Trophy Coupe

Now up for auction is this sleek 400 GT Trophy Coupe from 1994, made by French supercar legend Venturi.

The sportscar brand flourished for 16 years before being acquired and reinvented as an electric car company. While now a Formula E team, its legacy is never forgotten amongst the automobile crowd.

Most notably, it was only one of the few companies that were able to create a true rival to Porsche Ferrari in the ‘90s. That includes the 400 GT you see above, with its twin-turbo V6 engine made by Renault, Peugeot, and Volvo. It tops up to a horsepower of 402 and reaches zero to 60 in under 5 seconds. It’s also got a top speed of 181 mph. Such numbers put it on par with Ferrari cars back in its heydays, although it remains impressive today.

More specifically, this Venturi 400 GT is the 25th Venturi ever built and is 1 of 76 race-converted models. It received a fresh coat of paint in 1995 by renowned artist Jean-Yves Lacroix. Beyond the looks, though, it’s got a stupendous racing career. Later in its life, the car was adjusted for road-legal specifications and has been well preserved and serviced since.

RM Sotheby’s will auction off the car this February 6. The estimated price is between $137,000 to $228,000. That’s quite a wide window, most certainly, but just par for the course since the Venturi 400 GT isn’t just a car. It’s also a testament to a thrilling period in the French automotive history.

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Photos courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Ferrari 812 Superfast By Novitec

Novitec is a custom shop that believes fast cars can be faster. Its latest handiwork? The Ferrari 812 Superfast, which, already beastly enough as it is, got an extra boost, at least visually, thanks to the crafty (and perhaps mad) folks at Novitec.

Unfortunately, this customized car doesn’t have more power than a regular 812 Superfast. In other words, Novitec did a purely visual upgrade. However, the shop says its engineers are working on a “performance upgrades” for the ride’s base 6.5-litre V12 engine.

If true, that means we could be getting something even faster than the machine’s standard 789 horsepower, and perhaps something more impressive than its already amazing 0 to 60 acceleration in just under three seconds.

So yes, it’s a bummer Novitec didn’t make a faster car out of a fast car, but don’t fret. It did make an already cool-looking ride even cooler. Novitec swapped out huge body parts in favor of carbon fiber ones. Among them are the wind-tunnel-developed chin spoiler and front grille attachment, rocker panels, a rear spoiler lip, and the rear fascia.

You can take that even further with an optional shocks package. It lowers the whole ride to 1.37 inches. On the other hand, there’s also a hydraulic lift that can raise the front end by 1.57 inches. Pricing information is yet to come, unfortunately. Expect the cost to be astronomical, of course. Certainly much more expensive than a regular 812 Superfast. We’ll update this article once we learn more, so stay tuned.

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Maserati Quattroporte GTS Nerissimo

Unlike Ferrari and Lamborghini, one prestigious Italian carmaker managed to create a model that accommodates more than two people. We are aware that supercars are normally two-seaters with some exceptions. Yet, one brand intentionally breaks the mold with its four-door performance catalog. What we have here is the Maserati Quattroporte GTS Nerissimo and boy does it look stunning.

The marque plans to keep production small with only 50 units available globally. Its exclusivity will likely bump up the level of desire for collectors to own one immediately. This exquisite machine holds a 530-horsepower V8 engine that pushes out 650 Nm of torque. Additionally, the assembly uses a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers outstanding performance and control.

Talking about control, the driver can choose from various operating modes such as ICE (increased Control & Efficiency), Manual Normal, Manual Sport, Auto Sport, and Auto Normal. Armed with cutting-edge adaptive software, the system adjusts according to its operator’s driving style.

This luxury sports sedan is dressed to the nines—since Maserati wants to turn heads with the Quattroporte GTS Nerissimo. Furthermore, the interior is bedecked with plenty of carbon fiber and lavish hand-stitched leather upholstery. The craftsmanship and quality of this four-door transport even show on the companion accessories that come with the package.

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A 1945 Jeep Willys Once Owned By Steve McQueen

Up for auction now is a 1945 Jeep Willys once owned by “The King of Cool” himself. That’s right: Legendary Oscar-winning actor Steve McQueen. His passion for cars, or really anything with wheels and a motor, was well-known, even to this day. McQueen once owned a Ferrari 275 GTB/4, for instance. And, well, also nearly every car or motorcycle worth driving during his time.

While the Jeep Willys obviously isn’t as monstrous as some of the other cars in McQueen’s stash, it’s still an icon of cool. This Jeep was sold as Lot 532 at the “Steve McQueen Estate Auction” in November 1984 at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, the lucky bidder paying about ten times the regular price.

Purchase this and not only will you get to own a piece of history, you’ll also receive a Bill of Sale signed by Kenneth Zifferen. He’s a co-trustee of the McQueen Children’s Trust, in case you didn’t know. Also included is the Certificate of Authenticity from the Steve McQueen Estate Sale in Las Vegas. Plus the original auction catalog from the Estate Sale. And also the original advertisement flyer.

This Jeep Willys has been renovated and fully recommissioned the way it would have been in McQueen’s ownership by marque specialists and leading Jeep experts. In a sense, it’s like getting a brand-new car.

The price is expected to go as high as $100,000. But that’s nothing for the incredible historical value you’ll get your hands on. Now’s the time to empty some space out in your garage for this cool car once owned by the coolest man in Hollywood.

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Photos courtesy of Silverstone Auctions