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Buy a Ferrari like the one driven by the Sultan of Brunei. It ain’t cheap

A video featuring a very blond blonde and a very red Ferrari? That’s certainly one way to attract some attention.

We don’t have the skinny on the lady, but the Testarossa Spider is straight out of the annals of wretched excess. It goes on the auction block in London next Saturday with opening bids at $1.6 million. The video is a teaser tweet for the event.

According to documentation offered by the auction house of RM Sotheby’s, this 1990 stunner, a “Special Production” Pininfarina-engineered convertible, was part of a custom lot of Ferraris commissioned by a high-roller in the Brunei royalty household. In 2021, when, according to Sotheby’s, it was “revived from its life-long state of static display,” the car was shuttled to two factories in Italy for “restoration.”  The cost was 94,300 Euros to repair the top’s latch and repaint the machine.  Another 83,170 Euros was budgeted to fiddle with a new clutch and “refresh” the interior. Lay those numbers on your local garage.

It’s believed, the press release goes on to say, that, in the end, Pininfarina made seven almost identical but ultimately unique “Spider” adaptations, “each finished in a different exterior and interior color combination.”  And, in addition to these Brunei cars, a very small number of Testarossa Spiders, like the one to go on auction, were built for important clients, including the current consignor, who ordered his (or hers) in 1989. There are a reported 413 kilometers on the clock.

But wait: apparently maestro Pininfarina — perhaps in the throes of an eccentric mood — rebelled back in the Eighties against the convention of assigning just a common 17-digit vehicle identification numbers to his creations, and so identified the car described above with the VIN of “EFG092.” Go figure.

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An assortment of emblematic supercars is headed to auction

Auction house RM Sotheby’s is giving enthusiasts the chance to bid on the supercars that they had posters of when they were kids. It’s organizing a live sale in Miami, Florida, in December 2022 that’s limited to 60 high-end models built between the 1970s and the 2010s.

The oldest car in the catalog is a V12-powered 1974 Jaguar E-Type, though keep in mind that only 20 of the 60 available slots have been filled so far. At the other end of the spectrum, the newest model is currently a 2014 BMW M5. If your automotive tastes are firmly anchored in the 1980s, there’s a wide selection of cars to choose from such as a 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition and a 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo with a flat-nose conversion. If your heart belongs in the 1990s, RM’s sale includes a 1990 Lamborghini LM 002, a 1995 Ferrari 512 M, and a 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo. Bentley models and a 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR are among the newer classics.

Carmakers weren’t alone in pursuing speed, style, and extravagance in the 1980s; tuners fought hard for a piece of the pie as well, and RM’s sale reflects that. Collectors will get the rare opportunity to bid on a number of pre-merger AMG models like a 1982 Mercedes-Benz 500SL 5.0 (R107), a 1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC 6.0 (C126) with a wide-body kit, and a 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL 6.0 (W126). BMW-based Alpina models are well represented, too: RM accepted a pair of 6 Series-based 1987 B7 coupes and a 3 Series-based B6 2.8. 

There are several slots left so it’s not too late to submit your car. If you’re a buyer, plan on being in Miami on December 9 and 10, 2022. We suggest clearing up space in your garage first: every car is offered with no reserve, so the selling price will be the highest bid.

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This one-off Ferrari Enzo is someone’s white whale

Forgive this blasphemy, but the best color for Ferraris is not red. Rosso Corsa might be the national racing color of Italy but, frankly, these days Mazda has a better red. Drowning in a crimson tide of red ‘Rraris at a car show gets old after a while, and being smothered by a Ferrari store’s retina-searing red is akin to what Jonah suffered while stuck in the belly of a whale. 

There are so many better hues for a Ferrari. Verde Pino on a 250 Lusso, Blu Tour de France on a Daytona. And Bianco Avus, a.k.a. white, on an Enzo. That last one happens to be up for auction at R.M. Sotheby’s in Ontario, Canada next week. It’s also quite likely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a white Enzo, because of all the 400 or so that came out of Maranello, only one was only one finished in Bianco Avus.

The auction lists it as THE white Enzo, but that is actually a bit misleading. According to records it is indeed the sole Bianco Avus specimen of the 651-horsepower supercar. To be completely accurate, though, there is another white Enzo out there. That one is finished in a pearl white called Bianco Fuji and located, appropriately, in Japan.

None of that takes away from the fact that the car for sale is a rare and stunning specimen. It was designed as a flagship to link Ferrari road cars with its Formula 1 racers, which finally reclaimed the championship in 2000 after a 20-year absence in the winner’s circle. Its carbon fiber bodywork, carbon-ceramic brakes, and high-revving V12 were derived from Scuderia Ferrari’s warhorses. Simply called Enzo, it was named to honor the prancing horse firm’s founder, and production coincided with Ferrari’s five-year F1 winning streak from 2000-04. 

The Bianco Avus Enzo is one of 20 “extracampionario” cars painted in a color from the off-menu palette. For that privilege, it is said customers would have had to purchase both of the Enzo’s immediate predecessors, the F40 and F50.

Our argument for a white Enzo is based on the theory that if you’re already driving a shouty supercar, there’s no need to also slather it in a shouty color. Some of us enjoy the car for what it is, without all the attention that a bright red sports car would attract. Unique design elements like the floating red taillights would get lost in red as well. 

In any case, at least one unnamed German-Swiss billionaire agrees. The car was finished on May 22, 2003 and sold to that billionaire in Switzerland where it was displayed in the window of a store in Matran, before changing ownership to a collector in Hong Kong in 2011. According to the auction, it was unregistered during its time there because LHD cars aren’t road legal, and is now under temporary import to Canada where it will be presented at auction June 29-30. 

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First 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 to be auctioned

We expect the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 to break at least one record before the coming super-coupe has been objectively timed and tested. Barrett-Jackson will auction the first retail example of what should be the most amazing Z06 the world has ever seen during the auction house’s annual Scottsdale, Arizona, event on January 29 at around 8:30 p.m. The last charity Corvette the auction house sold was the first 2020 C8 Corvette, which NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick bought for $3 million. With his winning bid, Hendrick set the benchmark hammer price for a Barrett-Jackson charity car, and eclipsed the $2.9 million paid for the last front-engined Corvette in 2019. Although not assured, it doesn’t take much imagination to conceive of bidding for the 2023 Z06 cruising right past $3 million to a new record.  

Whatever the final tally is, every cent of the hammer price for lot #3009 will be donated to a charity called Operation Homefront, Barrett-Jackson forgoing its usual fees. The 20-year-old nonprofit Operation Homefront exists to help the post-9/11 wounded, military families, and veterans with financial assistance and housing support.

The car on the block will be a stand-in hardtop, not convertible, the Z06 not scheduled to enter production until September of this year. It sounds unlikely the winning car will be VIN 001, with language noting the coupe could be “subject to a state-issued VIN and/or other state requirements” depending on where the owner hails from. After winning, the buyer will be invited to configure what will be the first retail example of the production line, meaning choosing one of 12 exterior colors and seven interior and wheel treatments, then making the even bigger choice of whether to append the Z07 Performance Package that adds frills like a big rear wing, canards, and carbon fiber wheels.

And with two more powerful Corvette versions thought to be on the way — the ZR1 and the performance hybrid perhaps called Zora or E-Ray — the Z06 likely won’t hold for long the benchmark among its kind for price at the gavel.

As for the everyday buyer, it’s going to require a few trips around the sun to take delivery of a new Z06 even for those who put reservations in months ago. Buyers in one thread on the C8Z06 forum talked about making $2,000 refundable deposits with one dealer as soon as the reservations system opened, then being told they were as far back as between 4,000 and 5,000 on the waiting list. And that’s just one dealer. Might not be too soon to start thinking about putting money aside and making friends at a dealership to get a good shot at the C9.

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1995 McLaren F1 with only 242 miles sets record auction price

Update: The McLaren F1 you see above set a new auction record for the model at Gooding and Company’s auction. The winning bid was $18,600,000, with the final sale price of $20,465,000. According to Hemmings this tops the previous record set in 2019 of a little over $19,000,000. The text has been updated.

With a run of just 106 examples, a massive top speed of 240 miles per hour, and a Le Mans-winning racing pedigree, every McLaren F1 sports car is special. Some are just a bit more special than others, though, such as the 1995 example you see above. It’s a unique color combination and only has 242 miles on the clock. It also set a record for sale price at Gooding and Company’s auction at Pebble Beach this year.

The car is the 25th McLaren F1 built and the only one to have been finished in a paint color called “Creighton Brown,” which the auction house notes was named after an executive who helped get McLaren’s road car business up and running. The interior continues the brown theme with dark and light leather throughout.

And as for the low miles, it’s evident beyond the odometer. Apparently it’s still sitting on the same tires it came with back in 1995. So, if you do happen to put more miles on it, please get a new set to drive on, and put the originals in a safe place for your safety and their preservation. The car also comes with all its matching luggage, its original watch, the complete tool chest, roadside tool kit, owner’s manual, service book and official book talking about the development of the car.

Gooding and Company says this is the lowest mileage F1 example to go to auction, and coupled with its unique color scheme, they expected a high price, and they got it. With a final sale price of $20,465,000, it’s the most expensive McLaren F1 ever sold.

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10 Sales That Smashed The Hagerty Price Guide In 2020

The name Hagerty should ring a bell as one of the best classic vehicle insurer in the world, but they also have a Drivers Club with 600,000 members, a classic magazine that’s printed 800,000 times, and their YouTube channel has 1.4m subscribers, Hagerty is a world-class automotive lifestyle brand.

Hagerty also offers a Price Guide for cars, they keep track of auction results, compare those against the original estimate, but also monitor independent sale, the value at which cars are insured, and use their figures to help set prices in the automotive marketplace … however, sometimes they get it wrong, and a car goes to auction and reaches a never expected high bid … and this is their list of cars that outperformed everyone’s expectations when the hammer came down at auction in the UK:

The highest priced Lamborghini Miura ever:

Listed at the Passion of a Lifetime auction on Saturday, 05 September 2020 by Gooding and Company, our headline photo depicts the 1971 Oro Metallizzato P400 SV Speciale was estimated at $2,000,000 to $2,600,000 … the winning bid was $ 4,163,219 due to the fact it was one of a very few factory-built SV’s with Dry Sump lubrication and a limited-slip differential.

The most underestimated car on the list:

A 1972 Bentley Corniche was offered by Silverstone Auctions in July 2020 with an estimated value between $100,697 and $113,284, while Hagerty had put a value of only $78,166 on this car … it sold for a massive $199,664 at the auction, 155% more than what Hagerty deemed the car to be worth.

The 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

This R107 was made in 1989, sold by Historics at their September auction, the red roadster had only 10,000 miles on the counter with an estimate between $32,162 and $38,594 … it would sell at 146% of Hagerty’s $36,664 own evaluation … with a winning bid of $90,289.

A 1988 Porsche 928 SE

At one time the Porsche 928 was an entry-level car into the world of Porsche, values were low, but that might not be the case anymore today, as this 1988 example managed to impress buyers at the Silverstone Auctions in November by reaching a sale price of $170,684 while Hagerty listed only $90,768 for this car.

This SE, for Sport Equipment did have a mere 10,325 miles since new and being one of only 42 units made for the UK market in RHD, this specific Porsche 928 was a rare model indeed.

The 2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S

Another Porsche raised eyebrows when sold at $106,847 instead of the $80,202 Hagerty valuation, this 996 model was 15 years old at the time of the August Silverstone Auction venue, the auction house has set the estimate between $59,359 and $72,551 for this 18,000 mile super car.

A classic 1961 Jaguar Mk II 3.8

These beautiful Jaguar four-door sedans from the Sixties are highly sought after, especially in good condition, but this 1961 matching-numbers sample came with a pedigree: previous ownership by a celebrity, complete with comprehensive history, magazine features, and certification. The Hagerty value of $85,104 was shattered by selling for $114,000 a the May Silverstone Auction.

A 1987 BMW M3 E30 Competition Pack

I have owned a BMW E30 when I was 19 years old, but unfortunately not an M3 Competition Pack, and when I sold it in the late Eighties, it certainly didn’t get me the amount of money that was needed to buy this special M3 when it sold for $113,329 last year.

Hagerty had put a value of $88,152 on this car, which started life as a street version M3, it was later converted into a rally car, complete with a balanced and lightened 2.5-liter competition engine … but part of the high price surely came from the fact this BMW M3 came from Jay Kay’s personal collection.

1960 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Hardtop

These classic W121 series Mercedes have been expensive for years now, still this 1960 model sold at the Goodwood Speedweek by Bonhams for an unexpected $189,289 after it was given a high estimate of $146,310 by the auction house, and a little higher value at $154,845 by Hagerty.

A 1973 Dino 246 GTS

Over the last decades, the value for a Dino 246 has skyrocketed, back in the beginning of 2000 these would hardly reach over $75,000 … but these days a 1973 Dino 246 GTS, which is the spider version, gets an estimate between $365,776 and $426,738. This Italian beauty reached $411,497 at auction in July, still 21% more than what Hagerty valued her at, $339,927.

Another multi-million Lamborghini Miura

We end this list of top-10 unexpected sales with another milestone car, the 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV, valued at $2,097,113 by Hagerty, which was considerable less than Silverstone Auctions own high estimate of $2,926,204, this rare RHD Miura SV was sold to a customer in Australia and was featured in CAR magazine, one of only 11 made in SV trim, she sold for $2,331,819.

This list is again a clear indication that value is a very subjective reference, some cars sell at auction well below their estimated value, while other sell for way more than was expected … it just shows that a car is worth what that one specific buyer is willing to pay for it … and in some cases that can be considerably more than what the car is objectively worth.

Roll like His Airness in this Mercedes SLR McLaren previously owned by Michael Jordan

Often called the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan also has an interest in fast machines, as evidenced by the recent announcement that he would be establishing a NASCAR team, 23XI Racing, together with Denny Hamlin and featuring Bubba Wallace behind the wheel. It’s hardly surprising, then, that he would also be an owner of multiple supercars, many of which could be seen in the ESPN documentary The Last Dance. One of Jordan’s previous supercars, this 2007 Mercedes SLR McLaren, is now up for sale on eBay Motors.

Besides its celebrity provenance, this Mercedes SLR McLaren is special for another reason: It’s the special 722 Edition, built to commemorate the 1955 Mercedes-Benz win at the Mille Miglia. That winning Mercedes-Benz 300SLR racer, piloted by Sir Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson, was car #722 (so designated because of its 7:22 a.m. start time).

The SLR McLaren 722 Edition features a 650-horsepower supercharged 5.5-liter V8 engine and is able to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds. Top speed is 209 mph. Good thing the front splitter and rear diffuser are modified for increased downforce at high speeds. The ride height also is lowered and the suspension stiffened compared to the regular car, and larger brake rotors are fitted. The interior brings leather and Alcantara upholstery along with gloss-finished carbon fiber trim. Special black wheels and subtle red “722” badges complete the picture.

This car has 1,038 miles on the clock, so it must not have been in heavy rotation with Jordan’s many other rides. At this writing, the car has a bid of $35,100 with the reserve not met. We’d guess bidding has a way to go before someone has a realistic chance of driving this baby home, since the Buy-It-Now price is $695,750.

This 2017 Ford GT supercar comes complete with matching watch and trailer

For those who missed their opportunity to buy a new Ford GT supercar when it first came out — or perhaps you were one of more than 6,000 whose applications were rejected — another chance is about to present itself. This launch-year 2017 Ford GT, which will cross the block at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, has just 80 miles on it, which is likely as close as you’re going to get to a new-in-the-wrapper Ford GT. And it also comes with two bonus items: a matching watch and a custom trailer.

This GT is finished in Shadow Black and was ordered without stripes. The “Re-Entry” interior (a $25,000 upgrade) features Ebony and white leather, embossed Alcantara seat inserts and headliner, and carbon-fiber accents. The car is also optioned with the titanium exhaust system ($10,000). As in all GTs, motive force is supplied by a 647-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 mounted amidships in the carbon-fiber body structure. It’s paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and provides a zero-to-60-mph time of under 3 seconds and a 216-mph top speed.

The Jimglo Elite trailer is custom-designed for the Ford GT. It features side portals and removable fenders that allow the GT’s butterfly doors to open when it’s on the trailer, and the ramp is engineered to allow the car to be loaded without scraping its front splitter.

The watch is the Ford GT Owners Edition Chronograph, by Autodromo. It uses a La Joux-Perret flyback chronograph movement within a 43mm steel and ceramic case. The honeycomb dial features Ford GT stripes down the center. Engraved with this car’s chassis number, the watch was an $11,500 accessory offered exclusively to Ford GT owners. (For any non-Ford-GT owners who like the look, Autodromo sells a quartz watch with a similar style for $695.)

With the two-year no-sale window now past for the first Ford GTs, the cars are starting to appear at auction. Ford designer Moray Callum recently is selling his. A 2017 Heritage Edition with similar delivery miles sold a year ago at Barrett-Jackson for $1.54 million. How much does having the watch affect the value of this car?

“Everybody loves ‘free’ stuff, including millionaires. Or maybe especially millionaires,” observes Dave Kinney, publisher of the Hagerty Price Guide. “And that timepiece on your wrist is a reminder of the hunt for your GT. It makes this GT different, and maybe a touch better than most others offered for sale.”

This one is selling at no reserve, so bid to win. And for any of you who might be heading to Scottsdale for the sale, note that the date has been pushed back from its traditional late-January timeframe to March.

Rare 1999 Acura NSX Zanardi Edition sells for $135,000

Somebody just bought a 1999 Acura NSX Zanardi Edition for $135,000 on Bring a Trailer. And to that we say, we’re jealous.

The Zanardi Edition is one of the more sought-after NSX models out there. Acura only ever sold 51 of them (named after racer Alex Zanardi), and they were sold during a time that nearly every NSX sold here was an NSX-T with the T-top. The hardtop Zanardi Edition features a number of performance improvements over a typical 1999 NSX.

Acura took a sizable chunk of weight out of the car. Versus a hardtop coupe, it’s about 54 pounds lighter. Compared to the more popular NSX-T, it’s 149 pounds lighter. This was done in a few ways, but the single biggest weight reduction was due to the power steering delete, making it more like the older NSXs that never had power steering. Lightweight BBS wheels, a lighter battery, single-pane rear glass and a lighter rear spoiler also helped to reduce weight.

It received a “racetrack-tuned suspension” that was considerably stiffer than the regular NSX. The shocks, springs and bushings were all revised, and Acura lowered the ride height (0.6 inch in front, 0.3 inch in rear). A stiffer and larger rear stabilizer bar was fitted, too.

The Zanardi Edition is rather distinctive looking because of its New Formula Red paint and dark BBS wheels. Acura added red stitching to the all black interior, and owners also got to use a sweet titanium shift knob. And of course, there’s a special edition plaque on the interior to officially declare it a Zanardi. 

Acura did nothing to the engine or transmission. Therefore, it retains the 3.2-liter V6 (290 horsepower and 224 pound-feet of torque) and six-speed manual. We don’t get to see many Zanardi Editions go up for sale, but when they do, they get the big bucks. At 57,000 miles, this one is still on the low side, hence the $135,000 final bid.

A regular (albeit newer) 2004 NSX-T with 1,900 miles just sold for $133,000 earlier today. So yeah … NSX values don’t seem to be going anywhere but up these days.

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1995 Ferrari F50 Berlinetta Prototipo heads to auction

We’ve seen our fair share of classic and exotic cars head to auction, but it’s rare to see something as special as this 1995 Ferrari F50 Berlinetta Prototipo on offer to the general public. 

Prototipo, of course, is Italian for “prototype,” indicating this example’s status as the very first example of the F40 successor ever built. It saw duty as a development vehicle, auto show star, and media evaluation tool. That’s right: if you ever read a “first drive” review of the 1995 Ferrari F50, chances are this is the car your favorite auto scribe was driving. 

Per the listing, it was also the model for Shin Yoshikawa’s cut-away illustration and several scale models (including those sold by Burago, Maisto and Tamiya) and its likeness was even depicted on postage stamps. 

After this world tour, the Prototipo returned to the Ferrari factory for a complete rebuild, after which it was sold (as promised ahead of time) to Jacques Swaters, a personal friend of Enzo Ferrari. It remained in the Swaters collection until 2007, when it was sold to a Ferrari collector in Burbank, California. It has since changed hands several times.

While it may have lacked the raw, angular aggression of its F40 predecessor, the F50 was no less stunning (or less special) as a result. Its ferocious 4.7L V12 made more than 510 horsepower and 345 lb-ft of torque, which is still plenty respectable even today, especially considering it weighed just a little over 2,700 pounds. That combination was good for a 0-60 run of just 3.7 seconds on the way to a 202-mph top speed. 

As points out, fewer than 350 examples of the F50 Berlinetta were ever produced. 

The F50 Berlinetta Prototipo will cross the block Wednesday, Jan. 15th, 2020, at the Worldwide Auctioneers event in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Another Giant Collection of Hollywood Props is Going Up for Auction

When you’re looking to pony up serious cash for the pleasure of having a piece from one of your favorite films, there’s no better place to shop than a Prop Store auction. For more than…

2019 Bonhams Children’s Cars On Auction

When you have kids, most parents will try to share what they love in the hopes of passing it on to the next generation. Think of it as a sort of legacy that we want our offspring to continue until they have kids of their own. As they are growing up having the right type of stimulus can build a lasting impression. Therefore, constant exposure is the key to let it flow to their system. If you are a regular gearhead, you might want to check out the 2019 Bonhams Children’s Cars auction.

This rare opportunity will be taking place at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale. Attendees will be able to bid for a some the most exclusive items that collectors will gladly die for. Take your pick from vintage automobiles to modern supercars that will leave you speechless. However, the goal here to grab something for junior so let us fill you in on what’s going up the auction block.

First up is a 1939 BMW 328 coming in with a stainless steel chassis and a fiberglass body. Next is half-scale 1998 Formula 1 McLaren MP4-13 from Hollywood Sound Labs that looks insanely accurate. It’s a spectacular homage to Kimi Raikonnen’s stint with the carmaker at the time.

What follows is a stunning replica of a 1929 Le Mans 4.5-liter Blower Bentley by Meynell, Phillips & Co Ltd. Aside from its superb craftsmanship, this children’s car was reportedly a gift to the British Royal Family. A royal provenance is available to back the claim. Finally, there’s a couple more on the list that bidders will likewise find appealing. The 2019 Bonhams Children’s Cars auction appears will likely spark any kid’s passion for automobiles.

Learn more about the auction here

Images courtesy of Bonhams

1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante

Few road cars can rival the Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante, one of the rarest Bugatti models in history and one of the first to come with the automaker’s “low-headlight” design in 1937.

Ettore Bugatti didn’t design this ride himself, though. It’s actually courtesy of his son, Jean. Clearly, genius is genetic, because this car is packing serious aesthetic aplomb. Ettore’s craft certainly rubbed off on Jean, and look no further the the above image if you need proof.

Bugatti only ever built 48 Type 57SC Atalante units. And only 17 of them came with the Atalante coachwork as seen on this particular model now up for auction at RM Sotheby’s. It’s got a twin-cam straight-eight motor, which it borrows from the Type 49. However, it comes modified with a period-correct supercharger.

But beyond the specs sheet, you’ll appreciate this ride’s storied journey. From its completion in 1937 to its complete restoration care of RM Auto Restoration in 2013, everything is well-documented. You’ll learn that Jean Lévy first owned the ride, deputy Administrator of a grain milling company. He later later handed it off to Maurice Weber, a livestock feed manager, in 1941.

But lo and behold, it’s here. In all its vintage glory. Chassis no. 57551, seen above, is one of the most beautiful, desirable, best-performing, and advanced of all Bugatti cars. Pricing is available upon request, but we imagine it will cost a fortune to have this thing in your private collection. You can contact RM Sotheby’s if you’re interested. Click the link below to learn more.


Photos courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Amphibious Dobbertin HydroCar On Auction

Up for auction is the Amphibious Dobbertin HydroCar, both a racecar and a boat at the same time. The vehicle first appeared in 2004 before completing testing in 2010. It took Rick Dobbertin 10 years to build and reportedly cost him an excess of $1 million.

It should come as no surprise that his HydroCar is an ambitious engineering marvel. One that’s made to wreck the road and hit the sea at any moment’s notice. You have Dobbertin to thank for that. He has built a whole career on epic vehicle customizations.

Take it to the water and this amphibious vehicle lowers its fenders to about eight inches and transforms them into full-length sponsons. In just mere seconds, the road racer becomes a tunnel-hulled watercraft. Moreover, it’s robust as hell. The central body is built with 304-grade stainless steel, while the sponson frames are made with marine-grade 5086 aluminum. Speed doesn’t disappoint, either. The HydroCar packs a 572 cubic-inch Chevrolet engine with 762 horsepower.

The vehicle looks slick in its corvette velocity yellow, and the hand-formed exterior features a space frame and roll bar. The cockpit-like interior is as fascinating as what’s on the outside, featuring a whopping 45 control switches, 16 LED monitoring systems, 25 VDO gauges, and three hydraulic levers. A custom built trailer is also included for good measure.

The auction for the Amphibious Dobbertin HydroCar is being offered without reserve. It rolled across the auction block with Worldwide Auctioneers this past September, but no takers yet. As such, you can still place a bid if so you wish.


McLaren F1 sells for $15.62 million at Bonhams auction

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. – The first McLaren F1 imported to the United States sold for an eye-popping $15.62 million Friday at the Bonhams auction here. Offered by its original owner, the legendary supercar is in impeccable condition and has all of its service records, including one from just last month.

The F1 gaveled for $14.2 million and the price included a 10-percent buyer’s fee. The sale was held at the Quail Lodge as part of vintage car week in the run-up to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The car, designated a 1995 model, has a 627-bhp DOHC V12 teamed with a six-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel drilled and vented disc brakes, according to the Bonhams listing.

This car is the 37th F1 produced and still wears its original silver exterior and black/grey leather interior. The unnamed owner bought it new from the factory in Woking, England, in 1996. This F1 has 9,600 miles on its odometer – half of them from a European roadtrip its owner took after buying the car.

This F1 was converted to be road legal in the US shortly after purchase, but has been returned to its original form for the auction. All of the conversion pieces, however, were saved. Only seven of the 64 F1s produced were federalized for US roads.

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Trump’s old Ferrari F430 sells for $270,000

You may remember that Auctions America was going to sell a 2007 Ferrari F430 owned by the current president of the United States. It was estimated at between $250,000 and $350,000. It went for auction this weekend and just barely fell into that range.

According to Bloomberg, Donald Trump’s old Ferrari failed to meet the reserve, set at $250,000, with a final bid of $240,000. However, Auctions America said the car sold after the auction at $270,000. So the auction company did get its estimate right, but just barely.

As for what the new owner purchased, he or she got an F430 with celebrity and presidential heritage, the F1 automatic gearbox, low miles, a service history, and a classic Ferrari red paint job. Of course we still stand by our preference for a manual one in our choice of color and without any celebrity history (or baggage depending on your opinion). Check out our original piece for more details on the car.

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