Aston Martin, The Little Car Company and EON productions announced the launch of the special edition Aston Martin DB5 Junior inspired by the 25th James Bond film No Time To Die. The film will be released in cinemas from 30th September.
The special edition model will pay homage to both the Aston Martin and 007 brands with Silver Birch paintwork, Smiths instruments, individually numbered chassis plates and Aston Martin badging. The model has been designed as a convertible to offer seating for an adult and child side by side.
In addition, the vehicle features multiple driving modes, Q style gadgets, a range of up to 80 miles and some secret ‘Easter Eggs’ have been hidden within the car for the lucky owners to find.
The Q style gadgets are controlled by individual controls in a hidden switch panel in the passenger door, at a push of a button, the headlights drop and reveal a twin set of simulated Gatling guns with imitation barrel blasts and flashes.
Furthermore, the DB5 Junior can produce a smoke screen to aid a successful getaway and although it’s not road legal, customers will receive automatic membership of the Aston Martin Members Club and will also be allowed to attend and take part in exclusive events held by the company.
The No Time To Die special edition model will be limited to 125 units only and the price has been set at £90,000 including local taxes.
Aston Martin DB5 Junior
September 22, 2021 / Comments Off on Aston Martin DB5 Junior: 2/3 Scale Model For Sale at $122k
Leave it to Porsche to pull 50 shades of green on their supercar and still manage to make each shade look absolutely beautiful. Acid Green is the kind of color you only find on vinyl wraps, but this Porsche 918 Spyder for sale in Switzerland has that paint straight from the factory.
Acid green was an exclusive PTS color used on only 4 918 Spyders, this is as green as it gets and anything beyond this falls into yellow territory. The car for sale here is equipped with the desirable Weissach Package originally from the factory, worth noting that some regular 918s were later equipped with this package after Porsche offered the Weissach parts through their after market store.
The previous owner(s) were not shy of driving either as the car has already covered 17,000km, almost double the average mileage for 918s. But that’s not a bad thing as it could very well be a sign that service records are extensive and in good order.
This 918 Spyder also benefits from a full body 3M paint protection film, a treatment that costs northwards of $10,000 on hypercars. The seller adds that it’s condition is “like new”. As always pictures don’t do justice and interested buyers should instead schedule a physical viewing.
Acid Green Porsche 918 Spyder for sale
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August 3, 2021 / Comments Off on Acid Green Porsche 918 Spyder for Sale – 1 of only 4 Made in this Color
Tired of looking at that Saleen poster hanging in your garage? Well, your prayers have just been answered. Up for sale on BringATrailer is a 2005 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo with only 1,300 miles. This isn’t your average Saleen, this example has been modified by Saleen with the Competition Package.
The Saleen S7 was produced from 2000 to 2007 and it was the sixth all-American production car to come with a mid-engine. Featuring an all-carbon body, the S7 weighs in at only 2,865lbs while putting down 750hp from the factory.
This S7’s 7-liter twin-turbocharged V8 has been tuned to 850hp and comes packing a ton of extras with the Competition Package. This includes revised a carbon-fiber front spoiler, a rear diffuser, and a body-width rear wing.
From the factory, the car came with a six-speed manual transaxle and a limited-slip differential. In addition to having center-locking forged wheels, the car also comes with A/C, a backup camera, and a paint protection film installed in 2020.
Right now the car is sitting at a bid of $440K with just under 5 days left on the auction. Now is the time to grab your dream Saleen and aside from being a collector item, it’s one purchase you won’t regret.
July 6, 2021 / Comments Off on Now Is Your Chance: 1,300-Mile 2005 Saleen S7 Hits BaT
A new Bianco Fuji Ferrari LaFerrari has been listed for sale by a German tuning company known as Keyvany. The car still has the factory mileage it had when it was delivered new in Germany.
Finished in a unique Bianco Fuji exterior (white) over black alcantara interior and red seams, the hypercar comes with a checkbook that has been maintained since its delivery. Meaning service was done regardless of its undriven status during its life in storage. The LaFerrari coupe production ended in 2016 just before the Aperta production commenced. It’s not unusual to find new examples listed for sale by owners who bought them for investment purposes.
This particular car has only had one owner and has remained in Germany ever since it was delivered. Only 500 LaFerrari coupes were made between 2014 and 2016, and only a handful of them were finished in Bianco Fuji, with most buyers opting for the regular Rosso Corsa finish.
The LaFerrari is powered by a 6.3L V12 naturally aspirated engine assisted by one electric motor and KERS. It was the first ever hybrid Ferrari and has a combined out of 950hp that is entirely sent to the rear wheels via a 7 speed DCT.
It’s currently priced at €3,400,000 which is a little higher than current market price, but you also get a new LaFerrari finished in Bianco Fuji.
White LaFerrari for Sale
June 17, 2021 / Comments Off on Brand New Bianco Fuji Ferrari LaFerrari for Sale in Germany
Last week we found an article stating a Swiss investment group called Quantum Group AG made VAG, the VW Group, an offer of €7.5 billion ($9.2 billion at today’s currency conversion) to buy Automobili Lamborghini SpA, and they did mean business, as they wanted everything, the HQ in Sant’Agata in its entirety … but the VW Group denied the offer and officially stated Lamborghini is not for sale.
If the Quantum Group came up with this offer a while ago, when we had the ‘Dieselgate’ going on, they might have had a chance to make a deal, as VAG was looking for money at that point, and there was a rumor they were looking at selling some of their ‘other’ makes like Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, and Lamborghini.
At one point there was even a rumor of Automobili Lamborghini SpA ‘going public’, there was an intention to offer shares of Lamborghini on the stock exchange, VAG, or more precisely Audi AG, would still keep a controlling amount of shares, but people like you and me could buy a part of the company … but that never materialized either.
Quantum Group’s representative, Rea Stark mentioned to Reuters that they are still interested in buying Automobili Lamborghini SpA from Audi AG, and to make their point even more interesting, they would add up to €2 billion more for a total amount of €9.5 billion (about $11.5 billion) to cover future investments and even go as far as offering a guarantee for all employees currently under contract at Lamborghini for the next five years … if the VW Group is open to negotiations, they are even considering to go further up.
Quantum Group AG would not only buy the rights to the name Lamborghini, but also the entire factory at Sant’Agata, including the Squadra Corse department, for the first five years they would like to keep a supply chain from Audi open to be able to keep the current models in production, but the goal is to share battery development between them and Audi well into the future.
And electrification is the future, Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Automobili Lamborghini SpA made that clear in his latest presentation, we already knew the Aventador and Huracán successors would become hybrids for sure, but Lamborghini will be investing a total of €1.5 billion over the next years to have a fully electric fourth model in the lineup by 2025, while the Aventador successor that will be available by 2023 will most likely keep a V12 engine, but get electric motors added to become the first hybrid production model from Sant’Agata.
After the first offer from Quantum Group AG, the spokesman for the VW Group made it very clear there was no intention of selling Automobili Lamborghini SpA … at that time, might an increase of more than 25% be enticing now? Only the future will tell, but Lamborghini has been making money and had a healthy production figure for the last several years, so what would make the VW Group want to sell a successful company at this point in time?
May 29, 2021 / Comments Off on Would Lamborghini be sold for $11.5 billion?
A German dealer has just listed a McLaren MC12 for sale, 1 of 2 MC12s currently available from them with one being a road legal Stradale variant while the other is a Version Corse track only variant.
The MC12 Stradale shown here has only covered 658km from new and is finished in a Maserati special Mother-of-Pearl white and blue shades. This is currently the only road legal Maserati MC12 available for sale on the European open market, it has an asking price of 3 million Euros.
The Maserati MC12 was introduced in 2004 and built on same chassis as the Ferrari Enzo. The company had initially intended to build only 25 cars for homologation purposes but increased the number in 2005 by building an extra 25 units. They also built 14 track only variants known as Versione Corse.
Powering the MC12 Stradale is a 6.0L V12 naturally aspirated engine producing 621hp and 652nm of torque, sending power to the rear wheels via a 6-speed auto manual transmission. 0-62mph is achieved in 3.7s while the top speed is 205mph. The car has a removable targa top which cannot be stored in the car while driving as there is no space for it. Like most GT1 race cars of its era, there is no rear window on the MC12 Stradale, no reverse camera either as those were not yet a thing back in 2004.
Also available from this dealer is an MC12 Version Corse, the only one finished in orange and has only covered 1490km. This one has an asking price of 2.9 million euros.
Maserati MC12 for Sale
May 17, 2021 / Comments Off on 2006 Maserati MC12 For Sale – 1 of 50 Worldwide
The Ferrari Dino sits on the must-have list for many sports car enthusiasts. Today, one has been posted to BringATrailer with only 14 days left on the auction. This 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT is one of 255 to roll out of the Modena factory finished in Blu Dino Metallizzato. Right now, the bid sits at $155,000 but will likely bring double or even triple that figure.
The car is powered by a numbers-matching 2.4-liter V6 and paired with a five-speed manual transaxle. The interior features tan vinyl with beige cloth seats and Veglia Borletti instrumentation with only 57K miles on the odometer. Over the last three years, this Dino has received new windshield seals, rubber trim, freshening of the Cromodora wheels, a brake system refresh, new Koni suspension, carburetor rebuild, and many other maintenance items you would want to be addressed for this vintage.
This gorgeous Ferrari is just one of the many cars to be sold from DriverSource’s Spring Motoring Collection. Some of the other vehicles come in the shape of an E30 M3, Aston Martin DB4, Euro 1975 BMW 3.0CSi, to name a few. If I miss out on this timeless Dino 246 GT, I can settle with another low-mile euro car from the DS collection.
May 4, 2021 / Comments Off on FOR SALE: 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT
One of the latest gems to hit the stage at RM Sotheby’s is a rare, one of nine, 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive. This beauty only has 3,814km on the odometer and is flawless in every way. It’s only seen two owners and has been well cared for since taking original delivery in Switzerland.
The 2013 SLS AMG was originally set to have a limited production of under 100 examples. This was a slight overestimation as only nine examples rolled out of production. This disappointing news only meant the examples delivered upon purchase were guaranteed to skyrocket in value, and they sure did.
The SLS AMG Electric Drive model is fully electric and carries 864 batteries that provide power to its electric motor, putting out a whopping 740bhp and 736ft-lbs of torque. Underneath its hi-viz cloak, the SLS shows off four high-tech motors to each wheel and a Formula1-style pushrod suspension. This bright-colored beast pulls a zero-60 time of 3.9-seconds and a top speed of 250km/h.
The sale of this SLS AMG ED will include service records, accompanied by the latest, carried out in May of 2018 at 2,297km at a Mercedes-Benz authorized service center. The car resides in the Netherlands but is more than willing to take a journey to its new owner.
April 28, 2021 / Comments Off on FOR SALE: A 1 of 9 2013 SLS AMG Electric Drive
One of the latest supercars to hit BringATrailer is an absolutely glorious 2019, McLaren Senna, finished in Liquid Silver – which happens to be a $97,566 option. It comes with only 1,900 miles on the odometer along with all original owner’s manuals, accessories, clean Carfax, and a clean Pennsylvania title. The auction is set to end on Tuesday, April 27 at 2:00 pm.
This Senna is #196 of 500 cars produced to commemorate Ayrton Senna’s success with McLaren’s Formula 1 team. It’s finished in a bespoke Senna GTR-inspired livery along with Burton Blue accents from the McLaren Special Operations team and Satin Blue tinted carbon-fiber trim.
This car features over $265,000 of specified options – making it almost one of a kind. These options include bespoke blue Alcantara seats, Satin Blue tinted carbon-fiber interior trim, a Bowers & Wilkins audio system, Burton Blue brake calipers, Gorilla Glass side panels, and an MSO Push-to-Drink system.
Not only does this McLaren feature a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transaxle, racing-inspired center-locking wheels, but it also comes with the creature comforts found standard in most luxury cars. Things like adjustable driving modes, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, navigation, and touchscreen infotainment.
One of the neatest features on this McLaren Senna is the underside of the front panel – it has been signed by members of the McLaren Special Operations division. You can hop in the driver’s seat of this incredible car knowing that the MSO team is with you on the ride.
April 16, 2021 / Comments Off on FOR SALE: 2019 McLaren Senna Drenched in Bespoke Options
Today, it’s only appropriate we feature a stunning supercar that has a strong British heritage. This beautiful 1992 Jaguar XJ220 will be hitting the prestigious auction block of Historics Auctioneers on April 17, 2021. This fine specimen comes finished in Silverstone Green Metallic with grey leather interior and has 22,691 km (14,100 miles) on the odometer.
The early 1990s were not fun times as far as supercar sales were concerned. Some would say that the most successful companies, were the ones who did not release a car during those tough times. However, Jaguar was one of the few that was determined to prevail with its latest creation – the stunning Jaguar XJ220. The XJ220 was even able to hold a production car speed record for a moment before production was cut short to 282 units due to the global recession.
This left-hand-drive example, car number 97 from the XJ220’s limited production, has been thoroughly recommissioned by the world-renowned XJ220 guru, Don Law. He performed a six-year service, new timing belts, replaced all the seals and gaskets on the twin-turbo V6 engine, overhauled the brake system, as well additional odds and ends. This work was completed in October 2020 and costed a total of £31,760.03 ($85,000).
Historics Auctioneers have projected the sale of the XJ220 to fetch between £325,000 and £375,000 ($446,000 – $515,000). These figures would have been tough to hit a decade ago but in the last few years, they have started to become the normal amount for this underappreciated 90s icon. When compared to a Testarossa, E30 M3, or other euros from the 1990s, the XJ220s value hasn’t gone wild yet but has plenty of room to grow.
April 9, 2021 / Comments Off on FOR SALE: 1992 Jaguar XJ220
Up for sale on BringATrailer is this beautiful 165-mile 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS that was originally delivered to The Porsche Exchange of Highland Park, Illinois. At the time of writing, this Porsche has a bid of just $275,000.
This Porsche GT2 RS is finished in Guards Red over black leather and Alcantara and is powered by a 700-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.8L flat-six coupled with a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transaxle.
This car was factory optioned with a Weissach Package ($18K option), the Chrono Package, Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, satin black staggered-diameter magnesium wheels. This beauty also features a factory Bose surround sound system – in case you plan on reminiscing to Daft Punk’s greatest hits or the latest revived Fleetwod Mac classic from TikTok.
This GT2 RS will come with the original window sticker, four spare wheels, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Ohio title.
Based upon the contemporary 911 Turbo, the 991 GT2 RS features a carbon-fiber hood, front fender vents, side air intakes, and a fixed rear wing. Weissach Package weight-saving measures include a carbon-fiber roof panel and carbon-fiber anti-roll bars.
Other amenities among the over $40K in options include Alcantara-covered sun visors, a leather-wrapped steering column, and carbon-fiber illuminated door sills.
This GT2 RS was also optioned with the extended range 23.7-gallon fuel tank – perfect for your next cross country rally. The car features a water-injection system that sprays the intercoolers to lower intake temperatures.
The auction is set to close on this pristine 2018 GT2 RS on Thursday, April 1 at 4:07 pm EST. This gives you a couple of days to figure out what you need to sell to make room for this track slayer.
March 30, 2021 / Comments Off on FOR SALE: 2018 Porsche GT2 RS Weissach
BringATrailer has had some true gems pop up over the past few weeks and this 2005 twin-turbo Ford GT is no exception. It’s finished in Mark II Black over an Ebony leather interior – making it one of 237 in this color for its model year.
This 2005 Ford GT came originally from California when the current owner purchased it in 2011. Shortly after purchasing, the factory Lysholm supercharger was removed from the 5.4-liter DOHC V8 and a new Heffner Performance twin-turbocharger system was added.
This example has been fitted with other additions such as BBS forged wheels, slotted front, and cross-drilled rear brake rotors, an onboard fire-suppression system, an aftermarket stereo, and a Turbosmart adjustable boost controller. A ceramic-coated Heffner performance exhaust system was also fitted and designed to work with the rear bumperettes.
The seller of this sub-8K mile Ford GT mentioned that all removed factory parts will accompany the car in the sale. The sale will also include an AutoCheck report, a clean Carfax report, and a clean title.
The auction for this beautiful Ford GT will end Friday, March 19 at 5:51 pm EST. If you would like to read up on this model’s generation, check out our Ford GT article here.
March 19, 2021 / Comments Off on FOR SALE: 2005 Twin-Turbo Ford GT
The rules were pretty simple: build at least 200 cars that were road-legal homologation specials of the rallying supercar, and you could enter under the Group B regulations. In the group, the only restrictions were really wheel size and the amount of fuel that could be carried. This ended up allowing cars with more than 500 HP and all-wheel-drive to race across the roughest, toughest terrain the world had to offer, at times hitting over 160 MPH on long straights.
Unfortunately, halfway through 1986, after a string of both driver, co-driver, and spectator deaths, the class was immediately suspended, and then later canceled. The next class that was in development, Group S, was also immediately canceled. This left teams that had joined the class in 1985 and 1986 high and dry, and the extremely restrictive Group A regulations were introduced a few months later, meaning the rally supercar was dead.
This specific car, converted from a standard RS200 to the uprated RS200 Evo’s that ended the production run, features a 2.1-liter BDT-E high-pressure turbocharged inline-four developed by Cosworth, producing a mindblowing 600 HP. It also howled like an absolute demon when pushed hard, the turbo screaming, the blowoff valve twittering away, and the engine growling nastily under it to produce the howl.
This is fed to all wheels through a rally-spec transfer case after going through a front-mounted five-speed manual transmission, which has straight-cut gears with no synchros, meaning you really need to be precise with your rev-matching.
This specific car also has only about 500 miles on the odometer, and the engine was completely stripped down to bolts and rebuilt in 2018 by Geoff Page Racing in England, a specialist engine refurbishing and build shop. It features a motorsports grade Holly fuel pump and fully braided stainless steel lines for fuel, brakes, and all hydraulics.
In another special setup, the RS200 Evo also features three limited-slip differentials: front diff, rear diff, and mid-mount transfer case diff. This ensures that the car, even when going at a fair clip, corners as if it was on rails. This is also one of the hardest cars to drive well, exactly because of that reason. Many drivers don’t expect the car to rotate around its cornering circle quite as rapidly and directly as it does.
It’s not a supercar because of exotic materials, a pleasant interior full of luxury, or for its ability to waft along comfortably. It’s not any of those things. It’s a supercar because it can quite literally out-drive, out-corner, and out-accelerate most modern supercars, with only hypercars being a match.
In the mid 1960s, the 2+2 coupe was all the rage amongst the rich and famous. Aston Martin was producing the legendary DB5, immortalized in film with the James Bond series. Alfa Romeo was putting out the Giulia, which soon became one of the best small Italian race cars of the period with the GTA Corsa and Stradale models. And then Ferrari swung into the middle of all of them and dropped down the Ferrari 330GT 2+2. And we’ve found a 99% restored and refurbished listed on BringATrailer!
Power was delivered from a 4.0L Tipo 209 Colombo V12 mated to a gated 5-speed manual transmission, pushing out a shocking (for the era) 375 HP on average. Special to the Series II iteration, the triple Weber carburetors mounted in line are what helped develop the engine from a 340 HP V12 to one that could realistically be tuned without any changes to the engine up to nearly 400 HP.
Replacing the 330 America, it used the design lines from Pininfarina but modified them to have a wider grille, longer wheelbase, and slightly wider track than the outgoing car. It also went from two pairs of double headlights to singles on each side. Despite the popularity of the style at the time, only 455 330GT 2+2 Series II’s were ever made.
This specific car has undergone extensive refurbishment throughout the 2010s, with paint restoration, interior leather refurbishment, and has had an engine swapped out for a refurbished Tipo 209 Colombo V12. The replacement engine uses Weber 40 DCZ/6 triple carburetors, which are OEM fit for the V12. As part of the engine swap out, the hood liner was replaced with period-correct materials and stitching.
Recent service was done in September of 2020, with the alternator being rebuilt from a complete teardown, and a full oil and fluids service performed. The original bumpers, which are still off of the car, come with the sale and need to be re-chromed to finish the car to 100% restored.
The car is located in the Netherlands but is able to be registered in the USA and Canada as a premier vintage car. Current bidding has reached $175,000, with 9 days left in the auction at the time of this writing.
So imagine our surprise here at SuperCars when a 1999 example of that very car showed up in our morning email from BringATrailer! And even better, this 22-year-old Ferrari only has 15,000 miles on the clock and has been kept in running order through meticulous care and proper servicing.
The interior is a sight to behold, with nary a crease in the driver’s seat leather, and clean, dirt-free carpets. As well, as it was the first model that also introduced F1-style paddle shifters, this car comes with those shifters, kept in working order again through meticulous care and proper maintenance.
In the middle of one of the best of the “boxy” Ferrari models is one of the best engines that Ferrari has ever made, the 3.5-liter DOHC F129 B/C V8. 375 HP from the factory and able to rev to 8,500 RPM, it was known for producing one of the best exhaust howls outside of a Formula 1 car.
The reason the Ferrari F355 is so important is that it was the first model to come after the boxer flat-12 and boxer flat-8 models that had dominated the 1980s and early 1990s, most famously through the 512 Testarossa. A proper V8 engine, back in a Ferrari, howling away at 8,500 RPM… it was the engine and the sound that needed to come to America to reignite the passion of those who were considering a Ferrari but had better options from Lamborghini or Porsche. As a result, the F355 was one of the best-selling Ferrari models in the US, before the F430 overtook it 5 years later.
There is a 131 picture gallery at the car’s BringATrailer listing, with many underbody and specific mechanical parts pictures as well.
March 8, 2021 / Comments Off on 15k-mile 1999 Ferrari F355 F1 Spider For Sale
It’s been five years since the debut of the 003 by Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus at the Geneva Motor Show.
Since the 003’s release, SCG has now replaced it with the 004 and is also working on the 007 hypercar to compete in the World Endurance Championship’s, Le Mans Hypercar top class.
Five years since its release in Geneva, the 003 is still up to snuff as far as performance goes, even in today’s competitive supercar market. The 003S model was built as the road-legal variation and will come packing a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 BMW engine that produces 700 horsepower at the wheels. The 3-seater 003S was built as a track car for the road and it is a thing of beauty.
According to an Instagram post made by authorized SCG dealer HK Motorcars, they have just finished a fresh build of an 003S. You can make a purchase inquiry on their website. The price tag on the 003S supercar is set at $2.5 million.
HK Motorcars’ website also includes the other SCG models that can be made to order, along with their specifications.
January 29, 2021 / Comments Off on You Can Buy This Freshly Built SCG 003S
Every car fanatic is aware of the incredible car collection of the late Paul Walker. Since Paul’s passing, we’ve seen cars from his collection changings hands via online auctions, and this is one of the best to date.
This exact 1980 BMW M1 was in a collection owned by Paul Walker and Roger Rodas before going to the current owner in 2014. Right now you can find the auction listing for this amazing M1 on Bring A Trailer’s website.
This BMW M1 received modifications in the early ’80s by an authorized BMW dealer, AHG. These goodies consisted of a Procar-style body kit, a custom BMW Motorsport colorway, and some awesome 16-inch BBS wheels.
Modifications also lead to the 3.5liter inline-six putting down about 350 brake-horsepower along with a custom exhaust system, you can almost hear it by looking at the photos.
The current owner of the M1 put just 50 miles on it in 7 years of ownership, our hats are off, the self-control involved would be insane. The odometer reads exactly 6,800 kilometers (4,225 miles) which is extremely low for a car in its 41st year. Would it surprise you if it went for over a million dollars?
January 27, 2021 / Comments Off on You Can Own Paul Walker’s 1980 BMW M1
Not everyday you come across a Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman for sale, especially a rare 4-door model like the one above. They only made 304 of these 4-door versions, only a few remain intact as most were shipped off to wealthy buyers all over the world.
The Mercedes-Benz 600 was a highly publicized model of the 70s and 80s, it was available as a 4-door SWB, a 6-door LWB and a 4-door LWB like the one for sale here, the LWB version was aptly named “Pullman” and became very popular with kings, queens, presidents and even dictators.
The 1975 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman for sale here is offered through Auto Leitner in The Netherlands, and has undergone extensive restoration in and out. Mercedes-Benz Classic was heavily involved in the restoration that lasted 7 years from 2007-2014. The interior has been updated to match modern times, featuring parts from the Maybach such as the glass dimmable panoramic roof. Other additions include electric seats, a refrigerator with mini bar, heated seats, Swarovski diamonds embedded on the roof and more. The total cost of restoration amounted to 3,000,000 Euros!
The car still has the original engine and gearbox with matching numbers, and thus retaining the oldtimer admission (H-Kennzeichen). The engine is a 6.3 L M100 V8 paired with a 4 speed automatic gearbox. Some of the features like adjustable air suspension were ahead of its time. A 150 bar hydraulic pressure system was responsible for most of the automated tasks in the car including but not limited to automatic closing doors, boot lid and sunroof.
Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman
January 25, 2021 / Comments Off on 1975 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman for Sale – $2.6 Million Price Tag
Back in the late Eighties Lamborghini was developing the successor to their Countach, which was undoubtedly the most futuristic car on the road in the late Seventies when the LP400 was sold in 1974. Evolved into the wide fender, big rear wing, and massive 345mm wide rear tires Countach S in 1978, moving onto a 5-Liter V12 in 1982, and finally getting four valves per cylinder as the Quattrovalvole in 1985 … it was time for a replacement flagship.
Work got underway to have a brand new V12 model to celebrate 25 years of Automobili Lamborghini SpA in 1988 … but they ran out of time in Sant’Agata, and they quickly did a redesign on the Countach that created the 25th Anniversary edition, intended as a limited production model to bridge the gap until the new model would be built … it turned out this final model would stay in production for 2 years and reached 657 units, making her the most successful Countach ever.
Remember Marcello Gandini? He designed the Lamborghini Miura at Bertone, but he also designed the Countach … so he was the perfect candidate to design the successor to the Countach too, and he did. But on April 23rd 1987 Chrysler bought Automobili Lamborghini SpA, and they deemed the Gandini design for P132, the internal development number for what would become the Diablo in 1990, wasn’t what they wanted. So the intermediate Countach 25th Anniversary was created, and designers in the United States, working for Chrysler, reworked Gandini’s proposal into what we now know of the Lamborghini Diablo from the Nineties.
In comes Claudio Zampolli, a former Lamborghini test driver and engineer, who moved to Los Angeles and setup a supercar shop, doing maintenance and upgrades on cars from the rich and famous. But he wanted more, he was dreaming about having his own car to compete with the likes from Ferrari and Lamborghini, he teamed up with Giorgio Moroder, a wealthy music producer, and they created Cizeta-Moroder V16T.
The world hadn’t seen many V16 cars, and that’s exactly why Claudio Zampolli wanted his supercar to come with this exotic engine, he actually used two V-8 engines to get a 6-Liter engine coupled to a five-speed gearbox, and while no horsepower figures were ever published, the Cizeta V16T should reach 328 km/h (204 mph) and accelerate to 60 mph in 4 seconds … naturally such an exotic car needed a bespoke body design.
And this is where Marcello Gandini’s initial Lamborghini P132 design comes into the picture … Zampolli asked Gandini for his design to be used on his new Cizeta model, he did go for normal opening doors and some impressive headlight design, but it is clearly based on Gandini’s design for the Lamborghini Diablo.
By the time the first car was built in 1991 by Claudio Zampolli he had broken up with Giorgio Moroder, so the car was now called the Cizeta V16T and came with an MSRP of $650,000 (for comparison: a Lamborghini Diablo was about $290,000 at that time). Between 1991 and 1995 only 12 cars would be built, Zampolli moved the assembly of the Cizeta in 1995, but it would take until 1999 for another Cizeta V16T to be built, and as late as 2003 the unique Cizeta V16TTJ Spyder was built, on special order for customer in Japan.
So a Cizeta V16T is a very rare car today, and they are rarely changing owners … but you now have a chance to own one of these extremely rare V16 engine cars, and to be honest, this one is even more special. Chassis ZA9V16T00MMD38101 was ordered by Hong Seh Motors in Singapore for none other than the Brunei Royal Family, the Sultan of Brunei had already ordered three Cizeta V16T, two black ones, and this blue one, but chassis 101 was special.
This specific Cizeta V16T was a RHD version, and it was the show car for the 1993 Geneva Motor Show before it was shipped to Singapore in late March 1993, one more detail, this car came with horizontal fins on the side air intakes, which only the prototype showed, the production cars came with vertical fins.
It’s unclear why, but this car never made it to Brunei, it was kept at Hong Seh Motors for the next 25 years, which turned out to be good thing, as the Sultan of Brunei had his other two Cizeta V16T converted by Pininfarina to use Ferrari flat-12 engines. In 2020 the car was sold to it’s current owner who had it restored to driving condition … there’s nothing like hearing that V16 engine just inches behind your head it seems.
This extremely rare, V16 supercar was listed at RM-Sotheby’s Arizona auction on January 22, 2021 with an estimate between $600,000 and $750,000 … the results aren’t listed yet, but I am really interested in how much this car reached when passing under the hammer.
UPDATE January 26, 2021: this Cizeta V16T sold for $665,000
January 24, 2021 / Comments Off on The Lamborghini Diablo could have looked like the Cizeta V16T, and that latter one is going to auction
Renowned RM – Sotheby’s will host a very special auction on February 13 2021 in Paris that has some amazing super and hyper cars already listed at this moment. How about six different Lamborghini from the time when Ferruccio was still running the company from Sant’Agata, or a 2015 Spania GTA Spano, one of 12 ever made, and the only one from the 2nd series production, interested in a 2008 Gumpert Apollo? It’s entered into the auction next month too, don’t miss it.
But for me personally the most interesting car is the silver metallic, 1993 Isdera Commendatore 112i … only one was ever built, and it comes with the same V12 Mercedes-Benz M120 engine as a Pagani Zonda! But the story of the Isdera Commendatore 112i begins in the Seventies, when Eberhard Schulz joined forces with B&B in Frankfurt to develop the CW311 prototype unveiled at the local 1978 IAA.
Mercedes-Benz even allowed B&B to put the famous star on the front of their CW311, but Schulz left B&B four years later and started his own company, Isdera, an abbreviation for Ingenieurbüro fur Styling, DEsign und RAcing. His first car was the Isdera Spyder 036i in 1982, a very rare car today as only 17 would be built, but Schulz really wanted to create a road-going version of that CW311 prototype … which became the Isdera Imperator 108i in 1983.
The Isdera Imperator 108i was powered by a 5-Liter V8 engine from Mercedes, the M117, and it came with real gullwing doors just like the Mercedes 300 SL, between 1983 and 1991 only 20 units would be made, all bespoke to order … but Schulz wasn’t satisfied yet, so he continued the development of a real boutique super car.
In 1993 Isdera unveiled the next step in design and performance … the Commendatore 112i, a car named in honor of Enzo Ferrari himself, this new model took the Imperator idea to the extreme. Installing a V12 engine underneath two gullwing-style engine covers, delivering 400 hp from its 6-Liter displacement, dual overhead camshafts and coupled to a manual gearbox through a bespoke flywheel (Mercedes only had developed an automatic gearbox for this engine). RUF delivered the Porsche gearbox for the Commendatore with an additional sixth gear … which resulted in a theoretical top speed of 340km/h (211 mph), during wind tunnel testing this one-off prototype reached the magical 200 mph speed (322 km/h) … in 1993!
Over the lightweight spaceframe chassis, Schulz mounted a body made from GRP, a Porsche 928 suspension was modified with BBS/Bilstein developed active dampers … the Commendatore would lower itself three inches at speed to reduce drag, which was only 0.306 when tested. The car came with the Isdera trademark gullwing doors, their own windshield wiper system to avoid drag, and the Commendatore didn’t even have traditional rear view mirrors on the fenders … there was a glass panel in the roof and a periscope style mirror was fitted on top of the roof.
Massive BBS racing wheels were used and Schulz had every intention to build a few road-legal cars and have a racing variant enter the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France … but in 1993 a major economic downfall occurred in Japan. And unfortunately most of Isdera’s funding came from Japan, so the company was forced into a restructuring and the Commendatore 112i project was halted. No entries into Le Mans, and the one-and-only car built was put aside, only to be unveiled again at the 1999 IAA in Frankfurt. Renamed into the ‘Silver Arrow’, a Swiss consortium had removed the BBS wheels, the periscope mirror and installed five-spoke wheels and ‘normal’ wing mirrors, have a look at those modifications in our earlier article on this car.
But things had turned around for Isdera by 2016, and they managed to buy this unique prototype back from the new owner, with only 10,500 km on the counter, it was rebuilt for road use and even had a license plate and registration now. Isdera did return their Commendatore 112i back to 1993 specs with those stunning, gold finished, multi-piece BBS Racing wheels. But also blue and black upholstered Recaro seats and the correct Porsche Arctic Silver paint.
This Commendatore 112i comes with a certificate if authenticity from Isdera themselves confirming this is the only one in existence, ever. This very special Nineties car will draw attention, even when parked next to a Koenigsegg or a Pagina from the same era … or newer, the Commendatore 112i is a very unique car that aged extremely well.
January 20, 2021 / Comments Off on One of one Isdera Commendatore 112i goes to auction