2017-01-18: Magnum P.I.'s Ferrari and Bonhams Scottsdale preview ...
2017-01-16: 2017 Interclassics Maastricht report and 100-shot gallery ...
2017-01-13: Lovely Chevron racer, another new Lotus Exige and new Mercedes-AMG hypercar ...
This weekend, the 24th annual Interclassics Maastricht
show officially kicked off the season for us. The largest show of its kind in the Benelux area, the four-day event attracted just over 25,000 visitors, who were treated to 35,000 m2 of car and car-related displays. Among this year's features was a tribute to Facel Vega with an exhibition of ten distinct examples and the celebration of Ferrari's 70th anniversary. Among the many great cars on show from the famous Italian marque was a rare 250 GT SWB Competizione and a pair of Ferraris that had been originally commissioned by the Dutch Prince Bernhard. Further highlights included a very rare Bizzarrini Europa 1900 GT and the Alfa Romeo Tipo B due to be offered by RM Sotheby's early next month in Paris.
We ventured to the most southern tip of The Netherlands and have captured the 2017 Interclassics Maastricht in a 100-shot gallery
that serves to illustrate a concise report
of all the highlights.
2017-01-11: Italian masterpieces from Ferrari and Alfa Romeo headed for auction ...
Up until the end of the 1973 season, Chevrons were relatively straightforward machines built around a spaceframe chassis. Then the small British specialist manufacturer stepped up to produce the Chevron B26
, which featured a full aluminium monocoque. Like its predecessors, it was a successful machine in the two-litre class around the world. Today we take a detailed look two
Hart-engined examples. Among them is chassis B26-74-10
, which is better known as 'Chocolate Drop' thanks to its unusual brown colour. It was a works car and raced by the likes of Brian Redman and Peter Gethin.
Following hot on the heels of the Sport 380
announced last month, Lotus have now revealed the track-only Exige Race 380
. It shares the same 375 bhp engine with the road going car but is further stripped down to bring the weight down to just 995 kg. The Race 380
will also come with adjustable suspension and a sequential XTrac gearbox.
The highlight of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Mercedes-AMG will undoubtedly be the introduction of the Project One
hypercar later in the year. Using Formula 1 technology, it will feature a hybrid drivetrain that should be good for around 1,000 bhp. We will keep close tabs on the development and bring more news once it is available.
2017-01-09: 2017 NAIAS day one round-up ...
At next week's Scottsdale auctions one of the absolute stars on offer will be this Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder
due to cross the block at Bonhams
next Thursday. Shown at the 1961 Brussels Motor Show, it was originally finished in a very rare rust colour. It is also believed to have starred in an Italian movie where it was featured in a particularly exciting chase scene along with a Miura. Today, chassis 2277GT
is finished in red and has been maintained to full running order by its British owner.
Bonhams also has a fabulous example of the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Zagato Spider
on offer. One of the great 1930s Alfa Romeos, the car on offer has a known history from new. Following an early life in Switzerland, it was part of the same American collection for four decades from 1962 onwards. The Zagato Spider
has more recently been in British hands.
Much rarer than the Zagato coachwork, is the one-off Figoni body fitted on this 6C 1750 GS
that is due to cross the block at the Gooding Scottsdale Auctions
. This striking machine was shown by Figoni at the 1933 Paris Auto Salon and returned to the city of lights for the 2016 Retromobile show where we captured it. The Figoni Roadster
is expected to sell for around $2.5 million.
2017-01-06: American muscle headed for auction and most powerful Bentley road car yet ...
The first big event of the year is the North American International Auto Show
in Detroit. This year's NAIAS kicked off today with the first of a pair of press days. The Volkswagen Group was out in force with several interesting releases. Among them was the new Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
. Powered by a 450 hp version of the new twin turbo engine, it is available as a Coupe
versions. The former also in two- or four-wheel drive versions.
Audi, meanwhile, introduced the second generation SQ5
and previewed the upcoming Q8
in concept form.
Combining a retro design with a cutting edge electric drivetrain is Volkswagen funky I.D. Buzz Concept
. As the name suggests, it is a modern take on the legendary Microbus.
Our eye was certainly caught by the all-new Kia Stinger GT
. This rear- or all-wheel drive saloon features a range-topping 3.3-litre twin turbo V6, good for 365 bhp.
Japanese luxury manufacturer Lexus used the Detroit show to take the wraps off the fifth generation LS
. Larger than ever before, the LS 500
model will be powered by a twin-turbo V6 engine.
AMG kicked off their 50th anniversary celebrations by revealing a substantially updated Mercedes-AMG GLA 45
. The compact cross-over boasts a compact four-cylinder that at 375 bhp produces almost 200 bhp per litre.
Thoroughbred American muscle cars will be strongly represented in the upcoming Scottsdale auctions. The most exotic of these is the AMC AMX/3
, which is one of the headliners at the Gooding
sale. One of just five or six built, the example on offer
was tested extensively during 1969 and has several unique features. It also boasts a known history from new and was recently shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
will offer this fabulous AC Shelby Cobra 427
. It is one of the very last Shelby Cobras built and has had the original, more docile Ford 428 replaced by the more potent 427 fitted to first big block Cobras.
One of the rarest and most sought after Corvettes is the L88
and a beautifully restored Roadster
is on the Bonhams
British manufacturer Bentley has started the year on a high with the introduction of the Continental Supersports
. Powered by a 700hp version of the familiar W12 engine, it is the fastest ever regular production Bentley road car. To cope with the added power, the Supersports
also boasts uprated suspension and brakes.