2017-02-17: Gooding Amelia Island preview and all-new Ferrari 812 Superfast ...
2017-02-15: All-new Pagani Huayra Roadster and more news headed for Geneva ...
The seemingly never ending barrage of auctions will continue early next month with three major sales in the build-up to the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Today we take a first look at what Gooding & Co.
have to offer. Headlining the March 10th auction is this Jaguar XKSS
, which has a pre-sale estimate of USD 16 - 18 million. It is one of the 16 genuine cars that escaped the fire and has a rich period and historic racing history. In 2010, it was restored to its XKSS configuration and was since demonstrated and shown at various events as can be seen in this 19-shot gallery
Definitely one of the brightest and certainly the loudest car in the sale will be this Mazda 767B
. It is one of just two four-rotor Mazda prototypes in private hands and is estimated to sell for $1.8 - 2.4 million. Another striking competition car due to cross the block is one of just ten Porsche 934/5
s. The example on offer is unique in that it did not receive the wider bodykit fitted to the other nine interim cars built for the 1977 season. Recently repatriated to Europe after a lengthy spell in Australia, the Porsche
racer has a $1.4 - 1.8 million estimate.
This week, Ferrari have revealed the first details of the upcoming 812 Superfast
. Replacing the F12, it is powered by a naturally aspirated, 6.5-litre V12, which produces a staggering 800 hp. Combined with a further developed dual clutch gearbox, the 812 Superfast
can accelerate to 100 km/h in less than three seconds and on to a top speed of over 340 km/h.
2017-02-13: 2017 Retromobile report and galleries ...
The annual Geneva Motor Show is less than a month away and one of the absolute stars of the show will undoubtedly be this Pagani Huayra Roadster
. Developed over several years, it is both lighter and more powerful than the original Huayra introduced in Geneva six years ago. The revised Mercedes-AMG sourced V12 produces in excess of 750 bhp, while the car tips the scales at just 1,280kg. Production is limited to 100 examples and even though the Huayra Roadster
has a 2.2 million Euro (ex VAT) price tag, the entire run has already been sold.
An altogether different vehicle using a Mercedes-Benz V12 and limited to just 99 examples that is also due in Geneva, is this monstrous Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet
. Compared to the 'regular' G-Class this 630 bhp engined machine sits higher on its wheels, has an open top and features a luxurious interior.
Pininfarina is a regular at the Geneva Motor Show and this year plans to reveal the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo
. Like the name suggests, this is a tribute to two-time World Champion and Indy 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi. For now, the Italian design house have released only two teaser images
Last week, Prodrive announced its intention to enter the ever more popular World Rallycross championship with this Renault Megane
based machine. Due to enter the WRX from the start of the next season, it should already make an appearance at the French round later this year.
2017-02-10: Results from RM Sotheby's and Bonhams, and a new Audi RS 3 Sportback ...
There is no event quite like the annual Retromobile
show in Paris. This year's edition was held last week and, like always, did not disappoint with spectacular displays featuring a host of Formula 1 machines, Group B cars, Bugatti meets Bentley and Ferrari's 70 anniversary. Among the slightly harder to spot gems and very much typical of Retromobile was the absolutely unique Aston Martin-engined and built Volvo P1800. During the event, Paris also hosted three major auctions, including the official Retromobile sale on Friday and the RM Sotheby's and Bonhams sales the days before.
We have not missed a Retromobile
in fifteen years and we were on hand again this year. The result is this concise report
illustrated by a total of four galleries with a combined 580!! shots. Also listed are all the results from the auctions.
2017-02-06: Ex Scuderia BMS Italia Porsche and Ferrari and Porsche 959 Sport ...
The first results from this week's auctions in Paris are in. On Wednesday, this fantastic Alfa Romeo Tipo B
top the results at the RM Sotheby's
sale at just shy of four million euros. We have added the full results
, illustrated by a 100-shot gallery
from the viewing. A full report about the auctions and the Retromobile show itself will follow early next week.
One of the big surprises at RM Sotheby's was this Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet
, which sold for well over the top estimate at just over Euro 1.3 million. This prompted us to take a detailed look
at this very model of which just 14 were built in 1995 to special order by the Porsche Exclusive Department.
The Bonhams sale
was staged a day later in the ever impressive Grand Palais. The results
were topped by this ex-Le Mans Aston Martin Ulster
we featured a few weeks ago.
Audi will expand the revived RS 3 line-up with the Sportback
version at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Like the sedan, it is powered by a 400 hp version of the familiar 2.5-litre engine and customers can ask Audi to raise the top speed limit from 250 to 280 km/h.
2017-02-03: Fantastic Alfa Romeo and Ferrari headed for auction and latest Mercedes-AMG E 63 Estate ...
Italian privateer team Scuderia BMS Italia has fielded a wide variety of machinery over the years. During the late 2000s, they competed in the GT2 class with this Ferrari F430 GTC
and subsequently with this Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
. The Ferrari was raced in the 2008 and 2009 FIA GT Championship, scoring a class win in the 2008 Spa 24 Hours along the way. Chassis 2616
also placed second in class at Le Mans twice before being replaced by this 911 GT3 RSR
for 2010. Finished in a striking Italian racing red livery, it won the Spa 24 Hours outright in 2010. Chassis 799913
was also raced at Le Mans where it placed third. Both cars are still owned by the first owner, who was one of the team backers. He has now consigned the two successful GT2 racers to the RM Sotheby's
sale with relatively modest estimates.
Another fabulous Porsche consigned to the RM sale on Wednesday is this 959 Sport
. One of just 29 built, it was picked up by first owner Vasek Polak Jr at the factory, who toured Europe with it before bringing it with him to the United States. This very rare Porsche
has been part of a prominent Swiss collection from which it is now offered without reserve along with several other exquisite Porsches.
One of our absolute favourite cars due to cross the block in Paris next week is this Alfa Romeo Tipo B
that has been consigned by RM Sotheby's
. The example on offer is among the last built and is one of three fitted with Dubonnet style independent front suspension from new. Chassis 50006
was raced during the 1935 season by the Scuderia Ferrari and continued to be used in contemporary events into the 1950s. RM has a conservative pre-sale estimate of Euro 3.8 - 5 million for this stunning example of one of the greatest Grand Prix cars.
offers an even rarer opportunity with the consignment, at no reserve, of the unique Ferrari 206 P Dino Pininfarina Speciale
. Built on competition car underpinnings, this one-off show car debuted at the Paris Auto Salon in 1965. Never before offered for sale, this beautiful machine was later donated by Ferrari and Pininfarina to Le Mans organisers, the ACO for their museum. The fabulous Ferrari
estimated to sell for between Euro 4 and 8 million, and it will sell!
Less beauty but all beast is the newly announced Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+
. Like the Sedan and Coupe models, this range topping version of the latest E-Class tourer is powered by a 603 bhp version of the twin turbo V8, which should make trips to the supermarket quicker than ever before.