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2017-11-16: Striking Ferrari racers and Aston Valkyrie track-day car ...
Ferrari 412 P At this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Ferrari's 70th anniversary celebration was one of the main features with four special classes. Accordingly some of the marque's finest machines were brought out for display. Among them was this ex-Ecurie Francorchamps 412 P, fresh from a ground up restoration at Ferrari Classiche. Raced during 1967 and 1968 by Ferrari's Belgian distributor, the achingly beautiful machine was then sold to singer Dean Martin Jr. Despite the immaculate presentation, the 412 P only placed second in class, highlighting the level of competition at Pebble this year.
Another rare sports prototype that starred on the Pacific shore this year was the Ferrari 365 P2. Sold new to and raced by the North American Racing Team (NART), this 4.4-litre engined beast won the Reims 1000 km outright in 1965. Returned to its original livery many years ago, chassis 0838 has been part of the same, American collection for over three decades.
Ferrari was at the top of their game in Formula 1 exactly 40 years ago with Niki Lauda winning the second of two titles for Ferrari in 1977. His weapon of choice for that year was the 312 T2. To mark that occasion, the seventh and final example built was wheeled out for Pebble. It was driven to Grand Prix victories by Lauda and Carlos Reutemann.
Ahead of the launch of the road car, Aston Martin have already revealed the first details of the track only Valkyrie AMR Pro. With the road car already promising staggering performance, the AMR Pro version should be able to produce lap times similar to that of contemporary LMP and F1 cars. If you were thinking of getting a Valkyrie AMR Pro when it arrives in 2020, you are already too late as all 25 have been spoken for.

2017-11-13: RM Sotheby's New York Icons preview and all-new Corvette ZR1 ...
Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione Auctioneer RM Sotheby's will return to the Big Apple in December for the very exclusive New York - Icons sale. Headlining the 30-something cars consigned is this Le Mans class winning Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Competizione. One of nine long wheelbase California Spyders clothed with an aluminium body, this example was sold to an American enthusiast, who won the GT class at Le Mans in 1959. Like so many Ferraris, it was re-painted red but in recent years chassis 1451GT has been re-finished in its Le Mans winning livery. It is estimated to find a new owner for $14-17 million.
Among the slightly more affordable cars consigned, we were particularly taken by this very original Porsche 911 GT2 road car. Originally delivered in Germany, this low mileage example has spent the last dozen years in Japan and has a pre-sale estimate of $1.1 - 1.4.
Certainly the most extravagant car consigned is this Cadillac Series 62 Saoutchik Cabriolet. It is one of just two examples built in an attempt for Saoutchik to break into the lucrative American market. The example on offer was the second of the pair built and should now sell for close to $1 million.
Over the weekend Chevrolet revealed the all-new Corvette ZR1. It is powered by the supercharged 'LT5' V8, which produces a hefty 755 bhp. The ZR1 comes standard with a seven-speed manual but can also be specified with an eight-speed automatic, which is a first for a ZR1. The new Corvette ZR1 will be available in this coming spring as a 2019 model.

2017-11-09: Ground-breaking Peugeot headed for auction and latest news ...
Peugeot L45 Working for Peugeot, draughtsman Ernest Henry and three insightful drivers, known as the 'Charlatans' created what would be the pattern for the modern twin-cam, four-valve engines in the early 1910s. These ground-breking Peugeots won major races on both sides of the Atlantic, including the French Grand Prix and the Indy 500. Of these legendary machines only two are extant today and this Peugeot L45 will be offered for sale for the first time in 70 years this weekend. The occasion is the Bonhams sale of the Bothwell Collection of which it has been part since 1947. In that year, despite being over 30 years old, the late Lindley Bothwell attempted to qualify the car once more for the Indy 500. A true piece of automotive history, the L45 Peugeot is estimated to sell for over $3 million.
Fast forward over a century to the latest racing cars to hit the track. One of these is the all-new and particularly impressive looking Bentley Continental GT3. It is based on the new road car launched at Frankfurt earlier this year, and will be available to customers from June of 2018. The new Continental GT3 is powered by a further modified twin-turbo V8 that produces around 550 bhp in restricted form. Also intended for customers to run is the Citroen C3 R5 designed for the WRC2 series. It is effectively a slightly de-tuned version of the latest Citroen World Rally Car and will debut later this month.
BMW have applied the fabled ClubSport or CS badge to the four-door M3 for the first time. Available halfway through 2018, the new M3 CS features a more powerful engine and a more aggressive aero package. Lotus, meanwhile, have crammed the most powerful version of the supercharged Toyota engine into the Exige to create the Exige Cup 430. With 430 bhp available in a vehicle that barely weighs over a ton, this should make for a particularly potent package.

2017-11-07: Lamborghini's look at the future, mighty Hennessey Venom F5 and new BMW and VW racers ...
Lamborghini Terzo Millennio With the help of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Italian sports car manufacturer Lamborghini have a created a look at the future in the form of the Terzo Millennio design study. The striking show car offers a glimpse at what a future all-electric Lamborghini could look like. The Terzo Millennio was the result of a one-year collaboration with the newly established MIT-Italy department.
At last week's SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Hennessey finally revealed the highly anticipated Venom F5. Designed by Hennessey from the ground up, it features a bespoke carbon-fibre chassis and body. It is powered by a highly tuned, twin-turbo V8 that produces a staggering 1,600 bhp, which is driven to the rear wheels through a paddle-actuated seven-speed gearbox. Thanks to the extensive use of lightweight materials, the Venom F5 tips the scales at just 1,338 kg. Production of the very quick machine will be limited to just 24 examples.
One of the great new racing cars due to take to the track in 2018 will be this BMW M8 GTE. Based on the upcoming M8 road car, it features the familiar twin-turbo V8, which is limited to around 500 bhp to meet the regulations. The M8 GTE will compete at both sides of the Atlantic in all the major endurance races.
Later that same year, Volkswagen will make the all-new Polo GTI R5 available to customer teams. Built to the R5 regulations, this new rally car features a 270 bhp version of the familiar and highly successful four-cylinder engine.

2017-11-03: Bugatti and Bentley headed for Paris auction and Porsche 550A due for Scottsdale ...
Bugatti Type 35 French specialist Artcurial will stage their annual Automobiles sur les Champs sale on Sunday. Today, we take a look at two of the star lots. The earliest of the pair is this Bugatti Type 35. Delivered new to Italy, this car has had a colourful history but has been largely untouched from the 1930s. Over its long life, the Type 35 has been owned by noted collectors like Count Giovanni Lurani, Rob Walker and Ton Meijer and is offered from a collector who acquired the car back in the mid-1980s. It is estimated to sell for over one million euro.
Also consigned to this sale is this Bentley R-Type Continental. It is one of just 42 built in left hand drive and fitted with the legendary Mulliner Fastback Coupe body. It was sold new to the United States and remained in Californian ownership until 2010. Recently refreshed by PA Wood, this Mulliner Fastback has a pre-sale estimate of Euro 800,000 - 1,000,000.
The 2018 auction season will kick off in Scottsdale and among the very first cars consigned is this 550A RS Spyder. Originally a works car, it scored class wins at Goodwood and the Nurburgring. It also holds the distinction of being the only 550A that raced in a Grand Prix. Right now, there is no estimate but we expect 550A-0145 to sell for over $5 million.