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2020-03-27: Two great competition Alfa Romeos to round up this week ...
Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ These are strange times and instead of travelling to events, we are now stuck in the office. That does mean we have the opportunity to take a look in our archive. Today we have found a pair of great Alfa Romeo competition cars for you to enjoy.
First up is this Giulia TZ, which is one of just three fitted with a fibreglass body. Its chassis was similar to that of the subsequent TZ2 but by using the earlier body design, it could be fielded in the GTS class for fully homologated GT racers. It was successfully raced in period by the Autodelta works team. Chassis 750107 has also had a successful historic racing career in the hands of Angelo Chiapparini. It is now back in Italian ownership and returned to the track in recent years.
The 8C 2300 ranks as one of the all-time great Alfa Romeos and this lovely Monza perfectly illustrates why. It was raced in period by Jean-Pierre Wimille and Raymond Sommer. In 1935, it was also used for successful average speed record runs on the Montlhery circuit near Paris. The car then spent a huge portion of its life in Brazil, until it was found and recovered by the great car archeologist Colin Crabbe. For some time now, chassis 2211138 has joined a formidable collection of competition cars in Germany.

2020-03-25: Aston Martin Valhalla engine info, and DB3S and AMR1 in full detail ...
Aston Martin Valhalla Aston Martin have released further details on the engine that is due to power the upcoming Valhalla. The first all-new engine developed in-house by Aston Martin since 1968, it is appropriately named the TM1 after Aston Martin's legendary engine designer Tadek Marek. The three-litre V6 will be used as part of a sophisticated hybrid drivetrain. Following the 'hot V' principle, the engine's two turbochargers are mounted in between the two cylinder blocks. The Valhalla should enter production in 2022.
The news of a new six-cylinder engined Aston Martin made us think back at the many great cars produced by the manufacturer with straight-six power. One of these is the legendary DB3S and to the mark the occasion, we have taken a detailed look at an ex-works example. One of two built ahed of the 1956 season, it boasts the ultimate DB3S specification with covered headlights and Girling disc brakes. Chassis DB3S/10 has been a familiar sight on racing tracks throughout its life and we have captured it several times over the years.
The engine Tadek Marek designed for Aston Martin in 1968 was the venerable V8 engine that would serve the company into the 2000s. One of the most potent machines powered by this unit must surely be this AMR1 Group C racer. The last of five built, the featured example was fitted with the 6.3-litre version engine that reportedly produced in excess of 700 bhp. Although not seen in recent years, AMR1 / 05 has been actively raced in historic events during much of the 2000s and 2010s.

2020-03-23: Unique Lister Maserati and Ford GT headed for Bonhams auction ...
Lister Maserati Even though the upcoming Goodwood Members' Meeting has been postponed due the COVID-19 outbreak, the Bonhams Auction scheduled on the same weekend is still on. Interested parties can not bid in person and instead, the sale caters for absentee, telephone and online bids.
One of our favourite lots consigned is the unique Lister Maserati works car. It was built by Brian Lister for the great Archie Scott Brown to race during the 1956 season. Mating a Maserati engine to the Lister chassis was an interesting and relatively successful experiment, but Brian Lister nevertheless opted to switch to Jaguar power from the 1957 season onwards. In more recent years, the one-off Lister Maserati has been restored to full running order to race in historic event on both sides of the Atlantic. Interestingly, it comes with the original Maserati A6 GCS engine.
The most valuable car consigned to the sale is this low mileage Ford GT. Delivered to its first and only owner early in 2018, it is painted black and fitted with the appropriate registration number '1966 GT'. The GT is estimated to find its second custodian on Sunday for GBP 700,000 - 900,000.

2020-03-20: Stunning Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta and Porsche 911 GT2 headed for auction ...
Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta Due to the global COVID-19 outbreak, RM Sotheby's have decided to hold their planned Palm Beach Auction as an online-only, time-based sale. The 250+ lots will be open for bidding today at 11:00 AM ET, and remain open through to March 29th.
The lots consigned are very diverse but the absolute headliner is this Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta. It is one of 210 built and is finished in a striking yellow over black paint-scheme. Consigned with just 175 miles on the odometer, it is estimated to sell for $4.5 - 5.5 million.
Another spectacular machine in the lengthy lot list is this Porsche 911 GT2. It is one of the original road-going GT2s produced in the mid 1990s of which just 194 were built. Painted in Polar Silver with a black interior, this GT2 has survived in a beautiful condition. Having covered 30,000 km in the last 25 years, it should find a new owner for around $1 million.
We will keep tabs on this interesting sale, and will post the results once the sale as concluded.

2020-03-18: MOMO liveried Group C and GTP sports racers ...
Gebhardt 88 C2 Audi One of sports car racing's most iconic livery is that of the late Gianpiero Moretti's MOMO company. The striking red and yellow colours have been applied to many cars during Moretti's racing career and today we highlight two of them. First up and the rarest of the two is the Gebhardt 88 C2 Audi. Created by the small German team, the car started life in 1987 as the JC873 and was then rebadged the 88 C2 when an all new body was fitted in 1989. Chassis 872/1 was then raced in MOMO colours during the 1990 season. It was re-acquired by Fritz Gebhardt in more recent years and we saw it back in action last year at the Monza Historic.
Of a similar vintage is this Nissan NPT-90. Built for the IMSA GTP championship, the NPT-90 combined a startling amount of power with huge downforce levels thanks to the ground effect aerodynamics. Although usually a two-car effort, Nissan constructed over a dozen tubs and some were never used in period. Chassis 90-12 is one of those but using the abundant number of spare parts available it was later built into a complete and running car.

2020-03-16: Porsche 718 RSK headed for auction and one-off 935 JLP-2 highlighted ...
Porsche 718 RSK Spyder Bonhams have released the very first consignment of their Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Auction; a beautifully preserved Porsche 718 RSK Spyder. It was raced in period with great success by Bob Holbert, who won with this car at the Bahamas Speed Week among other races. Chassis 718-031 joined the stable of the vendor during the early 1970s, so it will be offered for sale for the first time nearly half a century.
A Porsche of an altogether different nature is this fire-belching 935 JLP-2. Using a bare shell supplied by Porsche, it was built up to Kremer K3 specifications by the JLP Racing team in the United States. It was raced successfully during the 1980 season by the team before it was superseded by the even more extreme JLP-3. The JLP-2 was raced by subsequent owner Marty Speer through to the 1984 season. Meticulously restored, the car is now owned and raced by a French enthusiast.
One of the last cars to break cover that should have been launched at Geneva is this APEX AP-0 Concept. A preview of the production version due in 2022, the AP-0 is an all-electric sports car that combines a 649 bhp drivetrain with a kerb weight of just 1,200 kg. When it will be available for sale, the APEX AP-0 will cost around GBP 150,000 plus local taxes.