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Updated Alfa Romeo 4C Reportedly Coming Next Year 8
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Alfa Romeo 4C, alfa-romeo, Ferrari, Ferrari California, Reports on 12 8th, 2017


The Alfa Romeo 4C was designed to spearhead the company’s resurgence but the model hasn’t been a huge sales success as Carsalesbase data shows the automaker sold a combined 1,671 units in Europe and the United States last year.

Help is on the way as Alfa Romeo and Maserati engineering boss Roberto Fedeli told Autocar the company is working on an updated 4C which will feature a revised suspension and an improved steering system.

The updated model could also come with a new engine which would replace the turbocharged 1.75-liter four-cylinder that produces 237 hp (176 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. It allows the current model to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds before hitting a top speed of 160 mph (257 km/h).

Fedeli wasn’t ready to talk specifics but he said “We are coming back to Formula 1 and we need the 4C to be our halo car.” Fedeli also confirmed the updated 4C will not be offered with a manual transmission as he doesn’t think there’s enough demand to justify it.

While the lack of a manual transmission won’t please the purists, Fedeli said Ferrari spent approximately €10 ($11.7) million to offer a manual transmission in the California. In the end, just two cars were equipped with the gearbox.

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These Classic Children’s Cars Are Sure To Delight The Kids On Your List 28
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, auction, Classics, Corvette, Ferrari, Ferrari 250, Ferrari California, Ferrari Testarossa, Jaguar E-Type, Jaguar XK, Mercedes SL, porsche, Shelby on 11 28th, 2017


Looking for the perfect present for the special little someone on your holiday shopping list this season? We’ve got you covered.

Coming up for auction is an impressive array of children’s cars, each replicating a classic car, the opportunity to own for which we’d have seriously considered giving up a kidney (or limb) when we were kids.

Included on the docket are an Aston Martin DB5, Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, Shelby Cobra 289, Corvette Sting Ray, Porsche 936, Jaguar E-Type and XK120, and three Ferraris: a 250 Testa Rossa, 250 California, and 640 F1 car – all in miniature. We don’t have the full details on all of them, but the Testa Rossa and Sting Ray are of period vintage and pack electric motors.

Don’t let the size fool you, though: while they won’t cost you as much as the real thing, they’re still plenty valuable. RM Sotheby’s estimates they’ll each sell for between $10,000 and $80,000 (in the case of the TR, a similar one of which sold a few years ago for an astonishing $126,500).

Most are going up for auction in Arizona come mid-January, but the Testa Rossa and the ‘Vette are on the docket for New York on December 6. So if you’re intent on putting one under the tree, better pack your backs for the Big Apple… and bring your checkbook.

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What’ll It Be, Four LaFerraris Or This Classic California Spider? 9
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari 250, Ferrari California, Ferrari LaFerrari on 11 9th, 2017


Nobody ever said a Ferrari would be cheap. But even among Prancing Horses, some are more expensive than others. Much, much more expensive.

Take this latest classic consigned to RM Sotheby’s for its upcoming sale in New York, for example. It’s a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Competizione Spider – not unlike the one immortalized in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, only considerably more so.

Chassis number 1451 GT was the second of just eight California Spiders bodied in aluminum and built to competition specifications. And it raced, finishing third in its class and fifth overall at Le Mans in 1959 before going on to compete in (and even win) other local events in the United States.

Ferrari Classiche-certitied, extensively restored in 2011, and returned to its original Le Mans livery, 1451 GT took first in its class at Pebble Beach and a platinum award at the Cavallino Classic. When it crosses the block a month from now, the auctioneer expects it will sell for upwards of $14 (and as much as $17m).

For that kind of money, you could put four LaFerraris in your garage. In fact, if that’s more to your liking, there’ll be one up for grabs at the same event, where it’s expected to sell for about $3.5 million (or a quarter of the California’s low-end value). There’s a (relatively) more accessible 250 GT convertible – a 1961 Series II Cabriolet – also on offer with a ~$1.7-million estimate.

Those are just a few of the seven-figure lots consigned, but the alloy California is the highest, and only one valued at eight figures. Take a gander at the gallery of images below by Cymon Taylor and Diana Varga, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.

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What’ll It Be, Four LaFerraris Or This Classic California Spider? 9
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari 250, Ferrari California, Ferrari LaFerrari on 11 9th, 2017


Nobody ever said a Ferrari would be cheap. But even among Prancing Horses, some are more expensive than others. Much, much more expensive.

Take this latest classic consigned to RM Sotheby’s for its upcoming sale in New York, for example. It’s a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Competizione Spider – not unlike the one immortalized in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, only considerably more so.

Chassis number 1451 GT was the second of just eight California Spiders bodied in aluminum and built to competition specifications. And it raced, finishing third in its class and fifth overall at Le Mans in 1959 before going on to compete in (and even win) other local events in the United States.

Ferrari Classiche-certitied, extensively restored in 2011, and returned to its original Le Mans livery, 1451 GT took first in its class at Pebble Beach and a platinum award at the Cavallino Classic. When it crosses the block a month from now, the auctioneer expects it will sell for upwards of $14 (and as much as $17m).

For that kind of money, you could put four LaFerraris in your garage. In fact, if that’s more to your liking, there’ll be one up for grabs at the same event, where it’s expected to sell for about $3.5 million (or a quarter of the California’s low-end value). There’s a (relatively) more accessible 250 GT convertible – a 1961 Series II Cabriolet – also on offer with a ~$1.7-million estimate.

Those are just a few of the seven-figure lots consigned, but the alloy California is the highest, and only one valued at eight figures. Take a gander at the gallery of images below by Cymon Taylor and Diana Varga, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.

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Russian Mayor Hoons Ferrari California Through Moscow Mall 11
Apr
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ferrari, Ferrari California, Ferrari-Videos, Offbeat News, Russia, video on 04 11th, 2017


What do you do when you live in Russia, own a Ferrari and get bored? You drive to the local mall and wreak havoc, it seems.
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Marchionne Suggests The California Is Not A “Full-Blown Ferrari” 13
Mar
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ferrari, Ferrari California, Ferrari California T, Reports on 03 13th, 2017


Outspoken FCA president and Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne has suggested that the Italian company needs to rethink the California T, as it is not a “full-blown Ferrari”.
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Oops! Driver Destroys His Friend’s Ferrari California In Indonesia 4
Mar
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, Ferrari, Ferrari California, Offbeat News on 03 4th, 2017


Lending your flashy supercar always comes with a number of risks as Chris Brown and a Murcielago SV owner recently discovered. Now, it has happened again.
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Ferrari, McLaren And Tesla Models Embroiled In Takata Recalls 16
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ferrari, ferrari 458, Ferrari 488, Ferrari California, Ferrari F12berlinetta, Ferrari GTC4Lusso, Ferrari LaFerrari, mclaren, McLaren 570S, McLaren 650S, McLaren 675LT, McLaren P1, Recalls, Tesla, Tesla Model S on 12 16th, 2016


A number of McLaren, Ferrari and Tesla models have been embroiled in the ongoing Takata airbag inflator recalls.
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Relive Ferris Bueller’s Day Off With This 1960 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider 16
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari 250, Ferrari California on 11 16th, 2016


Ever since we were kids, we dreamt of reliving Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The trouble is that, while most any classic, red Italian roadster would likely do, if we were really going to go for it, we'd need a Ferrari 250 GT California Spider. And those are hard to come by – but there's one coming up for auction.
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Tesla Model S & Ferrari California Beaten By Atieva’s Electric Merc V-Class 17
Jul
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, Drag-Racing, Electric Vehicles, Ferrari California, Tesla Model S, video on 07 17th, 2016


Start-up company Atieva went about presenting their EV powertrain in spectacular fashion, taking on a Tesla Model S and a Ferrari California with a lightning-quick electric V-Class Merc.
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Someone Stuffed A Ferrari V8 Into A Toyota 86! 7
Jul
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in drifting, Engine Swaps, Ferrari, Ferrari California, TOYOTA, Toyota 86, Toyota GT 86, Toyota Videos, video on 07 7th, 2016


Just when you thought you’ve seen everything, Ryan Tuerck informs us that they are building a Toyota 86 (GT 86 / Scion FR-S in some markets) powered by a Ferrari V8 engine.
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Defective Takata Airbags Lead To Ferrari California, 458 Italia Recall 8
Jun
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ferrari, ferrari 458, Ferrari California, NHTSA, Recalls on 06 8th, 2016


Ferrari North America has issued a recall for certain California and 458 Italia supercars, which have been equipped with defective airbag inflators, supplied by Takata Motor Corp.
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Ferrari California Sells For Half A Mill – Is This Manual Box Frenzy? 6
Feb
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in auction, Ferrari, Ferrari California, Reports on 02 6th, 2016


Crazy sums for Prancing Horses surprise no one – except, that is, when it comes to paying a small fortune for a California.
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Ferrari California Plunges Into A River In Brazil 29
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, Brazil, Ferrari, Ferrari California, Ferrari-Videos, Offbeat News, video on 01 29th, 2016


From the road, into a river and on its way to the scrap yard is the short life story of a Ferrari California.
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