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Flower Power VW Microbus Could Fetch More Than $200,000 At Auction 23
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in auction, Classics, Galleries, used cars, VW, VW Microbus on 11 23rd, 2017


There are a few good reasons as to why this Volkswagen Microbus Deluxe could sell for more than the price of a new Audi R8 V10 Plus.

First, it’s the highly-collectible 23-window version equipped with the canvas ‘Samba’ sunroof and other options, and second, it was fully restored to its factory specification using all original parts.

Clearly, the restorer has paid lots of attention to detail, as the Microbus features a gorgeous two-tone paint job, correct wheels and tires, leather seats, speedometer in miles-per-hour, and basic yet cozy cabin that can take up to 8 passengers alongside the driver.

All of these, combined helped it win various West Coast concours events, including the Hillsborough in 2014, and it also brought it various awards at every event it entered.

Details surrounding its exact mileage haven’t been released by RMSothebys, which have the classic listed for their New York City auction, which will take place on December 6.

However, they do say that it was originally shipped to Los Angeles, California, back in 1960, and that it’s offered with a proper tool roll, a classic Volkswagen logo ignition key, and another key used to open the engine and gas doors.

The Microbus will be offered without reserve, though the auction house estimates it will fetch between $150,000 and $225,000.

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You Can Keep Your Focus RS – We Want This 600 HP 1986 Ford RS200 Evo 21
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Ford on 11 21st, 2017


Automakers far and wide use the letters RS to connote some of their most hardcore performance models. Ranking high among them is Ford, which applies them today to the Focus RS. But that’s not the one we want; this is.

It’s an RS200 from 1986, but not just any RS200: it’s an RS200 Evolution rally car from the heyday of Group B, and it’s coming up for auction.

One of just 24 made, this nimble little mid-engined rally car packs a 2.1-liter turbo four sending over 600 horsepower to all four wheels – significantly more than the 500 featured in other rally-raiding examples, or the 250 in the road-going version.

With composite bodywork styled by Carrozzeria Ghia and built by Aston Martin’s Tickford division, the RS200 Evolution was capable of rocketing to 60 mph (96 km/h) in three seconds flat, setting a Guinness-certified world record that stood for 12 years.

Chassis number 00105 is headed for auction at Bond Street in London on December 2, where it’s anticipated to sell for upwards of £200k. You can check it out in these images provided courtesy of Bonhams, and while you’re doing that, we’ll be digging through our sofa cushions for spare change to scrounge together an opening bid.

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First 1966 Shelby GT350 Prototype Bound For Auction 19
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in auction, Classics, Ford, Ford Mustang, Shelby on 11 19th, 2017


Barrett-Jackson will auction off the first 1966 Shelby GT350 prototype ever built during its Scottsdale event in mid-January.

The auction house says that the pony car is in excellent condition and includes a numbers-matching V8 and 4-speed manual transmission.

When the vehicle’s prototype duties were completed, a Ford dealership in California used the Mustang for demonstration purposes. In the ensuing decades, it passed through the hands of numerous owners and underwent a full restoration in 2011, ultimately being displayed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2015.

A unique feature of the GT350 is its blue vinyl roof. Neither Ford or Shelby ever offered a vinyl roof on the car, but used this prototype as an experiment to decide whether or not to offer it as an option.

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First 1966 Shelby GT350 Prototype Bound For Auction 19
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in auction, Classics, Ford, Ford Mustang, Shelby on 11 19th, 2017


Barrett-Jackson will auction off the first 1966 Shelby GT350 prototype ever built during its Scottsdale event in mid-January.

The auction house says that the pony car is in excellent condition and includes a numbers-matching V8 and 4-speed manual transmission.

When the vehicle’s prototype duties were completed, a Ford dealership in California used the Mustang for demonstration purposes. In the ensuing decades, it passed through the hands of numerous owners and underwent a full restoration in 2011, ultimately being displayed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2015.

A unique feature of the GT350 is its blue vinyl roof. Neither Ford or Shelby ever offered a vinyl roof on the car, but used this prototype as an experiment to decide whether or not to offer it as an option.

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Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari F2001 Fetches An Incredible $7.5 Million! 18
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, F1, Ferrari, Motorsport, racing, Record on 11 18th, 2017


Want to know which is the most expensive modern Formula One racing car ever sold at an auction? Well, you’re looking at it. It’s a Ferrari F2001, which the legendary Michael Schumacher drove in, and positively dominated, the 2001 Formula One World Championship, and it just sold for an astounding $7.5 million.

Schumacher won nine races in the F2001 that season, and retired before the finish line at only two. Of the several examples that the Scuderia built for Schumacher and his teammate Rubens Barrichello that season, the champ drove this one in Monaco and Hungary, winning both on the path to his fourth world title.

Schumacher finished that season with 123 points, nearly twice as many as his closest rival, McLaren’s David Coulthard. There wasn’t a race that entire season, in fact, where the F2001 didn’t finish on the podium. That makes this a highly desirable racing car, of the kind that rarely comes up for auction, and that was reflected most brilliantly in the sale price.

After feverish bidding in New York on Thursday evening, a collector placed the high bid of $7,504,000 to win the day. That far exceeds the $4-5.5-million estimate which RM placed on it ahead of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale, as well as the $3,198,500 that stood until now as the record for a modern F1 car sold at auction. That, in case you were wondering, was for another one of Schumi’s championship winners: the Ferrari F2004, sold by (you guessed it) RM Sotheby’s at the factory in Maranello in 2005.

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2016 Ferrari F12tdf Vs 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster: Which Would You Buy? 17
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in auction, Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari F12berlinetta, Galleries, mercedes, used cars on 11 17th, 2017


One of them is a limited edition modern supercar, whereas the other is a classic open-top model that’s simply gorgeous. So what could they possibly have in common?

The answer is that both the Ferrari F12tdf and Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster are offered for sale by RMSothebys, at their New York auction that takes place on December 6, and both have a similar estimated selling price: $1.1-$1.4 million and $1.25-$1.5 million, respectively.

Introduced as the spiritual successor to the 599 GTO in 2015, the Ferrari F12tdf came in a limited run of 799 units. It benefits from a number of aerodynamic enhancements over the regular F12 Berlinetta, and it also packs an extra punch, with its 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V12 making 780PS (770hp) and 705Nm (520lb-ft) of torque.

This particular example was shipped to Long Island Ferrari new in 2016, and since then, it has been driven for less than 400 miles (644km). It still has a factory warranty available until July 2019, and it’s covered by the Ferrari Genuine Maintenance program until July 2023.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, on the other hand, is the convertible version of the Gullwing. It debuted at the 1957 Geneva Motor Show and was produced in 1,858 units.

The auction house doesn’t provide more details about this 1958-made car, except that it retains the original matching chassis, body, engine, and drivetrain and was outfitted with several options from new. Still, looking at the pictures we can see its pristine condition that could help it re-achieve its bedroom door poster status.

Now, each one is extremely desirable for its own reasons, but if you had the opportunity to bid for one of the two, which would it be?

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Pope Gets A Custom Lamborghini Huracan For A Good Cause 15
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in auction, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Huracan, Reports on 11 15th, 2017


Lamborghini created a special one-off Huracan RWD specifically for Pope Francis but don’t expect to see the leader of the Catholic Church rolling around in a Lambo just yet.

Created by Lamborghini’s customization department Ad Personam, the one-off Huracan RWD will be auctioned for charity.

All proceeds will be donated to the Pope who then will allocate them in three causes: aiding the return of the Christian community to the Nineveh Plain in Iraq, the Pope John XXIII Community which is dedicated to helping women who are victims of trafficking and other abuses and two Italian associations that carry out activities in Africa.

Presented in a ceremony in the Vatican by Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali, the custom Huracan pays tribute to the colors of the flag of Vatican City, finished in Bianco Monocerus with Giallo Tiberino decoration.

The Pope blessed and signed the special Huracan which will be auctioned from RM Sotheby’s on May 12, 2018.

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Baby You Can Drive Paul’s Aston And Ringo’s Mini 15
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, auction, celebrities, Classics, MINI on 11 15th, 2017


If you love the Beatles as much as you love cars, your opportunity to secure your dream ride is coming up in just a couple of weeks.

Consigned to Bonhams’ auction in London on December 2 are two cars owned by famous members of the Fab Four: an Aston Martin once owned by Paul McCartney, and a Mini Cooper that was Ringo Starr’s.

The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 was purchased new from the factory and registered first to his accounting firm and then to Paul McCartney himself. It was originally painted Sierra Blue with a black interior, and fitted with a long list of options and special equipment – not least of them the dashboard record player.

The Aston has passed through several hands since McCartney parted with it, including those of noted collector and broadcaster Chris Evans (of Top Gear fame). It has since undergone an exhaustive four-year restoration process that’s brought it up past the condition in which it left the factory, including an upgraded engine bored out from 4.0 liters to 4.2, with output rising from 282 hp to 315,

It’s also been repainted in silver and reupholstered in a deep Mulberry red. Bonhams expects it will sell for between £1,250,000 and £1,500,000 (or about $1.6-2 million at current exchange rates).

Too rich for your blood? The same auction will also feature a highly customized Mini Cooper commissioned by Ringo Starr and valued at £90,000-120,000 ($118-157k). Richard Starkey (as Ringo was christened) had the Mini enlarged to accommodate his drum kit, and appointed to Rolls-Royce levels of luxury with two-tone Regal Red and silver paint, sunroof, walnut interior trim, and more. It even has the taillights from a Volkswagen Beetle, somewhat ironically.

Described as the “Rolls-Royce of Minis,” Ringo’s ride has been owned by the same family since 1977. It’s appeared on Top Gear, traveled as part of the Beatle City exhibition, and won the coveted Cartier Style et Luxe award at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 1998.

The Bond Street Sale is set to take place on December 2, but you can check out photos now (courtesy of Bonhams) in the galleries below.

Paul McCartney’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5

Ringo Starr’s 1966 Mini Cooper



Baby You Can Drive Paul’s Aston And Ringo’s Mini 15
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, auction, celebrities, Classics, MINI on 11 15th, 2017


If you love the Beatles as much as you love cars, your opportunity to secure your dream ride is coming up in just a couple of weeks.

Consigned to Bonhams’ auction in London on December 2 are two cars owned by famous members of the Fab Four: an Aston Martin once owned by Paul McCartney, and a Mini Cooper that was Ringo Starr’s.

The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 was purchased new from the factory and registered first to his accounting firm and then to Paul McCartney himself. It was originally painted Sierra Blue with a black interior, and fitted with a long list of options and special equipment – not least of them the dashboard record player.

The Aston has passed through several hands since McCartney parted with it, including those of noted collector and broadcaster Chris Evans (of Top Gear fame). It has since undergone an exhaustive four-year restoration process that’s brought it up past the condition in which it left the factory, including an upgraded engine bored out from 4.0 liters to 4.2, with output rising from 282 hp to 315,

It’s also been repainted in silver and reupholstered in a deep Mulberry red. Bonhams expects it will sell for between £1,250,000 and £1,500,000 (or about $1.6-2 million at current exchange rates).

Too rich for your blood? The same auction will also feature a highly customized Mini Cooper commissioned by Ringo Starr and valued at £90,000-120,000 ($118-157k). Richard Starkey (as Ringo was christened) had the Mini enlarged to accommodate his drum kit, and appointed to Rolls-Royce levels of luxury with two-tone Regal Red and silver paint, sunroof, walnut interior trim, and more. It even has the taillights from a Volkswagen Beetle, somewhat ironically.

Described as the “Rolls-Royce of Minis,” Ringo’s ride has been owned by the same family since 1977. It’s appeared on Top Gear, traveled as part of the Beatle City exhibition, and won the coveted Cartier Style et Luxe award at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 1998.

The Bond Street Sale is set to take place on December 2, but you can check out photos now (courtesy of Bonhams) in the galleries below.

Paul McCartney’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5

Ringo Starr’s 1966 Mini Cooper



Beauty Like This Jaguar C-Type Doesn’t Come Cheap 12
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Jaguar, racing on 11 12th, 2017


The British have made some achingly beautiful (and supremely fast) cars over the years, but few could hold a candle to the Jaguar C-Type.

The competition version of the XK120 roadster, the C-Type is the machine that propelled Jaguar to its first two Le Mans wins.

Jaguar would go on to build 53 C-Types, with the majority going to privateer racers in the United States. This is believed to have been the first of them, and racked up racing credentials all its own.

Chassis number XKC 007 was delivered in 1952 to Charles Hornburg, Jaguar’s West Coast distributor. But rather than sell it, Hornburg kept the car to showcase what the British automaker was capable of.

In September of that year, Phil Hill drove it from California to Wisconsin, entered it in the SCCA National race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, and took first place. The car went on to compete in various other events across America, and scored more podium finishes before being consigned to a string of private collectors.

Beautifully restored and highly sought-after, this C-Type is going up for auction less than a month from now in New York, where it’s expected to sell for $5.5-7 million. That’ll put it well out of reach for most of us, but we can at least admire it from afar in these photos taken by Ryan Merrill for RM Sotheby’s.

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Is $150,000 Too Much To Pay For A Ferrari (Book)? 12
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Ferrari on 11 12th, 2017


These days if you want to get yourself behind the wheel of a new Ferrari, you’ll be looking at a good $200k. More if you want it now, maybe less if you’re willing to buy second-hand.

In that context, $150,000 doesn’t seem like an awful lot to pay. But as you can see, this isn’t a Ferrari automobile. It’s a Ferrari book.

Or rather a book about Ferrari, we should say. It’s the product of UK-based Kraken Opus, which publishes high-end tomes for those wealthy enough to afford them.

The publisher came out with The Official Ferrari Opus in 2011, with 852 twenty-square-inch pages to weigh a total of over 80 pounds. The book was offered in several versions, ranging from the Classic edition (for “only” $4,100) to the Diamante edition you see here.

The top edition featured a red leather binding with a diamond-encrusted Prancing Horse emblem on the over, placed in a carbon-fiber clamshell case, and hand-signed by the Scuderia’s drivers and the company’s chairman at the time: Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, and Luca di Montezemolo. It even came with a set of white gloves with which to handle the pages.

Where the penultimate, $37,500 Enzo edition yielded 400 copies, the Diamante edition was limited to just one per country. That’d make for fewer than 200 examples, but we doubt the publisher actually sold one in each country. It charged $275,000 for each, which makes this one – apparently sold new to a customer in Belgium – seem like a relative steal.

Consigned for RM Sotheby’s auction in New York next month, it’s valued between $125,000 and $175,000, and is offered without reserve. Of course, you could get yourself a used Ferrari road car for about that much – even less if you go older with more miles – but something tells us that whoever might be bidding on this tome already has a Ferrari or two in the garage, and is just looking for the right one to put on the (hopefully sturdy) coffee table.

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Bugatti Chiron ‘Number One’ Has A ’66 Batmobile Vibe 11
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in auction, Bugatti, Bugatti Chiron, Galleries, used cars on 11 11th, 2017


Another Bugatti Chiron is trying to find a new home, and this time, it’s legit.

It also seems the person who ordered the car must have been a fan of George Barris’ work on the 1966 Batmobile – not that it’s a bad thing, as the red accents nicely contrast the murdered-out body on this example.

Registered for the RMSothebys auction in New York City, on December 6, it’s the first one ordered for the US market, hence its ‘Number One’ tag, and it’s estimated to sell for $3.5-$4 million.

From the time its assembly was completed in Molsheim, France, it has only been driven for 250 miles (402km), for pure testing purposes, and it hasn’t even been registered for road-use in the United States, which is why is condition is described as “new” by the auction house.

Finished in black, with red accents both inside and out, this sinister-looking Bugatti Chiron craves to make its new owner happy every time it will leave the garage, hoping to unleash its 1,479hp (1,500PS) and 1,180lb-ft (1,600Nm) of torque from the stable.

Offered alongside the hypercar to the winning bidder are a number of accessories, such as the 1:8 scale model of this exact unit, aluminum Bugatti crate that contains a leather box with an extra key, speed key, flash drive, car cover, trickle charger, and owner’s manuals and reference guide.

So, unless you’ve already bought a Bugatti Chiron of your own, or lack the necessary funds to do so, what’s your excuse for not doing it already?

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Stunning 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Could Sell For Over $1 Million 10
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in auction, Classics, porsche, Porsche-911 on 11 10th, 2017


A pristine white 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 will cross the auction block at RM Sotheby’s New York sale in December and is expected to sell for between $1.1 million and $1.4 million.

Sources vary on how many 993-generation 911 GT2s left Porsche’s factory but we understand this is just one of 57 units produced.

This GT2 was originally specified for Germany with the optional stronger battery, tinted windscreen, air conditioning, power windows, front airbags and no radio. Since leaving the factory, however, the car has been equipped with a radio and Clubsport steering wheel.

RM Sotheby’s says the car was acquired by a customer in Japan about 13 years ago and has 11,470 km on the odometer. It retains the original tool roll, jack, air compressor, and space-saver spare tire and has been “meticulously maintained.”

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Will The LM002 Still Tempt After Lamborghini Reveals The Urus? 10
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Urus on 11 10th, 2017


Lamborghini is gearing up to finally reveal the Urus on December 4, when it will emerge as the Italian automaker’s first crossover – but not its first SUV.

That honor will forever belong to the LM002. The Raging Bull marque only made 300 or so examples, of which a few dozen were sent to America. And one of them is heading to auction, just two days after the Urus is unveiled.

Italy’s take on the Hummer, the LM002 was as rugged as they came. But instead of a diesel V8, the Rambo Lambo was powered by the V12 out of a Countach. It could hit 60 in 7.7 seconds, climb any mountain, and ford any stream.

This example, captured here by William Walker for RM Sotheby’s, was one of the few LM/American examples built to US standards. It sold new in 1990 for $158,000 – about $300k in today’s money – and recently underwent an exhaustive, five-year, $325,000 restoration process, including a fresh set of those giant run-flat Pirelli Scorpion tires.

The auctioneer estimates it will sell for a good $400-500k when the gavel drops in New York on Wednesday, December 6 – mere days after the Urus’ debut. For our part, we can’t help but wonder what the new crossover’s arrival will do for Rambo Lambo values. Because while the Urus is bound to be expensive, it isn’t likely to retail for half a million dollars.

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Yellow Lancia Delta HF Intergrale Evoluzione To Be Sold Without Reserve 10
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in auction, Hot Hatch, Lancia, Lancia Delta, Rally Cars, used cars on 11 10th, 2017


A jaw-dropping 1992 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione will hit the auction block without a reserve at RM Sotheby’s New York auction next month.

Between 1991 and 1992, Lancia celebrated its World Rally Championship dominance with the release of the street-legal Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione, powered by a 16-valve, 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine with 210 hp in street tune. These vehicles are already extremely desirable but the following Evoluzione is even more remarkable, being one of just 400 ‘Giallo Ferrari’ special edition models built.

This example has been owned by the same person since new and covered just 6,487 km. RM Sotheby’s says that it is “remarkably original and unmodified, and includes all books, jack, tools, and safety triangle.

Beyond its low mileage, this Evoluzione has something else going in its favor; its model year. As a 1992 example, it is now eligible for importation into the United States, unlike the later Evoluzione II models built by Lancia. What’s more, this Delta is sure to attract enthusiasts as it lacks any of the common modifications performed to most others.

RM Sotheby’s expects it to sell for between $175,000 and $225,000.

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