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A Lancia 037 Stradale Is One Way To Spend Half A Million Dollars 19
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in auction, Classics, Lancia, Rally Cars, WRC on 01 19th, 2018


We certainly love any good homologation special, but when a Lancia 037 Stradale shows up in our radar, we can’t help but feel a little weak at the knees.
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Buy This Saleen Mustang, Film Your Own Need For Speed Movie 18
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Ford Mustang, Ford Videos, Movie Cars, Need for Speed, Saleen, video on 01 18th, 2018


See this here Mustang? Doesn't look stock, does it? That's because it isn't.
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Rowan Atkinson’s Mercedes 500E, Lancia Thema 8.32 Going Under The Hammer 18
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in auction, celebrities, Classics, Lancia, Lancia Thema, mercedes, Mercedes E-Class, UK on 01 18th, 2018


Missed the chance to bid on Atkinson’s McLaren F1? Don’t worry as the famous actor is auctioning two more cars from his personal collection, including a 1993 Mercedes 500E and a 1989 Lancia Thema.
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Shelby’s First V8-Powered Dodge Dakota Is Looking For A New Home 18
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Dodge, Dodge Dakota, Shelby on 01 18th, 2018


Shelby's known these days mostly for tuning Mustangs. But there was a time in the 1980s when the company was tied closely with Dodge, producing high-performance versions of the Omni, Charger, Lancer, and Dakota – like the one you see here.
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Battista Pininfarina’s Own Ferrari 275 Speciale Is Beauty On Wheels 17
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Ferrari, Pininfarina on 01 17th, 2018


The 250 series may get the lion's share of attention on the auction circuit, but many consider the Ferrari 275 GTB to be one of the most beautiful automobiles ever to wear the vaunted Prancing Horse.
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Buy This NASCAR Racing Truck, Drive It On Public Streets 14
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Chevrolet Silverado, Motorsport, Nascar, racing, Trucks on 01 14th, 2018


See this truck? Looks like something you might have seen a dozen years ago in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (now title-sponsored by Camping World), right?

Well your eyes do not deceive you. Only this one isn’t limited to the super-speedway. It’s been converted to run on public streets, and it can be yours – if you place the winning bid.

The Chevrolet Silverado racing truck was converted by Magic Customs of Brook Park, Ohio, which fitted it with equipment like a glass windshield, wipers, mirrors, horn, brake lights, and a passenger seat.

Most everything else is pretty much as you’d find it on the version that Darrell Waltrip fielded in 2005, right down to the #17 Tide/Downy racing livery. (Or at least it would be if Waltrip hadn’t switched to Toyota for the previous season.)

Since its conversion, the truck’s been driven all of 550 miles in show events. But if you’re brave (and lucky) enough, you could take it home from Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale this Friday and drive it as much as you like… or dare.

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Buy Steve McQueen’s ’51 Chevy, Drive Like The King Of Cool 13
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, celebrities, Chevrolet, Classics, Movie Cars, video on 01 13th, 2018


Celebrity provenance can add a lot of allure – and value – to a classic car. Especially if that celebrity was no other than Steve McQueen

As much a car guy as he was an actor, McQueen amassed an enviable collection of cars and motorcycles. This classic Chevy convertible was just one, and right now it needs a new home.

The 1951 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe Convertible didn’t just belong to the legendary King of Cool – it appeared alongside him (or all around him) in The Hunter, which turned out to be the last movie he ever made.

He bought it off the set when filming was done, while its current owner in turn bought it from the late actor’s estate auction in Las Vegas back in 1984, just a few years after his passing. The car was featured in Matt Stone’s 2007 book “McQueen’s Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon,” on a two-part episode of Pawn Stars, and comes with a document signed by McQueen’s children Chad and Terry attesting to its authenticity.

It might not be a racing Porsche or classic Ferrari – heck, its six-cylinder engine only puts out 92 horsepower through a 3-speed manual transmission – but it was McQueen’s all the same, both on and off the set. And it could be yours if you place the winning bid at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale later this month.

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Once Driven By Rally Gods, This Subaru Legacy RS Is Now Up For Grabs 13
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in auction, Prodrive, racing, Rally Cars, Subaru, Subaru Legacy, UK, WRC on 01 13th, 2018


This might not be an Impreza but being a real Prodrive-raced Subaru Legacy RS Group A rally car driven by none other than Ari Vatanen.

This is the same car that Vatanen was driving when he was leading the 1993 Acropolis Rally, ahead of Tommi Makinen, Carlos Sainz, Colin McRae and Juha Kankkunen before crashing.

After the race, the car returned to Prodrive and was re-shelled in-house before it was sold to an Italian rally team. In 1995, the same car was driven by Richard Burns at the Bettega Memorial Rallysprint, finishing second overall.

The car then was re-shelled again but this time it was converted to a new Safari-spec Impreza shell, which is not uncommon for Legacy rally cars. In 2008, the car was bought by the Richard Burns Collection in order to completely rebuild it and bring it back to its original specs.

The task was overseen by ex-Prodrive man Ian Richardson, who created an authentic Prodrive-spec Legacy shell for the car which now comes with the famous K555 BAT number plate. The rather special Subaru Legacy RS Group A rally car is presented in the correct gravel specification and livery it wore at the 1993 Acropolis Rally.

The blue-gold Subaru is powered by the period-correct works turbo 2.0-liter flat-four engine with 290hp, paired to an X-trac manual gearbox. It has covered around 60 miles (100km) since the rebuild and is currently heading to Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro Competition Car Sale on February 23 with a price estimate between £120,000 and £140,000 ($162,000 to $190,000).

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Want An Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Evoluzione Homologation Special? 12
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in alfa-romeo, auction, Classics, Galleries on 01 12th, 2018


If you’re looking for a rad homologation special to add in your collection, then this fender-flared Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Evoluzione would like to have a word with you.

The Alfa Romeo 75 -or Milano, depending on which side of the Atlantic you are- was the last mass-produced rear-driven model the company made before giving us the Giulia. What you see in the pictures is the rarest version of the 75 family, the Turbo Evoluzione, which was a limited run.

More specifically, this is #468 out of the 500 Turbo Evoluziones ever made, currently offered in auction by Bring A Trailer. The car was imported in the US from Italy back in 2013 and is currently showing 116,000km (around 72k miles) on the odometer.

The most obvious visual changes of the Turbo Evoluzione is, of course, the fiberglass bodykit, which includes new fenders, bumpers and side sills, along with matching red 15-inch alloy wheels and that wonderfully ‘80s black decals.

Power is provided by a turbocharged 1.8-liter engine that, on paper, puts out 155hp, the same as the regular 75 1.8 Turbo. However, the engine is believed to make closer to 170hp as it had unique valve timing, a dual fuel pump and a relocated air filter, not to mention the slightly smaller bore of the engine.

These limited edition Alfas came even with a different chassis code than the regular 75s and many of them were converted to race cars, so to find one in this condition in the U.S. is like finding a needle in a haystack.

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Roll Like Sonny & Cher In These Custom Classic Mustangs 10
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, celebrities, Classics, Ford, Ford Mustang, tuning on 01 10th, 2018


Imagine yourself in 1965. You and your significant other are topping the charts and jet-setting around the world to play in front of crowds of fans. You’re so popular that Ford pulls two new Mustang convertibles off the line and has them customized just for you.

That fantasy was the reality for Sonny & Cher, and half a century later, their custom pony cars are coming up for auction.

Created at the dawn of the Mustang’s long run, these drop-tops were fitted with 4.7-liter V8s and three-speed automatic transmissions before being modified by the legendary George Barris – the “King of Kustomizers” and Hollywood’s favorite car guy.

Both received custom paint jobs – Sonny’s in gold, Cher’s in pink – each with 40 layers of lacquer… but that was just the start. The grilles were new, the taillights fitted from the Thunderbird, the door handles mounted flush, and the wheel arches flared like their new owner’s bell-bottom jeans. Those side panels? Yeah, that’s suede – brown on Sonny’s, red on Cher’s. And that’s before we even climb inside.

Barris fitted each individually with antique leather and suede with 3-inch fur carpeting. The seats on Sonny’s were upholstered in bobcat fur, Cher’s in ermine, with gold and hot pink trim to match their respective exteriors.

For the feint of heart these are not, but they’re splendid examples of the pop culture of the time. They’ll be sold as a pair, bundled with “an extensive collection of Sonny & Cher memorabilia,” by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale this month, where they’re sure to make some collector very nostalgic for a bygone era.

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Roll Like Sonny & Cher In These Custom Classic Mustangs 10
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, celebrities, Classics, Ford, Ford Mustang, tuning on 01 10th, 2018


Imagine yourself in 1965. You and your significant other are topping the charts and jet-setting around the world to play in front of crowds of fans. You’re so popular that Ford pulls two new Mustang convertibles off the line and has them customized just for you.

That fantasy was the reality for Sonny & Cher, and half a century later, their custom pony cars are coming up for auction.

Created at the dawn of the Mustang’s long run, these drop-tops were fitted with 4.7-liter V8s and three-speed automatic transmissions before being modified by the legendary George Barris – the “King of Kustomizers” and Hollywood’s favorite car guy.

Both received custom paint jobs – Sonny’s in gold, Cher’s in pink – each with 40 layers of lacquer… but that was just the start. The grilles were new, the taillights fitted from the Thunderbird, the door handles mounted flush, and the wheel arches flared like their new owner’s bell-bottom jeans. Those side panels? Yeah, that’s suede – brown on Sonny’s, red on Cher’s. And that’s before we even climb inside.

Barris fitted each individually with antique leather and suede with 3-inch fur carpeting. The seats on Sonny’s were upholstered in bobcat fur, Cher’s in ermine, with gold and hot pink trim to match their respective exteriors.

For the feint of heart these are not, but they’re splendid examples of the pop culture of the time. They’ll be sold as a pair, bundled with “an extensive collection of Sonny & Cher memorabilia,” by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale this month, where they’re sure to make some collector very nostalgic for a bygone era.

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The Ultimate Porsche 964 Collection Is Coming Up For Auction 9
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, porsche, Porsche-911 on 01 9th, 2018


Are you a fan of the 964? You know, the version of the Porsche 911 made in the early 1990s. Well if you are, does RM Sotheby’s have an auction in store for you.

At Amelia Island this coming March, the Canadian automotive auction house will sell off no fewer than 12 of the second-generation German sports car – and not your garden variety, either: we’re talking Turbos and RS 3.8s here.

Top of the heap, in fact, are a Carrera RS 3.8, an RSR 3.8, and a Turbo S “Leichtbau” – all of them in yellow from the 1993 model year. RS is valued at $1.25-1.5 million, the RSR at $1.2-1.4 million, and the Turbo at $1-1.2 million.

Those are some big bucks for an early-90s Porsche, and if they’re too rich for your blood, the rest carry six- (not seven-) figure price tags. There’s a red flat-nose ’89 Turbo, a yellow ’91 Turbo 3.3, a silver ’92 Carrera RS, another silver ’93 Carrera RS America, a yellow ’94 Speedster, and a yellow ’94 Turbo 3.6 – each valued at $200-250k.

In between there’s a pair of flat-nose ’94 Turbo S models – one in silver for $500-650k and one in (yep) yellow for $600-800k – along with a white ’91 Carrera Cup ($250-325k).

RM Sotheby’s photographer Patrick Ernzen has beautifully captured what’s billed as “Exclusively Porsche: The 964 Collection” in the gallery below (presented in the order mentioned above), so have a look. If you like what you see (and have the budget to spend), the Ritz-Carlton will be the place to be come March 10 during the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

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First 2018 Bullitt Mustang Reportedly Heading To Auction On January 19 8
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in auction, Ford, Ford Mustang, Reports on 01 8th, 2018


The long-awaited 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt has yet to premiere but it has already emerged that the first production example will be sold by Barrett-Jackson at the company’s Scottsdale auction on January 19, 2018.

Members of the Mustang 6G forums made the revelation after discovering that Lot #3006 is simply dubbed ‘Ford Charity Vehicle’ and features a darkened image of the original Mustang Bullitt. The description then reveals that “Ford Motor Company will auction a special new Ford Mustang” at the event “with 100 per cent of the hammer price benefiting Boys Republic.”

Boys Republic is a private, all-boys school for troubled adolescents in California. Interestingly, Steve McQueen from Bullitt actually attended this school and went on to serve as honorary chairman in 1966 and 1975. Giving the proceeds of the auction to the school will be a perfect way to celebrate the Bullitt legacy.

It is understood that the new Mustang Bullitt will be based around the Mustang GT and therefore continue to use a 5.0-liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine. While it won’t benefit from any significant performance increases, the styling of the Bullitt will be bespoke and include a dark green paint scheme, five-spoke wheels with chrome and black accents, distinctive badging, and some unique interior elements.

If reports prove accurate, the Mustang Bullitt will be shown to the world at the Detroit Auto Show.

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Carroll Shelby’s Own Shelby GT350H Could Be Yours Next 8
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Ford Mustang, Shelby on 01 8th, 2018


You can credit Carroll Shelby with creating some of the most powerful and capable performance machinery ever to come out of these United States. But this one wasn’t just made by Shelby. This one was Shelby’s own.

It’s a 1966 GT350H – the rent-a-racer that Shelby made for Hertz back in the day. And dispatched to Hertz it was, to a location in San Diego. But less than two years later, it was purchased off the lot by a private customer.

That owner ended up selling it to another, who in turn upgraded it with a new instrument pod (including tachometer and oil-pressure gauge), valve covers, radiator, roll-bar, rear spoiler, apron, and wheels.

While Shelby could have picked one up himself off the assembly line, he was apparently impressed enough with that third owner’s enhancements that he bought it back to use as his own mode of transportation – although it apparently wasn’t the only one.

Since 2008 it’s been on display at the factory in Las Vegas, returned to original specifications save for the wheels. But now it’s coming up for auction, consigned to Bonhams for its upcoming sale in Scottsdale ten days from now, where it’s expected to sell for between $150,000 and $200,000.

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Visit Paris, Come Back With A Collection Of Classic Lamborghinis 7
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Lamborghini, Lamborghini 350 GT - 400 GT, Lamborghini Countach, Lamborghini Diablo on 01 7th, 2018


There are plenty of good reasons to visit Paris: the architecture, the food, the culture…. But one auction house has another reason in store for you: the Lamborghinis.

That’s right: Paris, not Bologna, is the place to go this winter if you’re keen on starting your own collection of classic Lamborghinis. Because RM Sotheby’s has a whole slate of them lined up for its upcoming annual sale during Retromobile week.

Among them is a 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2, one of the first that the Raging Bull marque made. The property of one owner for 50 years and with less than 40,000 miles on the clock, the Azzurro Mettallizzato sports car with a black leather interior is expected to sell for between €450,000 and €500,000 (or about $540-600k).

There’s a white 1970 Espada on offer as well, held by the same owner from new until just a few years ago. It’s offered without reserve, but is projected to sell for €160-200k (~$190-240k). A dark blue 1971 Jarama 400 GT (also a 2+2) is valued at €130-180k (~$156-216k).

Prefer your Lambos with the engine behind the cabin? There’s a splendid yellow ’85 Jalpa valued at €100-125k ($120-150k), a white 1991 Countach 25th Anniversary edition at €250-300k ($300-360k), and a silver ’96 Diablo SE30 at €275-325k ($330-390k).

There’s no Miura to be found, but with the prices those have been commanding of late, that may be just as well – especially for the budding collector. Scope ’em out in the images below captured by Dirk de Jager, Peter Singhof, Remi Dargegen, and Lukas Laurikietis for RM Sotheby’s, and pack your bags for February 7 at the Place Vauban in Paris.

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