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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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Ferrari’s Portofino Now Speaks Mandarin As It Gets Launched In China 23
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Car Of The Year, china, Ferrari, Ferrari 812 Superfast, Ferrari Portofino, Galleries, Guangzhou Auto Show, new cars, prices, Reports on 11 23rd, 2017

Ferrari has brought the new Portofino to China, as part of their 70th anniversary celebrations that featured a program spanning 60 nations.

The successor of the California T will have a starting price of RMB 2,908,000, or $438,382 at today’s exchange rates, in the People’s Republic.

The steep price is due to the local luxury tax imposed on imported vehicles. To understand just how expensive the baby Ferrari really is in China, you should know that for that money one would be able to buy a 488 Spider in the US and keep around $150,000 in their bank account.

Coinciding with the local launch of the Portofino, Ferrari walked away with the ‘China Performance Car of the Year‘ title, which was given to the 812 Superfast by a panel of 29 editors-in-chief, who voted it the most favored in Greater China after several rounds of screening and evaluation. The award was presented to the Prancing Horse in Guangzhou on November 16.

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Rare McLaren P1 Experimental Prototype Was Once A P1 GTR 22
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Galleries, Hybrids, mclaren, McLaren P1, used cars on 11 22nd, 2017


A rare McLaren P1 experimental prototype is looking for a new home in the UK.

While production of the road-going P1 was officially capped to 375 units, McLaren built 14 different prototypes throughout the development of the hybrid hypercar. This is one of them and it has a rich and interesting history.

Officially XP05, this P1 was initially used to develop the P1’s transmission and Bosch fuel injection system. When it’d finished these duties, it was transformed into the McLaren P1 GTR show car presented at both the Geneva and New York motor shows in 2015.

Like a handful of other XP cars, XP05 was stripped back to its carbon fiber Monocage when development of the P1 was completed. It has since been rebuilt to the same specification as the final production cars and at the request of the original owner, painted in McLaren Orange and outfitted with a number of MSO options.

The 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 currently fitted has covered just 300 miles.

The car is for sale from Tom Hartley Jnr but no asking price has been made public.

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Porsche 911 GT2 RS Further Detailed In 59 Images – And A Video 22
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Galleries, new cars, porsche, Porsche 911 GT2, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, video on 11 22nd, 2017


Porsche invited journalists to Portugal to put the new 911 GT2 RS through its paces on the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, in Portimao.

In the presence of Walter Rohrl, Mark Webber and Hans-Joachim Struck, and accompanied by various other Porsches, including the 918 Spyder, the journos had their first taste of the fastest and most powerful stock 911 ever.

Powered by a 700PS (690hp) and 750Nm (553lb-ft) of torque 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six, which is mated to a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox, the latest GT2 RS needs just 2.8sec to sprint from rest to 100km/h (62mph), and reaches a top speed of 340km/h (212mph).

Thanks to its massive output and clever engineering, which includes a new aero agenda and weight saving in addition to rear-axle steering and a variable locking rear differential, the German supercar stole the Nurburgring Nordschleife lap record from the Lamborghini Huracan Performante with the company’s test driver, Lars Kern, behind the wheel.

Interested parties are no longer, however, able to buy a new 911 GT2 RS straight from Porsche, as all 1,000 units were already spoken for, but we’re pretty sure it won’t be long before they start popping up in the “used” supercar market – accompanied with a premium, of course…

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New Aston Martin Vantage Finally Revealed: Supermodel Looks With AMG Power 21
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vantage, featured, Galleries, new cars on 11 21st, 2017


Replacing a car like the previous-gen Vantage is an incredibly difficult task since that model was universally praised for its drop-dead gorgeous looks but Aston Martin has made it look easy with the breathtaking new Vantage.

Everything is new on Aston Martin’s latest sportscar, from the chassis to the powertrain and from the onboard technology to the clever aero agenda.

Power comes as expected from the AMG-sourced twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that here makes 503hp (510PS) and 505lb-ft (685Nm) of torque. Paired to it is an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, with Aston Martin hinting at a manual option later on.

Aston Martin says they’ve mounted the engine as low and as far back as possible to ensure optimal center-of-gravity and that perfect 50-50 weight distribution. Dry weight is an impressive 1,530kg (3,373lbs). 0-60mph comes in 3.5 seconds (0-100km/h in 3.6) while top speed is 195mph (313km/h).

The chassis is an evolution of the DB11’s aluminum structure, with Aston Martin claiming that 70 percent of it is new for the Vantage. The rear subframe is now solidly mounted to make the driver feel more connected while the suspension employs double wishbones at the front and a multi-link setup at the rear. The latest generation of active dampers are also present, offering three modes: Sport, Sport Plus and Track.

The new Aston Martin Vantage is also the company’s first model to use an electronic rear differential (E-Diff). Linked to the vehicle’s electronic stability control system, the new differential adapts its characteristics much more cleverly than a conventional LSD, making the car feel more composed, both on a straight line and while cornering.

“Creating a worthy successor has been a challenge to relish and a huge source of motivation,” said Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin boss. “I’m enormously excited by what we’ve created: a new Vantage that’s more explicit in looks and intent, wrapping heart-pounding performance and dazzling dynamics into an everyday usable package. A true sports car with a sharper look and a keener dynamic edge, the new Vantage is the Aston Martin pure driving machine enthusiasts have been waiting for.”

Aerodynamics was also a key point to the design of the new Vantage; Aston Martin was able to employ all the latest tricks without littering the car’s curvy bodywork. The front splitter is designed to direct airflow underneath the car, with the floor featuring special channels to continue guiding it into the right places and of course make sure that the airflow into the rear diffuser is clean and uninterrupted. Even the new side gills are designed to bleed air pressure out from the front wheel arches while the rear deck lid produces “a significant level of downforce”.

Aston Martin has opened the order books for the all-new Vantage today; prices start from £120,900 in the UK, €154,000 in Germany and $149,995 in the US. The first cars are expected to be delivered during the second quarter of 2018.

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Would You Pay Nine Grand For A 1990 Toyota Century? 19
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Classics, Craigslist, Galleries, japan, TOYOTA, Toyota Century, used cars on 11 19th, 2017


If you consider the first-generation Toyota Century to be a somewhat iconic vehicle, then perhaps owning one makes sense for you.

Yet, for everyone else, spending just under $9k on a nearly 28-year old luxury saloon that doesn’t even come with a luxury badge, is probably not their idea of a good deal for Black Friday…or any other Friday.

Since this is a 1990 model, we’re looking at a first-generation Century, which has actually been around since 1967 – yes, you read that correctly. Sure, there were some changes made along the way, but the car didn’t evolve much visually.

Now back to this fine VG40 right-hand drive example: it’s for sale on Craigslist and it’s said to be in “great all around condition.” It also has 46,000 miles (75,000 km) on the odo and comes with power windows and mirrors (one power window doesn’t work), auto dimming headlights, a digital dash and air conditioning, among other features.

It’s worth mentioning that we saw another Century go for $8,300 last year, and that was a second-generation model from 2000. It had more miles on the clock than this one, but it also had a V12 instead of a V8.

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White, Red, And Carbon Pagani Huayra Is A Petrolhead’s Wet Dream 18
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Galleries, Pagani, Pagani Huayra, used cars on 11 18th, 2017


If you’re in the market for a used Pagani Huayra, the United States is the place to look. The U.S. is easily Pagani’s largest market and there are dozens of Huayras on the streets, a dramatic turnaround from the days of the Zonda was not even being sold in the States.

We’ve come across a number of used Huayras in recent months and this one, for sale from Pagani Newport Beach, is one of the most eye-catching.

The exterior of the Italian hypercar is a mixture of white paint, gloss carbon fiber and bright red accents, really making it look like a road-going Transformer. As with any other Huayra, the exterior is beautifully matched by an equally sexy interior covered in a mixture of red leather, carbon fiber and aluminum.

Ordering a Huayra from the factory is a lengthy process and it can easily take over two years for delivery. However, with just 397 miles (639 km) on the clock, this Huayra is as good as new and can be added to a millionaire’s collection in just a matter of days.

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White, Red, And Carbon Pagani Huayra Is A Petrolhead’s Wet Dream 18
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Galleries, Pagani, Pagani Huayra, used cars on 11 18th, 2017


If you’re in the market for a used Pagani Huayra, the United States is the place to look. The U.S. is easily Pagani’s largest market and there are dozens of Huayras on the streets, a dramatic turnaround from the days of the Zonda was not even being sold in the States.

We’ve come across a number of used Huayras in recent months and this one, for sale from Pagani Newport Beach, is one of the most eye-catching.

The exterior of the Italian hypercar is a mixture of white paint, gloss carbon fiber and bright red accents, really making it look like a road-going Transformer. As with any other Huayra, the exterior is beautifully matched by an equally sexy interior covered in a mixture of red leather, carbon fiber and aluminum.

Ordering a Huayra from the factory is a lengthy process and it can easily take over two years for delivery. However, with just 397 miles (639 km) on the clock, this Huayra is as good as new and can be added to a millionaire’s collection in just a matter of days.

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Extremely Modified Citroen C1 Looks Like A Sick Halloween Joke 18
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Citroen, Citroen C1, Citroen Videos, Galleries, Offbeat News, tuning, used cars, video on 11 18th, 2017


There are some weird and wacky cars out there, but this Citroen C1, currently up for grabs in Denmark, is unquestionably one of the most bizarre vehicles we’ve ever seen.

The Carscoops reader who found the C1 notes it is currently for sale on Aunsbjerg with an asking price of 35,000 DKK, or approximately $5,500.

Recently featured in the ‘My Crap Car’ YouTube series, the current owner of the little Citroen purchased it bone stock. Perhaps dissatisfied with its usability and benign design, he decided to totally transform the hatchback and turned it into a permanent droptop, transforming the body and creating something that would be perfect for a Halloween-themed Hollywood blockbuster.

He then casually decided to use an angle grinder to cut off the roof and make the driver’s door completely removable through a pair of hinges you’d expect to find in your house, not a car. Elsewhere, a bodykit has been fitted, 14-inch aftermarket wheels installed and spray paint applied to every square-inch of the exterior.

Since featured in the aforementioned video, the owner has slapped two turbochargers onto the 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine, creating an engine bay arguably more outlandish than Ken Block’s Hoonicorn V2.

Considering the fact that the vehicle has been so extensively modified (or ruined…), we can’t imagine it being easy to sell. Nonetheless, it’ll surely bewilder and mystify people wherever it ends up.

Hat tip to Christian Koeb!

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Extremely Modified Citroen C1 Looks Like A Sick Halloween Joke 18
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Citroen, Citroen C1, Citroen Videos, Galleries, Offbeat News, tuning, used cars, video on 11 18th, 2017


There are some weird and wacky cars out there, but this Citroen C1, currently up for grabs in Denmark, is unquestionably one of the most bizarre vehicles we’ve ever seen.

The Carscoops reader who found the C1 notes it is currently for sale on Aunsbjerg with an asking price of 35,000 DKK, or approximately $5,500.

Recently featured in the ‘My Crap Car’ YouTube series, the current owner of the little Citroen purchased it bone stock. Perhaps dissatisfied with its usability and benign design, he decided to totally transform the hatchback and turned it into a permanent droptop, transforming the body and creating something that would be perfect for a Halloween-themed Hollywood blockbuster.

He then casually decided to use an angle grinder to cut off the roof and make the driver’s door completely removable through a pair of hinges you’d expect to find in your house, not a car. Elsewhere, a bodykit has been fitted, 14-inch aftermarket wheels installed and spray paint applied to every square-inch of the exterior.

Since featured in the aforementioned video, the owner has slapped two turbochargers onto the 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine, creating an engine bay arguably more outlandish than Ken Block’s Hoonicorn V2.

Considering the fact that the vehicle has been so extensively modified (or ruined…), we can’t imagine it being easy to sell. Nonetheless, it’ll surely bewilder and mystify people wherever it ends up.

Hat tip to Christian Koeb!

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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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Do You Find This Rolls-Royce Dawn Fashionable? 17
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Galleries, Middle East, Rolls Royce Dawn, Rolls-Royce on 11 17th, 2017


If your idea of the optimal Rolls-Royce is a special edition model that’s both vibrant as well as understated, this Dawn Inspired by Fashion might draw your attention.

The car was recently on display at Rolls-Royce Abu Dhabi, featuring an Andalusian White exterior, working in contrast with the Cobalto Blue fabric roof.

Inside, you’re looking at a completely bespoke cabin with Arctic White leather covering the seats, center console, most of the door panels and lower dashboard, while Cobalto Blue inserts can be found on the steering wheel, seats, door panels and door pockets.

Potential customers of the Dawn Inspired by Fashion can match the car’s Andalusian White body with three custom colors for the fabric roof: the Cobalto Blue you’re seeing here, Mugello Red or Mandarin.

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Do You Find This Rolls-Royce Dawn Fashionable? 17
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Galleries, Middle East, Rolls Royce Dawn, Rolls-Royce on 11 17th, 2017


If your idea of the optimal Rolls-Royce is a special edition model that’s both vibrant as well as understated, this Dawn Inspired by Fashion might draw your attention.

The car was recently on display at Rolls-Royce Abu Dhabi, featuring an Andalusian White exterior, working in contrast with the Cobalto Blue fabric roof.

Inside, you’re looking at a completely bespoke cabin with Arctic White leather covering the seats, center console, most of the door panels and lower dashboard, while Cobalto Blue inserts can be found on the steering wheel, seats, door panels and door pockets.

Potential customers of the Dawn Inspired by Fashion can match the car’s Andalusian White body with three custom colors for the fabric roof: the Cobalto Blue you’re seeing here, Mugello Red or Mandarin.

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$1.4 Million Koenigsegg CCX Is A Performance Bargain 15
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Galleries, Koenigsegg, used cars on 11 15th, 2017


If you want a new production car with over 800 hp that’s capable of reaching a top speed in excess of 240 mph (386 km/h), you either have to spend well over $3 million to get a custom Koenigsegg or Bugatti Chiron.

Alternatively, you could get this, a Koenigsegg CCX from 2008 with performance that still comfortably exceeds almost any other hypercar on the market. Priced from $1.4 million and currently for sale in California from iLusso, it is a relative bargain. But, there are a few caveats.

For starters, the CCX was the Swedish brand’s first successful production car and isn’t quite as refined as current ‘Eggs. Additionally, it’s twin-turbocharged aluminum V8 ‘only’ produces 806 hp (nothing compared to today’s 1,500 hp monsters), and the car was never federalized for use on U.S. roads, unlike the Agera RS.

Despite these shortcomings, the car appears to be in excellent condition. In fact, it has covered just 563 miles (964 km) in the last nine years and both the interior and exterior seem to be in immaculate condition.

Alongside being faster and less expensive than any recent hybrid hypercars, this CCX is also quite ‘affordable’ compared to other ‘Eggs in the U.S., including the CCXR Trevita formerly owned by Floyd Mayweather that recently changed hands for $2.6 million at auction.

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Singer And Williams Reveal Their Breathtaking 500HP Porsche 911 15
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in CFD, DLS, featured, Galleries, new cars, porsche, Porsche-911, Singer, tuning, Williams on 11 15th, 2017


Singer has been working with Williams Advanced Engineering for their latest project which is a rather stunning reimagined 911 that received newly-developed lightweight and high-performance modifications.

The project was born under the Dynamics and Lightweighting Study (DLS) name, with Singer partnering with Williams and other world-renowned specialists, including Michelin, Brembo and BBS Motorsport.

It’s hard to choose a highlight on this magnificent creation, but if you have to pick one it has to be the new four-valve, four-camshaft naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six engine with 500hp, developed by Williams with consultation from none other than Hans Mezger, the legendary Porsche engineer.

Other details include the new underbody and surface aerodynamic enhancements, again by Williams and Porsche Motorsport legend Norbert Singer, via computational fluid dynamics (CFD). If you take a closer look at the renderings, you’ll notice that even the taillights now feature air outlets, not to mention the rear diffuser and the various scoops everywhere.

The new car is also lighter thanks to the increased use of exotic materials like magnesium, titanium and carbon fiber. The end result is a staggering minimum vehicle weight of 990kg/2180lbs.

The new DLS package is completed by the improved suspension, which is now lighter and offers better adjustability and enhanced geometry. Features like the bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, the lightweight 18-inch BBS-Motorsport forged-magnesium alloys, carbon Brembo brakes, the bespoke EXE-TC dampers and a special lightweight six-speed manual transmission made out of magnesium from Hewland can also be specified should the customer wants to.

Only 75 cars will be built at a dedicated Singer facility housed on the Williams campus in the UK, with the company having racing driver Marino Franchitti and Top Gear presenter Chris Harris serving as consultants and vehicle dynamics development drivers.

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