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Daimler CEO Names His Four Automotive Icons, Do You Agree With His Picks? 19
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Ford, Ford Mustang, Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, mercedes, Mercedes SL, porsche, Porsche-911 on 01 19th, 2018


When Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche unveiled the 2019 G-Class in Detroit last weekend, the executive revealed he only believes there are four "automotive icons" that can withstand the test of time.
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Porsche 9e1 Study Envisions An All-Electric Future Hypercar 15
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in concepts, porsche, Porsche Concepts, Porsche-911, Renderings on 01 15th, 2018


Porsche has said it won’t do another hypercar until the technology has developed to mark a significant leap forward from the 918 Spyder. With the 918 being a hybrid, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect its replacement to be powered by an all-electric drivetrain.

One take at the 918 successor is the 9e1, a study from French designer Romain Gauvin, who has drawn inspiration from the inimitable shape of the 911 and applied it to a futuristic electric hypercar concept.

That includes design cues such as a pair of round headlights, a gently rounded nose, a long front hood, an upright windscreen and a rear end sloping down to an enveloping strip of taillights. The muscular rear haunches also look like a suitable evolution of the 911, and Gauvin has even gone so far as to envision placing the main battery pack all the way at the back to preserve the 911’s signature position of the engine.

All in all, it’s futuristic design is definitely suitable for a future hypercar. On the other hand, Porsche prefers evolution rather than revolution, although its designers obviously have more freedom with hypercars than with the glacially evolving 911.

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Guntherwerks 400R Is A Wide-Body Porsche 993 With GT3 RS Levels Of Performance 11
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Film, porsche, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, tuning, video on 01 11th, 2018


Remember the Guntherwerks 400R? Well, even if you don’t, it’s time to find out if this Porsche 993 restomod drives as good as it looks.

Matt Farah had a go in the 993-based Guntherwerks 400R, giving us the opportunity to learn more about this wide-bodied beauty that wants to make an impression in the Porsche world, in much the same way Singer Vehicle Design does with their 964-based works of art.

Guntherwerks trimmed all of the 993’s fat, opting for a full carbon-fiber bodywork, minus the door skins, while the cabin was stripped and redone in Alcantara, lightweight fabrics and leather. Not a single surface was left untouched, with the seats now being carbon fiber buckets and the driver’s gauges featuring machined bezels.

The naturally aspirated 4.0-liter engine in the 400R is based on the 3.6-liter unit originally found in the 993 Carrera and is tuned by Rothsport Racing to produce up to 430hp. With the car now weighing just 2,660lbs (1,206kg) wet, the power-to-weight ratio beats that of the current 991 GT3 RS.

Combine this with a properly sorted chassis that brings the best out of the 993, and what you have is probably one of the best 911 restomods out there.

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Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS By McChip Looks Like A GT3 RS, Has It Licked On Power 10
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Mcchip, porsche, Porsche-911, tuning on 01 10th, 2018


One could say that, with the 991.2 Targa 4 GTS, the Weissach-based automaker combines elements from all the versions, as it offers (partial) open-air driving plus the performance and handling you expect from a driver-focused, but non-Porsche Motorsport developed, 911. Even so, there will always be people who want more, and this is McChip DKR’s offering.

By replacing the aprons on both ends, front bumper and rear side panels with original Porsche parts, the tuner claims that this sports car now has “a 991.1 GT3 RS-look” that’s enhanced by the 20-inch rims wrapped in 265/35 and 325/30 front and rear tires respectively.

The interior features a few upgrades of its own, and even though the list is rather short compared to the exterior modifications, Porsche fans will probably appreciate the classical check pattern on the seats and door panels.

It’s not all show and no go either – not by a long mile, as the engine has been modified to produce 575PS (567hp) and 675Nm (498lb-ft) of torque. That’s 125PS (123hp) 125Nm (92lb-ft) more than the stock GTS, achieved thanks to a software optimization, upgraded turbochargers and a Capristo valve exhaust system with GT3 RS-like tailpipes.

Why, it even beats the real RS, which boasts 500 hp and 338 lb-ft. Good thing it has been fitted with height-adjustable KW tread springs and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, then, to keep all that power under control.

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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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Pamper Your Loved Ones With 18 Porsche 911 GT3s That Are Up For Sale 8
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in porsche, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Porsche-911, used cars on 01 8th, 2018

Anyone remember Mr.Deeds? The movie where Adam Sandler’s character inherits a lot of money and buys a Chevrolet Corvette C5 for everyone in his town? Well, here’s your chance to play that scene out in real life with 18 never-driven Porsche 911 GT3s. But, of course, apart from a really caring person, you’ll also have to be really affluent.

According to Road & Track, someone in the Netherlands is selling 18 Porsche 991.1 GT3s that have never been driven. The price for all of this? A reasonable $2.9 million.

For the wealthy individuals out there that aren’t interested in sharing the love, the price for one of the track-ready 911s is $162,000. That’s a little more expensive than a 2018 911 GT3 that starts at $143,600.

All of the GT3s for sale at 10 years or 120,000 miles, and you could practically create your own racing series with one heck of a performance car. Just make sure that you have found a racetrack first, will ya?

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Porsche Sets U.S. Sales Record In 2017 Shifting 55,420 Vehicles 7
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in porsche, Porsche 718, Porsche Boxster, Porsche Cayenne, porsche cayman, Porsche Macan, Porsche Panamera, Porsche-911, Reports on 01 7th, 2018


Porsche has posted record sales figures in the United States for 2017, as last year it sold a total of 55,420 vehicles, a 2.1 per cent increase over the previous year.

The brand’s most popular model in the U.S. was, once again, the Macan, with 21,429 sales, a significant increase over the 19,332 sold in 2016. The Cayenne was the second-most-popular vehicle with 13,203 examples delivered, followed by the 911 with 6,731 sales.

As for Porsche’s premium sedan, the Panamera, 6,731 examples were sold last year, while the Boxster and Cayman duo racked up 5,087 sales.

In a statement, Porsche Cars North America president and chief executive Klaus Zellmer said this is the brand’s eighth consecutive year of increased sales in the United States.

“Demand for four-door and two-door Porsche sports cars allowed PCNA to achieve another annual record in 2017, making it the eighth consecutive year of increased sales. The Macan and Panamera model lines posted double-digit growth, and we can expect an additional boost with the arrival of our all-new Cayenne in the second half of the year.”

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Watch A Mercedes E63 AMG Estate Race A Porsche 911 And Audi R8 6
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in Audi R8, Audi Videos, Drag-Racing, Film, Mercedes E63 AMG, Mercedes Videos, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, video on 01 6th, 2018


Last August, Doug DeMuro purchased a 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG for $44,000. The YouTuber claimed that the 520-horsepower (525 PS) wagon would become his daily driver and promised to do all sorts of fun things with the machine.

Well, he’s taken a break from reviewing cars, like the Tesla Model 3, which he called the coolest vehicle of 2017, to take his E63 AMG wagon to a drag strip.

DeMuro’s wagon was joined by an Audi R8 and a Porsche 911 at Atco Dragway in Atco, N.J. to see if the E63 AMG could keep up with them. While it certainly isn’t a sports car like the other two, the E63 AMG can get to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds, so it had more than a fighting chance against them.

On the other hand, the wagon may have more power than the R8 and the 911, but it’s heavier and compared to the R8’s all-wheel-drive layout and the 911’s rear-engine setup, is down on traction, as well. So, it wasn’t really surprising when (spoiler alert) the Merc lost a quarter-mile drag race against the R8. The times were pretty close though, with the E63 AMG wagon setting a time of 13.293 at 109.12 mph. The R8 was a little quicker, with 13.120 110.23 mph respectively.

DeMuro claimed that the Mercedes was in Eco Mode and in its comfort settings. The second time around, he chose the proper go-fast settings and things turned out better.

We won’t get into too much details, as that’s what the video’s for, so if you want to find out whether a super-estate can outrun bona-fide sports cars in a drag race, just click the play button.

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Porsche Only Made Fourteen 993 Turbo Cabriolets (And This One Could Be Yours) 3
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, porsche, Porsche Exclusive, Porsche-911 on 01 3rd, 2018


Want a 911 Turbo? No problem, just walk into any Porsche dealership and place your order. You’ll just need to decide between coupe and convertible (among all the other options). But that wasn’t always the case.

In fact the 993 model made in the mid-to-late 1990s wasn’t offered as a Turbo Cabriolet. At least, that is, not on the open market. But one dealer convinced Porsche Exclusive to make him a special run of just 14 examples, and one of those is coming up for auction.

Developed before the 993 Turbo coupe appeared, the Turbo Cabriolet blended the chassis of the 993 Cabriolet with the engine from the older 964 Turbo: a 3.6-liter boxer six with a single turbocharger – making this the last air-cooled turbo cab. It also received a wider rear end and the spoiler from the 964 Turbo S, but the more stable multilink rear suspension from the 993.

The finished product cost 240,300 Deutsche Marks, or roughly 60 percent more than the cost of a standard 993 cabrio – but then that’s less than the proportional difference you’d pay today for a new 911 Turbo Cabriolet ($174k) over an ordinary Carrera Cabriolet ($103k).

The asking price wasn’t enough, at any rate, to deter Willi Weber. Michael Schumacher’s longtime manager is believed to have been this example’s original owner, ordering it in black over black with a burgundy soft-top and a clutchless gearbox from Ruf. Whoever the original owner, he didn’t keep it for long: the current owner has had it since 1997 – just two years after it was made – and has reportedly spared no expense in keeping it up.

No wonder, with just 20,000 miles on the odometer, that RM Sotheby’s (whose photographer Dirk de Jager captured these images) projects it will sell for between €625,000 and €725,000, or roughly $750-870k at current exchange rates, when the gavel drops in Paris next month.

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2019 Porsche 911 Cabrio Takes Its Top Off For The First Time 2
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in porsche, Porsche Scoops, Porsche-911, Scoops on 01 2nd, 2018


While Porsche’s next-gen 911 Cabriolet might be high on body cladding, this marks the first time we’ve gotten to see it with its top down.

This prototype was spotted in relatively cold weather (just a few degrees), while continuing to hide its true appearance from us with the help of some light yet effective camouflage.

Visually, we’re seeing the same things all over again when it comes to these prototypes. The Mission E-inspired taillights, the new bonnet, which appears to run all the way to the front of the bumper, and the “flap-type” door handles, which we haven’t seen on a 911 ever since the 997.

Since this prototype is a convertible, we should mention that its “rear hunch” is somewhat similar to that of previous models, although the body panels are different. It’s also possible that the edge of the rear-end light strip won’t reach as far forward towards the fender as it did on the 991 – but we’ll need the camouflage to come off in order to confirm this theory.

Compared to the current-generation 991 model, the new car (rumored to be dubbed 992) is believed to have a longer wheelbase and wider tracks, although overall length will remain unchanged.

Inside, we can expect certain tech and design traits to be brought over from the second-generation Panamera (such as the new high-res displays, touch-sensitive commands, sharper sound system etc), while the engine range should feature slightly updated versions of the automaker’s turbo flat-six units.

The all-new 2019 Porsche 911 Cabriolet, along with its Coupe sibling, is expected to make its debut later this year, followed by the Targa version at a later date.

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Happy New Year With Carscoops’ Most Popular Articles For 2017 1
Jan
Posted by Andreas Tsaousis in Carscoops News, Detroit-Auto-Show, Ford Focus, Geneva Motor Show, Honda Accord, LA Auto Show, New York auto show, Porsche-911, Volvo XC40 on 01 1st, 2018


By now, you will have welcomed 2018 no matter in which part of the world you may reside – and it goes without saying that we wish you all the best for the new year.

Now, the issue with writing articles such as this one is that, if you’ve been doing it for quite some time, at some point you run out of ideas. So you start ruminating about how you could greet your visitors without repeating the same thing over and over again.

At the same time, we are always paying attention to the statistics, so we can see what you like the most; and while, generally, we do have an idea if an article is going to prove popular or not, there always seem to be a number of unexpected ones that draw a surprisingly big number of readers. Now that 2017 is officially gone, we have the overall numbers about the past year’s Top 10 stories. So, without further ado, here’s the list, starting from number 10 and ending at the most read article of the past 365 days.

#10 BMW Stops Sales Of i3 And Issues Voluntary Recall Of All Models


A surprise, this one, for a number of reasons: first of all, it was published near the end of November, which didn’t give it much exposure time compared to other articles. Second, it doesn’t have to do with a battery fire issue or something like that, which we would expect of a full stop-sale issued by BMW for its electric hatchback, but a difference in a specific crash test scenario between the NHTSA’s results and the automaker’s own data. Guess BMWs are always popular and, even though EV sales haven’t skyrocketed, it was enough to arouse the public’s interest.

#9 Future Cars: 2019 Ford Focus ST Brings Back The Styling Magic


A photo rendering of what the next Focus might look like. Nothing to write home about, right? Well, wrong, actually, because the Blue Oval’s compact hatch is, obviously, very popular and, what’s more, our own Josh Byrnes, who is the one behind this almost realistic creation, has a knack for getting things right. No wonder, then that our guesstimate at how the 2019 Focus will look, and at the sporty ST trim at that, ended so high up on the list.

#8 1975 Porsche 911 Turbo Continues To Tick Away After 725k Miles


A sports car created four decades ago that a. didn’t sit in the garage but was driven on a daily basis, and b. is a Porsche 911 Turbo, cracking the 1 million km (621,000 mile) mark? Surely there’s a catch here somewhere. Or not; in fact, the owner went on and the 911’s odo currently reads 1,165,937 km (725,000 miles) – and not even getting hit by an SUV managed to stop him. We always knew the 911 was robust, but a 930 Turbo going so far is incredible!

#7 2017 New York Auto Show A-Z Debut Guide


Auto shows always attract lots of traffic, and this year’s New York event had a lot of premieres, from the first-ever Civic Type R to be introduced to the North American market by Honda, to the first SUV in the history in Alfa Romeo, the McLaren 720S or Volvo’s new XC60, to name but a few. And then there were some intriguing concepts, like that of the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT saloon and the Genesis GV80 SUV, that really caught the audience’s attention.

#6 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 Looks Just About Ready For Prime Time 


It’s not accidental that the name of the site is CarSCOOPS, as uncovering future models well before they are officially launched is one of our prime targets. Yet, of all the scoops that were published last year, it was the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen that, for some reason, attracted the most viewers – bar one, which you shall see shortly. Who would have thought that the successor to the long-in-the-tooth Merc 4×4 would prove so interesting…

#5 Your 2017 Geneva Motor Show A-To-Z Guide


Not all auto shows are equal, and when it comes this year’s Geneva event, there were more than 150 world and European premieres, which is more than the Los Angeles, Detroit and Chicago motor shows combined. From an artillery of Porsches to the European-spec Kia Stinger or the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, there were so many important cars present it made perfect sense for the Swiss show to be so popular.

#4 An Off-Road Porsche 918 Spyder Looks Better Than A Cayenne


Now that’s a surprise, if ever we saw one. Renderings do attract lots of readers, but something so unrealistic as a Porsche 918 Spyder turned into an off-roader is just a flight of fancy. Well, no one ever said that we should stick to what is, or about to become, real and not indulge in a little “what if”, did they? Still, a 918 Spyder that would happily tackle Dakar… perhaps it’s channeling the legendary 959, which did just that.

#3 Volvo Accidentally Reveals 2018 XC40 SUV!


The top-ranking of our 2017 scoops is Volvo’s new compact SUV. The XC40 will be the reborn Swedish automaker’s first foray in the popular segment, thus it’s only natural for people to be paying attention. Volvo Hungary’s staff apparently weren’t, though, so we had the chance to see it in production form, both inside and out, before its official launch.

#2 Future Cars: 2018 Honda Accord Goes From Placid to Playful


One man’s gain is another’s loss, and when it comes to the automotive world, the rise and rise of the SUV has been at the expense of the traditional mid-size family saloon. Even so, though, the Accord is a mainstay of Honda’s North American operations, so when we imagined how the next-gen would look, it attracted lots of readers, though we dare say that Josh’s rendering was pretty exciting in and of itself.

#1 2017 Detroit Auto Show’s A-Z Debut Guide 


Geneva and Stuttgart or Paris might have been the most important automotive shows in the past, but in recent years we’ve seen the Detroit one, aka NAIAS, overtake them not just in reader’s clicks, but in the models auto manufacturers choose to debut there. With the US alone being the second-largest car market in the world after China, it’s reasonable for them to do so, too.



And The Title Of UK’s Best Sports Car For 2017 Goes To… 30
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Alfa Romeo Giulia, BMW M4, Caterham, Film, Honda Civic Type-R, McLaren 720S, Mercedes AMG GT, Mercedes E63 AMG, Porsche-911, UK, video on 12 30th, 2017


As 2017 bids us adieu, Autocar has gathered an eclectic team of the best sports cars this year had to offer in order to crown this year’s champion.

The best of the best list for those past 12 months includes cars like the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, Aston Martin DB11 V8, BMW M4 CS, Caterham Seven 420R Donington Edition, Honda Civic Type-R, McLaren 720S, Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon, Mercedes-AMG GT-R and Porsche 911 GT3.

Being the fastest around a track isn’t what this is all about, with the journos instead trying to find out which one does the best job at being a sports car both on the road and on a circuit.

Therefore, things like chassis balance, grip, power delivery, steering and damping quality are all taken into consideration before deciding which one performs the best as a driver’s car.

It will be certainly interesting to see how cars like the Honda Civic Type R and the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio compare against the McLaren 720S and the latest Porsche 911 GT3, don’t you agree?

If the answer is ‘yes’, get yourself comfortable and prepare for 40 minutes of high-speed driving, along with the usual insights, on the video linked below.

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A Singer Porsche 911 Is The Best Reason To Get Up Early In The Morning 26
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Classics, porsche, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, Singer, tuning, video on 12 26th, 2017


Singer Vehicle Design is perhaps the most famous Porsche 911 builder in the world, after Porsche of course.

It feels like an over-simplification to say that the 911 Reimagined by Singer is a restomodded Porsche 964 but it is, only one that takes the term ‘resto-mod’ to a whole new level.

The new bodywork is designed to make it look like the older long-hood 911s, with almost every body panel made out of carbon fiber for less weight and a lower center of gravity. Then there’s the gorgeous interior, dressed with the finest materials, bucket seats and that weave-pattern trim pieces that fit perfectly with the 911 ethos.

The engine is still air cooled, of course, measuring 4.0 liters in capacity and producing close to 390hp. And because this is a Singer 911, the engine spins up to 7,200rpm and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

These cars are also famous for their very steep price tags, with the average 911 Reimagined by Singer priced at $600k. This specific one is Matt Euson’s Indiana car, Singer’s 28th car ever built featured on Petrolicious’ latest film.

Euson likes to drive his very tastefully done Singer 911 with every opportunity and who can blame him. This right here might as well be the perfect sports car.

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Enjoy The Sight And Sound Of A Rally-Spec Porsche 911 Carrera 25
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Film, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, rally, Rally Cars, video on 12 25th, 2017


Although this rally-spec Porsche 911 Carrera isn’t an official ‘Safari’ variant produced by the German car brand, watching it being built and driven is hugely satisfying.

The off-road story of this Carrera started when it arrived at Emotion Engineering in Newport Beach, California. From there, the sports coupe has been transformed into a punchy rally car with a competition-spec suspension system, reinforced chassis, and roll cage, plus a beefed-up 3.2-liter flat-six engine.

Rounding off the rally specifications meant fitting this 911 with a set of large off-road tires, skid plates, front push bar, roof rack, and off-road lamps. So, not only does it look the part, but it is actually right at home on precarious gravel paths.

Only those with a lot of money could ever think about transforming an air-cooled 911 into an off-road toy, but we’re glad this owner did just that.

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This Barnfind Porsche 912 Was The Perfect Christmas Present In 1965 24
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Barn Finds, Classics, porsche, Porsche-911 on 12 24th, 2017


Imagine waking up on Christmas morning to find a new Porsche sitting under the tree (or in the driveway). That’s how the original owner of this 912 took delivery in the Netherlands back in 1965.

He drove it for over two decades before selling it to another gentleman, who enjoyed it for two short years before putting it into storage. Now almost 30 years later, it’s been uncovered and is heading for the auction block.

Porschephiles will recognize the 912 designation as belonging to versions of the 911 with a four-cylinder engine, which gave the manufacturer an early volume model before the 914 roadster and 924 came along. It was a popular choice in its day, out-selling the six-cylinder 911 for several years.

This example, captured in its natural state by Dirk de Jager for RM Sotheby’s, clocked just over 30,000 miles before it was put in storage. After three decades sitting untouched, it needs some tender loving care – which could range from simply bringing up to running condition to a full restoration. But you’re not likely to find an original with such low mileage so many years later.

The auctioneer expects it to sell for between €40,000 and €70,000 (or about $47-83k) when the gavel drops in Paris during the Retromobile show early this coming February.

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