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1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta

Bonhams to auction 10 extraordinary Ferraris

1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta

Ahead of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, on August 15, Bonhams will hold an exceptional auction at the Quail Lodge in Carmel, California, including the sale of 10 extremely rare Ferrari sports cars.

The total estimated value of the automobiles in this “Maranello Rosso Collection” is over $33 million.

The most exceptional vehicle going under the hammer at the sale is a 1953 Ferrari 250 Mille Miglia Berlinetta appraised at between $9 and 12 million.

1953 Ferrari 250 MM Berlinetta


Presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 1953, the model was piloted by Phil Hill, among others, and provided the inspiration for a range of models (250 Tour de France, 250 GT Short-Wheelbase, 250 GTO).

The Maranello Rosso Collection consists of a number of other vintage race cars, including the 1962 250 GTO Berlinetta piloted by Jo Schlesser, the Dino 166/246T driven in both F2 and Tasman Championships (by Chris Amon), a 1978 F1 312 T3 (driven by Carlos Reutemann and Gilles Villeneuve), and a 512 BB that competed in the Le Mans 24 Hours race in the early 1980s.

1969 NART Ferrari 365 GTB 4 Daytona Competizione

Lovers of fine cars will also be able to bid on the rare 365 GTB and 365 GTC or on a Dino 206 GT.

The 10 automobiles in the “Maranello Rosso” collection 

1953 – Ferrari 250 MM Berlinetta ($9 – 12 million)
1958 – Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Pininfarina Cabriolet ($6.5 – 8.5 million)
1962 – Ferrari 250 GT SWB Aerodinamica ($4 – 7 million)
1962 – Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta (undetermined)
1968/69 – Ferrari F2/Tasman Dino 166/246T ($1.2 – 1.8 million)
1969 – Ferrari Dino 206 GT ($500,000 – 700,000)
1969 – Ferrari 365 GTC ($750,000 – 1 million)
1969 – Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona ($650,000 – 800,000)
1978 – Ferrari F1 312 T3 ($1.5 million – 2 million)
1981 – Ferrari 512 BB/LM ($1.2 million – 1.6 million)

All of the automobiles are to be sold without reserve. This collection is only a small part of the sale organized by Bonhams, which will include the auction of over 300 lots over two days (August 14 and 15).



Watch: Mercedes teases new GT

The new range-topping, AMG-tuned supercar will replace the current SLS when it launches this September.

The new car will “thrill with breathtaking design and supreme agility” and that inside and out will boast cutting-edge design, materials and technology.

Sleeker and with a lower center of gravity than the SLS, the AMG GT does indeed look nimble and more sculpted for slicing through the air at high speed, but there will be no clear idea of what the finished car looks like until its official reveal at the Paris motor show in September.

Mercedes-AMG GT cockpit

Although the car’s exterior is still somewhat of a secret, we do know what the interior will look like thanks to previously published images.

Mercedes has confirmed that power for the car will come from a 4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine capable of pumping out at least 500bhp.

And, in order to maintain the excitement in the months leading up to the reveal, Mercedes plans to dripfeed fans and motoring journalists alike performance data, such as top speed and acceleration as well as other pertinent specifications over the coming weeks.

QUANT e-Sportlimousine concept (Video)

On display at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show is an all-electric sports car concept by nanoFLOWCELL called QUANT e-Sportlimousine.

QUANT e-Sportlimousine

Apparently, the QUANT e-Sportlimousine comes with flow cells that combine electrochemical accumulator cells and fuel cells. To put it in simple words, the QUANT’s batteries are 5-times for efficient than conventional lithium-ion ones.

Measuring 5.25 metres in length, 2.20 metres in width, and 1.35 metre in height, it uses four in-wheel motors to sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 2.8 sec and reach a top speed of 380 km/h, while providing a range of 400-600 km.

QUANT e-Sportlimousine back

That’s faster and more powerful than anything on this year’s Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, McLaren or Bugatti stand.

Inside, it’s surprisingly subtle. Everything is covered in an ultrafine wooden veneer that looks like solid wood until the ignition is activated and the car’s dials and touch screens come to life behind it.

QUANT e-Sportlimousine interior

The brand has a history of building concepts that remain just that but this time it promises things are going to be different and a road-going version could be seen as early as 2015.

Audi Quattro Concept frontal

Audi to build Sport Quattro GT

Audi has confirmed that its superfast Frankfurt show car will be going into production as a standalone GT range.

Audi Quattro Concept frontal

The concept car, built to celebrate the original Audi Quattro’s 30th birthday, was an absolute monster in terms of potential power and performance, thanks to a 560PS V8 engine mated with a 110kw electric engine.

That meant it was capable of hitting 100kph in under four seconds and delivering a combined 700PS of power and 800Nm of torque.

Audi Sport Quattro concept back

However, that sort of hybrid power doesn’t come cheap — for proof just look at the only other cars offering that sort of package: the Porsche 918 Spyder, the McLaren P1 and the Ferrari La Ferrari.

So Audi is planning to offer a very slightly watered down version of the car as a serious GT car that will sit just below its R8 hypercar in terms of price tag and performance.

Audi Sport Quattro concept interior

Audi will offer the car with smaller engines and different levels of trim to make it more appealing to more potential customers, and to lower production costs sufficiently to bring the car to market within the next two years.

Audi Sport Quattro concept

In an interview this week with Top Gear, Audi’s chief engineer, Ulrich Hackenberg, explained: “We used a powerful powertrain to position it [The Quattro]. But the potential is to have more volume. It needs a high investment so it makes sense to use other engines.”

Expect to see the Sport Quattro on the roads before 2017.

David Brown logo

Mystery new luxury British sportscar planned

An all-new British company hopes to cause a stir with its first model, dubbed “Project Judi,” which is set to make its international debut in Monaco in April.

Until January this year, no one in the industry had heard of David Brown Automotive, but if the car it is planning is anywhere near as good as the company claims, all of that could change this spring.

David Brown logo

The company wants to be a real alternative to existing luxury British sports cars and has set about recruiting some big hitters, in the form of Land Rover’s former head of design, Alan Mobberley, as well as a host of automotive craftsmen and bespoke suppliers, to realize its goal.

“I wanted all the impact and style of a classic sports car, but with modern capabilities and conveniences. This is what I want in a car, but it’s not something anyone really offers. So, I’ve created it myself.” said David Brown.

David Brown

When a new car company launches from nowhere with promises of sporting prowess and luxury, limited production and bespoke features, it’s usually a recipe for disaster. The more bespoke a car is, the less likely it is to be reliable. The smaller the production run, the smaller the fund for future improvements, research and development.

David Brown Automotive first car

However, what could make David Brown Automotive different is that the company isn’t starting from scratch.

It is using a proven platform for its first car — the Jaguar XKR no less — and adding to and improving it. So the signs look promising.

It means that buyers will be getting a car capable of 0-62mph (100kph) in under five seconds and a wonderful 5-liter supercharged V8 engine.

David Brown Automotive first luxury car

“As reliability is vital, we chose to adopt a thoroughly provenchassis that not only delivers dynamic performance but also lends itself to our lightweight aluminium design. Renowned for its performance and handling, the XKR has been extensively developed and refined by one of the world’s greatest car manufacturers, making it an obvious choice on which to base our car.”

David Brown first car

The company has released a selection of teaser images to whet the appetite before the car is unveiled at the Top Marques Show in Monaco on April 17, 2014.


Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition Convertible

The 2014 Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition Convertible

Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition Convertible

Announced just in time for Christmas, only 550 examples of the Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition Convertible will be built. To make absolutely certain that onlookers know the car is special, each one will be finished in Lime Rock Green paint with a brownstone suede interior, accented with carbon fiber.

The dashboard will also carry a plaque denoting the car’s limited edition status, and Chevrolet will be issuing the cars with a unique VIN sequence too.

And thanks to a variable tuned performance exhaust system and the Z51 Performance package, helping to make the most of its 6.2-liter V8, this collectable car is more than just a pretty face.

The first examples will be arriving in US showrooms at the start of 2014 and each one will carry a price ticket of $77,450, including destination and delivery fees. So better get your order in fast.

Bugatti Veyron Jean Pierre Wimille

Bugatti Veyron Vitesse Jean Pierre Wimille

Bugatti Veyron Jean Pierre Wimille

Bugatti will reveal a special “Jean-Pierre Wimille” edition of its Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance taking place August 16-18 in Monterey, California.

The extremely limited edition, consisting of just three models, is intended as an homage to the French champion driver, who won the Le Mans 24 Hour Race twice in the 1930s behind the wheel of a Bugatti.

This exceptional vehicle sports a unique blue exterior, with colors similar to those of the Bugattis driven by Wimille at Le Mans. This limited edition is the first of six new series dedicated to “Bugatti Legends,” celebrating the storied drivers who shaped the brand’s history.

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse is currently the world’s fastest roadster in serial production, with a record top speed of 408.84km/h. With its 8.0L W16 engine, capable of unleashing 1200hp, this Bugatti can go from 0 to 100km/h in 2.6 seconds.

bugatti veyron vitesse jean pierre wimille

With performance at this level, fuel consumption is inevitably high: the car burns through 23.1L in 100km over a combined cycle, emitting 539g of CO2 per kilometer.

Since his death at the wheel in a 1949 accident, Jean-Pierre Wimille has remained an icon of the 1930s and 1940s F1 racing scene. The driver was loyal to Bugatti for several years, and drove Bugatti cars to victory twice in the Le Mans 24 Hour Race (1937 with Robert Benoist and 1939 with Pierre Veyron). Later he won the Grand Prix in an Alfa Romeo after the end of World War II.

It is worth noting that Bugatti is presenting this exceptional model during the year marking the 90th anniversary of the classic Le Mans race.

Bugatti Veyron Jean Pierre Wimille back

Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition

Limited Premiere Edition Corvette Stingray announced

Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition

A limited edition of 500 exemplars of the new Corvette Stingray will soon be selling in the US for roughly $75,000 and up. What sets it apart from the classic sportscar series is, in particular, its blue body and visible carbon fiber roof panel.

The Stingray Premiere Edition 2014 is equipped with the Z51 Performance Package, which makes for 460 horsepower and an acceleration from 0 to 60 mph (0-100km) in 3.8 seconds.

This high-end Stingray revamp features all the best equipment available and is embellished with carbon fiber trimmings, Brownstone suede-covered seating and “Stingray”-logo interior sill plates and wheel caps. Each of the 500 cars comes with a luggage set custom-created for the series by Thule.

Unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray is touted as the most powerful standard Corvette ever.

Bugatti Veyron to star in Transformers 4

Western Star big rig

Although “Transformers 4″ won’t hit the big screen until June 27, 2014, images of a few new vehicles starring in the film have been released.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse (in two-tone black and baby blue) will be featured as Autobots in the new movie.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Transformers 4

Alongside the Veyron and Stingray Bay also released an image on his website of the new Optimus Prime. This time the leader of the Autobots is based on a Western Star big rig, complete with red flame graphics over dark blue and plenty of chrome.

Western Star big rig Transformers 4

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept Car

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept Car

British car maker Aston Martin celebrates its 100th anniversary with the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept sports car.

It pays homage to AM’s 1959 Le Mans and Nurburgring-winning DBR1, perhaps the automaker’s greatest sport triumph on the track, as well as hinting at future design direction.

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept Car

The body and interior are crafted entirely from carbon fibre, designed and constructed in less than six months at Aston Martin’s global headquarters in Gaydon.

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept Car

The car borrows the open-top “speedster” body style from the DBR1. But it dispenses with the windshield and adds huge cutouts in the so-called “swan wing” doors, which open at an upward angle and are a hallmark of modern Aston Martins.

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept Car

The Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept car uses a version of the company’s potent 6-liter V12 engine and a six-speed automated manual transmission.

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept Car

The new car is claimed to have a limited top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h) while being capable of reaching 62 mph (100 km/h) in just over 4.0 seconds.

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept Car

Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin’s CEO, drove the CC100 in a surprise debut at the Nurburgring, making a parade lap around the German track before the start of an annual 24-hour endurance race that kicked off yesterday.

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept Car

sharapova porsche

Sharapova Named Porsche Ambassador

maria sharapova porsche

For the next three years, 26-year-old tennis champion Maria Sharapova will be the brand ambassador for German car manufacturer Porsche.

Russian sports personality Maria Sharapova is already familiar with the brand since she won a 911 Carrera S Cabriolet at the Stuttgart Tournament in 2012.

The CEO of Porsche, Matthias Mueller, is full of praise for the former world no. 1, who has won all four Grand Slams: “Maria Sharapova is an exceptional athlete. She combines top performance in her sports with elegance and power. These are precisely the qualities that are embroiled in our sports cars.”

The extensive campaign centered on the sportswoman will be unveiled in the near future.

Ferrari FF Dubai Police

New Dubai Police sports cars rolled out

Ferrari FF joins Lamborghini on Dubai Police

The Dubai Police have unveiled a Ferrari FF as the latest addition to its fleet of patrol vehicles.

As a quick reminder, the Ferrari FF, which stands for “Ferrari Four”, because of its four seats and four-wheel drive, is a grand tourer which was unveiled by the Maranello based automaker on the 1st of March 2011 during the Geneva Motor Show.

The FF, which is powered by a 651-horsepower 6.3-liter V-12, accelerates to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 208 mph.

News of the $250,000 Ferrari FF patrol car comes just one week after Dubai Police authorities confirmed the addition of another Italian supercar, a $550,000 Lamborghini Aventador.

This was added to the Chevrolet Camaro, which was confirmed last month by the authority, with images of its two-door prototype also being released online.

In a statement, Dubai Police has confirmed it will soon introduce sports cars into its fleet to enhance its patrolling abilities.

The authorities said the sport cars were built according to Dubai Police specifications and “will help to facilitate policing on highways.”

Bugatti Veyron speed record

Bugatti sets world convertible speed record

Bugatti Veyron speed record

Car manufacturer Bugatti has announced that by reaching 408.84 km/h, its Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse has has beaten the world record for a convertible.

The feat, accomplished by Chinese driver Anthony Liu, took place on the Volkswagen test track at Ehra-Lessien in Germany. The record will be made official next week during the Shanghai Auto Show.

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse has been on the market since spring 2012 and it has a W16 1.200hp engine. The car can go from 0 to 100km/h in 2.6 seconds and from 0 to 300km/h in just 16 seconds for an extreme combined fuel consumption of 23.1l/100km.

Aston Martin DBR1 photo

Aston Martin CC100 confirmed

Aston Martin DBR1

Only two examples of Aston Martin’s new two-seat open top racing car will be built, and they will make their debut at this year’s Nürburgring 24-hour race in May.

Inspired by the Aston Martin DBR1 that legendary British racing driver Sterling Moss piloted to victory in the 1959 Nürburgring 1000km, the CC100 will be based on the Aston Martin V12 Vantage platform and like, the original, will have a completely exposed cabin, no roof and no doors. The lucky owner will have to climb in and out of the car each time he or she wishes to put it through its paces.

The company’s CEO, Dr. Ulrich Bez, confirmed at the Geneva Motor Show that the car would cost somewhere between £330,000 and £1.4 million and that two examples would be produced.

The first will be to celebrate Aston Martin’s first 100 years in business, and the second will honor Moss’s victory 54 years ago.

Bez also revealed that at this year’s Nürburgring 24-hour race in May that he will drive the CC100 and that Sterling Moss will be reunited with the DBR1.

2013 Lamborghini Gallardo

2013 Lamborghini redesigned Gallardo

2013 Lamborghini Gallardo

The Italian sportscar maker is showing off six new Gallardo models at this year’s Paris Motor Show (Sep 29-Oct 14), all of them boasting angular and trapezoidal lines.

The redesign of the new LP 560-4 and LP 570-4 Edizione Tecnica Gallardo models cements Lamborghini’s image as a supercar specialist.
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