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Categories: Auto Shows

A Car-As-Art, Not An Art Car: Stella/Gregg M1 Goes To Auction In August

On: Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 2:37PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Stella-painted Gregg '79 BMW M1 Pro Car racer test 2

For reasons not clearly explained, the Guggenheim Museum in New York will end its 12-year stewardship over what is easily among the top 10 most expensive BMWs on Earth—the 1979 BMW M1Pro Car painted by artist Frank Stella for late racer Peter Gregg—when it is offered for sale by Bonhams during its Quail Lodge auction event Aug. 18-19 in Carmel, Calif.

[If you thought that sentence was convoluted, just wait for the car’s historical run-down I’m about to get into…]

The Aussie Supercar: Joss JP1

On: Tue, May 31, 2011 at 3:04PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Supercars just seem to be coming from every corner and crevice of the globe lately. An Australian supercar isn't nearly as surprising a development as a Polish supercar, but it does add one more nationality to the supercar ranks.

Melbourne-based Joss announced plans to introduce the latest prototype of its 500-hp JP1 supercar, along with a computer generation of the production model, at the 2011 Australian International Motor Show in July.

Blasphemy! Fords, Mopars, And More Invade The National Corvette Museum

On: Mon, May 23, 2011 at 1:57PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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Now I have to warn you Corvette people: What you’re about to read may be upsetting and could result in conniptions and all manner of carrying-on. So if you have a heart condition, a “Jake” tattoo, or a child named “Zora,” you better stop reading right now.


For the rest of you, it might interest you to note that you can see an incredible collection of American Muscle—built by all the finest brands in the business—from now until Father’s Day weekend at a little spot in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the locals like to call the National Corvette Museum.

No, I’m not kidding. Right in the very place created to revere the Corvette there’s a display of 14 of the finest classic muscle cars America ever produced, with nary a Corvette—and only three Chevys—to be seen.

More Details On Subaru FT-86

On: Mon, May 23, 2011 at 10:39AM | By: Chris Weiss

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So far, the partnership between Toyota and Subaru has been all Toyota. Beginning in 2009, Toyota has shown three versions of the jointly developing sports car platform: the original Toyota FT-86 in Tokyo 2009, the Toyota FT-86 II at this year's Geneva Motor Show, and the Scion FR-S at the New York Auto Show just last month. Meanwhile, Subaru has shown only a shell of a concept meant to convey its rear-wheel layout.

But, that will all change this year, with Subaru catching up in a hurry.


Fairfield County Concours Seeks Earliest And Longest-Owned E-Types

On: Fri, May 20, 2011 at 1:59PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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How early is your “E”?

The fine folks at the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance in Westport, Conn., need your help. As part of the Sept. 17-18 show’s festivities they are honoring the Jaguar E-Type—and its 50th birthday—with a “Featured Judging Class” that will include two rare representatives for which they’ve created special awards.

Why should you care? Because one—or both—of those awards could be yours just for owning an early E-Type.

[Not that owning the car Enzo Ferrari himself—yes, THAT Ferrari—called “The most beautiful car ever made” isn’t reward enough…]

Bertone To Sell A Sextet Of Show-Stopping Sirens

On: Mon, May 16, 2011 at 10:50AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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I’ve already covered many of the classic confections due to be sold May 21 when RM Auctions has their sale at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Como, Italy.

And as rare as they all might be, none can claim to be “one-of-one,” nor can they boast having been a show-stopping show car created from one of the finest automotive design houses on the planet, Bertone S.P.A.

Yup, it’s that Bertone, and each of the six vehicles being sold there comes directly from the design house’s own collection. Some, like the Lamborghini Marzal and Lancia Stratos HF Zero, are world-famous and rightly so, while the others are less well-known and, in turn, less expensive.

So if you’re looking to add some crown jewels to your collection and have a thing for Italian design straight from the source, here’s your one and only chance.

Get to it!

Pebble to "Celebrate the Greatest Ferrari of All Time" (x20+!)

On: Tue, May 10, 2011 at 3:02PM | By: Andrew W Davis

1963 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta test 2

“My Ferrari.” Racing driver and journalist Denise McCluggage pegged those two as the two best words in the English language, and if you’ve ever been able to say them and mean it, you know why.

But, for those of us—myself included—who can’t, why does this little Italian marque of red cars with a black-horse-in-a-yellow-rectangle badge mean so much to so many?

I’m convinced that it’s because they all wear the glow generated by the Ferrari’s greatest road-going(!) race car, the 250 GTO. And I’m not the only one who thinks so. This year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance—on Sunday, August 21—is hosting a record-setting event to celebrate the “50th anniversary of the birth of this model” which is “considered by many to be the greatest Ferrari ever manufactured.”

RM To Auction Creme De La Creme In Como

On: Mon, May 9, 2011 at 3:32PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Look deep into her eyes... '37 M-B 540K test 2

If you’ve been sitting on your billions just waiting for the right opportunity to convert them into something sexier than numbers on a spreadsheet, now’s your chance. [Well, your chance will actually come May 21 when RM Auctions will have their sale at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. So almost now.]

Right about here I could say something snide like “If you have to ask what or where that is you can’t afford anything there,” but we already know that’s true. But since I know, and you have more money than I do, I’ll gladly report it’s in Como, Italy.

[Look, just follow George Clooney or one of the dudes he’s supporting with “Oceans 47” or whatever the latest one is. I hear he’s got a pretty sweet pad nearby.]

Right. Now that you’ve got the where, I’m going to give you the why: RM Auctions is offering the most star-studded slate of consignments I’ve seen this decade, including, per their site, “32 blue-chip consignments with no fewer than ten anticipated to break the million-euro mark.”

That’s $1.5 million in real money, folks. And these lots' selling prices start there…

New One-Off Ferrari Super America 45 Announced

On: Fri, May 6, 2011 at 3:41PM | By: Chris Weiss

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It's been a while since we've seen a one-off Ferrari special edition. Too long. The last one that I seem to recall is the Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta (pictured), a 599 GTB converted by Ferrari's own Special Projects division to look like the Ferrari in the 1968 film Toby Dammit. That model debuted in late 2009, so it's high time we got a new privately commissioned one-off to gawk at.

Luckily, just such a car will fill that role at the upcoming Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. And it will be just as "super" as the P540. It's called the Super America 45.

Mercedes Benz: Concept A (Plus)

On: Thu, May 5, 2011 at 9:10AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Mercedes Benz: Concept A (Plus)  test 2

Mercedes has made a big splash by unveiling its diminutive new Concept A to the auto show circuit. With the understanding that the Smart Car is not exactly a luxury compact, the German automaker is setting its sights on the smaller, luxury segment.  

 Although obviously a concept car, the Concept A is a hint at the upcoming new A-Class to come out next year. The front-driver will likely sport a blown 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that will put down a little more than 200 horsepower (which is about 20 ponies over the latest European model). Don't be surprised to see a seven-speed automatic attached to this little car. Mercedes just recently developed the new dual-clutch transmission for the C-Class and mounted it to, among other choices, a 1.8-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine that makes 201-hp and 229-lb-ft of torque. That combo might just show up in the very near future. There is no talk of a hybrid or electric model just yet.  

Smart Takes Its "Worst" Tour Nationwide!

On: Wed, May 4, 2011 at 8:46AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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That might not *actually* be what they’re calling it, but can you blame me?

OK, I’ll play this one straight from now on. Not because I'm afraid of the retribution—or lack thereof—that can come my way from needling the nerds that buy this ridiculous car as they’re an apparently ever-diminishing pool (sales down 66 percent since Aug. 2009!), but because my electronic breath is wasted as ForTwo buyers must be able to shrug off constant insults or they wouldn’t drive the kind of vehicle that even circus-clown-car-buyers avoid else someone might think their ride is ridiculous.

So, instead, I’ll forget what Forbes said about the Little Coupe that Can’t—see my other article!—and try to find something positive to say in recognition of the Magical Misery Tour smart (the company) is bringing to burgs like yours so that smart (again, not the term for intelligence) owners can all come out of the weirdwork together and collectively fine-tune their reasons for not being ashamed at driving something so clearly not meant for American roads in everyone’s way on American roads.

Oh. That didn’t end up being “positive,” did it? Let’s take another run at it…