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Categories: Special / Limited Edition

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…]


There's A New Sheriff('s Report) In Town: 2011 Cruisers Compared

On: Tue, May 31, 2011 at 1:02PM | By: Andrew W Davis


2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit test 2

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department just revealed its "Law Enforcement Vehicle Test and Evaluation Program [for] Vehicle Model Year 2011," and it is riveting.

Buried amid its 174 very dry-reading pages—in PDF format, thank God—are many fascinating facts, including that this test program is as old as I am. Yessiree, since 1974 the LACSD has been evaluating whatever vehicles were thrown at it to separate real "Special Service/Police" vehicles from pieces of something else.


The Mid-Engined Aston: HBH Teases New One-Off Supercar

On: Fri, May 27, 2011 at 3:47PM | By: Chris Weiss


The Mid-Engined Aston: HBH Teases New One-Off Supercar test 1-1

Danish design firm HBH has a history of helping the development of limited edition supercars. Our personal favorite is the in-your-face, 1,100-hp Zenvo ST1. And even though $1.2 million will be extremely rare, HBH has decided that it's just not rare enough. The design firm is moving toward becoming a sort of bespoke supercar-maker, a place where billionaires can stop in to commission completely unique, multi-million-dollar supercar-singles.

The company is already hard at work on the first of such supercars, a car that is essentially a mid-engined Aston Martin V-12 Vantage. A single teaser picture gives us a look at what to expect.


An Awkward, Corvette-Based Concept: Endora SC1

On: Fri, May 27, 2011 at 9:50AM | By: Chris Weiss


Corvette-based Endora SC-1 test 2

Say what you will about the Corvette-ZR1-based Bertone Mantide, at least there was some semblance of cohesive design. Yes, it may have been way too sharp-angled, extreme, and just downright weird for many car enthusiasts. Especially for $2 million. But there was a clear direction, a method to the madness, if you will.

I don't think that we can say the same for the Corvette-based Endora SC-1. This car kind of makes the Mantide look like an ostensible thing of beauty.


 

The Next Extreme, Crowd-Sourced Auto Coming Our Way

On: Wed, May 25, 2011 at 1:53PM | By: Chris Weiss


Rally Fighter from Sangho Kim test 2

Back at the 2009 SEMA show, the world was presented with an entirely new type of automobile. It was called the Rally Fighter, and not only did it look like something that an off-road-obsessed, mechanically gifted, garage-workshop tuner might have come up with, but it was entirely developed by an enthusiastic internet community. Local Motors, a start-up with new ideas on how automobiles could be built, held a competition for designers to submit ideas. Then they chose the best one to build: the Rally Fighter from Sangho Kim.


2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake: 800 Horsepower On A Budget

On: Tue, May 24, 2011 at 3:12PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake test 2

Sure, the new Ford Mustang GT is a fun. It's got the awesome Coyote 5.0 engine sporting dual overhead cams, 32 valves with variable technology, and not to mention 400+ horsepower. But, what's that? Not enough horsepower, you say? Well, okay, Dearborn has an answer for your power needs too, in the form of the very exciting Shelby GT500.  

Surely, with 550 horsepower and a 5.4 liter supercharged all-aluminum ground-pounding V8, that should certainly cover your horsepower needs? No? Really? Okay, well, then Shelby can take that garden variety GT500 of yours and turn it into one of the meanest Mustangs to ever come off a production line.


Ferrari Superamerica 45 Revealed

On: Mon, May 23, 2011 at 6:37PM | By: Chris Weiss


Ferrari Superamerica 45 test 2

Announced a couple of weeks ago, and revealed ahead of its official debut at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este last week, the Ferrari Superamerica 45 is the latest, privately commissioned one-off built by Ferrari Special Projects. It was commissioned by New York real estate mogul Peter Kalikow to celebrate his 45 years of Ferrari ownership.


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

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


Charger in front of National Corvette Museum test 2

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.

Right.

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.


Purse-o-holic's Beware - Hyundai Unveils Genesis Prada

On: Mon, May 23, 2011 at 9:40AM | By: Chris Salamone


Hyundai Unveils 'Genesis Prada'  test 2

Just days ago, Hyundai Motor Company began sales of the extremely limited edition Genesis Prada. Hyundai plans to sell 1,200 vehicles initially in the Korean market, then later expand into the Middle East and China. Genesis Prada is such an exclusive vehicle that each car will be built to customized personal orders, uniquely sporting a GP500 emblem intended to emphasize scarcity.


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

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


Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance logo test 2

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…]


Here's One For The Ladies: A Prince, His Princess, And A Lexus

On: Wed, May 18, 2011 at 1:49PM | By: Andrew W Davis


Prince Albert II's Royal Lexus test 2

Thanks to my wife there’s a People magazine cluttering up my mailbox every week. And as I’m contemplating throwing it immediately in the recycler or waiting until she reads it and then throwing it out, I can’t help but notice whatever cover-page foofaraw their “editors” are screaming about in 100-point type.

If I’m not mistaken there was recently some to-do about the Queen of England getting married to some hot chick with a hyphenated last name even though that hot chick’s sister was wearing a better dress or some such thing.