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Categories: Exotics

Crimes Against Car-manity #1: '84 Aspt Custom GTO

On: Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 9:37AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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For shame.

Welcome to my latest web series on “Things That Should Earn You Serious and Prolonged Beatings.” Here you will read about the worst things people have done to otherwise perfectly-good cars—and yes, that includes crushing them—in the pursuit of fame, glory, money or the aforementioned threat of physical harm.

This installment covers the “1984 Aspt Custom GTO”, a vehicle that stained the rolls at Mecum Auction’s Kissimmee, FL, sale Jan. 18-27, and the many, MANY questions such a monstrosity presents. [Mass hysteria? Head injury? Anything?]


Bentley Unveils New 2014 Continental Flying Spur

On: Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 5:01PM | By: Teddy Field


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Forged on Mount Olympus, and trimmed in the finest calfskins, and exotic woods from faraway lands. Behold Bentley’s latest creation: the 2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur!

The gods are truly pleased with their new chariot. From inside its decadent chamber, they can feast upon ambrosia from the heated and cooled thrones, whilst their divine nectar is chilled to perfection in the rear bottle cooler. Entertainment is provided by cherubs strumming harp music across the 1,100 watt Naim audio system, and video can be enjoyed on the optional 10-inch rear screens.


eBay's 2013 "Top Five" Sales Lists Start Off Big With A Near-$1M Veyron Sale

On: Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 5:05PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Need proof that the economy is getting back on track? How about the first eBay Top Five list in history to boast a value in excess of two million dollars? That’s right, folks, this is the first time in (my) recorded history that a.) any car’s been reported sold on eBay for nearly $1M; and, b.) the five highest claimed automotive auction sales prices (within two consecutive months) have exceeded $2M.

Oddly enough, however—especially in the Lamborghini’s case—the top four here are in the most boring color schemes their respective manufacturers have to offer (not that #5’s hue is all that exciting, either). Then again, this may reflect buyers’ desires to remain a little less conspicuous in their consumption, at least until the average American can afford their own guilty automotive pleasures.

Unleash the (late-model, near-new) hounds!


Lamborghini Teases 50th Anniversary Special Edition

On: Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 10:26AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Truly special things happen when Lamborghini releases a limited edition model - things like the Sesto Elemento and Aventador J. So we can only imagine how special a limited edition model designed as a celebration of 50 years will be. Lamborghini has teased just such a model.

In December, Lambo CEO Stephan Winkelmann told Automotive News that the special edition will be part of Lamborghini's 50th anniversary celebration. He declined to elaborate, outside of saying that it will not be a retro or revival model.


 

How Far Will YOU Go To Impress A Date On Valentine's Day?

On: Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 4:00PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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When your birthday falls on a gift-giving holiday it’s a double-edged bummer. Not only do you have to buy other people—or a special someone—presents, but they feel obligated to partially (or mostly) ignore the holiday in favor of just celebrating a “generic” birthday.

[Not that I could stomach another stamped sugar “conversation heart” (thirty-plus years of them is more than enough).]

But if there’s one positive thing about a V-Day B-Day it’s this: I’m not held to the same surprise-jewelry-, roses- and chocolate-giving standard as most males. That’s not to say I never had to do anything grand and romantic to win over my lady fair—though after fourteen years of marriage it’s hard to remember what-all I DID do—but I can honestly say I never lied, cheated, stole or “borrowed.”

Then again, I’m not British.


Endurance Racing Returns To Florida With 61st Sebring 12 Hour Classic

On: Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 3:45PM | By: David Walter


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Next month, the Sebring International Raceway – one of the oldest continuously-operating race tracks in the country – will once again host America’s premier sports car endurance race. The 61st Sebring 12 Hour Classic begins Wednesday, March 13th, and it all leads up to Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Five different classes of competition for both prototype and GT entries will race during the week – rumor is that we might see the new Viper SRT team! 


Festivals Of Speed Returns To St. Petersburg For Tenth Year

On: Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 12:35PM | By: David Walter


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Only a few days after announcing their first event of 2013, the Festivals of Speed announced their second event of the new year. This is good news for those of us outside of the Jacksonville area.

April 5th, the Festivals of Speed returns to St. Petersburg for the tenth year. The weekend’s events begin that Friday with the Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception in an actual hangar at the Tampa International Airport. There you’ll find the world’s most exotic vehicles, delicious foods and drinks, live jazz music and both a live and silent auction all in one place!

Sunday, the 7th, the main event will take place in downtown St. Petersburg at the Renaissance Vinoy Marina. Expect to see hundreds of exotics vehicles; fine wine, spirits, food, and cigars; and luxurious jewelry and timepiece displays.

For more information about the event, read the press release below.


Festivals Of Speed Announces First Event Of 2013 - Ameilia Island, FL

On: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 3:59PM | By: David Walter


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The Festivals of Speed has announced their first event of 2013. Saturday, March 9th, some of the world's finest vintage and contemporary automobiles, motorcyles, aircraft and watercraft will gather at the Amelia Island Plantation Resort (just outside of Jacksonville, Florida).

The event kicks off with the Luxury Lifestyle Cocktail Reception where enthusiasts can enjoy handcrafted cocktails, fine wine and spirits, delicious foods, smooth jazz, and fashion displays. The main event features more than 250 examples of the most exotic transportation on the planet.

Read on for more details.


Your Veyron Is Slow!

On: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 3:50PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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So for the precious few of you that were silly enough to drop the $1.1 million on the first generation of Veyron back in 2005, boy you must feel pretty stupid right about now. You must have thought that with 1,001 horsepower coming out of your quad-turbo W16 engine, you were nearly invincible right? And you probably also figured that your car's 253 mph top speed, which was the world record for a production car, was going to stand the test of time, didn't you? Or maybe you thought that with a 0-62 mph time of 2.46 seconds, you were king of world forever, right? Wrong.

Just a few years later, it turns out that Bugatti has decided to put their original Veyron to shame. While, the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport a few years ago upped the ante a bit, the newest iteration of the baddest production car on Earth just got exponentially nastier. Dubbed in what we wholeheartedly believe to be the epitome of redundancy, the newest Bugatti will be named the Super Veyron.


Inside Koenigsegg (Video)

On: Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 9:20AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Ever wonder what goes into the most expensive of hypercars to warrant seven-figure price tags? Koenigsegg is getting ready to show us in a new video series called Inside Koenigsegg. The nine-part series premieres on the DRIVE YouTube channel tomorrow, January 8.

The purpose of the new series is to step inside Koenigsegg's Angelholm, Sweden headquarters and look at what makes a supercar super. The series sets out to explore the "outer limits of innovation in the automotive industry" and how that innovation "within the highest echelon of sports car manufacturers" affects the rest of the automotive industry. Company founder Christian Von Koenigsegg will serve as host.


Infiniti Confirms 550-HP Flagship

On: Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 4:11PM | By: Chris Weiss


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After much ado and "will it or won't it" was made about the possibility of an Infiniti flagship, Nissan's luxury brand has confirmed that it's working on a 550-hp "performance machine." The new car is part of a "massive product offensive."

The confirmation was made in a message sent to Infiniti owners and fans. The greater subject was a change in the company's model-naming structure.