Throughout The Car Industry
The newest Prancing Horse in the stable in Maranello is more than even its name hints at. The 458 Speciale is a rare beast indeed, and "special" doesn't quite cut it for us. But then, names like 458 I-Can't-Believe-It's-This-Fast don't really fit on a bumper, or something like, 458 I-Would-Trade-My-First-Born-Child-For-This-Car also doesn't quite flow off the tongue in day-to-day car talk. Taking a model in the twilight of its production cycle and revamping it just enough to warrant a slightly different variation of its namesake is something Ferrari has made a habit out of, starting almost 20 years ago with the Ferrari F355 Challenge, then the F360 Challenge Stradale, and most recently (until now, of course) the F430 Scuderia.
Posted In: Exotics, Reviews, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Ferrari, 458, Speciale
Alright, everyone, put your party hats on and break out the champagne: Lamborghini has just announced the replacement for the Gallardo. It’s called the Huracan, which (as you might imagine) is Spanish for hurricane and a very Lambo-ish sort of name. The figures are as you might expect: 10 cylinders, 5.2 liters, and around 600 horsepower, which puts it within punching weight of the McLaren 12C and Ferrari 458, albeit a few years behind the curve. 0-62mph looks to be dispatched in just over three seconds, and though they’ve yet to announce the top speed, I’d be shocked if it were less than 200mph.
Posted In: Car News, Exotics
Tags: lamborghini, huracan, new, lambo, LP-610, V10, Audi, VW, 2014
It’s 7:30 in the morning. Traffic is backed up on the interstate in Tampa, Florida. A lot of it is stuck on one of the many bridges that crisscross the bay. The water is so beautiful though with the sun glinting off the empty blue expanse. Wait a minute! It’s empty! No traffic down there at all. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a car than ran in the water too? Boy, getting to work would be a breeze!
Mecum's Anaheim Sale Shows You Can Be a Big-time, Old-school Baller on an Itty-bitty Modern Minicar Budget
You, I am afraid, are more than likely a dork.
What do you drive? Some middling import toss-away? An American econobox you think’s cool ‘cause it has a tea tray bolted to its decklid? Look: I’ll bet you my salary for this article if you could pick your car out of a lot filled with a thousand random machines.
I could. In a heartbeat. She’s a 19-foot-long wood-sided station wagon, low and wide, and with just enough chrome to make a Chris Craft boat builder wish they could take credit for her design. Sure, I and the gentlemen at the local Shell station are on a first-name basis, but so many people stop me just to express their admiration for her still existing while memories are all that’s left of her assembly-line sisters that $80 fill-ups are always worth it.
Now station wagons may not be your thing, but that doesn’t exclude you from the Sub-$4k Cool Old Car Club I just started. All you need is a sub-$4k vehicle in great shape inside and out—including relatively as-new performance—a budget of about ten times that (often every month) to refuel and “fiddle” with it (and an AAA card when “fiddling” doesn’t suffice, which it NEVER does). But, hey, nobody ever said supreme coolness came cheap…
Posted In: Auctions, Classics, Exotics, How-To Articles, Miscellaneous
Tags: 1975 Caddy Eldorado Coupe 1987 Jaguar XJS 1989 Pontiac Firebird 1985 Mercedes 500SEL Mecum Auctions anaheim ca 1984 Chevy Corvette coupe
What does the serious Shelby collector do once he’s scratched all the usual itches? Cobras? You’ve got at least one each of the 260s, 289s, 427s, and 428s. Mustangs? You’ve got a garage full of G.T. 350s of every stripe (including at least one real-deal “R”) and a field full of G.T. 500s, open and shut, “KR” and not. Heck, you’ve even got the Holy Grail of Shelbys in your stable, a one-of-nearly-none Cobra Daytona Coupe.
Well, my friend, as Mecum’s recent auction in Anaheim shows, there’s a whole ‘nother volume in the Encyclopedia of Shelby, and—if you act right now—you can build yet another collection of that wily Texan’s wares for a relative song.
Well, that, and a MUCH bigger building…
Posted In: Aftermarket, Auctions, Car News, Exotics, Miscellaneous, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: mecum auction shelby series 1 dodge durango supercharged sp360 ram van mustang california special
In the course of automotive history, there have been thousands of cars that have elicited almost as many emotions from us. Some cars, like the Edsel or the Pontiac Aztek, make us cringe and wonder if the best thing those designers ever created was their resume. Then, on the opposite end of the spectrum, are the cars that we simply love instantly like the Tri-Five Chevrolets or the first generation Thunderbird. Then there are cars that simply blow our minds with their combination of speed and beauty. Cars that blend the perfect mix of power, and esthetic appeal are few and far between, but when they do come along, they ingrain their images in our memories forever. One of the best examples of these cars is the very first McLauren F1 created by Ameritech.
Tags: Haunted highways, Ameritech McLauren F1
Following last year's introduction of the F-TYPE convertible, Jaguar plans to put a roof over prospective buyers' heads with the F-TYPE Coupe. It announced this week that it will reveal the car for the first time at the 2013 LA Auto Show later this month.
November promises to be a super-busy, ADD-inducing time for car fanatics. This week, it's all about wild tunes and bling as impressive customs make their debut at the SEMA Show and equally flashy supercars and exotics make their debut at the Dubai Motor Show. Later in the month, another pair of major auto shows will also take place simultaneously, as the Tokyo Motor Show and LA Auto Show fall on the same dates.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Exotics
Tags: Jaguar, sports cars, coupes, F-TYPE,
When you build some of the world's most lusted-after exotic cars, the only one really qualified to surprise you with a birthday present is you. Lamborghini has been treating itself to a 50th birthday year filled with truly outlandish presents that no one else could have possibly thought of. It began with the Veneno at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, and while it seemed like it may never build something more extreme, a couple months later it did: the tri-pronged Egoista. Before its birthday year is up, it makes it a trio, introducing a roadster version of the Veneno.
Tags: Lamborghini, special editions, supercars, limited edition, Veneno,
We already knew that the McLaren P1 would be one of the highest performing pieces of road machinery in the world. But just how that quantified into hard specs remained in question until this week. The general performance specs like "0 to 62 mph in under 3 seconds" have gotten a little more specific.
Posted In: Exotics, Reports, Technology
Tags: McLaren, P1, supercars, hypercars, performance, hybrids
We've heard about Canadian supercars in the past. But they have had a way of appearing and disappearing without ever fully materializing. The last one we heard about was the HTT-Plethore, and while its website says it's available to the select few, we haven't heard or seen anything about this car in years—not even a tweet since last August.
That's okay because there's another contender laying claim to building the first true Canadian supercar. Montreal-based race car manufacturer Magnum has teased a new road-legal supercar that it plans to debut in less than two weeks.
Posted In: Car News, Exotics
Tags: Supercars, new cars, teasers, videos, Magnum, Canadian
The original muscle car recipe called for one part lightweight body and three parts big honkin' motor. The resulting concoction wasn't particularly 'smooth', but it would sure put a grin on your face (until you attempted to go around a curve, of course). At the time, the saying “The only thing that beats cubic inches is cubic dollars” was the Golden Rule. Then some gear head decided to combine the two, which resulted in an entirely new breed of monied muscle cars.
Today, there are many delightful choices in the exclusive world of bespoke speed machines. The latest comes to us from a little company in Michigan called Equus Automotive. It has a funny name—Equus Bass 770—and an eye-popping price tag—$250k. But it is a sight to behold.
Tags: equus bass 770, ford mustang, dodge challenger, chevy camaro