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The Paris Motor Show is just around the corner, and automakers are busy teasing, hyping and straight out revealing their latest vehicles and concepts. Suzuki will debut the sporty new S-Cross small crossover concept at the show, and it's released a new teaser photo to provide a peek at the car.
Suzuki previously described the S-Cross as "typified by distinctive dynamic lines that start on the front bumper, sweep across the doors, and continue to the rear of the body." It also mentioned that a "cutting edge crossover look" is underpinned by design elements that convey stability and solidity. In other words, mostly marketing mumbo jumbo.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars
Tags: Suzuki, crossovers, concepts, 2012 Paris Motor Show, teasers
Like cricket (the game) and Marmite (whatever the hell that is) there are just things they do in the UK that I can’t get a handle on. I always thought it was a production assistant goofing around with the more apt license plates you see on Top Gear’s test cars but no: people actually have to pay for those. A LOT. Like the four grand for “V12 NUT” Bonhams got recently.
And before you think this is an isolated incident—and/or skip to the fun "Top Five" lists I’ve painstakingly copied from another site—I provide you with a roster of offerings to be, um… offered at Barons’ “Annual British Heritage Auction & Other Classics” sale somewhere on the island today (September 17) (with plates offered in quotes and auction estimate averages in greenbacks):
[And I hate math more than you can imagine so appreciate what I did here, dang it!]
They are, as follows: “DB09 AML” [$8,315]; “9 BEN” [$34,880]; “Y12 FER” [$1,704]; “D8 GTS” [$3,448]; “W18 OND” [$2,434]; “EA51 CAR” [$1,866]; “V8 REG” [$3,488]. What, you don’t see the perfectly good reason why “9 BEN” should cost more than a new Camaro? Oh, silly American. Because, as the description reads [EXACTLY], “Pre 63 Bentley? Any The ultimate Bentley registration” of course!
Posted In: Aftermarket, Auctions, Car News, Classics, Miscellaneous, Reports, Safety, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: UK, license plates, bonhams, auction, registration, v12nut, abu dhabi, hong kong
The 2013 Mustang GT is not so much a new car as it is the last iteration of a very well-loved old one. The 2014 Mustang will end the retro look Mustangs have worn since 2005; it will be something all new. Whisper this – it may even have independent rear suspension – thus changing a key, if gloriously Neanderthal, element of Mustang DNA. The last time Ford tried something so radical, by replacing the Fox Mustang with the front wheel drive Probe, customer reaction was so vociferous the board changed direction, and green-lighted development of a new generation of rear-drive Mustang.
Comparing the 2012 with the 2013 model, raw power is up to 420hp, thanks to the use of piston and ring coatings from the Boss 302. There is a new automatic transmission, a 6 speed, which features SelectShift, a tool allowing drivers better control over the ‘box, by allowing the car to be manually held in each gear. Visually the Mustang has had some nip-and-tuck work, with HID headlights alongside a new grille, set in a new front fascia. Tail lights too have been redesigned, with a blacked-out look, and new wheel designs are available.
Posted In: Car News, Classics, Car Reviews
Tags: 2013 Ford Mustang GT, Ford Mustang GT, Mustang GT
It was only a matter of time. The Gallardo had become Lamborghini's unquestioned sales king, and over the course of its eight model year run (and counting). Make enough of something, and eventually something will break. Well, in the case of this mass-produced exotic, it seems the power steering fluid from certain hoses, or even the pump itself might leak. The leak could ignite off of high temperature engine parts and cause a very costly fire to a very pretty car.
Thankfully Lamborghini has a fix for the leaking problem, and will provide it free of charge to owners Lambo has said it will begin to notify owner this week to schedule a free fix. Owners can contact the company at 1-703-364-7042 with questions and/or to make an appointment to get this back in shape.
Read on for the full report.
Posted In: Exotics, Recalls, Reports, Safety
Tags: safety, recalls, lamborghini, gallardo, power steering
For a few weeks each year in August, the entire focus of the collector car community falls on the Monterey peninsula, in Northern California, for the auctions, shows, and races which take place around the Pebble Beach Concours. This year Hagerty classic car insurance organized a panel discussion on car values – useful both to car guys and pure investors, since anyone who has been paying the slightest attention to the classic car market knows that values have been steadily marching upwards, and generally speaking have been doing a whole lot better than traditional investments such as property or stocks.
Rare, but not too rare
There are certain rules of thumb to apply to values in car collecting; as “Chasing Classic Cars” Wayne Carini put it, “production numbers is always key to collectability”. The ideal number seems to be between 25 and 1000 made: more than that and there is a sufficiently strong supply to weaken values – the example given by the panel was the 80s Ferrari Testarossa, with around 1300 made, while extremely rare cars suffer from their being no comparable sales to base values upon. The example discussed by the panel was a 1908 Simplex – there have only been two other Simplex come to market in the last few years, each were touring cars, not speedsters, plus the 1908 car is the oldest known Simplex still surviving. Without a meaningful comparison point, the value will be determined by how many and how wealthy the bidders are on auction day. Naturally, this doesn’t mean virtually unique cars cannot make huge numbers, just that from an investment perspective they are less predictable.
Posted In: Auctions, Classics
Tags: collector car values, classic car prices, hagerty seminar, Jaguar XJ-S, Aston Martin DB5, Fox Mustang, BMW E9, BMW 3.0 CS, Porsche 930
I’m not the best person to cover this—but you’re stuck with me so suck it up—but this Batmobile is TERRIBLE, and the fact that some sucker was willing to offer a cool quarter-mil for something that looks like it was cobbled together by a Hollywood prop shop filled with half-blind craftspeople who thought they were constructing a Cirque du Soleil stage prop is just…
*Whew.* Ok, now that that’s (somewhat) out of my system, let’s get back to this being the worst-looking Batmobile ever. [Yes, I know about that internally-lit one with MASSIVE fins, but at least that baby didn’t look like a busted-up and half-melted G.I. Joe Night Raven.]
Batmobiles start for me with the “Tumbler,” just as the films quite literally begin with Batman Begins (not least because there’s no CGI used on the latest Bat ride, even as it evolves in that continuing series, scale models or not).
But nobody’s selling those, so Auctions America had to make do…
Posted In: Auctions, Car News, Concept Cars, Exotics, Good, Bad & Ugly, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: batman, tumbler, batmobile, auction, tim burton, 1989, movie
At first glance of this newest recall from Ford, at least one writer yelled out loud, "Another one?!" Yup, the Blue Oval is hauling back another 6,146 new Escapes built between October 5, 2011 through August 31, 2012 which were all designated as 2013 models. It seems on 1.6-liter engine models the freeze plug may well just fall out for no reason and then allow coolant to leak out onto hot engine parts and potentially catch fire. Ford will begin contacting owners next week and plans to fix the plug and add additional safety features to ensure it will be secured in place. The fix will be free of charge.
On a side note, Ford has had several Escape recalls in very recent weeks and if this keeps up, their reputation may very well be in jeopardy. As it stands now, the Escape will be avoided as a future car of choice by at least one writer.
Read on for the full report.
Posted In: Recalls, Reports, Safety
Tags: Safety, recalls, ford, escape, cooling, coolant, 2013
Have a problem with getting too many women? I, being such a person, know what it’s like; they follow you everywhere, looking for any excuse to hop in your car and go…wherever.
This is why I’ve been considering replacing my eight-passenger 1989 Olds Custom Cruiser. If only I could find something that would not only seat one (and some groceries) and—most importantly—would instantly kill the mating instinct of the human female on sight.
As it turns out my ideal lust-killer’s been around since the 1980s: the Litestar Pulse. And if only I’d been at Auctions America’s Auburn Indiana sale last weekend—and been suffering from a tragic-yet-comical brain injury—I could’ve been the sad… I mean LUCKY guy who traded $22,000 actual American dollars for Lot 4052, a “1990 Reconstructed Pulse Litestar.”
Way to go, dude! No more girl-sourced cooties for you!
Posted In: Auctions, Car News, Classics, Concept Cars, Exotics, Good, Bad & Ugly, Hybrid / Green, Safety, Special / Limited Edition, Technology
Tags: pulse, litestar, auction, auburn, auctions america, autocycle, owosso, michigan
It would seem as though too much of the Red Headed Stranger has rubbed off his former tour bus as—in the face of a $60k-$80k auction estimate—the 1986-model-year coach “Me & Paul” pulled down just $29,250 at Auctions America’s Sept.1 Auburn, Indiana sale.
[Hopefully this buyer will want to hang onto their purchase as the seller of this bus paid $48,550 less than a year ago at a Toronto auction, giving themselves a quick $19,300 haircut.]
Anyhoo, this thing is everything you’d expect a hard-worn band-bus to be, excluding most of the hard-worn. Still, if it wasn’t for the Willie Nelson history—and perhaps the terrible murals it’s coated in—this could easily be the crap-hauler for any C-level wannabe band.
Then again, maybe now it is…
Posted In: Auctions, Good, Bad & Ugly, Miscellaneous, Reports, Special / Limited Edition, Videos
Tags: willie nelson, bus, auction, auctions america, rm, paul english, drummer, highwayman, eagle, bus, rv, motorcoach
Every Labor Day, it seems brings with it a series of conflicting emotions. On one hand, it signals the end of yet another season of warm summer weather and having to say goodbye to long hours of sunshine, shorts, and walks on the beach. Snow cones and ice cream won't taste the same again for at least another nine or ten months, and of course, the dreaded beginning of yet another school year is just days and hours away. But, Labor Day isn't all bad -- each annual long weekend brings about one of the most celebrated old car shows on the entire East Coast. The Lead East car show in Parsippany, NJ touts itself as the "world's biggest 50's party" and they aren't kidding - oldies bands, Doo Wop Groups, and of course, some of the craziest, most impressive hot rods from all over the country.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Classics
Tags: car shows, september, oldies, doo-wop, ford, chevy, Lead East
Move over Continental GT and make room for Bentley's latest. Bentley is reportedly preparing an all-new one-off sports car concept for the 2012 Paris Motor Show in September. The car is being billed as the sportiest model it's shown in more than a decade.
Car & Driver reports that a one-off sports concept will debut within a month's time. The magazine describes the new concept as the "sportiest vehicle the brand has shown since the 1999 Bentley Hunaudières," which was built on a Lamborghini platform and powered by a W-16 engine. Looking at those specs, perhaps the new car will utilize the Aventador's composite tub and Bugatti's 1,000-hp W-16 engine.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Exotics, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Bentley, luxury, ultra-premium, concepts, 2012 Paris Motor Show, HunaudiÃ¨res, Bugatti, Lamborghini