|A team from French auction house Artcurial Motorcars recently discovered a treasure trove of dozens of “barn find” condition cars wearing badges from the likes of Ferrari and Maserati as well as prewar greats like Delahaye and Bugatti.|
The whole collection is to be sold by Artcurial at their annual Paris sale early next year.
|The specialists at Artcurial regularly traverse France finding cars for sales. This was definitely the find of a lifetime. Sixty collector cars in one place is something special, but the quality of the machinery found is the stuff dreams are made of.|
Included are cars from Bugatti, Hispano-Suiza, Talbot-Lago, Maserati, Ferrari, Porsche, Delahaye, Delage and Facel Vega as well as coachwork by famous names like Chapron and Saoutchik. Even grimy and neglected, any one of them would be an incredible find on its own.
|One car that will likely be a highlight at auction is the Ferrari 250 SWB California Spider. Found under a pile of papers, it is one of just 37 built, and was thought lost by marque car experts.|
The last SWB California Spider to sell at auction went for $15 million. Artcurial estimates that this example will do €9.5 million to €12 million ($11.7 million to $14.7 million).
|Dozens of Jaguars, BMWs and Mercedes have been left with the keys in the ignitions by former millionaire owners who have chosen to cut their losses and run back home rather than face potential jail sentences under Dubai’s strict debt laws.|
More than 3,000 cars were abandoned last year — to be sold off by Dubai police or scrapped.
|Recent reports have highlighted high-end sports cars gathering dust at Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports from panicked expats fleeing the country to avoid prison sentences for money owed.|
Under Sharia law which is observed across the Middle East, non-payment of debt is a criminal offence. As the UAE has no bankruptcy laws, there is no protection for those slipping into debt, even accidentally. There have been cases of foreigners being prevented from leaving the Emirates after being blacklisted for missing a credit card payment or bouncing a cheque.
1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe. $176,000
|The RM Sotheby’s Motor City 2015 auction was staged July 25th at the Concours of America at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan. The 21st annual sale featured 80 automobiles, including American classics, sports and muscle cars and late-model collectibles.|
1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham. $125,000 - $175,000
1961 Chrysler 300G Convertible $121,000
1958 Buick Special Convertible. $57,750
1968 Shelby GT500 KR Convertible. Sold for $203,500
2005 Ford GT $319,000
1933 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Sport Phaeton in the style of LeBaron. $583,000
1932 Buick Series 90 Coupe Roadster $176,000
1929 Stutz Model M Four-Passenger Speedster by LeBaron. $302,500
1934 Pierce-Arrow Twelve Convertible Coupe Roadster. $297,000
|The Ferrari 458 is a mid-engined sports car produced by Ferrari. The 458 replaced the Ferrari F430, and was first officially unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. It is now being replaced by the Ferrari 488 GTB, which was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2015.|
|The 458 is powered by a 4,499 cc (274.5 cu in) V8, producing 570 PS (419 kW; 562 hp) at 9,000 rpm. The engine features direct fuel injection, a first for Ferrari mid-engine setups in its road cars.|
|The engine was revised, with power increased to 605 PS (445 kW; 597 hp) at 9,000 rpm.|
|McLaren established itself through the 1960s and 70s as a world-beating force in one of the most extreme forms of motorsport, Can-Am, winning five consecutive championships between 1967 and 1971.|
In honour of the 50th anniversary of the 1966 inaugural season, McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has created the limited production 650S Can-Am which takes its inspiration from the race cars of this golden age of motorsport.
The 650S Can-Am is priced at £255,850 with deliveries set to commence in the spring of 2016. 50 examples will be produced globally, all based on the 650S Spider.
|<||The McLaren 650S Can-Am features a 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 which produces 650PS (641bhp) and 678Nm (500 lb ft) of torque. Zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) takes three seconds and its top speed is 204 mph (329 km/h).|
|At the 2015 North American Auto Show Ford pulled the curtain off of the all-new 2017 Ford GT. With a super-light carbon fiber and aluminum construction, a 600-plus horsepower, EcoBoost V-6 and a race-ready cockpit, the latest Ford GT is hands down the best supercar in the history of the Blue Oval brand.|
The 2017 Ford GT was conceived to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the company’s legendary victory at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race, in which three Ford GT40 race cars swept first, second and third place.
|It had to be fast tracked from concept to production, with testing and development compressed into the next 18 months in order to go on sale by the end of next year|
Power will be sent to the rear wheels courtesy of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Said force is transmitted to the rear wheels with 20-inch alloy wheels wearing specially designed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires.
|The all-new GT starts production in 2016.|
|The Chevrolet Corvette is a sports car manufactured by the Chevrolet division of General Motors. The car has been produced through seven generations. |
The first model, a convertible, was designed by Harley Earl and introduced at the GM Motorama in 1953 as a concept show car. Myron Scott is credited for naming the car after the type of small, maneuverable warship.
The first Corvette went into production in Flint, Mich. on June 30, 1953.
|The 1958 Corvette received quad headlamps, bumper exiting exhaust tips and a new steering wheel. The 1959–60 model years had few changes except a decreased amount of body chrome and more powerful engine offerings.|
|In 1961, the rear of the car was completely redesigned with the addition of a "duck tail" with four round lights. The second generation (C2) Corvette introduced the Sting Ray. Production started for the 1963 model year and ended in 1967. |
|The third generation Corvette was introduced for the 1968 model year and was in production until 1982. Styling changed subtly throughout the generation until 1978 for the car's 25th anniversary. |
|Production of the C5 Corvette began in 1997 and ended with the 2004 model year. The C5 had a top speed of 181 mph (291 km/h) and was judged by the automotive press as improved in nearly every area over the previous Corvette design.|
|The sixth generation-C6 was produced between 2005 and 2013. The 6.0L (364 cu in) LS2 V8 produced 400 bhp giving the vehicle a 0–60 time of under 4.2 seconds. Its top speed was 190 mph (310 km/h).|
|The seventh generation corvette, the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z07 was officially unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show. Pricing of the Z07 is expected to be around $100,000.|
|SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, is honored to be selected by world-class businessman and car collector Ron Pratte for the sale of his world-renowned collection at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2015 auction.|
Ron Pratte, a businessman who demands perfection in everything he has a hand in, built the majority of his collection at Barrett-Jackson auctions. This pristine collection includes Carroll Shelby’s personal vehicle – the only remaining 1966 Shelby Cobra Super Snake, that sold for a world record $5.5 million, and a Pontiac Bonneville Special Concept Car, one of only two.
Shelby pegged the car's 0-60-mph time at just over three seconds.
The former record for a Tucker was $ 1.1m. $2,915,000.00
|"This year's Scottsdale auction was on a scale unlike anything in our 44-year history," said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, in a statement|
The bus roared to $4 million on the block.
This 1947 Bentley Mark VI last sold for $ 1.7m. $2,750,000.00
One of only 153 1968 Shelby GT 500s. $440,000.
1957 Desoto Adventurer Covertible $225,500.00
1955 Chevrolet Nomad Autorama Custom Wagon
2005 Ford GT. 6,941 Miles. Sold for $230,000
|The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader in live auctions of collector cars, classic cars, corvettes, hot rods, street rods and muscle cars.|
1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV. 400/370 HP, 4-Speed. Sold for $160,000
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback. Professional Restoration Sold for $250,000
1992 Ferrari 512 TR. 3,200 Miles Sold for $295,000
1968 Ferrari 330 GTS. $ 3,000,000
1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S. Sold for $2,300,000
2005 Maserati MC12. Sold for $1,575,000
1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible. Executive Demonstrator of John Herlitz Sold for $2,250,000
1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster. $1,000,000
1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera. Steve McQueen's Last Special Order Porsche Sold for $1,950,000
1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T SE. 426/425 HP, 4-Speed Sold for $185,000
1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro. 427/425 HP, 4-Speed Sold for $155,000
|Lot 39.1: 1969 Buick Custom Sport Wagon - $14,850|
A 400 cubic inch "big block" with 350 Turbo transmission was found in the GS series.
|Lot 461: 1991 Chevrolet Corvette Callaway ZR1 - $30,800.|
The fourth-generation Corvette isn’t remembered fondly but in the hands of noted Corvette tuner Calloway, this ZR1 makes 550hp through a six-speed manual. It’s a very rare find.
|Lot 519: 1981 Chevrolet Camaro - $6050. |
Second-generation Camaros are quickly rising in value. This particular example has Z/28 trim, T-tops, and a 350 cubic-inch V8. The buyer got a bargain.
|Lot 807: 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible - $22,000|
Impalas were all over, but one of the best buys was this all original 1967 SS. This car has all the right parts, including the 275hp 327 cubic-inch V8 mated to a four-speed manual transmission.
|At the January Barrett-Jackson auction the final bid came in at $2,650,000 for this Tucker. |
That means the new owner paid $2,915,000 to drive it home.
|The Mission E from Porsche. This all-electric sports car offers room for four passengers, straight line performance to best the 911 and a long enough driving range to persuade anti-electric vehicle critics that it's worth investing in.|