Is going on the block...
"One of the holy grails of the collector car world and possibly one of the world’s most valuable Porsches extant will be offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction in Pebble Beach, Calif., next month.
The 1969 917K is probably the most desirable version of one of Porsche’s mightiest competition cars. The reliable and powerful flat-12 engine, combined with lightweight aerodynamic coupe bodywork, was tailor made for endurance races like The 24 Hours of Le Mans. Picking up where the Ford GT40 left off, (and also sponsored by Gulf Oil in the iconic light blue and orange livery) the 917K helped show the door to Ferrari in endurance racing, leaving them to concentrate on Formula One, where they remain today."
Best guess is $20 million plus...THIS is THE car that took the checker flag in the Steve McQueen "LeMans" movie...
used to be this....
estimated at perhaps 1.15 million by the last auction on record.
Tree vs car, tree wins.
Possibly the world's most valuable Ford offered for sale
"RM Auctions of Blenheim, Ontario will be auctioning a rare open Ford GT40 prototype at its sale in Monterey, California this August. Although the auction company hasn’t disclosed a pre-sale estimate, it will almost certainly be in eight figures and set a world record for a Ford-badged vehicle sold at auction.
This particular car, chassis GT/108 was the first of only four GT40 roadsters (the vast majority were closed cars) and it’s the only one of the extant roadsters still in its as-built configuration including unique nose and tail sections. It was used as a factory demonstrator by Ford and Shelby American. Famous drivers from Carroll Shelby to Ken Miles, Jim Clark and Dickie Attwood all spent time behind the wheel of GT/108."
I found my pants.
Gasoline greener than biofuels?
As you're reading this keep in mind that the ethanol varieties are horrible comparatively in MPG comparisons as well.
Biofuels produced from waste products left from harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline in terms of carbon emissions, according to a $500,000 study paid for by the federal government and published in the journal Nature Climate Change.
The study said biofuels made with corn residue release seven percent more greenhouse gases than traditional gasoline.
Rayola Dougher from the American Petroleum Institute called that an eye opener for the green energy crowd. "You know, what are we doing? If that's so, then we're going down the wrong path here,” Dougher told Fox News in an interview. “We have to give ourselves at least press the pause button and look at what we're trying to accomplish and look at the science, and look at it very carefully."
The study contradicts the Obama administration's narrative that biofuels are a much cleaner alternative, while also receiving more than a billion dollars in federal support.
Phil Flynn, an oil trader and senior market analyst with The Price Futures Group, said the promises made were too good to be true. "Cellulosic biofuels was going to be our future. It wouldn't impact our food. We could use the leftovers, and it would help greenhouse gas emissions and it would be the answer to all our problems. But what we're finding out is that's not the case," said Flynn."
More at the link above...
No replacement for displacement? Try sub 2000lb cars with 200hp or so or more...
here's four cars you may or may not know that would drop some jaws...
2005-? Lotus Elise - sub-2,000-pound weight, a 189 hp Toyota-sourced engine, good for 0-60 in about 4.7 seconds, super sharp handling, one of the best driver’s cars on the planet...
The 2008 version Elise SC sported a non-intercooled supercharger producing 218 hp (163 kW). 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds...
1964-66 Griffith 200 - 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds, 85.5-inch wheelbase, handling was said to be as nervous as a badger on PCP...
The Griffith Series 200 could be fitted with a high-powered 289 cubic inches (4.74 l) that put out 271 horsepower (202 kW), the car had a 150 mph (240 km/h) top speed.
1983-1986 Renault R5 Turbo - turbocharged 1.3-liter engine, the R5 turbo was capable of performance that would surprise many unwary Porsche 911 owners...158 horsepower and 163 lb·ft torque, 2,138 lb curb weight.
This my friends, is the grandad of the Renault Clio V-6 ...
1996-99 Panoz AIV Roadster - 32-valve, 4.6-liter Ford SVT Cobra V-8, 176 produced...
I have to say, I'm a huge fan of the Shelby Cobra's, but this Panoz was an unknown to me and I really like it, if you squint real hard, it looks like a Caterham with a tad more testosterone. Question is, does it perform as well...
|Top speed||140 mph (225 km/h)|
|Acceleration 0-60 mph (0–96 km/h)||4.3 sec|
|Engine type||V8 DOHC 32 valves|
|Displacement||281 ci (4,604 cc)|
|Maximum power||305 bhp (227 kW; 309 PS) @ 5,800 rpm|
|Maximum torque||300 ft·lbf (410 Nm) @ 4,800 rpm|
|Weight||2,570 lb (1,170 kg)|
|Fuel economy||19.9 mpg (7.04 l/100 km)|
Hennessey announces $1.25 million Venom GT World's Fastest Edition
f you wanted to get your hands on the new special edition of the Hennessey Venom GT, you had to know the right people—most likely, John Hennessey himself. Because the new red, white, and blue World's Fastest Edition of the supercar is limited to just three units—and it’s already sold out.
At a price of $1.25 million each, that’s no small feat, but the car does hold a top speed run of 270.4 mph, and a Guinness World Record for the 0-300 km/h (0-186 mph) dash at 13.63 seconds. It owes this monstrously fast acceleration and speed to its 2,743-pound curb weight and its twin-turbo 7.0-liter V-8 engine, which is rated for 1,244 horsepower.
The top speed of 270.4 mph was set at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center this February, and the three World’s Fastest Edition cars are being built to commemorate the achievement. Painted primarily white, but with a stripe of red and blue down the middle, the special-edition car is intended to mimic the flag the team flew out of the record-setting Venom GT’s window the day of the run.
Of course, the non-World’s Fastest Edition Venom GT is just as fast as the sold-out special, so if you’ve got the itch to go 270 mph in a road-legal car, you can still order one. It won’t be one of the rarest special-edition supercars in the world, but it’ll still be one of the fastest
Pristine 1967 Chevrolet Corvette found in garage to be auctioned
A 1967 Chevrolet Corvette with just 2,996 miles on the odometer and one of the most interesting tales to tell is going on sale at the Mecum Auctions Houston event in April.
The 427/390 hp V8-powered coupe was purchased in 1966 by 30-year-old Don McNamara of Colorado Springs, with $5,000 he won on a trip he made to Las Vegas to celebrate his retirement from the U.S. Marines.
For a few months afterwards, the very private McNamara was occasionally seen tooling around town in the distinctive white two-door with its red “stinger” stripe on the hood, but soon it disappeared and was never spotted again. That is until 2011, when McNamara passed away and left his entire estate to his neighbors, who discovered the car parked in his garage under a shipping blanket festooned with American and Marine Corps flags.
Despite telling anyone who asked that he didn’t own the car anymore, it turns out that McNamara had been secretly driving it at night, having decided not to pay the title and license renewal fees after his first year of ownership. The man who never had a credit card or checking account apparently saw this as his own personal version of pure American freedom.
1964 Buick Riviera custom wins 2014 Ridler award
The vehicle, named Rivision, is a ‘64 Riv modified with the boattail style of the 1970’s version of the model.
Front fender vents, a deep chin spoiler, lowered suspension, bright yellow paint and tons of original chrome enhance the donor car’s sleek and unique style.
Under its vented hood sits a modern, 6.2-liter Chevrolet V8 with 850 horsepower courtesy of twin-turbochargers mounted way back in the rear of the car, with dual exhausts exiting between the tail lights.
Rivision is the first Canadian car to win the award since 1987, but it won’t be parked in some museum to collect dust anytime soon.
According to The Province, Launier plans to put all that power to good use and see if the car can hit 200 mph."
2015 Subaru WRX Test Drive
Extensive write up on the new 2015 model here...
I'd love to have one of these and with the winters we get around here it's almost justifiable. May just happen yet.