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You could score this rare US-spec Lamborghini LM002 at RM Sotheby’s auction

On December 4, Lamborghini is scheduled to release the very much awaited Urus SUV, and a few days after that, an LM002 by the Italian automaker will be put up for auction by RM Sotheby’s at the New York Icons. The automaker says that the model will be sold by almost double the amount of the Urus, at $400,000 to $500,000.

Between 1986 and 1993, Lamborghini only produced 301 units of the LM002 production model, and only 48 of those were specifically made for the United States with the LM/American spec. This particular unit that will be auctioned off is actually one of them. Originally, it came with a price tag of $158,000, and it features a red interior and a black exterior.

Apart from this being a rare model, the LM002 also recently went through a restoration that lasted for five years - the whole package cost $325,000. One of the few things included in the package would be the new Pirelli Scorpion tires that are the same as those on the original SUVs. It had been installed with a modern Alpine stereo with Bluetooth as well. Even though the LM002 is decades old, it still has its original factory tool kit, as well as the assorted books and manuals.

Read the entire article You could score this rare US-spec Lamborghini LM002 at RM Sotheby’s auction

GM and Chevrolet to auction off first Corvette Carbon 65 Edition in January 2018

The Chevrolet Corvette will be turning 65 years old in 2018, and as part of the celebrations, the brand is introducing a special edition C7 – the Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Edition Coupe. This January 2018, the very first retail production example of the Corvette Carbon 65 Edition coupe will be placed under the hammer at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

This upcoming auction of the first Corvette Carbon 65 Edition coupe has a lot of meaning behind it, aside from the fact that it forms part of the nameplate’s 65th anniversary celebrations. Chevrolet, along with parent GM, is teaming up with the George W. Bush Presidential Center to honor as well as support military veterans who have served and made sacrifices for the safety, security and freedom of the citizens of the United States.

Proceeds of the car’s auction will be used for the benefit of the Bush Center’s Military Service Initiative. Its main goal is to ensure that post-9/11 veterans and their families successfully transition to civilian life. GM noted that it employs more than 6,000 veterans and that over 50,000 of its retirees are veterans.

Read the entire article GM and Chevrolet to auction off first Corvette Carbon 65 Edition in January 2018

Bidding starts at $13,100 for impaled 2011 Bentley Mulsanne

What is the worst thing that could happen to your car? Well, probably if it gets burned down into ashes, because that’s equivalent to throwing away a huge amount of money, as nothing will be left of it. The next worst thing is probably having a huge piece of metal stab through your car just like that in scenes of a Final Destination movie.

My next question is, are you thinking of getting yourself a Bentley Mulsanne? Well, if you are, there is actually a 2011 model that is currently up for grabs. But it is unlike any other Mulsanne that you have seen out there, because it comes with a special accessory.

We actually don’t want to imagine what happened to this particular car and if there were any casualties. But it seems like it had hit the guardrail, real hard.

Read the entire article Bidding starts at $13,100 for impaled 2011 Bentley Mulsanne

Who wants to buy Steve Jobs’ 2000 BMW Z8 for $400K?

Steve Jobs has left a lot of things for us to enjoy in this world. In fact, a huge percentage of the world’s population probably owns at least one of his creations. Not only is the guy known as a genius, he left a mark in the modern world, as he inspired a lot of people through his talent and the products he developed - from the very first boxy Macintosh, to the simple, user-friendly iPhone. Now, there is one thing that Jobs owned that you can keep in your garage if you wish. It’s not the very first computer he made, if that’s what you’re thinking. It’s even better; it’s a 2000 BMW Z8 finished in Titanium silver with only 15,200 miles on its odometer that you will find on RM Sotheby’s listing.

The story behind this car is that CEO of Oracle, Larry Ellison, told Jobs to buy a Z8 because it was apparently the pinnacle of auto engineering at that time. Jobs believed him and ordered the 67th example of the BMW Z8 that was specially assembled for him, which was delivered on October 6, 2000. It came with a silver exterior and a black leather interior. Inside, it came with a BMW branded Motorola car phone. Of course, that was before the first iPhone was introduced in the mobile market.

In the year 2000, the Z8 was the company’s halo product, where its selling point was that it took design cues from the late 1950s BMW 507. All in all, the company built a total of 5,703 units during the production run, and 2,543 of those were reportedly exported to the United States. The Z8 came equipped with a 4.9-liter V8. Production was then taken over by Alpina, where they did some mechanical tweaks like adding an automatic gearbox, helping it produce 555 horsepower.

Read the entire article Who wants to buy Steve Jobs’ 2000 BMW Z8 for $400K?

From 2013 to 2015, only 918 examples of the Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid hypercar were built, and each one of them has an asking price of about $847,000. Among all the examples, there’s nothing like this factory-finished VooDoo Blue unit. That’s why when this unique model was announced to be put up for auction, not a few collectors and auto aficionados paid attention.

This 918 hypercar will soon be brought to the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas sale alongside the Shelby GT500 Super Snake, as well as a Clarion Builds Acura NSX. Currently, Barrett Jackson has not listed the price of the 918, but with its rarity, it will easily go over seven figures. It is not just the VooDoo Blue paint job that makes it special. It also has Martini livery in black, white and grey that reminds you of the legendary Le Mans race cars, a nice set of silver wheels, and a glossy black rear wing.

A couple of 918 Spyders have been painted in Porsche’s standard Mexico Blue shade, but do not mistake that for the VooDoo blue. There’s a distinct difference and if you ask us, the latter definitely stands out more.

Read the entire article Barrett-Jackson auction offers one-off VooDoo Blue Porsche 918 Spyder

The Ferrari 812 Superfast may be one of the fastest cars you’ve seen or will ever see in the automotive industry. Given its 6.5 liter V12 engine, the Superfast can carry out as much as 800 horsepower (588 kilowatts) and 530 pound feet of torque. It can also do the 0-100 kilometers per hour sprint in just 2.9 seconds before hitting its 211 miles per hour (340 kph) maximum speed. But the reason why it can perform that well, and fast is because of its sleek design.

Ignacio Albera was the man behind the 812 Superfast when it comes to the design. The model first made its debut earlier this year at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show as the successor of the F12Berlinetta. This example went through several and extensive aerodynamic testing that includes going through the wind tunnel, and now the company is putting this scale model up for auction as it heads to the RM Sotheby’s Leggenda E Passione sale.

The 812 Superfast scale model that is being offered to the public does not have the V12 engine. It also doesn’t have the drivetrain and the steering wheel. This scale model had been finished in hand-sculpted carbon fiber and some “prototype materials”. So why would history buffs and collectors want it? This half-scale model was used when the 812 Superfast car was being developed. That included testing of computational fluid dynamics results in the wind tunnel. Furthermore, it maintains its original modularity that was used to optimize the aerodynamic properties of the body.

Read the entire article Ferrari 812 Superfast wind tunnel scale model will be auctioned off

We have just witnessed the sale of the most expensive McLaren F1 to date. Over the weekend, at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours in Monterey, the Bonham auction took place. And the first ever 1995 McLaren F1 that had been imported to the United States had been put up for auction, and was brought home by its new owner, who offered $14.2 million for it. This price does not yet include ten percent buyer’s fee, which means that it was sold off for a grand total of $15.62 million.

The car is looking good as new, and was offered by its original owner. Under the hood is the 6.1 liter V12 that it originally came with, paired with a six-speed manual transmission. This enables the F1 to yield 627 horsepower (467 kilowatts) that can sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in only 3.2 seconds, before continuing to its max speed of 242.9 miles per hour (391 kilometers per hour).

Looking at it from the outside, it is dressed in a matte silver finish. While the inside cabin is finished in black and grey Connolly leather. As I have mentioned earlier, this example is almost as good as new with only 9,600 miles (15,449 kilometers) on its odometer since it got out of the factory. The only thing is that the fuel cell had been replaced twice already and it has gone through some minor wear and tear.

Read the entire article Bonham auction has sold off first U.S. McLaren F1 for $15.62 million

The 2010 Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita is a very rare supercar. After all, while three examples were planned for this supercar model, only two examples were realized. Just recently, this rare Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita was sold in an auction supervised by Mecum Auctions. With an auction estimate of between $2.7 million and $3 million, Mecum Auctions was able to sell this rare supercar for $2.6 million.

Interestingly, the original owner of this rare supercar was no other than Floyd Mayweather, who is considered as one of the greatest in the sport of boxing. His love of the sports has allowed him to earn hundreds of millions of dollars. For those who don’t know Mayweather aside from him being a first-class professional boxer, the undefeated sportsman also has another love – cars. With hundreds of millions of dollars at his disposal, it is fairly easy for Mayweather to purchase exotic cars like those built Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce and Bugatti as well as a Koenigsegg.

Mayweather used to own this very rare supercar – the 2010 Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita. It cost him around $4.8 million to buy this supercar back then, making it ridiculously pricey and exotic. This price is fairly logical, considering the exclusiveness, level of craftsmanship, technology and design that went into the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita.

Read the entire article Floyd Mayweather’s Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita sells in auction for $2.6 million

Today, it is the new Ford GT that people are talking about. The model packs 647 horsepower (482 kilowatts) and comes with a hefty price tag of $500,000 - definitely a car many people want but can't afford. But even with all the hype it’s getting, it cannot compare to the first ever Ford GT40 Roadster that was ever built. That fact alone makes it extra special, but even more because it is completely original and is good as new.

The best part is that it is on sale, and we are confident that it won't last very long in the second hand market before it’s snatched up. The roadster is currently being sold on Classic Driver by way of Girardo and Co. It is one of only six prototypes built. This is actually the last one with all-original parts, which include the 4.2 liter V8.

On the outside, it has an off-white livery contrasted with blue racing stripes down the middle. To match this livery, it had been given a set of 6.5-inch Borrani wire wheels at the front, and eight inches at the rear. The wheels can be seen wearing Goodyear racing tires. This 1965 GT40 comes with a great history too, as it had been driven by world champion Jim Clark and inspected by Ronnie Spain, a GT40 expert.

Read the entire article First ever Ford GT40 Roadster is currently up for grabs

Earlier in July, we talked about the limited run 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 that will be put up on auction. This is one of the few models out there that have an impressive car-to-wing ratio. The Cosworth powered Sierra was born in the 1980s when Ford wanted to try the Sierra hatchback in a different setup. Only 500 units of these were made – all of which shared the whale-tail design. Most of them had a black exterior while a few were in white, some in moonstone blue, and only one example was grey.

Under the hood is a 2.0 liter engine that features a Garrett turbocharger, enabling the car to produce 224 horsepower (167 kilowatts) and 204 pound-feet (277 Newton-metres) of torque. It may not be as powerful as the race car variant, but it still is pretty fast for its time. If you did not know, the track-only model can generate an impressive 500 horsepower, and when tuned, can be pushed to 570 horses even.

With the Cosworth-powered engine, the road-going model with a rear wheel drive setup can still beat a lot of cars in our generation. It can attain the 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) sprint in just 6.2 seconds, and can continue on to a top speed of 153 miles per hour (246 kilometers per hour).

Read the entire article 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 sold at auction for £20,000 higher than estimate price

Whether you’re the artsy type who loves unique cars or you are really into anything that features your favorite food, you’ll go crazy over this BMW i3 that had just been auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Well, let us first give you some history on how this one-of-a-kind car came to be. First of all, the original owner probably got this new model from the dealership for less than $50,000, he then wrapped it in a pattern no one would expect to see. True enough, someone spent €100,000 or around $117,000 for it.

The “Spaghetti Car” is by artists Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, and it was sold at the Fourth Annual Saint-Tropez Gala. The person who took this car home was apparently a Swiss collector who grabbed the car after some “intense bidding”. The package comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by the two artists.

Read the entire article BMW i3 Spaghetti Car is sold to Swiss collector at charity auction for €100,000

Did you know that Spectre, the 24th movie instalment based on Ian Fleming’s novel, had ten Land Rover Defenders to use back in 2015? Well, that is because the producers asked Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations to build ten heavily customized crew cab 110s especially for James Bond’s villains.

All ten vehicles were then taken to Bowler, Land Rover’s British racing partner for a wide range of upgrades including an uprated 180hp over the standard 120hp engine output. Included in the upgrades as well were Recaro racing bucket seats, harnesses, a full- roll cage, a new set of 37-inch tyres plus a warn winch with rope at the front. For complete control during an action-packed sequence, Bowler had also equipped the entire fleet with Bilstein rally shock absorbers.

But since some of the vehicles got ruined while filming the movie, only a few have remained intact to this day. One of them is the Land Rover Defender SVX Concept that was sold to a private client immediately after the minor footages have been completed. This particular vehicle had only been used for drive-by scenes and it was unscathed throughout the movie. The owner has now consigned the massive off-roader to RM Sotheby’s for the annual London event this coming September 6. The auction house will offer the vehicle to registered bidders. The bidding will run for approximately four to five hours.

Read the entire article Prepare to bid for Land Rover Defender SVX Concept from 007 movie at RM Sotheby’s auction

Everybody gets animated when they hear that a second-hand Lamborghini or a Ferrari will be auctioned. But what makes people even more excited is when the car is a limited edition, or better yet, a one-off production ready concept car. In this case, a 2006 Lamborghini Concept S. A lot of you might think that you have seen this car somewhere, and that is because it is a roofless Gallardo. No, it is not a Spyder if that is what you are thinking, because Spyders have a retractable roof and a windshield.

We first witnessed the 2006 Lamborghini Concept S back in 2005 as a design study. This was done to pay homage to the vintage single-seat, open cockpit race cars during the time Lamborghini was better known for its tractors. But unlike others that had individual cockpits for the driver and the passenger, the Concept S added an extra air inlet for the V10 engine. Both the front and the rear had aerodynamic tweaks that would give the car better downforce.

Initially, it did not matter since the concept did not have an engine, but then Lamborghini built an actual example with an engine. One hundred examples of the Concept S were supposed to be build, and these were supposed to be offered to loyal Lamborghini customers. However, when production finally began, they realized that the cost and time were much more than they have expected, so after the first car was completed, production had been cancelled, making this 2006 model the one and only example.

Read the entire article One-off 2006 Lamborghini Concept S is up for grabs at RM Sotheby’s auction

We often associate Land Rovers with hardcore trucks, off roaders, or anything large and muscular - and they have made a name for themselves. Now, we are going to show you something you probably have never seen before.

Back in 1958, the company built the limited run Series II, which only has a total of 20 vehicles made. Like any other car they built, the Series II rolled off the production line complete with wheels, even the one in the photo you are looking at - except this was converted by James A. Cuthbertson of Biggar Scotland, giving it a set of tracks. Now, this may actually be the very last Series II that has survived all those years, and we have to say that it looks pretty well-maintained for its age.

Cuthbertson customized it so it can easily plow through snow and ice and just over anything. He did this by developing a subframe to accommodate the tracks, before placing the Land Rover on top of it. It has been given a crankshaft-drive power steering so it could turn. The interior falls short of current standards, and the seats do not look anything close to comfortable.

Read the entire article Restored 1958 Cuthbertson Land Rover with tracks is up for grabs at upcoming Goodwood Revival

This year, Ford will put up for auction another one of its special vehicles to benefit the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) youth aviation programs.

The auction will take place at the annual EAA Gathering of Eagles on July 27. This time, the special vehicle that will be put on auction is none other than the F-150 Raptor, which is quite a departure for Ford as they often choose the Mustang to be sold off. Melvin Betancourt, Ford design manager, took inspiration from the famous Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter jet when he designed the high-performance truck. At the same time, he highlighted the F-150 Raptor's unique style, capabilities, and design.

Not only does this F-150 Raptor look aggressively unique, it also has been given several tweaks on the inside. The truck's performance has been maximized, enabling the 3.5 liter twin-turbo, Whipple inter-cooled V6 engine to produce a total of 545 horsepower, that's 95 hp more than the standard model. Credit goes to the Ford Performance Team for all the work they have put into the Raptor from upgrading the suspension and the brakes, adding a roof mounted light bar to changing the wheels.

Read the entire article Unique F-22 Raptor-inspired 2017 Ford F-150 will be auctioned off to benefit EAA youth programs

Classic cars are hard to find. One of the few would be the Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500, which only had 500 units made. A lot of these cars were given a standard all-black finish, though a few of the whale tails were painted in white and moonstone blue; and only one out of the five hundred was painted in a nice shade of grey.

The Sierra RS500 may not be as powerful as its racing counterpart, which produces a whopping 500 horsepower. It can even be pushed to a maximum of 570 horsepower, but we can say that it is still much faster than a lot of cars out there. The model comes with a 2.0 liter engine with a Garrett turbocharger that enables it to carry out 224 horsepower (167 kilowatts) and 204 pound-feet (227 Newton-metres) of torque. This road-legal version, with its RWD setup can hit 0-62 miles per hour in just 6.2 seconds, with a top speed of 153 miles per hour (246 kph). These numbers are still very impressive in today’s standards.

In the span of 30 years, the #387 Sierra Cosworth RS500 has only been driven for under 11,000 miles (17,702 kilometers) by its owner. And earlier this year, Cosworth specialist John Taylor brought the car back to life by giving the car a complete service - from receiving new fluids, belts, battery, a fuel tank, and also by installing new brake discs on both the front and rear axles.

Read the entire article A limited run 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 is up for grabs

When an automotive company reaches a certain production milestone (such as the 1-millionth car that rolled off its production line), they often keep the car. Often as a trophy or a remembrance of the success of the car. But this time, BMW decided not to keep its 10 millionth 5 Series.

Recently, the number 10 million 5-series rolled off the production line at Bavaria’s Dingolfing plant, and the company decided to ship it to Korea to put it up for auction. The lucky buyer made a bid of 75 million won.

But if you convert that amount, it actually isn’t that big for a landmark special. As per current conversion rates, 75 million won is just about 60,000 euros or $65,000. For the sake of comparison, this particular 5-series was based on the 520d, which in Germany starts just below 38,000 euros before tax, and 45,000 euros after. While in Korea, after the destination fee, it starts at 66.3 million won. So at 75 million won, the unidentified bidder would have paid for another 8.7 won (around $7,600) for the 10-millionth 5 Series. Not a bad deal, I must say.

Read the entire article 10-millionth BMW 5 Series auctioned off for 75 million won in South Korea

A month ago, we mentioned a rare Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster with an exquisite light green poly finish set to be auctioned at RM Sotheby's in Santa Monica, California. This unique roadster became the star attraction at the auction event that took place last weekend. The seller will most likely go home beaming due to the fact that it has been named as the highest-grossing car after having been snagged for an outstanding $1,100,000. The proud owner will not only obtain the exquisite roadster, but he will also acquire all the books, tools and luggage that came paired with the roadster.

The stunning droptop will celebrate its 60th birthday this year. It deserves to be commemorated as this particular roadster is considered as one of the most gorgeous cars ever made. This vehicle was restored in its pristine condition. When it was sent off the assembly line about 57 years ago, the roadster sported a Fire Engine Red finish, and now it flaunts an eye-catching Light Green Poly color.

On the other hand, the equally impressive 1992 Ferrari F40 sold for around $957,000. This model was finished in Rossa Corsa with less than 16,000 miles (25,749 km). The vintage Ferrari F40 is a US-spec vehicle and one of only 1,311 F40s ever built by the Italian sports car manufacturer. It was newly serviced by GTO Engineering and is in a mint condition both inside and out.

Read the entire article Fully restored 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster sold for $1.1 million at RM Sotheby's auction

A favorite amongst collectors, the 300 SL Gullwing is one iconic car - probably the most iconic Mercedes-Benz of all time. Today, a well-maintained example will sell for a seven-digit price tag.

But not all of them cost that much. The one we have today will be sold in the market for $125,000 to $135,000 when it goes in the auction room at the RM Sotheby’s Santa Monica in California later this week.

The Gullwing that will go on sale this weekend has a fibreglass body, but underneath its body is a 2002 Mercedes-Benz SLK 32 AMG - this was purchased over two years ago from Mercedes Benz’ dealers in Houston and was fitted inside the 300 SL Gullwing replica.

Read the entire article RM Sotheby’s will auction off SLK-based Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing replica

How much do you reckon someone would pay to own the first ever 2017 Honda Civic Type R? Last week, Honda collaborated with an online auction site, Bring a Trailer to sell its very first US spec Civic Type R. It came out wearing an Aegean Blue Metallic paint paired with black wheels, and covered in red details, with a VIN number 01. T Eight days later, on 15th of June, the Civic Type R has finally been awarded to someone.

The said model had a going price of $200,000, and by far is the new most expensive Honda Civic ever auctioned. As you know, Honda has been supporting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation since 1991, and all the proceeds from this particular sale will go to charity.

Senior Vice President of American Honda Motor Co, Jeff Conrad talked about how much fun the company thought it would have to give one very lucky customer the first of its kind vehicle in the U.S. while aiding the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, which was created to find a cure for brain tumors in children.

Read the entire article First ever US-spec 2017 Honda Civic Type R sold for $200,000
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