1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti
One of the rarest Ferraris in existence has become the most expensive car ever sold at auction. Price tag: £25 million, or about $36 million. Only four of the 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti were ever made.

Auction house Artcurial Motorcars put the vehicle on the block during its annual Retromobile sale in Paris last week.
A 4.1-litre V12 engine gives the car a massive 400 horsepower, enabling it to reach a top speed of 190 miles per hour—unheard of at the time.

The car won the Cuban Grand Prix in 1958, finished second in the Mille Miglia, and set a lap record at Le Mans during its racing career, having been driven by the likes of Stirling Moss and Mike Hawthorn.

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. Price: $38.1m. 39 were built.

1954 Mercedes W196. Price: $29.6m.

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spider. Price: $27.5m

1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale. Price: $26.4m.

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider. Price: $18.5m.

1954 Ferrari 375-Plus Spider Competizione. Price: $18.4m

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Price: $16.4m.

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider. Price: $15.2m.

1964 Ferrari 250 LM Price: $14.3m

1953 Jaguar C-Type Works Lightweight $13,200,000 – 2015

1953 Ferrari 240/375 MM Berlinetta ‘Competizione’ $12,812,800.

1956 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta - $12,402,500

The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR claims a 177-mph top speed courtesy of a 8.4-liter V-10 that throbs out 645 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque.
Stopping power is provided by 15.4 inch carbon-ceramic brakes with six-piston calipers in front with 19-inch front wheels. The rear wheels hide 14.2-inch carbon-ceramic rotors with four-piston calipers.

The coil-over suspension features radically stiffer springs with height-adjustable perches, as well as adjustable shocks that can be tuned for rebound and jounce.
The ACR’s optional Extreme Aero package comes with a removable front splitter extension, an adjustable dual-element rear wing, four dive planes, six removable diffuser strakes, removable brake ducts, and hood louvers that can be popped out to decrease air pressure in the wheel wells.

Base price for the 2016 Dodge Viper is $90,390. The ACR being what it is pushes that to $122,490.
The Porsche 918 Spyder is a mid-engined plug-in hybrid supercar.
The Spyder is powered by a 4.6 liter V8 engine, developing 608 horsepower, with two electric motors delivering an additional 279 horsepower for a combined output of 887 horsepower.

The 918 Spyder is a limited edition with 918 units scheduled for the 2014 model year. Production began on September 18, 2013. Reports suggest the run is sold out. The starting retail price is US$845,000 with a $ 200,000 deposit.
Unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor show, the Porsche 918 Spyder can reach 60mph in less than 2.8 seconds. Porsche's Spyder can also do 72 miles per gallon and is almost a third more fuel efficient than the Toyota's Prius.

With a combined 887 hp and 944 lb-ft of torque from its mid-mounted V-8 and electric motors—one at each axle—the 918 delivers Bugatti-like acceleration, tenacious handling, and a 211-mph top end.

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The Corvair

1969 Chevrolet Corvair Monza convertible
The Corvair was a compact automobile produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors for the 1960–1969 model years. It was the only American designed, mass-produced passenger car to feature a rear-mounted air-cooled engine.

The Corvair line-up included a two-door coupe, convertible, four-door sedan, and four-door station wagon body styles, as well as in passenger van, commercial van, and pickup truck derivatives.
Chevrolet had planned on ending Corvair production after the 1966 model year. Development and engineering changes were halted in 1966 on the year-old, redesigned second-generation cars with mainly federally mandated emissions and safety changes made thereafter.

Ralph Nader, attorney and consumer advocate, highlighted the Corvair's handling in his 1965 book Unsafe At Any Speed. 1966 Corvair sales subsequently fell to half from the sales of 1965. Controversy followed Nader's book. GM had over 100 lawsuits pending in connection with crashes involving the Corvair, which subsequently became the initial material for Nader's investigations.
The book highlighted crashes related to the Corvair's suspension and identified the Chevrolet suspension engineer who had fought management's decision to remove — for cost reasons — the front anti-sway bar installed on later models. Nader said during subsequent Congressional hearings, the Corvair is "the leading candidate for the un-safest-car title". Subsequently, Corvair sales fell from 220,000 in 1965 to 109,880 in 1966. By 1968 production fell to 14,800.
A 1972 safety commission report concluded that the 1960–1963 Corvair possessed no greater potential for loss of control than its contemporary competitors. A review panel concluded that "the 1960–63 Corvair compares favorably with contemporary vehicles."
The Corvair spawned a number of innovative concept vehicles including the Corvair SS, Monza GT, Monza SS, Astro I.

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Corvair Monza Spyder, 1965

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 29, 2014 — 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 Pontiac Bonneville Special is a purpose-built concept car unveiled at the General Motors Motorama in 1954, the first 2-seater sports car Pontiac ever produced.

Two "Special" prototypes, one painted metallic bronze and one emerald green, were built with the intention of unveiling them simultaneously at the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf in New York and the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles in 1954.

The current record for a Tucker is $ 1.1m.
The Ron Pratte Collection, featuring cars and over a thousand pieces of automobilia, will be on the docket at Barrett-Jackson’s 44th Annual Scottsdale Auction taking place January 10-18, 2015 with television coverage on Velocity and Discovery.

This 1947 Bentley Mark VI last sold for $ 1.7m

One of only 153 1968 Shelby GT 500s.


The "super luxury" segment (cars costing more than $100,000) is one of only two to show market growth over the last five years.

Bentley Flying Spur has 550-horsepower engine and all-wheel drive.

"The popularity of super luxury sedans among affluent American consumers has opened the door for automakers to roll out a whole new generation of innovative, amenity-laden models," said Eric Papacek, analytic consultant for Polk. "New models and concepts recently announced by Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce and Cadillac are clear signs that the uber car has returned to the American auto scene."
The Ghost. Rolls-Royce has set the standard by which all other luxury carmakers are judged. Its vehicles are opulent and pricey, which makes them the ideal ride of the rich and famous. A Phantom starts around $ 330,000.
Mercedes-Benz brought back the Maybach name and put it on a set of ultra-luxury sedans. Named the 57 and 62 (based on vehicle length: 5.7 meters and 6.2 meters, respectively), the Maybach is quite different from the Rolls. The 57 is considered a driver's car, while the 62 would likely be chauffeur-driven, referred to by the automaker as a "business jet on wheels." Featuring power-closing rear doors, a 600-watt audio system and reclining rear seats with power footrests, the Maybach 62 goes for around $375,000.
Aston Martin DB9. The two-plus-two sports car is offered in both Coupe and Volante (convertible)The hand-built DB9's 450-horsepower 6.0-liter V12 engine is available with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. $ 260,000
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class, CL-Class coupe and SL-Class roadsters all sport supercharged V8 engines producing an impressive 493 horsepower. $ 200,000
BMW recently joined this elite group with its 760 luxury sedan. The top-end of the 7-series lineup offers an expansive rear seating area, impressive handling and excellent performance from its 438-horsepower V12 engine. $ 140,000


Lamborghini 2014

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster.

Lamborghini Veneno.
Lamborghini Huracan.

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Supercars Redux
Gumpert Apollo - is a sports car formerly produced by German automaker Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH.
The Apollo is a mid-engine, rear wheel drive two-seater constructed on a tubular chromoly frame, with carbon fiber body panels.

Gumpert claims the design of the Apollo is optimized so that the car could drive upside-down in a tunnel if driven at high speeds (over 190 mph), this has not been tested.
Aston Martin One 77 - is a two-door coupé built by Aston Martin.

It first appeared at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, although deliveries began at the beginning of 2011. The top speed was estimated to be 200 mph (320 km/h) but actual tests in December 2009 showed a figure of 220.007 mph (354.067 km/h), with a 0–60 mph time of approximately 3.5 seconds. There was a limited run of 77 cars built.
Lamborghini Aventador - is a two-door, two-seater sports car publicly introduced by Lamborghini at the Geneva Motor Show on 28 February 2011. The Aventador was designed to replace the ten-year-old Murciélago as the new flagship model in the Lamborghini lineup starting in 2011.
R8 V10 Spyder is the convertible version of Audi 's mid-engined, 10-cylinder R8 supercar. As with its fixed-roof sibling, the R8 V10 Spyder is based on the same platform as the Lamborghini Gallardo.
The Pagani Huayra is an Italian mid-engined sports car produced by Pagani. It is named after Huayra-tata, which means "God of the winds" in Quechua, the official language of the Inca Empire.

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The destruction of the Chrysler Turbine Cars
Called “one of the greatest publicity stunts in automotive history,” the Chrysler Turbine car program ranks as one of the most unique automotive experiments ever, and its story continues to captivate 50 years later.

By the spring of 1963, Chrysler’s experiments with turbine-powered cars were well known. Chrysler was the only automaker to take the next step and start to develop a turbine-powered car available to the public. In May of 1963, Chrysler not only introduced the Turbine car, it also announced that it would make 50 of the cars available for three-month-long test drives.
Turbine cars featured two-door four-passenger sedan bodies built by Ghia that shared nothing with any other Chrysler Corporation product.
Under the hood, they featured Chrysler’s fourth-generation A-381 regenerator turbine engine, good for 425-pound-feet of torque, hooked up to modified TorqueFlite three-speed automatic transmissions.

Aside from the five prototypes built by Ghia, all 50 came in the same configuration: bronze paint, black vinyl top, and bronze leather interior.
Acceleration proved to be no problem to the turbine driven cars (0 - 100 km/h in approx 10 seconds), but problems were experienced by drivers. These included fuel consumption (at best around 12 mpg) and cabin heat that was being generated by the turbine motor. When Chrysler decided that it was never going to become a commercial proposition, they destroyed 40 of the prototypes, with the remaining 10 being given to museums.
"The decision to destroy the Turbine cars was pragmatic. Anything done outside of the control of the corporation could potentially create all sorts of PR headaches and diminish the good image effects from the program in the eyes of the public. Nobody wanted a bunch of those bodies running around with piston engines in them, etc., and they sure would not let them out of hand with the gas turbines still installed. Best and most logical decision – destroy them."
Jay Leno owns a Chrysler Turbine Car--one of only two running examples in private hands. Because he bought it directly from Chrysler, he is the first owner of the machine seen here: Number 34, according to a polished piece of trim located on the inner windshield.

Leno calls the Turbine Car "the most collectible post-war car ever."


James Bond Lotus brings $973k at auction
RM Auctions of Blenheim, Ontario, sold a white 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 in London on Monday for $973,000.

Bond fans may remember the Esprit from the 1977 film “The Spy Who Loved Me” as the franchise’s most distinctive hero car since the silver 1964 Aston Martin DB5 of “Goldfinger.” Whereas the Aston Martin had low-tech modifications like machine guns and tire slashers, the Esprit could actually go underwater.
It’s not the first time that a serious Bond car has been sold at auction. In 2010, also in London, RM sold the holy grail of Bond cars, the only known remaining example of one of the on-screen Aston Martin DB5s from “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball.”That car sold for more than $4.6 million.

Since sealing the car completely would have presented a nearly insurmountable challenge, Perry decided that the car would have to be a “wet” submersible, meaning that the passenger compartment filled with water when it was submerged. This gained the car the nickname “Wet Nellie.” An ex-Navy SEAL, Don Griffin, acted as the on-screen pilot of the sub, wearing full scuba gear (a far cry from the dry, cushy interior Mr. Bond and his lady of the hour enjoyed in the film).


Corvette ZR-1

Auto Prototypes I

The Acura NSX is a hybrid-electric sports car, and a revival of the original Acura NSX, which was produced from 1991–2005. The new NSX is set to be released by Honda's Acura luxury division for the 2015 model year. Base price is $ 110k

Lamborghini Aventador J
Lamborghini officially unveiled the Aventador J to the world at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The roofless and windowless concept car uses the same V12 engine as the standard Aventador, producing 700 hp. The car presented at the Geneva show was the only unit to be produced, and was sold for US$2.8 million.
Lexus LF-LC. The car has been approved for production and boasts either a 4.2-liter V8 or the hybrid powertrain from the LS 600h. Speculation is it will be called LC 550 and will cost more than $100,000.
The McLaren P1 is a limited production plug-in hybrid sports car. The concept car debuted at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Deliveries to retail customers began in October 2013.

The entire P1 production of 375 units was sold out by November 2013.
Peugeot Onyx concept car is a sports car of French carmaker Peugeot. The Onyx is equipped with hybrid-diesel V8 engine that develops 908 hp plus 80 with the electrical unit.

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Concept Cars

Mazda Furai. The Mazda Furai officially debuted at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Lamborghini Estoque had all the makings of a top-end sedan, including a powerful 5.2-liter V10 engine.
The Renault DeZir is an electric concept that was first officially presented at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The car is a two seater coupé with butterfly doors. It features a 148 hp mid-mounted electric motor.
Bertone Jaguar B99 was a concept car designed and developed by the Italian design house Bertone. It was first shown to the public on the Bertone stand at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
The Aurora was an American automobile manufactured by Father Alfred A. Juliano, a Catholic priest, from 1957 to 1958. The Aurora Motor Company of Branford, Connecticut, partially funded by Juliano's congregation, went bankrupt after producing just one $30,000 prototype.
In 1993, the car was discovered by British car enthusiast Andy Saunders of Poole, Dorset. After several years of searching, he eventually tracked the car down by the name of the garage in the background of a photograph of the car, purchased it sight unseen for $1,500, and had it shipped to Britain for another $2,000.

Restoration was completed in early 2005, and the car is now on display in the Beaulieu Motor Museum.


The Ford Edsel

The Edsel was an automobile marque by the Ford Motor Company during the 1958, 1959, and 1960 model years. With the Edsel, Ford expected to make significant inroads into the market share of both General Motors and Chrysler.

The Edsel never gained popularity with contemporary American car buyers and sold poorly. The Ford Motor Company lost millions of dollars on the Edsel's development, manufacturing and marketing.

The very word "Edsel" became a popular symbol for failure.
Ford announced the end of the Edsel program November 19, 1959. Total Edsel sales were approximately 116,000, less than half the company's projected break-even point. The company lost $350 million, or the equivalent of $2.8b in 2014 dollars. 118,287 Edsels were built, including 7,440 produced in Ontario. By U.S. auto industry standards, these production figures were dismal, particularly when spread across a run of three model years.

One of 76 convertibles built in 1960 with power from the optional 300hp, Super Express V-8. Sale price $ 70,000k
The Ford Edsel

Historians have advanced several theories in an effort to explain the Edsel's failure. Popular culture often faults the car’s styling. Consumer Reports has alleged that poor workmanship was the Edsel's chief problem.

Marketing experts hold the Edsel up as a supreme example of the corporate culture’s failure to understand American consumers.


Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta sets new Auction Record

A red 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta, one of just 36 of the cars built, has set the world record for a car sold at auction, going for $38.1 million at a sale in California.

The price on Thursday by an unknown bidder surpassed the $30 million paid last year for a 1954 Mercedes Benz W196.
The Ferrari was the jewel in the crown for Bonhams’ annual Quail Lodge event on the Monterey Peninsula in California. The auction house said that it was the world’s longest single-ownership for a Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta, effectively held by one family for 49 years from 1965 to 2014.

The car sold from the Maranello Rosso Collection and stamped with chassis number ‘3851 GT’ was the 19th 250 GTO Berlinetta made by Ferrari and completed on Sept. 11, 1962.
The car was delivered to the leading French racing driver Jo Schlesser, to be co-driven by himself and French ski Champion Henri Oreiller in the 1962 Tour de France Automobile.

Oreiller later crashed the car during a race at Montlhery Autodrome, south of Paris, and died of his injuries in hospital. A newspaper report at the time said the Ferrari careered off the track and flipped twice after a tire burst.
The car was repaired by Ferrari in Italy and was sold to Italian gentleman driver Paolo Colombo in time for the start of the 1963 competition season.

In 1965 young Fabrizio Violati, the scion of a wealthy Italian family, bought the car. “I saved the car from scrap and hid it from my parents. I only drove it at night so nobody would see me”, Bonhams quoted him as saying.

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Worst Cars ever Produced

AMC Gremlin (1970-1978)
Launched on April Fool's Day in 1970, the Gremlin marked the beginning of the end for American Motors. Although AMC built a number of terrible cars the Gremlin is generally agreed upon as the worst of them all.

It was a small, rust-prone car that guzzled fuel like a vehicle several times its size. The Gremlin's handling was atrocious, its engine was crippled by emissions control equipment, and the flip-up back window was prone to breaking off in a driver's hands.

AMC Pacer 1975-1981
The Pacer is an enduring symbol of bad taste. The Pacer featured tall, wraparound windows that gave it the look of a rolling fishbowl. AMC spent millions promoting the car, but it was a sales flop.

Although it was a gas guzzler and a rust bucket, the Pacer's hideous looks were its main calling card.

Bond Bug Three-Wheeler (1970-1974)
The Bond Bug was created in an era when designers were entranced with fiberglass. Freed from the costly process required to bend sheet metal, they went wild with the new composite material. The result - a vehicle that looked like an upside down hot tub with windows.

The Bug was a sales disaster with just 2000 sold and drove its manufacturer into bankruptcy.

Bricklin SV1 ( 1974-1976)
New Brunswick premier Richard Hatfield should have passed on Malcolm Bricklin's SV1 project. Hatfield funded the project anyway. Only a handful of the fiberglass-bodied SV1's were ever built, and the project was plagued with problems that ranged from inadequate brakes to a leaking rear hatch.

The SV1 suffered from crippling design flaws and construction quality that resembled a Soviet-era Lada.

Chevrolet Chevette 1975-1987
Rushed into production as a slap-dash response to an OPEC oil embargo that created a market for small cars, the sub-compact Chevette earned a reputation as a car that drove even worse than it looked.
The engine was rough, the suspension was crude, and the interior was lined with shiny plastic. Construction quality of the early Chevettes epitomized mid-1970's Detroit for shoddy workmanship.

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Worlds Worst Supercars

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.
The SLR McLaren overshot its weight targets by a mile, was far too large to be enjoyed on twisty country roads, and even its own designer hated the F1-inspired nose grafted onto its simplistic body. The auto makers went their separate ways and produced wicked hot supercars ... namely the laser-precise McLaren MP4-12C and the burly Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

Mosler Consulier GTP.
Warren Mosler set out to create the fastest street-legal track car on the market. Based on a fiberglass-and-foam monocoque design, the Consulier GTP was finished with a bag full of components from Chrysler.

The remnants of Mosler were offered for sale last year.

Panther 6 Year produced: 1977.
In 1977, Panther Westwinds founder Robert Jankel unveiled the Panther 6 to an incredulous public, claiming a 200-mph top speed courtesy of its rear-mounted, Cadillac 500-cubic-inch V-8.

It failed spectacularly, and only two units were built. No Panther 6 has ever attempted a run at the claimed velocity, which is good, given questionable aerodynamics and weight distribution.

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti - Years produced: 2004–2011.
Bloated in every direction, the 612 is stretched along a 116.1-inch wheelbase and is a full 193 inches long, and rises 52.9 inches from the pavement.

The front end is a mess of intersecting lines, the side appears to be sagging, and, tragic for a car capable of blowing other cars into the weeds, the rear end is boring. Like a true supercar, it offers occupants poor visibility.

Vector W2
Jerry Wiegert’s Vector W2 flabbergasted the automotive world. A Lamborghini Countach of the period could approach 200 mph, so Vector claimed the W2 could top 230. The W2 never cracked its claimed target speed, perhaps because the severely dated styling conceals a pedestrian GM small-block V-8, turbocharged and mated to a Turbo Hydra-matic three-speed automatic.

The single example built was updated several times with as much time courting investors and battling with business partners as building supercars.

Jaguar XJ220 - Years produced: 1992–1994.
The XJ220 debuted as an all-wheel-drive, V-12–powered concept in 1988, inspiring excited Jaguar faithful to plunk down deposits on the promised production models. Unfortunately they ended up with a car that diverged in critical ways from the show property.

When the XJ220 finally hit the streets four years following the concept’s debut it was equipped with a more simplistic powertrain that combined rear-wheel drive and a turbocharged V-6.

Gumpert Apollo - Years produced: 2005–present.
Every Apollo produced has massive panel gaps and poor assembly quality, and the car has an interior cobbled together with a random assemblage of generic parts. For this you’ll fork over a minimum of $550,000, but at least your car will look like an intergalactic spaceship.

Gumpert recently filed for bankruptcy.

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