In Monterey we had a special opportunity to photograph this 330 GTC which is one of the the best local Ferraris.
That's because it is an unmolested and original survivor which also happens to be the 1968 Torino Motor Show example. That explains the car's somewhat showy paint scheme of light metallic green with red leather interior.
Myself and photographer Steve Burton carefully documented every angle of this car for our feature presentation and also for an upcoming book on the series.
This weekend Bonhams had their December sale and split up the famous Ecurie Ecosse Collection of Mr Dick Skipworth.
Mr Skipworth started his collection with the Jaguar D-Type which was run by the Scottish team and subsequently purchased many of the Ecurie Ecosse cars, all painted Flag Metallic Blue.
All of the cars were privately owned and managed by Ecurie Ecosse and subsequently have tremendous racing history.
Bomham's sold the entire collection and fetched some top dollars. See our page for the complete results.
Earlier this month was Ferrari's Finali Mondiali event which wrapped up several Ferrari Challenge series as well as the F1 Clienti and XX Clienti programs at the Mugello Circuit.
But the major emphasis for this Finali was saying goodbye to Felipe Massa who will drive for Williams next year. He was honored at the gala, on the award ceremonies and celebrated for his remarkable contribution to Ferrari.
Aside from racing, Ferrari had some big money classic cars on display including a Ferrari 250 LM Stradale, Ferrari 250 GTO and a 288 GTO Evoluzione. They also revealed the 458 Challenge Evoluzione that will be used next year.
Challenge Racing took place in two different groups that split up the six different classes from Asia Pacific, North America & Europe.
Our gallery of this event features the great images from Michael Van De Velde combined with Ferrari S.p.A press handouts. We have made separate pages for Ferrari Challenge race group 1 and Ferrari Challenge Race Group 2.
With the Tokyo and LA Auto Show opening on the same day, our release schedule is somewhat hectic, but we already have a gallery from the convention center in LA.
In our opinion the absolute highlight of the show is the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo that will appear in the upcoming Gran Turismo 6 title. Not far away was the a Final Edition of the Mercedes-Benz SLS.
Subaru pulled out all the stops in LA. They debuted the new Subaru Impreza WRX and the larger Subaru Legacy Concept beside it.
Global debuts that were shared with Tokyo include the Jaguar F-Type R Coupé and Porsche Macan.
Despite releasing numerous cars in Tokyo, Honda had the FCEV Concept for LA which is their vision for a next-generation fuel cell-electric vehicle.
Having just opened its doors, the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show has plenty to see and do. The first and foremost is the Nissan Stand which is at the top of our Tokyo Motor Show Gallery.
Nissan has five great cars debuting at the show. Joining the Nismo GT-R are the Datsun 510 successors known as the IDx NISMO and IDx Freeflow. Not far away is the 2013 Nissan BladeGlider and regular production 2014 Nissan GT-R
Honda brought out their S660 Concept which is a modern successor to the original 360 Sports. It is alongside the new Honda NSX which is very similar to the Acura NSX seen earlier this year.
Toyota also has a great display which is highlighted by the new electric concept vehicle called the FCV. They also have the FV2 which is an odd four-wheeler and a new step for personal mobility.
All these great cars and more can be found in our feature gallery
On the cusp of both the Tokyo and LA Auto shows, we have numerous debuts to report on including the awesome 600 bhp 2014 Nissan GT-R Nismo.
The new Nismo GT-R is being released alongside an updated regular production version which has a distinct lower grill.
Earlier tonight Jaguar also released details of their F-Type Coupé including an R-Spec model which packs the potent 480 bhp V8.
Porsche are also releasing their top-model Panamera Turbo S and the long-wheel-base variant known as the 2013 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive.
On Tuesday, Mercedes-Benz will reveal their AMG Vision Gran Turismo that will be prominently featured in the upcoming Gran Turismo 6 game for Sony Playstation 3.
The new car is a radical departure from traditional Mercedes-Benz lines.
Looking at the recent history of Mercedes, other projects that rival the Vision Gran Turismo include the 2001 Mercedes-Benz F 400 Carving or the line of Mercedes prototypes that started with the 1969 Mercedes-Benz C111.
Mercedes-Benz also recently announced they are ending production of the SLS and producing a final edition of both the Roadster and Coupe.
As a prelude to our upcoming coverage of the 2013 Ferrari Finali Mondiali, we are featuring the 2014 Ferrari 458 Challenge Evoluzione that was first previewed at the event.
While a single teaser image was released prior to the weekend, our photographer Michael Van De Velde captured images of the two demonstration cars for our feature of the car.
Ferrari says the 458 Challenge Evoluzione makes full use of the experience gathered in GT racing, in particular on the aerodynamic front. The increased downforce generated by the wing, balanced at the front by work carried out to the splitter and the floor, allows drivers to make full use of the 458 Challenge Evoluzione’s dynamics and performance, extending its limits and those of the driver, while improving performance both in terms of laps times and over long distances.
North American Challenge Series
23/25 January, Daytona (USA)
25/27 April, Sonoma (USA)
16/18 May, Laguna Seca (USA)
6/8 June, Montreal (CAN)
27/29 June, Mont Tremblant (CAN)
11/13 July, Road America (USA)
12/14 September, Watkins Glen (USA)
7/9, November, Austin (USA)
European Challenge Series
4/6 April, Monza (ITA)
15/16 May, Mugello (ITA)
20/22 June, Brno (CZE)
18/20 July, Portimao (POR)
12/14 September, Silverstone (UK)
24/26 October, Istanbul (TUR)
Asian Challenge Series
21/23 February, Sepang (MAL)
11/13 April, Sydney (AUS)
6/8 June, Shanghai (CHI)
4/5 July Inje (KOR)
22/24 August, TBA (JPN)
19/21 September, Fuji (JPN)
3/6 December, Abu Dhabi (UAE) FINALI MONDIALI
Bugatti driver Meo Costantini won the Targa Florio and the 1926 Spanish Grand Prix so it should be no suprise that a new special edition Veyron is being made in his honor.
The 16/4 Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ‘Meo Costantini’ is part of Les Légendes de Bugatti that will give us 6 special editions in honor of Bugatti's past heroes.
The Meo Costantini Veyron is a brushed-aluminum and French Blue masterpiece that will be produced in only three examples for €2.09 million.
We have also updated the Type 39, which Meo Costantini used to win at the Grand Prix de l'ACF Tourisme at Montlhéry in 1925.
Today was the first day of the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Unfortunately we won't be there this year, but there are plenty of new cars to talk about.
General Motors generally bring out the most OEM-type cars and the 2014 COPO Camaro is an excellent example by being a limited production drag car with 5 engine options. GM also had an Atlantic and Pacific version of their new Corvette Stingray that extolls the east and west coast American vibes.
Hyundai brought along cars from several of the top tuning shops including the Bisimoto Engineering Genesis which uses 1000 bhp to smoke the front wheels. Not far away are the ARK Performance Legato Concept and Hyundai Genesis JP Edition.
While the Dodge Challenger is now 5 years old, three new versions are being presented at SEMA including the Challenger R/T Shaker, a limited edition of it known as the Challenger R/T Shaker Mopar ’14 and the Challenger Scat Package 3.
Mecum have announced they will offer one of the single most important Corvettes in Corvette history for their upcoming sale in Kissimmee, Florida.
Mecum describe it as The Car That Saved The Corvette Brand. That's because it was a part of a large motorsports initiative to improve the poor 1955 Corvette sales and this particular car placed 9th overall at the Corvette's debut race at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
We have assembled a beautiful page of the SR Corvette as it appears now for Mecum's sale.
The complete history of these SR corvettes can be found on our dedicated page.
Anticipating the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans, Porsche celebrated their rich history by bringing together some of their most successful race cars and drivers to Hockenheimring.
As a result, the images depict more evocative race liveries and racing talent than most events in the world.
Front and center was the Porsche KG Salzburg-livered Porsche 917 Kurzheck, the type of car which Richard Attwood and Hans Herrmann drove to Porsche's first overall victory at Le Mans.
We have assembled the best images from Hockenheimring on one page
But Porsche has been kind enough to offer historic images of these cars in their best moments. We have also updated legendary race race such the Porsche 917 Kurzheck, Porsche 917 Langheck, Porsche 956, Porsche 956B, Porsche 962C and Porsche 911 GT1 ’98 with epic photos.
Today Lamborghini is revealing the Veneno Roadster, a limited edition version of the Veneno that will be produced only up to 9 copies.
We know why Lamborghini says up to 9, that's because the price is €3,300,000 (close to $4,500,000 USD) which makes it the most expensive car on the market.
Judging by the reaction of the Veneno coupe in our Concours Queens video, we think the Roadster version will be equally appreciated.
UPDATE: Sold for £88,000! (~$141,600 USD, €102,717)
Coys are proud to announce that they have unearthed a collection of cars from France including the 40th E-Type Coupe which will be on offer at their The Spirit of Motoring, Ascot sale on October 26th.
What's more exciting about this offer is the fact that chassis 860040 is completely unrestored and retains the bulk of its original factory fit and finish.
Coys specialists found the car in France where it had been sitting in dry storage since July 1974! That storage may have been dry, but the moisture in the air was not kind to the iron which is now attempting to return back to its original rust state.
None-the-less, this Jag leaves the next owner with the tough decision on how far to take the refurbishment.
We have assembled a page that shows 860040 in its entirety, including the good, the bad and the ugly.
Ford GT40, Corvette L88, Mustang 429 and Shelby Cobra are pretty obvious contenders for the term Greatest American Supercar, but how about the 1906 Locomobile or the 1909 ALCO?
These early, turn of the century American race cars won the Vanderbuilt Cup which was the most important race in America during the pre-WW1 era. So much so, it attracted many of the great European manufacturers.
We were turned onto the Locomobile by aficionado David Greenlees of The Old Motor. He rode in the car as a toddler and has a permanent affection for the car.
As a tribute to the Locomobile we have prepared a page of images that show how stunningly original this American supercar is.