Archived Features For January 2013
Today Audi made a historic class victory at the 2013 Rolex 24 at Daytona by beating the Porsches and Ferraris. Drivers Filipe Albuquerque,Oliver Jarvis, Oliver, Edoardo Mortara, Dion von Moltke beat another chasing Audi by only 1.476 seconds!
Outright victory went to the number 01 Chip Ganassi / Felix Sabates Riley prototype with drivers Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Juan Pablo Montoya and Charlie Kimball.
Many of the top shots from Daytona can be found in our feature gallery.
Today Aston Martin are announcing that the Rapide S will be their star at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March.
This new model features updated body panels including a larger front grill that distinguishes it from the first version released back in 2010.
To accommodate the cosmetic updates, the AM11 V12 engine now produces more power and torque which improves all the performance figures.
RM staged their Arizona auction on Friday with a smaller selection of higher-quality vehicles than in year's past. This new formula was a remarkable success with over $36.4 million in total sales.
The feature car, a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta 'Competizione', fetched $8,140,000 USD which is a record for the model.
Other million dollar cars included a 2003 Ferrari Enzo, 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB, 1967 Shelby 427, 1938 Delahaye 135 MS Coupe and a 1954 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe.
All the cars with descriptions and prices realized can be found in our feature gallery by Otis Blank
With the second day of Gooding's Scottsdale auction now over we can present our gallery of all the cars present with prices realized.
At the very top of the results list is the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider which sold for $8,250,000 USD. It is now the most valuable car ever sold at an Arizona auction.
With keen eyes we also followed the 1957 Maserati 150GT Prototipo which sold for $3,080,000 USD and the Porsche 718 RSK Spyder which set a precedent of $3,135,000 USD.
Our gallery includes all these cars and more with exceptionally clear photography from Otis Blank.
Before the auction madness at Scottsdale takes all our attention we have to wrap up the North American International Auto Show from Detroit.
On the second day many great cars were revealed to us including the updated Acura NSX Concept complete with interior.
Another highlight was the Shelby GT500 Super Snake Wide Body which is Shelby American's answer to the Shelby GT500 Cobra made by Ford.
NAIAS also brought us an updated BMW Z4 sDrive35is and a V8 powered Fisker Karma known as the 2013 VL-Automotive Destino. All these and more are in our feature gallery from the show floor.
Our 2013 NAIAS gallery is now online with all the highlights from the show floor plus The Gallery at MGM Grand and the separate Corvette unveiling held yesterday.
Today was notable for the release of several great production cars including the 2013 Audi RS 7 Sportback, 2013 Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG Estate, 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible, 2013 Maserati Quattroporte and 2013 BMW M6 Gran Coupé.
Concept debuts include the Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis, BMW Concept 4 Series Coupé, Nissan Resonance Concept and Toyota Furia Concept
Today Chevrolet wasted no time releasing the C7 Corvette during a press event before its debut tomorrow at the North American International Auto Show.
The new Corvette gets the historic Stingray name which it directly shares with the C3 Corvette.
The new model is completely resigned and now features an aluminum chassis, 7-speed manual transmission, removable carbon fiber roof and 450 bhp 6.2-liter LS1 V8.
Today AMG announced a new S-Model specification for their V8 line including the recently released Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG Saloon.
The S-Model V8 produces 32 bhp more than the standard 63 AMG, but also includes revised panels and interior bits from the designo line.
As a result we added four cars to the database: the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG Saloon, 2013 Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG Estate, 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG 4MATIC Shooting Brake and 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG 4MATIC.
Tomorrow Lotus will unveil their CupR version of the Exige at the Autosport International show in Birmingham.
This car is an update on the Exige V6 Cup. The R version is lighter, more powerful car with variable traction control, lightweight engine cover and lightweight battery.
One predecessor of the CupR is the Lotus Elan S2. We ran into a fantastic example of this seminal model at the 2012 Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue.
With almost all auction news directed towards Scottsdale recently, we thought it would be nice to preview Mecum's Kissimmee, Florida auction which will probably be the largest automotive auction of 2013.
One of the absolute stars of Kissimmee, among some 1460 cars, is this Corvette Stingray ZR2. It's only one of two ZR2 convertibles made and one of the very last of the legendary Z cars.
Another unique car we didn't know of, until now, is the 1968 Mustang Lightweight produced by Tasca for Ford. Mecum calls it one of 1 of 50 Lightweight Mustangs.
Both of our feature cars will be featured on the final day of 10 days of auction. The best way to see the highlight cars is with Mecum's own Saturday Star Catalog Star.