Archived Features For March 2013
With the first press day now over at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), we can present our highlight gallery which includes all the best cars.
Front and center is the 2014 Camaro which was kept under wraps until the presentation at the show. For the occasion Chevy brought back the Z/28.
Other notable debuts in New York included 2014 Dodge SRT Viper TA, 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG, 2013 Jaguar XKR-S GT, 2014 Jaguar XJR and the 2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 392 Edition
A fourth and final event included in Amelia Island's weekend was the Festivals of Speed held at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.
For this inaugural year, Joe Sabatini and his team brought together some of the best Florida supercars.
An absolute highlight was the F1-livered McLaren MP4-12C HS which is one of only nine such models. The Florida car has a factory-original paint scheme that is unique from any other road-going McLaren.
The McLaren and other highlights such as Todd Werner's Sox and Martin cars can be found in our feature gallery of the event.
For the upcoming New York Auto Show, Dodge will bring a time attack edition of the SRT Viper aimed at track use.
The new model is equipped with Sidewinder II wheels, Bilstein Damptronic dampers, stabilizer bars and a carbon fiber engine brace.
Recently, Porsche also released a kit for the 911 GT3 R that will keep it competitive in GT3 races. The new pieces update the aerodynamics of the car to reflect the new RSR.
Further cementing Amelia Island's weekend on the automotive calendar is the Gooding & Company and RM auctions. Together they did $54.9 million in sales this year with relatively few lots.
Gooding's top sale went to a remarkable Bentley 4½ with original Le Mans tourer bodywork that sold for $2,750,000. They also broke previous records for the Ferrari 365 GTC, Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta, Ferrari 275 GTS and Fiat 8V.
RM benefited from using the Ritz Carlton's ballroom. Front and center was the Duesenberg SJ LaGrande Convertible Coupe that fetched $4,510,000 USD. They also had the privilege of setting records for the Stutz DV32 and Maserati Ghibli Coupe.
One of our favorite lots was the highly-original Ferrari 365 GTC which was delivered new in pink to Morocco. With its original suede upholstery and foreign plates, it fetched $1,072,500 and makes a great example for our model listing.
We have assembled our complete gallery of this year's Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance which is broken down by class and car. The work is quite extensive, but it shows off the exceptional work that has gone into curating each class.
At the top of our list was the GT40s we featured earlier which was rivaled by the 50th anniversary 911 display and a 911 racing class. It included the Le Mans-winning K3 from Bruce Meyer amongst many historic 935s and RSRs. The 911 road cars were equally impressive with many early 911s and and the unique 1985 Speedster Prototyp.
Amelia celebrated the 50th anniversary of Lamborghini with a dedicated class that included the Miura roadster from Switzerland, a pre-production Miura prototype and the only 3500 GTZ.
The new C7 Stingray was on hand and surrounded by many of the original 1963 Sting Rays. Numerous prototypes and racecars were displayed including the very first racecar.
We could go on and on about each of the 33 classes, but instead we encourage you to discover for yourself some of the many treasures from the show. Bill Warner and the many volunteers did an excellent job, bringing together the world's best cars to the benefit of the Hospice of Northeast Florida. Bravo.
As a prelude to our complete Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance gallery we have prepared the some highlights from the show's GT40 class.
Some of the best examples were chosen to represent the GT40 including the double Le Mans winning chassis which also won best of show. It is likey the most desirable and expensive American car.
Other examples on the showfield included the last remaining Mirage, an original Alan Mann lightweight, James Glickenhaus' MKIV and several prototype cars. These and more can be found in our gallery preview which will be updated with the entire show later this week.
Today Ferrari launched their new flagship model simply known as LaFerrari at the Geneva Motor Show.
The new model uses the Ferrari 6.3-liter V12 in concert with the HY-KERS system from the F1 program to produce 950 bhp and 900 nm of torque.
Later today we hope to have images from the show floor up of this and all the fabulous cars of Geneva. New additions include the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible and 2013 Ferrari Sergio by Pininfarina.
One of our favorite galleries each year comes from the Geneva Motor Show and the 2013 edition is really stacked.
With important launches from Koenigsegg, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Rolls-Royce and Bentley, the Geneva Auto show had plenty to see.
To complete our gallery we added several new cars to the database including the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible, 2013 Ferrari Sergio, Audi RS 5 DTM, Hyundai i20 WRC Showcar, Spyker B6 Concept, Koenigsegg Agera S, Toyota GT 86 Open concept and Aston Martin Rapide Bertone.
Today both Lamborghini and Porsche are presenting their Geneva stars ahead of the show which opens it doors tomorrow.
The new Lamborghini, called the Veneno, is a radical take on future design. Only three cars will be produced which doesn't include the show car at Geneva.
Porsche will use Geneva to showcase their new 911 GT3 which will be shown alongside the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup announced several months earlier.
Rolls-Royce have finally shared some real images of their Wraith fastback after teasing us with useless teaser images for some time.
On the tuning side we have the Mansory Stallone, Hamann Mirr6r, Hamann Mi5Sion and Mansory Sanguis.