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Supercars.netSeptember 2012 Features

Silver Arrows at Goodwood

1937 Mercedes-Benz W125 and Friends

There have been many attempts to bring together the Silver Arrows from the Golden Era of Grand Prix racing, but none have done it better than the recent Goodwood Revival.

They managed to curate a class with 10 cars racing and a few other additional cars which raced in period. This included the highly original 1939 Mercedes Benz W154 from the Collier Collection in Naples, Florida and several cars from the Mercedes-Benz Collection.

Our gallery has all 10 of the Silver Arrows on track courtesy of Photographer Luc Ghys.

Paris in Pictures

2012 Peugeot Onyx

With the first day of the 2012 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile now over, we can present a gallery of the many highlights including our first real pictures of the 2012 Peugeot Onyx.

Almost all of the show's attention was reserved for the updated Lamborghini Gallardo, Jaguar's F-Type and McLaren's new P1 supercar, but there was lots more to see.

One major surprise on the show floor was the release of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive, an all-electric version of the SLS that will go on sale next year for €416,500.

More Paris Debuts

Bentley Continental GT3 concept racer

Today Bentley surprised almost everyone with the announcement they would re-launch their motorsports career with the new Continental GT3 which will debut next year.

Now, just a couple hours away from the opening of the Paris Motor Show, Porsche are announcing a plug-in-hybrid version of their Panamera known as the Panamera Sport Turismo.

Jaguar took it upon themselves to release the new F-Type before the show at an exclusive event in the gardens of the Musée Rodin Museum in Paris. We have since added both the Jaguar F-Type V8 S and Jaguar F-Type V6 S.

Updated Gallardo

2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4

Tonight Lamborghini are releasing updated bodywork for the 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo.

The new car receives no new performance upgrades besides those offered by the new front and rear bumpers.

To celebrate the occasion Lamborghini are also releasing the Edizione Tecnica program for the 570-4 Superleggera and Spyder Performante with unique color combinations and stripes. These will likely be the last models with the old look.

Goodwood's TT

Factory Aston Martin Prototypes

The highlight of any Goodwood Revival is the RAC Tourist Trophy Celebration which is renowned for the spectacular cars racing.

This year was no exception and the lack of Shelbys left lots of room for new players. Take for instance the Maserati Tipo 151/3 which we presume is the ex-Rosso Biano machine being raced for the first time.

We have featured every car from the TT race in our gallery courtesy of photographer Luc Ghys. He captured the many Jaguar E-Types, Ferraris SWBs and Aston Martin DB4 GTs which made this race famous.

New Releases for Paris

Maserati GranCabrio MC

With the upcoming Paris Motor Show this Thursday we have several new cars to talk about including the 2013 Maserati GranCabrio MC which applies the more agressive front and rear spoiler to the GranCabrio.

Abarth will use Paris to launch a bevy of new cars. They will release the 160 bhp Abarth 595 in both Turismo and Competizione specification. Additionally Abarth will launch a new series called the ‘Fuori Serie’ and their first example is this 2013 Abarth 695 ‘Fuori Serie’.

Audi will give us the new Audi S3 in Paris while we anxiously await a new RS 3 hatch. Peugeot are clearly aiming at winning the 2013 S2000 rally class with their upcoming Peugeot 208 Type R5 which will become a familiar name soon enough.

Dan Gurney for President

Dan Gurney in his Le Mans Testa Rossa

This year's Goodwood revival celebrated the diverse achievements of the all-American racer Dan Gurney.

Front and center was the Ford GT40 Mark IV which he piloted to victory at the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans. Tony Brooks also drove him around in the same Ferrari 250 TR59/60 they raced together at the 1959 edition of the same race.

Many greats were driving some of Gurney's best rides including Bob Bondurant, Sir Stirling Moss, Jackie Stewart, John Surtees and Brian Redman. Having won in F1, Indycar, Trans-Am and Can-Am, the variety of cars in the parade shows how versatile Gurney was.

Our gallery of the parade again comes to us from Luc Ghys. We also have the St. Mary's Trophy, Fordwater Trophy, Freddie March Memorial Trophy and Brooklands Trophy completed with almost every car present.

Cobras at Goodwood

Cobras in the Chicane

Last weekend's Goodwood Revival celebrated 50 Years of the AC Cobra by staging an all-Cobra race called the Shelby Cup.

Today we are presenting the Shelby Cup as our first of several races from the Goodwood Revival. Principle photography is being provided by Luc Ghys.

Many of the COB, COX and right-hand drive Cobras are unfamiliar to us, so if you can help us identify any, please let us know. Included are the parade cars which circled during the warm-up lap and a solo photo of the Cobra which Martin Brundle wrecked.

McLaren's New Concept

2012 McLaren P1

Today McLaren released three images and not much information about the P1, a concept car scheduled for release at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.

Next year McLaren will produce a production version of the P1 as a logical successor to the McLaren F1 which was first previewed almost 20 years ago.

The P1 follows the radical McLaren X-1 released earlier this year and shares some of the cues around the rear taillights.

Bonhams @ Goodwood

1928 Mercedes-Benz 36/220 6.8-litre S-Type Four-Seat Open Tourer

We have assembled our feature of Bonhams' successful sale of motorcars at the Goodwood Revival as a prelude to our galleries of the races themselves.

At the very top of the sale was an original 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680 S which fetched £2,801,500 or around $4,551,000 USD. This model was one of the best designed by Ferdinand Porsche and this specific car was retained by the same family for over 80 years!

By also selling many of the top lots, this was one of Bonhams most successful sales. Most of the cars, with descriptions realized and pictures by Dirk de Jager can be found in our feature gallery.

The New Face of Lexus?

2012 Lexus LF-CC

Earlier today Lexus unveiled the LF-CC as their upcoming concept car for the Paris Motor Show. More than anything else we can't stop looking at the front grill which is easily the most controversial element on the car.

Lexus hint that the LF-CC is an evolution of the Lexus LF-LC as it applies to their future production models.

The more we look at it, the early images of this car just don't look right and are obviously the result of overly-exuberant photoshop work. For now we will reserve judgement until the real car hits the show floor later this month.

Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours

Winning 275 NART Spider

One of the first events to kick-off the Monterey week is the Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue. Our gallery has all our favorites from the show including the winning Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder which was later positioned in front of the Cyprus Inn.

One very special treat was the Shelby Cobra 289 ‘Dragonsnake’ CSX2472. Painted in metalic green, this car was one of three Dragonsnakes on the Monterey Penninsula. This Dragonsnake has a complete lack of badges, Stage I carburation and extra-wide fender flares to accommodate FIA-style Halibrand wheels.

Other interesting cars include the 1959 Morgan +4 Factory Lightweight, a 5000-mile 1972 Detomaso Pantera L and a 1963½ Ford Galaxie 500 Factory Lightweight R-Code. All these can be found at the top of our feature gallery..

Toyota beats Audi in Brazil.

2012 Toyota TS030 HYBRID

Just minutes ago, Toyota won a historic victory by beating Audi at the 6h de São Paulo. Drivers Alexander Wurz and Nicolas Lapierre won flag to finish almost a lap ahead of the charging Audis.

The race was completely fair and the result was a case of the Audi factory team not being fast enough on the historic Interlagos circuit. They will have to adapt since this is only the third race in which Toyota and Audi have competed together.

For now we have a few pictures of the winning Toyota before we complete our gallery in the coming days.

Gemballa's New Cabriolet

2012 Gemballa GT Cabriolet

Today Gemballa are releasing the first images of their GT aero package on the 911 Cabriolet platform. This includes new front and rear facias similar to the Coupé from Geneva.

With this model Gemballa is in direct competition with RUF and TechArt to restyle the 991 platform.

We still prefer Porsche's own Aerokit Cup which is exclusively made for the 911 Carrera S.

Peugeot's Star of Paris

2012 Peugeot Onyx

Today Peugeot released some studio shots of their upcoming concept car called the Onyx for the Paris Motor Show also known as the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile 2012.

Peugeot Sport was integral to the Onyx's powertrain which uses a V8 hybrid HDi FAP engine and sequential transmission not far off their Le Mans sport prototypes.

Joining Peugeot, Bentley will also use Paris to unveil their Mulsanne Convertible Concept, which will see probable production in future years.

Concorso Italiano

Bertone Feature Display

Somewhat late on this one, but we have finally assembled our Concorso Italiano gallery as part of the Monterey Week.

Central to this year's event was a tribute to Bertone which included the 2012 Bertone Nuccio as a centerpiece. Not far away was the 1967 Pirana which was essentially a re-bodied Jaguar E-Type with much more 1970s lines.

As usual, we always enjoy finding the special cars among the 800-or-so Italian jewels present at Concorso. We didn't have to go far to find cars like the garage-find Iso Grifo GL which Bill Noon brought out for sale.

Windsor Castle Concours

Benteys in Windsor Castle

This weekend, the Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance is celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee by hosting a show with 60 of the top cars in the world.

Naturally some of the best British cars came out including the Bentley Speed Six from Medford, USA and Robert Lee's Pebble Beach-winning Daimler Double Six.

Our gallery of the event has most of the cars in attendance, but if you can help us out with some of the remaining cars, please let us know.

2012 Salon Privé

ROFGO Gulf Collection

Ending today, Salon Privé is London's ultimate garden party. On the grounds of Syon Park in London, England, the organizers have brought together an impressive collection of cars.

Center to this year's show is the 22-car ROFGO Gulf Collection which has been built for a customer by Duncan Hamilton Co.'s Chairman, Adrian Hamilton.

Salon Privé is also honoring Carrozzeria Touring Superleggra with many of their past and present show cars. Included is the 1966 Lamborghini Flying Star II which is seldom seen in public and the new 2012 Disco Volante.

Two new cars are being shown for the first time at Salon Privé. The first is a reborn Trident known as the Iceni Grand Tourer and the second is the Tushek Renovatio T500. They both have some serious competition from the major manufacturers on the lawn.

All these great cars, plus a spectacular selection of Bugattis can be found in our feature gallery.

Monterey Auctions

$11,770,000 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster

Sales were strong in Monterey this year and many records were blown out of the water. At the very top of the lists was the $11,770,000 achieved by Gooding & Company for their Von Krieger 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster.

The Special Roadster was part of a $113.7 million dollar sale that also included the $11,275,000 1960 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione. Gooding broke 21 records including an impressive $1,595,000 for the world record of a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster at auction.

RM had a similarly successful sale by fetching $11,000,000 for an ex-Mirage GT40. In doing so, they also broke the record for an American car at auction which was previously held by the Whitell Duesenberg. A real surprise of the RM sale was the 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS which sold for a record-smashing $467,500. We also paid attention to the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR ‘Homologation Car’ which sold for $1,100,000.

Dana Mecum brought out more cars than anyone else for his Daytime Auction. They managed to sell their L&M 917/10 Spyder '72 Can-Am for $5,500,000, but many of the other top Porsches from the Steve Goldin collection failed to sell.

Sports Special from the Reunion

1958 Dick Williams Sports Special

To celebrate the completion of our comprehensive 2012 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion gallery we now have some time to focus-in on this 1958 Dick Williams Sports Special.

The Reunion largely features many of the same cars from year to year, so we were ecstatic to see John Muller's new car out on course.

The Sports Special was built as a one-of show car in Kansas and later purchased for racing throughout the mid-west. John purchased the car in Florida last year after seeing it on and later debuted it at Laguna Seca a few weeks ago.

We have photos of the car in action with Group 3B and it's also on our growing list of American Specials.

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