RM Sotheby’s sell $60 million at Amelia

After the merger between RM Auctions and Sotheby's in February, their first auction together was the Amelia Island event which set a resounding record of $60,000,000 in total sales.

This was headlined by the metallic Bottle Green Ferrari 400 Superamerica which sold for $6,380,000 USD.

Many interesting cars traded hands including an absolutely untouched 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432 which sold for a record $253,000 USD. Some enthusiasts will be glad to have one already in the garage, while others will need to come up with a lot more money for the real Z-car.

Another surprising result was a completely restored 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 that fetched $495,000 USD. That's around $100,000 more than any previous GTC/4.

Rare Porsches continued their upward trend. A 1973 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring sold for $891,000, a 1988 911 Turbo ‘Slant Nose’ Cabriolet for $363,000, and a 1979 911 Turbo brought $253,000.

All of the cars from RM Sotheby's at Amelia with images, prices realized and a breif description can be found in our feature gallery.

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Gooding & Company set 13 Records at Amelia

This year Gooding & Company continued their upward rise at Ameila Island by setting 13 records at their annual event.

The most remarkable record prices achieved by Gooding include $561,000 for a 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS, $440,000 for a 1997 Porsche 993 Turbo S, $973,500 for a 1996 Porsche 993 GT2 and $1,155,000 for a 2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta.

At the top of their results list was a highly original 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 that has never been restored and sold for $3,300,000 due to its outstanding originality.

We fell in love the Café Mexicano 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR that was presented to a very high level and sold for $1,237,500.

All the great lots from Gooding & Company's Amelia Island Sale can be found in our feature gallery with results and brief descriptions.

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Stirling Moss Celebrated at Amelia Island

Today Stirling Moss is being celebrated at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.

Leading up to Sunday's show, the organizers brought together the impressive cars that Stirling raced through his career for a once-in-a-lifetime photoshoot.

After being photographed with the cars, Stirling turned around and was blown away by the presentation of his old race cars.

As a preview of today's show we have many of the cars from the Stirling Moss class leading up to a complete gallery which will be posted shortly.

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2015 Geneva Motor Show Gallery

Our gallery for the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show is now online.

This morning was a flurry of new supercar releases, many of which are in our feature gallery.

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Geneva Show Preview 7

At the Volkswagen Preview Night before the Geneva Motor Show, some incredible supercars were unveiled including the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce

This ultimate version features 552 kW/750 hp and a much more agressive body kit.

Naturally the name comes from the iconic Lamborghini Miura P400 SV

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Geneva Show Preview 6

Tomorrow the Geneva Motor Show opens for press and select guests which means we have plenty of last-minute releases. The most stunning of which is the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 which showcases a new more agressive future for the Continental.

It will be bitter sweet for Bugatti who will have their final Veyron on the stage. Called ‘La Finale’ it's a tribute to Veyron #1 but takes the color scheme to the limit of Bugatti's personalization options.

Rolls-Royce will also show off the pinnacle of their bespoke program with Serenity. It's a long-wheel-base Phantom filled with intricate wood inlays and silk embroidery that would rival the best fashion house.

We end on a somewhat somber note as the 2015 Honda Civic Type-R will also make it's debut tomorrow at Geneva. Let's see what else Geneva has in store.

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Geneva Show Preview 5

Today James Glickenhaus of Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) released images of the 003 which be sold as either a race and road-going version and will be unveiled as a pair at upcoming 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

This ambitious project is inspired by the classic cars of the past that could be driven to track, raced and then driven back home.

The SCG uses many bespoke pieces including a new carbon-fiber chassis and V6 twin turbo engine.

The race version is scheduled to make an appearance in Class SP X of VLN German race series, but more series are being considered leading up to the car's debut in Geneva.

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Geneva Show Preview 4

Audi is the focus of today's Geneva preview because today they are releasing the first official pictures of the second-generation Audi R8.

The new R8 is a stepwise evolution of the original car and uses a 449 kw / 602.1 bhp V10 engine.

Audi also mention V8, etron and GT3 versions of the car which will also likely surface at the Geneva Motor Show.

Alongside the new R8 they will have the Audi prologue Avant a concept car similar to the prologue coupé released at the 2014 LA Auto Show. Both are based on Q7 underpinnings and signal the way forward for future production models.

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Geneva Show Preview 3

Today we have two major announcements for the upcoming Geneva Motor Show from both Aston Martin and McLaren.

Aston will be showing their most radical car to date called the Vulcan. It's a track-day toy that unhinges Aston Martin's racing department from technical regulations.

McLaren will use Geneva to who their 675PS McLaren 675LT. LT stands for Long Tail which refers to the car's substantially updated rear bodywork.

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Geneva Show Preview 2

Inching closer to the Geneva Motor Show with each day, the exhibitors are keen to offer a glimpse of what's in store including Audi who will reveal their next generation R8.

Aston Martin will use Genenva to launch their most aggressive V8 Vantage to date known as the GT3 Special Edition. It mimics the GT3 racecar and offers 600 bhp.

Starting at half a million euros, Mercedes-Maybach will be showing off the new Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman which is a flagship for the entire Daimler range.

Lotus are keen to call their updated Evora 400 a supercar with its supercharged Toyota V6 that produces 400 bhp.

Other cars to look for at Geneva include the Lexus LF-SA, Honda Civic Type-R, QUANTiNO and QUANT F.

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Paris Auction Report

This year Bonhams, RM Auctions, at Artcurial Motorcars offered 100s of classic cars to a enthusiastic market that yielded high numbers for the Rétromobile weekend.

Bonhams offered an incredible number of cars in the classic setting of The Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées appropriately titled 2015 Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais. While they didn't secure sales of several key lots, it became their top-grossing automotive sale in Europe. This was helped along by the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible which sold for a record €1,897,500 and a 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Grand Sport James Young that sold for €1,184,500.

RM Auctions we close by at Place Vauban for their annual Paris Sale. A beautiful Ferrari 250 GT/L or Lusso scrored the top sale at €1.624.000 which underlines their increasing prices as a blue-chip collector car.

Finally we have the French powerhouse Artcurial who stole the weekend with The Roger Baillion Collection. Every lot sold well above the estimate including the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider chassis 2935GT which sold for a record €16,300,000.

Artcurial's regular Rétromobile auction was no slouch either at 115 lots. They achieved the world record price for a Bizzarrini 5300 at €1,244,400 and a 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO which set a precedent at €441,040.

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Epic Baillon Collection results from Rétromobile

Artcurial's sale of The Roger Baillon Collection was a resounding success and it was headlined by the world record sale of the Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider chassis 2935GT that sold for sold for €16,300,000.

It was joined by 58 other interesting cars of varying prominence including the 1956 Maserati A6G 2000 Gran Sport Berlinetta Frua that sold for €2,000,000 and many pre-war cars that sold well above their reserve prices.

This is somewhat at odds with the lot's decrepid condition as only the Ferrari and Maserati received proper storage while the rest of the collection languished in corrugated steel huts that kept off the rain, but did little for the cancerous corrosion which spread to every car throughout the 40 years of storage.

Furthermore the extended sitting has left many cars in questionable states including the coveted 1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupé Saoutchik which was missing an entire side of bodywork due to rust but still managed to fetch €1,667,500 which must be a world record for the type T26 Grand Sport.

We have all the Ballion Collection car from Artcurial at Rétromobile who used a dramatic low light setting for their pre-sale exhibition. All cars are listed with their descriptions and prices realized are included with our spectacular images from Thomas at http://www.fast-auto.fr.

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Geneva Show Preview 1

Just one month away from the Geneva Motor Show and several key anouncements have been made including the Ferrari 488 GTB.

Ferrari's new car is the direct sucessor the 458 Italia and despite having a smaller 3.9-litre engine, it produces a remarkable 660 bhp. This is possible from twin exhaust-driven turbochargers which seems to the high-performance norm these days.

Today Porsche also anounced their very cool 3.8-litre Cayman known as the GT4 which might spark a series of the Cayman/Boxer with the 911 engine.

Lastly, we have Ford's new Focus RS which will first make an international debut in North America and eventually become a world-market offering.

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Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo 2015

This year's Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo was dominated by Volkswagen Motorsport. VW Polos finished 1-2-3 with the leading car of Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia 58.0s ahead of Jari-Matti Latvala.

The Monte is one of the biggest challenges in motorsport, and the eight-time winner Sébastien Loeb crashed out in the lead on the first day.

Through three days dry asphalt mixed with black ice, snow and slush have made for some very impressive images from the Monte. We have assembled only the best for our feature gallery.

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2015 NAIAS

Optimism is high at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) being held in Detroit where Ford's new GT supercar being shown. It's quite unlike its Le Mans-winning predecessors.

The new Ford GT is powered by a 3.5-litre, twin-turbo V6 which produces a remarkable 600 bhp. Wrapped in a carbon-fiber monocoque and equiped with active aerodynamics, Ford will achieve new heights with this model.

The other big story from Detroit is Acura's second-generation, production NSX. After years of teasing, the 12-headlight Toyota supercar is finally here also with a twin turbo V6 mated to a nine-speed DCT transmission.

Other great releases from the NAIAS include the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, Buick Avenir Concept, Infiniti Q60 Concept, 2015 Shelby GT350R, Lexus GS F, Cadillac CTS-V and 2015 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS.

All the great cars can be found in our feature gallery from Detroit with real pictures from the floor.

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