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2021-04-22: First glimpse of special Ferrari and Gooding auction preview ...
Ferrari 812 Superfast Speciale Ferrari have offered a first glimpse of a new Speciale version of the 812 Superfast. Although the full details, including the actual model name, will not be released until a dedicated event on May 5th, we already know that the range-topping machine will feature a naturally aspirated V12 engine that can rev to a startling 9,500 rpm and produces a staggering 817 bhp. The Speciale also boasts a hugely sophisticated aerodynamics package that includes a vortex-generating panel where the rear window would normally have been.
Auctioneer Gooding have revealed further consignments to their upcoming Geared Online sale. Headlining the May edition is this very rare, alloy-bodied Ferrari 275 GTB/4. One of only 16 built, it also benefits from competition inspired modifications made by the legendary Tom Meade, which includes an external fuel filler cap and alloy wheels. Rarely seen in public, chassis 10025 has a pre-sale estimate of $3.75 - $4.5 million.
Other fabulous, matching numbers sports cars from the 1950s and 1960s include a BMW 507 Roadster ($2.25 - $2.75 million) and a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster ($1.1 - $1.3 million).
The lots will open for bidding on May 3rd and will then start closing on May 7th.

2021-04-19: Auto Shanghai 2021 preview with news from Audi, Maserati and others ...
Audi A6 e-tron Concept On Wednesday, the National Convention and Exhibition Center in Shanghai, China will open its physical doors for the 2021 edition of Auto Shanghai. It is the first major motor show since the Covid19 pandemic ground the world to a halt. Today, we take a look at five of the show and production cars due to make their debut this week.
Audi have this A6 e-tron Concept on display. It serves a preview of the first all-electric A6 and features a pair of electric motors. They have a combined output of 469 bhp in this configuration, while the A6 e-tron will have a range of over 700 km.
Also offering a glimpse into the future of their electric and hybrid powertrains are Toyota, Honda and Lincoln with the bZ4X Concept, SUV e:prototype and Zephyr Reflection. Each of these should be followed by a production model that will be offered in the crucial Chinese market.
Already ready to go is the Maserati Levante Hybrid. It is equipped with the same, two-litre turbocharged engine that is combined with a mild hybrid system. The maximum power that is transferred to all four wheels is 326 bhp. Despite the size and weight of the Levante Hybrid, it can accelerate to 100 km/h in just six seconds.

2021-04-15: Continental GT Speed Convertible and Porsches headed for Bonhams Monaco sale ...
Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible Three weeks after revealing the Coupe, Bentley have now taken the wraps off the drop-top version of the range-topping Continental GT. Like the Coupe, the Convertible is powered by a 650 bhp version of the familiar, twin-turbo W12 engine. Despite the additional weight of the folding roof structure, the new Speed Convertible can still accelerate to 100 km/h in a stunning 3.7 seconds and has the same top speed as the Coupe at 335 km/h.
Nissan's competition department NISMO have created this Special Edition of the GT-R. Finished in a unique grey with an exposed carbon-fibre composite panels, it will be built in very limited numbers.
Next week, Bonhams will stage the Le Grandes Marques a Monaco sale. One of the great marques represented in the sale is Porsche with three 'Carrera' models. The earliest is a very rare 356 A Carrera Cabriolet. It is one of just five Cabriolets built with the new-for-1958 T2 body and the roller-bearing 1500 engine. Delivered new to California, the Carrera 1500 GS Cabriolet still comes equipped with the original four-cam engine. The Carrera name returned to the Porsche line-up with the RS 2.7 of which a lovely example was consigned. Sold new to Italy, it is appropriately painted red. Also finished in a striking colour is this yellow Carrera GT. It has had just two owners from new and is the most valuable of the three Porsches with a pre-sale estimate of €790,000 - €850,000.

2021-04-13: Ferrari 512 BB LM, ADA Group C car and first glimpse of MG Cyberster ...
Ferrari 512 BB LM Although things are starting to get better slowly, we are not in the clear as evidenced by the recent announcement that the postponed Le Mans Classic will be cancelled after all. One of the cars that would have most certainly been in action at Le Mans in July is this striking Ferrari 512 BB LM. Bought new by an English gentleman racer, it was raced at Le Mans twice in period. In the current ownership, 35523 has not missed a Le Mans Classic since 2010. It may still be at Le Mans in July as the Peter Auto team will still hold an event there this year but on the shorter, Bugatti Circuit only.
Another car that may very well race at Le Mans this year is this ADA 02B Cosworth. Originally designated the ADA 02, it was the first all-new car built by the ADA Engineering team and complied with the Group C2 regulations. In its original guise, it won only its second race outright. It was crashed at the next outing and then comprehensively rebuilt. From that point it was known as the 02B. In 1990, it scored two further wins and also appeared at Le Mans twice. The unique 02B is currently in Swiss ownership and has been campaigned at recent rounds of the Historic Group C series.
Following the renders released last week, MG have now published actual pictures of the Cyberster that is set to debut at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month. The MG B inspired machine will undoubtedly be one of the stars of the event.

2021-04-08: Bonhams Supercars on Sunset preview with mighty Saleen and ex-Seinfeld Porsche ...
Saleen S7-LM On Saturday, Bonhams will host the new Supercars on Sunset auction. As the name suggests, the 32-lot strong sale features supercars and will be held in downtown Los Angeles, on Sunset Boulevard. Among the rarest cars consigned is one of seven Saleen S7-LMs built to date. The car on offer is the third example completed as part of a recommissioning of the Twin Turbo S7 built during the second half of the 2000s. Announced in 2017, the 'Le Mans' package celebrates the 2010 class win at Le Mans and includes a retuned engine good for as much as 1,500 bhp. Available to existing cars only, it is believed seven cars have received the upgrade. The S7-LM has a pre-sale estimate of $1 - $1.3 million.
Also included in the sale is a 991-generation Porsche 911 GT3 RS that was built specifically for comedian and Porsche collector Jerry Seinfeld. Not only does the vin number end with '911', it is also finished in a paint-to-sample silver/blue metallic. The complete package of options set Seinfeld back around $250,000, which came on top of the $200,000 base price. It is now estimate to sell for considerably less at $290,000 - $330,000.
For Ferrari 458 Speciale enthusiasts, Bonhams have consigned both a white and a red example. Both cars have been finished in a colour scheme inspired by Luigi Chinetti's legendary North American Racing Team or N.A.R.T.
It will be a conventional sale with in-person viewing scheduled for the next few days and then a live auction starting on 2 pm local time on Saturday afternoon.

2021-04-05: Time-warp Ferrari, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo and new Toyota GR 86 ...
Ferrari 250 Europa GT Coupe In lieu of an in-person auction at Amelia Island, Gooding have opted to hold another edition of their Geared Online sales in May. Among the early consignments to this online-only auction are three time-warp machines.
The earliest of this trio is a Ferrari 250 Europa GT that was built to special order in 1955. It is offered for the first time since the early 1960s, when it joined the Southern California collection it has been consigned by. Placed into storage in 1965, chassis 0413GT had not been seen in public for over 50 years. The once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire the 250 Europa GT is estimated to set you back well over $2 million.
Having had just two owners from new, this Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Coupe is another time-warp consignment. It was sold new to the United States and has covered just 27,000 miles from new.
Offered by its original owner is this lovely Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider. Still on black Californian plates, it is estimated to sell for $70,000 - $90,000.
Toyota Gazoo Racing have taken the wraps off the Toyota GR 86. It is the second generation of the new '86' sports coupe that has been developed together with Subaru. It is powered by a larger flat-four engine, which is good for 232 bhp, which is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. The compact, two-door GR 86 tips the scales at just 1,270 kg.