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2021-10-14: Works Porsche 962C restored and more powerful Audi R8 ...
Porsche 962C Having sat in storage for three decades, this historically significant 962C has now been meticulously restored to its 1987 configuration by the Porsche Museum. Built to compete in the 1987 Supercup, it was also a rolling test-bed as it was equipped with the newly developed PDK dual-clutch system that is today available on all Porsche production models. The system clearly worked as Hans-Joachim Stuck won the highly competitive championship in the PDK-equipped 962C. It was later also used by the aerodynamics department before being set aside. The ground-up restoration of 962-009 started early in 2020, and it was recently reunited with Stuck. It should make several public appearances in 2022 as part of the Group C 40th anniversary celebrations.
The rear-wheel drive V10-engined Audi R8 has received a performance boost with the aptly named R8 V10 Performance RWD. The most significant upgrade is a 30 hp boost in power, raising the total output 570 hp. All of this power is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic gearbox that includes Audi's take on the dual-clutch system pioneered by Porsche with the aforementioned 962C. Additional novelties and options available are new bucket seats, dynamic steering, CFK stabilizers and ceramic disc brakes. The R8 V10 Performance RWD is available as both a Coupe and a Spyder.

2021-10-07: Bonhams Zoute sale with fascinating Ferrari, Alfa and Jaguar ...
Ferrari F40 As part of the Zoute Concours d'Elegance, Bonhams will host the official auction on Sunday. As a preview, we have taken a detailed look at three of the most fascinating lots in the sale. The first is this Ferrari F40, which is offered by its first owner, who placed it in storage nearly thirty years ago. With less than 1,800 km on the odometer, the one-owner F40 is estimated to sell for over €1 million.
Of a similar vintage is this Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Evoluzione Group A. One of the later cars, it was raced to the 1990 Italian Superturismo Championship by Nicola Larini. In Dutch hands since 2002, it is currently in running condition and boasts a striking Martini livery.
One of four built with this style body, this XK140 Ghia Coupe is perhaps the most remarkable car in the entire sale. It was a show car when new and was then raced and rallied extensively during the 1970s as its aluminium body gave it an edge over similar cars. Requiring a complete restoration this very rare coachbuilt Jaguar has a pre-sale estimate of €200,000 - €300,000.

2021-10-04: Estoril Classics preview with Jaguar, Ligier and Chevron ...
Jaguar XJR-10 Going for an encore of summer, we are in Portugal this weekend for the Estoril Classics. It is the second edition of the event that was first held in the fall of last year and was spectacular despite the travel restrictions. It should be even better this year and to get you in the mood we have taken a look at three great racers that were out on track last year and will be at Estoril again this year.
The most recent of the trio is this Jaguar XJR-10. One of three built ahead of the 1989 season, it was raced in the IMSA GTP season with considerable success. This particularly example won four races outright. The current custodian was joined in 2020 by Dario Franchitti and will now race chassis 389 alongside former Jaguar works driver Martin Brundle.
Not normally part of the Peter Auto weekend, there will also be a race for Grand Prix cars at Estoril. Among the starters is this Ligier JS11. Campaigned in 1979, it was particularly successful in the first half of the season. As can be seen in our gallery, we have captured JS11/04 at a wide variety of venues.
Currently owned by a local, Portuguese racer, this Chevron B19 was first sold to South Africa. It had a period racing history of a startling ten seasons. In more recent years, chassis B19-71-30 has also been regularly campaigned in historic events.

2021-10-01: Three mighty Porsches from different eras ...
Porsche 911 GT2 Porsches have always been a popular base car for 'enhancers' like Techart. The German company has now reworked the latest 911 Turbo to create the GTStreet R Cabriolet. It features a more aggressive body kit and also a reworked engine that produces a staggering 788 bhp and 950 Nm of torque. The latest GTStreet R is available as a Cabriolet and a Coupe, and production will be limited to a combined 87 examples.
In the past, Porsche not only supplied complete racing cars to customers but also sold bare shells for privateer racing teams to build up to their own desired specification. One of these, is this 911 GT2, which was completed by Wieth Racing. It was then used by the father and son team of Franz and Niko Wieth in the 1999 and 2000 editions of the FIA GT Championship. Today, 0470021 is owned by a German enthusiast, who has raced the car over the last two seasons and we expect it back out at the Estoril Classics next week.
Of an altogether earlier vintage is this very rare 911 Carrera RSH 2.7. One of just 17 homologation models built, this example actually saw some period competition history in the hands of John Paul Senior and Junior. During the 1990s, it was comprehensively restored by Bruce Canepa and 911 360 1382 is now offered through RM Sotheby's Private Treaty department with an asking price of just over $1.5 million.

2021-09-28: Lovely Ferrari, Porsche and BMW from Villa d'Este and new Z06 teased ...
Ferrari 500 Superfast Postponed from its original date in May, the 2021 edition of the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este will be held this coming weekend. This prompted us to take a look back at the 2018 edition with a closer look at three interesting machines. The newest of the trio is this Ferrari 500 Superfast, which was acquired new by legendary actor Peter Sellers. It was originally finished in a striking metallic gold with a tan leather interior. Sellers loved the car and would own it for nearly 15 years. Now in Belgian hands, 6679SF was presented in its lovely original combination.
Shown by the custodian after a forty-year ownership was this Porsche 904 Carrera GTS. First raced at Le Mans in 1964, it finished twelfth overall and first in class. Chassis 904-041 still boasts its French racing stripe.
That Elvis Presley owned a BMW 507 Roadster is well documented but he actually had a second one. This example was gifted by Presley to co-star Ursula Andress in 1963. The ex-Bond-girl clearly enjoyed the car and retained it for well over a decade. She had it subtly modified by George Barris. In subsequent ownership, 70192 was restored to its original configuration with the exception of the nerf bumpers that were fitted by Barris.
Although the official launch is still a month away, Chevrolet have released yet another shot of the upcoming Corvette Z06. In the picture released the camouflage has been removed and it is also fitted with a less aggressive rear wing.

2021-09-23: Successful Spice, lightest Caterham yet and new electric concept ...
Spice SE89C We were saddened to hear of the passing of Gordon Spice last week. He was a hugely successful driver, winning the Spa 24 Hours outright in a Ford Capri and then turned to building his own Group C cars. In addition to fielding and driving the Spice Group C machines himself, he also sold the car to customers. Chief among them was Chamberlain Engineering, who campaigned this Spice SE89C with great success. It was the first example built ahead of the 1989 season and won eight rounds of the British C2 Championship that year. It was also raced at Le Mans twice and also clinched the FIA Cup in 1992. Now restored to its 1991 Le Mans livery, chassis 001 has returned to the track in recent year.
British specialist manufacturer Caterham have introduced the first new model since it was acquired by a Japanese conglomerate. Dubbed the Seven 170, it is the lightest and smallest Caterham Seven yet. The 170 is a reference to the hp per ton the new Seven boasts. This is the result of a combination of a turbocharged 660cc Suzuki engine and a weight of just 440 kg. Available as a kit or a complete car, the Seven 170 is also available in the 'S' stripped back or 'R' track focused versions.
Four leading British companies operating in the automotive field have used the period in lockdown to create this all-electric Aura Concept. Revealed yesterday, the compact sports car serves as a proof of concept and a demonstrator of what the four companies are capable of.