1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale Up for Grabs this Month

A very rare gem from automotive history is up for auction next month: A 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale. This Italian slice of decadence was the fastest front-engine car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and is anticipated to change hands for $34 million USD. Racing cars of Ferrari’s past continue to increase in value, with one holding the current record at $52 million USD.

1965 Ferrari 275

A 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale is hitting the block at RM Auctions in Monterey August 16th. The luxury auction house is estimating the value at $34 million.

1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale

Will this Ferrari net more than the 275 GTB/4 NART Spider that went for $27 million? The 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale is one of just three made in Maranello in 1964. The cars were created to compete with the Ford GT40 and the Shelby Cobra Daytona cars at the 1965 Le Mans. This one is chassis #06701 and never actually raced. The other two sisters finished 3rd overall in the 24-hour race. The record has stood as the best finish by a front engine mount car since that time.

1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale

The 275 Special boasts aluminum bodywork with a rather intricate chassis of smaller lightweight tubes and connectors. It has independent rear suspension and a thirsty 3.3-liter V12 Ferrari engine. Cars this rare are jewels to the exotic car collections they join and tend to change hands very seldom. It remains to be seen just how much a collector will be willing to shell out for this particular specimen at the auction next month, though the experts at RM Auctions are usually on-point with their estimations.

1965 Ferrari

In just two weeks this could be a record-breaking sale. 

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Photo Gallery: The Vorseiner Lamborghini Aventador LP700 Kit is Legit

Aftermarket specialist Vorseiner crafted a body kit for the vicious LP700. The Vorseiner Lamborghini Aventador kit replaces certain accent panels with carbon fiber, accentuating the curvaceous lady.

VorseinerYou could consider the Vorseiner Lamborghini Aventador kit a way to murder it out in carbon fiber.

Vorseiner This green looks sick, as would any number of colors. This kit is the Skittles.

Vorseiner Lamborghini Aventador Those purchasing this Aventador kit would likely end up coating the cockpit in carbon as well.

4The addiction to carbon fiber is real.  Vorseiner Lamborghini Aventador Front angle.

9Slick profile.

 

10Carbon close-up.

11Carbon all over

12This car is thirsty.

13Carbon rear wing.

14Agressive face.

Vorseiner Lamborghini Aventador Would anyone dare lower it further?

6And more carbon.

8The overall appeal is interesting.

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The Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Edition: Bold or Bland?

The name is a touch on the long-winded side, but the Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Edition aims to dazzle. Sporting a decidedly high-fashion side, she is draped with interesting features. This is another exclusive special edition Maserati–just 100 examples will be crafted to commemorate the 100th birthday of Maserati.

Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo ZegnaFrom the special brass ‘Limited Edition One of 100’ plate gracing the console to the Platinum Silk exterior, the Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Edition demands attention. The special edition Quattroporte was revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Her long title shows the special relationship between two of Italy’s most fashionable enterprises and the details do a wonderful job of backing up the name.

Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna

The Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Edition at a glance:

  • Based on the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte GTS.
  • This version packs more power than the 523 horses from the standard GTS. The top speed is said to surpass the 191 miles per hour of its predecessor as well. Exact figures are not clear.
  • Pricing is said to begin at $175,000 for the U.S. trim package.
  • The exterior is an exclusive Platinum Silk accented with aluminum particles. They are ground to a shimmering dust for an iridescent effect.
  • The final product is then perched on 20-inch Mercurio alloys accented with mirror polished brakes. Smooth.
  • The cabin is luxuriously appointed with mocha and a nice light gray sand hue. Materials include 100% silk chevron weave seating, fine leather, Zegna wool and stain chrome controls. Open pore walnut wood stands front and center on the dash.
  • Once the senses recover from all of that luxe, there is a 1,280-watt Bowers & Wilkins sound system with Quantum Logic Surround.

Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna

Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna edition interior.

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The 5,000 HP Devel Sixteen Supercar Caught in the Wild

The Devel Sixteen supercar appeared at the 2013 Dubai Motor Show. The car held a stage surrounded by banners making claims so bold that even seasoned exotic car spotter Shmee 150 was confused. Finally, the elusive one-off has been captured on video in the wild. Take in the short clip below and decide if you think that sounds like something with four times the power of a Bugatti Veryon Super Sport.


The video above shows the Devel Sixteen supercar hitting the street in Dubai. The sound is not the throat-ripping sound one would expect from a vehicle claiming 5,000 horses and a top speed of 348 miles per hour…it seems rather social and non-threatening cruising around its habitat. 

Devel Sixteen supercarThe Devel Sixteen at a glance:

  • None of these bold claims have exactly been proven. I am not saying they are not true–I am just pointing that out because they are so difficult to believe.
  • The engine is a sixteen-cylinder said to kick out 5,000 horses.
  • The 0-60 mile per hour sprint is said to be 1.8 seconds with a top speed of 348 miles per hour.
  • ‘Defining Extreme Vehicles Car Industry L.L.C.’, a Dubai-based company, designed the Devel Sixteen supercar.
  • The looks are certainly fascinating. It is loaded with carbon fiber, of course, and enough sharp edges to slice into the imagination. But is it really as aggressive as the company claims?


It comes as no surprise that the Devel Sixteen hails from Dubai, the land of more. The competition for the fastest supercar, most expensive yacht, largest house and even the most prestigious license plate are never ending. Yet this tale seems a bit far-fetched for even Dubai. Thoughts?

Devel Sixteen

The Devel Sixteen supercar, photo courtesy of Shmee150.

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The Exotic Sports Car Powered by Renewable Energy: Quant e-Sportlimousine

There are hybrids, electric vehicles and even self-driving cars on the roads today. The Quant e-Sportlimousine is taking things to a whole new level with flow-cell energy storage technology. Yes, a vehicle powered by something quite new has been given the green light in Europe to begin production.

Quant e-Sportlimousine

A saltwater powered vehicle…does it get any greener than that? The Quant e-Sportlimousine will fuel itself with renewable energy. Ok, so they are not exactly pumping seawater into the tank, but it is still very futuristic.  

Quant e-Sportlimousine

The Nanoflowcell Quant e-Sportlimousine at a glance:

  • She emerged at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
  • The powertrain is a notch above what the word ‘unique’ is cable of conveying. It uses cutting edge flow-cell energy storage. This technology has been tested in Germany and perhaps other places in Europe and is now approved for use in production vehicles.
  • How it works: It is an electric vehicle without the need for batteries. The tanks of negatively and positively charged electrolyte solutions are pumped through a cell stack to generate electricity. The power goes to the four electric motors of the car.
  • The gullwing doors are for looks–it does not double as a submarine.
  •  Nanoflowcell is talking salty about the benefits, claiming that the e-Sportlimousine is much more than just green. They say it can hit the 0-60 mile per hour jump in a scant 2.8 seconds and deliver a top speed of 218 MPH.
  • At the Geneva show, Nanoflowcell said that the peak output for the model would sit at around 912 horses. The general operating power would be around 650 with the 912 available.
  • The range for the car is an impressive 373 miles, making it a palatable option against the plug-ins and hybrids.

Quant e-SportlimousineWhat do you think of this new technology? Share your thoughts below!

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The McLaren P1 GTR is Out to Prove Why More Power Looks Better

Because the standard McLaren P1 hyperbeast may not be powerful enough for some, with just 890 horsepower, the McLaren P1 GTR is coming. This rendering has emerged of the new sibling, looking somewhat similar to the Lamborghini Veneno from her rear. It looks like McLaren is gearing up to dazzle yet again this year, showing no signs of slowing to a stop in the new products department.

McLaren P1 GTRThe rumor is that this is the rendering of the McLaren P1 GTR that was sent to current P1 owners. They will be the only people permitted to place an order for one. 

The McLaren P1 GTR will be a track-only variant of the supercar, of course, pushing forth 986 horses from her stable while turning heads in the looks department it seems. The company will only build the GTR for existing P1 owners, making it a very exclusive lady. Ferrari did something similar for its precious LaFerrari, with an entire set of rules for potential applicants, including the prerequisite of owning several other Ferrari cars.

McLaren P1 GTRBased on the rendering of the McLaren P1 GTR, she will possess an enormous wing and diffuser. Drivers can expect wicked downforce and a permanent grin. Above is the Lamborghini Veneno, which also made headlines with her aggressive appearance.

The standard McLaren P1 car is nothing to scoff at–packing a blood-thirsty 3.8-liter V8 mated to a 7-speed automated transmission with a cool manual mode. Pricing for the standard is just over a million, and the GTR version is anticipated to begin at $3.4 million USD. Word is that the official debut could occur at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance next month…we certainly hope so!

McLaren P1 I do not expect the front to change too much for the GTR version.

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Would You Shell Out $14 Million for a 1995 McLaren F1?

While a McLaren may never surpass the price of a rare Ferrari at auction, a 1995 McLaren F1 could fetch as much as $14 million. The current record holder for most expensive car sold at auction is a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO racer, which changed hands for the tiny sum of $52 million USD. Is a McLaren F1 worth multiple millions? Is anyone else struggling with the fact that a 1995 vehicle is already 20 years old?

1995 McLaren F1This example is dressed in Marlboro white. It is believed to be the only one in this color. 

The auction is set to go down at the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Gooding & Company anticipates that the McLaren will bring in the lofty sum for a few different reasons. It is the only Marlboro white example known and has had just three owners. The nice lady comes complete with its original manual, tool kit and signature luggage set—all with just 1,004 miles on the odometer.

1995 McLaren F1Profile of the 1995 McLaren F1. This one does not sport the spoiler.

This 1995 McLaren F1 racer is powered by a 6.0-liter juicy V12 capable of producing thrust and speed. The final product kicks forth an impressive 627 horsepower. McLaren treated the car to complete restorative services in 2008 to refresh all the things that time had touched. Even though there are barely any miles on her, time alone leads to necessary replacements. The buyer will be getting a timeless collector car that would add interest to any fleet—but how much will be parted with for the privilege remains to be seen.

1995 McLaren F1McLaren F1 cars demand a high price…but will $14 million set the new standard for certain models?

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Ignore the Rumors—There Will be no Super Veyron or 4-door Bugatti

Suddenly the web is aflame with fresh fires regarding the mythical ‘Super Veyron’. A beast so magnificent that it could blow past the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport without overexerting herself. These rumors spark and fizzle with almost boring regularity–but Bugatti boss Wolfgang Schreiber has informed the lads at Top Gear that there is to be no Super Veyron or a 4-door Bugatti. Will this put the rumors to bed? Perhaps for now.

4-door Bugatti

The Bugatti Veyron has enjoyed a lengthy and successful run, leaving the world to ponder what could possibly replace it. The 4-door Bugatti Galiber concept from 2009 was a shocker, but it too shall not come to pass. That means that the Bugatti Veyron successor will not be faster and it will not wield four doors. Schrieber did state that the successor shall surpass benchmarks…which benches, however, remains a dark hidden secret.

4-door BugattiWould a Bugatti sedan be a bit silly? 

Wolfgang Schreiber’s quotes to Top Gear could not be any more clear on the matter:

  • “We will not produce a Super Veyron or a Veyron Plus, definitely.”
  • “There will be no more power. 1200PS is enough for the chapter of Veyron and its derivatives.”
  • That means that 268 blistering miles per hour is sufficient for the cause– and not to be a mark upon which to improve.
  • Why does this make me sad?

The rumors renewed when two strange Veyron cars were spied testing on the Nurburgring recently. The pair gave nothing away in the way of powertrain, but people find it difficult to accept that the next Bugatti model would posses the same or tragically less power. For the final answer, we must continue to wait.

4-door Bugatti

The best guesses now should be geared toward alternative energy. With the success of the LaFerrari hyperbeast and the Porsche 918, a hybrid Bugatti could be an actual possibility. Right now the brand is zeroed in on unloading the final 43 Bugatti Veyron models, rather than adding more digits to its top speed.

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The Ferrari Sergio Tribute Car is True Automotive Art with a Twist

The name Sergio Pininfarina is synonymous with style. The exquisite design house has had a hand in many exotic automobiles, including stables of Prancing Horses. The love affair between Ferrari and Pininfarina dates back decades. In fact, back in the 1960s, Sergio Pininfarina managed to convince the stubborn Enzo Ferrari to make a mid-engine layout line of cars. What followed were the glorious Ferrari 360, 328 and the F40. Sergio passed away in 2012, and now the Ferrari Sergio car has been revealed to honor the long-standing relationship.

Ferrari Sergio Tribute CarThe Sergio Pininfarina Ferrari car is here. What a fitting way to pay homage to the close relationship between Ferrari and Pininfarina. 

The Ferrari Sergio tribute car at a glance:

  • This special edition one-off Ferrari is based on the 458. It packs the same 4.5-liter V8 engine kicking out 570 horses. That is where the similarity ends, as you can clearly see from the photos. Some say the Ferrari 458 is borderline dated now compared to new competitors emerging, but it still manages to impress.
  • That means it hits the 0-60 mile per hour jump in a blistering 3.4 seconds with a top speed of approximately 200 MPH.
  • That is much speed for something without much in the way of a windshield and no roof, but it looks like a true work of automotive art. This is something that could park next to the Bugatti Veyron art car or any number of exotics and be on even ground.
  • It draws to mind another one-off exotic, the Lamborghini Aventador J. That beauty was also minimal but maximized in the aesthetics department.

Ferrari Sergio Tribute Car

Is it befitting the famed designer?

Ferrari Sergio Tribute Car

Overall, the contemporary style of the Ferrari Sergio tribute car speaks of a special relationship between luxury carmaker and premium design house. Will she live in a museum or a private collection? It is not clear.

Ferrari Sergio Tribute CarImpact is in the subtleties of the Sergio Pininfarina Ferrari tribute car.

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Florida Man Arrested for Using Cellphone Jammer During Commute

A Florida man is being dubbed a vigilante after taking the annoying and deadly issue of distracted driving into his own hands. Jason Humphreys of Seffner, Florida, used a cellphone jammer in his vehicle for a couple of years before being hit with a very hefty fine.

Cellphone Jammer

Yikes.

Jason Humphreys of Florida became so annoyed by the cellphone yammer, he installed a jammer. It is, of course, not legal to run amok with a cellphone jammer and disrupt the service of all around you. It is legal to talk on cellphones while operating a vehicle in the state of Florida, but not to text. Humphreys became irritated with the onslaught of distracted drivers on the already clogged Florida roadways and managed to go about 16-24 months operating his signal jammer before being caught. Metro PCS alerted authorities that something was amiss during regular commuting hours. It was reported that it took the FCC and other authorities quite some time to catch up with him and to even figure out what the disruption was.

Cellphone Jammer

Humphreys now faces $48k-$330k in fines, and will have to once more endure the distracted drivers yammering away on their cellphones surrounding his Toyota Highlander. This plot has big screen potential. I picture a movie wherein Humphreys enjoys a mundane and safe daily commute, then is hit with insurmountable fines and ultimately endures an automotive accident caused by a driver distracted by a cellphone conversation. The movie would end with him surviving and being awarded millions by the state of Florida, as he feverishly texts his hot new girlfriend from behind the wheel of his new exotic sports car.

Cellphone Jammer

Should people be forced into autonomous vehicles until they are either A. A pro driver or B. 40 years old? 

What do you think of this situation? Should drivers have the option to protect themselves on the roadways in the same manner people have to keep firearms in their homes? Should people be arrested for using something that is legal to purchase, or should the distributors be the ones in hot water? It is certainly a touchy subject with many gray areas.

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