RM Auction will offer at Monterey auction from 16 – 17 August 2013 a unique and very rare 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta. The Ferrari 166 S was an evolution of Ferrari’s 125 S sports race car that became a sports car for the street in the form of the 166 Inter. It shared its Aurelio Lampredi-designed tube frame and double wishbone/live axle suspension with the 125. Like the 125, the wheelbase was 2420 mm long. Only 39 examples were produced from its introduction at the Turin Motor Show in 1948 to its retirement in 1950. It was replaced by the 2.3 L 195 S in 1950.
The first 166 Inter was designed by Touring’s chief stylist, Carlo Anderloni. 166 S competition models were generally coachbuilt by Carrozzeria Allemano. Ferrari 166 racing cars won Mille Miglia in both 1948 and 1949, driven by Clemente Biondetti and Giuseppe Navone the first year and Biondetti and Ettore Salani the next.
In 1949 the 166 also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the hands of Luigi Chinetti and Lord Selsdon, and the Targa Florio, with Clemente Biondetti and Igor Troubetzkoy, making it the only car ever to win all three races. Motor Trend Classic named the 166 MM Barchetta as number six in their list of the ten “Greatest Ferraris of all time”.
When a manufacturer like Jaguar, has a rich history of success in motorsports, it’s natural to want to remind the public of its tradition. That is why they created the concept Project 7. The number 7 in the title of this unique car symbolizes victories by the Jaguar manufacturer achieved at Le Mans in the period from 1951 to 1990. Project 7 is designed for only four months, and as the basis has served Jaguar’s latest commercial advantage, the model F-Type.
However, the basic for retro inspiration of this car is its famous Jaguar D-Type from whom he “borrowed” part of the body look, behind the driver, in which is integrated roll-bar protection in case of a rollover. Compared to the F-Type it was also changed the front part of the car that got the large side air vents and a different bumper. In addition, there are various aerodynamic additions of carbon fiber, such as a large rear spoiler. Project 7 is equipped with 20-inch alloy wheels with Pirelli P Zero tires.
Cabin exudes a retro atmosphere through specially stitched racing seat. In addition, the interior is refined with elements which are also made of carbon fiber. Since the car is intended for race track competition, the front passenger seat was ejected as superfluous, and instead there is a tray that can be placed helmet. In order to design the car had adequate support, the 5.0 liter V8 engine from the Jaguar F-Type was upgraded to 405 kW / 550 hp, while peak torque is 680 Nm. The engine is mated to a eight-shift Quickshift automatic gearbox. Jaguar Project 7 speeds to 60mph in 4.2 s, and the maximum speed is limited to 180mph. The concept of Project 7 will premiere at the upcoming event, the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013.
Aston Martin has just announced that during a race weekend at the Nürburgring 24-hour race, will present to the public model CC100 Speedster, based on the V12 Vantage model.
CC100 Speedster was created to mark the centenary of the company. Aston Martin chief Ulrich Bez is at the last Geneva Motor Show announced that the car will feature modern styling, but also will have the impact of DBR1 racing car in 1959, the winner of Le Mans.
In any case, the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster is built for less than six months, and it is a two-seat sports without a roof, and is characterized by a carbon-fiber body, 6.0L V12 engine, 6-speed automated manual transmission, LED headlights, TFT display …
CC100 Speedster is about 4.5 meters long, two meters wide, and it is estimated that the weight is less than 1200 kg. Aston Martin says that CC100 Speedster from 0 to 60mph speeds in just over 4 seconds and a top speed is electronically limited to 175mph.
For now, its just made a one copy of the Aston Martin, and apparently has already been sold for between $770,000 and $1,540,000.
Aston Martin has also confirmed that on Pebble Beach Concours in California (in August) will present two concept vehicles.
In 90 years of legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, in honor of its six drivers who are winning the French Le Mans, Bentley has unveiled a special edition models of its Mulsanne and Continental GT.
Luxury sedan Mulsanne Le Mans was given a specially designed leather covered seats, aluminum pedals and sill illuminated label Le Mans Edition. There are also specially tuned sports suspension, quad exhaust system terminations and special dark-painted wheels with five spokes. With the edition marks on the sills and headrests, Bentley Continental GT Le Mans is equipped with 21-inch wheels, and you get the Breitling watch as a present.
The British company will make a total of 96 copies of Le Mans edition, 48 copies of the Continental GT and 48 copies of Mulsanne. Each car will be distinguished by a unique combination of colors according to six drivers, and is planned to be offered exclusively on the North American market.
Six versions of Le Mans limited edition of bentley are:
The original Bentley Boy, John Duff gave Bentley its first win at Le Mans 24 Hours in 1924. After a fourth place finish in 1923, Duff returned to Le Mans the following year with Bentley co-driver Jack Clement. The pair raced to a first place finish, defeating many of the leading sports cars of the day.
Interior: Two-tone Linen and Beluga
Veneer: Piano Black and Bright Aluminium
Competing for the sheer pleasure of driving and the thrill of the race, “Benjy”, drove at numerous events and took 1st place at Le Mans in 1927.
Exterior: Verdant – the same colour of the victorious Bentley Speed 8 in 2003
Interior: Two-tone Linen and Cumbrian Green
Veneer: Dark Stain Burr Walnut and Bright Aluminium
Considered “the best driver we ever had” by W.O. Bentley, Barnato remains the only driver to have won on each occasion of entering the race recording wins at Le Mans in 1928, 1929 and 1930.
Veneer: Carbon Fiber in Continental series
Dark Stain Burr Walnut with Dark Aluminium in Mulsanne
A formidable personality, Birkin, an ex-fighter pilot was renowned for his willingness to be utterly ruthless with his car to achieve a winning result.
Exterior: Glacier White
Veneer: Piano Black and Bright Aluminium
Kidston claimed 1st place at Le Mans in 1930 and is known for being an adventurer; rough, tough, sharp and fearless.
Exterior: Dark Sapphire
Interior: Two-tone Newmarket Tan and Imperial Blue
Veneer: Dark Stain Burr Walnut and Dark Aluminium
A central figure for Team Bentley’s attack on both the Sebring 12-Hours and the Le Mans 24 Hours, Guy Smith secured his place in racing legend at the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours. Smith was selected to pilot the Bentley Speed 8 across the finish line to mark an emotional sixth win for Bentley.