More importantly, all of the proceeds from the auction will be handed over to the Usain Bolt Foundation — a charitable organization founded by the Olympic star — in the hopes of providing educational and cultural opportunities for children and young people in the athlete’s home country, Jamaica.
In addition to the Golden Godzilla, the auction also featured signed memorabilia from Bolt himself, including racing helmets, fire-proof suits, driving boots, and even t-shirts the man himself wore during a recent visit to Nissan’s test track in Japan.
As for the winning bidder of the Bolt Gold GT-R, it’s probably best to temper his excitement a little bit because the car won’t be delivered to his waiting arms until March 2013.
One of the few examples of a car that revolutionized America’s stance in the supercar segment, the 1965 Ford GT40, could be yours, provided you have at least $5 million lying around somewhere and have registered for the RM auction to be held in Arizona on January 18th 2013.
This was the only racecar from America – or from anywhere for that matter – that ever sent chills down Enzo Ferrari’s spine. These chills were magnified when the Ford GT40 broke the streak of wins that Ferrari was enjoying. To celebrate the victories, Ford had built seven street-legal versions of the Le Mans-winning GT40, and one of them is the racing green painted beauty that you see above.
Powered by a 4.7-liter V-8 engine that was detuned to 335 horsepower, it doesn’t really spell “power” as compared to today’s supercars. Bear in mind, however, that this car is 47 years old and back in `66, this was one of the most powerful cars that boys would drool all over.
The road version of the Le Mans GT40 received some significant tuning to keep the owner’s neck and spine intact. The shocks were softened, the shift lever was moved to the center and the hard bucket seat was replaced by softer bucket seats for the driver and passenger.
Up for sale at RM Auctions, this 1965 Ford GT40 is expected to sell at $3 million dollars. Most of you will think that is quite a lot for an American car, but this is not just any American car. It’s one of the seven examples in history that helped shape America’s stance in international racing and proved to the Italians that they aren’t the only ones who know how to race and win.
We’ll update this article once the auction starts with official numbers in the price tag
Though it’s not a combination of a slick motorcycle and gargantuan, rocket powered beast, the original ’66 Batmobile does require you to wear the cheesy costume if you plan on driving it. Or if you simply want to showcase this great piece of cinematic history amongst your car collection, it will be up for grabs at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 19, 2013.
Built by legendary car customizer George Barris, legend has it that this car was put together in just 15 days, though there wasn’t any actual record of the car being put together at that short amount of time.
After being given $15,000 (which was quite a lot in ’66) and the short time frame, like any realist would do, Barris used a Lincoln Futura, which he bought for $1 about a decade earlier, and repainted it black. Since CGI effects were considered a thing of the future, Barris had to fit all the ridiculous crime-fighting gadgets to the car. The gadgets included: the Batphone, the Emergency Bat-turn Lever, the Batray, the Bat Beam and best of all, the Bat-tering Ram. It even comes with a working parachute from a drag racer.
Fancy gadgets and paint jobs aside, this car is a 390 cubic-inch V-8 powered Lincoln Futura. When the engine was in the Futura, it featured 330 horsepower, but the current output was not released. With a "bubble" roof and some futuristic design cues, the original 1950’s Futura concept gave the public insight on what future automobiles would look like. Looks like they got that concept totally wrong from where we’re standing today.
While most people sell their cars at half its original price, George Barris will be making a big fortune when he sells his black old Lincoln Futura at Scottsdale. Good work, Mr Barris...
We’ll update this review with the final selling price once the auction closes.
Chevrolet announced today that the last 2012 COPO Camaro will be auctioned at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, in January. All of the auction’s proceeds will go to the American Heart Association. This unit is one of only two convertible models built in 2012. This also happens to be the only model that is painted Inferno Orange Metallic, and is driven by a 550-horsepower, 327-cubic-inch engine with a 4.0-liter Whipple supercharger and a Turbo 400 three-speed automatic transmission.
With this occasion, Chevrolet also announced that another batch of 69 COPO units will be produced in 2013.
"The COPO Camaro program has been a special program and there’s not a better way to close out the 2012 racing season than with the final – and most unique – one of the 2012 production run,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Chevrolet is proud to once again partner with the American Heart Association at Barrett-Jackson for the sale of this COPO Camaro convertible. It will make a great race car or collector vehicle for a lucky bidder, who will be buying a piece of history."
Christmas is just around the corner and finding the right gift can be pretty difficult, especially if we are talking about a car enthusiast. For those of you interested, RM Auction is offering a very cool catalog collection featuring the company’s main auction events for 2013: Arizona, Amelia Island, St. John’s, Monterey, Hershey, London, Villa d’Este and more.
Each catalog offers features hundreds of the most significant cars in the world, stunning photography and, of course, fully documented information on each car. Even if you cannot be present at each auction event, you will be able to get a pretty good idea on each car featured on the auction list. Also, each catalog offers a bidder registration discount.
This catalog collection can be yours for $400. Those of you interested can order the set by heading over to RM Auctions official web page.
A few months ago, we let you know that General Motors Chairman and CEO, Dan Akerson, announced he would auction his personal 1958 Chevrolet Corvette. At that time, the official details were not revealed, but now GM is letting us in on everything now.
Akerson’s Corvette is one of the only 510 units painted in "Regal Turquoise". It is powered by a V-8 engine with an output of 254 horsepower, and was the first Corvette model to feature dual headlamps and twin chrome trunk spears. Additionally, it is a hardtop convertible, and features new instrument panels and new upholstery.
That’s certainly makes this a lot more than your run-of-the-mill `58 Vette. Then again, is there really any such things as a "run-of-the-mill" `58 Vette?
"I hope the new owner will feel like their money is going to a good place," Akerson said. "It will help families become more rooted in our community. At the same time, they’re going to have new memories and new fun of their own. It’s not often you can get all of it packaged into a great car, great fun, great memories and that you’re doing something good at the same time."
We’re hopping this particular Corvette will raise more than $1 million - Akerson’s personal donation made in last February for Habitat for Humanity Detroit. The sale will take place on January 18, 2013 at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The gold-painted Nissan GT-R Usain Bolt Edition is headed to auction, but this time, Nissan’s not going for the usual setup. Instead, it’s bringing the car to eBay where interested folks can have a chance to make a bid for the car.
The auction will run from November 22nd to December 2nd, 2012 and, according to Nissan, the winning bidder will have the car built specifically to conform to regulations in the bidder’s area. Delivery date has been scheduled for March 2013.
In addition to the "Bolt Gold" GT-R, which predictably is the crown jewel of the auction, Nissan will also auction off a number of other Bolt-signed items, including clothes and racing helmets. All of the proceeds from the auction will be given to the Usain Bolt Foundation, a charity that the record-setting sprinter established to lend support, and give educational and cultural opportunities to young kids in Jamaica.
It certainly goes without saying that the event holds special meaning to the Olympic champion’s heart, particularly because the people that it will benefit are young children from his home country. "This project excites me because it brings together my passion for speed and excellence, and my desire to help kids and young people," Bolt said.
So if you’re interested in owning a one-of-a-kind GT-R and knowing that the money you paid for it will go to a worthy cause, this is the auction for you.
For all of the esteem Ferrari receives as one of the most famous automakers in the world, you can’t deny the fact that it also has a soft spot for aiding those in need. We remember Ferrari auctioning off a 599XX Evo some months ago to raise money to help those affected by earthquakes in Italy.
Recently, the Italian supercar manufacturer put on their generosity hat once more by auctioning off the first U.S.-Spec Ferrari F12berlinetta to aid those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
With great interest in the car, seeing as it’s the first U.S.-spec F12 to be released, the auction ended up being a tremendous success with a winning bid of $1.125 million, a sum paid for by Long Island resident, Larry Roth. The amount, together with donations made by Ferrari dealers, clients and friends amounting to $345,000, will all be donated to the Red Cross.
It’s a testament to Ferrari’s social and civic awareness that it can have an auction like this to help out people in need. Credit is due to Mr. Roth, too. He dug deep into his pockets to scoop up the F12. He might have to wait for the supercar, though, as delivery of the model isn’t expected until the middle of next year.
The northeast U.S. is still in recovery mode after Hurricane Sandy rolled through and left it in shambles. Ferrari is now stepping in to help out the recovery process by not selling the first-run F12berlinetta in a traditional fashion. Rather, Ferrari will offer the first F12berlinetta sold in the U.S. to the highest bidder. No, Ferrari is not trying to increase it profits; it is taking all of the proceeds from the auction and donating it to the American Red Cross, which will then use that money to help out the victims of Sandy’s wrath.
This auction will take place on November 17th at the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, which kicks off in Austin Texas. The auction will start at 9:00 p.m. EST and the car will be given to the highest bidder. If you cannot attend the auction, you can still bid, but you’ll have to any Ferrari dealer to place your absentee bid.
The F12berlinetta will carry a $315,888 base MSRP, but as expected, the first-run example will pull in a lot more money than the typical model. Look for this to pull in somewhere near the $500 to $600K mark, maybe even more, if folks are feeling generous.
In addition to auctioning off its newest supercar, Ferrari and the American Red Cross have teamed up to launch a donation page, so you can sign up to give blood, volunteer or donate cash. What a wonderful act by Ferrari and something that many of these supercar companies just don’t get into all that often.
The Mercedes-Benz300SL Gullwing is a rare enough car, as there were only 3,258 examples ever built. Of those, only 1,400 were coupes. So, when you start talking about special edition models, you are getting into some of the rarest cars in the world.
When the SL300 was busy kicking ass at venues like the 24 Hours of Nürburgring and 24 Hours of Le Mans, it was not the standard road-going model that you saw. In fact, the car you saw boasted a completely different body. All of the road-going cars, prior to the car’s retirement from racing boasted a steel body and the racing models featured a lighter allot body.
After the 300SL’s retirement from racing, the alloy body became a 5,000 Deutsche Marks option on the already pricey base 300SL. Because of this massive markup, only 29 models were ever built and sold to the general public, thus making it one of the rarest Mercedes-Benz’s available today.
To read more about the 300SL Alloy Gullwing, click past the jump.