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1988 Sledgehammer Corvette

The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport can do 267 mph. The McLaren F1 from the 1990s could reach 240 mph. Not just once or twice, but given a straight enough road and a private police force to keep traffic out of the way, these cars can do those speeds all day long. You would probably need to carry a fuel tanker and semi full of spare tires along, but that’s the cost of having that much fun.

The Mclaren F1 had been the fastest production car for some time. Until, the Bugatti Veyron came along. Even before the McLaren F1 was conceived, the Ferrari F40 was the fastest production car with a top speed of 201 mph. However, things could have been very different if Callaway had made a claim for the title.

The Sledgehammer, which was essentially a hopped up and seriously modded Corvette, was developed in the 1980s and featured some of the most advanced aerodynamics for its time. So, why did this Corvette require such sleek aerodynamics? Well, to allow the Callaway Sledgehammer to hit its mammoth top speed of would top out at 254.76 mph.The Sledgehammer hit this top massive top speed on October 26th, 1988 with John Lingenfelter behind the wheel.

The aptly named Sledgehammer achieved what the Bugatti Veyron could do almost two decades later. Now you have the opportunity to own the Sledgehammer — one of the rarest cars on Earth — as it is set to cross the auction block. Unfortunately, the winning bidder won’t be permitted to drive it on public roads.

Click past the jump to read more on the Sledgehammer and to see the 1988 video of the Sledgehammer hitting this massive top speed

On the surface, this may not look anything close to an attractive special edition model, but Opel , together with MotoGP star Valentino Rossi and designer Aldo Drudi, is attesting that there’s more to this Opel Adam than meets the eye.

For one, the model has been specifically dubbed the Adam & Vale for Charity, a one-off creation that was designed by no less than Rossi and Drudi themselves. A lot was put into the design of this particular Adam to make it stand out from the rest and both Rossi and Drudi put in the time to accomplish that.

The custom paint finish on the body of this Adam was derived using MotoGP as inspiration. The choice of colors — hints of silver, grey and lime green — were intentionally used to evoke the spitting image, or at least, resemblance to the world’s premier motorcycle racing series. Inside, the colorful interior cabin was equipped with Dainese leather seats with a style inspiration taken from a motorcycle suit, similar to the ones that Rossi uses when he’s out racing all over the world.

More importantly, the Adam & Vale for Charity is as its name suggest: a car that will be auctioned for charity this coming December with the proceeds benefiting the Meyer Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Click past the jump to read about the standard Opel Adam

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If it’s a classic from Maranello that is rare and has won races in the past, you can’t expect it to come cheap. That fact that was proved once again at a car auction in New York, where a gorgeous 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, along with other more collectible items from the history of the automobile, were on sale.

Noted auction houses, Sotheby’s and RM Auctions , brought 32 trophy vehicles that fetched a total of $62.8 million in sales. Of that $62.8 million, the Ferrari 250 LM was contributed a whopping $14.3 million, more than double that of the previous 250 LM sold and a new record for the model.

The sale of the 1964 250 LM also got its name in the costliest Ferrari’s ever sold list. Ferrari never produced more than 32 examples of the 250LM.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1964 Ferrari 250 LM

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So, you’ve got a supercar but no place flex its muscles... With the Nurburgring sale nearly completed , then you may be interested in this upcoming auction. Mid America Motorplex, which is located just outside of Omaha, Nebraska, will go under the hammer next week. The complete facility along with all the assets will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

The 2.23-mile-long racetrack, which also includes an 1/8-mile drag strip, paddock building, and other racetrack necessities, has been put up for auction on Auction Solutions Inc. The sale is scheduled to take place on November 23rd, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. The little-known Mid America Motorplex is situated in the small town of Pacific Junction, Iowa, not far from Omaha, and covers a total area of 205 acres.

Pre-bidding has already kicked-off on Auction Solutions’ website. The last bid registered is $380,000 with 5 days remaining. Sure, it’s no Nurburgring , but it would be a steal if it comes in under $500k.

Read more about the Mid America Motorplex after the jump

One of the cool things that happens at the SEMA Auto Show is that you get to see a bunch of the cars in attendance head to various auctions. During last week’s show, a pair of custom Chevrolet Camaros were revealed, and they are are now heading to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale this coming January.

The two Camaros, called the Linda Vaughn LV-1 Editions, were inspired by the woman many consider the "First Lady of Motorsports." Jack ’Doc’ Watson also designed the two Camaros to pay homage to the friendship between the two individuals — a bond that has lasted for over 50 years.

Both Camaros come with color combinations that also harkens back to Watson’s old black/gold and white/gold color schemes for Hurst and Oldsmobile models of yesteryear. The gold, in particular, was also added to serve as inspiration to Linda Vaughn’s "Miss Hurst Golden Shifter" nickname.

Both cars are considered one-offs (or two-offs, if you want to group both together) with each coming with a host of identifiable badging, fancy sets of wheels, and complete warranty and service policies. No performance modifications were added, but for cars that will be as sought after as these two, you don’t need that added horsepower to make it any more special.

Like we said, the two Linda Vaughn LV-1 Camaros will be auctioned off this January by Barrett-Jackson with the proceeds from both cars going to The International Kids Alliance Network — a charity dedicated to exciting teaching tools for kids and eliminating illiteracy.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro

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By the early 1960s, the Corvette had triumphed over the Thunderbird and was now firmly America’s sports car for the second-gen’s arrival as a 1963 model. Car guys, pilots and engineers all over America had taken the lightweight-big engine formula to heart with their prized first-gen Corvettes , but now they wanted more performance by every measurement. Much more speed, in particular.

Chevrolet had similar ideas when brainstorming ways to replace the C1 as far back as 1957. The Q-Corvette concept was a working idea of a smaller, lighter and nimbler Corvette than ever before. Four-wheel discs were to be standard, and the car was could hold its own on a racetrack right off the showroom floor.

Over the C2’s relatively short time — until 1967 — this Corvette became the quickest factory machine ever in the quarter-mile with the 11.02 second time recorded by the 1967 Corvette L88 Sting Ray Convertible .

Click past the jump for the full history of the 1963-1967 Chevrolet Corvette C2, with highlights from two prize-winning concours examples.

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Dream cars are such a regular and normal part of every car guy and gal’s life growing up. Waiting for that license, dreaming about the wild places you will go and friends you might meet. For generations of enthusiasts until the 1950s, however, such dreams were so unattainable they were foolish.

The only non-mass-market car around was the coach-built Phaeton from Rolls-Royce , Mercedes-Benz or Duesenberg .

Such was the gulf between the rich and poor at the time that it makes today’s 99-percent protests seem as ridiculous as they are. In those days, the ratio was more like 99.99999 percent versus the 0.00001 percent.

You can probably guess which group we and most young car shoppers would fall into. And it is not the one with the nines.

For a generation of hot-shot former military officers, pilots and engineers: coming home from the battle fronts of Europe and the Pacific had whet their appetites for speed. The enormous volume of men and women enchanted by steel machinery during wartime was unprecedented.

But coming home, the cars these speed demons found were lumbering, great heavy beasts with no power and little cornering ability whatsoever. These men were chasing the rush they felt in fighter bombers - but in a stylish and affordable package.

The Corvette from 1953 was the answer to these wishes and much, much more. Initially just a throw-away concept for the Motorama events, such was the demand that Chevy had no choice but to produce the car for sale.

But those shapes could never be made in steel! And never made in time to get the car to eager buyers. So a stop-gap solution was born to make the panels out of fiberglass over a ladder frame chassis. Little did the fabricators know, this template would underpin America’s sports car for the next 75 years or more.

The Chevrolet Corvette C1 is a very special automobile. Collected here are three incredible examples of this ground-breaking achievement for affordable dream cars ever since.

Click past the jump for this debrief of the 1953-1962 Chevrolet Corvette C1.

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Ford will auction a one-of-a-kind prototype of the NHRA competition-ready 2014 Mustang Cobra Jet at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas on September 28, 2013. All the proceeds will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

This one-off Cobra Jet prototype is powered by a 5.0-liter, supercharged V-8 engine mated to a T4 racing transmission. For safe racing, it also comes with a safety cage made out of chrome-moly, a three-link rear suspension, lightweight racing brakes, exclusive Cobra Jet-branded Weld wheels, a three-link rear suspension system and a 9-inch rear axle. The interior will also add Cobra-branded Recaro seats.

This special Cobra Jet also features a stunning fiery orange satin finish combined with dark gray reflective stripes and a distinctive license plate with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s logo.

The winner of the bid will not only get the car, but also a training session at Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School where he will be able to drive cars like the Shelby GT500 or the Boss 302 Mustang.

Updated 10/01/2013: This unique Mustang Cobra Jet prototype was auctioned this weekend during Barrett Jackson’s auction in Las Vegas for an impressive amount of $200,000.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Ford Mustang Cobra Jet.

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The question of where to take Lincoln ’s styling was top-of-mind for Ford during the mid 1950s, and the net it cast was to both the internal styling teams and one special dream car creator of Italy.

Turbulent times for all the Blue Oval brands followed the market flop of their Edsel series, and Chevrolet was lighting up newsprint and auto shows with their swanky Motorama events and the original Corvette concept of 1953.

The desire for miraculous styling direction and stunning concept cars led to all the non-GM American car brands to pair off with Italian styling houses. During this flurry of deals, Ghia signed up with Chrysler , Bertone for Packard and Carrozerria Touring with Hudson.

Lincoln went with a less-renowned name of Felice Paolo to dress a rolling chassis with bespoke coupe bodywork ahead of the Turin motor show. The orange lacquer paint was barely dry on the 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Exclusive Study by Carrozzeria Boano Torino when it was rolled onto the rotating platform of the Turin auto show.

This stunning concept car is headed for the glitz and flash bulbs again this November with RM Auctions, where the car’s previous million-dollar pricing is expected to climb in value yet again.

Click past the jump for all the unusual and one-off style of the 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Concept.

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When it comes to the supercars in the Dubai, we have heard just about every crazy story that we can think of. The latest one includes this new record-breaking Lamborghini Aventador , made out of gold and gems.

This shiny Aventador features 55 pounds of gold, and is currently on auction at a price of $7.5 million, with $650,000 of tht money earmarked for charity. With that massive price, this is set to be the most expensive Lamborghini in the world.

We are talking of course about a 1:18 scale model, carved from a 1,100-pound block of solid gold. The model is currently on display in a Dubai showroom, and for security reasons, it is currently just a prototype made from a less-expensive material. The fortunate winner of the bid will have the opportunity to customize the scale model according to his personal desire.

Despite not being a road-ready model, this Aventador is already listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most expensive model car.

Click past the jump to read more about the real Lamborghini Aventador.

Source: CNBC

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