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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. Sin Sin ce 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.

When you hear about Achim Anscheidt - Bugatti Head of Design - you would probably expect him to drive a supercar like the Bugatti Veyron , right? Nope, he isn’t that kind of guy. Instead he opted for something a little bit more classic, and a lot cooler: a 1981 Porsche 911 .

This is no normal old 1981 Porsche 911 either, oh no. This one is completely gutted and all of the removable panels – trunk, bonnet, doors, front fenders, etc. – are all made from Kevlar. Yeah, you read that right: Kevlar! He also cleaned up the engine bay a little bit and replaced the windows with plastic, which brings the 911’s weight down to a svelte 820 kg (1,807 pounds).

Unfortunately, Anscheidt didn’t let us in on the 911’s performance numbers, but we’ll just assume it’s pretty dang fast.

After watching the video let us know in the comments section below what do you think about his choice: would you drive the 1981 911 or rather take the Veyron?


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.

Morgan has made a habit of releasing tribute models to its cars of yesteryear. Recently, it unveiled its latest tribute, the Plus 4 Super Sports Baby Doll VI.

This model pays homage to the Morgan Plus 4 Super Sports, which was first introduced back in 1961. The Baby Doll VI certainly lives up to its name, featuring a lightweight aluminum body, a material that was used on the original.

The Baby Doll VI comes in two color schemes: Kingfisher Blue with matching white stripes and Westminister Green with yellow stripes. The car rides on a set of 15-inch Roadster alloy wheels wrapped in Yokohama A048 tires.

Inside the Baby Doll VI, there’s Tillett carbon race seats with Aero Racing logos on the headrests. It also boasts a removable steering wheel, new dash, dials and switches, two aero screens, fire extinguisher, roll bar, battery cut-off switch, and a Baby Doll badge on the back panel.

Under its hood, the Baby Doll VI features an Omex engine that produces 260 horsepower and mates to a Mazda transmission. Morgan installed a slew of other components on this tribute model, including an oil cooler, sports exhaust system with a repackable silencer, gas adjustable dampers, a 4.10-to-1-ratio limited-slip axle, front and rear disc brakes, brake re-action bars, and a Panhard rod.

Morgan is also offering extra options for the Baby Doll VI. For an added cost, you get a high roll cage, a heater, spot lamps, full race-spec brake calipers, and a set of Silver Minilite 7j wheels with 3-eared spinners.

The Morgan Plus 4 Super Sports Baby Doll VI comes in at £55,000 (around $87,000 based on current exchange rates), including VAT with no warranty available on the engine, due to race tuning.

Old or new, Jay Leno has always reviewed some of the most amazing cars offered on the market, and the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage show is no exception. He may not have been reviewing a Ferrari or a Lamborghini supercar, this episode is about one of the most unique creations ever produced Stateside.

We are talking about the 1963 Chrysler Turbine, a model limited to only 55 units — 46 of which were destroyed after the project was decommissioned. The car was powered by a JP-4 jet fuel engine that delivered a total of 130 horsepower and was able to get the car to 60 mph in 12 seconds.

Apparently, this is the amazing car Jay Lenos has lusted after since he was 14 years old, so you can imagine that this episode is packed with all kinds of amazing footage: a book review, a road test, and Chrysler’s original promotional video.

Back in 1978, Dodge rolled out a special edition package for its D150 pickup trucks, which were not yet named “Ram.” This new package was known internally as Package Code YH6 and featured a high-output 360-cubic-inch V-8 engine with a 4-barrel carb pumping in fuel. The engine boasted high-flow cylinder heads and an aggressive cam shave and it all hooked up to a 3.55-to-1 rear end. This package, which we all know as the L’il Red Express, only lasted two years – 1978 and 1979 – and saw only 2,188 units in 1978 and 5,118 units in 1979. This makes it one of the most sought after Dodge pickups ever built.

Well, Ram is rolling out a remake of this classic short-body pickup truck in the form of its SEMA -stationed L’il Red Express Truck. Though it is more modern than the original rendition, it certainly pays it homage rather well. It features the bright-red paint of the original, a side-stack exhaust system, and a wood-trimmed bed.

In addition, this remake of the cult classic pickup features 22-inch Mopar rims with gold inserts, a 5.7-liter HEMI engine that pumps out 390 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque, gold accent stripes, “Hyperblack” painted grille inserts, and a custom Katzkin (no, not “cat skin”) interior. Sure, it lacks the flare-side styling and the wood-outlined bed of the original, but it is bad-ass nonetheless.

There is no mention of this special edition ever coming to the Ram lineup, but don’t be too surprised to see it roll out in 2013 and 2014, as Chrysler loves running special-edition Rams – there have been plenty of them. One thing is for sure, it would definitely carry a higher premium than the $1,131 price for the original L’il Red Express package.

Stay tuned to find our of Chrysler plans to launch this model or not.

Earlier this month, we brought you an all-new video where Porsche actually gave Chris Harris an exclusive ride-along story on the not-yet-released 918 Spyder. That was a very impressive piece and really shows how much respect Harris has gained in the industry. Well, now Porsche is really pulling out all of the stops and entrusting Harris behind the wheel of its multi-million-dollar museum exhibit, the Porsche 962C.

Yeah, we’re talking about the 800 kg (1,763 lb.), 650-horsepower 962C that took home the 1987 24 Hours of Le Mans title. The same Porsche 962C that you can walk into Porsche’s museum and look at but not touch. This guy got to sit in this legendary car’s driver’s seat and whip it around Porsche’s test track at 150 mph.

As always, Chris brought along his ride-along camera and gave us an in-car view of him carefully navigating this legend around the track. Before and after the drive, Chris also gets to interview the lead engineer on the 962 project and gets some insight on just how much planning went into this car, from its rear axle to the massive amounts of down-force the various parts of the body create.

In all, this is a downright awesome video and all of the noises that come from the engine are completely beautiful.

Enjoy!

The Mercedes-Benz 300SL 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.

The Chevrolet Corvette is heading into its seventh generation and it’s set to be unveiled in Detroit on January 13th, 2013. With the release of this almost 100 percent all-new `Vette – only the cabin air filter and the top latch are carried over from the C6 generation – also comes an all-new version of the Corvette’s signature crossed flags logo.

GM was rather generous with us upon announcing the upcoming release of the C7 Corvette, as it also released an image of the restyled badge. Sure, it is essentially a modernized version of the C6’s badge, but it’s still cool nonetheless.

In celebration of this upcoming release, we thought we would outline all seven renditions of the Corvette’s crossed flags badge and connect them to their respective generations. So kick back and enjoy as we take you from 1953 all the way through 2014!

Click past the jump to read the full evolution of the Corvette and its emblem.

Remember the nugget of pure awesome that was the Bugatti EB110 ? Don’t worry if you don’t, as likely three-quarters of the world doesn’t remember the short-lived predecessor to the Veyron, which saw only 139 examples from 1991 through 1995. If you don’t remember that then you definitely don’t remember the lighter and more powerful EB110 Super Sport that was available in 1992.

For those that don’t know of it, the 1992 EB110 SS pumped 603 horsepower from its 3.5-liter V-12 engine. It blasted from 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) in only 3.2 seconds and had a top speed of 348 km/h (216 mph). All of this during the dark ages of the supercar, the early 1990s. To put this in perspective, the Lamborghini Diablo could only muster up 425 horsepower, hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, and had a 202 mph top speed. So, yeah, the EB110 SS was bad-ass.

Because of how rare it is, you will likely never see one in person, let alone see one do a burn out and be driven like a real supercar. Well, we’re here to give you that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, through the power of interweb video!

The above video is chock-full of awesome tire smoldering, hard driving and all sorts of sweet small displacement V-12 engine noises. Kick back, crank up the volume, and enjoy!


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