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The Aston Martin DB5 is a global phenomenon often referred to as ‘the most famous car in the world’ thanks to its longtime heritage over 50 years of James Bond films. The car itself retook center stage a few times in the films since originally starring in Goldfinger and From Russia With Love, most recently with Skyfall’s Daniel Craig wheeling it out of secret storage before a midnight dash to his childhood orphanage in Scotland.

RM Auctions 2012 sale of this Sierra Blue example also includes a big name attached: Sir Paul McCartney, who rewarded himself with his first Aston Martin just a few weeks after The Beatles breakout appearance on U.S. television via The Ed Sullivan Show.

As special as the DB5’s numerous celeb owners and movie credits are, the coverage can be exhausting sometimes because the same tired facts are reshuffled. In this full review of the DB5, the focus is the merits of the car itself versus its contemporaries like the E-type Jaguar , Lamborghini 350 GT and Ferrari 250 GTO.

The DB5 was also created in a fashionable convertible body-style and as a one-off shooting brake for company lead David Brown, but the two-door hardtops are the most recognizable and affordable examples of 1963’s most advanced car.

Click past the jump for the full review of this cherished dream car.

If you’ve been visiting these pages for the past couple of years, you might remember Holger Schubert . If you have a hard time recalling the man, he was the one who decided to build a state-of-the-art garage in his Los Angeles home for his beloved Ferrari 512 BBi .

That was back in 2010. Recently, the boys over at Petrolicious were able to pay a visit to Schubert’s remarkable garage and see for themselves exactly what makes this supposedly simple room such a technological wonder.

We’re not going to spoil a whole lot of the details because the video above does a remarkable job of showing you the garage in all its glory. But to give you an idea, the whole setup comes with a ten-foot-long, fifteen-foot-high bridge that has a hydraulic ramp on one end installed where the 512 BBi can go in and about its business.

And if you’re thinking this was a project everyone can partake in, Schubert actually spent $1.5 million to build the entire thing.

Click past the jump to read about the Ferrari 512 BBi

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Ferrari had a big problem with its 400 series when it debuted in 1959. Sure, the car packed a racing V-12 and all the gravitas a Ferrari badge can bring, but its brutal style made the front-engine 2+2 GT car a tough sell in one of Ferrari’s fastest-growing markets: the United States.

An emergency refresh was undertaken. Gone was the 400’s square grille and quad headlamp setup, replaced by Ferrari’s delicious oval slatted grille and single round headlamps under glass at each corner. Suddenly, the 400 Superamerica SWB Coupé Aerodinamico was as gorgeous as its two-seat siblings.

This very car, one of 36 built, is owned by famed driving instructor Skip Barber and is set for auction this weekend on May 25th by RM Auctions in Lake Cuomo, Italy. The pre-sale estimate is between $2.4 and $3 million, but the bidding could well reach $5 million before the dust settles.

Beneath the Superamerica Aerodinamico’s sumptuous bodywork lies the vanguard of Ferrari tech at the time, much like the Ferrari 456GT and current FF . Part of the “America” series of cars that included the 330 GT and 365 GTC , the plan in Modena was to leverage the flexibility offered by their small-scale Pininfarina bodywork team to create unique shells that would sell cars in crucial markets, like New York and Los Angeles, as well as Firenzi and Roma.

Click past the jump for the full review and photo gallery of this timeless classic, the 400 Superamerica Coupe SWB Aerodinamico.

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The recent record-breaking sale of this one-off 1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT Jet by Bertone shows the remarkable passion surrounding the brand’s classic cars, especially those with a unique or special racing history.

What’s so special about this car, aside from its rare provenance and Aston Martin Works Service restoration? Quite a few things about the DB4 GT were celebrated at the time, notably its potent top-end performance, great handling and the aircraft-style leather interior. The DB4 GT’s platform chassis replaced the DB4’s spaceframe, meaning new bodywork was required because the original Touring-designed panels weren’t compatible with the newly-developed floorplan and a chopped wheelbase.

Let’s get the money question out of the way. Yes, the Bertone Jet is more than ten times what a base DB4 is worth, but the final price was near the top end of the pre-sale estimate – so this was no surprise in the Aston community. All signs were good ahead of the sale: custom Bertone – pronounced “Bear Tony” - exterior and interior; the car’s unique nature; and the fact that it changed hands at the original chassis factory with full manufacturer blessing.

So is it a collector’s item? Without a doubt.

The current craze for the similar Ferrari 250 GT and Jaguar E-type heaves most of the dollars on convertibles – making them among the most valuable cars of all time. The 250 GT ’s auction magic is greatly enhanced by the fact that the car is a total joy to drive. Is the Bertone Jet a stunning drive as well?

Click past the jump for the full review of the DB4 GT Jet.

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Things went pretty great for Aston Martin during this weekend: next to unveiling the CC100 Speedster , the company also obtained a record auction price for a unique DB4GT. The car was part of the Aston Martin Centenary Sale at Aston Martin Works on 18 May 2013, which totaled a record total of over £10 million (more than $15 million), with every lot sold.

The DB4GT was auctioned for an impressive amount of £3,249,500 (a little over $4.9 million) - the highest ever price paid for an Aston Martin at auction.

However, this is not a regular DB4GT: it is nicknamed "The Jet" and was the last DB4GT to be built. The model is a one-off edition and has been designed by the Italian design house Bertone. The model was unveiled at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show.

This unique DB4GT won a total of 12 awards, including first in class at Pebble Beach and the Hurlingham Club, and best in show at Villa d’Este.

Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin DB4GT.

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Prestige car auctions offer a rare glimpse at classic exotics too old, rare or obscure to be on the regular radar. This is partly because the cars that change hands at these sales are the best of the best. They’re the ultra-low-mileage, heated-garage type of meticulously maintained classics that are as gorgeous now as they day they were born.

Two such examples surfaced recently for the first time in nearly 35 years at [RM Auctions: a flawless 1969 Maserati Ghibli Maserati Ghibli Spyder and a stunning red 1971 Maserati Ghlibi 4.9 SS. Celebrated at the time of its debut, the Ghibli faded from center stage with the introduction of the next big style step-change: the 1970s wedge supercar.

Does the Ghibli deserve to be a side note in car history, or was it actually a masterful 1967 execution of an ultra-fast, sleek and luxurious Italian pony car?

Please follow the jump for a deep dive into two true Maserati classics with a full image gallery, original brochures and some highlights in the evolution of the Ghibli’s performance.

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Magnus Walker’s love for the Porsche 911 is so deep that it was chronicled in a documentary called “Urban Outlaw.” Magnus takes classic Porsche 911 Porsche 911 s and modifies them with his signature touches. The cars he designs retain their original 911 lines, but on closer inspection they look a bit more race inspired. The cars are basically stripped versions of the original with a little extra pep under their hood.

In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Jay and Magnus take a look at one of Magnus Walker’s customized Porsche 911s. The video shows Jay Leno getting a little seat time in this custom car and showing that it isn’t meant just for the track — we assure you it is still more fun on the track.

Beyond building fantastic Porsches, Magnus Walker also has a great line of clothing wear inspired by his Porsches. But for us it’s the cars that really matter. The amount of detail he puts into this custom 911 is simply incredible and it just looks like something you could have seen circling racetracks back in the ’60s.

Check out the above video to see these two car guys enjoy the work of a true automotive artist.

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The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of just a handful of places where you can see some of the greatest classic cars and new performance cars being driven the way they were meant to be.

One of the highlights of this year’s show will be Porsche’s celebration of the 911 turning 50 years old. In commemoration its half-centennial, Porsche will bring 911s from various years throughout its lifespan, including some legendary racing models. Seeing the cars side-by-side should give those attending the show an idea of just how the famed 911 has evolved over the years.

Fortunately, the wait is almost over, as we are winding down to this year’s Goodwood kick off, which comes in July. For us press guys, the Festival comes a little early by way of a preview event that has just completed.

This above video features Harry Metcalfe filming his time at the preview event and it opens with Harry driving in a Lamborghini Espada , which just so happened to be his ride to the event. He also hitched rides in some of the hottest cars that will grace the 2013 Goodwood FoS, including: a McLaren 12C Can Am, a race-prepped Lotus Exige and an Opel Manta 400. The amount of beauty and history in this video is simply astonishing.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is a unique auto show that highlights more than today’s cars, but also pays homage to some past classics that paved the way for the current model’s to be as esteemed as they are.

For German automaker, Porsche, the 2013 Festival of Speed is an opportunity to showcase one such classic as part of its 50th anniversary: the 1965 Porsche 911 Project 50.

The model is actually a 1965 Porsche 911 that came powered by a 2.0-liter flat-six engine that produced 130 horsepower, a huge number back in the 60’s. The owner, who actually paid just £3,438 ($5,211) in today’s exchange, was an Italian who eventually sold it and soon thereafter, the car changed owners multiple times. It included a stop in the U.S. where it was soon imported to the UK sometime in the late 90’s where it morphed into a fully restored, FIA-Approved race car by what Porsche says was an "established historic Porsche motor sport preparation company."

In its current guise, the 911 Project 50 looks like it’s still got some legs to challenge in an auto race. At the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the car will make its public debut before embarking on a competition schedule that will include stops at a number of “Masters Series” events to go with appearances at larger festivals, such as the Nürburgring OldTimer and Silverstone Classic.

The car, itself, will be housed out of the company’s UK headquarters in Reading, Berkshire, and maintained by the in-house Porsche Cars GB Motorsport team. We’ll bring you more details as they become available.

Bulgarian tuner, Vilner, is one of those aftermarket companies that rarely follows conformity. That’s a good thing because, in terms of being unique and against the grain, it’s one of the best in the business.

So it’s not surprising that its latest program is for a sports car that’s about 20 years old: the legendary Alfa Romeo Zagato Roadster.

The two-seat convertible was produced from 1992 until 1994 with only 284 of the 350 planned units being realized. So yeah, when it comes to Alfa Romeo exclusivity, the Zagato Roadster is head and shoulders above the rest.

In order to restore the limited edition sports car back to its shiny opulence, Vilner fully serviced the sports car, cleaning and restoring the car’s body, chassis and engine. The body of the Zagato Roadster was first dressed in a red matte finish, a shade that pays homage to Alfa Romeo’s sister brand, Ferrari.

From there, Vilner replaced all the seals that needed replacing while also creating a new hood for the sports car. Equally important was the work the Bulgarian tuner did on the sports car’s interior, rebuilding and equipping the cabin with a new dashboard, center console, steering wheel, door panels and floor mats. Even the seats were restored to their former glory, which goes to show the lengths Vilner went to bring back the iconic sports car.

Under its hood, the Zagato Roadster comes powered with a restored stock 3.0-liter V-6 engine that produces 210 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 181 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm.


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