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  Roadster cars are convertible compact sport cars, more or less luxurious but with a bold look and providing lots of feedback to the driver. they are the fun fast cars by excellence

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The swinging 60s just brings up this roasted and muddy air of sex, sweat and drugs. Enough to intoxicate even the plastic hippies among us, the 1960s is rapidly becoming the most profitable segment of the classic supercar market.

And for good reason. Simple leather is mixed with gasoline until emotions boil. This list spans such greats as the Ferrari 250GT California Spider LWB Competizione to the 365 GTB/4 Daytona . And what a long, strange trip it was between those two masterpieces.

The birth of the Porsche 911 , the Aston Martin DB5 , the Shelby Cobra and Ford GT40, the Maserati Ghibli Spyder and many more.

All of the cars from this era are rich in prose. Sean Connery’s name pops up repeatedly, and so does Steve McQueen and Sir Paul McCartney. These were mens’ men in a time of changing morals on a global scale.

But the coupes and ragtops these gents preferred are really fit for the ages. So throw on some Aviators and slip into your slimmest racing loafers.

Click past the jump for a sunny-Sunday donut run in the Top-Ten Best Supercars from the 1960s.

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BMW’s illustrious history began during World War I when the now-successful luxury car-builder developed fighter aircraft-engine. At the end of the WWI it switched to developing motorcycles, then in 1929, BMW bought its way into the car industry when it purchased the Dixi Car factory and started developing automobiles — some of its best were elegant roadsters.

The first roadster to roll out of Bimmer’s factory was the 315/1, which was based on the 315 saloon. From here, things evolved to the 328, which was one of the most successful roadster ever developed by BM and won the Mille Miglia in many times and the 1939 24 Hours of Le Mans .

After the WWII, BMW was in great trouble and it needed a car to rescue it, and BMW thought that car was the 507. It was indeed a great car, with one of the most gorgeous design languages in the era and a powerful engine under the hood. However, because of its high price — $10,500 — the 507 was almost responsible for putting the BMW into bankruptcy. Only 252 units were ever developed, despite BMW’s 5,000-units-per-year projection.

Next BMW started to develop the Z series, with the Z1 being the first model. What is very cool about the Z1 is that the doors drop down into the door sills so you can drive it with no doors. Next we had the Z3 , Z8 and the current Z4 . The black sheep of the family was the Z3 , which never really looked or felt like a BMW.

Check out the video (above) to get a closer look at Bimmer’s history of roadsters.

Caterham’s F1 team hasn’t had the success it probably expected when it signed up to compete in the world’s most prestigious racing series.

So with little to show for at the track, the Malaysian-owned, UK-based company decided to catch some attention this weekend at the Singapore Grand Prix by bringing a new concept called the AeroSeven Concept that it developed with Renault.

On the back, bulging rear wheel arches create an aggressive shoulder, while the exhaust system, which usually has its pipes on the back, has them exiting out of the sides like a hot rod . It’s strange for a Caterham to be described as such, but one look at the AeroSeven Concept and you’ll immediately know that this isn’t exactly what you’d come to expect from the British marque.

On the inside, this model boasts an F1-inspired steering wheel and a fully active Graphical Display Unit.

In terms of drivetrain, the Caterham AeroSeven Concept makes use of an EU-6 compliant, naturally aspirated engine that produces 237 horsepower. The power runs through a six-cog manual gearbox and out to the rear wheels. Thanks to the combination of traction control — a first on a Caterham model — an a new Caterham Engine Management System, which adds in launch control, this compact race can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in under four seconds.

What’s more, this is not only a concept model, as Caterham plans to release a production model in early 2016. The production model should carry a similar design and a wider range of engine options. More to come on that later.

Click past the jump to read more about the AeroSeven Concept

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Honda S3000 coming in 2011

The first rumors on a possible Honda roadster started back in 2010. Now that the S2000 has been laid to rest for quite a while, Honda is ready to move on to something else. According to reports, the Japanese automaker is seriously considering offering a new open-top sports car to take on the new Toyota GT 86 and the perennial leader in the class, the Mazda MX-5 .

A report from GT Channel claims that the new compact roadster will be "small, quick and light" and will come in at an affordable price. GT Channel also claims that the new roadster, which is internally known as the "S1500," is already on the drawing boards in Honda’s Tokyo headquarters.

The reports head into speculation from there, but there is one other tidbit that comes from a "source" in Honda, and that is the claim that this new roadster has a goal price of under $20,000..

We’ll leave this whole report at this... We have heard numerous claims that an S2000 successor is in the works, and we really want to believe them. However, we have to take any reports like this with a grain of salt because none have panned out yet.

Click past the jump to read more about the Honda S2000.

Source: GT Channel
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The record-shattering $27 million dollar auction price of the ultra-rare 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spider is making waves through the entire classic car scene.

Never before has such a late-model Ferrari earned such totals - which are typically the preserve of the 250 series from pre-1964.

What makes this gorgeous Ferrari so much more valuable than the thousands of other classic Ferrari’s seeking new homes? How did the price of this single model nearly double the $14 million dollar average price - excluding this giant total - when any of these 10 cherished models have changed hands in the past?

Part of what makes this NART Spider so valuable is the car’s unique blend of the gorgeous late-1950s Ferrari styling and advanced mechancials. The GTB/4S upgrades dramatically increased the performance and handling of this V-12 supercar. Almost the entire Maranello racing technology suite was applied to the NART Spider - allowing it to be a posh cruiser that was also capable of serious speed on a racetrack.

The V-12’s quad overhead camshafts were a first on a road car, while the rear-mounted transaxle, limited-slip diff and independent rear suspension were all huge advancements that were offered first in the NART Spider.

Ferrari never looked back from all the new technology introduced on the NART Spider. At the same time, the NART is especially sentimental because Ferrari would not make make such an emotionally-styled road car again for decades. The 365 GTB/4 Daytona was 1967’s new hot style and Ferrari followed the money trail by ending 275 production.

Little did they know, the layers of exclusivity and special editions that helped create this this NART Spider would make it the most valuable road car ever sold. Ever.

Click past the jump for the full review of this timeless classic Ferrari, with details on the technology and style of this model during its 10-unit production run in 1967.

VUHL 05

When VUHL launched the 05 sports racer at the Goodwood Festival of Speed , it came to the event knowing that it needed to garner significant interest from buyers if the car was ever going to be produced.

Well, it appears that its objective was met after VUHL automotive director Guillermo Echeverria announced that the company would be proceeding building a first batch of the top-grade Edition One 05 sports cars .

“Our aim for Goodwood was quite specific – to accrue sufficient orders for a batch of 20 ‘Edition One’ (top specification) models and," Echeverria said in a statement. "With the serious enquiries already received from the UK, Central Europe, USA and Mexico, we are well on the way to achieving that and more."

That’s good news for a start-up company like VUHL that’s trying to make a dent in the industry. It’s even better news for those customers who signed up to buy the car, paving the way for the company to build them.

The first orders of the VUHL 05 are expected to enter production with a delivery date some time next year. The company is still accepting orders, too, which means that if you have £55,000 ($86,225 / €64,505) to spare, you can be one of the first in the world to own this highly unconventional, albeit ridiculously fast open-top sports car.

Click past the jump to read about the VUHL 05

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DMC Luxury has applied its wild Molto Veloce and LP900 upgrade kits to the Aventador Roadster to create the first modified example of this brand-new exotic from Lamborghini . Called the Aventador Roadster ‘Black’, the DMC upgrade includes a laundry list of exterior carbon fiber styling mods to go along with the frightening engine note and intimidating looks.

As if any Aventador needs more street cred, the DMC team’s comprehensive exterior make-over is quite effective at making your Aventador Roadster one of a kind - and looking like an escapee from the nearest race circuit.

The modifications on the DMC prototype show off the wide variety of upgrades offered by the supercar specialist. In fact, all the upgrades shown are available individually as well. Pricing requires significant cash reserves, or perhaps your own oil field. Even so, the upgrades are more custom-tailored and actually far cheaper than ordering all the dress-up aerodynamic accessories directly from Sant’Agata.

As its name implies, this DMC Aventador is indeed Molto Veloce - which means too hot to touch - in the desert sun of the firm’s press photos. With three custom Lambo ’s parked on the street in front of the firm’s Marbella showroom, it looks like DMC has no shortage of wealthy owners seeking the ultimate in supercar personalization.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2013 Aventador Roadster Black by DMC.

To go along with the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance were a few auctions that typically have 10 to 12 million-dollar cars on hand each and every year. This year was no exception, as RM Auction’s Monterey auction had a total of 15 million dollar hammer values, but that’s not the most imressive number of the weekend.

The most impressive of the million-dollar club this year was the price tag that the 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 *S N.A.R.T Spider. This 1-of-10 model went for an astounding $27.5 million once the hammer fell on it, making it the second-most valuable car ever sold at auction and the most valuable Ferrari ever sold at auction by a long shot.

Reports point toward the car heading to the waiting arms of Canadian fashion businessman Lawrence Stroll, but those reports are not confirmed. Either way, whoever landed this Ferrari certainly has one of the most rarest cars on the planet and a much lighter wallet. Plus he gets to tinker around in a classic supercar with an incredible-for-the-era 3,286 cc quad-overhead-cam V-12 powerplant that blasts out 300 horsepower.

Alongside this outrageous auction price, there was also a 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Torpedo Roadster that went for $8.25 million; a 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Series I that went for $3.52 million; and a 1974 McLaren M16C Indianapolis that went for the same $3.52 million.

Click past the jump to see the full million-dollar sales from this past Saturday.

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German auto design house PPI launched its new company name and a new Audi R8 -based Razor Spyder GTR model this weekend at Pebble Beach Concours week. PPI is now called PPI Speed Design , and to go with the new name is this hot open-air conversion kit for both the V-8 and V-10 R8 supercars.

Marked out by freer breathing for the induction and exhaust, the most notable element of the Razor Spyder is the open-air door cutouts that make every day a breezy California summer.

Cut from aluminum and reinforced with carbon fiber, the door cutouts promise a spectacular view of the road and create a cockpit that feels open and free like a track day special or the Aston Martin CC100 speedster. Lacking weatherproofing (or side windows) to provide these interesting cockpit vents, the PPI “Spyder Doors” take the R8 V-10 Spyder ’s drama level and performance level - then cranks it up to "11."

The full complement of PPI Speed Design carbon-fiber styling and aerodynamic tweaks are included on the prototype seen above, which also features a custom satin matte blue paint and contrast black features for the side air ducts and a giant dual intake scoop behind the passenger headrests.

The result is certainly dramatic in a way that most modified R8’s are not, with giant virgin gold painted brake calipers and a GT3-inspired front air dam looking amazing with the latest LED headlights from the latest R8 Audi design.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2013 PPI Speed Design Razor Spyder GTR, a complete package or individual components from this German supercar enhancer.

Wiesmann Roadster MF5

In an obviously disappointing turn of events, Wiesmann , the manufacturer of those highly attractive MS5 Roadsters, has reportedly filed for bankruptcy.

The filing, which was made in the Münster District Court in Germany , didn’t specify the type of financial straits the company is under but the fact that the courts not only found Wiesmann insolvent, but it was also compelled to appoint one Dr. Norbert Küpper as Wiesmann’s preliminary insolvency administrator. These two things definitely casts a pall of gloom on the future of the 20-year old company.

It’s a huge shame that it’s come to this for Wiesmann. Sure, it never established the kind of traction it would’ve hoped with its retro-futuristic models, but the ones that it built, specifically the pocket rocket that was the GT MF5 , definitely deserved a whole lot more love than it received.

We’re really hoping that this whole situation is ironed out and Wiesmann isn’t forced to fade into the sunset. But that’s the harsh reality of doing business in an insanely competitive industry. If you don’t have the proverbial horses to keep up, you’re going to be left behind in the cold.

And in Wiesmann’s case, it might end up costing the company its very existence.

Click past the jump to read about the Wiesmann GT MF5

Source: Bimmer Today

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