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Mecum Auctions - Monterey 2013 Preview

An event like the Pebble Beach Concours in Monterey, California will always draw a crowd. But unlike most auto shows, the type of crowd that goes to these events are the ones that are ready to plop down the checkbook once they see something they want.

With multitude of auctions on tap, one in particular that’s worth mentioning is the Mecum Auctions. Scheduled to take place from August 15 to 17, beginning at 10 a.m. everyday, the Mecum Auctions will feature some of the finest classics you’ll ever get to see in one setting, a fitting tribute to the esteem of the auction as a can’t-miss event during the week-long festivities.

This year, the Mecum Auctions will have its share of classics with estimated auction prices in the millions for some, if not most, of the models.

That’s the prestige attached to the Mecum Auctions and one that’s rightfully earned.

Click past the jump to read about a few of the classics that will headline the 2013 Mecum Auctions this week

RM Auctions - Monterey 2013 Preview

Auction season is now in full swing and if your bank accounts haven’t taken too much of a hit yet, you might need to brace yourselves for the financial beating you might take when RM Auctions holds its annual event at Monterey this weekend.

Scheduled to take place on Friday, August 16, and Saturday, August 17, RM Auctions will feature a whole lot of classics and exotics that will undoubtedly catch the attention of attending car collectors at the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance in Pebble Beach, California.

That’s the allure of all the events that make up this week-long classic-car festival. No matter what kind of name it has, the third week of August has turned into a calendar fixture for auto enthusiasts of all generations.

RM Auctions will be there and you’ll get to see a what’s what list of classic vehicles, some even dating back to the early part of the previous century. So fill up those checkbooks, folks. There’s a good chance that you’re going to be writing a whole lot of checks this weekend if you fancy any of the classics that will be auctioned off by RM Auctions.

Click past the jump to read about three classic cars that could fetch millions at RM Auctions this weekend.

Source: RM Auctions

With the United Sports Car Racing series GT Daytona class set to make its debut next year, another of automakers are busy preparing their respective race cars that will compete in the new racing series.

One of them is Porsche , and recently, Porsche Motorsport North America, Inc. announced that its official race car for the series, 2014 Porsche 911 GT America, is already set for production in Stuttgart, Germany.

The car, which is based on the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup , will be used exclusively in the new racing series and will come with a host of modifications to make it fit and right for racing duties.

A slew of specific components have been added to the 911 GT America, including a handful of aerodynamic components, highlighted by a new front spoiler with its own diffuser. A USCR-spec rear wing was also installed, as was a new design rear cover and a carbon fiber undertray that aids in maximizing the race car’s aerodynamic balance.

Power for the new race car comes in the form of a rear-mounted, 4.0-liter six-cylinder boxer engine that produces 470 horsepower that mates to a six-speed sequential dog-type transmission with a pneumatic paddle shift system.

Porsche also outfitted the series-specific race car with an Endurance Package, which consists of quick-release couplings for all brake calipers, as well as a fast-fill refueling system for oil, and an oil-level display. Also included are 380 mm (14.96-inch) ventilated rotors with six-pot calipers up front and four-pot calipers on the rear.

Teams interested in fielding racers for the upcoming 2014 USCR season can pickup one of these race cars at a price of $269,000, with deliveries scheduled to begin later this year.

Click past the jump to read about the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

When you ask students to design a car, you normally get some wildly imaginative drawings of vehicles with wings on it, turbo boosters, or a combination of both in some occasions.

But the automotive engineering students from Clemson University aren’t your typical students. For one, they know how to design a car, but more importantly, they know how to design a pretty cool car. Both things were shown in full bloom with the presentation of the Mazda Deep Orange 3.

Built in collaboration with Mazda, the Deep Orange 3 actually represents a next-generation Mazda concept vehicle, conceived and engineered from the ground up by automotive engineering students at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). "Impressive" doesn’t even do justice on how to describe this vehicle.

Every engineering from the inside and out came from the minds of these young and up-and-coming designers, a tribute to not only their creativity but also to their skills and understanding on how to build a car from scratch. The design of the Deep Orange 3, in particular, was actually penned by student Frederick Naaman at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Everything else was developed and built by students in Clemson’s graduate automotive engineering program, all of whom are required to create and manufacture a new vehicle prototype. The vehicle’s concept and design are developed in partnership with students from the transportation design department at the Art Center focusing holistically on the vehicle and the end-user.

After months of collaboration and tireless work in ensuring a top-end build at the end of the day, the Deep Orange 3 prototype was born.

Click past the jump to read about the Mazda Deep 3 Orange Prototype

Ford Focus ST Mountune

When Ford Europe announced the Ford Focus ST mountune , we couldn’t help but envy the European car buyers. In fact, we went so far to say "Europeans get all of the automotive fun." Well, we can now eat our words, as mountune has just announced that it will expand its Ford partnership to the U.S. later this year.

What makes the transition to the U.S. very easy for mountune is the fact that it is headquartered in Southern California. This means that you don’t have to worry about crazy tariffs and shipping fees by buying components from overseas.

Mountune stated that a new U.S. website will hit the web later in 2013 and that buyers can purchase parts direct from Ford Racing, mountune’s website or any other authorized mountune dealers. We’ll keep tabs on this topic and let you know once the site goes live. We certainly hope that this expansion will bring a Focus ST mountune to U.S.-based Ford dealers.

Click past the jump to see what mountune did to the Focus ST

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering has been described in so many ways by so many different people. But the most apt of all those descriptions, at least as far as we’re concerned, is its status as one of the most eagerly anticipated events for automotive connoisseurs and enthusiasts from all over the world.

Since its inception in 2002, the event has become regarded as the ultimate melting pot for auto aficionados. This isn’t on the level of a major auto show like Frankfurt or Geneva . It’s not even similar to something closer to home like SEMA . This event is reserved for the most revered of vehicles; the kind that fetches millions in auctions or are displayed for only so many days in a calendar year.

That’s the prestige of The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering and this year’s event, set to be held on Friday, August 16, 2013, at the newly renovated and re-opened Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley at the Monterey Peninsula, will be no different.

Forbes has described the event as “one of the car world’s most anticipated concours events” and no truer words have ever been spoken.

This year, a host of events are already being lined up to add even more allure to the event. It seems highly appropriate that with The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering moving into its second decade of existence, no expense is being spared to ensure that this already anticipated event becomes even more can’t-miss moving forward.

Click past the jump to read about what’s on tap for The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering 2013

Volkswagen Scirocco

Fans of Volkswagen here in the U.S. have reason to celebrate if there’s any truth to Volkswagen’s plans of finally bringing its resident hot hatch, the Scirocco to U.S. shores.

The Scirocco is coming to America, you ask?

Well, according to Volkswagen of America’s Manager of Product and Technology Mark Gillies, the German automaker is "open to looking at future versions for this market".

Although its far from "Hell yeah! We’re bringing the Scirocco to America," Gilles’ words should draw some tingles from Americans because the Scirocco has been one of those cars that a lot of people have been longing to have.

Gilles did say that a big reason why Volkswagen has never considered bringing the Scirocco to the U.S. was because the hot hatch wasn’t "engineered for this market."

But if people have long clamored for a product, it’s always a good idea to acquiesce to the demands. Or at the very least, listen to all those calls.

So that’s what Volkswagen is apparently doing, dropping hints of finally bringing the Scirocco to the U.S. market. Gilles also said that any potentially U.S.-bound Scirocco won’t adopt the same design as the European model, a curious revelation that will definitely lead to some speculation on what it’s going to look like.

Walter da Silva, VW’s head of design, remarked that a sportier Scirocco could be offered in the U.S., although specific details on that possibility have yet to be disclosed.

We’re gonna stop short of throwing a party until there’s an official announcement from Volkswagen that the Scirocco is coming to America, but we have to admit, we’re getting pretty excited knowing that Volkswagen is now "considering it".

Click past the jump to read about the Volkswagen Scirocco

Source: Autoguide

Not a lot of people are familiar with the California-based niche automaker, Lucra. For one, it was founded just 3 years ago in 2010 and until now, it still has only one model to its name: the LC470 .

All that could change soon, given the automaker’s plan to introduce a second model comes to fruition. Details are still limited, but Lucra labeled the prototype model as the "2.2". The initial renderings show it as a long, front- or mid-engine sports roadster that looks - at least in terms of its shape and contour - eerily similar to the Corvette Stingray Concept of some years ago.

Judging by these renderings, the 2.2 does hold some design appeal. It’s got the streamlined look of a bona fide roadster and makes use of tons of modern automotive materials, including carbon fiber, LED lighting and state-of-the-art wheels.

As far as the powertrain is concerned, customers will have the choice of what V-8 engine they want Lucra Lucra to drop into the engine bay. Options include a GM-sourced powertrain or a Mercedes-source powertrain, which we assume will come from the German automaker’s in-house performance division, AMG.

Putting a number on the 2.2’s performance capabilities, it won’t be surprising if the sports roadster achieves somewhere around 530 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque under its hood to go with a 0-to-60 mph time of just under 3 seconds and a top speed of around 190 mph.

No word on yet on how far along the development of the 2.2 is, but considering the nature of the prototype, it won’t be long before a lot of people start talking about this new sports car from Lucra.

Click past the jump to read about potential competitors for the Lucra 2.2

If you’ve been itching to get a piece of the Mercedes CLA-Class , we may have just found a way for you to get one without having to spend a dime on it.

The German automaker is launching a new contest through Instagram, pitting some of the most-followed "iGers" against each other for a chance to go home with a brand new CLA-Class.

Interested yet?

But before we get into how you can win the car, a background on the contest is in order. Mercedes has tapped five of Instagram’s best photographers to spend five days each driving the CLA. Whoever gets the most likes will be the one to keep the car.

Here’s where you get into the picture: you have a chance to become the sixth driver. All you have to do is submit you’re Instagram handle with the five drivers selecting the winner based on your account. As far as the criteria needed to be chosen, you must have with you some of the characteristics that best captures the spirit of the CLA. Remember, you must have a public feed or accept Mercedes’ follow request to be eligible for the competition.

Should you be selected, you and a co-pilot will take a three-day road trip, beginning on September 5, 2013 and you’ll have to document whatever you do during this road trip on the @MBUSA Instagram feed where you get a chance to win a three-year lease on Mercedes’ newest model.

Again, we ask: interested yet?

Click past the jump to read about the Mercedes CLA-Class

You may not know a whole lot about Mara Hoffman, but the colorful and vibrant fashion designer sure does have quite a following.

Hoffman is considered one of the most prestigious swimwear designers in the world and her stature caught the attention of Mercedes-Benz , who proceeded to name her this season’s "Mercedes-Benz Presents" design.

As part of being named with the honor, Mercedes gave Hoffman a chance to showcase her fashion design skills, not on a two-piece bikini, but on an actual Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet .

Judging by the look of Hoffman’s creation, we have little doubt that she really put her personality into that drop-top E-Class with a one-of-a-kind print that will also debut as an exclusively designed fashion item and be sold at Alchemist fashion boutique in Miami.

If you want to take a closer look at Mara Hoffan’s bursting design on the E-Class Cabriolet, you can keep an eye out for it at numerous spots by South Beach in Miami.

Given the fact that South Beach is known for being one of the most hip and happening places in America, there’s no doubt that this one-off Mara Hoffan-designed E-Class Cabriolet will fit right in.

Click past the jump to read about the standard Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet


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