Car for Sale: Elton John’s 1997 Aston Martin V8 Vantage V550-Manual
If you’re in the market for a unique sports car that was once owned by one of the most iconic musicians in history, there’s a 1997 Aston Martin V8 Vantage V550 that’s waiting for you. You’re going to have to spend around $300,000 for it, but if you do decide to make the plunge, you can take comfort knowing that this specific Vantage V550 is owned by none other than Elton John.
One-Off McLaren 720S By MSO Raises $650,000 For Children’s Charity
While just about any McLaren model in standard trim is truly a sight to behold, the experts over at McLaren Special Operations (MSO) have a way of making these machines even more attractive. And that’s exactly what happened with this one-of-one 720S coupe, which comes draped in unique paint and gets decked out in a plethora of carbon bits. One McLaren fan was so smitten, they paid $650,000 to get their hands on it, well over twice the car’s starting MSRP. And that’s a good thing, because proceeds went to benefit a children’s charity.
The car was recently auctioned off at the Naples Winter Wine Festival, where it raised money for the Naples Children & Education Foundation. The car was originally equipped in the Luxury specification (as opposed to the base model or Performance spec). From there, MSO added a host of optional equipment, including loads of carbon fiber bits for the interior and exterior. However, the most eye-catching feature is the Nerello Red paint found on the body panels, so named after a type of grape found in the Mascali area of Sicily – appropriate for the Naples Winter Wine Festival, no?
Inside, the 720S comes equipped with Saddle Brown leather upholstery punctuated by Nerello stitching. There’s also a customized steering wheel sporting some Carbon Black leather hand grips.
As a reminder, the McLaren 720S comes from the factory with a carbon fiber chassis for low weight, as well as a 4.0-liter V-8 for motivation. The powerplant is pumped up by a double-dose of turbocharging to produce 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. The run to 60 mph takes just 2.8 seconds, while top speed is rated at 212 mph. MSRP starts at $287,745.
$49 Million in Two Days? Auction Goers Made it Rain at the Gooding & Co Auction in Scottsdale!
Auction house Gooding & Company put in the work over the weekend by hauling in an impressive $49.2 million at its 11th annual two-day auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. All told, the auction house sold 110 of 129 lots, including 12 cars that sold for more than $1 million. The most expensive of all cars sold was a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale, which went under the hammer to the tune of $8.08 million.
Huge Donation: Ford GT Sells for $2.5 Million at Barrett-Jackson Auction in Arizona
The first big car auction weekend of the year had some incredible moments, but none could compare to how much the Ford GT fetched when it went under the hammer at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The first production GT to go up for auction sold for $2.5 million, an incredible amount for a supercar that costs under $500,000 on the market. All the proceeds from the auction will go to the Autism Society of North Carolina’s IGNITE program, an initiative that offers activities, skills training, and educational workshops for young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.
First-Production Ford Mustang Bullitt Sells for $300,000
It has only been a week since Ford debuted the 2019 Mustang Bullitt, but a week was all the special edition ‘Stang needed to make a splash. The first-production Mustang Bullitt was a featured item at the Barrett-Jackson auction, where it fetched a top price of $300,000.
First-Production Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Fetches $925,000 at Barrett-Jackson Auction
The first-production Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, a.k.a. the fastest and most powerful Corvette in history, went up for auction at the Barrett-Jackson event over the weekend. Based on how much previous first-production Corvettes fetched in similar auction settings — the first-production Corvette Z06, for example, sold for $800,000 — we expected the ‘Vette ZR1 to sell in the neighborhood of $1 million. It never reached that amount, but we were still pretty close because the first-production ZR1 sold for a whopping $925,000.
New Bullitt Mustang to Be Unveiled Next Week
Rumors of a new Bullitt Mustang based on the sixth-generation pony have flying around for a couple of years now, but Ford has yet to confirm such a model. However, various spy shots confirmed its existence since late December. Now, the folks over at the Mustang6G forums have discovered proof that the brand-new Bullitt Mustang is scheduled to break cover next week. Interestingly enough, the unveiling might not take place at the Detroit Auto Show. Instead, the new Bullitt could be revealed at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction on January 19.
Auction Car of the Month: Carroll Shelby’s 1966 Shelby GT350H Fastback
Carroll Shelby’s very own 1966 Shelby GT350H Fastback Hertz Rent-a-Racer is going up for sale at the Bonhams auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. As if 1966 G350H Fastbacks aren’t rare enough by themselves, the provenance behind this model is on another level because of its association with the man who created the Shelby brand, to begin with. If you’re looking for the chance to own this one-of-a-kind model, you’ll need to be in top form at the Barrett-Jackson auction later this month. By all accounts, this car is not going to come cheap.
Car For Sale: All-Electric 1976 Ferrari 308 GTS
Back in 2016, we chanced upon this 1976 Ferrari 308 GTS that was restored and turned into an electric car by a company called Electric GT. We hadn’t seen or heard much about it since, but his all-electric Ferrari has returned into our lives because it’s headed to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona later this month where it’s tipped to sell for good money. Funny how some things come full circle.
First Corvette ZR1 Heads to Auction Next to the First Ford GT to be Auctioned for Charity
The first-production 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will go up for auction at Barrett Jackson’s 47th Annual Scottsdale Auction on January 20 at WestWorld Arena in Scottsdale, Arizona. Joining at as an auction headliner is a Ford GT that’s the first of its kind to be donated for a charity auction. You don’t need to tell me that bids are going to fly once these two prized exotics hit the stage. The only question is, “how much will each car fetch?”
Ferrari 250 GT California Spider Sold for $17.99 Million at Auction
What would you do with $17.99 million if you had one day to spend it? Would you use all of it to buy gold? Perhaps toss in a few million on bitcoins? Maybe you should buy an exotic car or two while you’re at it. None of these scenarios compares to what one man did to his $17.99 million. He used all of that amount to buy a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione by Scaglietti during RM Sotheby’s recent auction in New York City. Now that’s a high roller.
A McLaren Senna Just Sold at Auction for $2.67-million
The McLaren Senna, AKA McLaren P15, is finally here and – big surprise here – all 500 examples were spoken for. Well, that’s true except for one, chassis No. 193, which was recently sold at auction for a staggering $2.67 million. Considering the McLaren-set price of £750,000 (just over $1 million USD,) that’s some serious intake from the auction. The good news is that all of that isn’t going back to McLaren or one of the “assigned” owners of the Senna. Instead, the proceeds are being sent off to the Ayrton Senna Foundation, a foundation named after Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna da Silva that supports children in poor and developing countries.
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Michael Schumacher’s Formula One Race Car Sells For $7.5 Million
Michael Schumacher is still regarded as the greatest Formula One driver in history. The maestro holds a long list of records, including most championships won (7), most race wins (91), and most podium finishes (155). Now we can add “driver of the most expensive modern Formula One racing car ever sold at an auction” to that list. $7.5 million. That’s how much a Ferrari F2001, the same race car that Schumacher drove to romp his way to the 2001 World Championship, sold for that amount at the RM Sotheby’s auction in New York late last week. The legend of Schumi continues.
All the same, the Ferrari F2001 is arguably the most sought-after Formula One race car of this century. Not only did it help Schumacher win the 2001 driver’s title by a whopping 58 points (123 - 65) over runner-up David Coulthard, it also spearheaded the Prancing Horse’s dominance throughout the season, which saw the Italian team finish on the podium in all 17 races. The specific car that was up for auction contributed heavily to the team’s championship cause since it’s the same one that Schumacher drove at the Monaco and Hungary Grand Prix, winning both on his way to his fourth world championship. Given its provenance, it’s not surprising that the car sold for exactly $7,504,000, far exceeding the $5 million estimate the auction house placed on it. It also blew the existing record for most expensive modern F1 car to sell at an auction, displacing the $3.2 million Ferrari F2004 that RM Sotheby’s sold back in 2005. It’s hard to imagine another modern Formula One Car fetching that kind of price at an auction in the foreseeable future, at least unless either Lewis Hamilton or Sebastian Vettel start closing in on all of Schumacher’s records. For now, the Ferrari F2001 can lay claim to the title of most expensive modern Formula One car in history. 16 years after its dominant run in 2001, it’s still setting records like a boss.
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First-Production Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Will Be Auctioned Off For Veterans
The Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Edition is a saucy little number, isn’t it? Thanks to General Motors and the George W. Bush Presidential Center, you now have a chance to become the first owner of the special edition sports car when it goes up for auction at the upcoming Barret-Jackson Scottsdale event this coming January. Proceeds from the sale from the auction will go to the Bush Center’s Military Service Initiative, a charity that focuses on supporting post-9/11 veterans and helping them transition back to civilian life. The charity is supported by no less than former US President George W. Bush.
The Corvette Carbon 65 Edition made its debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show in April, created in no small part to Chevy’s motivation to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the legendary sports car. The car itself isn’t a special edition in the traditional sense of the phrase. Instead, the Carbon 65 Edition is a package that can be added to either coupe or convertible versions of the Corvette. The package consists mainly of exterior and interior upgrades, and Chevy is only creating 650 of them. That “numbered” status is a big part of the Corvette Carbon 65 Edition’s appeal, and the fact that the first-of-its-kind is headed to the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction makes this specific model all the more desirable. So is the fact that it will be signed by President Bush himself. That’s an extra shot of provenance for a special edition package that breathes new life into the iconic American sports car.
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Craziest Thing This Week: The Pope Blesses a Lamborghini Huracan
Pope Francis is no stranger to receiving gifts. That comes with the territory of being the leader of the Catholic church and arguably one of the most powerful men in the world. But the famously frugal pontiff isn’t one who enjoys the lavish side of life so when he recently took possession of a one-off Lamborghini Huracan, a gift from the Italian automaker itself, the pope did what the pope usually does: he donated it away.
It’s a bitter blow for papal paparazzi who were hoping to see the pope roar around the cobbled streets of Rome, aviator sunglasses in tow. But the pope’s preference for the simple things in life isn’t anything new. This is a man who traditionally opts to get driven around in Fiats and Fords when he’s on the road so getting inside a Lamborghini is a non-starter to begin with. So instead of taking ownership of the one-off Huracan, the pope decided to receive it from Lamborghini out of courtesy, sign the hood, and give it to RM Sotheby’s, which will then auction the supercar with the proceeds going to three of the holy father’s favorite charities. Considering how much value is placed on items that carry the pope’s signature, expect this one-off Lamborghini Huracan to fetch way more than it’s usual price of $200,000.
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You Can Buy This Ferrari Book For The Price Of A New Sports Car
Any type of merchandise associated with Ferrari usually commands a steep price. A Ferrari-branded polo shirt, for example, costs $95. A pair of Ray-Ban for Scuderia Ferrari glasses can go for as much as $300. Dive into the world of high-end opulence, and you can buy a Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire Watch for $300,000. All items have one thing in common, and it’s in that same breath that I present to you this 80-pound, 852-page book called the The Official Ferrari Opus Diamante Edition. It’s set to be auctioned off at the RM Sotheby’s auction in New York on December - the same setting of the Bugatti Chiron Number One auction - and if you’re willing to spend for this book, you’re going to need to part ways with around $150,000. Oh, yes. This book costs more than a second-hand Ferrari. What the heck is going on, right?
As ridiculous as a six-figure book sounds, there is a reason why The Official Ferrari Opus commands such a high price. For one, it was published by UK-based Kraken Opus, one of the publishing world’s go-to places for high-end works of the literary world. It’s also the range-topping version of a book that comes in many different forms. The base Classic version, for example, costs “only” $4,100 while the premium Enzo Edition was sold in 2011 - the year the book came out - for a whopping $37,500. The version that RM Sotheby’s is selling, though, is above and beyond any kind of book you’ll ever see, and some of its features serve as good examples on why it costs the price of a brand-new Porsche 911 Turbo. Interested? You better read on then because you’ll need to know where you’re money’s going if you buy this book.
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2018 Bugatti Chiron "Number One" Edition
In case you’re still in the market for a Bugatti Chiron, now’s as good a time as any to bring out the checkbooks because one particular example of the Chiron is scheduled to go up for auction at the RM Sothebys event in New York City this coming December 6. Even better, this isn’t just a “standard” Chiron; it’s been decked out in a special livery, has only 250 miles on the odometer, and hasn’t even been registered for road-use here in the U.S. All that and I still haven’t gotten to the best part as this Chiron is also the very first production Chiron and the first ordered for the U.S. market. There’s a reason, after all, why it’s called the Bugatti Chiron Number One.
Having said all that, the Chiron Number One’s estimated selling price sits at $3.5 million to $4 million. It’s a premium price compared to the supercar’s retail price of about $3 million, but don’t be surprised if it surpasses its own estimate, owing to the significance of this particular model as the first of its kind to come out of production. Should any of you be interested, you’re going to need to give yourselves some kind of latitude as far as how much you’re willing to bid for the car. I can’t speak for everyone else, but if I had the money to spend for this potentially historic Bugatti Chiron, I’d be all over it considering its historical potential as the first-production unit of its kind. And I’ll be honest. The 1966 Batmobile-inspired colors look pretty cool too.
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