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April 2016

Oldtimers

Last Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spider could top $26m at auction

One of the rarest, and prettiest, drop-top Ferraris ever built.

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One of the prettiest convertible Ferraris built, the NART Spider is also one of the rarest – only ten cars ever left the factory. This specific car was the last off the line, and has the additional distinction of being the only NART Spider sold new in Europe. It was also the only one painted in the Grigio Scuro shade of medium grey from factory. It has been redone in a tasteful red, which is an interesting change from the usual bright Ferrari color. It is also the third-to-last Ferrari 275 to be built altogether.

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The NART name stands for North American Racing Team, and the drop-top production run is credited to the U.S. Ferrari distributor Luigi Chinetti, who wanted to boost the 275 model’s sales with a limited edition convertible model. Originally, Ferrari planned to build 25 cars, but despite the racing pedigree only ten found owners. The first NART Spider finished second in class at the 1967 12 Hours of Sebring, and the model also has some Steve McQueen cool about it due to a starring role in The Thomas Crown Affair.

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This car, chassis #11057, was sold new in Madrid to a Spanish Foreign Legion colonel, and spent its first 14 years in Spain. In the early 1980s it was bought by a Swiss collector, who had it restored for the first time, and in the mid-90s it moved to the UK. The current paint scheme dates back to 2001, while the interior’s beige leather re-trim is from 2009. Despite a gradual change in appearance, it is a fully numbers-matching car that still retains the 300-horsepower Colombo V12 it received at the Maranello factory.

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A similar NART Spider was auctioned at RM Auctions’ Monterey event in 2013, for a staggering $27.5 million. That specific example, finished in a brighter hue was estimated at 17 million tops, so it will be interesting to see whether this darker car will surpass its estimate at the auction held on May 14th.

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Taken from Road and Track

Oldtimers

This 1966 Mercedes SL is an Incredibly Original ‘Pagoda’

This 1966 Mercedes SL is an Incredibly Original ‘Pagoda’

I became interested in Mercedes-Benz’s as a little kid watching my father take on his first ground-up restoration on a Mercedes 220SE Cabriolet. I would always sit and observe him as he worked away. When this SL came up for sale I had to have it because it was an all-original, rust-free California convertible.

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Owner: Daniel Landero

Year, Make, and Model: B 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL

Location: Santa Paula, California

Photographer: Bob Muschitz

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It was purchased new at Auto Stiegler in Encino, CA and this papyrus white 230SL had its first service on January 23, 1967 with only 555 miles. It came equipped with an automatic transmission and dealer-installed air conditioning and continued getting its regular service by the same dealer until November ’69. After that it was serviced down the street (Ventura Boulevard) by an independent Mercedes garage until 1974 when the car had about 51,000 miles. Since then it has only been carefully driven another 24,000 miles, and the car still contains its original spare tire and also both the original trunk mat in excellent condition as well as the front plastic floor mats (so rare to see in like-new condition).

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In the engine bay it still has most of the original water and heater hoses from 1966. It is truly a nice, well preserved automobile and the small maintenance book still preserves the metal ID card that you would normally give to the dealer when bringing it for service.

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It’s an original car, and it can only be original once. And it’s now parked next to a new project car, a 1965 Mercedes-Benz 300SE Cab, 1 of 100 built with all the options that is getting a much needed make over. We don’t drive the SL too much, but certainly enough to feel very comfortable about the car. It has never left us stranded and last time we drove it over 120 miles without a problem. My father and I have been restoring cars for a very long time now. We enjoy it and love what we do. I believe that our work speaks for itself.merc 230 sl 5

Taken from: Petrolicious

 

Oldtimers

The 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback Is the Shared Passion of This Father and Son

Few marques are as synonymous with the concept of America as the Ford Mustang, and the lucky few to own a vintage Mustang know it.

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Between road racer Addison Lee and his father, Don, a 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback forms a cornerstone of their relationship — Don having helped Addison build the car so he could drive to school in it. Since then, Addison has gradually upgraded the Fastback throughout the years, adding a 347 stroker as well as overhauling the suspension and brakes when he began racing it.

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Currently a competitor in the SCAA Spec Mustang series, Addison credits this car for taking him where he is today: “In my mind, there are few other cars that are as fun to drive. The way they smell and even feel is something, for me, that’s hard to beat.”

taken from: hypebeast

Oldtimers

Why the Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda Is Collectable

The personal luxury convertible may have truly come into existence with the advent of the 1968-1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL – itself an evolution of the earlier 1963-1967 230 and 250 SL, or “W113″ in Mercedes-Benz speak. Somewhat more commonly, the cars took on a “Pagoda” nickname collectively because of their unusual hardtop shape. Originally launched at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show, the W113 was a clean sheet design for a new decade. The 280 SL, like our feature car, was the last of the series, and today is still instantly recognizable as a Mercedes. It might also be considered a drivable classic, as well as a collectable investment. Here’s why:

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Accredited to Frenchman Mr. Paul Bracq, who headed the Mercedes-Benz design studios at the time, the 280 SL was a technological tour de force when it debuted, and featured a fuel-injected, overhead camshaft, straight-six engine displacing 2778cc, producing 170 horsepower. With disc brakes on all four wheels, a rarity for the time period, Mercedes-Benz took lengths to ensure the 280 SL stopped as well as it went too. Four- and five-speed manual transmissions were available, but most American-market SL’s were equipped with a smooth shifting four-speed automatic.

60 mph comes up in 8.6 seconds and stops from 70 mph in just 233 feet, so even today the SL still has enough performance that one could conceivably drive it everyday. Air conditioning was an option too for those in sunnier climates.

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It’s no lightweight though. While the “SL” in Mercedes nomenclature stands for “Sport Leicht” or “Sports Lightweight”, this is somewhat of a misnomer as the 280 SL is more of a cruiser, and a very solid one at that, make no mistake. The unibody construction featured front and rear deformation zones, a first for a sports car. An aluminum hood, deck lid and door skins saved precious pounds, but the construction of the Pagoda roof that gives the car its nickname is a marvel in itself. It is the work of Mr. Bela Barenyi, who headed Mercedes-Benz pre-development department.

While beautiful, airy, and seemingly delicate, it is as solid as the body structure and designed to withstand a load of 1000 Kg. Bela designed it that in a way so a driver could see clearly from all sides without obstruction from the pillars, and avoid potential trouble…and that the construction of the hard top would provide enough rollover protection if the driver could not.

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Values of the SL are on the rise, perhaps somewhat attributable to the overall rise in prices amongst its forbearers carrying the “SL” nameplate, the famous 300 SL, and it’s baby brother, the 190 SL, but the W113 series is more than capable and valuable in its own right. Demand was reflected in the appeal of the car–Mercedes sold 48,912 of the W113 worldwide. 23,885 of those were the 280 SL’s, and of those, half came to the USA. Hagerty’s valuation tool indicates that, lately, prices have been rising quickly for the 1968-1971 280 SLs, especially for ones in excellent condition. And for good reason–they are beautiful, usable, and have enough modern conveniences to remain comfortable today.

Their driving dynamics are sporting enough, refined and comfortable, even for a car over forty years old. The bucket seats are supportive, and the low shoulders invite one to rest an arm, while cruising. And like any Mercedes-Benz from the era, its build quality is impeccable.

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GIVE UP THE COOL FOR THE CONTROL

The 280 SL was originally created as a sports coupe/convertible, but the huge demand for the car in the U.S. morphed its reputation into more of a touring car than one with sporting intentions. All of this is evidenced by the prevalence of the Pagoda’s automatic tranny and air conditioning for the American market. The 4-speed automatic tranny overshadowed the rarer ZF 5-speed manual without AC here. The end result? Collectors pine for the one where you can rope your own cogs despite the absence of a cooled cabin. Popularity doesn’t breed a coveted state, and only hindsight is 20/20, even in the automotive world.

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Photography by Allister Oliver for Petrolicious

Taken from Petrolicious

Oldtimers

Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes 560SL Was a Hammer on Wheels

Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes 560SL Was a Hammer on Wheels… ​One of three built by the original AMG.​

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AMG before Mercedes was the stuff of legend. Monster engines in squared-off sedans. Think fender flares, side strakes, monoblock wheels. Polished chrome rivets and leering foglights. Big bad bruisers for the businessman set: you never quite know where that money comes from, but it never stops coming, not at all. From a time before every debutante’s CLA and middle manager’s E-Class could wear an “AMG Sport” badge over a body kit and little else, each model was rare air: practically every AMG was built to order, as exclusive and expensive as its clientele could demand. A power play, in motion. The Art of the Deal, on wheels.

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Michael Schumacher may never have arranged a hostile takeover himself, but his name is still enshrined in the ownership papers of this this incredible AMG-breathed sledgehammer, transformed from slightly squishy boulevardier to something with more attitude and menace than a sleep-deprived Gerry Wiegert during a cocaine binge. In days gone by, he would have blown past the huddled masses with the 330 horsepower from the 6.0-liter V8, which AMG also shared with the hallowed 300E “Hammer.” He would have enjoyed the stealth of the deep, dark blue. (Color-matched wheels? Certainly. Color-matched wood trim, with matching shift knob? The jury is still deliberating.) And, while driving for Mercedes-Sauber well into the 1990s, he would have specced this grandest of grand tourers out himself—no holds barred, delivered right from the factory. Then he would have gone off into the night to terrorize some autobahn dawdlers.

Hard to believe, but in 1986, the house at Affalterbach built just three SLs. Safely ensconced in the Mercedes-Benz line, AMG produces hi-po machinery nowadays, of course—faster and more powerful machinery but perhaps rarely as dramatic as this. Meticulously restored by a former AMG engineer, it has since received a limited-slip differential, color-matching factory hardtop, a rear bench seat, a steering wheel from an E55 AMG, complete with airbag—and, of course, the requisite 6.0 badging.

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It can be yours for a mere 295,000 Euros, or around $336,000 USD, or a huge tick under the price of a fully-loaded, twin-turbo V12 S65 AMG Coupe, which also features an engine that is 6.0 liters in size, but lacks both the required 1980s-ness and the celeb-chasing status of this ur-AMG. That’s a shame. Because this may just well be the ultimate Mercedes SL: simultaneously understated and ostentatious, during an era that prized the Mercedes-Benz star as the pinnacle of success. Check it out at Classic Driver.

Taken from RoadandTrack

Events Oldtimers

Svenskbilsträff – Swedish fans meeting in June: Volvo and Saab.

In relation of cooperation with the organizers of the event, we would like to recommend: Svenskbilsträff – meeting of Volvo and Saab fans. The event will be held on the 6th June!

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Swedish Saab Club (Svenska Saabklubben) with swedish volvoclub, Volvo Museum and Saab Museum invite You to a swedish car gadering on the swedish national day, on the 6th June.

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The meeting will start at the Saab Car Museum in Trollhättan at 9. We start with some mingel and Swedish ” fika ” and visit to the Saab museum. At 12 we slowly move down to Göteborg and Arendal and some more mingel and visit to the museum. At 16:00 is day over.

Registration takes place in two steps:

1. Payment of the registration fee of 200, – per person over 15 years and 100 – for those under 15 years.
For that included the morning coffee, light refreshments and admission to each museum.
To:
Bankgiro 5074-8029 or
Swish 123 539 84 17th
NOTE! Mark the payment with the address and location name or phone number for easier identification.

2. On the email to kassor@svenskavolvoklubben.se
It is important to write in the email: telephone number, name, number of adults and children 15 years or younger, and if you come in a Volvo or Saab.

Application deadline is May 31!!!

Photo by Fredd Holm‎ (taken from event page)

Photo by Fredd Holm‎ (taken from event page)

Photo by Peter Sandbäck‎ (taken from event page)

Photo by Peter Sandbäck‎ (taken from event page)

Event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/599239216881358/

E-mail (also registration):
kassor@svenskavolvoklubben.se

Website:
http://www.svenskavolvoklubben.se/

Group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/svenskavolvoklubben/?fref=ts

Saab Car Museum:
http://www.saabbilmuseum.se/

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Place:

The Saab Car Museum is an automobile museum in Trollhättan, Sweden. It covers the history of the Saab brand of automobiles manufactured by Saab under various owners since 1947.

Åkerssjövägen 18, 461 53 Trollhättan, Sweden.

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Volvo 740 t5 86a by Johan Björne Björlén (taken from event page)

Oldtimers

Sir Stirling Moss’ 1954 Aston Martin DB3S Expected to Fetch $10 Million USD

Once owned by Aston Martin boss David Brown as well.

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Often described as “the greatest driver never to win the World Championship,” legendary British racing driver Sir Stirling Moss was a popular figure both on and off the track throughout his career, and even to this day he is recognized as one of the key contributors to the world of motor racing. One of his favorite cars, the 1954 Aston Martin DB3S, will be hitting the Bonhams auction block next month and is expected to fetch between $8.5 million USD to $10 million USD, which would make it one of the most valuable Aston Martins ever sold at an auction.

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Only 11 working models are still in existence, but this particular one has been given an aluminum body-shell and various upgrades to ensure a smooth ride.

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Taken from: hypebeast.com

Oldtimers

This Tartan-tastic Retro Porsche 911 From German Tuner Kaege Is a Real Beauty

It seems like everyone and their mother is creating resto-modded Porsche 911s these days. We won’t complain, though.

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There are few cars currently more coveted than the classic Porsche 911. Demand for 911s built between 1965 and 1973 have sent prices skyrocketing, and independent shops are restoring later air-cooled 911s to resemble older models. Porsche 911s reimagined by Singer are the most lusted after, but German tuner Kaege might give Singer a run for its money with the Retro.

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As reported by The Drive , the Kaege Retro uses the body of a 1972 911 combined with the platform and mechanicals of a 993. Of course, the body is widened significantly, and Kaege replaced many of the stock body panels with new carbon fiber components. The interior mixes parts from various generations of 911 with spectacular green and tartan trim. The 996 steering wheel and heavily chromed gauges are odd touches, but hey, is that tartan on the door panels?

While the look is decidedly retro (hence the name), big three-piece wheels, modern LED headlights, and a carbon-fiber front splitter add some modern touches to the exterior. The Retro’s 3.6-liter flat-six makes 296 horsepower, which is a lot of punch in a car that weighs a little more than 2600 lbs.

The Kaege’s Porsche 911 splits the difference between a 911 reimagined by Singer and a RUF SCR. The look isn’t quite as jawdropping as one of Singer’s restorations and a RUF would surely outgun it, but the Kaege Retro is a welcome addition to the resto-modded Porsche 911 craze.

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Kaege doesn’t say how much this will cost, but given the cost of a 993, don’t expect it to be cheap. Good air-cooled 911s are never cheap.

Taken from Road and Track

Lifestyle Oldtimers Vintage

Why Are Stylish Gas Stations A Thing Of The Past?

With a few notable exceptions, modern fueling stations are often a mishmash of depressingly decaying features: old bolts rusting onto cracked concrete, a plethora of punchy advertisements for junk (and junk food), and architecture inspired by the inside of a cereal box.

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Yes, we’re cherry-picking some fantastic examples of retro gas stations, and yes, many older stops were little more than some pumps and attendants—but what gives? Why can’t all stations look fantastic?

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Now, with more choice than ever, you’re able to buy cars that run on electricity, biofuels, diesel, propane, gasoline, and hydrogen. Perhaps an enterprising firm could transform the forecourt into an area that attracts customers who actually want to be there, instead of the get-in-and-get-out cycle that happens today.

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I’d gladly hang out at a modernist gas station. In fact, beautiful but disused designs, like Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Nun’s Island station near Montreal, Canada or the ex-Agip station at Piazzale Accursio that Mario Bacciocchi designed are finding new life today. The former is now a beautiful community centre, while the latter is headquarters for Lapo Elkann’s innovative Garage Italia Customs.

Just think: the station down your street could have looked like one of these structures…

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Taken from: Petrolicious