Posts Tagged ‘Cars’

Beetle road trip.

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1960 Fiat 600 multipla.

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1957 BMW isetta 300 taxicab.

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Fiat 500 Jolly Ghia.

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1938 Steyr 55.

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Peel P 50 race!

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Pink mini Mini!

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1964 Mini 850.

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The cherry red version of the 1964 Mini 850, has been shortened from 10ft long to just 7ft 10ins so owner Lester Atherfold, 67, could transport the car in his coach.

Fiat 500.

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1956 Valle Chantecler.

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Bubble cars.

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The photograph shows two “Bubble Cars”. These were built in the early 1960’s. The one in the foreground was built under licence by a British company called Trojan.

Mini in Mustard!

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10. 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Roadster – $1.45 million.

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In July 1984, Christie’s sold a 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Roadster for $1.45 million. Just 58 of these supercharged sports cars were built between 1934 and 1936.

9. Aston Martin DBR2 – $3.4 million.

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One year after the 500K Roadster, Christie’s sold this one-of-a-kind Aston Martin DBR2 racing car, for $3.4 million. The car’s value has increased considerable since then.

8. 1931 Bugatti Royale (Berline de Voyager) – $6.5 million.

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The Bugatti Royale Berline de Voyager, was built in 1931 but kept as part of Bugatti’s private collection. Hidden away from the Nazis during the war, the car was eventually exported to the United States.

7. 1929 Birkin Bentley – $7.9 million.

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When the Birkin sold during the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed, it became the most expensive car ever manufactured in the UK to be sold at auction, a title previously held by a 1904 Rolls Royce.

6. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California – £10.9 million.

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In May 2008, radio presenter and car fanatic Chris Evans paid almost 11 million dollars for this Ferrari at an auction in Italy. The car had previously been owned by actor James Coburn.

5. 1936 Mercedes 540K – $11.7 million.

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Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone owned one of these rare vehicles and sold it for $6.3 million in 2007. Five years later, one of the remaining 26 models still in existence sold for almost twice as much.

4. 1931 Bugatti Royale (Kellner Coupe) – $14.9 million.

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More than 15 feet long and powered by a 12.7 litre aircraft engine, the Kellner Coupe had been launched at the height of the great depression and was a sales flop as a result, but would go on to become one of the most valuable cars of all time.

3. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa – $16.39 million.

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The Testa Rossa race car dominated Le Mans during the late fifties and early sixties. Famous for its distinctive red valve covers – the name means red head – just 34 of the 250 Testa Rossas were ever built.

2. 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO – $19.4 million (2010).

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Two years after he bought his multi-million dollar California, Chris Evans sold it in order to fund the purchase of this car. The GTO is hugely sought after in collecting circles but owners tend to hang on to them – only 2 have come up for auction in the last 20 years.

1. 1936 Bugatti Type 57C Atlantic – $43.7 million.

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With just three models ever built and a single prototype, this Bugatti is one of the rarest cars around. Little wonder then that this vehicle broke all records for cars sold at auction when it went under the hammer in 2010.

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The Type 57

Built between 1934 and 1939, the Type 57 was Bugatti’s swan song. It was developed by Jean Bugatti, and it simplified the Miller DOHC drive train that had been appropriated for the Types 50, 51 and 55, substituting a chain of gears at the rear of the engine to drive the camshafts.

The car would, generally speaking, be bought in two series with four variations: T57, T57C (with compressor), T57S (short, low-slung chassis) and T57SC (same thing with blower). There were four “standard” body styles available for each chassis, in theory at least. They were Galibier (four-door sedan), Ventoux (two-door, four-seat coupe), Stelvio (two-door, four-seat cabriolet), Atalante (two-door, two-seat coupe) and Aravis (two-door, two-seat cabriolet).

This, however, does not account for the various special T57s, including the numerous coachbuilders across Europe who created one-offs. It also does not account for the Grand Raid roadster, which was essentially a prototype that preceded the famous 57S.

The offering of such a car is not only incredibly rare but tremendously important. In fact, this car is documented in Bugatti 57 Sport by Pierre-Yves Laugier and in the book The Bugatti Type 57S by Bernhard Simon & Julius Kruta. Both of these rare books will walk an interested party through the development of the Type 57, particularly the prototype examples.

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We’re a sucker for gorgeous cars here at Kuvva and we just had to share this striking, one-of-a-kind vintage concept car with the automobile-fans among us. Let us introduce you to the 1960 Plymouth XNR, a retro futuristic concept car designed by Virgil Exner Sr. and was built on a Valiant chassis as an answer to the popularity of Corvettes by the end of the 1950’s. This car has been restored in 2011 and is being auctioned in California to a lucky person with a love for eccentric-looking, futuristic 1960s classic and a big fat wallet.

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