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This 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 becomes the most expensive British car to be auctioned

Described as ‘the most important Aston Martin ever produced’, the 1956 DBR1 is likely to become the most expensive British car ever when it goes under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s flagship Monterey sale. The auction is scheduled for August 18 and 19 during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance motoring week in the US.

The 1956 racer, which is chassis number one of just five made, is said to attract bids of over £15 million ($20 million) from wealthy connoisseurs. This is closer to the £17 million ($21.7 million) mark of the previously sold 1955 Jaguar D-Type that sold at the same auction last year and currently holds the record for the priciest motor sale at an auction in Britain.

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The car is described as Aston’s ‘equivalent to the Ferrari 250 GTO and the similarities between the two are undeniable. Both vehicles are built to dominate on the track with the DBR1 making its debut at the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1956.

Preserved in pristine condition, the svelte frame of the legendary model hides a 3.0-litre straight-six engine packing around 250bhp. In 1959, that was enough to shame all the competition at the Nurburgring 1,000 KM race.

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This is the first time a DBR1 has ever been made available to the public, so there is already a long line of potential buyers who are eager to own this historical piece. The fact it is chassis number 1 makes this model the most enticing for fans of classic British cars.

RM Sotheby’s describes it as being “immaculately presented down to every last detail, and the most correct of all five examples built, making it the most significant group of Astons to ever come to auction.”

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The legendary model was retired after the Nürburgring victory in 1959 and has since been in the ownership of the Honourable John Dawnay, future Viscount Downe and Aston Martin Owner’s Club president as well as been part of a number of major collections.

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The EarthRoamer – The World’s Most Expensive off-road campervan

The super wealthy can travel in style and comfort with this luxurious camper, which costs more than a house. The extravagant EarthRoamer XV-LTS can be purchases for $438,000 USD (£337,000) and can be customized with a whole array of spectacular features.

Able to fit up to four people, the interior of the EarthRoamer can be fully personalized. Buyers can choose to fit it with additional perks apart from the 40-inch TV, Bose surround sound system and a heated bathroom. The extendable outdoor kitchen is perfect for a summer getaway.

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Interested buyers will need to put their names down on a list and wait a year before they can get their hands on the EarthRoamer XV-LTS. The vehicle provides a comfortable ride on all terrains thanks to its chassis based on the Ford-F550 pick-up. It is modelled to be a completely self-sufficient motor home. It uses 1,200 watts of power stored in its batteries.

A great deal of planning and craftsmanship goes into the making of the EarthRoamer. Each individual vehicle is hand-built, custom to order, and designed from the ground up. The design team strive for it to be capable, comfortable and reliable in any weather or terrain.

The EarthRoamer excels off road, is self-sufficient off grid, and provides a luxury experience not found in any other vehicle in the industry. Owners include well-known stars like John Meyer and a number of private millionaires, who are interested to get off the beaten path in a vehicle they can trust.

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Called ‘The Ultimate Adventure Camper’ – the EarthRomaer XV-LTS comes with its own solar panels and water tanks for a self-sustainable trip outside civilization. They are hand-built from the ground up with custom wiring and interior fittings to ensure they meet the specifications of each individual client.

The 6.7-liter diesel, 4×4 vehicle averages about 10 miles per gallon, and once parked the EarthRoamer is a model of efficiency. Everything is designed to make the most of every bit of engine and solar power from the roof-mounted solar panels.

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World’s most expensive car – Rolls Royce Sweptail

Rolls-Royce has just unveiled the most expensive car ever built – a one-off custom creation called the Sweptail. At a reported price of nearly $13 million, it far surpasses the previous leader in the category – the $3 million Bugatti Chiron.

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Still, Rolld-Royce’s newest addition will not be as expensive as the costliest $38 million Ferrari 250 GTO, but it will retail in the price range of brand-new Chirons. The Sweptail represents a return to prominence for the brand’s time-honored coach-building business. Described as the automotive equivalent of haute couture, Sweptail was designed and hand-tailored to fit a specific customer.

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The concept for the Sweptail came to life thanks to an anonymous client, who approached the brand with a unique request in 2013. The wealthy connoisseur of super-yachts and aircrafts requested a unique car inspired by luxury yachts of the 1920s and ’30s. The result is a vehicle that erases the difference between driving and sailing as it brings them together in one smooth experience.

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It is the result of four years of meticulous work and uncompromising craftsmanship. The Sweptail’s signature feature is the single-piece glass roof, which tapers into the car’s fastback rear end. This bold design feature dominates the car’s silhouette. Technical specs of the car have not yet been released, but it’s believed to be based on the current-generation Phantom platform. If this is true, this means some version of the company’s 6.75-liter V-12 is most likely to be found under its long bonnet.

Reported price for the new model will start at £10 million – roughly $12.83 million – although this is yet to be confirmed.

The Sebring Edition Shelby Cobra

The Sebring Edition Shelby Cobra

Designed to kill and be disarmingly fast, the Sebring Edition Shelby Cobras, from Superformance and Shelby American, are exquisite clones of Carroll Shelby’s classic racers that competed at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1963. This extremely limited collection replicates the original vehicles’ design and engineering. All were initially customized for that specific endurance contest and the famous drivers behind the wheel.

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Any wealthy race car aficionado will be thrilled with the replicas. The level of precision and detailing is outstanding with the green-glowing tachometer to the cutback door on the driver’s side to the dashboard switches from a B25 bomber.

The cars will be offered in four distinct liveries, two of which made their debut at the Sebring start. The originals were piloted by the legendary Dan Gurney. At the same time, Ken Miles was making a run for victory lane in chassis No. CSX2002 (badged with No.16). The two other versions available are variations to CSX2128. The car featured a facade of yellow with black stripes and black with yellow stripes again respectively.

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Of the 15 cars – two will feature aluminum bodies while the remainder will be fashioned in fiberglass. All will be built above a steel tube frame chassis. Some of the notable Sebring specifics are a third hood latch, an FIA-style fuel filler cap, race-correct badging, a hood scoop with rivets, an aluminum radiator, and an interior roll bar.

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The 15 examples will come with starting price that ranges from $160,000 to $195,000. Each car will be commissioned together with a Baume & Mercier Shelby Sebring watch that is numbered to match the corresponding chassis.

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The New BMW M550i

2017 welcomes one of BMW’s hottest offers in three decades – the midsize 5 Series sedan. The initial M5 made 280 hp from a 3.5-liter inline 6-cylinder engine. Fewer than 2,200 examples were produced, making it one of the rarest production cars in BMW’s portfolio.

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Five generations later, the brand has fitted a powerful V-8 engine under the hood of the newest BMW 5 Series. In addition, it has equipped it with a sport suspension, bigger brakes, and all-wheel-drive, and aptly named its creation the M550i. The end result is the quickest and most powerful 5 Series to date. It is capable of 456 hp and does the zero-to-60 mph dash in less than 4 seconds—faster than the outgoing M5.

This is the perfect business car capable of a sporty performance. Comparable to the Mercedes-AMG 43 lineup and Audi’s S line, M Performance highlights the difference between the standard series cars and official M cars.

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The M550i is 10 mm lower than the standard 5 Series and, comes standard with an adaptive sport suspension, customizable settings for steering, throttle response, and shift points. It achieves a perfect balance between comfort and performance. Drivers are able to choose between various driving modes, giving the car full control on urban highways and mountain roads alike. Minor exterior changes distinguish the M550i from the standard series cars. These include an aero kit with rear spoiler and a grey metallic trim on the front grille, exterior mirror caps, and side air breathers. Buyers can opt for 20-inch wheels painted in a matching matte grey finish. Inside, the M550i is fitted with leather sport seats, a thick M sport steering wheel, and a unique instrument cluster. BMW’s usual navigation and connectivity functions are also present. Prices for the model start at $73,095.

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Highlights from the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show

The 2017 Geneva International Motor was a whirlwind of aggressive new body styles, glamour and opulence. This year’s show, will run through March 19 at the Palexpo, will feature world premieres from Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Porsche, and more. Some of the highlights of the highly-anticipated show include the spectacular Lamborghini Huracán Perfomante, which dashes from zero to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds. Its lightweight construction, race-bred aerodynamics, and an improved air-intake system have taken a significant load off the weight of the car compared to other Huracán models. The electronically controlled rear wing uses a patented system to optimize downforce at high speeds. Lamborghini announced a starting price of $274,390 for the Huracán Perfomante with deliveries set to begin this summer.

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McLaren will debut the successor to 650S with lighter weight, better performance, and improved aerodynamics compared to the previous model. Its new 4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine produces will allow the 720S to match the 2.9-second zero-to-62-mph time of Lamborghini Huracán Performante. Revised suspension and chassis-control system improve the car’s handling compared with the price expected at about $284,500, and deliveries to the United States will begin later this year.

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The Koenigsegg Agera RS Gryphon is, by far, the boldest suggestion at the Geneva Motor Show 2017. The sleek beast is the embodiment of strength and speed, much like its mythical namesake creature — and is also adorned with a 24-carat gold leaf finish. The precious metal adorns exterior badging, making up the body’s racing strips, adorning interior surfaces, and even being featured on the engine at the hood’s struts. Koeningsegg has designed and built a unique V8 engine for their ambitious model – one that gives the hypercar 1360hp.

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The Koenigsegg Electronic Stability control, front/rear hydraulic lifting system, climate control, bluetooth phone and audio connection, Apple CarPlay, and a full digital warning and information system are just some of the perks of the mind-blowing vehicle.

 

World’s First Flying Car

For Sale the World’s First Flying Car

The world’s first production-model flying car is now a reality. Netherlands-based company Pal-V has begun taking orders for two versions of its three-wheeled car that converts into a two-seat gyroplane: avid buyers can choose between the fully loaded Liberty Pioneer Edition (£480,000) and the base model Liberty Sport (£320,000). FAA certification for its vehicle is still pending and as soon as they receive it – deliveries can begin.

Only 90 examples of the Liberty Pioneer Edition will be built, highlighting its rarity and collectability in the long term. Both models will have a maximum speed of 100 mph in driving mode and will be capable of acceleration from zero-to-60-mph time of less than nine seconds. In flying mode, they will have a high cruising speed of 100mph and a range of 248 miles with two passengers aboard and 310 miles with just a pilot. Pal-V recommends using a runway – paved or level grass – of at least 900ft for a smooth take-off and a 100ft strip for landing.

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The blades are bundled on the roof when the vehicle is in drive mode, and can be unfolded to convert the Liberty into a gyroplane in about 10 minutes. The blades are not powered by a motor, as helicopter blades are, but by the wind and continue to rotate as long as there is airflow. This gives the vehicle a level of stability.

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To operate the Liberty drivers will require a standard driver’s license and a gyroplane license. The latter requires 40-45 hours of training. For an additional £20,000 buyers get a Liberty includes flying lessons at the Pal-V FlyDrive Academy, the company’s flying school in Utah.

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Ferrari’s Most Powerful Car Yet – the 812 Superfast

Ferrari is reigniting the supercar power war with what is planned as the fastest and most powerful model, the aptly named 812 Superfast. 588kW from its V12 engine will power the two-door, which will be able to accelerate to 100km/h in just 2.9 seconds and achieve a top speed of “more than” 340km/h.

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F12′s successor doesn’t disappoint in terms of visual aesthetic as well. The fastback design hides active flaps at the front of the underbody, and a rear flank features an aerodynamic by-pass to increase downforce, giving the model a beautifully aggressive shape. Designed to deliver exhilarating driving both on road and track yet also be sufficiently comfortable to use at any time, the 812 Superfast is a welcomed addition to the collection of every driver with a penchant for adrenaline-inducing experiences.

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A noteworthy new feature is the EPS (Electric Power Steering) which is calibrated to work in tandem with the car’s electronic vehicle dynamics controls. These include the latest version of Ferrari’s patented Side Slip Control (SCC) – making its powerful performance easier to handle and even more thrilling to exploit. There is also a Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV) which, benefits from further evolution of the software that improves the nimbleness of the handling and reduces the vehicle response times.

The high tail of the 812 is reminiscent of the 365 GTB4 of 1969. LED headlights are integrated into the design of the air intakes. The car is being launched in a special new colour, Rosso Settanta to mark the company’s 70th anniversary.

No official price has been announced yet for the 812 Superfast, but prices for the model it replaces, the F12 Berlinetta, start at $320,000.

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Rolls-Royce introduces the Black Badge series

Rolls-Roys has taken the automotive world by storm with not one, but two new additions to the Black Badge series and they’re beyond classy. Ghost and Wrath are designed for “people who are elusive and defiant, the risk takers and disrupters, who break the rules and laugh in the face of convention.” Basically, the company is courting rich renegades with a grittier, more brooding take on its recognizable style.

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The new models will undoubtedly appeal to young, wealthy business moguls, who go by their own rules with cars that are “just as uncompromising and unapologetic in their choice of living and lifestyle as their predecessors.”

Technically and aesthetically, the ‘Black Badge’ is darker, more assertive, more confident and powerful, and more demanding than the standard Rolls-Royce silhouette. Black Badge leaves a powerful presence on the luxury landscape, marking a transformative moment for the great brand.

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The unique appeal of the Black Badge series come, in part, from the black hood ornament along with lightweight, carbon fiber wheels and “the deepest, darkest and most intense black ever seen on a production car surface.

The Ghost Black Badge is powered by a 6.6-liter V12, now making 603 hp and 620 lb-ft of torque. The eight-speed automatic adds a sense of urgency and delivers a soft ride. The Wraith benefits from 51 extra pound-feet of twist and a total of 623 hp. It gets changed transmission programming to offer a quicker feel.

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Both models are priced in the $300,000+ range, which means darkness sure doesn’t come cheap, but that’s fine.

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Top Luxury Cars at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) turned some heads when it was held in Detroit, earlier this year. Arguably still the most important auto show in the U.S, there were plenty of debuts from renowned automakers Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and others—particularly in the ultra-hot crossover and SUV segments.

Mercedes debuted its Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe in celebration of AMG’s 50th anniversary. Positioned performance-wise between the AMG GT S and the line-topping AMG GT R unveiled in Paris last year, the fixed-roof version of the AMG GT C has a 4-liter engine capable of producing 550 hp and 503 ft lbs of torque. The car can go from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and will launch in a special “Edition 50” trim, with Graphite Gray Magno paint, black chrome exterior trim, and a matching black-and-silver interior color scheme. Price is yet to be announced but is expected to be in the $150,000 neighbourhood.

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Audi is following in the footsteps of BMW and Mercedez-Benz with its new Q8 Concept. The coupe-like SUV vehicle resembles its successor Q7, but has a sharper sloping roofline and an aggressive front grille with vertical bars reminiscent. Its flat, wedge-shaped headlamps use innovative digital Matrix laser lights, which illuminate the road better than LED lights. The Q8 can comfortably accommodate four passengers and has Audi’s signature “virtual cockpit” technology, which combines a head-up display with high-resolution touchscreens. The 3-liter V-6 combustion engine is capable of producing 550 hp.as the car is put into production its price is estimated to be around £70,000.

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BMW has been making headlines with the M550i xDrive and 530e iPerformance, which made its debut in three versions. BMW’s redesigned 5 Series sedan starts at $73,095 and is currently the top-of-the-line 5 Series model.  It is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. The 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid (starting from $52,395) pairs an electric motor with BMW’s 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder combustion engine and rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

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