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Earlier this month, we brought you word of a 1995 Ferrari F50 supercar, one of only 349 ever built, biding its time in a Connecticut salvage yard after a ferocious crash destroyed its front end. With pristine examples of the F50 bringing $1.7 million in auction, we were curious just how much the world of auto auctioneering could draw for one that would need a full, expensive rebuilding.
The answer came earlier this week: $446,000, from a buyer in Germany on an iPad, following a wild set of online bids at Copart which drove the price rising by $139,000 in the final four minutes. If Vegas took such bets, I'd lay one that the rebuilding will cost more than the purchase price; rarely has spending so much money been the easiest part of buying a Ferrari.Read More »from Totaled Ferrari F50 sold back to Europe for $446,000
The blessed rivalry between the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang has felt a bit one-sided as of late, with Ford conserving its energy for the new Mustang expected to be revealed in a matter of weeks. The Camaro has outsold the Mustang handily this year (although both are behind last year's totals) and the Camaro team has the upcoming Z/28 to crow about. Today, there's a new, less welcome title for the Camaro to claim over its pony-car competitors: Most likely to be stolen.
A new report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau analyzing stolen sports cars sold between the 2010 and 2012 model years found the Camaro lapping the rest of the field. Of the 3,780 new cars swiped from January 2009 to December 2012, 1,509 were Camaros, while 980 were Mustangs and 782 Dodge Challengers. Outside of the traditional Detroit iron, mostRead More »from Thieves pick Camaro as favorite sports car to disappear in 60 seconds
After qualifying in pole position for the 1988 Japanese Grand Prix, Ayrton Senna's McLaren stalled at the start and fell to 14th place. Thanks to a bump start, Senna restarted his car and quickly made up the gap; halfway through, he passed Alain Prost, and with the course drenched by rain, no one challenged Senna as he won his first Formula 1 driver's championship. Even though his career was cut short, many F1 devotees still consider Senna the greatest ever. See him at work below:Read More »from October 30: Ayrton Senna wins his first F1 title on this date in 1988
For the first 40 years of the U.S. auto industry, cars were built much as carriages had been — by dropping a body on top of a frame that held the axles and engine. Only after World War II did the engineers and designers at Hudson attempt a different way; blending the body and frame into one monocoque piece, that would weigh less, ride lower and offer far better protection in a crash. The Hudson Hornet of the late '40s and early '50s became a monster on the stock-car circuit, and its "step-down" construction made it stand out. But sales tapered off, and by 1954 Hudson had been forced to merge with Nash to create American Motors, with the last true step-down Hudson leaving the factory on this date in 1954. Here's the famed Marshall Teague showing off the Hornet's advantage at Daytona Beach in 1952:
Read More »from October 29: The last Hudson Hornet was built on this date in 1954
The hardest part of a shot like this one from Gil Folk isn't procuring the Ferrari Enzo or the right lighting and background — it's keeping the dust off a pristine black surface. If you have a photo to share, please add it to Motoramic's Flickr group, or send us a message via Twitter, Facebook, or Google+.Read More »from The Enzo in black: Flickr photo of the day
The first fire in a Tesla Model S earlier this month brought about all the expected reactions; a steep sell-off by Wall Street in its volatile shares, followed by a spirited defense of electric vehicle technology from Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Last week, U.S. auto safety officials said they agreed with Musk's assessment that the fire was due to road debris, and said no official investigation was necessary — a fairly typical step given that NHTSA only investigates a fraction of the 180,000 vehicle fires in the United States every year.
So what to make of the second report of a Tesla Model S crashing and catching fire, in far different circumstances?Read More »from Second Tesla Model S fire sparked by crash in Mexico
Before World War II, no road existed connecting Alaska with the United States; given the rugged terrain, limited demand and international relations, such a road simply wasn't a priority for either the United States or Canada. Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and threat to the west coast of both nations made such a road an overnight concern, and after several months of rushed construction, the 1,700-mile Alaskan Highway was completed on this date in 1942. Meant mostly as a way for the U.S. Army to haul supplies and machinery to bases, the road wasn't made safe for civilian use for a few years; today it's about 300 miles shorter after decades of continual improvements. Here's how the U.S. Army explained the project in the 1950s:Read More »from October 28: The Alaskan Highway was completed on this date in 1942
Back in the heady days of the mid-1980s, when Domino's Pizza made home-delivered food a reality to millions of previously mobile Americans, the company experimented briefly with building its own delivery vehicles; the Triton 1 caught by John Lloyd was a gee-whiz version that never saw action outside the corporate parking lot. If you have a photo to share, please add it to Motoramic's Flickr group, or send us a message via Twitter, Facebook, or Google+
Barn find aficionados enjoy discovering cars wherever they lie hidden, but nothing moves them quite like the reveal of classic preserved by time and neglect despite its surroundings. Here's one that fits the template to a T: the unearthing of an exotic Italian sports car from a semi trailer left to rust — and the revival of a car that hasn't been driven in 24 years.Read More »from Hidden for 24 years, a DeTomaso Pantera comes back to life
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