Wheeler Dealers Top 10

Today the Discovery Channel released a a list of the top restorations done by Mike Brewer and Edd China on the show Wheel Dealers as chosen by the viewers.

This is hands down our favorite motoring show and goes to show that you don't really know a car until you work on it.

On the top of the list is last season's 1972 Lamborghini Urraco P250S which was bought out of Poland and eventually sold for £35,000.

Mike said ''It's fantastic that the nation has chosen such a great Top Ten. All of our favourites are in the list but the truth is we have loved every one of the 100 cars over the past eleven years.''

To see the entire top 10 list we have assembled a gallery page.

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Concours d'Elegance returns to France

This year the Concours d'Elegance returned to France in the form of the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille held 40 miles north of Paris.

Peter Auto who also organize the Tour Auto, Le Mans Classic and a host of other vintage races used their expert connections to bring together the best cars in the world.

Front and center was one of the year's best Maserati 100 displays including some great prototypes.

Best of Show Concours d'État went to the striking 1937 Delahaye 135 Figoni et Falaschi Torpedo Cabriolet from the Mullin museum which was selected among a collection of streamlined French cars.

Best of Show Concours d'Elegance was reserved for modern prototypes and went to the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante presented by Paco Rabanne in a stunning green color scheme.

We have put together a gallery of the 2014 Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille courtesy of Thomas from www.fast-auto.fr and Flickr userel.guy08_11..

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2014 DTM Finale

Today we have assembled a gallery of the specular DTM Finale at Hockenheimring which both open and ends the popular German championship.

By the Finale, Marco Wittmann had already secured the championship for BMW Team RMG and eventually beat both Mattias Ekström as well as Mike Rockenfeller by 50 points.

BMW celebrated the occasion by releasing a limited version of their production M4 known as the Champion Edition which shares its livery with Wittmann's race car.

It was bittersweet for Audi who swept the podium at Hockenheim and released two new cars at the event. One was the 2015 Audi Sport TT Cup which will form a one-make series that will run in paralel with DTM year.

All these cars and more can be found in our feature gallery.

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2014 Paris Motor Show in Pictures

After the first complete press day of the Mondial de l'Automobile, we have an prepared an exceptional gallery with all the highlight cars.

A couple last minute additions included the 2014 Audi TT Sportback concept, Nissan Pulsar Nismo Concept and Peugeot EXALT.

Citroën are using Paris to reveal their new DS Brand which includes several production cars and the Divine DS showcar.

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Paris Auto Show Preview

On the eve of the Paris Motor Show also known as the Mondial de l'Automobile, we have several new cars including the Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 that first appeared at the Paris Group Night.

The new Lamborghini is a plug-in-hybrid that works in concert with the V10 to provide an exceptionally low 98 g/km cruising emissions.

In a similar vien, Volkwagen announced the XL Sport for Paris which is based on the fuel efficient XL1 and uses Ducati's V-Twin engine.

Infiniti will bring a stunning showcar called the Q80 Inspiration to Paris. It's a fastback sedan that will surely signal the future design direction for the brand.

Ferrari will out perform almost all the Paris show cars with their limited edition 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale A which has slightly more power, new bumpers and a high-contrast Avus central stripe.

We finish our preview with Rolls-Royce's newest collection series: the Phantom Metropolitan Collection. Like the previous editions this model has incredible wood inlays that celebrate the city.

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Maserati at 100

Maserat's 100th anniversary year has been well celebrated in 2014 with several key events that culminated with last week's Maserati Centennial International Gathering.

The weekend celebration in Italy included many historic stops such as Turin and Modena including a Concours d'Elegance which was won by a Maserati Mexico Prototipo.

The Gathering coincided with a tremendous show at the Enzo Ferrari Museum called Maserati 100 – A Century of Pure Italian Luxury Sports Cars. We have all the cars which were hand picked by Aldolfo Orsi in our gallery by Samir Shirazi.

Earlier centennial events include the Maserati Centennial Racing and Maserati Centennial Coachwork classes at Pebble Beach.

Other great Maserati displays included the I Primi Cento Anni from the gorgeous Villa d'Este surroundings. The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance also had 100th Anniversary of Maserati (Race) and 100th Anniversary of Maserati (Street) classes.

Specifically for the 100th year, Maserati unveiled the Alfieri concept car in tribute to Alfieri Maserati who started the firm.

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2014 Lone Star Le Mans Weekend

Texas payed host to the world's endurance racing teams this weekend at the Circuit of the Americas including separate races for the FIA World Endurance Championship and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Audi, Porsche and Toyota each brought out their Le-Mans contending teams for the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas which was the 4th round of the World Endurance Championship.

Many teams were caught in an immediate Austin rain chaos rain that halted the race for a considerable time and caught the leading Toyota off guard. Eventually the steady fast #1 and #2 Audis placed first and second with the #2 R18 of Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer taking first overall.

The slightly less contested TUDOR Championship pitted the privateer Riley Daytona Prototypes against the Corvette DPs which resulted in Scott Pruett and Joel Miller taking first overall.

Our galleries of both the WEC and IMSA TUDOR races feature many of the best cars from each series.

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A new star: Mercedes-AMG GT

Today Mercedes unveiled their much anticipated Mercedes-AMG GT which is smaller than the SLS which it does not replace.

The new car is a direct response to the Jaguar F-Type, Porsche 911 and Nissan 370. This leaves the Mercedes-Benz S 65 AMG Coupé at the top of the range.

AMG GT uses a 4.0-litre V8 with a curious turbocharging setup to produce 583 bhp @ 6800 rpm. The Turbos are nestled on top of the engine which we assume improves response to the intake chambers.

The first deliveries in the US are scheduled for Spring of 2015.

***UPDATE*** We have a new picture page from the launch in Stuttgart located here: http://www.supercars.net/news/A_new_star_MercedesAMG_GT.html

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Salon Privé 2014

Salon Privé is well underway for 2014 including a fantastic Supercar Show and Concours d’Elégance.

Ferrari stole the show with their stunning 2014 Ferrari F12 TRS among the boutique British brands like Noble, Lotus and Caterham.

The Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance had several great classes this year including a Fifty Years of the Ferrari 275 class that included two Ferrari GTB/Cs, two Ferrari 275 GTS and Jay Kay's fabulous Ferrari 275 GTB/4.

Other great classes included The Jaguar D-Type and 100 years of Maserati.

All the highlights can be found in our feature gallery of Salon Privé.

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2014 Pebble Beach Auctions

This year Gooding & Company upped the blue chip market by setting 16 world records at their Pebble Beach Auctions and achieving $106 million in total sales which includes their 10% buyer's premium.

At $15,180,000 for the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, Gooding set a new benchmark price. In earlier years BBC presenter Chris Evans was high criticized for buying a similar car in 2008 for €7,040,000, but now he looks all the wiser.

Gooding also sold one of the world's best Countach LP400s for $1,870,000. That's about a million more than any previous Countach.

The Ferrari 250GT in all varieties benefited at Gooding. Two Lussos sold for over 2-million each which is double the prices from last year. The 275 GTB is also nearly a 4 million dollar car in today's market.

The title 1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale, a fabled race car turned into a 3-seat road car, failed to meet it's 25 million dollar reserve and when back home to the Chinetti family who have owned it almost continually since new.

All the great car from Gooding can be found in our feature gallery with prices and descriptions.

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2014 Monterey by RM Auctions

RM Auctions had an astonishing $143.4 million sale in Monterey this year which they describe as highest grossing collector car auction of all time.

This was in part aided by many impressive cars from the Bob Pond collection and a sole 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale that sold for $26.4 million.

Among Pond's cars we thoroughly investigated the untouched Vector W8 for aficionado Vectorfiles.

Some best-of-breed cars sold for world records including the $1,012,000 Coutach LP400S, $231,000 Sunbeam Tiger and $473,000 1981 Ferrari 512 BB.

All these great cars and more can be found in our RM gallery complete with prices realized and breif descriptions.

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Bonhams 2014 Quail Auction

This year the biggest Monterey buzz, stories and misinformation came from the lead up to Bonham's sale of the 250 GTO chassis 3851GT including nine other cars from the Italian Collezione Maranello Rosso.

And $38,115,000 USD was the price for the GTO including Bonham's 10% buyer's premium. The figure was spot on and proof that big money has little to do with a media blitz. It shows signs of a healthy collector car market, one that can remain consistent for years to come. This result was also completely contrary to those punters behind cameras, cellphones and wordpress that wanted the 50-100 million 'story of century', even if it made no sense at all.

But there's another side to this story and that is Fabrizio Violati, the man who purchased this GTO from Enzo Ferrari 49 years ago. He loved and cherished 3851GT alongside his stable of Italian cars in the Collezione Maranello Rosso museum. Leading up to his last years, in his early seventies, Violati car drove only this car from the collection with his dog sitting shotgun.

For Bonhams, the rest of Quail sale can only be described as a resounding success. They bested their total amount thanks to Violati's great Ferraris and set some production car records including $3,850,000 for a steel-bodied Ferrari 275 GTB, $385,000 for a Maserati Ghibli coupe and $2,640,000 for a 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider.

Our gallery from Bonham's sale has all the cars with descriptions and prices realized.

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2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

The 64th running of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance has culminated with the first Ferrari to win Best of Show, but that's just the most obvious of the many great stories from this event.

At the end of the 18th fairway, Pebble Beach assembled the world's best collection of 250 Testa Rossas. 20 were in attendance including all the works competition cars, many of which now live at arms length on the West Coast.

Among the Testa Rossas was the spectacular restoration debut of 0724TR which returned back to its Ecurie Nationale Belge colors by the specialists at Paul Russel. The rumored $1,300,000 job was only eclpised in numbers by the $40,000,000 Testa Rossa which was sold and presented by dealer Tom Hartley Jnr as the only unrestored Testa Rossa in the world.

With great anticipation we thoroughly visited the Streamlined Tatra class. The winning 'Typa 77A' came all the way from Czech Republic with correct details such as proper hides and dyes for the upholstery.

Almost all the world's surviving Ruxtons were present at Pebble. Evelyn & Jim Fasnacht brought out six exemplary examples which joined 10 more cars in the class. Four cars were presented in Joseph Urban’s multiband paint scheme and each is an unforgettable sight.

Mercedes was celebrated for their 1914 French Grand Prix victory and Pebble brought out three fantastic 115HP cars alongside their Peugeot and Opel rivals. It's the best open-wheeled display we have seen at Pebble, even if it meant stranding a fabulous 1910 Fiat S61 to the Antique class.

Runner up for Best in Show had to be the 1934 Hispano-Suiza J12 Fernandez et Darrin Coupé de Ville. Restoration perfection is what Robert Lee and his capable team in Sparks, Nevada aim for and they spent four years on their match set of Fernandez et Darrin cars.

Maserati's 100th anniversary allowed Pebble to line up some of the very best racing examples along the coast including rare variants such as 350S, 250S, 150s and 151.

This year almost every modern manufacturer independently revealed their showcars and later placed them on the Concept Car Lawn for Sunday's event. The green leaves no room for an international unveiling so we have included photos from the private events that happened earlier in the week. Maybe the new cars could deserve a spot on the 18th fairway in the future.

The very thorough selection committee from Pebble Beach does such a good job we have split up our gallery into the 26 classes listed below:

Concept Car Lawn and Manufacturer Displays
Class A : Antique
Class B : Early Steam Cars
Class C-1 : American Classic Open Early
Class C-2 : American Classic Open Late
Class C-3 : American Classic Closed
Class D : Ruxton
Class F : Fernandez et Darrin Coachwork
Class G : Duesenberg
Class H-1 : Rolls-Royce
Class H-2 : Rolls-Royce Phantom Postwar
Class I - Mercedes-Benz Prewar
Class J-1 : European Classic Early
Class J-2 : European Classic Late Open
Class J-3 : European Classic Late Closed
Class J-4 : Prewar Sports Racing
Class K : Streamlined Tatra
Class L-1: Prewar Preservation
Class L-2: Postwar Preservation
Class M-1: Ferrari Grand Touring
Class M-2 : Ferrari Competition
Class M-3: Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
Class N-1: Maserati Centennial Racing
Class N-2 : Maserati Centennial Coachwork
Class O-1 : Postwar Touring
Class O-2 : Postwar Sports Racing
Class V : 1914 French Grand Prix


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2014 Pebble Beach Class Winners

Monterey's car week ended with a post-war car winning the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance's Best of Show, that being the 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Coupé Scaglietti owned by Jon Shirley.

To do so the Ferrari won the Ferrari Grand Touring class and was then selected by the Honorary Judges among the 26 other class winners.

To see what Jon's car was up against we have assembled a gallery page with all 26 first class winners which were judged to be the best of their breed by chief class judges and their teams.

This Ferrari, chassis 0402AM, was specially-built for Italian film director Roberto Rossellini on a repurposed 375 MM race car chassis. It is one of only a few Scaglietti-styled road cars that was restored most recently by Dennison International Motorsports.

Other Ferraris also dominated the Monterey car week. Bonhams broke the record for a motor car at auction with the $38,000,000 Ferrari 250 GTO and RM fetched $26 for a Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale.

Later in the week we will have a more comprehensive gallery including all the cars from Pebble Beach.

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2014 Fuel Run Monterey

In a somewhat hurried fashion we have uploaded shots from the 2014 Fuel Run Monterey.

Organized by the goldRush Rally Team they travelled 90 miles included a nice lunch at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

Our gallery includes all the highlight cars including a wrapped DMC Aventador Molto Veloce, Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, Aventador LP 720-4 50° Anniversario, Gemballa Mirage GT, Hennessey Venom GT and more.

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