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The late 1980′s is often considered as the era that gave birth to the modern day supercar. Every exotic car manufacturer was gunning to produce the fastest production car in the world, and the 200-mph mark was the target to beat.
In this arena, the Japanese had no contenders and all the major players came from Europe. Porsche had the 959, Ferrari gave the world the incredible F40, and Lamborghini had just introduced the Diablo.
GALLERY: Callaway Corvette
However, that does not mean the brand will vanish off the face of the Earth, thanks to a coach-building company called Xenatec. They take a four-door Maybach 57S and get rid of two of its doors. Since they kept the wheelbase the same as the donor car, they gave it longer doors and a sleek coupe body to fill in the gap.
Mechanically the car remains standard because Xenatec wanted the car to be servicable by any Maybach dealer around the world. So while you’ll have the standard cars 6.0-liter, twin-turbo, V12 engine that produces 621-hp, you’ll now also have a sportier looking body to travel around in.
And how much would it cost to have this conversion done? It’ll cost as much as the original donor car. A Xenatec 57S Coupe will cost you a cool $940,000. That’s very nearly Bugatti Veyron money.
Despite the stratospheric price tag, Xenatec has sold quite a few of these uber-coupes through their three main distributors; the factory itself in Germany, a dealer in Saudi Arabia and an armor car firm in Russia.
Finding one of these rare exotics would thus be hard, but we have. A Xenatec Coupe is looking for a new home. It is listed for sale at an exotic car dealership in Dubai, U.A.E. According to the advert, it has no mileage on it. While it is sitting at a used exotic car store, the car is still new.
So while you can still get in touch with Xenatec and pay them to build you a coupe out of your donor 57S, a fully finished example is awaiting you in a desert oasis.
Afterall, we at AutoGuide get a fuzzy good feeling by uniting the rich with expensive cars.
GALLERY: Xenatec Coupe
[Source: Alain Class]
The genesis of the Japanese supercar, the 1967 Toyota 2000GT is the first All-Japanese limited-production sports car to gain international recognition, changing impressions of the Japanese auto industry overnight.
Without a true successor until Lexus presented its LF-A supercar more than four decades later, the 2000GT is a rare beauty and opportunities to find such a collectible are few and far between. However, Maine Line Exotics has announced that such an opportunity has risen.
The particular example being offered is serial #MF10-100001, also known as the very first production Toyota 2000GT. As one of the original three cars that Toyota delivered to Shelby American Racing, #MF10-100001 entered the 1968 season of SCCA as #23, racing in the hands of driver Davey Jordan.
Currently, the #MF10-100001 2000GT lies in the private collection of Bob Tkacik and Peter Star of Main Line Exotics. However, that can change if you could put up $1.7 million. Head over to Maine Line Exotics for details.
Over the last two-decades, BMW has given us quite a few “Z” cars. There was the chic Z3 that James Bond helped unveil in the movie “Golden Eye,” followed by the sinfully pretty Z8 (also used in a Bond flick; The World Is Not Enough), which was penned by Henrik Fisker (yes, the same guy who went on to design some Aston Martin‘s and then started his own car company).
More recently, we have seen two-generations of the Z4 model, and while there was a Z9 concept car, when it eventually went into production, it became the 6-series.
In North America, very few know about the car that started the whole “Z”-line of cars at BMW. The very first model to wear this alphabet was appropriately called the Z1.
Like all the “Z” cars that went into production, the Z1 is a front-engined, rear-wheel drive, two-seater sports car. Unlike all other “Z” cars (or any other production car for that matter), the Z1 had doors that would drop down into the sills. Yes, getting in and out is a bit more challenging than usual due to the high sills, but it is worth it for the reaction it causes in public. Plus you can park in a tight spot and not worry about being able to swing open the door. The doors would move up and down via an electric motor, so no muscle power is needed.
Speaking of muscle, the Z1 was powered by the familiar 2.5-liter, straight-six cylinder engine, that can be found in other BMW models. This engine produces just 168-hp and 161 lb/ft of torque, which is not a lot for a car that weighs 3200-lbs. Power was fed to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox. According to BMW, this sleek roadster took 9.0-seconds to accelerate from 0-62 mph, and would top out at 137 mph. Not slow, but not nearly as fast as it looks.
During its two-year production run from March 1989 to June 1991, BMW made just 8000 examples of the Z1, well short of their target of producing 35,000 copies initially.
Nowadays, the Z1 is considered to be a rare, modern classic, and finding one for sale in North America (a market where it was never officially sold) is extremely difficult.
But we have found a clean example sitting in Calgary, AB., Canada. This black on grey and charcoal example has covered about 20,600-miles. The seller has not provided much else information, and has mentioned a wrong engine size in the ad. The asking price is CAN$29,999, which equals to $29,400 in our currency at today’s exchange rate.
So if you’ve always wanted a Z1, or just want a car with disappearing doors, you can check out the ad yourself in the source link below.
There are tuner shops, and then there are tuner manufacturers. What’s the difference? While a Tuner shop will bolt on spoilers and body kits, and some good tuner shops can even enhance your engines performance; a tuner manufacturer takes a bare shell and makes the entire car themselves to meet their customer’s requirements.
That is exactly what Ruf does. For 34 years, Alois Ruf has been working on Porsches. His process is so thorough, Porsche sends him bare shells of their cars, and everything is then put in place by Ruf technicians. Each car is thus tailor made for its new owner.
While most of Ruf’s creations look like slightly modded versions of the Stuttgart original, in 2007 they unveiled a car that took the tuning game on a whole new level. It was called the CTR3 and it was built using a chassis that had bits of the 911 married to some Cayman structure, wrapped in a Kevlar-carbon composite body-shell. The end result looked like a car Porsche enthusiasts could only dream about, until now.
It’s not all about looks either. Under the rear clamshell you’ll find a 3.8-liter, flat-six engine with two turbo-chargers. Twin-turbo Porsche motors are not that uncommon, but ones that produce 750-hp and 708 lb/ft of torque certainly are. All this power is fed to only the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox. Launch it correctly and you’ll cover the sprint from 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds, and onto a top speed of 236 mph. That makes the CTR3 a lot faster than the Carrera GT, the fastest production car Porsche ever made.
If all this sounds irresistible to you (if you’re reading about cars on the internet, it should), you’d be happy to learn that a CTR3 is currently being offered for sale in California by R3 Motorsports. Since their advert was missing some information, we called the owner of the company; Ryan Negry, for some more information on this rare beast. According to Negry, this 2010 example has covered just 300-miles and that it can be yours for just $540,000.
[Source: duPont Registry]
Carhenge, Nebraska’s remarkable automotive replica of England’s Stonehenge, has been a proud display of automotive greatness and whimsical art for 24 years. Jim Reinders, the man behind the fantastic creation announced that Carhenge and its land will now be up for sale, with an asking price of $300,000.
A not-for-profit landmark, Reinders has dwindled his finances in an effort to maintain the admission-free monument, admitting he, “can’t develop the land as we should.” The organization, Friends of Carhenge, envision a future Carhenge with additional amenities including a campground, a go karting track as well as convenience and souvenir shops to give visitors reason to pay admission in the future.
They hope that a new buyer will assist in bringing Carhenge to its deserved potential.
However, if you have the means, you can possibly own two concept cars shown by Ford in the last decade. We are talking about the 2001 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster Concept and the 2004 Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept.
Both these vehicles will be presented by RM Auctions at their upcoming event held in Monterey, CA. on August 19th.
Proceeds from the sale will go towards the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a charity Ford has supported over the years.
As for the cars, while the Thunderbird Sports Roadster concept is a functioning vehicle, the Shelby GR-1 is just a rolling platform. While the GR-1 cannot be driven, we think its still better than buying an ancient oil painting.
RM Auctions predicts the Thunderbird Sports Roadster concept will fetch between $125,000 – $175,000, while the beautiful Shelby GR-1 will get between $150,000 – $200,000.
This auction is part of the annual Pebble Beach Concours event which attracts the worlds rarest cars and also some of the world’s wealthiest people. It truly is an auto show like no other.
GALLERY: Shelby GR-1 Concept
[Source: Art Daily]
Back in the mid 1990′s, if you wanted to compete in the GT1 class at the LeMans 24-Hour race, you had to have a car that was nearly identical to a street-legal car. Hence all the manufacturers involved in this series starting producing limited-run racing cars with license plates. This formula gave birth to some of the most extreme road cars ever made, and this is why Porsche produced the 911 GT1 Straßenversion (Street Version).
As you can tell from its styling, this car is loosely based on the 996-model 911. However, apart from the doors, every body-panel has been reshaped. This car is much bigger and wider than any other 996.
While the Straßenversion had a detuned version of the 3.6-liter, twin-turbo race-motor, it still cranked out 540-hp. This example we have featured here, which is on sale in Kyoto, Japan is said to be tuned to produce 690-hp. This added power boost will enable this version to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.3 seconds, and onto a top speed of 235 mph.
Only 25 examples of the Straßenversion were made, hence these rare machines demand serious price tags. This example here has an asking price of $1.7-million.
[Source: GT Spirit]
Back in the 1980s a new Italian supercar was born. It was called the Cizeta V16T, and it came on the scene with a gorgeous design and technical specs that would cause any car guys heart to beat a little faster.
It had a 6.0-liter, quad-cam, 64-valve, 16-cylinder motor which produced 540 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. That is not bad for 1988, especially when you compare it to other supercars of the day like the Ferrari F40, which produced 478-hp.
The Cizeta was ahead of the game, and its Marcello Gandini designed body was striking to look at also. However, some things didn’t go as planned. First, Gandini sold a similar design to Lamborghini, which became the Diablo, and then by the time the Cizeta was ready to go into production in 1991, the economy went bust, and that had a severe effect on sales. Most wealthy clients either simply walked away, or went and bought the Diablo, which looked very similar but was half the price of the Cizeta. Plus Lamborghini was a well-known name while Cizeta wasn’t.
Cizeta struggled but managed to make 11 coupes in the 1990s. In 2003, a convertible version called the TTJ Spyder was unveiled, which was a special order by a Japanese client. Only one such example exists and that very car is now listed for sale.
The dealer advertising this yellow on red example says the car only has delivery miles, but no price is given.
We contacted Cizeta’s president Claudio Zampolli, to find out more about this vehicle. He verified this was the only roadster ever made, and that he would love to get a hold of this example himself.
He also told us that Cizeta, the company, is still very much alive and that he will be announcing some news about the company in the near future. Being big-fans of this car, we can’t wait to hear what he is working on next.
Follow the link to see the posting for the Cizeta Spyder for sale.
[Link: F.A. Automobile]
Back in the 1980′s the FIA World Rally Championship had the infamous Group B class, which featured some of the fastest cars to ever enter professional rallying.
Rallying rules at the time dictated that at least 200 road-going examples had to be made, and hence the era saw many wild, road-legal versions of cars like the Lancia 037 and the Renault 5 GT Turbo.
Ford was heavily involved in the world of rally racing, and made a car specifically to take the Group B crown. It was called the RS200, and it featured a mid-mounted, 1.8-liter four-cylinder motor with a Garrett T03/04 turbo charger bolted on it. Factory claims for the power output suggested 444-hp, but that could be easily tweaked to produce upwards of 650-hp.
However, just as Ford had prepared all the necessary road cars to meet homologation rules, the Group B class of rallying was canceled due to some terrible accidents. Group B was deemed too dangerous and such giants have never been seen in professional rallying ever since.
The road cars that resulted from this era are still highly sought after and exchange hands for large sums of cash. One such example of the RS200 is now on sale in Japan. This particular car has covered just 3666-miles since 1986, and is currently listed at $179,900. The seller points out that importing it to the United States is “very complicated,” but since a few of these do exist in American garages, we bet there are ways of having one registered.
[Source: Car Classic]
Aerosmith front-man and American Idol judge Steven Tyler is known for his big voice and his eclectic fashion sense, and it seems his choice of cars is equally unusual.
Now his old Panoz AIV Roadster (the yellow car in the back ground in the above picture) is up for sale, not by Mr. Tyler, but from the car’s current owner. The ad says it has been signed by Steven Tyler, has a Cobra engine and is “virtually flawless.” It currently has 9,103-miles on it.
The seller, whose name is not mentioned, says he is the star of the movie “The Secret” and that he is the author of the book “The Attractor Factor.”
Well if he is an author, he should take some writing lessons, because the ad is terribly written and the quality of the pictures he provided are horrendous.
The seller also says he wants a minimum of $100,000 for this car, which is much more than this car’s actual market value.
If you’re a serious Steven Tyler fan, maybe this car is for you. We would rather… walk away.
The Hennessey Venom GT is easily one of the craziest street-legal cars ever produced. It is based on the underpinnings of the lightweight Lotus Exige, but then beefed up in every conceivable way.
Instead of the Exige’s supercharged four-cylinder motor, the Venom GT has a twin-turbo charged LS9, displacing 6.2-liters and producing a barely believable 1200-hp and 1155 lb-ft of torque. All of that power is sent to the rear wheels through a Ricardo 6-speed gearbox.
Performance, as you’d imagine, is quite extraordinary. This 2,400 lb. machine can rocket from 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and onto a proposed top speed of 267 mph. More impressively, it can sprint from 0-200 mph 15.9 seconds (a Bugatti Veyron covers that sprint in 24.2 seconds).
The Venom GT is truly an astonishing performance car, and the very first one ever made can be yours. Hennessey Performance has put the car up for sale, and are asking $1.3-million for it. So if you have the means, and have a neighbor who always beats you at the traffic lights with his Veyron, then this is the car for you.
[Source: DuPont Registry]
One of the rarest supercars on the planet is the Aston Martin One-77. As the name suggests, only 77 examples of this 7.3-liter, V12 exotic will be made, making it one of the most sought after cars in the world.
It is also seriously fast. Thanks to its 750-hp motor, the One-77 can sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, and top out at 227-mph, not that you should try that on any road in North America.
In the Middle-East, it’s a different matter, since some of their roads have no limits, and that is where we find a used One-77 up for grabs.
Perhaps used is the wrong word, because this gorgeous white on red example has only delivery miles on the odometer. While the dealer has not listed any asking price on his website, but since Aston Martin charges $1.5-million for one, you can imagine this one won’t be going for much less than that.
[Source: Alain Class]
It is a 2008 Maserati Quattroporte, which might be a nice car on its own. But what sets this example apart from the rest is the fact that it is a station wagon. It was customized by coachbuilder Carrozeria Touring Superleggera, a company that has in recent years built quite a name for itself and is also responsible for the new Gumpert Tornante.
This unique Quattroporte, dubbed the Bellagio, was first shown at the 2008 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este classic car show in Italy, and while it is not known how many Bellagio estates have been produced, one has popped up for sale in the Netherlands.
This example has covered just 961-miles and it looks very regal in its royal-blue paint. It’s not cheap to stand out from the crowd though. While a standard 2008 Quattroporte can be had for about $65,000 the ultra rare Bellagio is going for a heart-stopping $233,000. Exclusivity certainly demands a price.
On the occasion of her 42nd birthday, she pointed towards a black on white 1996 Bentley Azure convertible. It seems Ms. Winfrey liked her Bentley a lot, amassing 49,000-miles on it. Perhaps it was used as a daily driver, and that gives Ms. Winfrey extra brownie points in our books.
According to Mark Scarincio, owner of Boulevard Auto in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. the dealership that currently has this vehicle up for sale, Ms. Winfrey came in with her gal pal Gayle King and said she wanted something special for her birthday. The salesman who was a personal friend of Ms. Winfrey showed her the Bentley and soon she signed papers to this $335,000 land-yatch.
The car has since depreciated quite a bit. It was recently listed on ebay Motors for a “buy it now” price of $67,900 but got no takers. So, if your significant other is a huge Oprah fan, you could earn extra credits by buying it for them.
[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]
Since Hammond’s car was one of only six right-hand drive examples, it is even more rare. Well now his very car can be yours, because Hammond has put his car up for sale.
It is listed at Mole Valley Specialist Cars in Surrey, England, and its asking price is a whopping £99,950 ($159,000). That is exactly the same as what these cars were worth new back in 2008.
So if you are the world’s biggest Richard Hammond fan, maybe this is just the trinket you’ve been looking for.
Televisions biggest motoring loud mouth is undeniably Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear fame. He is known to either really love a car, or hate it to bits, nothing comes in the middle.
Back in 2006, he raved on and on about the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, a car he loved so much, he actually put his money where his mouth is and bought one.
However, his love for it has been gone for a while now because he sold it a year later. Its second owner has now also put this car up for sale. It’s priced quite well also for such a car, asking about $145,000 for this 2007 Gallardo Spyder, which has covered 19,250-miles.
So if you think you are the ultimate Top Gear fan, you should consider buying it and perhaps make your own Top Gear style videos shouting “Pwwrrrr” every 10-seconds.
[Source: J Spec Imports]
Honda is selling their proving grounds in the Mojave Desert, and if you’re the type that likes to invest between 7 and 8 figures in real estate, then this might be a real treat.
With just under 3,800 acres of land, the big draws are a 7.5 mile oval course, a 4.5 mile road course modeled after public streets and a variety of desert tracks and surfaces that can be used for everything from Motorcross to off-road truck racing, the proving grounds could be the toy for a well-heeled motorized vehicle enthusiast.
Best of all, the track’s location is only 2 hours from LAX, meaning that you can easily access it by Bugatti Veyron or Gulfstream Jet, unlike those other pesky tracks located in flyover states.
[Source: The Truth About Cars]