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Alongside the scene stealing F12 Berlinetta, Ferrari also chose the Geneva Motor Show as the venue for the unveiling of its updated front mid-engined California, which is lighter, more powerful and faster than its predecessor.
Still powered by a 4.3-liter V8, tuning tricks and a less restrictive exhaust boost power by an extra 30 ponies, from 460 to a total of 490 horses. Torque stands at a meaty 372 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to shaving some 66 lbs of mass, due to a revised lightweight alloy chassis, performance is improved, with a projected 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of 3.8 seconds.
Although the idea of tracking a convertible may seem a bit odd to some, Ferrari has added a “Handling Speciale” option to the new California, which adds stiffer springs and faster reacting magneto rheological shock absorbers, thanks to a specially calibrated ECU that tailors damping to match the individual driver and road conditions. Quicker ratio steering is also part of the package and combined with the car’s F1-Trac traction control system, will help result in a highly capable corner carver, topless coachwork or not.
At present, Ferrari has only confirmed European sales, though given the appeal of a car like this and the name, US availability seems a given, though exactly when that will happen is still to be determined.
As one expects of such a machine, a variety of options, including paint colors, upholstery patterns and even two-toning are available to help make your California stand apart from the herd.
GALLERY: Ferrari California Handling Speciale
GALLERY: Ferrari California Handling Speciale
It’s quite rare to uncover one low, mileage, ‘untouched’ classic in a barn, so how about three of them, especially when they’re Italian exotics.
Well, after literally years of rumors circulating about a forgotten stash of machines located in the Dallas area, it emerged that the collection of cars exists, despite not having seen the light of day in years.
In March 2011, a car collector and restorer located in the Dallas area, came in contact with a broker who sent him a couple of photographs of three Italian exotics, covered in dust inside a storage building. When the collector saw the pictures he couldn’t believe his eyes; the three cars in question were a 1972 Ferrari 365GTB4 with 9,700 miles on the clock; a 1974 Dino 246GT with 2,700 miles and a 1977 Maserati Bora with just 900 miles registered on the odometer.
It turned out the the owner of these cars was a long time friend of race driver and famed US Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti, and had asked the broker to take bids on the cars, which he was trying to sell.
The Dallas collector, recognizing a perhaps once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, submitted a bid on the three cars which was duly accepted. Now after some more wheeling and dealing, the trio of un-restored classics is up for grabs at Mecum’s Monterey Auction, which takes place from August 18-20 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Spa.
Although Dinos and Boras in particular don’t tend to trade hands for huge sums of money these days, the fact that all three of these cars boast such low mileage and are true ‘barn finds’ could, quite, easily result in some serious money being laid down over the course of the weekend.
Stay tuned to find out what this trio of exotica actually bring when they finally cross the auction block.
[Source: Mecum Auctions]
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]
As excitement for the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance grows in the run up to the August 14-15 weekend, more and more desirable cars are popping up for the event and the auctions held the same weekend. One of them is a stunning 1971 Lamborghini Miura S (similar to the car shown here), which will form part of Gooding & Company’s annual auction at Pebble Beach.
The Miura,styled by Marcello Gandini represents perhaps the finest expression of ’60s Italian super car style and it’s mid-engine design stole a lead on just about everybody else, including Ferrari. Built from 1966-71 it became a modern classic and today suriving Miuras still trade hands for considerable sums – the car up for grabs at the Gooding Auction is said to be worth between $500,000- $650,000 in it’s current condition.
Gooding’s theme at Monterey this year will be ‘significant examples of Italian performance and design’ and what could be more appropriate than a Miura S?
Other significant Italian machinery up for grabs include a 1955 Maserati AG6/54 Berlinetta with body by Zagato; a 1956 Maserati 200 SI once raced by Stirling Moss and a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT long wheelbase California Spider ‘Competizione’.
[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]