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There are only two Devon GTX supercars in the world. One of them was up for sale at the most recent Barrett-Jackson auction and it sold for a ticklishly low price.
The chromed-out version of the Dodge Viper that promised individuality to its lucky owner came to a hard halt when Dodge stopped producing the Viper in 2010, but with a half million-dollar price tag it’s tough to see what’s essentially the bling-bling edition of Dodge’s V10 tire shredder going very far. On the other hand, $220,000 might be a justifiable price for someone in the market for such cars, and that is what the GTX took on the auction block including buyers commission.
We had no way of guessing what the GTX would sell for just over a week ago when we reported that the car was going up for auction with no reserve, but the 60 percent discount it ended up selling for was far from our minds. Alas, such is life in the world of no-reserve auctions on items with extremely limited marketability.
GALLERY: 2009 Devon GTX
When the Chevy Corvette celebrated its 50th birthday back in 2003, many enthusiasts were hoping for a special edition model to be released. Chevrolet for the most part failed to deliver, only offering a version with custom paint and an emblem package. The aftermarket decided to take things into their own hands, coming up with a limited edition appearance package that commemorated the 50th anniversary.
Developed by Advanced Automotive Technologies out in Rochester Mills, Michigan, a 1953 Commemorative Edition appearance package features retro C1 styling with a then-new generation C5 Vette – in this case, a 2001 model. Only seven total C5 Z06s got converted, and this is one of them. In total, only 200 of the 1953 Commemorative Edition packages made it onto C5s worldwide.
Packed with 405-hp, this very hard-to-find creation sports only 8,049-miles on the odometer and has an asking price of $69,900. Other than the retro-styled appearance package, most everything is what you’d expect on a C5 Z06, so no huge surprises under the hood or inside the cabin except that it’s all immaculate. Nonetheless, the aesthetics are what makes this car so unique, with it completely torn down to everything but its doors and roofs for the remake.
The fiberglass panels for the 1953CE kit were aligned to factory perfection before the entire body got resprayed Torch Red. To complete the transformation, new lights and red metal accents were added to the car. The result is a retro-style Vette with modern technology under the hood and a modern body to preserve it for many years to come.
Check out a video highlighting the car after the break.
GALLERY: Corvette Z06 1953 Commemorative Edition
[Source: RK Motors]
Bentley has partnered with British design company Linley for the creation of 10 limited edition Continental Flying Spurs.
So what makes these Continental Flying Spurs so special? Its fascia, console, waistrail and roof console are treated to Santos rosewood for the first time ever. Normally, Bentley chestnut or walnut is used on wood surfaces in the vehicle.
“The car had to look different and we wanted a strong statement inside the interior, so we chose Santos rosewood, a straight grain veneer,” said Mark Blanchard, Head of Design at Linley. “Bentley usually uses burr veneers for their interiors as they are more malleable around compound curves. Using a straight grain veneer was a new challenge but together we succeeded and the final results look stunning.”
The limited edition features don’t stop there. Although most customers won’t want to smoke in this prestigious car, it will come with a customer-commissioned Linley humidor that is located in the rear console. These special Flying Spurs will also come with stainless steel Linley treadplates and a Linley for Bentley rhodium-plated plaque in the glove box.
Modified fluting on the seats will feature burnt oak contrast stitching, with burnt oak hide adorning the storage areas and door pockets. Finally, owners will find a Linley branded leather bag, a cashmere blanket, a leather luggage tag and other Linley swag in the boot of these limited edition Flying Spurs.
If you’re interested in purchasing one of the 10 limited edition Bentley Continental Flying Spurs, they are only available for sale in China.
When Aston Martin first unvieled the V12 Zagato coupe at the recent Villa d’Este concours event, the British exotic car manufacturer said this is just to celebrate the relationship between them and coachbuilder Zagato. They went onto say that just a racing version will be produced to take part in numerous endurance racing events this year.
Sure, the racing version did come out to play at the Nurburgring 24-hour race recently, but now a street version is being prepared for consumer consumption.
Aston Martin has been denying such rumors, however the Zagato was just added in the model line-up of their website, and even stresses that “Only a strictly limited run of road going cars will be built.”
While Aston Martin has not sent out an official press release on the road-going V12 Zagato, expect some official news to come very soon indeed. So if you want one, you better start saving up, limited run exotics aren’t known for being affordable.
GALLERY: Aston Martin V12 Zagato
Now you can add supercar manufacturer to their resume. Behold the Perana Z-One, a Zagato styled, Corvette powered beauty that has just gone into production.
The concept was first unveiled a few years ago at the Geneva Motor Show, but many thought the project would not have the traction to move forward. But they have.
This stunning coupe, which will be produced in a limited number of 999-units, has just hit the production line, and the company plans to have the Z-One flaunt its stuff at many public events, including the Goodwood Festival of Speed in U.K.
This $114,000 coupe does come with an impressive list of equipment, which include air-con, touch-screen infotainment system, sat-nav and Recaro seats.
As mentioned before, it uses a GM sourced LS3 engine that displaces 6.2-liters and produces 442-hp. Mated to a six-speed ZF-transmission, Perana predicts a 0-60 mph run to take less than 4-seconds. Thankfully it also has Brembo brakes, so it will stop as well as it goes.
It should handle well too, since Lee Noble was involved in the chassis set-up, and he does know a thing or two about good handling cars.
No word yet if North American buyers will be able to park a Perana Z-One in their garage, but we really hope so.
Aston Martin and Zagato have quite a history together. They first collaborated back in 1961, which resulted in the highly desirable DB4GT Zagato. Only 25 of these were ever made.
The two companies came together once again in 1986, which resulted in the V8 Vantage Zagato, later followed by the V8 Volante Zagato. Both these cars were built in very limited numbers (52 coupes and 37 convertibles) and are hence continually appreciating.
Most recently, Aston Martin and Zagato did two versions of the DB7, a Zagato coupe and the DB AR1 roadster. Both cars were made in a limited number of just 99-units, the latter was solely marketed to the sunny Florida and California markets. Every single example of these limited edition cars have found homes and still have collectors chasing after them.
Now Aston Martin wants to repeat the successes of this partnership once again, and what better occasion than on the 50th anniversary of the DB4GT Zagato.
Aston Martin’s CEO, Dr. Ulrich Bez said: “The DNA of both Aston Martin and Zagato has combined successfully to make some of the world’s most desirable collector cars in the past and in this special anniversary year of the DB4GT Zagato it is appropriate to explore a modern collaboration.”
“Now is the right time for a new Aston Martin Zagato and in combining our design intelligence I think we can create something fitting of the iconic DB4GT Zagato that has gone before and since established itself as one of the most famous Aston Martins of all time.”
The new model, the name for which has not been released yet, will be unveiled on May 21st, at the Villa d’Este concours event, which is held annually at Lake Como in Italy.
Hoping to increase its IS 350C sales, Lexus has introduced a limited edition F Sport rendition with an MSRP of $55,120. The limited edition vehicle will only be available to 175 customers, featuring a selection of F Sport performance accessories, interior badging and red stitching.
The special edition IS 350C comes in two shades, Starfire Pearl or Obsidian. The major F Sport accessory setting it apart from your run-of-the-mill IS 350C is a set of 19-inch dark graphite wheels paired with Michelin Pilot Sport rubber. The suspension has been upgraded with a set of lowering springs matched with shocks developed in cooperation with Bilstein. An upgraded sway bar set helps reduce the body roll of the convertible.
Inside, the stock seats have been accented with red trim and stitching. Lexus’ navigation package will also come standard on the F Sport Special Edition.
Official press release available after the break.
The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was a rather special offspring from the marriage between a German auto giant and a British racing team. These carbon-fiber bodied supercars were fast and comfortable, making it the ultimate car to cross a continent in.
In the course of its life, there were a few models of the SLR that were offered, the coupe, the roadster plus the 722 editions of those two body styles which had more power. However, at the end of its production life, Mercedes-Benz and McLaren brought out a final version of this car called the SLR Stirling Moss edition (named after the famed racing driver who won the Mille Miglia race in 1955 in the original 300SLR).
This version has a unique speedster body that has no windscreen or roof and it features headlights and tail lights unique to this model (among many other things). Thanks to a 5.5-liter, supercharged V8, it produces 650-hp; enough to propel it from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and onto a top speed of 217 mph.
Only 75 examples of this extreme SLR were ever produced, but sadly none were destined to be sold in the U.S.A. because the D.M.V. did not classify it as a street-legal car.
However, one seems to have slipped through the net and is now up for sale in Miami, FL. According to the ad, this particular SLR Stirling Moss has just 50-miles on its odometer and comes with a showcar license, so it can be moderately used in America.
As for the price, its $1.75-million, but the owner is open to look at trade-ins. We’re only guessing but we don’t think he would be much interested in a beige Corolla. Too bad.
[Source: duPont Registry]
One of the most eagerly anticipated cars for 2011 has to be the limited edition Aston Martin One-77. This $2-million rolling sculpture features a 7.3-liter, V12 that produces 750 hp and 553 ft-lbs of torque. All that power will be transferred to only the rear-wheels via a six-speed paddle shift gearbox, made especially for this car by Graziano.
In testing, this 3,300 lb, all carbon-fiber car has already hit more than 220 mph, and sprints from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. The stuff of dreams for any car enthusiast for sure, and since only 77 will ever be made, it will surely be a rare sight.
However, the current state of the world’s economy has not been kind to this project. So far, only 60 have been confirmed sold, so to create more interest in this car, Aston Martin is taking it on an Asian tour, which include stops in cash-rich regions like Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei and China.
Hopefully Aston Martin will also one day drop one by the AutoGuide office. We promise to do our best to raise its profile.
With two gasoline versions, a hybrid version and a powerful M model, you’d think there were enough different flavors of BMW‘s new X6. But over in Japan, the German automaker has just announced a limited production of a very limited edition special model called the Performance Unlimited X6. Just 20 versions will be built and sold at a hefty price of a little more than $105,000. We’re not sure the reasoning behind even making this model, but it’s worth reporting the accessories BMW has opted to put on it.
Starting with the standard X6, BMW went digging through their Performance and Individual Options list. On the outside, the X6 receives an aerodynamic kit sporting a front apron, side spoilers and rear diffuser. It then gets a limited edition set of 21-inch wheels, staggered of course, with 10-inch wide rollers in the front and 11.5-inch wide slabs in the rear. Lastly, the vehicle receives a special Silver Pearl paint finish and black kidney grilles.
Inside there are also a few upgrades with a Nevada leather finish in Chateau color with aluminum details.
As for what’s under the hood, this model is based on the X6 xDrive35i and so makes 300-hp from it’s turbocharged inline-six.
At the end of the day though, this is far short of an X6 M and at the price we’re not sure who this actually appeals to. But maybe that’s why there’s only 20 of them in a limited edition production. We guess BMW Japan will be able to sniff out 20 BMW enthusiasts to bite on it.
GALLERY: BMW X6 Performance Unlimited
It seems as though Volkswagen enjoys a different sort of success over in Europe.
First, we were surprised to learn that the German automaker produced a limited-edition condiment called Volkswagen Classic Ketchup. Second, we were even more surprised to learn that V-Dub ketchup has been available for years: it was first produced in the 70s as a collaboration with food giant Kraft. Third, we had no idea Volkswagen also produced (and serves) curried sausage to their factory workers.
That curried sausage companion, Volkswagen Spiced Ketchup, was first available for purchase in 1997, with 20,000 bottles sold. How popular is this stuff? They’ve sold more than 100,000 bottles of it in the first 10 weeks of 2010, according to the company. The 1,000-run Classic ketchup variety was produced to celebrate the 40 years of Volkswagen ketchup. Not bad for a sauce…
Techno Classica held in Essen, Germany, is an annual fan event that features classic models, concepts, and race cars from the past that are dusted off and shown. A variety of automakers take part, and we wish there were more events like this here in North America. We looked over this year’s program and noticed Volkswagen was showing an original Golf Country, as well as the Paris-Dakar-winning Iltis (the vehicle also lent its drivetrain to original Audi Quattro prototypes.)
Thanks, Volkswagen. Now we’re craving off-roading and currywurst… Have any of our readers tasted this stuff? Does this car-branded sauce cut the mustard?
Aston Martin introduced a new limited edition run of 40 cars celebrating Chief Executive Ulrich Bez’s tenth anniversary heading the luxury car manufacturer.
The DBS UB-2010 edition includes a run of 20 Coupes and 20 Volantes, each personally specified by Bez with a new Azurite Black paint finish with metallic bronze leather with woven seat inserts and Cryptic Titan facia finish. Each limited edition model features a UB-2010 sill plaque signed by Bez.