Maserati last summer launched a track-only version of its MC20 supercar in the form of the MCXtrema, but it isn’t the first time the automaker has treaded down such a path.
Back in 2006, Maserati took the covers off the MC12 Versione Corse, a track-only version of the V-12-powered MC12 supercar. Just 12 were built, plus a prototype, and now one of them is set to go under the hammer at an RM Sotheby’s sale this month in Paris, France.
The car is the eighth in the 12-car series, and the pre-auction estimate is between 2.8 million euros and 3.5 million euros (approximately $3 million and $3.8 million). That’s well above the original sale price which was around 1.2 million euros ($1.3 million).
While the MC12 was closely related to the Ferrari Enzo, which had its own FXX track version, the Versione Corse was based on Maserati’s MC12 GT1 race car that proved quite successful in GT competition, including winning the 2005 FIA GT Manufacturers Championship, teams’ championships in 2005 and 2006, drivers’ championship in 2006, and the 24 Hours of Spa race in both 2005 and 2006. The success was what eventually persuaded Maserati to build the Versione Corse.
Power in the car comes from a 6.0-liter V-12 that generates a peak 755 hp. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a heavily revised version of the MC12’s 6-speed automated manual transmission, designed for quicker shifts.
With just 2,535 pounds to motivate, the engine will rocket the car from 0-62 mph in 3.8 seconds and to a top speed of 202 mph.
A handful of the MC12 Versione Corses have been modified to make them street-legal. That isn’t the case for this car which was originally delivered to a customer in Germany. The orange paint finish, black Sparco seats, and the engine are all original items, according to the listing.
The RM Sotheby’s auction is scheduled for Jan. 31. Also set to cross the block will be a scale model of the Ferrari FXX K Evo, which was used by engineers for aerodynamic testing in the wind tunnel.
“Smooth” is one of the words that come to mind when referring to the rounded lines of the late 1930s Ford coupes. Some custom rides from that era take the look to an even greater extreme via chopped tops, shaved door handles, slim sideview mirrors, and suicide doors. Check this one out.
“This beautiful 1937 Ford Coupe is a custom-built modern-meets-classic show-stopper,” the listing begins. “The soft luxurious leather interior, air ride shocks, overdrive transmission, four-wheel Wilwood disc brakes, fuel-injected LS1 V8 power, A/C, electric windows, and remote door pop feature make this classic style machine a modern dream to drive.”
That is a long list of enhancements for a car that, when new, used simple engineering. The heart of this custom coupe is its Corvette-derived small-block motor. The Chevrolet “LS1” was used in the fifth-generation Corvette between model years 1997 and 2004. The listing doesn’t call out which specific year the donor vehicle was, but the LS1 was initially rated at 345 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque in 1997. Four years later, the ratings were increased to 350 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque.
The listing says that the car is titled as a 1937 Ford, but in reality, there is probably nothing from 1937 included except from a hint of design language. In actuality, this is a replica built from parts supplied by Oze Rods Shop in Marion, Illinois. Oze specializes in a wide variety of hot rod components like bodies, chassis parts, suspensions, brake systems, steering parts, and custom grilles. “This is a one-of-a-kind head turner that demands the attention of everyone who sets eyes on it,” the seller says.
Footwork comes from a staggered 18-inch and 20-inch set of Billet Specialties aluminum wheels, and the ride height can be modified thanks to an air ride suspension. “Ride low and laid-back, or high up and aggressive; you decide,” the seller says. The interior and trunk are as dialed-in as the body, featuring custom upholstery throughout.
“This car is always the star of the show and draws a huge crowd wherever it goes. Owning this car provides increased joy and happiness in life,” the listing concludes.
Are you ready for true happiness? It will set you back $124,900 or best offer.
There is something satisfying about breathing new life into a car that has been abandoned in a garage, a barn, or a field for decades at a time. If you have ever restored a vehicle, you know how thrilling that “first start” can be – and even better yet, the first drive.
Dustin Jennings of Arkansas has demonstrated a keen ability to take a tired, old engine and get it running. His YouTube channel entitled Jennings Motor Sports has amassed about 250,000 subscribers as of the time of this writing. Dustin has done dozens of revivals (there are 70 videos on his channel at current) and the vehicles in question usually center around 1940s to 1960s American classics. Dustin has worked on a fair number of classic dump trucks as well as a 1979 Datsun and a 1972 BMW.
I’m not one to binge-watch anything on television, but I could sit and watch these types of videos for hours. Perhaps that is because I’m hellbent on achieving maximum mileage on some of my long-lived cars like my 590,000 mile Acura. After seeing some of Dustin’s handiwork, I’m starting to wonder if there is anything he can’t get running again.
Usually, his process starts with clearing out rat nests, spider webs, leaves, and anything else that can accumulate in an engine bay that’s been left untouched for years. The checklist can vary from there but it usually involves sorting out the fuel system, electrical system, and other areas in order to see if a motor will fire up.
In some cases, a motor that has been sitting for a long time may be completely stuck from having sat for so long, so the initial steps involve lubricating things overnight with a product like PB Blaster to loosen it all up. The troubleshooting sometimes leads to discovering additional problems, and usually, through the entire process, Dustin finds evidence as to why the vehicle may have been parked in the first place.
Not every episode ends in a success story with an old engine grumbling back to life, but many of them do. The uncertainty is part of the thrill. Even Dustin himself doesn’t know what will come of his efforts.
The channel’s top five viewed videos are:
1929 GMC Pickup (sitting for 81 years) – 10 million views (LINK)
1917 Cadillac V8 (sitting for 93 years) – 2.2 million views (LINK)
1931 Ford Model AA (sitting for 30 years) – 2.1 million views (LINK)
1947 International Wrecker (sitting for 53 years) – 1.2 million views (LINK)
1953 Plymouth Cranbrook (sitting for 59 years) – 1.1 million views (LINK)
Have a look through some of the content and let us know what you think. Have you ever had a success story of your own with getting a barn find back to life? Let us know in the comment section!
The XK120 was launched at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show: With its revolutionary twin-cam engine and sweeping lines it proved to be a hit, but it was only ever intended to be a showcase for Sir William Lyons’ new six-cylinder engine originally destined for Jaguar’s new range of saloons.
Because the forthcoming line-up was not ready on time, Jaguar decided to manufacture a limited-production sports car. Lyons designed the lightweight aluminium body fitted to a modified steel and ash frame from the contemporary Mark V saloon, from which the chassis was also borrowed and cut down. The aforementioned 3.4-litre engine was fitted to create the XK120 prototype, which at the time was the fastest car in the world. Around 200 examples were built. Because demand turned out to be much higher than anticipated, in 1950 Lyons commenced mass production using steel bodies. This was known as the Open Two Seater, while a Fixed Head Coupé appeared in 1951 and a Drop Head Coupé was launched in 1953.
This particular 1954 XK120, which I photographed at Concours of Elegance 2020, has been restored to life-long Jaguar enthusiast David Gandy’s bespoke specification. The 11-month project, which was a close collaboration between Gandy and experts at Jaguar Classic, took 2700 hours to complete. The brief was to make the car race ready for classic motor sport events. After a suitable 1954 base car had been tracked down in California, unique upgrades inspired by the XK120 Lightweight were fitted while as much of the original car as possible was retained.
The original engine was rebuilt over five-and-a-half months, after which it delivered an additional 45bhp and enhanced durability, with a fast-shifting four-speed manual gearbox. An all-new, upgraded exhaust system with dual pipes instead of the usual single unit was also fitted, together with uprated front brake discs and four-pot callipers. The suspension uses fully adjustable dampers, allowing the Classic team to fine-tune the handling for events.
On the outside, 13 litres of solid black paint have been applied, while additional exterior features include a racing inspired flip-top fuel cap and twin aero screens in the place of the original split-screen windscreen – a feature that is synonymous with the XK120 Lightweight. Inside the car has been retrimmed in aged saddle tan leather by Bridge of Weir featuring a distinctive lattice design, with the seatbacks finished in aluminium rather than fabric. A custom 15-inch steering wheel and made-to-measure front seat further enhance comfort for the 6ft 2in tall owner.
The Simeone Museum announced the Simeone Museum’s 2024 Demo Day calendar! This year, they’ve revved up their schedule to bring an even more exciting lineup of events that celebrate the art, history, and engineering of classic automobiles. Each Demo Day will offer an immersive experience with expert talks, live demonstrations, and opportunities to get up close and personal with these automotive treasures.
After a week of parties and social gatherings, the first day of 2024 called for a relaxing solo road trip. My destination of choice was an old mining town about 60 miles east of Phoenix called Superior. Its history dates back to 1875, and for a lot of reasons, the town has remained frozen in time for at least the last several decades. One of the reasons for that is the fact that a primary source of copper, the Magma Mine, closed in 1984. Today, Main Street has been bypassed by U.S. Highway 60, and perhaps that is one of the reasons why it remains so well preserved. Driving it is taking a step back in time.
Along the way, I stopped at a 100-year-old botanical garden sitting on over 300 acres of the North Sonoran Desert. It is called the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, and it gave me a glimpse of some of the surprisingly diverse plant and animal life that can survive in the harsh climate of the southwest region. One of the century-old Eucalyptus trees, called “Mr. Big,” living there has a 22-foot circumference.
The highlight of the trip, however, came not during my visit to Superior and the surrounding area, but when I got home and started doing some research. One of the black and white photos that I found of Superior was taken precisely in the direction and location of a shot I had taken just a couple of hours earlier. While the photo was not dated, it appears to be from the 1920s based on the vehicles featured within it. Perhaps some of our eagle-eyed readers can identify some of the cars.
Superior is not technically a ghost town, as there are about 2,500 people who call it home, but on New Year’s Day 2024, it sure felt like one. I had Main Street and the surrounding areas to myself as I perused some of the old architecture like the Superior High School (built in 1925 and closed in 2000). The school was recently purchased by the town – it was being used as a private residence – and there are plans to renovate it as a multi-generational community center. For now, though, it sits behind a chain link fence.
There is something magical about urban exploration in towns that were once bustling centers of commerce and social activity but have since quieted down. In fitting anniversary fashion, my 1992 NSX rolled 120,000 miles on the drive home. My short day-trip was just what the doctor ordered to kick off the new year in style, and I look forward to more similar adventures in the near future.
Did you also manage to get your classic car out for the holiday? Let me know how it went!
Kia America announced last week that it is unveiling an additional security measure to support its customers in response to criminals using methods of theft popularized on social media to steal or attempt to steal certain vehicle models. This new hardware modification—an ignition cylinder protector—is designed for the vehicles that are not eligible for the security software upgrade that Kia introduced earlier in 2023 and works to combat theft by reinforcing the ignition cylinder body and preventing its removal through the method of theft promoted in videos that have spread across social media encouraging criminal activity.
This additional modification was available beginning December 20 through a free Customer Satisfaction Initiative for the models that are not eligible for the software upgrade. Following the completion of the installation, each vehicle will be affixed with window decals to inform would-be car thieves that the vehicle is equipped with enhanced theft protection.
In addition to this ignition cylinder protector, Kia has also designed a software upgrade that further enhances a vehicle’s security by restricting the operation of a vehicle’s ignition system should a potential criminal attempt to steal a locked vehicle without the key, and the company continues to strongly encourage eligible customers to have this software upgrade installed. Since January 2023, dealers have installed the anti-theft software upgrade on close to 940,000 vehicles, and Kia has hosted multiple temporary software upgrade clinics to assist local dealers with installation in key cities with many more planned in early 2024.
Kia also continues to provide free steering wheel locks directly to affected owners of vehicles that are not eligible for the software upgrade, and the company is also working with local law enforcement agencies and public officials to distribute them as well. These free steering wheel locks further enhance the vehicle’s security and can serve as a visual deterrent for potential car thieves. To date, Kia has distributed more than 325,000 locks and will continue to provide them as they are needed. Earlier this year, the company also announced an agreement that will allow customers who have been impacted by vehicle thefts to receive additional benefits.
Kia is notifying impacted owners about this new anti-theft Customer Satisfaction Initiative through multiple points of contact with instructions to bring their vehicle to the nearest Kia dealership to have the free ignition protector installed. More information is available at https://ksupport.kiausa.com/ConsumerAffairs/SWLD, where customers can input their vehicle’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to confirm eligibility for the software or protector installation.
Subset of Eligible Vehicles with Key Operated Ignition System:
“I’ve always believed that if you take care of your vehicle, it will take care of you.” These words were pulled from one of the listings on ClassicCars.com, and they spoke to me because I love vehicles that have been driven and enjoyed, yet still look brand new.
Following a similarly clean 1996 Suburban I wrote about last month, I was inspired to select this one as a follow-up. As of 2024, the Suburban name has been around for 90 years. Originally referred to as the “Carryall Suburban” in 1934, it has now endured an impressive 12 generations. Chances are, a Suburban has found its way into the driveway or garage of someone you know.
Model year 2000 marked the launch of the ninth generation which rode on General Motors’ GMT830 platform. Suburbans of this era were classified under half-ton (1500) and three-quarter-ton (2500) designations. The new millennium brought some important design and engineering changes. Among them, the spare tire was moved to the underbody to free up cargo room, the instruments were modernized, four-wheel disc brakes became standard, and higher trim levels got features like load-leveling suspensions and a digital climate control system.
Even though today’s featured Suburban shows 262,000 miles on the odometer, it has been completely revamped both inside and out. Even its 5.7-liter Vortec V8 has been remanufactured, and it carries a 100,000-mile warranty for added peace of mind. Additional maintenance includes a rebuilt air conditioning system, newer Michelin Defender tires, new shock absorbers, a new alternator, and much more.
The seller clarifies the breakout of expenditures over the life of the vehicle over the last two decades: “Since 2003, I’ve spent $33,920.44 in continuing repairs including $14,591.51 to replace the engine and transmission and $5,000 to touch up and paint it last year. This was the actual cost I’ve paid to mechanics and body shop and doesn’t include the purchase price. I will give all receipts for these repairs, maintenance, and restoration items to the buyer.”
“She has been well cared for and is ready for years of fun for the new owners,” the seller says.
The asking price is $14,999, which is less than the seller spent in the past year on the work to the engine, transmission, and body.
There aren’t many 20-year-old vehicles that come with warranties these days, so act now on this one!
1931 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan formerly owned by Her Majesty Queen Maria of Yugoslavia
Bonhams|Cars – Bonhams|Cars will kick off its auction calendar with The Scottsdale Auction in Arizona on January 25, 2024. This event coincides with the world-renowned Arizona Concours d’Elegance, a celebration of automotive design and is part of the auction season which has been established in the desert for more than 50 years. Complementing the Concours, the annual Bonhams|Cars auction will feature an array of classic cars, headlined by a 1931 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan, formerly owned by Her Majesty Queen Maria of Yugoslavia .
The storied legacy of Duesenberg in American automotive history is illustrious, particularly highlighted when the Duesenberg Model J made its grand debut at the 1931 Paris Salon, captivating its European audience precisely as intended. The allure of this model reached Her Majesty Queen Maria of Yugoslavia, who acquired this particular car off the show stand and expressed satisfaction with her new purchase, calling it “supreme elegance.” Over the years, this vehicle spent time in the US before reaching its current custodian who took ownership in 2002 and entered the car in Italy’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, where it took second in class in 2005. Stunningly presented in black over red interior, it features chrome wire wheels, and is minimally adorned, allowing the elegant Franay design to shine. Offered in superb order after more than twenty years of single ownership and retaining its original body, engine, and chassis, this Model J represents a one-off opportunity to acquire a spectacular motorcar fit for a queen.
1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster,
Embodying the pinnacle of American classic-era automobiles, an important 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster, will also be offered in the sale. This vehicle, boasting a well-documented history from its initial delivery, was first acquired by Tag Whittall, then became a cherished part of John Moir’s family collection for an impressive 90 years. It has been restored in its original colors.
1936 Packard Model 1407 Twelve Coupe Roadster,
Another icon of history offered from the same collection, is a 1936 Packard Model 1407 Twelve Coupe Roadster. A premier luxury automobile of the US from the early 20th century, this Packard is a limited edition Twelve series that is highly sought after, especially as a Coupe Roadster. The flowing and elegant Coupe Roadster is not short on style, with one of the most desirable body styles offered in 1936 and finished in a stunning livery of black over a red leather cabin.
A special section of the sale comes from the Maine Classic Car Collection, which is known for their finest collection of rare and vintage motorcars. Among the 27-car collection, all of which are being offered without reserve, is a 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Cabriolet.
1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Cabriolet, without reserve
The Scottsdale Sale will see a variety of offerings beyond the classics. Last year’s sale saw success with modern supercars as well as vehicles over 100 years old. From the 2006 Maserati MC12 selling for $3.8 million to the 1912 Simplex 50hp which sold for $4.8 million, making it the most expensive pre-war American car ever sold.
The Scottsdale Auction Location: Scottsdale, AZ Date: January 25
About Bonhams|Cars – Bonhams|Cars uniquely offers a choice of live, online and private platforms for buying and selling collector cars—platforms characterized by levels of trust, reliability, and transparency born of over three decades of experience asthepremier automotive auction house. Through prestigious live auctions around the world, 24/7 online auctions, and our recently introduced Private Sales service, Bonhams|Cars makes it simple for buyers and sellers to find the platform that best meets their needs.
GROSSE POINTE, Michigan –Broad Arrow Auctions, a Hagerty company, announced the consignment of the historic 1959 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder “Lucybelle III”, chassis 718-024 to its Amelia Island Auction, being held this March 1-2 at the stunning Amelia Island Ritz Carlton. The Porsche 718 RSK Spyder has an impressive period history having been sold new to American race car driver and former Le Mans winner Ed Hugus. Hugus raced 718-024 in the instantly recognizable “Lucybelle III” livery at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans, and in the subsequent years, the Porsche was raced in both USAC and SCCA events as well as at the grueling Pikes Peak Hillclimb in 1962 where it finished Fourth in Class.
Jakob Greisen, Senior Car Specialist, Broad Arrow Auctions, states, “The 1959 Porsche 718 RSK is a hugely significant example of a purebred Porsche Le Mans race car, and we are truly honored to be offering it at the official auction of The Amelia on behalf of its gentleman owner. Chassis 024 is an impressively restored example with outstanding provenance and certainly one of the most genuine and best-documented examples of the few 718 RSK examples remaining worldwide.”
Ed Hugus / Ray “Ernie” Erickson, #37, 1959 Le Mans 24 Hours 20 June 1959
Courtesy of Motorsport Images
The 718 RSK has recently benefitted from a meticulous and award-winning restoration by renowned restorer Mark Allin and his team at Rare Drive, Inc. That restoration painstakingly returned the Porsche back to the exact and original specification and presented in the period correct “Lucybelle III” livery as raced in the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans, while preserving major components of the car. The attention to detail and factory correct accuracy throughout the restoration is breathtaking, down to the white exterior paint, finished on top of German Racing Silver, as correct when the car first raced at “la Sarthe”. Since then, the RSK has been shown extensively having starred at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance where it won a class award and the Audrain Newport Concours d’Elegance where it won a First in Class and was exercised on the Colorado Grand.
The 718 RSK has recently benefitted from a meticulous and award-winning restoration by renowned restorer Mark Allin and his team at Rare Drive, Inc.
Nathan Deremer c/o Broad Arrow Auctions
Now in its second year of being the official auction company of The Amelia, Broad Arrow Auctions continues to assemble a stellar lineup of consignments for the auction across all decades of motoring, with the Porsche joining other highlights such as the 2020 McLaren Speedtail and 1947 Delahaye 135 M Abbott Roadster.
Broad Arrow will kickstart its 2024 calendar with the company’s inaugural Amelia Auction and debut as the official auction of The Amelia. Set for March 1-2 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, the Amelia Auction will feature exceptional collector cars ranging from pre-war classics to modern supercars. Collectors interested in consigning their car(s) to this world-class event are invited to contact a Broad Arrow specialist via broadarrowauctions.com.
About Broad Arrow, a Hagerty Company – Broad Arrow, a Hagerty (NYSE: HGTY) company, is an advisor, market maker, and financier for car collectors with a commitment to integrity, trust, and innovation. Broad Arrow operates Broad Arrow Auctions, Broad Arrow Capital, and Broad Arrow Private Sales (formerly Collectors Garage) and is headquartered in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. For more information, please visit connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. www.broadarrowauctions.com
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