In February 2017 Artcurial will auction three very special Delahayes: two having a coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi (a 1936 Delahaye 135 Court Competition Cabriolet and a 1939 Delahay 135 MS Cabriolet) and one having a body by Saoutchik (a 1950 Delahaye 148 L Coach). Both coachbuilders are much in demand, resulting in high prices. But what is the difference between these two and the other French coachbuilders?
Oh, there was an open version of the Miura. But that was done by the coachbuilder, without Ferrucio’s permission.
Now coachbuilders do this all the time—making a new model and hoping the clamor at the auto show will result in the automaker ponying up for some orders.
4 original Gouache and Acrylic Van Kaufman and Art Fitzpatrick paintings.
These are some of the finest the pair painted (3 were set in Monte Carlo) for Pontiac from 1959 to 1971.
The originals were used to get approval from the Pontiac marketing board for the advertisement campaigns.
In all, Van and Fitz did 289 illustrations for Pontiac's "Wide Track" campaign. They perfectly captured the romance, performance and dynamism the Pontiac brand developed in the 60's... dare I say (ignoring the size and proportions ) similar to BMW in the 70's.
Art would draw the cars and Van would do the backgrounds, very often choosing beautiful European scenes. Amazingly, GM had a travel budget for them to sketch scenes.
Art would deliberately distort the drawing, saying that the eye saw the cars in that manner and that photography did not capture the "look" accurately.
Each illustration began with the choice of a primary colour, washed throughout the painting in varying gradations.
Please see : www.fitz-art.com
The Boston Cup Auction will be held by Dragone on September 24, 2016, 1:00 PM. Location: The Revere Hotel, Boston MA.
1911 Hupmobile Model 20 Roadster
1912 Imperial Model 34 Touring
1913 Simplex Model 38 Holbrook Tourer
1920 Templar Sport Touring
1927 Packard 343 Super 8 Sport Touring
1931 Cadillac V-16 Five Passenger Imperial Landau Cabriolet
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Overview of the Pebble Beach 2016 top auction results by Gooding & Co, RM Sotheby's and Mecum:
Gooding & Co:
1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet
Best of Show
1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet
Richard Mattei, Paradise Valley, Arizona
Best of Show Nominees
1938 Delahaye 165 Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet
Robert M. Lee Automobile Collection / Anne Brockinton Lee, Sparks, Nevada
1931 Stutz DV-32 LeBaron Convertible Victoria
Joseph & Margie Cassini III, West Orange, New Jersey
Three Bizzarrini 5300 Spyders – the only three built – are scheduled to reappear together at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August 2016.
The cars are especially interesting because there are only three open cars out of approximately 125 Bizzarrinis produced by Giotto Bizzarrini at his plant in Livorno between 1966 and 1968. These particular ones bear the badge “SI” for Stile Italia, in collaboration with Sibona e Basano “SB” - the small shop that hand built them one off at a time under Giotto Bizzarrini’s Supervision. They were built from the ground up in open form. Giugiaro was not involved in the (Spyder) styling, having left for Ghia after having done the original design for the car while he was at Bertone.
Say it ain’t so, Joe. I guess not. It is so. The first Cobra ever made, CSX2000, is going up for auction by RM Sotheby’s in Monterey (19-20 Aug 2016).
The CSX refers to “Carroll Shelby Experimental”. This is the prototype car, the car that Shelby bought from A.C. and then fitted with a 221 cubic inch Ford V8 engine (later changed to 260 cu. in. like the first production cars).
This is the same car that, while still in raw aluminum with the hand scripted word in white paint “Shelby” on the leading edge of the nose, was tested by the late John Christy for Sports Car Graphic. This is the same car that Shelby took out to Dearborn, hat in hand, and demonstrated to the Ford brass, whereupon it broke. But Lee Iacocca, then a top Ford executive was so impressed by his passion that he told the Board members “Give him $25,000 before he chews the curtains.”
AC Shelby Cobra CSX 2000 – photo by RM Sotheby’s
After 55 years Ercole Spada's original 1960 design for a roadster version of the classic Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato became reality.
Ercole Spada joined the Milanese coachbuilder Zagato in February of 1960 and set about designing Aston Martin’s DB4GT Zagato coupe. The car was introduced in October of that year at the London Motor Show, and because of its beauty and rarity, it has become the marque’s most prized model. At the same time that he was conceiving the coupe, Spada, who was 23 at the time, made a few pencil renderings of a DB4GT roadster—or more specifically, an open racecar known in Italy as a barchetta. 55 years later, a car based on that design was built under the direction of Jonathan Ward — and Spada himself. It is called the Icon Aston Martin DB4GTZ Spada Roadster.
Ward is the founder and lead designer of Icon, a Chatsworth, Calif., company that produces, among other vehicles, concours-quality road-warrior apparatus based on the Toyota FJ40 and Ford Bronco. Ward’s operation also attracts clients who commission unique rolling stock. To one such client, an Aston Martin fan, Ward proposed a convertible version of the DB4GT Zagato; and so began a project that would exceed all expectations.
While developing Icon’s design for a DB4GT roadster, Ward researched all the published plans for the Zagato coupe and used two examples of the car as references: one in England that he laser-scanned and another in Beverly Hills that belongs to the collector David Sydorick. Those resources and a healthy dose of what-ifs enabled Ward to make 3-D renderings and a one-twelfth-scale model of a roadster. He had tried to locate published photographs of Spada’s original barchetta drawings and ultimately to locate Spada, but to no avail. Then another of his clients offhandedly mentioned that Spada had recently attended his daughter’s wedding. He was alive and well, residing outside Turin, Italy, and working with his son, Paolo, at SpadaConcept, an automotive and industrial design house that Paolo established a decade ago.
The client offered to share Ward’s design plans with Spada. When Spada, who turned 78 in July 2015, learned of the project, he wanted in. And so began a collaboration that, says Ward, “let Ercole Spada set the record straight.”
More info and images in our encyclopedia.
Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari died from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy 60 years ago. Alfredo Ferrari (1932-1956) was an Italian automotive engineer and the first son of automaker Enzo Ferrari. Alfredo was nicknamed Dino. He had Duchenne muscular dystrophy and died at the age of 24. After his death the Ferrari ‘Dino’ was fitted with the engine that Alfredo was working on and Enzo Ferrari named the car in honour of his son.
From an early age Enzo groomed Alfredo to be his successor. Alfredo studied economics in Bologna before moving to mechanical engineering in Switzerland. Over time, it became clear that something was wrong. Doctors had no idea what was afflicting him and he only managed to complete two years of his engineering education before returning to Modena.
In his short career at Ferrari, Alfredo was credited for the 750 Monza racing car and to a limited extent a 1.5-litre V6 that would later see action in Ferrari’s early Formula racers. Alfredo suggested to his father the development of a 1.5 L DOHC V6 engine for F2 at the end of 1955. Twelve years later, to honour his son, Enzo named the Dino series of road and racing Ferraris using this V-6 engine after him. Alfredo had Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In the final days of his life, while hospitalized, he discussed technical details of the 1.5-litre V6 with fellow engineer Vittorio Jano. Alfredo would never see the engine, he died in Modena on 30 June 1956 at the age of 24.
The death of Alfredo took a toll on his parents’ marriage. Enzo had another son, Piero, with another woman, Lina Lardi. As divorce was illegal in Italy until 1975, Piero was officially acknowledged as Enzo’s son after Laura died in 1978. Piero Ferrari is a 10% owner of the Ferrari company of which he is the vice chairman.
The Autodromo Dino Ferrari in Italy is also named in Alfredo’s honour, with his father’s name added after Enzo Ferrari’s death in 1988.
This weekend the Dino theme brings awareness to Duchenne muscular dystrophy through a display of Ferrari Dino’s at the Concours d'Elegance Paleis Het Loo in Apeldoorn (The Netherlands).
On Sunday July 3rd there shall be a special “Dino 60 years display” (parking area):
Ferrari is a firm that built its reputation on V12 cars. But to those new to the marque, it is always a surprise that there were four and six cylinder Ferraris as well.
This car is the 750 Monza, which came with a spyder body and was a race car though it could be driven on the street. This particular one is out of 1954.
Ferrari 750 Monza
One of the earliest coil-spring suspension works team cars, it built on what the factory designated the Tipo 510 chassis design. The engine was the Tipo 119 3-liter twin-overhead four. This car, ‘0486M’ was assigned to the works team collaudatore (test-driver) Sergio Sighinolfi for the 1955 Mille Miglia. In the 1955 Mille Miglia Sergio Sighinolfi drove ‘0486M’ to sixth place overall, taking 11hr 33 min 27sec to do the deed. A few cars beat him but after all, he was up against the winning and second place Mercedes-Benz 300SLRs of Stirling Moss/Denis Jenkinson and Juan Manuel Fangio, third-placed Umberto Maglioli’s Ferrari, Francesco Giardini’s Maserati finishing fourth and American Mercedes-Benz works driver John Fitch, just ahead of him in fifth.
This car was then obsolete as a works racer so it was sold to Swiss owner-driver Jacques Jonneret, who competed in it with another fellow-amateur driver André Canonica in the Hyeres 12-Hours, in France (according to some reports) while others team Canonica with Gino Munaron in a Ferrari Monza, which won outright.
The spyder also appeared July 24, 1955, with Jonneret at the wheel, in the Portuguese sports car Grand Prix at Lisbon, but was a DNF after 28 laps.
It came to England in August 20, 1955, running in the Goodwood International 9-Hours classic co-driven by its owner Jonneret and pro Brit driver Ken Wharton. But after leading for 2/3rds of the race, engine failure forced it into retiring in the sixth hour.
Switzerland banned sports car racing on dedicated tracks after the 1955 Le Mans disaster so Jonneret could only run mountain Championship events through 1956, including the Ste Ursanne-Les Rangiers and Ollon-Villars events.
He stopped racing it in 1956.
THE BUDDING CAR BUILDER
Then a man who represents Switzerland’s only sports car builder, Peter Monteverdi, bought it.
The former Heritage Motor Centre was reopened in February 2016 with a new name, ‘British Motor Museum’ after a £M1.1 refurbishment. A new facility, the ‘Collections Centre’, built at a cost of £M4.0 was opened at the same time. The Collections Centre, which can only be visited via guided tours, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, houses the Jaguar Heritage Collection and the Motor Museum’s reserve collection. All these cars have been built in Britain, mostly in the Midlands.
The last time I visited the Heritage Motor Centre was about ten years ago so I was keen to see what improvements had been made.