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Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage achieves auction record

Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage

Not content with letting Ferrari have all the headlines at the recent RM Auctions sale in Monaco, this absolutely stunning Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage sold for over €2.4m (AU$3.5m). That’s the highest price achieved for a ‘Birdcage’. And isn’t it just one of the most beautiful machines you have ever seen.

The car’s ‘Birdcage’ nickname came from its innovative trellis construction that weighed just 36kg. The Tipo 61 was fitted with a 2.9 litre four cylinder good for around 186kW (250bhp). While earlier models used a 2.0 litre engine which produced 150kW (200bhp). With a kerb weight of just 600kg this would have gone like a rocket. And that’s exactly what it did winning the Nürburgring 1000km race in 1960 and 1961.

More detail available below.

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Ferrari Superamerica sold to the highest bidder

Ferrari 400 Superamerica Cabriolet Pininfarina

This gorgeous 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Cabriolet Pininfarina recently sold at auction for a cool €2.8 million. That’s around four million bucks in Australian money. We’re being told the result is well beyond the pre-auction estimate of AU$3.4m, even though in January we were told it could sell for AU$5m.

The sale took place at the RM Auctions ‘Sporting Classics of Monaco’ auction held last weekend In total almost AU$48m in sales were achieved. What financial crisis?

More after the jump.


Pininfarina – When too much red is enough

Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina

Italian company Pininfarina has been forced to hand over control of its business to banks after being overcome by crippling debt. Sadly, red ink to the tune of almost €600M (AU$1.1 billion) will do that.

Pininfarina was established by Battista “Pinin” Farina in 1930 after he returned to Turin following a short stint under the tutelage of Henry Ford. The company is famous for designing some of the world’s most beautiful cars. Sure, the one-off Ferrari P4/5 pictured above may not be one of them, but it achieved a certain notoriety and was a perfect showcase of the businesses strengths.

Along with Ferrari, Pinifarina also penned designs for the likes of Alfa Romeo, Cadillac, Ford, Jaguar, Maserati, MG, Peugeot, Volvo, Lancia and more.

In addition to designing cars, Pininfarina also built cars under contract to leading manufacturers, including Ford (StreetKa, Focus cabriolet) and Alfa Romeo (Spider). It was this aspect of the business that floundered as sales fell sharply in the spiralling global financial crisis.

2008 was something of an annus horribilis for Pininfarina which also suffered the shock death of then CEO Andrea Pininfarina in traffic accident last August.

Source: TimesOnline and autoblog

McLaren News

Dream car sells for dream price

McLaren F1 sells at auction for £2.5M

Bit of a catch up post this one. Last October this 1997 McLaren F1 sold at auction in London for £2.5M (AU$5.4M). The sale price was a new record for a McLaren F1 and almost double the estimated sale price. Given the doom and gloom that has followed since you’d reckon the result should remain a record for quite some time.

I’m sure I’m not alone in holding the Macca F1 up as one of the greatest cars ever made. When the car was released I was seduced by its looks, its performance and its aura. Little has changed in the decade and a half since. The F1 still has awe inspiring performance that few cars can match.

I was holding off on posting this article on the off chance my wife had bought it for me for Christmas. Maybe the car has been held up in customs?

Source: autoblog and RM Auctions

Carmageddon Formula 1 Honda News

Honda walks out on F1

Honda quits F1 - Jenson Button

“We, Honda Motor Co., Ltd., have come to the conclusion that we will withdraw from all Formula One activities, making 2008 the last season of participation.”

And with those words, Takeo Fukui, the chief executive of Honda Motors, confirmed the rumours and brought down the curtain on Honda as a Formula One constructor. However, the UK-based team may live on, if a buyer can be found. Fukui confirming the F1 team was up for grabs, “We will enter into consultation with the associates of Honda Racing F1 Team and its engine supplier Honda Racing Development regarding the future of the two companies. This will include offering the team for sale.”

Nick Fry, Honda Racing F1 team boss has high hopes a buyer can be found, “In the last 12 hours we’ve had three serious people come and suggest they’d like to buy the team,” he told the BBC.

“We’re one of the best-funded teams and have the best assets and resources in the pit lane – we’ll be quite a desirable asset for somebody.”

Honda Racing F1Team Principal, and general F1 mastermind, Ross Brawn is certainly talking up the Honda product, “Our information is that, relative to the other teams, we have a very strong car in development here at Brackley and we will continue to develop the RA109 to ensure a strong start to 2009 and improvement through the season. This is a unique opportunity. The facilities we have here are among the best in the sport…”

The full statement from Honda Motor Co and official responses from Honda Racing F1 team members can be read after the jump.


Nissan GT-R image gallery – Australian delivery from April 2009

R35 Nissan GT-R

Well, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you’ll be well aware of the hype and publicity created by the Nissan GT-R. Now, in an official capacity at least, the GT-R will be heading down under. The country that gave the car its Godzilla nickname (courtesy of Wheels magazine) will be in Australian Nissan showrooms in April 2009. Okay, a select few Nissan showrooms—the GT-R will be sold at just 11 Nissan High Performance Centres.

The GT-R will be available in two specifications, GT-R ($148,800) and GT-R Premium ($152,800). The Premium model doesn’t add any extra power, just a few bling items like smoked alloy wheels, better sound system and the like. There will be a choice of six colours, Super Silver, Vibrant Red, Gun Metallic, Black Obsidian, Titanium, and Ivory Pearl.

Orders will be taken at the Australian International Motor Show from 9 October. For Nissan’s full release and a massive image gallery, comprising of 30 pictures at 2000x1320px, make sure you read below…

Auctions & Sales Formula 1 Honda

Super Aguri F1 car sells at auction for under AU$200K

Super Aguri SA06

If I said you could buy a 2006 F1 car for under AU$200,000 you would say I’ve got a few crew members loose in pit lane. However, that is exactly what happened when a 2006 chassis Super Aguri went under the hammer recently. The SA06 racer sold at an internet auction for £85,600 (AU$194,000). The auction was run by SHM Smith Hodgkinson on behalf of Super Aguri’s liquidators. SHM’s Richard Mascall said, “We were absolutely delighted with the outcome. The car sold for £85,600, which is a more than respectable figure and easily more than the original reserve figure.”

The Japanese buyer will now have the keys to the ultimate track day weapon at a price that would raise the interest of captains of industry the world over. Fair enough, the logistics and running costs might up the price a bit in real terms, but it would be pretty ace to own your own F1 car.

The Japanese team made their Formula 1 debut in 2006, but financial difficulties forced their withdrawal from F1 earlier this year, after just four races.

Source: (Thanks to Tiaan for sending this in. Pic courtesy of MickyD.)


Sick of getting fleeced at the bowser?

Golden Fleece pterol pump up for auction with Shannons

If you’re sick of high fuel prices fleecing you at the bowser then this story may not be for you. At the upcoming Shannons Sydney Winter Classic Auctions, on July 21, three classic pumps—a manual model from the 1930s and two electric pumps from the 1950s and 60s—will be offered with no reserve. Prices of up to $5,000 are expected, and perhaps beyond.

The rising pump prices are being driven by a combination of demand from collectors, the shrinking availability of good original pumps and the increasingly high quality of restorations, according to Shannons National Auction Manager, Christophe Boribon.

“We have seen a noticeable increase in interest in classic bowsers over the last 2-3 years,” said Boribon. “Like all our memorabilia lots, we offer them for sale unreserved because we know there will be high demand, keen bidding and they will always sell for the right price.”