RUF’s ascension from little-known Porsche tuner to household name came after the publication of the July 1987 issue of Road & Track magazine. In an article titled, “The World’s Fastest Cars,” the Road & Track staff assembled a venerable “who’s who” of the world’s most incredible street-legal supercars, of which the Ferrari 288 GTO and Lamborghini Countach sat at the slower end of the spectrum — with top speeds of 179 mph. Rocketing past the Mercedes-Benz 300E AMG “Hammer” and Read More
Tax planning time is usually the end of the year. But this year, between the uncertainties of the presidential election, the IRS working on eliminating some of our favorite tax-planning techniques, the current softness in the collector car market, and interest rates possibly going up, it makes sense for the savvy collector to start early on tax planning.
Today’s tax rates
You have probably noticed that income tax rates have gone up in the past couple of years. The maximum Read More
What do a 1968 Ford GT40 Mk III, a 1967 Porsche 911S, a 1972 4.9 Ghibli Spider SS, a Toyota 2000GT, a 1972 Ferrari 246 GT and a 1968 DeTomaso Mangusta prototype have in common?
These are exotics with 6- and 8-cylinder engines placed in the front, middle and rear of their chassis. The GT40 is a barely disguised race car, and the Dino is a high-speed grand touring car. Imagine the 911 as an extraordinarily original survivor, and the Read More
Unveiled at the Geneva Salon in 1977 and voted Car of the Year for 1978, the 928 was intended as an upmarket replacement for the long-running 911, but Porsche’s rear-engined classic would outlive its younger sibling. The front-engined 928’s stylish hatchback body featured aluminum doors, bonnet and front wings in the interest of weight saving, while ingenious impact-resistant bumpers made of color-matched plastic were incorporated into the nose and tail.
The V8 engine — Porsche’s first — displaced 4.5 liters Read More
In 1973, Roger Penske created a racing series called the International Race of Champions, or IROC. Equally ambitious and unique in concept, the IROC series aimed to place the world’s best racing drivers in identical cars to compete against each other over several rounds at leading U.S. venues. In so doing, Penske’s aim was to reduce all the usual variables in motor racing, so that only the bravest, cleverest and most skilled driver would prevail.
While deciding on a car Read More
Worldwide Auctioneers’ Houston Classic Auction brings three silver Corvette L88 convertibles — from 1967, 1968 and 1969 — to their Houston Classic Auction on April 23.
Two Porsche Carrera GTs —one 2004 car and one 2005 car — will shine under Barrett-Jackson’s supercar spotlight during the April 8-10 auction in Palm Beach, FL.
The 2005 Carrera GT (Lot 400) has less than 2,800 miles on the clock.
The 2004 Carrera GT (Lot 428) grabs attention with its 5.7-liter V10 engine — and it’s very rare to see two of these supercars cross the block at one auction. Read More at http://www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/supercar-showcase-set-to-bring-serious-horsepower-to-the-2016-barrett-jackson-palm-beach-auction/
Profiles in this issue:
- Race – 1975 Fiat-Abarth 124 Sport Rally Group 4 Spider
- Next Gen – 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Spider Valeo
- German – 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder
- Ferrari – 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti
- Etceterini – 1972 Alfa Romeo 1600 Junior Zagato
- American – 1994 Dodge Viper RT/10 Convertible
- English – 1955 Jaguar XK 140 SE Coupe
- Affordable Classics – The Joys of Depreciation
In the 21st century, more than ever, cutting-edge automotive technology has been playing a massive role in the design and development of supercars. While the century’s first batch of supercars — the Porsche Carrera GT, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, and Ferrari Enzo — all sported large, naturally aspirated engines, the next 10 years would see sweeping changes and developments in hybrid technology.
Manufacturers quickly realized that hybrid powertrains could not only be used to reduce emissions and create highly fuel-efficient vehicles Read More