Road Test Review – 2018 Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge – By Carl Malek

When it comes to ultra British luxury cars only one brand has managed to generate a unique appeal and a sense of grandeur that has come to define its iconic history. That brand of course, is none other than Rolls Royce, which has always managed to steal the show in its own unique way. It’s most recent attention grabbing feat was a few years ago in 2016 when the brand unleashed a Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge on the legendary Goodwood Festival of Speed. Placing sixth in the Supercar Run portion of the event, the Black Badge was a glimpse of something special, but with the average age of Rolls Royce buyers falling from 55 to 43 years of age the past few years, can the Black Badge truly appeal to well heeled younger clientele without sacrificing the basic elements that define it as a proper Rolls Royce motor car? …

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Aston Martin Unveils Sleek 2019 DBS Superleggera

When it comes to defining the ultimate production Aston Martin, the DBS nameplate has always played a key role in distinguishing these special cars from the rest of the fold. The DBS moniker also means more performance, which is whats exactly in store for the newest chapter of DBS. Dubbed the DBS Superleggera, this DB11 based monster replaces the old Vanquish S and also resurrects the “Superleggera” moniker which has not been seen on a production Aston Martin for several decades. Aston Martin stylists added a larger hexagonal shaped front grille, as well as a tweaked lower bumper which is noticeably bolder than the slightly more dainty setup in the standard DB11. Other touches include deeper side strakes, power bulges, and Vulcan-esque vents behind the front wheels. The rear fascia also gets in on the aerodynamic theme, and incorporates a new double diffuser, beefier vents, and the latest application of Aston’s …

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Best of Amelia Island – 2018 Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003S Stradale – Photos & Videos

An absolutely phenomenal car is what it takes to win the real Concours trophies. In our book, a hypercar like no other is enough. SCG003S is exquisite in person.  The details for its transformation to “luxury” version of the SCG003 LMP car are slight outside. Full CHMSL and side idicator lights have a very NHTSA feel.  A backup lamp and rear fog are included along with taillights.  And a plate. This is a road car.  Fully legal in every state via a new low-volume manufacturer US certification. $2.4 mil is the cost and six are spoken for.  20 more on backorder.   In person, it is easy to see why. Enjoy the detailed photo and video flyarounds here.   2018 Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003S Stradale   You May Also Like:2016 Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003C and SCG003S – Specs, Pricing and 135 Photos! The name SCG003 name might be a mouthful, but …

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Lotus Says Farewell To 3-Eleven With Wild Limited Edition 3-Eleven 430

When Lotus first unveiled the 3-Eleven, it was supposed to be the proven sequel to the legendary 2-Eleven which scorched track records and managed to set a pretty unique legacy for Lotus in the process. Lotus did not want buyers to forget how potent the 3-Eleven is, and has unleashed a pretty formidable reminder with the all new limited edition Lotus 3-Eleven 430. The standard 3-Eleven is already a formidable track weapon, and Lotus engineers have unleashed some pretty novel trickery to make it slip through the air as efficiently as possible. The 430 then can be best described as a shot of Red Bull in its fuel tank with Lotus engineers cramming even more aerodynamic enhancements into its flanks. Our personal favorite touch is the exposed carbon fiber elements, as well as the bold red paint that really give this car a purposeful, serious look. The big news here …

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Concept Flashback – 1965 GT40 Roadster Prototype

Meet the Original 1964 Ford GT40 Concept and 1965 GT40 Roadster Prototype 11

The GT40 was actually a pretty derivative design – with a chassis and overall structure partially borrowed from Lola. But the GT40 as it came from Lola was not a winner right away. While the Mark I GT40 is a bit more pure, and a lot more beautiful by many eyes — it was not a race-winner. The GT40 started winning races with the Mark II GT40 with its huge air scoops, front sill spats, and other aero mutations to the overall design. But still – it is hard to argue with the clean beauty of these initial concept prototypes. The GT40 roadster readied the platform for potential open-air race series.  It also made the exotic, LMP1-style design seem possible for a road car.  Or at least one for private billionaires to enjoy on track days? Indeed, a few were made just for that. 1964 Ford GT40 Concept     …

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2017 OKUYAMA Kode 0 – Tech Specs + World Premiere at The Quail

Here is a true dreamcar if there ever was one.  A modern expression of the Gandini wedge design ethos that ruled the supercar world for decades. But leaner, cleaner and more functional under Okuyama’s pen. This machine is ostensibly a one-off created by Ken Okuyama Cars, but a micro-batch of customer cars are possible with style like a Stratos Zero or Ferraro Modulo! It is a masterpiece of linearity.  But with nice overlapping layers that give depth to the front bumper, lower windowline and multi-material tail.  Part of this square rump is notably decorated with chrome brightwork, while the edges offer a glimpse of radiator cooling fans underneath.  The flying C-pillar line is perhaps the most elegant expression of a modern, curve-friendly wedge.  As this metal section arcs across the roof, internal grey carbon-fiber uprights make beautiful, structural flying buttresses. Performance will be bonkers.  700HP Lambo V12.   RWD. [A …

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Supercar for Civic Cash? Meet the $22k Daytona Coupe

What’s the catch? How can this 390HP, mid-front V8 powered legend be so cheap and so clean? If an original racing Shelby Daytona Coupe, this machine would be one of a handful of survivors and carry a price into the millions.  This core design’s handling brilliance, speed and reliability are what won it its Daytona nickname, after all. So this raspberry beret is a replica. So what? The advantage of being a good, semi-authorized replica is that it is (nearly) brand new.  And built by Factory Five versus an individual kitter. Imagine rumbling up to your local cars n’ coffee in a true LeMans legend — and paying your bank about $400 a month in total for the pleasure. Dreamy! This machine sold for an undoubtedly disappointing sale price at the RM Sotheby’s Santa Monica auction the other week.  Its non-Cali-compliant emissions might have put off some buyers.  But whoever …

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RM Paris 2017 Highlight – 2012 Aston Martin V12 ZAGATO “No Zero”

What car from 2012 would we kill to own!? THIS ONE! Beautifully unique versus every other Aston Martin.  And finished exquisitely as one of the 65 total, handmade units that came out of the Aston/Zagato partnership. This “No Zero” example shows no mercy in its finishes and execution.  Custom badges for the number zero special and a butterfly-wing badge accent are notable special items Aston did for this owner.  This motif is gorgeous and harks back to the original Aston logos of the 1920s.  [The wings are peeling a pit, unfort.] The bright carrara white paintwork over gloss black for the alloys could not be sexier, even five years later. The overall Zagato flair makes this the most special of all V12 Vantages.  Every surface is unique – including the scalloped fenders, bottle-nose hood and double bubble roof.  The rear wing is delightful and a perfect crown on the V12Z …

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1957 BMW 507 Roadster Series I – RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba 2017

Sea green over red leather is a color combo perfect for the most stylish 1950s bon-vivants of the world.  This original 507 Series I is offered unrestored and with original patina throughout.  The factory wheels and bumpers are included with the sale – set for late May 2017 in Villa Erba, Italy. The black hardtop and hood-mounted mirrors are perfect details for this iconic BMW.  This color is not a factory shade, as it was added early in the car’s life by its orignal owner. Just four lucky individuals have called this car their own, however, and its originality is striking beneath the turquoise shell.  The interior and, crucially, the engine are original and numbers-matching. 1957 BMW 507 Roadster Series I   RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba 2017 1957 BMW 507 Roadster Series I Single ownership for 51 years with four owners and 73,000 original kilometres from new One of only …

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