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1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0 is up for auction

In 1973, Porsche introduced the 911 Carrera RS to meet motorsport homologation requirements. It had a larger 2.7L engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injection and revised and stiffened suspension, compared to previous models. However, for the 1974 IROC Championship, RSR models were fitted with the 3.0 engine, and were sold to racing teams. One example of this car, the 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0, was a demonstration car that was used to sell the car’s capabilities to potential buyers. Now it’s up for auction.

In 1974, the car was bought new by Sydney Butler, who after three years sold it to the owner of Stoddard Imported Cars, Charles Stoddard, who kept the car carefully garaged and maintained as needed. It remained in his possession for almost two decades, after which it was sold to a Japanese collector. In 2004, the car was sold again in the United States, and the new owner replaced the clutch and rear shock absorbers. In 2017, it was sold to a new owner, when it became part of the White Collection.

From the moment the car left the factory until today, it has maintained its original condition with its original white paint and gold-highlighted Carrera RS script. Also, it is equipped with original Pirelli tires, and the owner kept the car in the best condition with occasional correction of paintwork and the rims to factory specifications.

This Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0 is certainly the best preserved example of this model and is one of only 55 produced. It is powered by a 3.0L aircooled flat-six engine with 230 hp (170 kW) and 203 lb-ft (275 Nm) of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox. The five-digit odometer shows 29,452 kilometers (~18,301 miles).

The auction will take place on February 2 in Houston, TX, and the estimated value of the car is $2,250,000 – $2,750,000 USD.

Source: RM Sotheby’s


2013 Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 W04 sold for $18.815.000 USD

The 2013 Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 W04 was sold for $18.815.000 USD at an auction in Las Vegas last weekend. With this car, Lewis Hamilton achieved his first victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2013.

The F1 W04 was the last Mercedes F1 car to be powered by a naturally aspirated 2.4 liter V8 engine with 750 + 80 hp (559 + 60 kW) @ 18,000 rpm, which was later replaced by a Mercedes-Benz V6 engine. The engine is paired with an Xtrac 7-speed semi-automatic transmission.

The car has chassis number 4, the same one in which Hamilton took pole position and then won the Hungarian Grand Prix during a season dominated by Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull Racing. It was the second team in his Formula 1 career, and before moving to Mercedes, Hamilton was part of the McLaren team for six full seasons.

Although the estimated value of the car was $10,000,000 – $15,000,000 USD, it managed to fetch a higher price, becoming the most expensive modern F1 car in history. It even fetched a higher price than Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari F2003, which was $14.8 million.

Lewis Hamilton achieved 103 victories and 7 championship titles in his career, as many as the legend of this sport, Michael Schumacher, making him one of the most successful drivers in the history of Formula 1.

Source: RM Sotheby’s


1962 Ferrari 330 LM / 250 GTO sold for $51.7 million

In 1962, one of the most impressive Ferrari GTO cars was created and the only factory GTO Tipo 1962 example to have been campaigned by the Scuderia Ferrari, the 1962 Ferrari 330 LM / 250 GTO. This unique car was sold a few days ago at an auction for 51.7 million dollars, making it one of the most expensive Ferraris ever.

In the early 60’s the FIA CSI set new regulations, so Ferrari began to design a new racing car to compete in the GT class with a 3.0 L engine. The FIA tried to limit the competition to only GT models, but under pressure from the organizers of La Mans, the ACO stipulated a larger-displacement 4-liter class whose purpose was ostensibly to develop cars that might eventually translate into road car production. This gave Ferrari the opportunity to install a 4-liter engine in the newly developed 250 GT.

This unique car with chassis number #3765, finished in Rosso Cina, debuted at the Nürburgring 1000 KM on May 27. It was powered by a 4.0L V12 engine with 390 hp (287 kW), which was enough to reach a top speed of 280 km/h (174 mph). In its first race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 250 GT secured a 4th-place starting position, but did not finish the race.

After the end of the season, the car was refurbished as necessary for client sales. The following year it was returned to Maranello for a conversion to 250 GT specification, when a 3.0L engine was installed, which is still there today.

Between 1964 and 1967, the car continued to compete in various hillclimb races, where it achieved good results. Until then, it had changed several owners, and in 1968 it was bought by Jack Reuter from St. Louisa, Missouri, when the car began participating in American marque gatherings.

In 1974 it was sold to Fred Leydorf of Birmingham, Michigan, in whose possession it remained for 10 years, until it was sold to the seller. The seller delivered the car to the specialists at Shelton Ferrari in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who restored it. After that, this 250 GT earned a class award at the Vintage Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio, the Cavallino Classic, the Scuderia Ferrari Cup, and the Coppa Bella Macchina.

This 330 LM / 250 GTO is documented with factory records that clarify its early history, including two sets of build sheets (one each for the factory preparation for the Nürburgring and Le Mans), and a third spec sheet that outlines the factory modifications to 250 GTO specifications conducted for privateer racing in May 1963, including installation of the currently fitted engine.

Source: RM Sotheby’s