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11 vehicles from Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas worth watching


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1936 Auburn Boattail Speedster Custom Recreation

Let’s ignore the fact that this is a recreation. Let’s also ignore the perhaps more damning fact that it’s currently owned by CeeLo Green. This is a beautifully crafted impersonation of Auburn’s stunning Boattail Speedster, complete with a supercharged, 5.3-liter V8 and an all-steel construction. While it’s finished in a matte black, that’s just a skin. The actual color under that wrap job is cream white, according to Barrett-Jackson. The cabin, meanwhile, is not for shrinking violets. This beauty is Lot 460, will cross the block on Friday and is being sold with reserve.


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1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk

Aside from the fact that “Golden Hawk” is an outstanding name for a vehicle, this 1957 Studebaker’s finish matches that title, featuring Tiara Gold paint with Arctic White accents along its flanks. Under hood sits a 289-cubic-inch, 275-horsepower V8 that was fitted with a McCulloch supercharger straight from its Utica, MI factory. It’s Lot 652 and will be sold on Saturday.


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1964 Renault Dauphine Sedan

There’s plenty of regal stuff up for biding at Barrett-Jackson, but we figured we’d at least address one of the funkier vehicles. This is a 1964 Renault Dauphine and it arrives complete with Gordini rally livery and gorgeous vented, powder-coated wheels. In back sits a rear-mounted engine, which is mated up to a four-speed manual transmission. According to the auction description, it’s ready for vintage rallies, which we have no problem imagining. Look for this one to move on Friday, as Lot 521.


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1991 Chevrolet Camaro RS Convertible

If the Renault was funky, this is just plain bizarre. This is a 1991 Chevrolet Camaro RS Convertible that’s been heavily inspired by Star Trek: The Next Generation. There’s almost too much to describe on this car, but we’ll try. There’s a cast mural on the underside of the hood, Corvette-like taillights, nitrous oxide system (you must shout “Engage,” and point ahead when using it) and a computer system that would make Michael Knight jealous. It is spectacular, and will be sold on Saturday as Lot 616.


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1967 Cadillac Coupe De Ville

This is the 1967 Cadillac Coupe De Ville that one Elvis Presley used to drive him and his wife, Priscilla, following their 1967 wedding. As if that weren’t a strong enough provenance, this car has been maintained in the Elvis Presley Museum since 1979. It also includes all manner of paperwork identifying The King as its owner and Graceland as its address. Expect it to cross the block on Saturday, as Lot 767, and for it to cost more than Las Vegas’ ubiquitous Elvis impersonators can afford.


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1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

There are a few Mercedes-Benz 190SL convertibles up for auction this weekend, but this beautiful Hellblau Blue example is, by a fair margin, the nicest. A red leather interior and a black canvas roof complement this SL’s original paint shade. It’s spent 50 of its 57 years with its original owner, and has since been restored since its new owner took possession of it in 2007. It’s being sold, with reserve, as Lot 777 on Saturday.


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1937 Cord 812 Phaeton

A quick favorite among the Autoblog staff is this 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton, one of the single most striking examples of the Art Deco-era of automotive design. This example has been fully restored and is finished in Cigarette Cream with a black canvas roof. The interior is lined in burgundy leather, and has a beautifully finished dash. This one is being sold, with reserve, on Saturday as Lot 784.


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1959 Cadillac Eldorado Seville

Country music fans get a double dose of automotive awesome as, alongside Elvis Presley’s Cadillac, another musical icon’s classic is crossing the block. This is Hank Williams Jr.’s 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Seville and is one of the best examples of Cadillac’s finned styling. This particular car retailed for a then-staggering $7,401 when it was first sold ($60,492 today) and features a few gloriously 1950s technologies, such as GM’s Autronic-Eye automatic headlight dimmers and E-Z Eye glass. This car is Lot 808 and is selling on Saturday.


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1991 GMC Syclone Marlboro Edition

GMC’s wild Syclone pickup is one of the finest examples of the sport truck trend that’s come and gone over the years. This particular vehicle was never actually available to the public, as it’s one of just ten Marlboro Special Editions, which were handed out as part of the tobacco company’s sweepstakes drawings. These trucks sport design elements by Larry Shinoda, and are unique in that they have a removable roof, Boyd Coddington wheels, Recaro seats and a Borla exhaust among other features unique to the Marlboro Editions. Unfortunately, considering the contest it was won through, we very much doubt this is a non-smoker’s truck. It’s Lot 829 and is being sold on Saturday.


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1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi

Everyone seems to have their own idea of what a pure muscle car from the style’s heyday is. We submit this, as the most proper example of the breed. This is a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T, finished in the iconic Plum Crazy Purple. As if that weren’t enough, its wise first owner ticked the box for Mopar’s legendary 426-cubic-inch V8 and a shaker hood option. This is one of just 287 Hemi Challengers from 1970 and will be sold as Lot 796 on Saturday.


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2015 Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition #1,964

We’re going modern for our last entry, with a 2015 Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition. This car will be a charity special, with its buyer receiving the last example of Ford’s limited anniversary trim, Number 1,964. All proceeds from the auction go towards the Get Your Heart Racing Foundation, which is a benefit of Detroit’s Henry Ford Heart and Vascular Institute. It will be sold Saturday as Lot 3,003.

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Autoblog Podcast #397

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Episode #397 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing, and Seyth Miersma talk about the leadership change at Ferrari, the Mercedes-AMG GT, and we give a report on the Long-Term Garage. We start with what’s in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Check out the rundown below with times for topics, and you can follow along down below with our Q&A. Thanks for listening!

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Mercedes boosts CLA supplies, says it could sell twice as many

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It’s been a few months since we talked about the Mercedes-Benz CLA’s status as an unmitigated hit, but a new story from Automotive News will allow us to revisit the sleek, fast-selling, four-door home run. Production has been increased again, with some of the extra capacity destined for US showrooms.

We could have sold twice as many vehicles, easily, compared to our planning,” Daimler AG boss Dieter Zetsche told AN.

Dealers are sitting on perilously small supplies of the CLA, with Mercedes execs confirming to AN that a few dealers have slipped below a ten-day supply. For reference, a 60-day supply is generally considered healthy.

Mercedes’ Kecskemét, Hungary factory added a third shift back in May to address high demand for the four-door. Zetsche was unwilling to divulge how many more cars the facility will be able to churn out with this latest production increase, though.

“We do not want our customers to have to wait too much,” Zetsche told AN. “Wherever we could, we pulled out all the stops.”

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Mercedes-AMG GT attacks Circuit of the Americas

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Mercedes-Benz is having a banner year with its Formula One team. Through 2014, the constructor has 454 championship points; ahead of its nearest competitor (Red Bull-Renault) by a margin of 182 tally marks. We’re sure they can almost taste the champagne.

It’s fitting then, and a little big cocky in a good way, that Mercedes has released a video of its newest sports car at an F1 venue. In this case, the car is the lovely Mercedes-AMG GT S, and the racetrack is Austin’s Circuit of the Americas.

Having seen the official photo set and scratched the surface of the technical specifications earlier this week, we’re excited to finally hear the thing run. As you might guess, the deployment of 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque from the twin-turbo V8 is a motivating experience. Crank up your volume, and hit that play button. (Oh, and Mercedes shot the thing in 4K, too, so those of you with expensive televisions/monitors should take heed to the settings.)
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Mercedes-AMG GT vs. Porsche 911 [w/poll]

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Mercedes-Benz designed the AMG GT to compete head-on with the Porsche 911. It’s a clear, singular purpose, and Benz brings a lot of money, technology and race-bred expertise to the fight.

The AMG GT is Merc’s followup to the awesome SLS AMG, the retro-modern, gullwing-doored coupe that took us by storm half a decade ago. But this new GT coupe is a more focused sports car than the SLS, rather than an all out supercar capable of extreme performance. It’s got a brand-new V8 engine, and state-of-the-art technology that help it to not only be a proper Mercedes, but to be a serious performer.

Mercedes will sell its new baby in two models. The GT S arrives first, in spring 2015, followed by the standard GT in mid-2016. Of course, there’s room to grow from there. And while Porsche may have already expanded its 911 range to include a vast variety of models, here’s how Stuttgart’s icon stacks up against Affalterbach’s bad boy.

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Power and Speed

The AMG GT is rated at 456 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, and the AMG GT S makes 503 hp and 479 lb-ft. They both use the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, which is hand-built at AMG headquarters in Affalterbach, Germany, and then tuned differently for each variant.

  • Those power ratings slot the Benzes between the 911 Carrera S, which pushes out 400 hp and just 325 lb-ft from a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine, and the 911 Turbo, which has 520 hp and 487 lb-ft (524 lb-ft when overboost is used) from a 3.8-liter twin-turbo six.
  • Despite the power variance, the sprint to 60 miles an hour is quite competitive. The 911 S has a best time of 3.9 seconds, dead even with the GT, and a couple ticks slower than the GT S, which clocks 3.7 seconds. The 911 Turbo outclasses both Mercedes easily, with a 3.0-second time with the Sport Chrono pack.

The Oily Bits

There’s more choice from Porsche, and in this area, that’s unlikely to change much.

  • Porsche sells the 911 with seven speed-manual and seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmissions. Mercedes also will offer the GT with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission – but that’s it. Purists can pull the paddles (or grind their teeth) in manual mode.
  • You can get several 911 models with all-wheel drive, while GT and GT S are strictly rear-wheel driven. There are some AMGs with 4Matic, but it would add considerable weight to the GT models.

Variants

There’s more choice from Porsche, but we expect this to change quickly for Mercedes once the GT S and GT arrive on the market.

  • You can get almost any flavor of 911 you’d like. Track-oriented? There’s the 911 GT3. Raw power? You need the 560-hp Turbo S. There’s coupes, convertibles and everything in between (like the Targa). You can even celebrate 50 years of the 911, with you guessed it, a 50th Anniversary edition.
  • The pickings are much slimmer for the GT line. But there’s no way Mercedes keeps it this way for good. We hear a convertible is possible, but not approved, and naturally, other performance and luxury packages are likely.

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Weight/Dynamics

The lesser-powered 911s are lighter, no surprise there, but the aluminum-intensive Mercedes is still extremely competitive.

  • We estimate the GT will weigh about 3,500 pounds, and GT S will weigh about 3,560 pounds when they come to the United States. This projection takes the European weights and factors in added equipment needed to meet American crash-test requirements.
  • By comparison, the 911 S with a seven-speed manual checks in at a lithe 3,075 pounds, and the PDK model is 3,120, which allows the trimmer Porsches to post competitive 0-60 times even though they give up a lot of horsepower. Even the Turbo and its 520 horses only weighs 3,516 pounds.
  • It’s worth noting: The 911 remains a rear-engine car, while the GT and GT S have a front-mid-engine layout.

Checkered Flag

The Mercedes sports cars strike right at the middle of the 911 lineup. There are lighter, cheaper, and lesser-powered 911s, but the GT and the GT S are competitive and even better – on paper – than several of their closest 911 rivals in some crucial areas. Porsche also offers several higher-end 911 variants that outclass the two Mercedes entries, though obviously, Benz has left itself room to grow. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but the GT is expected to start around $115,000, and the GT S should begin around $130,000.

So, based on this preliminary data, which one would you choose? Vote in our poll below, and sound off in the Comments, as well.

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Mercedes F1 races the runway in Edinburgh [w/video]

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS FORMULA ONE CAR HITS 192.6 MPH AT EDINBURGH AIRPORT

A MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1W03 Formula One car made its debut at the annual Race the Runway event in Scotland yesterday in spectacular style as it recorded a terminal speed of 192.6 mph on the auxiliary runway at Edinburgh Airport.

Driven by former Formula One and Le Mans racer Anthony Davidson, the F1W03 chassis lined up on the start line as passenger aircraft taxied just yards away. He accelerated from a standstill to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds, 124 mph in 5.7 seconds and 186 mph (300 km/h) in 14.9 seconds before reaching 192.6 mph in 20 seconds.

Race the Runway is run by and benefits the Prince and Princes of Wales Hospice in Glasgow. The event invites owners of high performance cars – not just Formula One machines – to participate in a series of drag races in return for a donation to the Hospice. For the second year Mercedes-Benz sponsored the event with examples of the A 45 AMG, C 63 AMG Black Series, the E 63 AMG S Estate, the GLA 45 AMG, the new S 63 AMG Coupé and the SLS AMG Black Series all taking part along with privately owned cars from Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Nissan and Tesla. In total, 32 cars competed – a record number for the event.

Of the Mercedes-Benz road cars at Race the Runway, the 631 hp SLS AMG Black Series achieved the highest top speed, hitting 161 mph.

The chassis used for the event was from the 2012 season and raced in the German, Hungarian, Belgian, Italian and Singapore rounds of the Formula One World Championship. Designed and built at the home of MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS in Brackley, the chassis is powered by a mighty naturally-aspirated V8 engine created by the engineers at Mercedes HighPeformancePowertrains, based in Brixworth.

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What you missed on 9.9.14

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Benz’s Porsche 911-fighter is here, in the form of the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT. It looks killer, and comes packed with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 producing either 503 horsepower in GT S form, or 456 hp in standard GT guise. The slick new coupe launches next year, and we can’t wait to drive it. For now, check out the full details about the stunning new two-door, here.


2015 vw eos final edition qs What you missed on 9.9.14Say goodbye to the Volkswagen Eos

Volkswagen Eos, we hardly knew ye. After only seven years on the market, VW is discontinuing its hardtop convertible, and its swan song is this Final Edition – a special, decidedly expensive package, only available for the Eos’ last year on sale. Contributor Jonathon Ramsey spent some time with the Final Eos in Virginia and accurately sums up why it’s time to put the Eos to sleep. Read his full thoughts in our Quick Spin.


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The car gods giveth, and the car gods taketh away. Instead of mourning the loss of the Volkswagen Eos, check out this new four-seat, topless entry from BMW – the 2 Series Convertible. Launching in the same 228i and M235i trims as the coupe, the ‘vert takes everything we already like about the 2 Series and adds that lovely wind-in-your-hair experience. Get the full details ahead of the car’s Paris Motor Show launch, here.

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