2007 RM Auction, Scottsdale: 3 Rolls-Royce 40/50HP Silver Ghosts

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1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50HP Silver Ghost ROI Des Belges


The history of Lot 264 can be traced its build date of March 3, 1911, when it was shipped to N. Gatti in London on April 24th. From there the 1911 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, Chassis No. 1574 was sold several times, including to Millard Newman in Florida, who had it meticulously restored and added to his collection. After Newman's death, the car's new owner put it through another extensive restoration, won several Concours awards, then brought it to Arizona where it was auctioned for $725,000, Friday. It was by far the best-preserved and most beautiful of three super rare Silver Ghosts auctioned at RM.

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2007 Barrett-Jackson: This used to be a Nomad. Really.

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Believe it or not, folks, this was once a 1955 Chevy Nomad. That was before customizer Eric Medeiros chopped the body 8" and the top 4", added an Olds Vista Cruiser glass roof, and then went really crazy with the sheetmetal. The result was christened the "Playbunny Coach" and served its tour of duty in the late '60s with Playboy Playmates on the Winston Championship Show Car Circuit. And it apparently saw some rough days during those working years.

It had to be rebuilt recently and has picked up a few modern touches, like indirect interior lighting, AM/FM/CD (replacing a turntable?), A/C, heat, power disc brakes, PS, PW, remote door opener, and a racing fuel cell (?!), as well as a new handmade metal dash and a new center console that snakes around the rear seats. Powering this beast is a 396 rat motor. No word on bunnypower, but we hope it's high because this thing can't be light. The Playbunny Coach won a bunch of awards in the '70s, but since the rebuild it's only accumulated 585 miles appearing in local shows around Northern California.

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Sport Excess? No, Sport XS from Peugeot

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A couple of weeks ago, we saw Citroën's sportified (looks-only) C1, the Chrono. This week, we get Peugeot's version, which looks a lot better. It's called the 107 Sport XS, but really, there's nothing excessive (or would that be "XSive"...) about it at all. Underneath its stubby little hood, it's still got the same miserly little 1.0L 3-cylinder that pumps 68 horses to the front wheels.

Instead of the Citroën's somewhat cheesy number decals, the little Pug sports racing stripes that are keyed to contrast the four available exterior colors. Additional bits include spoilers, a sport exhaust, and some red interior trim bits. No, you won't be setting the land speed record in one of these, but it'll look happy enough in its new-fangled threads. The million dollar question is whether or not Toyota will complete the trifecta and offer a similar package for the Aygo (Aygo, C1 and 107 are badge-engineered clones).

The best part about the 107 Sport XS is that when you're done driving it, you simply summon it back to its Pokéball and stick it in your pocket. No parking necessary!


More details in Peugeot's press release after the jump.

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2007 Barrett-Jackson: Oldest production Camaro

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Lot Number 1029: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe White/red

Looking at this Camaro, you might not immediately recognize that it is anything special. After all, there are countless Z/28, RS and SS versions scattered in every corner of Westworld this week. And as far as powerplants go, this has but a 275hp 327 V8. No slouch certainly, but with ZL-1, COPO, 302 and 396 options aplenty, the 327 doesn't really stand out that much. It even has an automatic. So what makes this one noteworthy? First of all, note that it's a 1967 model. That was the first year for Chevy's answer to the Mustang. And then take a look at the VIN. It's number 16. It's also Fisher body #001. THE firs t production Camaro. It goes without saying that it also happens to be the first L.A. built car with the deluxe interior. These are the kind of things that the specialists pay attention to. The seller is billing it as the lowest surviving VIN. We're not sure if that means all 15 cars that preceded it are gone, or that they were all prototypes, but it is certainly one of the earliest Camaros ever made, and quite a sharp looking car to boot. Classic Ermine White exterior with Red Deluxe interior that looks factory fresh.

 

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First customer Porsche RS Spyder moves to Poughkeepsie

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The 2007 ALMS season is rapidly approaching (the kickoff at Sebring takes place March 17), and new cars are starting to arrive at their homes. In the case of the first customer-ordered '07 Porsche RS Spyder, home is Poughkeepsie, NY, where Dyson Racing is headquartered.

The car depicted above and in the attached gallery will be joined by its stablemate sometime in February, and the pair will take on the competition in the reinvigorated LMP2 class. P2 will also see three teams running Acura's new prot otype racer, as well as Roger Penske's factory-backed Spyders in their DHL livery (one of which is visible in the transporter shown above as well -- check the gallery to see it).

For more info on the delivery of Dyson's new ride, check out Porsche's press release after the jump.

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2007 Barrett-Jackson fish out of water: 1993 Land Rover Defender 110

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Lot Number 1536.1: 1993 Land Rover Defender 110 White/gray/black

Here's another vehicle that sticks out like a sore thumb among the muscle cars and high profile customs at Barrett-Jackson. It's Defender 110 number 194 of only 500 made back in '93. The Defender 110s were real-deal off-roaders that could tackle just about any conditions. This particular one is just about perfect with only 13,500 original miles on the clock. Sure it has the rather antiquated and weak 3.9-liter V8 engine, but 135 hp was considered adequate at the time. OK, maybe not, but still it has enough grunt to make it through most situations you'd encounter thanks to its permanently engaged 4 wheel drive, differential lock and 5-spee d manual transmission. Almost seems a novelty to see a stick in a Land Rover nowadays with the public's penchant for auto trannies.

This one is fully kitted out with "a mesh lined roof rack, rear access ladder and front safari guard." The winning bidder even gets a set of extra wheels mounted with snow tires! And if that isn't good enough to get you to bid, consider this: there's also a set of unmounted studded snow tires for when the weather gets really nasty. Seems a remote chance here in Scottsdale, but you never know. There are surely a few bidders here from Denver who might appreciate it. And it really is an immaculate car. Looks like it has been in stasis for these past 14 years. Well, at least on the outside. Inside it's seen a few upgrades like a new stereo with 6-disc changer, cup holders and a removable rear bike and ski rack.

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Montreal Auto Show: Locus Plethore supercar unveiled...almost

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The centerpiece of the 2007 Montreal auto show was supposed to be the Plethore, a supercar being developed in Quebec by HHT Locus Technologies. As we reported previously, the car nicknamed "the Quebec Bomb" employs carbon fiber construction and an 8.2-liter V8 to produce a high power-to-weight ratio driving from behind a three-passenger cabin with a center-line driving position, an innovative layout employed in the record-shattering McLaren F1 supercar (and in a 1966 Ferrari 365 P prototype), but not replicated since.

Unfortunately, as is often the case with such ambitious projects, the car was far from ready to be unveiled when the auto show opened. Instead, designer Luc Chartrand and company took the wraps off a non-functioning pre-production prototype, essentially a mock-up for display purposes. Next to the prototype they displayed the 8.2-liter GM-sourced V8 that is anticipated to propel the Plethore to mind-boggling speeds, if and when it finally gets rolling.

Locus Technologies anticipates its creation will be ready for delivery in the fall, when a limited annual run of no more than 400 will each sell for $330,000 CDN. They can call it the Plethore, the Quebec Bomb or whatever they'd like... we'll call it blind ambition.

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2007 Barrett-Jackson: Von Dutch GMC Bus-Home/Workshop

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Lot Number 1042.1: Von Dutch GMC Bus-Home/Workshop

Here's one of those "don't pass it just because it looks like it's been out in a field for 20 years" gems that we love so much. This bus was once the home and workshop of the legendary pinstriper/customizer Von Dutch. The bus started out as a Long Beach, California city transit bus. Von Dutch ended up with it in the early '60s as payment from a woman he had done some work for. According to the account by his friend and colleague, Bob Burns, Dutch "set up living quarters at the rear, the remainder of the vehicle was a machine shop, including a bluing tank and an old metal lathe covered with Dutch's pinstriping. The floor was covered with cigarette butts, beer cans, and metal shavings."

And that's basically how it still looks. It sat in a field in Santa Barbara for a number of years and has seen its fair share of vandalism (and target practice), but it still has a lot of Dutch's fingerprints all over it. All part of this year's Rock the Block theme at B-J, there are a number of other Von Dutch items displayed with the bus, including his customized hi-fi stereo system that will also be auctioned on Friday.

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Pardon our dust: Autoblog fixes its search function!

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We're a blessed website, for sure. Despite our flaws, you all keep coming back day after day to read us rambling on about cars and such. Believe us, we're as aware of our flaws as you are, and will be devoting our efforts in 2007 to fixing every single one of them. The addition of high-resolution photo galleries was great, and now we're rolling out a new fix for our search function (located in the upper right corner of the site). If you had ever tried to use the search function on Autoblog in the past, chances are you never used it again. That's going to change. The new search works like a charm, accepts multiple search words just fine, allows you to order your results by relevance or date, and even provides Google search results at the bottom of the page. Go ahead and try it, as we're sure it wo n't be the last time you do.

 

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Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid will debut in Chicago

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Toyota is starting to reveal details on its lineup for the Chicago Auto Show, which we've learned today will include the debut of the second-generation Highlander mid-size SUV and likewise the Highlander Hybrid. The big T hasn't given any other details on the vehicles, and neither have we seen spy shots of the new Highlander, so this one may actually turn out to be a surprise. The current Highlander is a big seller for Toyota, with 129,794 units being sold in 2006. That's down 5.2% from 2005's total of 137,409, but still a big number for a vehicle that potentially returns a meaty profit. We'll come back at you with all the info and live shots we get of these two vehicles from the floor of the 2007 Chicago Auto Show in early February.

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Mazda3 may be vulnerable to break-ins

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We debated on posting this because we always seem to get nailed in the comments for advertising a new way to break the law, but we feel it's important information for Mazda3 owners and we're encouraged by Mazda's reaction to the situation so far. First the deets: it appears that a few owners of the Mazda3 have come back to their vehicles to find their valuables missing but no visible signs of breaking and entering like shattered glass or broken locks. The only clue left by thieves is a big dent in the front passenger door. Canadian website MobileMag.com got the skinny from an anonymous Mazda dealer that if one hits the passenger door hard in just the right spot it will affect the lock assembly mechanism and unlock the doors. Mystery solved.

Mazda has been aware of and working on this issue since October of 2006, and this month it began installing a "countermeasure" in all Mazda3s being built in Japan. For those who have already had their cars broken into, in some cases Mazda has agreed to install a reinforced door lock assembly and a protective plate to prevent the same break-in from happening again, though it has not offered to repair the dents. At this point, Mazda does not consider this "trick" a defect in the product and it hasn't decided whether or not all Mazda3s will be called back to have the countermeasure installed.

We think they should be voluntary called back and have the countermeasures installed. While a thief will get into your vehicle one way or another if he wants to, being able to do it without smashing glass or looking terribly suspicious makes the Mazda3 a much more tempting target. Still, no one should leave valuables out in the open and give criminals a reason to target your vehicle .

Thanks for the tip, Rich!

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