2007 RM Auction, Scottsdale: The first L88 Corvette

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1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Roadster - Lot 270 Unsold at $1,550,000

This car bears the distinction of being the First RPO L88 Corvette ever built. It has an estimated 600 hp coming out of its massive aluminum-head 427 cu. in. V8, that is theoretically managed by an M22 "Rock Crusher" heavy-duty four-speed. As required with the purchase of the L88, it also features desirable go-fast, turn-fast, stop-fast options like the G81 Positraction differential, F41 heavy-duty suspension, and J56 four-wheel heavy-duty disc brakes. That adds up to one very special Corvette Roadster.

And to make it even better, this particular L88 was ordered by Tony DeLorenzo, Jr., the son of Anthony G. DeLor enzo. Senior was GM's vice-president in charge of public relations from 1957 to 1979. Tony had been racing Corvairs in SCCA while Zora Duntov and Roger Penske were developing the L88 in 1966. Tony closely followed the success of those Penske L88 prototype cars and for the 1967 SCCA season he got sponsorship to run an L88 of his own from Hanley Dawson Chevrolet in Detroit, Michigan.

As soon as the car got to him he repainted the original red stinger blue for personal reasons, and the car went straight to the race shop. It was never driven on the street, instead heading straight to the track. There it was campaigned pretty successfully by Tony and subsequent owners for a number of years before "retiring" in 1982. At that point it immediately underwent a complete restoration that earned it Bloomington Gold honors, Top Flight NCRS honors at multiple events, and was featured as part of the Bloomington Gold Special Collection. At the RM Auction it didn't find a new hom e when the top bid of $1,550,000 failed to reach the reserve.

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2007 RM Auction, Scottsdale: The oldest Ford in the world

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1903 Ford Model A Rear Entry Tonneau - Lot 247

So maybe you looked through the RM Auction catalog and saw the Bauer Duesenberg. The thought of having the last Duesie SJ ever built seemed appealing, but the price was a little out of your league and you prefer vehicles that are a bit older. Scanning through the rest of the lots you came across a unique Ford: A 1903 Ford Model A horseless carriage that had ties to the blue-oval-wearing vehicle in your driveway. Sure it only had 8 hp compared to the 325 in the supercharged Duesenberg, but you loved the look and heritage.

So you looked a little closer and realized this was a pretty special old Ford. One of the first ever made. And with a little more resea rch, you discovered it's actually the oldest Ford in existence. If you bought it you'd have THE OLDEST FORD IN THE WORLD. That's something no other person could say. Well, they could, but they'd be lying. The auctioneers really played that aspect up trying to tempt museum and special collection owners. In the end, it brought pretty good money, but far less than the Duesie. For a mere $630,000 before fees, this old Ford found a new home.

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2007 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale: Hemi Superbird and Daytona

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Click on the image for a high-res gallery of photos of this pair

Once upon a time, the "SC" in NASCAR actually stood for stock car and the machines that raced at Daytona and Talladega actually were based on production vehicles. In the late sixties Chrysler decided to follow the rules that limited body modifications and created a pair of machines that would get an unfair advantage on the high banks. Thus the Plymouth Superbird and Dodge Daytona Charger were born. The cars came from the factory with a long pointed nose and high mounted rear wing, so that they could run with the same configuration in NASCAR.

The aerodynamic modifications combined with the classic Chrysler Hemi made them almost unbeatable on the track. One example of each of these ultra-rare cars were paired up and offered at this year's Barrett-Jackson auction. The bronze colored 1969 Charger, is one of 22 built and the blue 1970 Superbird is one of 58. Both cars are equipped with 426 cu.in. Hemi V-8s and 4 speed gearboxes. The Dodge is recently restored and the Plymouth is still original. And as a sidenote, only 4 original Superbirds remain. Click the links to read the full history of each of these amazing cars. The pair sold for $750,000.

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VIDEO: Superbowl Spot Smackdown - Honda jumps in for the 4th quarter

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Honda's adding to the Super Bowl spot cacaphony this year, joining Toyota, GM, and Ford. Almost as important as the football, the commercials are often more entertaining than the game itself, and it's not unheard of for non-sports folks to actually tune in for the commercials. While there are often new and highly-amusing spots debuted during the big game, Honda's offerings have already aired. One of the spots depicts a CR-V dancing to a remix of Elvis's "Burnin' Love," while the other touts the company's fuel-efficiency by showing the Honda fleet slaloming around gas pumps. One cool thing about the Elvis spot is a shot of the nav screen, zoomed in on Graceland. Nice.The ads are scheduled to air during the fourth quarter of the game , we assume to cash in on the presumption that more viewers are watching the critical last minutes of the matchup. It's just too bad the ads aren't debuting during the Super Bowl - forget the game, our watercooler talk is going to be about the great new spots we saw, and since we've seen these already...

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2007 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale: Carroll Shelby's personal Cobra brings $5 MIL

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1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Supersnake -- Lot #1301 Sold at $5,000,000

The only surviving dual supercharged factory Cobra, this Supersnake was Carroll Shelby's personal car. "When I built this dual supercharged 427 Cobra in 1966, I wanted it to be the fastest, meanest car on the road," said Shelby. "Forty years later, it will still kick the tail of just about anything in the world." Unfortunately, after selling for a gavel price of $5 MIL, it's unlikely this car will see any more roads, let alone kicking tail.

CSX3015 started out as one of the 19 production Competition Cobras and was then cranked up a notch to produce 800 supercharged horsepower. The twin Paxton supercharged 427 was mated to a three-speed automatic transmission. One other Supersnake was built for comedian Bill Cosby, but was wrecked, making this one the only factory survivor. The huge rush of having this extraordinary vehicle bring such a well-deserved insane top bid could be felt for miles around Westworld. We didn't get a chance to ask Shelby about the car during lunch, but we can guess that he was pretty happy with the result.

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The Autoblog Project Garage: Big-brake install, Part III

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After dedicating the last several years to the pursuit of power and handling, we're finally putting forth an effort to slow down our car. Consider this to be an indicaton of hard-earned maturity (as opposed to our receding hairlines, which are just signs of getting old).

Our new parts showed up in the second installment of this write-up, and after leaving them out in the barn for several months, we finally found some time to improve the stopping ability of our 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS. With improved stopping ability only a few simple steps away, we'll be able to hit future autocrosses and open-track days with more confidence.

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2007 RM Auction, Scottsdale: 1966 Ferrari Dino 206 SP

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1966 Ferrari Dino 206 SP - Lot 283 Unsold at $1,000,000

My favorite car here this week. Well, there are about 100 cars I'll probably say that about if prodded. It's really that amazing of a week. Sports cars, muscle cars, hot rods, customs, and racecars everywhere you look that would qualify for poster duty on just about any enthusiast's walls. The racecars are especially intriguing this week, and the ones at RM were out-of-this-world. The sports prototype endurance racers of the '60s and '70s represent the pinnacle of racecar design in my book, and when you can add a "Coachwork by Pininfarina" label to the mix, it's usually a surefire personal Top 10 entry. Lot 283 is a car that qualifies on all counts. It's a 1966 Ferrari Dino 206 SP. Words like voluptuous and sensuous leap to mind when viewing these cars.

These diminutive V6 racers from Drogo look like scaled down 330 P cars. Simply stunning. This particular 206 SP has the 218 bhp, 1,986cc dual overhead camshaft, V6 engine. Perhaps less impressive sounding today than in 1966, that 2-liter power output was more than adequate in the day. Ferrari had planned to build 50 to qualify for Group 4 racing, but when that total fell to just 18, the car was rethought a bit and ended up racing in private hands with varying success. This car is chassis 026 and has a bit of a questionable history that was perhaps responsible for it going unsold after bids reached just $1,000,000.

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Spy Shots: 2008 Prius

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Never content to rest on their laurels, Toyota has been applying kaizen to the Prius. Look for their next high-efficiency space capsule to bow in 2008 with significant tweaks and tweezes. The body shape remains familiar, though in actuality it's totally changed. Width is expected to grow an inch, while length will shrink the same amount. The artist's rendering depicts a nose that looks inspired by Lamborghini, while the shape of the greenhouse and rump retain their aero-friendly profile. We can understand not making drastic changes, it's not like the Prius's look is dated. Heck, some of us still can't get used to it. You know what it is when you see it, though, and Toyota's hard wind-tunnel work probably d oesn't leave a ton of room for form variation.

More exciting than the sheetmetal is what's underneath. The Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder will increase in displacement from 1.5 to 1.8 liters. That should help with long climbs in the hills and other situations where the battery pack is out of the loop. Toyota's way ahead of everyone else with their Hybrid Synergy Drive's software and calibration, and they intend to stay there. Changes to the HSD system along with new battery technology are rumored to bump city mileage to 80mpg. Solar panels in the roof for passive recharging as well as plug-in options are also being considered. We're curious how Toyota intends to nearly double the city mileage number, especially in light of the new EPA guidelines coming for 2008. Series Hybrid, perhaps? I guess we'll have to wait and see; rest assured that execution will be fastidious.

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Kelly Clarkson hooks up with NASCAR

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Joining a list of artists that includes LeAnn Rimes, Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Lenny Kravitz, Grammy winner and former American Idol queen Kelly Clarkson has signed a deal to form the biggest-ever partnership between NASCAR and a musical artist. Vegas oddsmakers have not yet announced the Over/Under for Kelly appearances on The NASCAR Channel SPEED TV this season, but you can pencil us right in for the "over" because it is the lock of the year.

You'll also be shocked...shocked to learn that Kelly says she's a big NASCAR fan and looks forward to hanging out with the whole ever-lovin' NASCAR community. NASCAR (obviously) feels that this relationship will develop into something big. Welcome to the NASCAR/Kelly mutual admiration society.

Her NASCAR debut will be as the headliner in the "Tribute to America" concert that'll air prior to next month's season-opening Daytona 500. During the show, NASCAR will shoot a TV commercial that spotlights Kelly as she sings a new song off her upcoming CD. Finally, she'll be the official spokesperson for the fourth annual NASCAR Day this May, during which the organization raises money for charitable causes.

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Hot Rod wants your help selecting its next project car

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We certainly wouldn't claim that the only measure of a gearhead is the number of projects in his or her garage, but certainly it's a useful metric. By that standard, Hot Rod's David Freiburger definitely deserves his post as editor-in-chief, but even he has found himself with more cars than time and is now looking for some assistance in setting priorities.

Hit the link below to view and vote on the projects. We think that The Rallye Duster and NovaXCross would be hugely entertaining, but too many of our formative years were spent watching Smokey and the Bandit and so The Track Day TA is our pick. Note that no bonus points will be awarded to commenters who point out our fetish for c ars from the disco decade that are built into all-around performers, as this has previously been established.

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2007 RM Auction, Scottsdale: 1927 Bugatti Type 37A Grand Prix Car

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1927 Bugatti Type 37A Grand Prix Car - Lot 271 Sold at $445,000

As if being a Bugatti weren't cool enough, this is one of their legendary GP cars from the heyday of Bugatti track domination. It also happens to hold the distinction of once being a UK Speed Record-Setter. This ex-Chris Staniland car has an apparently-more-than-adequate 80hp, supercharged 1498cc single overhead camshaft inline four-cylinder engine. The Type 37 emulated the GP-winning Type 35, but was designed to be a more attainable and manageable car that could serve as a successor to Bugatti's early "Brescia" that had made their reputation with some 2,000 units sold over its 16-year lifespan.

Although suc cessful, the Type 37 was a bit short on performance. So in 1927 Bugatti added a version of the Roots supercharger from the Type 35. The resulting car was dubbed the Type 37A. The Type 37A was first and foremost a competition car with its magneto ignition and Bugatti's signature aluminum wheels replacing the standard 37 wire wheels. Bugatti ended up cranking out 77 Type 37As between 1927 and 1930.

One of those is the car featured here. Bought and raced by Fairey Aviation test pilot, Chris Staniland, chassis number 37290 saw duty over four seasons, recording four outright wins and two seconds along the way. At the end of 1928, Staniland also used it to set the British Class-F 1-1/2-liter speed record for distances and times up to one hour. He managed to eclipse all but one of the records that were on the books, and which had ironically been set by a supercharged, two-liter, eight-cylinder Type 39A Grand Prix Bugatti in 1927. It even lapped Brooklands at 122.07 mph i n 1929. Not bad for an 80hp four. It ended up selling at "only" $445,000 at RM.

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Design Geely's new logo, win RMB 2 million (that's $257k)

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While Geely's logo isn't exactly iconic (ha ha), it's not nearly as bad or imitative as some we've seen out of China. In fact, it reminds us a bit of the old Plymouth logo. Nevertheless, the Geely folks think they need a new one and they're asking you, yes you, to design a new one. They're willing to award the best logo designer $257,000 for their work. There are some rules you need to follow, which are outlined in the press release after the jump. Not mentioned, though, is the company's new advertising slogan, "Beyond_The Value." And, yes, the underscore is intentional. So you might want to keep that in mind as you put in $250,000 worth of logo designing.

With all the creative entries we had on our business card design contest, we're hoping our readers don't disappoint. When the chosen logo is announced sometime after August, we expect to be showing you a photo of one of our more artistic regulars holding an oversized check with a bunch of Chinese zeros on it.

We had a hard time finding a place to enter the contest, but you might start by emailing Geely spokesman Zhang Xiaodong at kukubo@126.com.

Editor's note: Sorry about the typo Zhang's email address, now corrected.

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2007 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale: First Shelby GT

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Click on the Image for a gallery of high-res images of the Shelby GT

Early last year Ford announced that they would be building 500 Shelby GT-H Mustangs that would be available exclusively for rent through selected Hertz rental outlets. The car was patterned after the original Shelby GT350-H that was also available as a Hertz rental in the 1960s. That car like the original was only available with an automatic transmission. A few months later Ford also announced the 5-speed manual transmission Shelby GT for sale through regular Ford dealers.

The first production example of the Shelby GT < /a>was auctioned at Barrett-Jackson on Saturday with all the proceeds going to the Carroll Shelby Children's Foundation that helps kids with heart problems. Last year the GT's big brother, the supercharged GT500 was auctioned for $600,000 with the money also going to the Shelby Foundation. The winning bidder for the Shelby GT matched that amount, adding another $600,000 to the charity's coffers. The GT has a 325hp 4.6L V-8, beefed up suspension and the same special Shelby grille that was featured on the GT-H. A high-flow exhaust system and 3.55:1 rear-axle ratio beef up the sound and the acceleration. The Barrett-Jackson press release is after the jump.

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