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George Harrison’s DB5 grabs $549,553 at auction

1965 Aston Martin DB5

Last Wednesday at an auction in London, a superb Aston Martin DB5 from 1965 that belonged to George Harrison managed to fetch $549,553. The car was won by an unidentified Beatles fan from Houston, Texas. The organizers of the auction mentioned that the vehicle went for approximately $235,000 over its estimate.

The Aston Martin DB5 in question is wearing a platinum silver finish and has an elegant black Connolly leather interior along with chrome wire wheels. According to the auction house, the car was built in late 1964 and it has been driven for only 22,000 miles, and it hasn’t shown any signs of “major mechanical maladies.”

Mercedes-Benz 540K

At the same auction, a rare Mercedes-Benz 540K that once belonged to F1’s boss Bernie Ecclestone was sold for a whopping $1.3 million.

Source: Inside Line

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DeLorean DMC-12 From Back To The Future 3, Set To Go On Auction

DeLorean DMC-12

Those of you who are fans of the Back to the Future movies and have deep pockets will have the chance to grab a piece of movie history when the car from the third part of the series will go on auction. The car we’re talking about is one of the seven original DeLorean DMC-12 cars that were driven by Michael J. Fox during the film. Today, only three of these cars exist so you can imagine how precious it is.

The car which will go on the auction organized by Profiles in History has been in private hands for 8 years and features a full roll cage, new suspension and a V6 engine borrowed from VW. The organizers say that this DeLorean DMC-12 will fetch anywhere from at least $400,000 to $600,000. The car was used for the 1955 drive-in movie scene where Marty McFly raced back to 1985 in order to find Dr. Emmet “Doc” Brown, a character played by Christopher Lloyd.

At this auction, aside from the car there will be other artifacts that will be auctioned, including Doc’s burned toy Caddy, the Tales From Space comic, costumes, Clock Tower cables as well as a full set of five types of hoverboards. Some of the money obtained from this auction will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease. This auction will be organized on December 15-17.

Source: Inside Line

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Ultra-rare Ferrari 599XX, Up For Sale

Ferrari 599XX

If you are not a Veyron type of guy but you are willing to pay an exorbitant amount of money for a very rare car, now is your chance – a barely driven Ferrari 599XX in perfect shape with only 932 miles (1500 km) on the odometer. This track-only supercar can be yours if you are willing to pay $1,888,938 (1,315,600 Euros).

Ferrari 599XX

As a reminder, the Ferrari 599XX features a massive V12 6.0-liter that produces 700 hp (710 PS / 522 kW), enabling the car to do a lap of the Nurburgring Nordschleife in only 6 minutes and 58.16 sec.

Ferrari 599XX

Source: James List via Motor Authority via WCF

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Ford GT40 Prototype, Up For Auction

Ford GT40 Prototype

RM Auctions is known for selling some of the world’s rarest and most exclusive cars. Their latest offering will be a 1965 Ford GT 40 prototype which will be auctioned on May 21st at the Villa d’Este auction. Ford built only five prototypes of this model and this one, the GT/111, participated in the Targa Florio rally, but encountered several problems.

Ford GT40 Prototype

Its V8 4.7-liter engine was only firing on 7 of its cylinders, and on the latest lap, the car crashed. The roadster was transported back to England where it was stripped down and forgotten, due to the reason that the coupe was the predominant body style during those days of racing.

Ford GT40 Prototype

As it happens with many rare cars, it was eventually discovered and restored, and RM Auctions expects to fetch from $3.6 to $4.3 million.

Ford GT40 Prototype

Source: RM Auctions via WCF

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Up For Auction – Ferrari FF And Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster

Ferrari FF

If you haven’t heard of the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance that is organized on an annual basis in Florida, you should know that they have become a high-profile, national automotive event and for its 5th edition, it should be the best one. Why? Because up for auction there are going to be two cool cars: the Ferrari FF and the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster.

What is even more special is that these will be the first units that rolled out the assembly line so they should go for a pretty good sum. This isn’t the first time when they auction off first examples of some great cars as in the last two years, they managed to sell the very first 2010 Audi R8 V10 5.2 FSI Quattro, 2010 Ferrari California, 2011 Audi R8 V10 Spyder Cabriolet Convertible, 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia, 2011 Hyundai Equus and a 2011 Mercedes SLS AMG.

Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster

The tradition will continue this year with the first Ferrari FF and the first Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster. In addition, there are going to by other cool cars auctioned off, like the first Audi R8 GT and a Mercedes CLS63 AMG “C” Limited Edition (only 30 units planned to be produced). Last but not least, up for grabs is going to be a tour of Jay Leno’s extensive garage that has some of the rarest and most expensive cars ever made.

The event will be held this month on the 26th.

Source: DupontRegistry via GTSpirit via MotorAuthority

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Up For Auction – 2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Brad Paisley Hero Edition

2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Brad Paisley Hero Edition

Chevrolet is really not joking about these limited editions and they roll out one very often, maybe too often in my opinion. I can’t complain about this one as it will be sold at a fund-raising event for a charity – Kids Wish Network HERO program. What is special about this Corvette ZR1 is that it was tuned by Lingenfelter so it should be really fast.

2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Brad Paisley Hero Edition

This one-off Corvette features a massive LS9 V8 6.2-liter supercharged engine that received a Lingenfelter performance upgrade system, allowing the V8 to output more than 700 hp, which is a lot more taking into consideration that the normal version produces 638 ponies. This incredible engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox with a twin-disc clutch.

2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Brad Paisley Hero Edition

Aside from this extra power, the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Brad Paisley Hero Edition comes with a signature under its hood, you’ve guessed it, Brad Paisley’s.  The car you see in these pictures is a part of the 2010 Corvette Dream Giveaway, along with a fully-restored 427 Corvette Roadster from 1967.

Source: TopSpeed

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Special MINI Cooper by Paul Weller on auction for charity

MINI has announced that they partnered with rock artist Paul Weller and created a special one off MINI Cooper which will go on auction for one month, starting with November 11. The money raised will go to charities Nordoff Robins and War Child. The special MINI Cooper features an unique pink and brown stripes exterior finish, 17-inch Crown Spoke alloy wheels, black leather on the interior, front heated seats and Chili Pack.

MINI UK’s Director, Jochen Goller says “Both MINI and Paul Weller are synonymous with the quintessential British mod scene. That’s why we were the ideal match to create this unique car.”

Paul Weller said “I’ve always loved and driven MINIs so when I was given the opportunity to design a bespoke Mini Cooper I wanted to create something that reflected the mood and colours associated with the Mod era, which was also the classic Mini’s hey day. I’d already expressed these colours in a shirt I designed for Ben Sherman a few years ago, so it made sense to me to continue the theme using a MINI Cooper as a palate.”


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Michael Jordan’s Mercedes SLR 722 for sale on eBay

When you’re the best and most popular player in basketball history, your garage is probably filled with awesome cars and once in a while you have to clean it up and get rid of the ones you’re not using. Because this is probably the case with this Mercedes Benz SLR 722 Edition owned by Michael Jordan and for sale on eBay right now at $429,998 (Buy It Now price). The SLR 722 Edition is powered by a V8 engine delivering 640 hp (480 kW) and 820 Nm (600 lb-ft) of torque and it features 19-inch black light-alloy wheels, upgraded lowered suspension, larger front brakes, a revised front air dam and rear diffuser and red “722″ badges.

Mercedes Benz SLR 722 Edition

Pricing is a little high, but you have to consider the car has less than 1,000 miles on the odometer and it also has Mercedes Benz factory warning until August 2011 or 50,000 miles.


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Unique Ford Mustang SR-71 Blackbird sells for $375,000 at the EAA AirVenture charity auction

A few weeks ago, we revealed to you the first sketches of a mighty impressive one-off customization project: the 2011 Ford Mustang SR-71 Blackbird.

As its name suggested, the tuned Mustang borrowed styling cues from the iconic SR-71 Blackbird spy plane, and was set to be auctioned off at the EAA AirVenture event, to benefit the Young Eagles program.

The car was thoroughly customized by two of the biggest players in the business, Shelby and Roush Performance, together with Ford Racing. The result was a badder and more powerful Mustang, thanks to a new Whipple supercharger and other performance parts.

The whole package definitely struck a chord with AirVenture visitors, as the car sold for an impressive $375,000. In case you’re not the lucky guy or gal who got their hands on this unique Mustang, you can at least admire it in the photos above.


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Exclusive Ford concepts to be sold at the RM Monterey auction

Ford fans shouldn’t miss the RM auction set to be held on August 12 during the Sports & Classics week at Monterey.

During a special evening held only for its models, the Blue Oval will be offering some stunning concepts which were revealed between 2000 and 2004.

Among the concepts set to be auctioned off are 2001 Lightning Rod Concept, the 2001 Forty Nine Concept, the 2003 Supercharged Thunderbird Concept and the 2004 Lincoln Mark X Concept.

Most importantly however is the gorgeous 2004 Ford Mustang GT-R Concept, the model which kickstarted the new life of the Mustang muscle car.

All of the proceeds will be given to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and The Children’s Center.

Those who want to attend should bring a hefty check book, as a lot of Ford fans are going to want to get their hands on such stunning concepts.


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Shelby and Roush team up for a unique Ford Mustang SR-71 Blackbird charity project

If you like your Ford Mustang models to come with a bit of customization, then you certainly know of the biggest names in the business, Shelby and Roush.

Given their rivalry, the two companies haven’t exactly seen eye to eye over the years, but now, for a special charity project, both Caroll Shelby and Jack Roush have teamed up to build a unique ‘Stang model.

The 2011 Ford Mustang GT SR-71 Blackbird, as its name suggests, started out as a regular Mustang GT, but was customized with elements borrowed from the iconic SR-71 Blackbird airplane.

Among the modifications made to the model, we find things like a black and gray matte exterior paint job, special SVT wheels, a roll cage, as well as a Ford Racing supercharger coupled with a new high-flow exhaust system. On the inside, the sports Recaro seats boast the signature of both Shelby and Roush.

This unique Ford Mustang will be auctioned off at the EAA AirVenture, benefiting the Young Eagles charity program. It will be showcased on July 27 in the Ford hangar of the AirVenture, and sold on July 29 to the highest bidder.

Source: Roush and Shelby via Autoblog

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Unique Audi A1 by Damien Hirst auctioned off for $527,000

After Mini announced that it will be offering uniquely customized models for the Life Ball charity auction, Audi has also revealed its noble efforts concerning a unique A1 city car.

At a recent charity drive organized by British singer Elton John, artist Damien Hirst revealed a one-off Audi A1, which was given the spin-paint treatment.

The car, which took a whopping 6 months to complete, has been auctioned for an impressive $527,000 (£350,000, to be exact). Besides the funky little city car, the winning bidder has also received a spin painted canvas, six feet in diameter, which was created at the same time as the Audi.


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Mini partners with three fashion designers on unique models set to benefit AIDS research

The Life Ball is one of the biggest fund raising events that benefit AIDS/HIV research in the world. British carmaker Mini has been a long time partner of the charity event, offering unique, one-off models created in partnership with various fashion houses.

Now, for this year’s edition, which will take place in Vienna, on July 17, the British brand is at it again. This time, three designers were chosen to customize specific Mini models, including the Countryman, the Cooper hatch and the Cooper Cabriolet.

Calvin Klein’s creative director, Francisco Costa, took an all-black treatment to the new Countryman crossover. Diane von Furstenberg revealed a red-themed Cooper hatchback model, while Kenneth Cole presented an industrial-themed Cooper Cabrio.

All of the proceeds will go towards the the AIDS/HIV research, a cause to which Mini has contributed over half a million Euros in the ten years it has collaborated with the Life Ball.


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James Bond’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5 going up for auction, $5 million price expected

Movies made a lot of cars famous over the years, but one model in particular complemented the on-screen action perfectly: the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that renown international British spy James Bond used in the 007 films Goldeneye and Thunderball.

In case you don’t remember, only two DB5s were made, but only one is known to still exist. In case you really fancy the spy car, then you’re in luck, as the RM and Sotheby’s auction houses have announced that the car, now owned by radio host and philanthropist Jerry Lee, will be auctioned off.

The projected price for the famous Aston? Somewhere around $5 million. Do bear in mind that this is a fully functional spy car, complete with revolving plates, tracking device plus a smoke screen and oil slick dispenser.

In case the price hasn’t swayed your judgment, the auction is set to take place on October 27, in London.


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Movie cars up for sale: KITT Ford Mustang, Hangover Mercedes and Iron Man Cobra

In case you’ve got a big stack of cash just burning a hole in your wallet, you might be interested in an upcoming auction event, set to be held on May 19th at the Indiana Fair Grounds where some pretty famous cars will be sold to the highest bidder.

How famous? Among the main attractions are vehicles like the 1965 Mercedes-Benz 220SE which hauled a tiger in ‘The Hangover’, two unused Shelby Cobra bodies from the first Iron Man and, the true ‘center pieces’, two Ford Mustangs Shelby GT500KR used in the failed revival of the Knight Rider TV series.

While we didn’t really love the reimagining of the cult show, we’re pretty sure many boy racers will flock to the event just to get their hands on one of these modified ‘Stangs. If you’re into more old school rides, the Chevrolet El Camino featured in the ‘My Name is Earl’ TV series is also up for sale. If bikes are more your thing, a 2011 Buell police chopper, used in ‘Terminator: Rise of the Machines’ is also set to be auctioned off.

If you’ve got nothing else to do and want a car which scored some time on the TV or movie screen, then this auction event is just for you.


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