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5 Best Production Sports Cars Of All Time

By   July 31, 2013

Porsche 911 RS

Our List of the 5 Best Production Sports Cars of all Time

There have been some great sports cars made over the years. From modern supercars like the Bugatti Veyron to classics like the Lamborghini Miura there are a lot of great cars to choose from. Some are just incredible straight line performers, while others are more about handling and some can do both well.

We’ve put together what we think are the top 5 sports cars of all time. Checkout the list and see if you agree with us or not.

  • Ferrari 250 GTO
    Ferrari 250 GTO
    The beautiful design and great performance of the 250 GTO make it one of the all time greats. Only 39 examples were sold in order for homologation of the car for racing in the FIA’s Group 3 Grand Touring Car class. These cars are extremely valuable with one going for $35 million dollars in 2012 and they are owned by the likes of Ralph Lauren. When you think of great Ferraris the 250 GTO is pretty much in a class by itself.
  • McLaren F1
    McLaren F1
    The F1 was the first production road car by McLaren and it was a doozy. For a while it was the fastest car in the world with it being able to hit a top speed of 243 mph. Unlike the modern Bugatti Veyron that accomplishes its high speed using many technological tricks and a huge engine, the F1 was all about high horsepower, lightweight materials and great suspension. Oh and it seats three with the driver in the middle, which is about as cool as it gets.
  • Porsche 911
    Porsche 911 RS
    Is there a more iconic sports car than the Porsche 911? The rear-engined car is designed backwards and yet is able to do things that other sports cars only dream of. The car is the pinnacle of engineering taking a platform that performed well, but with finicky the handling, and evolving it into a complete package. Beyond all this there aren’t many sports car models that can say they have been in existence for 50 years.
  • Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
    Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
    The 300SL Gullwing is one of the most recognizable cars in the world. In many ways it can be thought of as the father of supercars. When it was introduced it was the fastest car in the world and could only be enjoyed by the wealthy. When you think of the fact that a car from the ’50s was capable of hitting 160 mph (depending on gearing) that puts it in supercar status right there. Of course the brakes would make that a very scary speed to be driving. Of course it is the “Gullwing” doors that really make it the iconic car that it is.
  • Chevrolet Corvette
    Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
    The Corvette is the American sports car. There have been other sports cars from the United States, but none has been as successful as the Corvette. The model has been with us from 60 years. It started with a lightweight stylish sports car with an inline-6 engine, but it was when a V8 was put into the car that it started to become a legend. While some of the models have had their quirks the car has really grown up and the 2014 Stingray looks like it will be an incredible sports car.

So those are our top 5 sports cars, did your favorite make the list? No matter if you agree with us or not, we want to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Also, if you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to subscribe to this blog for the latest news, videos and lists like this (scroll down to see the subscribe box).

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Jay Leno To Be At The California Auction

By   July 30, 2013

Jay Leno to be at the California Auction with a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster available

Jay Leno will be at the California Auction

From August 1st through the 3rd the California Auction will be taking place and Jay Leno will be there. The car enthusiast and comedian will be providing color commentary for live T.V. coverage of the auction.

The coverage will start on August 2nd on the NBC Sports Network. The current host of the Tonight Show should make the auction entertaining as he gives his take on the cars that are up for auction.

The California Auction will take place in Burbank, California and besides having Jay Leno at the event, there are some great cars available. There will be over 400 cars for sale including some rare European exotics as well as some great Hot Rods.

Some of the cars that will get the most headlines will be the 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, 1986 Ferrari Testarossa driven by Michael Jackson and a 1946 Indian Chief Motorcycle once owned by Steve McQueen</>. This is just a small sample of the high quality cars that will cross the auction block and there will be a number of other cars once owned or driven by celebrities.

Let us know what car you are most interested in at the auction as well as if you will be watching the coverage (or attending the auction) in the comments below.

Press Release

Auctions America is excited to announce that well-known car collector and television personality Jay Leno will make a special appearance and provide color commentary for the live television coverage of its highly anticipated California Auction. NBC Sports Network will provide live coverage on Friday, Aug. 2 from 7-9 p.m. ET and Saturday, Aug. 3, at 1 p.m. ET. Fittingly, the auction will take place at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel on Aug. 1-3, just a few miles from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Jay Leno’s Garage”host’s NBC studios. Auction attendees will be able to watch Leno provide insight and a humorous take on the world of car collecting as he joins NBC Sports Network hosts Bill Patrick and Steve Matchett. The live broadcast of the auction, produced by Roger Wilco Productions, includes more than 400 collector cars ranging from rare European exotics to iconic Southern California Hot Rods along with an exciting series of vehicles with celebrity provenance.

“We are thrilled that Jay Leno will be joining us in Burbank for our debut California sale,” says Auctions America’s Ian Kelleher. “Jay is the perfect person to provide commentary at our first auction in Southern California – while he’s famous for hosting The Tonight Show, his credentials as a collector, curator and driver are impeccable, and we are excited to hear his take on the superb roster of vehicles slated for our Burbank auction block.”

Joining Leno onstage and hosting the auction coverage will be veteran NBC Sports Network broadcasters Bill Patrick and Steve Matchett. Patrick hosted motorsports and automotive coverage on Race Week and has covered every major sporting event during his 25-year broadcasting career, including all four major championships in professional golf, the U.S. Open, Wimbledon, the World Series, the Super Bowl, the NBA Playoffs, the Stanley Cup Playoffs, America’s Cup and the 2008 Olympics. Matchett is an automotive and motorsports analyst with a focus on Formula One for NBC and the NBC Sports Network and formerly worked as a mechanic for the Benetton F1 team.

An auction so close to Hollywood would not be complete without cars with celebrity provenance, and Auctions America’s California sale does not disappoint. Among a long list of highlights set to cross the block are a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, given to Robert Stack by Desi Arnaz after winning an Emmy for “The Untouchables”; the 1967 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow driven by Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway in “The Thomas Crown Affair” and the 1951 Mercury Convertible driven by David Lee Roth in his “California Girls” music video. The sale will also lift the gavel on two “General Lee” Dodge Chargers; a 1933 Ford Custom Victoria built by Boyd Coddington for Nicholas Cage; a 1986 Ferrari Testarossa driven by Michael Jackson; the Chip Foose built “Lil’ Foose Coupe” 1932 Ford featured in “Gone in 60 Seconds”; and a 1946 Indian Chief Motorcycle once owned by Steve McQueen, along with several other celebrity cars.

Held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, August 1-3, Auctions America’s multi-day California sale will lift the gavel on more than 400 quality collector cars, including a diverse assortment of American and European classics and sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs to cater to a broad range of automotive tastes. Full event details, including further information on the exclusive NBC Sports Network coverage and the digital auction catalog are available online at auctionsamerica.com or by calling toll free 888-990-3910 (or +1 310-842-3910 outside North America).

Chris Harris Drives Jaguar C-Type At The Historic Mille Miglia

By   July 12, 2013

Chris Harris Drives Jaguar C-Type in the Mille Miglia

Chris Harris Drives a Jaguar C-Type at the Historic Mille Miglia

At one time the Mille Miglia was the most important road race in the world. Unfortunately, a few fatal accidents put an end to it in its original form. It is now a road rally where you need to try to make a certain pace between stages. Recently, Chris Harris was able to drive in a very valuable Jaguar C-Type in the event, but he and his driving partner have a hard time with not just being able to drive the car fast all the entire time.

This video shows their trip in the wonderful car. The cars in this video are just amazing. They include Porsche 550 Spyders and Mercedes 300SL Gullwings, just to name a few. The 1,000 mile road rally is a once in a lifetime event that features incredible cars and many celebrities. This is the kind of event that takes you back to the early days of racing and it is great to see such valuable historic cars driven.

Also, only in Italy will they hand you an Adult beverage while at the wheel of a car.

Checkout the video and then let us know what you think of the event in the comments below.

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Jaguar, Ferrari, Bugatti And Much More At The Peterson Museum – Video

By   February 26, 2013

The Peterson Museum is a place that any automotive enthusiast needs to visit if they visit the Los Angeles area. The museum was founded by the makers of popular automotive enthusiast magazines such as Hot Rod and Motor Trend. The cars in the museum are some of the best classic and historic cars that you are likely to see in one place.

The above video features a tour of the museum’s vault which is currently being allowed visitors as well as the rest of the museum. The cars highlighted in the video include a Ferrari presented to Henry Ford the 2nd from Enzo Ferrari, Steve McQueen’s Jaguar XK-SS and a 939 Bugatti Type 57C just to name a few. There is also footage of a lot of other cars including a Mercedes 300SL Gullwing, an early Corvette and Speed Racer’s Mach 5 to name just a few of the cars that are in the background. The video is interesting, but you really have to visit the museum to get the full taste of what it has to offer.

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