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reminds me of this.......

 

 

The rare Bugatti car plucked from lake after 70 years that could fetch £80,000 at auction

 

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‘The story as we know it is that in the late 1920s or early 1930s the car was taken to Switzerland by its French owner.

 

‘Eventually the customs official got fed up and pushed it into the lake. He was legally obliged to destroy it and rolling it into the lake seemed the best way.'

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1241644/The-rare-Bugatti-car-plucked-lake-70-years-fetch-80-000-auction.html

 

 

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reminds me of this.......

 

 

The rare Bugatti car plucked from lake after 70 years that could fetch £80,000 at auction

 

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‘The story as we know it is that in the late 1920s or early 1930s the car was taken to Switzerland by its French owner.

 

‘Eventually the customs official got fed up and pushed it into the lake. He was legally obliged to destroy it and rolling it into the lake seemed the best way.'

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1241644/The-rare-Bugatti-car-plucked-lake-70-years-fetch-80-000-auction.html

 

 

I saw this car at the Mullin Collection, the guy won it in a card game but didn't have the tarriff to pay when crossing the border, so there it sat until it got pushed into the lake (attached to chains, mind you, so they could retrieve it at some point), chains rusted, car sunk.

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$226,521

 

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That reminds me of this. I watched this $226,521 Pontiac Tempest auction go down on ebay. Amazing story.

 

Something like this: The sellers neighbor had this car for years that he tried to get. The neighbor died, the wife gave it to seller. He listed it for $500 starting LESS MOTOR AND TRANS. Requests for the VIN came in and the true history popped up. The rest is history.

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How in the world a crusty Tempest could go for so much piqued my curiosity, so I looked it up.  Here's the story

 

The eBay auction for this 1963 Pontiac LeMans Tempest started out innocently enough. Obtained after owner died. Appears to have original interior but no motor, no transmission. Body has a little rust and some dents. There's stuff in the trunk, but no key to open it. Opening bid nine days ago was a mere $500. After one week, eBay seller 123ecklin will pocket $226,521 before auction fees. What happened between Day 1 and Day 9 is an amazing story.

The car's plexiglass windows, unusual suspension setup and a dash plate bearing the name of a racetrack tipped the owner to its racing history. But what he didn't know is that the car is one of only six 1963 Pontiac LeMans Tempest Super Duty coupes ever made. Hemmings recently did a story on the rare cars in which they listed all ever built. This one looks to have been driven by Stan Antlocer and was the fastest drag car in 1963 before disappearing.

Reading through the questions on the auction gives us reason to believe the seller truly didn't know the car's provenance. In his answers, he seems both surprised by the car's potential value as well as overwhelmed by the attention. He turned down an offer of $160,000 to end the auction early because he feared getting negative eBay feedback. That decision paid off. With only seven minutes remaining, the highest offer was $95,000. When the virtual gavel fell, eBayer ccsi2000 had bought a very rare, if a little rusty, LeMans for $226,521.

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Found elsewhere also.

 

apparently first purchased by professional drag racer Stan Antlocer and turned the quarter-mile in under 13 seconds in NRHA competition. Back in the day, Detroit automakers built small batches of custom race machines that could be purchased through regular dealers, a practice that GM was preparing to ban in 1963. Hemmings Motor News explains:

Pontiac engineers grabbed 12 1963 Tempests--six four-door station wagons and six Le Mans two-door coupes--and spent their 1962 Christmas break preparing all 12 cars for drag race duty. . . . .

Pontiac had already made extensive changes to the Tempest for the 1963 model year. They chucked the Buick 215 and added the two-barrel 260hp 326-cu.in. Pontiac V-8 to the option sheet. . . .

To prep the Tempests for race duty, Pontiac's engineers first replaced the 326 with the notoriously underrated 405hp Super Duty version of the 421. . . . While the Catalina Super Duty 421s used cast-aluminum long-branch exhaust manifolds, the Tempest Super Duty 421s used unique stainless steel headers. . . . The downpipes then dumped out just behind the front tires, but not before a crossover pipe connected each side and provided a 1¾-inch stub to attach the stock exhaust, should a track or sanctioning body ever require a stock exhaust system. . . .

Neither seam sealer nor sound deadener made it into the 12 cars. . . . Heater delete and radio delete, of course, and they even went so far as to have Harrison stamp unique aluminum radiators. All 12 left Pontiac painted Cameo White and with 326 badges in their grilles.

For the sake of brevity, I've skipped over lots of the technical details, including the unusual "semi-automatic" flex-drive transmission, but you understand how much this rare Pontiac differed from its standard-issue cousins. From zero to 110 mph in 12.75 seconds? They don't build 'em like that any more.
 
UPDATE II: Minor correction: Top ET for the 1/4 mile was 12.42, with a top speed of 113 mph -- and that was the station wagon version!
 
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Just like a Datsun, just worth about 5000 times more.

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I got all excited I thought it said "cat porn"......

 

I really like cat porn.

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Can't help it....

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I just fell of my chair in laughter.

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Classic Corvette, bricked behind walls in Brunswick for 27 years, could be worth $175,000

 

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BRUNSWICK, Maine — The famous “entombed” Corvette that spent 27 years bricked into a vault inside a Bath Road building could sell for at least $175,000 in a Florida auction Saturday.

 

Richard Sampson, a businessman who built a chain of 33 grocery stores, purchased the car new in 1954 and drove it until 1959. Then he took it to the construction site of a store in Brunswick — currently home to China Rose restaurant, 42 Bath Road — and had workers enclose it in a brick-and-mortar vault, according to a story by Kane Rogers in this month’s edition of Mecum Monthly, an auctioneer publication.

 

Although he had ordered in his will that the car stay sealed until 2000, he removed that order before his death in 1969.

 

Rogers writes that the building was sold in 1982 to auto dealer Frank Goodwin with the agreement the car be removed by 1986, so it was “liberated once again by Sampson’s daughter, Cynthia, who watched as workers removed the outside wall brick by brick.”

 

Cynthia Sampson then kept the Corvette — in her living room — for 10 years in Daytona Beach, Fla., until selling it to a collector.

 

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/01/18/news/midcoast/classic-corvette-bricked-behind-walls-in-brunswick-for-27-years-could-be-worth-175000/

 

 

 

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This time capsule buried in Seward, Nebraska claims to be the largest in the world and is the work of Harold Keith Davisson who was a local celebrity, store owner, and town character. Davisson was not that concerned with the far-distant future but was mostly thinking about his grandkids and to show them what his life was like in 1975. He also wanted his time capsule to be the biggest one in the world. The 45-ton vault was buried and sealed in 1975 on the front lawn of his home furnishings and appliances store. According to his daughter the time capsule has an eclectic assortment of 5,000 items, including a pair of bikini panties, a man’s leisure suit and a brand-new Chevy Vega, (the cheapest car he could find). The capsule will be opened on July 4, 2025.

 

Interesting Fact: To keep up with larger time capsules Davisson built a second time capsule, in 1983 directly over the first one so there would be no question as to whose time capsule was the largest in the world. In the second time capsule Davisson entombed another car, a beat-up 1975 Datsun or Toyota (no one can remember which) to show what society does to a car in ten years. Davisson died in 1999 at the age of 91.

 

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Someone has a blow up fetish I see.

 

 

 

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I've always loved these types of stories.

 

In what could be the greatest barn find, California collector Tom Shaughnessy has bought a 1952 Ferrari 340 America Spider chassis in a Frankfort garage sale for $26,912--less than 1 percent of the car's estimated restored value.

He and seller Mike Sanfilippo are delighted with the discovery that it's a significant racecar lost for 43 years. Both plan to be on hand when the restored car is presented to the world--the target is the Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance in three years.

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"It cost me $200 15 years ago," says Sanfilippo, a retired drag racer. "I almost cut up the chassis to make a hot wheels dragster out of the body. Good thing that goofy project never happened."

Shaughnessy's buy is even more remarkable considering the sale was wide-open on eBay. Thousands of collectors had the same opportunity--though the frame has been obscured by Devin fiberglass body for 46 years.

"Lots of guys were going to come and see it, but only one did," says Sanfilippo, who dismantled the car for a thorough series of photographs and answered numerous e-mail queries from the U.S. and Europe.

Hilary Rabb, an expert on early Ferraris, examined the car closely once Shaughnessy bought it and the two made a surprising discovery. The chassis revealed the No. 0202 A. Because it is an even-number chassis, this is a factory competition car, one of 475 made between 1948 and 1974, almost all of which are accounted for. (In case you want to check your own barn, the numbers range from 0002-0896 and 1002-1050).

The $26,000-plus Shaughnessy paid when the auction closed June 20, not counting the $20,000 he gave his tipster, is about 1 percent of the car's restored value, estimates Swiss Ferrari expert Marcel Massini. The chassis is one of 25, 340 Americas built. Nine were bodied by Touring, 11 by Vignale (this is one) and five by Ghia. Sister cars are 0196 A and 0204 A, which should assist in accurate reconstruction. Both sister cars have undergone there own rehabs with one now in England and the other in New York.

A full restoration of 0202 A is planned in cooperation with the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy, though Shaughnessy hopes the carmaker will join in on the work.

Massini has tracked the history of 0202 A, and it's a good read.

The car raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1952 with famed French racers Maurice Trintignant and Louis Rosier, but did not finish. The factory then lent it to Piero Scotti, who ran several significant races and won three hillclimbs with it. Other racers borrowed it from Ferrari until U.S. importer Luigi Chinetti bought it in 1953 and sold it to Ernie McAfee in Los Angeles. He owned it until 1958, then sold 0202 A to Paul Owens in Houston, who installed a Chevrolet V-8. McAfee and Owens are well known racers and collectors.

The worst was to come. After a crash in which the passenger was killed, a Devin fiberglass body replaced the original aluminum body was fitted and the resulting combination advertised in Sports Car magazine for $4,250. (Devin was a private manufacturer who made fiberglass bodies to fit a number of chassis for about 10 years in the 1950s and early 60s.) 0202 A's next stop was Utah in 1963, it later made its way back to the Chicago area, with Sanfilippo picking it up in 1990 or so.

 

"I heard about it, and the guy wanted $200. His kid had abandoned it in his garage, and he wanted his garage back. I took my trailer and picked it up. I bought it for the cool body," he recalls. His only clue as the what lay underneath was a Ferrari badge on it.

Of course Shaughnessy's purchase price is just a down payment on what it will cost to restore 0202 A. The front part of the chassis is intact, though the front spring is missing. The center section and rear have been modified with the rear leaf-spring mounts cut off. But the brakes are complete, and the axles and wheels are correct.

Shaughnessy reckons a neophyte who dropped off the chassis at a professional restoration shop could end up writing a check for seven figures--still acceptable, with Massini estimating the completed car's value at $2.8 million. Shaughnessy a capable restorer will still spend $500,000 to $600,000.

"A 340 motor will cost $200,000, transmission $25,000, differential $20,000, chassis preparation and repair $100,000 and a new body about $200,000," he says.

And here's where Shaughnessy has the edge. "I already have a running engine, rear end, transmission, pedal box, radiator and oil cooler."

He even thinks he knows where the original V-12 engine is and hopes he might be able to persuade the owner to trade for his motor, which is close to the same number.

"I'm pleased as punch," he says. "There are four pages [on the discovery] on Ferrari chat online, and that enthusiasm is part of car culture. I'll just have to put a sticker on the back: `I bought it on eBay.'"

For his part, Sanfilippo is happy.

"Tom was concerned about my response, but I'm good with this. I told him I don't have the knowledge, the resources or the contacts to restore the car properly. I'm totally excited it went to the right person."

Sanfilippo also has a word for people offering him condolences about not making more money from the sale.

"This car's been missing for 43 years, and it's back. Let's just be happy about that." Not to mention his already hefty return on that $200 investment. - - -

Ferrari 340 America

Engine: 4.1-liter, 220-h.p. V-12

Transmission: 5-speed manual

Wheelbase: 96.8 inches

Track (front/rear): 51.12/50 mm

Dry weight: 1,980 pounds

Top speed: 148 m.p.h.

 

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thread title - car porn  :poke:

 

 

:rofl:

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thread title - car porn  :poke:

 

 

:rofl:

 

motor porn maybe........ B)

 

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My next venture....hopefully.

 

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You like Nortons.OK did not see that coming.

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Yeah, been wanting a Norton Cafe' for a looong time....I'm all over the place.

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