The Mercedes 300SL is among the most iconic cars ever made. An incredible winning streak in races throughout the 50s didn’t hurt the car’s legacy, but it was the gullwing doors that rewrote the book on auto design. This new reproduction by Texas-based custom builders, GWA, is based on the winning 1952 Panamerica car. Aside from the silhouette and period-correct looks, this car is all new. Its powered by a new V8 Benz engine, gearbox & drivetrain, and the body is made from aluminum. Classic style with modern reliability.
If you haven’t seen the definitive Steve McQueen flick Bullitt, go watch it now, then come back and check out this ’68 custom Mustang. Gateway Classics specialize in Mustangs. Their remake of the movie car includes a 450-horse small block Roush motor and a whole raft of updated & period-correct features. This chase scene from the movie is one for the ages.
The “King Of Cool” Steve McQueen first drove the 1970 Porsche 911S in the opening scene of the iconic Hollywood racing epic Le Mans. He liked the car so much, he kept it after the movie wrapped up. Now, this original classic right out of McQueen’s stable, is going up for auction. This is about as close as you can get to buying “cool” and it’ll cost you.
Lamborghini makes monsters. Their latest creation, the 2012 Aventador LP700-4 is a perfect example. This beast has a breathtaking 691-horsepower V12 engine pushing the new Italian lowrider past 200-mph. And this new model is not merely a re-made Murcielago or Gallardo, the Aventador has been totally re-engineered. Among its most innovative features is the one-piece passenger cell made entirely of Boeing Aerospace carbon fiber composites. Yeah, this thing practically flies.
Getting a rare car is one thing. But getting a one-off, custom built car is a whole ‘nother. N2A stands for No Two Alike—their creations are custom coaches made to order. Their 789 model is built on a Le Mans winning ’09 Corvette chassis, while the body is a combination of three other classic Chevrolet rides. The front is from a ’57, the cockpit is from a ’58 Impala, and the bird-in-flight tailfins come from a ’59. The other stuff, like trim, paint & performance features are all up to you.
When the movie Batman Forever came out, fans were divided. Did Val Kilmer just suck? Was it the bat suit? Was it Jim Carrey stealing the show as the Riddler? Do you even remember the movie? It was 15 years ago after all. Maybe the car will remind you. This far-out ride is going up for auction, but there’s one legal catch. Whoever buys it can’t drive it in public. Guess you’ll need your own bat-cave to hide it in. Photo courtesy of Auctions America by RM
Your private jet or luxury cruiser yacht may still be a few years off. In the meantime, you can get the next best thing. Rover’s latest offering, called the Autobiography Ultimate Edition. This lavishly appointed model is basically a Rolls Royce with four-wheel drive. Interior upgrades include plush, fine leather and rare wood trims. There are recessed drink coolers and the rear cargo floor area is finished with teak. You can choose between two engines, we recommend the 5-liter supercharged V-8.
It’s a strange PR spin that has James Dean in the role of martyr for the electric car. But strangely, it fits. Euromasters Classic Cars are creating incredible electric replicas of Porsche’s 365 Speedster and 550 Spyder. Dean died in a Spyder. And you could too, because these aren’t wimpy bumper cars. The replica 365 Speedster has a top speed of over 100 miles an hour and is actually faster in the 0-60 than it’s gas powered fore-bearer. They’re about 50-grand. Add an extra fifteen grand if you want the James Dean Edition.
This is pretty crazy. Volkswagen’s XL1 concept car is going into production. While car geeks wondered if this thing would ever see the light of day, the German automakers got busy putting the project in motion. Only 100 of these vehicles will be made in the first run, making it a truly custom car. That’s pretty wild. But, what’s really nuts is the fact it’s powered by a 2-cylinder TDI engine & electric motor, which combine to create a futuristic fuel consumption of 261 miles per gallon.
It took a while, but it seems Ferrari has finally realized a target market limited to millionaire bachelors is not that great for business. Most Ferraris fit two people max, maybe a wallet or magazine, too – but that’s it. Now they’ve released the FF, a model every bit the Ferrari of your dreams, but one that also will carry your luggage or a couple friends in the backseat. Founder Enzo Ferrari is rolling in his grave at the idea of a Ferrari you could carpool in, but this all-wheel drive hatchback coupe is just too sick not to love. It’s packing a massive 12-cylinder powerplant delivering 650 horsepower and about a thousand other ridiculous, high-tech performance features. Now just imagine breaking 200 miles per hour on the way to the office.