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  • The 10 Most Expensive Cars Ever Sold At Auction

    The most expensive American car ever sold at auction, number 6 on the world list—1968 Ford GT40. Once belonged to Steve McQueen.

    It doesn't cost anything to enjoy reading about and seeing pictures of truly classic cars. But if you want to actually own one, you need deep pockets...very deep pockets!

    Here are the 10 most expensive cars sold at auction.

    1. 1936 Bugatti Type 57C Atlantic – $43.7 million (2010)
    2. 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO – $19.4 million (2010)
    3. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa – $16.39 million (2011)
    4. 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe – $14.9 million (1987)
    5. 1936 Mercedes 540K – $11.7 million (2012)
    6. 1968 Ford GT40 – $11 million (2012)
    7. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB – $9.5 million (2008)
    8. 1931 Bugatti Royale Berline – $8.9 million (1986)
    9. 1929 ‘Birkin’ Bentley 4-1/2 litre – $7.9 million (2012)
    10. 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM – $7.7 million (2009)

    For details about each car, see the entire article at pursuitist.com.

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  • Think You've Got A Lot Of Classic Cars?

    Just a fraction of the museum's displays.
    Unique exterior of the LeMay "America's Car Museum®".

    This is the mother of all car museums!

    The world's largest privately owned auto collection—more than 2,000 vehicles and thousands of artifacts—was owned by Harold and Nancy LeMay, and is now displayed in their brand new Harold E. LeMay Museum in Tacoma, Washington.

    Opened in June 2012, The LeMay "America's Car Museum®" is a large, technologically advanced, interactive automotive museum and educational center that showcases the cultural impact of cars, motorcycles and trucks on our uniquely American way of life.

    “Everybody remembers their first car, family driving vacations, a sports car they fell in love with as a teenager,” says ACM CEO David Madeira. “Personal experiences with cars are at the heart of the American experience, and we’re going to showcase more than a century of automotive lifestyle and history as well as the future of transportation.”

    The ACM campus includes the 165,000-sq.-ft. museum and a 3.5-acre show field.

    If you can't make it to Tacoma yet, you can always click here to visit the museum's web site.

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  • GM announces 2014 Corvette Stingray- Better than the original?

    Automotive blogs have been buzzing this weekend after GM debuted the new 2014 Corvette Stingray at the Detroit Auto Show. This car has all the ingredients that Corvette fans have come to expect; great looks, effective aerodynamics, amazing handling, and a big engine. Designers have really outdone themselves this time with an edgy look that has hints of Italian sports car styling to it.

    2014 Corvette Stingray

    2014 Corvette Stingray

    This new model dons the iconic "Stingray" title that was first introduced in 1963. The original Stingrays have now become one of the most sought after Corvettes in the collector car and restoration world. We're a bit biased, but when we heard the Stingray name was brought back we were a bit skeptical. How much could a modern sports car have in common with the original from the 60's? After seeing the shot of the back end of the car, my tune was changed a little. It doesn't have the iconic split back window that makes them so sought after, but it does have a similar look if you squint your eyes just right. We can definitely see that GM designers had some old photos of a split window Stingray in front of them when doing their initial sketches, but it's hard to modernize an iconic classic.

    1963 Corvette Stingray

    The base model engine in the new C7 Corvettes boast the largest to ever come standard in a Corvette; a 6.2L Small Block Chevy V8 producing 450 Horsepower and 450 Torque. Corvette fans can always count on a big engine and lots of power..well sometimes. What we mean is, GM has now made cylinder deactivation standard on ALL Corvette models (including the manual transmission!). Now when you're cruising at low engine loads it will drop out 4 of the 8 cylinders. This is great for fuel economy (26-MPG highway), but bad for anyone that wants the growl of a V8 at all times. GM has even come up with a multi-valve exhaust system to tame the noise even further during four cylinder cruising. We know that MPG rules the new car market, but we didn't think it would start hitting the sports car world! I can't wait for the automotive tuning world to get ahold of the new Stingray and give owners the option to leave the exhaust open at all times and run with full power when they want!

    2014 Corvette Exhaust

    Did you miss the reveal and want to see what all the hype is about? Check out the virtual debut on the Chevrolet website here: http://www.chevrolet.com/new-2014-corvette/

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  • 11 Minutes Of Ferrari and The Stelvio Pass

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    Ferrari 459 Spider.

    Ferrari

    This blog article is not about restoring a headlight or removing rust from frame rails.

    It's simply an invitation to drive a Ferrari 458 Spider through Northern Italy's Stelvio Pass Road, thought by many to be "The Greatest Driving Road in Europe".

    Well, you won't actually be "driving"...more like "watching". Car and Driver's YouTube channel has a breathtaking video of their European correspondent, Jethro Bovingdon, putting that beast of a Ferrari through its paces as it takes on the 48 hairpin turns through the gorgeous Stelvio Pass.

    Turn up the volume, maximize the screen and enjoy the rush! The journey begins here.

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  • Corvette Turning 60 Years Old

    1953 and 2013 Corvettes

    1953

    1953. A gallon of gas was 20¢, the average cost of a new car was $1,650, Elizabeth II was crowned Queen of England...

    And the Chevrolet Corvette was born.

    When that first Corvette rolled off GM's Flint, Michigan assembly line, many thought the concept wouldn't last long—after all, it had just two seats, no roll-up windows or exterior door handles, and a fiberglass body. But, oh, what a drive...what a ride!

    Originally code-named the XP-122, the car that would become the Corvette debuted at the GM Motorama show in New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel in January 1953. It proved to be quite popular with attendees, so Chevrolet put it into limited production. The initial run of 150 cars doubled to 300 in its first year, and the next year the Corvette moved to a GM assembly facility in St. Louis, where 3,640 Corvettes were built for the 1954 model year. Since then more than 1.5 million Corvettes have been built.

    Every edition of the Corvette over its 60 years has been a beautiful piece of automotive design and engineering, making it the father of great American sports cars. Check out this photo gallery of past Corvettes.

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