Big Batch of Random Sightings Mar18

Big Batch of Random ...

Whenever I’m running around the Phoenix Valley I always keep my eyes peeled for just anything automotive that’s even a little interesting and, if it’s interesting enough, I always try to snap a pic. Whether I’m lucky enough to have my dSLR on me or if I’m stuck...

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1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Conversion Mar11

1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Conversion

SV Spec. 385 hp, 3,929 cc DOHC V-12 engine, five-speed manual transaxle, front and rear upper and lower A-arms, coil springs, and anti-roll bar suspension, and four-wheel Girling disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98.4″ • The world’s first supercar; presented in stunning colors • One of only 760 Miuras built from 1967–1973 • Original mid-mounted V-12 engine with five-speed manual transaxle • Original P400 fully-upgraded to SV specification, mechanically and cosmetically • Mechanical upgrade and improvements by Bob Wallace The Lamborghini Miura is considered by many to be the world’s first supercar. Lithe, sensuous, and beautiful, it is at the same time brutal. Its sexy skin stretched over...

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Record-Breaker: ’77 FJ40 Mar08

Record-Breaker: ’77 FJ40

Several years ago I shot a 1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser restored by Finishing Touch and auctioned by RM Auctions. It not only exceeded auction estimates, but came close to setting a record for such a vehicle. When I was again called upon by RM Auctions and tasked with shooting another FJ40 built by Finishing Touch I knew it would be another stellar truck. When was handed the keys and told to take it out for the shoot it was my first time driving an FJ and I now see the appeal even more than I did before. It was a completely different experience than more modern trucks/SUVs and it was clear that everything was there for a reason. After driving and shooting it, getting a close look at the work and attention to...

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Upcoming: Windgate Ranch Festival of Speed 2014 Feb22

Upcoming: Windgate Ranch Festival of Speed 2014

Well, it’s almost that time again. This time next month I’ll be making my annual trip over to Windgate Ranch for the Festival of Speed, one of my very favorite events of the entire year. Since the inaugural event back in 2009 it’s never disappointed and always has a surprise or two waiting to be seen. Speaking of that, word is this year will feature a bit of an oddball… The original George Barris built Batmobile from the 1966-1968 television series (a car that last sold at Barrett-Jackson in 2013 for a whopping $4.62M). Below is a few highlights from previous years, along with links to the full galleries. Check out the following flyer or visit http://www.scuderiasw.com for more...

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1964 Jaguar XKE Series 1 Roadster Feb12

1964 Jaguar XKE Seri...

265 hp, 3,781 cc inline DOHC six-cylinder engine, five-speed Tremec manual transmission, independent front suspension with semi-trailing wishbones, torsion bars, telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with lower transverse tubular links, radius rods, universally...

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Arizona Concours d’Elegance Feb06

Arizona Concours d’Elegance

When I was approached by one of the founders and organizers of the first ever Arizona Concours d’Elegance many months ago I was immediately all in. I was all in not only because Arizona has been sorely lacking an event of this caliber, but because of who it was who approached me. I knew right from the start that it was going to be a very solid event put on by true enthusiasts and that it would garner all the attention it deserved from all the people you want attentive. There are so, so many cars hidden away in the Phoenix valley and surrounding areas that unless you’re a very regular attendee to various events or lucky to know the right people, you really have no idea of just what’s out...

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2014 Scottsdale Auction Wrap-Up Jan28

2014 Scottsdale Auction Wrap-Up

2014 proved to be a great year for the annual Arizona auto auctions. Not only did total sales increase by 11% from 2013 to a staggering $249M, but the stunning ’58 Ferrari California Spyder, sold by RM Auctions, set a new Arizona sales record at $8.8M after buyer’s premium. This is a fact I take a little pride in, considering I had the honor of shooting said car for RM (along with the 9th highest seller, the Porsche 718 RS 61 Spyder) on sunny afternoon in Fountain Hills, AZ. Below is a full list of the top ten sales from all auction houses, along with their sales prices after buyer’s premium. That big jump in total sales didn’t just come from an increase in volume, either. While the...

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RM Auctions Scottsdale 2014 Jan27

RM Auctions Scottsdale 2014

For the first time in five years, I was finally able to attend RM’s annual Scottsdale auction. It is an auction that is, without question, one of the very best in the entire world and for me it was even more special as quite a number of cars I’d shot in the past year were going across the auction block. The crown jewel of the auction was this 1958 Ferrari 250 GT California LWB Spyder, which sold for a record-setting $8,800,000 and one of the many cars I had the pleasure of shooting prior to the auction (that gigantic print in the background came from said shoot). Not only was the California Spider the top sale for RM, but it was the top sale for all of the 2014 Scottsdale auctions. A bit further...

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Cars and Cigars 2013 Dec29

Cars and Cigars 2013

Cars and Cigars, hosted by Oliver Smith Jeweler, hosted their 10th annual event during late December. My first time making it out, there was a great selection of cars out there and I was happy to see my first new Viper. Definitely the best looking of all of the Vipers, in my opinion. Also nice...

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1948 MG TC Roadster Nov04

1948 MG TC Roadster

Shorrock-supercharged XPAG 1,250 cc OHV inline four-cylinder engine, SU carburetor, four-speed manual gearbox, rigid front and rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94″ • Owned since 1948 by E. Alan Moss, founder of Moss Motors • Original engine with period Shorrock supercharger; rust-free California and Arizona car • Fascinating history; featured in several books and catalogues • Toured extensively with numerous entries in the Monterey Historics • Chassis no. TC 5473 • Engine no. XPAG.6182 • Sold for $66,000 While all classic MG sports cars are treasured by their lucky owners, this 1948 MG TC is a particularly special example with a...

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West Valley Love Nov02

West Valley Love

Of the about six and a half years of photo galleries I’ve shot and posted on my site, there’s been maybe three or four that were taken in the west side of the Phoenix Valley. For the majority of the time that I’ve lived in Arizona, I’d lived in North Scottsdale and...

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Inaugural Concours i...

Inaugural Arizona Collector Car Concours Scheduled for Feb. 15, 2014 in Fountain Hills Park Fountain Hills, Ariz. – Arizona is arguably the greatest car lover’s state in the United States. Local and informal car shows are held almost every weekend throughout the state, in shopping malls,...

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1960 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Pininfarina Series II Oct26

1960 Ferrari 250 GT ...

By the time Ferrari started the Series II they wanted significant changes in its design so that the Series II could be easily differentiated from the California Spider. It was also made more practical for grand touring with a more accommodating and luxurious interior and a larger boot. The car...

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1967 Toyota 2000GT Oct20

1967 Toyota 2000GT

My very first car was a Super White 1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo. Before I was even sixteen years old I was looking at photos of SW20s online, researching everything there was to know about them, posting on MR2 specific forums and saving every penny I had while browsing classified ads. Once I finally found and bought my car (the only MKII Turbo within hundreds of miles) I grew even more fond of MR2s (later purchasing a 1987 MR2 as well) and Toyotas in general. With that, not surprisingly, the Toyota 2000GT very quickly became one of my favorite cars. However, up until the evening I shot this particular car, I’d never had the pleasure of laying my eyes on one in the flesh. After seeing the flawless curves of...

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1973 Dino 246 GTS Oct14

1973 Dino 246 GTS

1973 Dino (Ferrari) 246 GTS s/n 04468, a nicely restored USA 246 GTS with only 28,128 incredibly well-documented original miles and ownership history known back to the day it was built. Stripped to bare metal and re-painted in 2006. Mechanically gone through and then driven on the 800-mile...

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Cars and Coffee, October 2013 Oct05

Cars and Coffee, October 2013

As the weather cools down and the sun comes up later, Cars and Coffee gets even better. I tend to skip most of the hottest months due to the heat, but when I finally returned this month (last time I was out there was June) it did not disappoint. Everything I saw from the months I skipped impressed me with the quantity and quality of cars despite the intense heat, but once we get to this time of year the event takes it to another level. I arrived very early at 6:30am (either 30 or 90 minutes before start time, depending on who you asked) and there were already a half dozen or so cars in the lot with new cars arriving constantly. I got there so early so that I could hop up on one of the ~16ft walls that run...

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1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Oct02

1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I

* Chassis no. 10MC * Engine no. EB75 * 7,688cc ohv six-cylinder * Four-speed transmission * A very early Phantom * Australian delivery example Successor to the legendary Silver Ghost that had made Rolls-Royce one of the world’s preeminent automakers, the New Phantom arrived in 1925. Its entirely new 40/50hp overhead-valve six-cylinder engine had a 7,688cc displacement and was considerably more powerful than its Edwardian predecessor. As with the smaller Rolls-Royce 20hp that had preceded it in 1922, the New Phantom chassis utilized a disc-type clutch and adjustable radiator shutters. The chassis, though, remained essentially the same as that of the later four-wheel-braked ‘Ghost’. After...

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1965 Shelby Cobra Street 427 Prototype Sep26

1965 Shelby Cobra Street 427 Prototype

This 427 Cobra was the fourth of just 260 original 427 Street Cobra produced by Shelby. Let us be clear; this is not a reproduction or continuation car, it is an original Cobra built at Shelby American in 1965. CSX 3127 served as Shelby’s test vehicle and to gauge customer response to the 427 Street cars. Factory records obtained from AC Cars Limited show that chassis number 3127, as listed on their invoice: “Prototype Mk.II Road Car, Unpainted, Black Leather”, was completed and shipped to Shelby American in Los Angeles by air on April 30th, 1965. While most Cobras were shipped by boat to the States, the importance of 3127 is demonstrated by the fact that not only was it shipped by air, but...

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1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 Sep01

1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40

135 hp, 4,230 cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission with low range and part-time AWD, semi-elliptic front and rear springs with live axle, and hydraulic front disc and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 90 in. • Rust-free Arizona example; recent frame-off restoration • Finished in original Freeborn Red with Cygnus White hardtop • Surely one of the best FJ40s in existence Much like the vintage Land Rover, the Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser has a devoted following all its own. Both vehicles were developed in the early-1950s and were based on the Willys M38 Jeep, which earned worldwide respect in WWII. When Toyota and Land Rover went head-to-head in the 1960s, Toyota won nearly every...

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Random Sightings, August 2013 Sep01

Random Sightings, Au...

One thing I used to do with some regularity is post random sightings from around the valley that I see in my daily commute. Living where I do there’s no shortage of exotics, classic cars, hot rods, motorcycles, oddities… you name it, really, and I’m trying to get back in the...

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ELEMENTAL – Ultima GTR

Despite considerable renown in certain automotive circles, the Ultima GTR is relatively unknown to most. Taking the GTR to car shows or out for a Sunday cruise results in many puzzled looks and baffling guesses as to exactly what it is. But that unknown factor doesn’t stop people from gawking and, in fact, adds to it. Even just taking it out to the grocery store for milk, people reacting with waves, thumbs-ups and cameras out of car windows is the norm. Be it Ferrari, Lamborghini or otherwise next to the Ultima, the Ultima is getting most of the attention. Out on the street juxtaposed to a sea of mundane, gray sedans and SUVs, the GTR looks more like a spaceship than a car. Like it doesn’t belong and...

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1969 Shelby GT500 Convertible 428 Cobra Jet Aug14

1969 Shelby GT500 Convertible 428 Cobra Jet

The 1969 Shelby looked very different from the 1969 Mustang with fiberglass fenders, hood, and rear cap which made the Shelby three inches longer than the already elongated 1969 Mustangs. The hood was fastened with five recessed NASA-type hood scoops. The leading edge of the hooded ended with a chrome strip that wrapped around the grille to meet the thin Shelby chrome bumper. A second chrome strip formed a wide mouth on the grille between the headlamps with Lucas driving lights mounted just below the bumper. The Shelby GT side stripes were wider, centered vertically, and ran the entire length of the car. The rear break body side air scoops were wider and mounted in the center for the convertible but higher...

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Ferrari F12 & 458 Challenge Tech Session Aug09

Ferrari F12 & 4...

Every now and then the local Ferrari Club of America chapter (FCA – Desert Region) works with the local Ferrari dealership (Scottsdale Ferrari) to put together tech events where they run down the details of the latest and greatest Ferrari(s) to hit Arizona. And, every single time, I...

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1937 Mercedes-Benz 230 A Cabriolet Jul31

1937 Mercedes-Benz 230 A Cabriolet

On June 28th, 1926 Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and Benz & Cie. became Daimler-Benz AG. Motor sport had been a strong tradition and was now pursued with increased vigor. Rudi Caracciola was the Mercedes-Benz racing star and he was winning races with the new Type K which evolved into the 500 and 540K. Less well known was the smaller version which was the 230. In 1936, the Mercedes-Benz 230 was the fourth in the series of Nibel designs that would form the mainstay of Mercedes-Benz production in the difficult years of the mid-1930s. The first of this line – the Mercedes-Benz 170 – had appeared in 1931. Although outwardly of conservative appearance, the revolutionary Mercedes-Benz 170 embodied Nibel’s...

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1960 Facel Vega HK500 Jul24

1960 Facel Vega HK50...

Facel founder Jean Daninos’ first-generation Facel Vega was unquestionably an automobile steeped in the grand routier tradition, spiritual heir to the prewar greatness of Delage and Delahaye. It was also a commendable effort for a new manufacturer. Intended as a big and brawny Routes...

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