2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Zagato Jun15

2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Zagato

435 bhp, 5,935 cc V-12 engine with four overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, six-speed manual transmission with a twin-plate racing clutch, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel Brembo disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102 in. The 37th of only 99 examples built 800 actual miles; beautiful condition Chassis no. SCFAE62383K800037 Engine no. 00280 Sold for $379,500 by RM Sothebys Looking to reinvigorate sales and interest in the Aston Martin brand, Ford once again teamed up with Zagato in 2002 to create a limited-production, coachbuilt grand touring car in the spirit of the DB4GT Zagato of the 1960s and the V8 Vantage Zagato of the 1980s. A design collaboration between Andrea Zagato and Aston...

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Noble M12 GTO-3R Sep04

Noble M12 GTO-3R

Typically speaking, I’m pretty familiar with whatever I’m shooting on any given day. I may not know all the exact technical figures and specifics, but I have ballpark numbers in my head and have a pretty good idea what the car is all about. That really wasn’t the case with this Noble M12 GTO-3R. I was well aware of Noble and had seen a handful of them, including this particular car, out at various events over the years, but when it came to those exacts, I was pretty clueless. All I really knew was they were sure-footed and quick. Very quick. My first attempt to shoot this car was cancelled unexpectedly at the last minute. I’m always disappointed when a shoot doesn’t pan out, but...

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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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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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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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1954 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Nov16

1954 Jaguar XK120 Ro...

Left Hand Drive (US export model) Has a factory installed plaque on dash indicating this car is replica of a successful racing model. Color: BRG (green) with green wire wheels Restored in France by A. Lefevre Co to original “like new” condition in 1994. Body #7073 in excellent...

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1954 Jaguar XK120 SE Roadster Nov06

1954 Jaguar XK120 SE Roadster

The XK-120 was launched in roadster form at the 1948 London Motor Show as a test bed and show car for the new Jaguar XK engine. It caused a sensation, which persuaded Jaguar founder and design boss William Lyons to put it into production. The “120” in its name refers to its 120 mph to speed (faster with the windscreen removed), which made the XK-120 the world’s fastest standard production car at the time of its launch. The XK-120 has an extensive racing history including the high-speed runs at Jabeke in Belgium in 1949 and Ian Appleyard’s rally success with factory roadster NUB 120 in the early 1950’s. There was also an all XK-120 race in England in 1951 and XK-120’s competed in the U.S. well...

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2005 Lotus Elise Oct31

2005 Lotus Elise

I’d like to use my first post here as an opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Otis Blank and I will serving as a contributor here at Desert-Motors. I, like Patrick, am a (primarily) automotive photographer located in Arizona. I plan to post the best of my photoshoots and event coverage photos as they happen here. My collective work can be seen here at my personal website. I recently was lucky enough to do a photoshoot with one of my all time favorite cars, the Lotus Elise. I love unapologetically focused cars like this that sacrifice almost nothing in the name of achieving ultimate driving performance. The fact that it looks great is also a bonus. This particular Elise has custom stripes running...

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