1995 Ascari FGT-GT1
Offered by Coys | Birmingham, U.K. | January 11, 2014
Ascari is one of those little boutique automobile manufacturers that could’ve gone out of business five years ago and no one would’ve known. Apparently they are still in business but the company can trace its roots back to this car.
Lee Noble designed the FGT (he now builds cars under his own name) and it took about five years to actually get the thing built. This racing version was built for company owner Klaas Zwart to compete in the British GT Championship. He won one race at Silverstone. It also raced in 1996 and 1997 before being mothballed back at Ascari HQ.
Fast forward to 2009 when the car was completely rebuilt by an ex-Ascari team member to 1997 race spec. The car is being offered with spares as well. Only 17 road-going versions of the FGT were built (few if any remain). And only one race-going GT1 version was produced by the factory. This is that car. It should sell for between $100,000-$115,000. Click here for more info and here for more from Coys in Birmingham.
Update: Sold $108,000.
1995 Lotec C1000
Offered by RKMCCA | Charlotte, North Carolina | November 1-2, 2013
The Lotec C1000 is a fairly famous one-off supercar from the 1990s. It was so radical at the time that most supercar fiends heard about it through whatever we did pre-internet to learn about crazy, new cars. It was built by race car constructor Lotec in conjunction with Mercedes-Benz (hence their logo on the front of it).
It was built at the request of a very wealthy individual from the UAE who wanted something quicker than a downright pedestrian McLaren F1. This thing ending up costing him $3.4 million (the F1 would’ve been a better return on his investment… but I don’t think he needed to worry about that).
It uses a rear-mounted twin-turbocharged 5.6-liter Mercedes-Benz V-8 that makes 1,000 horsepower. The body is all carbon fiber (which was ridiculously expensive in 1995). The top speed? 268 MPH. It isn’t slow. But it’s also not the world’s fastest production car, because it was never put into production and only this one was built. The pre-sale estimate is between $1 million and $1.3 million (which is reasonable because I’ve seen it sell for about that previously). You can read more here and check out more from this sale here.
Update: Not sold.
1995 Ferrari F50
Offered by Gooding & Company | Scottsdale, Arizona | January 18, 2013
Photo – Gooding & Company
You’re looking at my favorite supercar of all time. Well, at least my favorite Ferrari halo car of all time. While its predecessor, the F40, was a hard-nosed race car for the road – and its successor, the Enzo, was all business and not much style – the F50 was less about track times and more about celebrating 50 years of Ferrari and being outrageous in the 1990s. Mission accomplished.
This F50, #71 of 349, was delivered new to Roger Penske. It has only covered 655 miles in its life, making it almost brand new. Built from 1995 through 1997, the F50 used a 4.7-liter V12 making 513 horsepower. It could hit 202 mph and 60 in 3.7 seconds. The performance was astonishing for the mid-90s and the eccentric looks were like nothing else on the road. But you can still see hints of the F40 in there, which is quite an accomplishment for something so unlike most other Ferraris.
This like-new example comes with its factory hard top and is one of 302 Rosso Corsa F50s built and one of only 56 U.S.-spec cars delivered. The suggested retail price for an F50 in 1995 was right round $500,000 and they have appreciated since day one. This one should sell for between $800,000-$1,000,000. Click here for more info and here for the rest of the Gooding auction lineup.
Update: Sold $1,375,000.
1995 Chevrolet Corvette Indy Pace Car
Offered by Mecum | St. Charles, Illinois | June 22-23, 2012
The Chevrolet Corvette has (of this writing, including the 2012 race) paced the Indianapolis 500 ten times, the first being in 1978. It was there for a second time in 1986 and 1995 marked the third time. This is one of 527 (actually it’s #46) of the special “Indy 500 Pace Car” optioned replicas sold for street use.
It was based on the C4, the fourth-generation Corvette, which was introduced for the 1984 model year, so it was 11 years old by this point – more than a little long in the tooth. The paint scheme is actually quite nice with Dark Purple Metallic over White. 1995 was in the midst of ZR-1 production but this car is not a ZR-1 – even though it sports ZR-1 wheels and brakes.
It has the LT1 under the hood, the 350 cubic inch (or 5.7-liter) V8 makes 300 horsepower and 340 lb-ft of torque. 1996 would be the final year for the C4, so this is one of the final special edition C4 Corvettes – and it’s a rare one. Get it, it won’t be too terribly expensive. For more information click here and to see the rest of Mecum’s Bloomington Gold Corvette Auction, click here.
Update: Sold $18,500.
1995 Lancia Hyena
Offered by RM Auctions | Monaco | May 12, 2012
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Lancia was achieving success on the Rally circuit with their series of Delta Integrale rally cars. They also had to produce homologation models for street use in order to compete. Some of these are highly sought after. They were boxy and fast but not necessarily the epitome of Italian automotive style and grace.
Enter Zagato, the famed Italian design house that penned the design you see here – a small two-dour coupe version of the five-door Integrale hatchback. They proposed a limited edition run of these coups, to which Lancia said: “Uh, no thanks.” Their loss, as Zagato went ahead and built them anyway by purchasing Integrales, stripping them down, and fitting them with the body you see here. The cars were lighter and had more power and the same rally-bred all-wheel drive system.
The original Zagato plan pitched to Lancia called for 500 units to be built. But, doing it themselves, the costs soared and only 24 were built and sold for about $75,000 each. They had a 250 horsepower (although the one for sale here has been upped to about 300) 2.0-liter turbocharged straight-four.
These are very rare cars and the price shows it, estimated between $130,000-$185,000. For the complete catalog description, click here. For more on RM in Monaco (including a tremendous collection of Ducati motorcycles) click here.
Update: sold $116,032.
1995 Toyota Supra
Offered by Mecum, Kissimmee, Florida, January 24-29, 2012
Yes, a late model Japanese sports car – not a swoopy French classic or a singing Ferrari V12 or a hunk of Detroit iron. No, this is a normal, everyday, Toyota Supra. So why is it featured here? Because it’s a normal, unmodified Supra.
Japanese cars are extremely tuner-friendly and the Supra was one of the go-to cars for people to make a statement with. It is very rare to see an unmolested Supra – the interior and exterior are clean and original. It even has the original wheels – one of the first things to go when a tuner gets their hands on it.
The Mark IV Supra was introduced in Japan in 1993 and lasted there until 2002. U.S. sales ended in 1998. There were different versions: a coupe, a targa, a naturally-aspirated engine and the optional twin-turbo unit which made 276 horsepower.
I’m a purist at heart and while custom cars have their place and own level of respectability, when you see nothing but customized versions of a certain model, it gets kind of exciting when you see a “normal” one.
I am unaware of the mileage, but I’d expect something between $20,000 and $30,000. These cars brought closer to $50,000 when new.