Another Chiron

2023 Bugatti Chiron Super Sport

Offered by RM Sotheby’s | Monterey, California | August 15-17, 2024

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Third Tuesday in a row we’ve featured some late model Bugatti. The problem is there’s just so damned many of them, with all of their special editions and slightly more-powerful versions. The Chiron entered production in 2016 and wrapped in early 2024. Across all variants, 500 are said to have been built.

In 2019, the company launched the Chiron Super Sport 300+. They built 30 of those, and although speed limited, sans limiter they were supposedly capable of 300 mph. In 2021, Bugatti launched the not-all-that-dissimilar Chiron Super Sport. It was mechanically similar to the 300+ but had a better-trimmed interior and a painted exterior (instead of bare carbon fiber).

The engine is a quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W16 rated at 1,580 horsepower. The top speed was limited to 273 mph. Something like 80 of these were made, and the very last Chiron built was of this spec. This one has an estimate of $3,750,000-$4,250,000. More info can be found here.

Chiron Sport Noire

2021 Bugatti Chiron Sport Noire

Offered by RM Sotheby’s | Monterey, California | August 15-17, 2024

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The “Sport” version of the Bugatti Chiron debuted in 2018, about two years after the base Chiron went on sale. The Sport shared the base car’s mechanicals: a 1,480-horsepower, quad-turbocharged, 8.0-liter W16. What differentiated it was it’s “track focus.” It was about 40 pounds lighter… on a two-ton car. So a rounding error. But hey, they got to charge more.

The Noire was an available package that could be had on the Chiron or Chiron Sport. It specified either an exposed carbon-fiber body or a carbon fiber body with a matte black finish, which is what this car has. The edition was to celebrate the Bugatti Type 57SC Coupe Aero of 1936.

Only 20 cars would be built this way, split however they were sold between Chiron/Chiron Sport. This car now has an estimate of $3,300,000-$3,800,000. Click here for more info.

Veyron Soleil de Nuit

2010 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Soleil de Nuit

Offered by RM Sotheby’s | Tegernsee, Germany | July 2024

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I’m beginning to think that every Veyron was a “one-off.” Veyron owners must be like old Mustang owners who live and die by their Marti reports that boil down their car’s combination of colors and options to be “the only one like it made.” In this case, this Grand Sport (or targa version) is dubbed “Soleil de Nuit,” which is French for “night sun.” And it is a “one-off”… which I think comes to the fact that it has unique colors.

The car debuted at the 2009 Dubai International Motor Show with polished aluminum lower panels and Black Blue Metallic uppers over Burnt Orange leather. It was originally owned by the Kuwaiti Royal Family and was purchased by its current German owner in 2016.

Power is provided by a quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W16 that was rated at 987 horsepower. Even with the roof removed this car can do 229 mph. It now has an estimate of $1,650,000-$2,150,000. Click here for more info.

Touring Aero 3

2015 Touring Aero 3 Coupe

Offered by Bonhams | Monaco | May 2024

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Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera has been around since the 1920s and became quite famous in the 1930s and ’40s with their coachbuilt bodies. Touring would later body some of the most famous Ferraris, Aston Martins, Maseratis, and Lamborghinis of the 1950s and 1960s. They closed up shop in 1966.

In 2006, the company was resurrected under new ownership and started producing limited-run vehicles based on existing cars. One such vehicle is this, the Aero 3. It’s based on the Ferrari F12berlinetta. It shares the F12’s 730-horsepower, 6.3-liter V12. This particular car utilized a 2015 F12 as a starting point and was converted by Touring to Aero 3 spec in 2020.

These are limited-run cars. A maximum of 15 Aero 3s will be built, but it’s unclear how many have been completed thus far (or if they will ever even get to 15). It has an estimate of $640,000-$960,000. Click here for more info.

Countach LPI 800-4

2022 Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4

Offered by RM Sotheby’s | Monaco | May 2024

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Recently, as Lamborghini gets ready to sunset a model, they launch limited-production “models” which are really just variations on the model that is ending. First it was the Murcielago and the Reventon. Now that the Aventador is done, Lambo rolled out a few special edition sub models.

The Countach, which is obviously named after their car of the ’70s and ’80s, is based on the Sian FKP 37, which itself is based on the Aventador. The Countach was built in 2022, with 112 produced. Power is provided by a 6.5-liter V12 with a mild hybrid set up and all-wheel drive. Output was rated at 802 horsepower. Top speed is 221 mph.

Is as the case with such cars, they sell out more or less immediately. There are a few on the market, but this, I believe, is the first one announced at an auction. Only five were finished in this color, and this is the only one with this interior combo. The estimate is $2,050,000-$2,2450,000. Click here for more info.

Koenigsegg Agera RSR

2016 Koenigsegg Agera RSR

Offered by RM Sotheby’s | Dubai, U.A.E. | March 2024

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The Koenigsegg Agera was produced between 2010 and 2018. An R model was offered during that time, as was an S and RS. The RS was sold between 2015 and 2018 and broke the record for the world’s fastest production car with a top speed of 278 mph. Just 27 examples of the RS were produced.

It is powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 that made 1,160 horsepower. Three examples of the RSR were produced as part of the run of 27 RS cars – all of them for the Japanese market. Differences from the RS include a top-mounted rear wing and a shorter intake scoop for the targa top.

This, the second of the three RSRs, has about 625 miles on it and carries an estimate of $2,800,000-$3,400,000. More can be found here.

Aston Martin Valkyrie

2023 Aston Martin Valkyrie Coupe

Offered by RM Sotheby’s | Dubai, U.A.E. | March 2024

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The Valkyrie is one of these new-era supercars with complicated Formula One-style hybrid powertrains that languish in a development period for years before finally coming to market long after everyone’s initial excitement has worn off. The Valkyrie name was chosen after a bunch of other code names were used following the car’s 2016 (!) introduction.

Or maybe it was more of a tease than in introduction. Anyway, production didn’t commence until late 2021. They said they will only build 150 of these with a retail price of about $3,500,000 when new.

Power comes from a 6.5-liter V12 that has been tweaked by Cosworth to produce around 1,000 horsepower. Additionally, it has an electric boost system that can add another 160 horsepower. Aston has since added a track-only variant as well as an open-top Spider.

The estimate on this one is $2,900,000-$3,300,000. Click here for more info.

Hennessey Venom F5 Roadster

2023 Hennessey Venom F5 Roadster

Offered by Bring a Trailer Auctions | March 2023

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Well here is a wild top-tier boutique supercar. Hennessey Special Vehicles is an offshoot of the Viper tuning company and they’ve made two supercars since 2010: the Lotus-based Venom GT and the Venom F5, the latter of which is not a stretched Exige but its own thing. It went on sale in 2020, with a roadster arriving for 2022. Production of that targa-top variant is limited to 30 examples. This is the second. We’ll see if they actually end up building all 30.

Power is provided by a twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V8 that was developed in-house and based on Chevy’s LS series of engines. It is rated at 1,817 horsepower. The coupe variant has a claimed top speed of 301 mph. Which is insane.

This car has under 600 miles, and bidding is over $1.7 million as of this writing. The auction ends today, and you can watch it wind down here.

991 935

2019 Porsche 935

Offered by Bring a Trailer | January 2024

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Porsche’s 991 generation of the 911 was exiting production at the end of 2019. Their big send off was the 911 GT2 RS, of which 1,000 were produced between 2018 and 2020. There was a track-only Clubsport variant as well. To take things even further, Porsche unveiled the 991 GT2 RS-based 935 in September 2018.

It’s a track-only car, but it was never homologated for a racing series, meaning you just go rent a track if you want to use it. Just 77 were built, and the name pays homage to the 935 race cars of the 1970s, specifically the 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning 1978 935/78. This is #13 of the 77. Porsche offered a series of classic livery wraps from the factory, but this one wears its bare carbon-fiber finish.

Power is from a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six rated at 700 horsepower. This thing is full of race-ready goodness (more of which you can read about here) but it seems unlikely many get used to even a fraction of their potential, as they are doomed to trade hands as collectables. This one is going on five years old and still has less than 600 miles.

Diablo SV Roadster

1998 Lamborghini Diablo SV Roadster

Offered by RM Sotheby’s | Germany | December 2023

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Didn’t know this one existed. There were quite a few Diablo variants, but roadster models were only available as a VT. Or were they? This is one of apparently two SV roadsters built, which means it is one of only two rear-wheel-drive Diablo roadsters (the VTs had four-wheel drive).

The SV featured a power bump over the standard Diablo. It’s 5.7-liter V12 was rated at 510 horsepower, which was more than the base car or VT. This one is finished in bright yellow with black graphics that makes it impossible to mistake what it is. The color-coordinated wheels and rear wing are a nice touch.

The car is offered as part of Sotheby’s “sealed” program, which is just another weird venue to purchase a car. Unclear why it is being offered that way. But who knows. No estimate is available, but you can read more about it here.