Offered by Artcurial | Le Mans, France | June 30, 2023
The C8 was Spyker’s big product during its low-volume production run that lasted from roughly 2000 through about 2016. The so-called “second generation” of the model launched with the C8 Aileron at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.
The Aileron featured the same 4.2-liter Audi V8 as previous C8s, still rated at about 400 horsepower. The styling was the big update, with longer and lower bodywork. It also had an optional automatic transmission, which this car has.
Only 17 Ailerons were built. Regular “first gen” C8s are relatively easy to come by when compared to this, which is from an era of supercar manufacture where actual figures are hard to come by. It’s kind of exciting to see one up for sale, even with an estimate of $400,000-$485,000. Click here for more info.
Offered by Historics Auctioneers | Ascot Racecourse, U.K. | April 8, 2023
The MyCar, which was a Giugiaro-designed city car that was produced in Hong Kong by the NICE Car Company, was sold for just a brief time. They were available in the U.K. and cost £9,995 when new.
Kind of steep for an electric microcar that had a range of 60 miles and topped out at 40 mph. They went on sale in the summer of 2009, and later that year the remains of the NICE Car Company were acquired by Aixam in France. So just about a half a year or so of production.
This car, which is actually quite good looking, has covered 350 miles since new and was fitted with new batteries prior to the auction. It will sell at no reserve. Click here for more info.
Offered by RM Sotheby’s | Paris, France | February 1, 2023
The Grand Sport was sort of the convertible model of Bugatti’s Veyron. It launched in 2009 and was sold alongside the coupe model for two years before the coupe was discontinued. Grand Sport production continued through 2015, with 150 built.
It’s powered by the same quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W16 that made 987 horsepower. Okay, so it’s not a true convertible. It’s more of a targa. Top speed was limited because of this – to a paltry 229 mph with the roof off.
This car was originally finished in black blue metallic but was refinished by the factory in black and red. Just shows you how Bugatti customers are. Can’t find the color you like? Pay the manufacturer to essentially re-do the more-or-less brand new used car you just bought. Seven figures here we come. Click here for more info.
Offered by Bonhams | London, U.K. | December 16, 2022
The SLR McLaren was Mercedes-Benz’s halo car produced between 2004 and 2009. It was actually developed in conjunction with McLaren, and various variants were produced after the initial coupe. These included the 722, a high-performance coupe, the Roadster, a drop-top version of the base coupe, and this, the 722 S Roadster, the hot convertible.
It debuted in Frankfurt in 2007, and just 150 were built. Power is provided by a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 that made 641 horsepower in 722 spec. Top speed for the roadster was a remarkable-for-a-convertible 208 mph.
This one-owner car has only covered about 60 miles since new. It’s finished in Sienna Pearl and features lightweight wheels, a revised suspension, and some design tweaks over the base car. The pre-sale estimate is $490,000-$735,000. These cars are still very expensive, which, frankly, I don’t quite understand. But anyway. Click here for more info.
Offered by Bring a Trailer Auctions | November 2022
Mosler produced the Consulier GTP in the 1980s (it was also known as the Mosler Intruder and Raptor, which were actually around through the 1990s). A new prototype called the MT900 debuted in 2001. It was quite different and modern looking. It never really entered production, but the racing variant was on the track shortly thereafter.
From 2003 through 2010, the MT900S was offered in a limited-production form. Think of it as a competitor to the Saleen S7. A Photon variant would be produced in that time frame as well. The MT900S was available with a few different Corvette-sourced engines. This particular one, which has never been registered with a private owner, is powered by a twin-turbocharged 7.0-liter LS7 V8 that is said to make about 750 horsepower.
This is a real-deal homegrown American supercar. They didn’t build many of them, and they don’t come up for sale often. The bidding on this one ends shortly. Click here for more info.
Offered by Bonhams | Chichester, U.K. | June 24, 2022
The current Aston Martin F1 team, who came into existence after sort of acquiring/taking over the Force India team, has been selling off leftover Force India cars. And why not? This, I think, is the third in the last few years.
The VJM02 was the team’s second car and was powered by a 2.4-liter Mercedes-Benz V8, which this car no longer has. It was used for the 2009 season, during which Force India employed drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil. The competition history for this chassis, #1R, consisted of testing events with Fisichella, Vitantonio Liuzzi, and Bertrand Baguette.
So it may be a roller, but it’s an otherwise complete modern F1 car from just before the KERS era (KERS was optional in 2009, and Force India did not use it). The estimate is $74,000-$110,000. Click here for more info.
Ferrari’s F430 was the follow up to the relatively similar looking 360 Modena. Like the Modena before it, the F430 got some spicy special editions as production neared its end. The F430 was offered from 2005 through 2009, and it got a Spider variant during that span. Later came the 430 Scuderia, which was a track-focused special that for some reason lost the “F” prefix.
Then, for the final model year, Ferrari dropped the entire “F430” name for the model’s last hurrah: the limited-edition Scuderia Spider 16M, the latter part of the name in celebration of Ferrari’s 16th Formula One constructor’s title, which they won in 2008. Think of it sort of like a drop-top version of the track-ready Scuderia.
The 4.3-liter V8 puts out 503 horsepower, and the car got a lot of lightness added by way of carbon-fiber bits. It could do some serious hairdo rearranging at its 196-mph top end. Only 499 were built, and they look better in black than red. You can read more about this one here.
Offered by Bonhams | Bicester, U.K. | May 22, 2021
SECMA (which stands of Societe d’Etude et ConstructionMecanique Automobile) is a French microcar manufacturer that was founded in 1995 by Daniel Renard in Lambres, France. Many of their initial models were very small, with some essentially just looking like four-wheeler ATVs with doors.
The F16 was launched in 2009 and is a street-legal buggy-style sports car. Most of these French microcars are powered by like 20-horsepower lawnmower engines. Not this bad boy. It has a rear-mounted 1.6-liter Renault inline-four making 103 horsepower. It also has a five-speed manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive. Decent sporting credentials for a car weighing about 1,200 pounds.
There has since been a re-styled F16 Turbo model introduced. This naturally aspirated F16 actually looks kind of fun. And no one would know what in the world you were driving. It should sell for between $13,000-$17,000. Click here for more info and here for more from this sale.
Offered by RM Sotheby’s | Paris, France | February 13, 2021
The 599 GTB Fiorano was Ferrari’s front-engine V12 grand tourer between 2007 and 2012. It spawned a few notable factory variants, including the HGTE (which was more of an add-on package), the XX (which was a track car), and the GTO (which was a road version of the XX). There was also the limited-edition drop-top, the SA Aperta.
Zagato, which had done similar things to the 599’s predecessors, the 575 and the 550, decided to do a limited run of modified 599s, dubbed the GTZ Nibbio (there were both coupes and spyders). Basically, they took a 599 GTB and re-sculpted the body to include their current weird design language, which consists of a rounded tail and two bulbous pointy bits on either side of the front grille. In this case, they also chopped off the roof.
The 6.0-liter V12 remains unchanged and is still rated at 612 horsepower. Only nine Nibbios were made, six of which were convertibles. Somehow this car was completed in 2020 and retains Zagato’s prototype serial number. You can read more about this car here and see more from RM here.
Offered by Historics Auctioneers | Windsorview Lakes, U.K. | July 18, 2020
Brooke Kensington was a company that produced a road-legal open-wheeled two-seater in the 1990s. They only built nine cars before the design was sold to a new company, Brooke Cars Ltd. The cars were similar, though the new Double R models were updated and better-looking.
The two-seat side-by-side layout remained, but the engine choices changed. This car is powered by a 260 horsepower, 2.3-liter Cosworth inline-four. Power output on other cars ranged from 200 to 400 horsepower. I can’t imagine how the 400-horse version drives. Other equipment includes a six-speed gearbox, a Quaife limited-slip differential, OZ Racing wheels, and a carbon-fiber engine cover.
The Double R only weighs 1,120 pounds, making the car a complete rocket. Production remained very limited like its predecessor, although I’m not sure how many were actually built. This car has a pre-sale estimate of $15,000-$20,000. Click here for more info and here for more from this sale.