All posts by Larry Edsall

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State Univeristy.

Charity 4×4 tops Bonhams’ Zoute sale

Led by a million-dollar charity purchase, Bonhams’ fifth annual auction in conjunction with the Zoute Grand Prix in Belgium produced €5,514,777 (more than $6.45 million) in sales with an 83 percent sell-through rate.

“The sell-through rate of more than 80 percent illustrates the continued interest both on the continent and further afield for the top examples of beautiful historic motor cars offered by Bonhams,” Philip Kantor, head of Bonhams’ European Motoring division, was quoted in a post-sale news release.

“Such enthusiastic bidding in the room and across the world is always encouraging,” added James Knight, auctioneer and Bonhams’ Group Motoring chairman, “and the prices achieved throughout the sale reflect the palpable excitement in the marquee at Zoute. As an auctioneer, this is one of my favorite sales to conduct as we participate with such an enthusiastic audience. The credit for that must go to the organizers of the Zoute Grand Prix.”

The Zoute Grand Prix serves as sort of a season finale for many European classic car owners. Launched as a season-ending classic car rally, it has grown to include several driving tours through the Flemish countryside, a concours and the auction.

1968 Ferrari 365 GTC sells for nearly $1 million

The highlight of the 2017 Bonhams docket was the offering of the final 2017 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet, direct from the factory. Only 99 were produced, and this one was sold to benefit the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Bonhams reported “ferocious” bidding among telephone, online and bidders in the auction room before the luxurious 4×4 sold for more than $1.4 million.

A 1968 Ferrari 365 GTC coupe went to a bidder in the room for more than $940,000.

Five of the top-10 prices were paid for cars from German automakers. In addition to the G6509, three Porsches and a BMW were among the top sales, with a 2002 BMW Z8 roadster and 1967 Porsche 911 S “Sunroof” coupe both drawing high bids beyond their pre-sale estimated values. Also exceeding its pre-sale estimate was a 1965 Jaguar E-type roadster.

Top 10 sales, Bonhams at Zoute Grand Prix 2017

  1. 2017 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet, $1,404,840
  2. 1968 Ferrari 365 GTC coupe, $942,413
  3. 1957 Porsche 365A 1600 Speedster, $457,743
  4. 1993 Jaguar XJ220, $457,743
  5. 2000 BMW Z8 roadster, $370,233
  6. 1965 Jaguar E-type Series 1 roadster, $293,494
  7. 1967 Citroen DS21 Decapotable, $255,797
  8. 1967 Porsche 911S ‘Sunroof’ coupe, $249,066
  9. 1999 Aston Martin V8 Volante convertible, $242,334
  10. 1976 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo, $228,871

(Prices include buyer’s fees.)

Bonhams upcoming motor car auctions are October 28 at Padua, Italy; November 3 in London; and November 11 at Bothwell Ranch, Los Angeles.


Former Peron Packard parade car going to auction

In 1983, Raymond Plaster went to a collector car auction in Tulsa, Oklahoma, hoping to bring home a V12 Packard that was supposed to be on the docket. When that car didn’t show up for the sale, Plaster bought another Packard, a 1939 Super Eight Derham Phaeton in sorry shape.

Plaster and his wife, Carol, would spend much of the next 19 years restoring the car in their garage in Bull Shoals, Arkansas. During that process, Plaster’s research revealed that the car originally was purchased by the Argentine government and was the parade car that frequently carried Juan and Evita Peron.

Plaster died in 2014. His widow has consigned their car for sale at an auction scheduled for November 7 by SoldASAP, Tasabah & Associates, a company based in Paragould, Arkansas. According to its website, SoldASAP specializes in real estate and farm auctions, primarily in Arkansas and Missouri.

Couple spent 19 years restoring what turned out to be Person parade car | SoldASAP photo
Couple spent 19 years restoring what turned out to be Person parade car | SoldASAP photo

The auction, which includes several other cars, plus automobilia and petroliana from other consignors, will be held in Jonesboro, Arkansas, at the Nettleton Baptist Church Community Center.

The Plasters reportedly spent 7,000 hours on the car’s restoration. In a video interview, Carol Plaster notes that she not only helped with the process but probably spent more time beneath the car than did her late husband, a grocer and car collector who enjoyed restoring vehicles.

“The story of this car is almost as remarkable as that of the Perons,” John Malone, auction company president, said in a news release.

“After Peron was turned out of office in 1955, the Packard was sealed in a garage at a dog farm away from Buenos Aires, and ended up in an auction in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Raymond and Carol Plaster bought it in 1983. They stored it in the garage of their home in Bull Shoals, Arkansas, and began the restoration, which took 19 years and more than 7,000 hours.

“The authenticity of the Packard is well established by the body modifications, the presidential seal marks at the rear doors and the motor number,” he added, citing a 2004 article in The Packard Cormorant.

Pre-war classics dominate RM Sotheby’s Hershey Fall sale

With a rare 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow selling for $2.31 million and a Model J Duesenberg also topping the million-dollar plateau, RM Sotheby’s annual Hershey Fall sale again proved to be a good place to sell pre-war classic vehicles.

Overall, the auction posted $15.9 million in sales with 129 of 136 vehicles going to new owners, a 94.85 percent sell-through. All 24 lots of automobilia also sold, contributing more than $213,000 to the auction total.

“The RM Sotheby’s Hershey auction remains one of the premier destinations for die-hard classic and brass-era enthusiasts,” Gord Duff, RM Sotheby’s global head of auctions, said in a post-sale news release.

Cars from the Thomas F. Derro and Ralph Whitworth estate collections headlined the sale, with Duff saying the auction house was honored to have been entrusted with such vehicles.

Hot rod the beat the horse

Among the cars from the Whitworth collection was the hot rod that beat the race horse, the 1932 Pete Henderson Ford roadster, which brought $192,500 (prices include buyer’s fees).

Another ’32 Ford hot rod, a three-window coupe, sold for $90,750, nearly double its pre-sale estimate.

RM Sotheby’s also noted that “novelty” vehicles tend to do well at Hershey; the auction is held in conjunction with the huge AACA Eastern Regional Fall Meeting swap meet, car corral and concours.

For example, a 1937 White Model 706 Yellowstone Park tour bus, now updated to serve as a party bus, drew bids from nearly 20 people before selling for $165,000, four times its high pre-sale estimate. A 1961 Nash Metropolitan 1500 convertible originally delivered in Canada brought $74,250, double its pre-sale expectation.

Updated Yellowstone park tour bus

A 1941 Packard Custom Super Eight 180 convertible Victoria featured in the 1970s NBC television series Banacek brought $407,000

Overall, Duff said, “The mix between cars with outstanding provenance against the backdrop of our annual Hershey sale continues to provide the recipe for sweet success.”

 Top 10 sales, RM Sotheby’s at Hershey Fall Meet 2017

  1. 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow, $2,310,000
  2. 1935 Duesenberg Model J cabriolet, $1,485,000
  3. 1936 Cadillac V-16 convertible sedan, $715,000
  4. 1932 Duesenberg Model J town car, $594,000
  5. 1935 Packard Twelve sport phaeton, $495,000
  6. 1937 Cord 812 supercharged cabriolet, $412,500
  7. 1941 Packard Custom Super Eight 180 convertible, $407,000
  8. 1933 Packard Twelve convertible Victoria, $390,500
  9. 1957 Dual-Ghia convertible, $341,000
  10. 1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A ‘Flying Star’ re-creation, $302,500

(Prices include buyer’s fees.)

Bidders galore

RM Sotheby’s next auction is the “Icons” sale scheduled for December 6 at Sotheby’s headquarters in New York City.



Barrett-Jackson to auction Shelby Super Snake Mustang to benefit Vegas first responders

A 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake 40th anniversary Mustang from the personal collection of Barrett-Jackson president Steve Davis will be auctioned to support a special fund that supports first responders to the recent shooting in Las Vegas, Barrett-Jackson announced Thursday.

“All of us at Barrett-Jackson are heartbroken over the tragic event in Las Vegas Sunday night,” Craig Jackson, chairman and chief executive of the auction company, said in a news release.

“Like many people around the country, this event hit close to home. We are returning to Las Vegas for our 10th annual auction to stand by our partners. We had many friends in attendance at the concert, and were deeply saddened to learn the son of one of our valued customers tragically lost his life.

“There are no words to express our sorrow as we all try and cope with what happened and, like many around the country, our focus immediately turned to what we could do to help. This car will sell during our live broadcast on Discovery Channel on Saturday, and is one of the many steps we are taking to stand with Las Vegas at this difficult time.”

The auction is scheduled for October 19-21 at the Mandalay Bay resort.

Car originally owned by Ford executive Mark Fields
Car originally owned by Ford executive Mark Field

The car being offered by Davis originally was owned by Ford’s then-chief executive Mark Fields and was the seventh Shelby GT500 built that year. The car’s conversion to Super Snake specification was overseen by Carroll Shelby, who signed a special book documenting the car, which was the 11th Super Snake conversion for that model year.

The car has more than 600 horsepower as well as the 40th anniversary option with commemorative badges, upgraded brakes, revised suspension and other enhancements, Barrett Jackson noted.

“All of us at Barrett-Jackson are overwhelmed with grief and sorrow for the victims and their families,” Davis said. “As stories continue to unfold, we’re in awe of the first responders and the miraculous effort they put forth to illustrate once again what makes our country and our people special. We truly feel that we’re part of the Las Vegas community, and I couldn’t think of a better way to show support than giving something from my personal collection, which is also so close to my heart.

“This is really an incredible car with a great story behind it, and I’m honored to sell it at Barrett-Jackson to help the great men and women who risked their lives to help save others.”

“This generous donation from Barrett-Jackson is greatly appreciated,” added Michael Dominguez, senior vice president and chief sales officer for MGM Resorts International. “We’ve enjoyed a long and successful relationship with the Barrett-Jackson organization and their customers. We are sincerely grateful for their care and support of the Las Vegas community during this difficult time.”

Barrett-Jackson also plans to support first responders by offering two tickets to the auction to those with proper identification, and with an on-site donation program for those wishing to add to the fund.

“Our country has always been resilient, and we know the collector car community will join together at this Barrett-Jackson event to help at this difficult time,” Jackson said. “During the auction, we will also work with our numerous partners to find additional ways to help those affected by this tragedy. We can never do enough to thank and honor those who serve our country and the first responders who risk their lives to save others during these awful events.”

You’ll do the driving to get to Greyhound bus museum

Greyhound’s famous advertising jingle instructed folks to “take the bus and leave the driving to us.”

But if you want to learn more about the history of the more-than-century-old passenger-transporting company, you’ll likely need to do a lot of driving. Sure, you still can take a Greyhound bus to the company’s founding city of Hibbing, Minnesota, but you’ll be dropped off downtown at the Country Kitchen restaurant, several blocks from where you want to be — the Greyhound Bus Museum.

The museum is located in an old bus station on the north side of town, up near the viewpoint to see the gigantic crater of the Hull-Rust Mahoning Mine. The museum’s location is fitting, since mining was why the bus company was founded in the first place.

Andy Anderson and Charles Wenberg had a Hupmobile dealership in Hibbing and showcased one of their seven-seat motorcars by charging 15 cents a ride to shuttle miners back and forth from nearby communities to their work on the Mesabi Iron Range.

But Wenberg wearied of the driving and sold his share of the fledgling Hibbing Transportation Company to Carl Eric Wickman, who soon enfolded a local taxi company, ordered a couple of truck chassis, had them equipped with bus bodies and, as they say, the rest is history.

Well, except for the name, and Greyhound’s role in the civil-rights movement decades later. The company wasn’t called Greyhound until the late 1920s and you can pick your theory for why from among (a) all the buses were painted gray, (b) a gray bus reflecting in a cafe window reminded someone of a racing greyhound, or (c ) bus-producer Fageol presented the president of what then was known as the Safety Motor Coach Lines with an actual greyhound dog.

By the early 1930s, Greyhound had become a nationwide carrier and the designated transportation provider for the massive and popular Chicago World’s Fair.

In the spring of 1961, a mob, including members of the Ku Klux Klan, stopped and firebombed a Greyhound that was part of the Freedom Rides civil rights protest and beat the riders when they fled the fire. The Greyhound bus station in Montgomery, Alabama, later was included on the National Register of Historic Places.

I learned much of what I know about Greyhound three years ago when the company’s centennial tour visited Phoenix. But late this summer, the Atlas Obscura website, which specializes in revealing fascinating geographic sites, did a report about the Greyhound Bus Museum in Hibbing.

I was spending most of the summer in Michigan, planned to drive home to Phoenix by way of Spokane, Washington, to visit my son and a granddaughter, so why not visit Hibbing on my way? Sure, it would mean driving two-lane roads across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin and Minnesota before joining the Interstate system at Fargo, North Dakota, but isn’t the best part of road tripping the serendipity of discovery along the blue highways?

But while I do love serendipity, I also checked the museum’s website to make sure it would be open the day I’d be detouring through Hibbing. Sure enough, the museum is open from mid-May through September, and it can be opened during the winter months if you have a group of 10 or more and call in advance to schedule your visit.

I arrived during the last week of September. I thought it strange that the parking lot was empty, and while there were a bunch of vintage buses, they were all locked up behind a chain-link fence in the back of the museum.

Oh, well, it was early in the day, so maybe other visitors hadn’t yet arrived. I parked and walked toward the building. It was then that I saw a sign posted on the glass doors — closed for the season.

But the museum wasn’t supposed to close until the following week!

I called the group-reservation number also included on that sign and the museum’s executive director called me back a few minutes later. Problem was, he wasn’t in Hibbing; he was in North Carolina. He was apologetic. Yes, he said, the museum was supposed to be open. However, he added, the volunteer who was on duty had fallen ill and had to close up the facility several days early.

I was bummed, but poked my camera through the chain link to capture some of the images of those vintage buses and, God willing, I’ll try to get back to Hibbing someday.

In the meantime, if you find yourself up on Minnesota’s iron range, perhaps on the popular ‘round Lake Superior drive, stop by the museum, take some photos and let me know what I missed.

Australian record-setters heading to auction

A pair of cars that set early Australian speed records — a 1924 Vauxhall Trans-Continental and a 1934 MG Q Type — are among those on the docket for Mossgreen’s October 14 auction as part of Motorclassica, the Australian International Concours d’elegance and Classic Motor Show in Melbourne.

1935 MG Q Type cockpit

MG launched the Q Type in 1934 on a chassis slightly narrower than that underlying its K3 model. George Harvey-Noble took a single-seat version around the Brooklands circuit at 122 mph, Mossgreen notes, and the normal two-seat version reportedly could achieve 120.

Offered at the auction is chassis No. 0257, the seventh of only eight such cars produced. It was sold new to Cec Warren of Victoria, Australia, in August 1934 and competed in speed runs on the 3-kilometer smooth sand surface of Sellick’s Beach.

MG (No. 19) in competition

Just before World War II, the car was sold to Hope Bartlett, who set a lap record for cars with engines of less than 750cc with a 3:47 time at Bathurst. After the war, the car posted a 20.1-second time in a quarter-mile sprint and finished fifth in the under 1,100cc championship road race despite suffering gearbox issues.

John G. Peek bought the car in 1948, won the car’s class in the 1951 Australian Hillclimb Championship and lowered its quarter-mile record to 19.55 seconds and then to 18.64. The car also turned a standing kilometer in 38.88.

“MG Q Type chassis 0257, whether originally dark green or black, as it is painted currently, presents a wonderful opportunity for its next owner to become a custodian of one of the purest British pre-war racing cars now available,” James Nicholls of Mossgreen is quoted in the auction house news release.
Mossgreen expects the car to sell for A$400,000 ($313,000 U.S.).

1934 MG Q Type

Vauxhall launched the OE version of its 30/98 in 1922, with a 4.2-liter engine but with no front brakes — they were added in 1923. Production ended in 1927 after 596 were produced.
Going to auction is a 1924 Vauxhall 30/98 Tourer OE86/100 that set Trans-Continental and Round Australia records.

Vauxhall encounters a river on one of its drives

OE100 was purchased as a gift for John Balmer by his mother. Balmer raced the car in hillclimbs and, with Eddie Scott, in 1936 set transcontinental records from Darwin to Adelaide, Fremantle to Adelaide and Adelaide to Melbourne. In 1938, Balmer and Richard Kent set a record by circumnavigating the Australian continent in 24 days, 11 hours, 58 minutes.

Such driving took its toll on the car, so Balmer took his car’s engine, front axle and gearbox and installed them into OE86, a similar car that had arrived in Australia at the same time as his OE100.

Repco advertisement showcases ‘Round Australia’ record

OE100 had been purchased new by R.S. Robinson as a wedding present for his fiance., Janet. The car was driven on a 300-kilometer commute as Robinson launched his dental practice.

Balmer and Robinson had become friends at the University of Melbourne and were pilots together for the Citizens Air Force, both in Australia and overseas during the war, and decided to merge the cars.

Mossgreen expects the car, now completly restored, to sell for A$330,000 ($235,000 U.S.).

1924 Vauxhall 30/98 Tourer OE86/100

Who gets what from the price at the pump?

Once you’ve calmed down and stopped cussing about the price you pay at the pump when you refill your car, be it classic or contemporary, have you ever wondered about where your money is going?

So has Auteria, a Texas-based supplier of fuel-pump assemblies produced in Mexico for the U.S. and Canadian automotive markets. It engaged in research with Spork Marketing to produce the accompanying chart, which shows who got what from a gallon of gasoline in 2016.

“The 2016 data shows that gas-station retailers receive the smallest percentage of the gallon’s cost, at only 7 percent, while drilling companies receive nearly half of the money paid at the pump,” Auteria said in its news release.

“For those in the petroleum industry, it may not be a surprise that drilling and production companies take the bulk of the amount paid for a gallon of gas,” added Ana Rivera, Auteria product manager. “For consumers, however, it might be a shock to see how little gas retailers earn.”

The research shows that of each $1 spent on gasoline, 45 cents goes to drilling, 21 percent to state, local and federal taxes, 18 cents to refining costs, 9 percent to the cost of transporting that fuel to the gas station, and 7 percent to the retail outlet.

“Using the 2016 data, the average gasoline retailer earned about 15 cents for every gallon of gasoline sold (at the average 2016 price of $2.16 per gallon),” Auteria noted in its release.

“However, out of this 7 percent share, gasoline retailers must cover the costs of storing and dispensing the fuel, payment processing and store overhead costs.

“To illustrate just how little gas stations earn from selling gasoline, payment processing charges are typically 2-3 percent of the total bill. If a retailer earns 7 percent of the cost of a gallon of fuel, and has to pay a 3 percent processing charge, their share of the total falls to 4 percent (less than 10 cents per gallon).”

“As a fuel system parts manufacturer, we are obviously preoccupied with fuel efficiency and saving our customers money on gasoline,” Rivera concluded. “This data is a reminder that the best way to save money on fuel is to use less of it. It’s not as if there are big savings to be had in the gasoline production pipeline, at least as far as we can tell.”

Maine museum considers a better mouse trap, and then some

Folks spending October in Maine can take part in what will serve “as booth classroom and catalyst” as the Owls Head Transportation Museum offers a three-week workshop, “More Than a Better Mouse Trap: An Interactive Tour of Human Innovation,” with the first session Tuesday, October 3.

The museum said its collection “will be woven into a story that analyzes how technology and science have influenced the structure of our society” through a journey “of achievements and accidents that have prodoundly altered our culture and communities.”

The opening session is “Foundation,” followed on October 10 by Speed, and on October 17 by Flight and Future.

Sessions run from 10 a.m. until noon at the museum in Owls Head, Maine.

To register, contact Niki Janczura at

Model by Arizona sculptor Clyde Morgan captures spirit of upcoming seminar   | Owls Head photo
Model by Arizona sculptor Clyde Morgan captures spirit of upcoming seminar | Owls Head photo

Derek Bell to receive Simeone’s Spirit of Competition award

The Simeone Foundation Auto Museum in Philadelphia has announced that its Spirit of Competition award for 2017 will be presented to Derek Bell. The 10th annual award presentation is scheduled for November 15 at the museum.

The museum honors someone from motorsports with “a specific inspirational message.”

Bell is a five-time Le Mans winner, three-time Daytona 24 winner and two-time World Sports Car Champion.

Special events this weekend

The Seal Cove Auto Museum and MDI Historical Society will explore the paranormal at History Happy Hour: Ghost Hunters, not this weekend but on Wednesday, October 4, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Jessup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Like Seal Cove, the Simeone has a special event early next week — the sixth annual Bonhams collectors motorcars and automobilia takes place at the museum on Monday, October 2.

America On Wheels museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania, hosts a Coffee & Corvettes event Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon.

The Kansas City Automotive Museum will offer a “Meet and Greet the Model T Ford” event Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon. Visitors will hear from owners of various Model T vehicles and learn such things as hand cranking and how to turn on gas-powered headlamps.

The F1rst Sunday Cars & Coffee will be held Sunday from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California.

Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu turns the clock back September 30 and October 1 for a British Military weekend family experience. The museum staged as WW1 Family Weekend in 2016 and it was so successful that the program is being expanded this year with living history displays and camping on the museum grounds.

Mark your calendars

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, has set special hours during the AACA Eastern Regional Fall Meet. The museum will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. October 1-3, from 9 a.m. until noon on October4, and from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. on October 5-6. The Night at the Museum gala begins at 5 p.m. on October 4. The museum also offers some overnight parking for cars, trailers or RVs during the week, though advance reservations are required and can be made through the museum’s website.

The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento will feature Charles Phoenix and his Addicted to Americana “comedy slide show” of space-age style, landmarks, roadside attractions and crazy car culture on November 4.

LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, has announced the date for its 2018 Wheels & Heels gala; the annual event is scheduled for September 8, 2018.

Like the LeMay, the AACA Museum is looking into the future; it’s Spring 2nd Chance Auction/Flea Market/Car Corral is scheduled for April 7, 2018.

Le Mans-winning 1964 Ferrari 275 P to headline Artcurial’s Retromobile sale

The Ferrari 275 P that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1964 will headline Artcurial Motorcars’ annual collector car auction during Paris Retromobile week in 2018, the French auction house announced. The sale is scheduled for February 9, 2018.

The car, chassis No. 0816, was the last Ferrari factory team entry to win at Le Mans. Wearing racing No. 20, the car was driven by Jean Guichet and Nino Vaccarella, covering 4,695.3 kilometers in 24 hours at an average speed of 196.638 km/h (122.161 mph) to post Ferrari’s eighth overall victory in the world’s most important round-the-clock motor race.

After that race, the car was sold and was raced for five years in the United States.

It was acquired by Pierre Bardinon, whose collection included 50 Ferrari factory cars, including four Le Mans winners, which he showcased on his private racing circuit — the industrialists called it his “speed garden” — at Mas du Clos, Artcurial noted in its news release.

The 275 P on the Ferrari factory racing transporter

“This Ferrari 275 P represents the ultimate and the truly exceptional,” Matthieu Lamoure, managing director of Artcurial Motorcars, said in a news release. “It has reached the summit in sports car racing worldwide. To look at this automotive masterpiece, is to see the best and most prestigious racing provenance. It radiates the DNA of success.”

The 275 P won the 1964 Le Mans race by five laps over a privately entered Ferrari 330 P driven by Graham Hill and Jo Bonnier. Another Ferrari factory car, a 330 P, took third with John Surtees and Lorenzo Bandini driving. Fourth in that race was a Shelby Cobra couple driven by Dan Gurney and Bob Bondurant.

Artcurial notes that the 275 P’s display at the Paris auction will be its first public appearance since it was acquired by Bardinon.

Bardinon, an industrialist who died in 2012, began his car collecting with Bugattis, and then forcused on Jaguars before turning his devotion to Ferrari.

Last year, Artcurial sold a 1957 Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti from the Bardinon collection for €32.1 million ($35.79 million), a euro record for any car sold at public auction.

Artcurial has yet to set a pre-sale estimate on the 275 P. In fact, the consignment is so new the auction house has not had time to take current photographs of the car.

Somewhat modified 1965 Ford Mustang ‘hoonigans’ Pikes Peak

The Urban Dictionary defines a hoonigan as someone who participates in a “reckless” style of driving, “not limited to drifting, drag racing and burnouts.” That probably means that at some point in your life — and perhaps quite frequently — you’ve been guilty of hooning.

But there are few of us who can hoon like Ken Block, the drifting demon made famous by his online videos of racing around unusual venues in rather unusual vehicles. His latest escapade was to have some fun driving up the Pikes Peak Highway, and working with film maker and Pikes Peak racer Jeff Zwart to produce a video, Climbkhana, about the adventure.

Fortunately for us, Block did his drive in a vintage vehicle, albeit his 1965 Ford Mustang has been slightly modified from stock configuration, what with twin turbochargers, burning methanol fuel, an all-wheel-drive setup and and more. The result is 1,400 tire-smoking horsepower, yet somehow the Toyo Proxes R888R tires got him up the 12-plus mile roadway without exploding.

Ken Block and his ’65 Mustang at Pikes Peak

Block and crew needed three separate trips to the mountain over a 12-month period to overcome weather and vehicle-development issues.

“This car is insane,” he said in a Toyo news release about the film. “I feel it genuinely wants to kill me!

“Before we added the twin turbos, it was the most fun car I’ve ever driven. Now it’s still quite fun to drive, but it melts tires ridiculously quick.

“To have this thing be such a beast and then take it to this very dangerous mountain, well, I thought I’d maybe finally taken on a project that might be too much for me to handle. This is the most powerful AWD-type car in the world to be driven this way, so I’m genuinely glad I didn’t die making this video!”

This wasn’t Block’s first run up the mountain. In 2005 he drove a Group N rally car during the annual Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

“It was an underwhelming experience because of the horsepower issue,” he said, “but I loved the road and mountain – and I had always wanted to go back and do it right.”

Right, indeed.

“I have raced at Pikes Peak for 16 years and through the years I thought I had seen everything,” said Zwart. “But to witness Ken’s skills on basically my home mountain and get to direct him at the same time, it was truly something amazing. Nothing but respect for him and his whole team.”