In the late 1920s, Georges Paulin, a dental technician living in Paris, invented a retractable hardtop. He patented the design and sold it to a French coachbuilder, Marcel Pourtout. This firm built several cars on the chassis of a French-built Lancia - a Belna, very similar to the Italian-built Lancia Augusta.
Overall sales totals reached $50 million at the 2016 Mecum Daytime Auction in Monterey, Calif., with strong individual sales topped by several cars that reached or exceeded the million-dollar mark. Headlined this year by three vehicles that hammered at $4.7 million, $4.4 million and $3 million, respectively, the Mecum Daytime Auction hosted a total of 704 high-end classic and collector cars, all of which crossed the Mecum auction block Aug. 18-20.
Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance®, realized more than $129.8 million at the annual Pebble Beach Auctions this weekend, resulting in a two-day sales company record. During the two-day auction event, the company sold 115 of 138 lots, an 83% sale rate with an average of $1,128,606 per car. During the auction weekend, an astonishing 26 cars sold over the $1 million mark, including four vehicles over $10 million.
In a celebration of style and lightweight performance, and helping mark the 50th anniversary of the company's famous Hethel site, Lotus has revealed the latest addition to its collection: the exclusive Elise 250 Special Edition.
RM Sotheby's, the world's largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, continued its strong sales run in Monterey, California this past weekend, generating an impressive $117,925,0001 in sales at its flagship sale during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance weekend. Highlighted by a terrific roster of fresh-to-the-market, blue-chip automobiles, the two-day event bore witness to the top two sales of this year's Monterey auction week and established multiple new auction benchmarks. Illustrating the powerful partnership and international reach of RM and Sotheby's, bidders represented 27 countries.
The 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance concluded with first-time entrant Richard Mattei lifting the top prize high overhead soon after his 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet was named Best of Show at the prestigious competition.
At the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, the BMW Group is presenting the BMW 2002 Hommage to shine the spotlight back over its successful history with turbocharged engines.
The Escala Concept debuts in California tonight, introducing the next evolution of Cadillac design and previewing the craftsmanship and technology being developed for many future models. Following a series of private previews, Escala will be displayed this weekend at the annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
Every August classic car fans from around the world converge on Pebble Beach in California for a very special beauty contest. This gathering of magnificent classic cars is the perfect place to premiere the exclusive Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, a sensational luxury-class coupe. The 2+2-seater pays homage to the glorious age of the aero coupes and consciously carries this tradition forward into the future. The coupe reinterprets classic, emotional design principles in an extreme way, following the Mercedes design philosophy of sensual purity.
Ford today announces its intent to have a high-volume, fully autonomous SAE level 4-capable vehicle in commercial operation in 2021 in a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service.
The pioneering character of the new BMW 7 Series model range is in the spotlight once again with the introduction of an intelligent drive concept. The BMW eDrive technology based on the knowledge gained from the development of BMW i cars has arrived in the luxury class and adds outstanding sustainability-led qualities to the new BMW 7 Series.
Audi of America's refreshed A3 model line continues on its path of offering a strong entry to the Audi premium lineup for 2017. With a redesigned exterior, expanded suite of driver assistance systems and increased technology offerings, the updated A3 family vehicles offer the performance of an Audi in a fun-to-drive, compact package.
Mazda North American Operations today introduced the 2017 Mazda6, gaining further premium refinements and continuing to redefine the notion that one need not compromise driving pleasure for practicality and efficiency.
After the successful Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport launch, Manthey-Racing is presenting the Porsche GT4 Clubsport MR at the Total 24 Hours of Spa. The vehicle, based on a Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport racecar has been fitted with a comprehensive upgrade kit developed by Manthey-Racing. With the upgrade, the vehicle qualifies as an SRO-homologized GT4 racing car, thereby allowing it to participate in national and international races in the GT4 category.
The BMW M5 Competition Edition celebrates the production life of the F10-generation M5, with just 200 M5 Competition Editions offered for sale worldwide. Both power and torque have been increased, making the Competition Edition one of the most potent cars ever produced by BMW. The peak power output now stands at 600hp, while the torque output reaches a maximum of 700Nm, equating to a 0-62mph time of just 3.9 seconds.
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