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First US Deliveries of the McLaren Sabre Revealed

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The first deliveries of the new US-only McLaren Sabre hypercar have begun with a papaya orange, blue and Malboro-themed model making an appearance.
MrJWW McLaren Sabre Reveal Front View
MRJWW with McLaren Global Sales Manager Neil Underwood. Credit: MRJWW

The first deliveries of the new US-only McLaren Sabre hypercar have begun, with a few already having been captured on camera recently like this one revealed by MRJWW.

With a twin-turbo V8 engine producing 824bhp and 590lt ft and a top speed of 218mph, the twin-turbo V8 McLaren Sabre is the fastest and most powerful non-hybrid two-seater production car to date and has been homologated especially for US federal standards.

Developed under the code name “BC-03”, the new bespoke hypercar is a special 1 of 15 model that was created purely for a small group of West-Coast North American McLaren clients who desired a “show car made for the road” or as Neil Underwood Global Sales Manager of McLaren Special Operations describes the client’s request “ a car that has an enormous presence on the road but also wouldn’t look out of place on the concept lawn at Pebble Beach.”

MrJWW McLaren Sabre Reveal Side Rear View
Side view of the new McLaren Sabre. Credit: MRJWW

Collaborating directly with the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) team for just under two years, the owners took an active part in developing the McLaren Sabre and were even given the opportunity to drive the test mule to ensure the owners were able to fully customize every aspect of the vehicle to their liking, before final delivery.

MrJWW McLaren Sabre Wheel
Special cut wheel blades from a single piece of metal. Credit: MRJWW

With the McLaren Sabre explicitly designed for the US market, the designers at MSO did not have to adhere to the lengthy specifications for global registration and were afforded a few more freedoms in design. Many aspects of motorsport racing have also been incorporated into the McLaren Saber design, with features like the central dorsal fin and a prominent front splitter included and, for the first time on a McLaren, a large active rear diffuser.

The first deliveries to make an appearance have included a Malboro themed McLaren Sabre at the McLaren Beverly Hills showroom, supercar collectors @sparky18888/@VTM_theking_4 bright papaya orange Sabre and @thetriplefcollection’s carbon modica blue edition as seen below.

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Carroll Shelby’s 1965 427 Cobra Sold for $5.94 Million at Auction

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Carroll Shelby’s own 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra has sold under the hammer for a massive $5.94 million at the Mecum Auction in Kissimmee, Florida
Carroll Shelby's 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster at auction. Credit: Mecum Auctions
Carroll Shelby’s 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster at auction. Credit: Mecum Auctions

It’s not every day you get to drive home a piece of automotive history, but that’s precisely what the new owner of Carroll Shelby’s own 427 Cobra Roadster would be doing as he sat in the same seat that the legendary automaker had occupied for over 40 years.

Sold for $5.94 million on the auction floor. Credit: Mecum Auctions
Sold for $5.94 million on the auction floor. Credit: Mecum Auctions

Listed by Mecum Auctions as one of their “Main Attractions,” Carroll Shelby’s personal 427 Cobra was sure to attract attention on the auction floor, and it didn’t fail to disappoint with the hammer eventually falling at US$5.94 million.

Dan Gurney and Carroll Shelby with his 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster. Credit: Mecum Auctions
Dan Gurney and Carroll Shelby with his 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster. Credit: Mecum Auctions

Owned by Carroll Shelby from its final construction in March 1966 until his passing in May 2012, Shelby’s personal 427 Cobra bore the serial number CSX3178 and was one of only five 427 Cobra’s to be originally finished in Charcoal Gray.

Carroll Shelby 1965 427 Cobra Roadster Front Side
Restored to its original 1965 specifications. Credit: Mecum Auctions

Initially purchased for $6,088 ($6273 including freight) in 1966, Mecum Auctions noted the vehicle arrived at Shelby’s LAX facility with a black interior and without an engine and transmission (standard procedure). On January 9, 1966, a work order was raised to “Build 427 Street Cobra CSX3178” before it was shipped to Carroll Shelby in Dallas on March 3, 1966.

Carroll Shelby 1965 427 Cobra Roadster Side View
Initally purchased for $6,088 in 1966. Credit: Mecum Auctions

A few years later, in 1972, Carroll Shelby’s friend and renowned Cobra specialist Mike McCluskey repainted Shelby’s 427 in Guardsman Blue and finished it with a gold nose). Shelby later had a more powerful aluminum-head 427 side-oiler engine with automatic transmission installed.

By 2002 Carroll Shelby was ready for another chance, and the 427 Cobra Roadster was given a fresh coat of paint in Red by the home crew at Shelby American in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Carroll Shelby 1965 427 Cobra Roadster Front View
The restoration by Legendary Motor Company took over 3000 hours. Credit: Mecum Auctions

Bought from Shelby’s estate in 2016, the Shelby 427 Cobra underwent a complete Concours restoration by Cobra restorers Legendary Motor Company and was returned to its 1965 Charcoal Gray color and its original 427 configuration with a 4-speed.

Carroll Shelby 1965 427 Cobra Roadster Rear View
Sold for $5.4 million at Mecum Auctions in Kissimmee, Florida. Credit: Mecum Auctions

The restorations took over 3,000 hours and were completed in 2019 under the watchful eye of Peter Klutt.

While this Shelby 427 Cobra is undoubtedly one of the most famous classic cars, it still didn’t beat the first-ever 427 Cobra’s sale price (chassis CSX2000), which sold for $13.75 million in 2016.

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Bentley Announces Andreas Mindt as New Director of Design

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Bentley has announced Audi’s former Head of Design Andreas Mindt will be joining the British based luxury automaker as the new Director of Design.
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Andreas Mindt during his time at Audi. Credit: Audi

British based Bentley has announced Audi’s former Head of Exterior Design Andreas Mindt will be taking on the role of Bentley’s new Director of Design as of March 2021.

Succeeding Stefan Sielaff, who is departing to pursue other opportunities outside the Volkswagen Audi Group, Mindt will be moving from Audi, where he was responsible for the exterior design and launch of models like the E-Tron and Audi’s Q8 SUV during his six-year tenure, to Bentley where his priority will be to evolve the brand’s electric future.

Bentley Motors has already clearly outlined their Bentley100 mission to achieve full electrification of all their vehicles by 2030, which they will be hoping to accomplish with Mindt leading a team of approximately 50 design experts at Bentley’s UK headquarters in Crewe.

“Bentley is a jewel within the Volkswagen Group,” shared Andreas Mindt. “Designing a car, and a future, is always a process based on the performance of many, not one, and so I look forward to working with my colleagues to help define the next phase for Bentley, into an electrified future.”

Bentley Director of Design Andreas Mindt
Andreas Mindt will become Bentley’s new Director of Design as of March 2021. Credit: Bentley Motors

Before his time with Audi, Mindt spent over 15 years as a crucial part of the design department at the Volkswagen Group headquarters in Wolfsburg, where he worked on leading projects for several Group brands and even had an early experience with Bentley back in 1999 designing the exterior of the iconic Bentley Hunaudières showcar.

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Ares Design Reveals New Porsche 911 964 Turbo Restomod

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Luxury coachbuilder ARES Design Modena has revealed their latest project – a one-off restomod based on the Porsche 911 964 Turbo.
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The one-off Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES restomod. Credit: ARES Design Modena

Coming off the back of a big year that saw ARES Design Modena release their first-ever wholly designed supercars (the S1 Project and S1 Project Spyder), ARES has started 2021 strong with the reveal of a new one-off restomod project based on the Porsche 911 964 Turbo.

Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES Side View
A new modified ducktail spoiler and Fuchs-inspired wheels offer a retro feel. Credit: ARES Design Modena

Launched in 1991, the Porsche 964 Turbo took some time to fans over (thanks in part to the 930 that bore the Turbo badge before it) but eventually found a place in the hearts of enthusiasts largely thanks to the unmissable whale-tail spoiler.

Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES Front View
Based on the 1991 Porsche 911 964 Turbo. Credit: ARES Design Modena

For this one-off design project, ARES Design Modena has refined the exterior of the 911 964 Turbo by modifying the ducktail spoiler and added new Fuchs-inspired alloy wheels (made famous by the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 of the 1970s) for a retro feel. Meanwhile, under the hood, the Italian luxury coachbuilder has modified the 3.6-liter six-cylinder boxer engine with a more powerful turbine and intercooler to produce an upgraded 425Hp.

Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES Rear View
Featuring a modified 3.6-liter six-cylinder boxer engine. Credit ARES Design Modena

Inside, the cabin has been refitted with new leather and tartan houndstooth upholstery (inspired by historic Porsche race cars) along with new gauges and a PCCM infotainment system specially designed for classic Porsches.

As a one-off project, no price has been released for the Porsche 911 964 by ARES, but interested Porsche owners are welcome to contact ARES Design Modena for their own custom restomod quote.

Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES interior
Historic racing Porsche inspired Houndstooth interior. Credit: ARES Design Modena
Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES Fuch-inspired Wheel
Fuchs-inspired alloy wheels. Credit: ARES Design Modena

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