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Steve Todhunter’s Car Collection To Be Auctioned By Mecum

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Car collector Steve Todhunter will be auctioning off his dream car collection, including a range of rare Ferrari’s, at this year’s upcoming Mecum Auction at Glendale, Arizona.
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Steve Todhunter’s Car Collection is going to auction. Credit: Mecum Auction

With a focus on quality over quantity, car collector Steve Todhunter has taken decades to build his finely tuned collection, which includes a range of rare Ferrari’s like the “1 of 125 exported to the USA” 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO’s and “1 of 499” 2009 Ferrari F430 Scuderia Spider 16M.

Steve Todhunter Collection 2016 Ferrari F12 TDF
2016 Ferrari F12 TDF will be going under the hammer. Credit: Mecum Auction

He will now be offering the opportunity to other like-minded individuals to build their own dream collection thanks to the sale of his collection at the upcoming Mecum Auction.

Making it a point to search out premium examples of each model, one of the unique selling points of Todhunter’s collection is the low-mileage and low production volume of each model – creating some of the most highly desired vehicles of their production run.

Steve Todhunter Collection 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast
Steve Todhunter’s 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast could be yours. Credit: Mecum Auction

A resident of rural Oklahoma, Todhunter’s exposure to the auto industry came early on thanks to his father, a design engineer for Ford Motor Company. He recalls many an hour watching his father creating auto prototypes at the kitchen table.

By the time he was old enough to purchase his own car (a 1970 Ford Torino), Todhunter was more than familiar with the inner workings under the hood of a new car and could easily recognize the parts his father had helped develop.

Steve Todhunter Collection 2009 Ferrari F430 Scuderia Spider 16M
2009 Ferrari F430 Scuderia Spider 16M. Credit: Mecum Auctions

Not content to stick with the Ford models, Todhunter’s young attention soon turned to Mopar muscle cars, and he would go on to seek and acquire some of the most rare and sought-after Mopars ever built.

As the years passed and styles and personal tastes evolved, Todhunter’s attention was once again captured after spending time in Scottsdale as a part-time resident and seeing more Ferrari’s around town.

Steve Todhunter Collection 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO
2011 Ferrari 599 GTO up for auction. Credit: Mecum Auctions

Enamored with their high-quality engineering and the rarity of the Italian prancing ponies, Todhunter soon began adding select Ferrari’s to his growing collection, describing his love for the Italian brand by saying, “There might be nothing better than the extreme contrast of Ferrari Rosso Corsa paint against the neutral tan desert backdrop.”

Steve Todhunter Collection 2005 Ferrari 575M Super America
2005 Ferrari 575M SuperAmerica. Credit: Mecum Auction

Steve Todhunter’s collection has continued to evolve through the years and grown tremendously, more in terms of quality than in size, though.

Steve Todhunter Collection 2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina
2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina. Credit: Mecum Auction

Focusing on the constant progression from good to better to best, Todhunter’s collection today now includes some of Ferrari’s finest, one of the most fascinating Saleen S7s produced along and features an outstanding range of vintage and modern Mopar and muscle cars, vintage motorcycles, and more that will all be auctioned at Mecum’s upcoming auction in Glendale, Arizona March 18-20 2021.

Steve Todhunter Collection 1992 Ferrari 512 TR
Steve Todhunter’s 1992 Ferrari 512 TR. Credit: Mecum Auctions

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Rolls-Royce Reports Highest First-Quarter Sales in 116-Year History

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Rolls-Royce has revealed their first-quarter sales between 1 January and 31 March 2021 are the highest in the brand’s 116-year history.
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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös is optimistic for 2021. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has delivered the highest-ever first-quarter sales results in the luxury auto-maker’s 116-year history, in the first three months of 2021.

Delivering 1,380 vehicles to customers between 1 January and 31 March 2021, Rolls-Royce confirmed these numbers are 62% up on the same period in 2020 thanks to sales growth in China, the USA, and Asia Pacific (although 2020 was undoubtedly affected by COVID-19 closures). The 2021 sales figures also surpassed their previous first-quarter sales record, which Rolls-Royce set in 2019.

“Rolls-Royce Motor Cars made a strong start to 2021, reflected today in our first-quarter sales figures, which are the highest in our 116-year history. With robust order books across our product range, particularly for the new Ghost and Cullinan, sales growing in key markets and Bespoke commissions running at record levels, our business is in excellent shape. We have every reason to be optimistic for the remainder of 2021,” says Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO.

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High demand for the 2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost edition. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Rolls-Royce revealed demand for all models was extremely buoyant, with exceptionally high demand for the new Ghost launched in 2020 and the sporty SUV Cullinan, along with bespoke commissions filling the order books well into the second half of 2021.

Bespoke commissions have also remained at the record levels seen in 2020, with several outstanding individual examples already delivered this year, including the Koa Phantom and Iridescent Opulence Phantom.

All 20 of the Phantom Tempus Collection cars have been allocated to customers worldwide.

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Bugatti Delivers 300th Chiron of 500 Limited Edition Vehicles

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Bugatti has delivered the 300th Chiron hypercar built at their atelier in Molsheim, leaving only 200 of the 500 limited production to be built.
Bugatti President Stephan Winklemann and the Management Board with hte 300th Chiron. Credit: Bugatti
Bugatti President Stephan Winklemann and the Management Board with the 300th Chiron. Credit: Bugatti

Bugatti has announced the completion of the 300th Chiron model since production first started production in 2016 at the atelier in Molsheim, France. With total production limited to 500 hand-built vehicles in total, only 200 customers remain who will have the option to customize their own exactly how they like.

A Chiron Pur Sport in "Nocturne" exterior paint. Credit: Bugatti
A Chiron Pur Sport in “Nocturne” exterior paint. Credit: Bugatti

“Bugatti stands for the most extraordinary, most powerful and most elegant hyper sports cars in the world. With the now 300th vehicle produced, we are again showing our competence in quality and customization,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “The Chiron Pur Sport is guaranteed to give customers pleasure. In addition to its unbelievable driving performance, it combines highest engineering and design skill as well as superb craftsmanship.”

Only 60 Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport's will be produced at €3 million each. Credit: Bugatti
Only 60 Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport’s will be produced at €3 million each. Credit: Bugatti

Of all the Bugatti Chiron’s produced to date, the 300 have been a mixture of the original Chiron models along with variants including the 110 Ans Bugatti Chiron Sport developed to celebrate 110 years of Bugatti, the Les Légendes du Ciel Chiron Sport that celebrates the aviation history of Bugatti’s historic racing drivers, the Chiron Super Sport 300+, Chiron Pur Sport and the special Chiron Noire edition.

Powered by Bugatti's iconic 8.0-liter W16 engine. Credit: Bugatti
Powered by Bugatti’s iconic 8.0-liter W16 engine. Credit: Bugatti

The 300th Chiron to leave Molsheim was a highly customized Pur Sport edition in black “Nocturne” exterior paint color for the main bodywork and “Grey Carbon” and “Gun Powder” for additional external elements, including the mirror arms, outer mirror housings, windshield wipers and Bugatti’s signature C-line.

Featuring the Pur Sport Interior Package in "Beluga Black". Credit: Bugatti
Featuring the Pur Sport Interior Package in “Beluga Black”. Credit: Bugatti

The customer also selected the Pur Sport Interior Package in “Beluga Black” for the leather and Alcantara with the seams in “Gris Rafale,” and paid special tribute to Ettore Bugatti’s brother Rembrandt, an artist with a talent for sketching animals, with a drawing of his dancing elephant featuring on the headrests.

The Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport accelerates from 0-62mph in 2.3 seconds. Credit: Bugatti
The Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport accelerates from 0-62mph in 2.3 seconds. Credit: Bugatti

Bugatti has revealed only 60 Chiron Pur Sport editions will be built in total, with the majority expected to be delivered to their owners this year.

In addition, Bugatti is also planning to build the world’s most expensive and exclusive later this year – the one-off $18.7 million La Voiture Noire that was first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019.

Bugatti Chiron 300 Produced Rear Details
Bugatti Chiron 300 Production Front Grille

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The Customized Rolls Royce Cullinan of Google Exec Ben and Christine Sloss

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Automotive and racing enthusiasts Ben and Christine Sloss have added a new bespoke Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan to their already impressive garage.
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The new Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan created for Ben and Christine Sloss. Credit: Rolls-Royce

No strangers to the Rolls-Royce brand, Ben and Christine Sloss were first acquainted with the brand back in 2014 at Pebble Beach when looking for a suitable two-door coupe with four useable seats for adults and more recently with the delivery of a bespoke Dawn Black Badge 2018.

Rolls Royce Cullinan Google Ben Christine Sloss Side View
Eye-catching exterior in Pikes Peak Blue with Forge Yellow detailing. Credit: Rolls-Royce

This time Ben, who is the VP of engineering at Google, along with his racing enthusiast wife Christine, who competes in the Ferrari FXX program and challenges, settled on a new Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan inspired by the couple’s well-known racing livery – a blue and yellow combination that borrows from the colors of the flag of Modena in Northern Italy and is applied across all of their race cars.

Rolls Royce Cullinan Google Ben Christine Sloss Rear View
The reverse color scheme of Ben’s 2018 Black Badge Dawn. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Finished in the reverse color scheme of Ben’s 2018 Black Badge Dawn, the new Cullinan features a unique bespoke Pikes Peak Blue paint, named in homage to one of their favorite hill-climb races along with Forge Yellow detailing on the famous Rolls-Royce hand-painted coachline, wheel-center pinstripes and brake calipers.

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Pantheon grille

The Cullinan’s brushed metal technical clock has also been created with the same color scheme utilizing Navy Blue Anodised brushed stainless steel and Forge Yellow accents.

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The Sloss’s Black Badge Cullinan interior carries over the race livery colors. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Other bespoke additions to the Sloss’s new Cullinan include engraved names on the front door treadplates – Benjamin on the Driver’s side and Christine on the Passenger’s side – monogrammed navy-blue leather seats in Forge Yellow and door panels featuring Christine’s personal racing logo – a stylized stiletto in embroided leather.

The new Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan will now be at home amongst other vehicle’s in the Sloss’s garage like a Ford GT MKII, Christine’s Ferrari FXXK EVO, Porsche Taycan Turbo S, Ferrari 488 Pista Spider, Ferrari GTC4 Lusso and a Ferrari F12TDF to name a few.

Rolls Royce Cullinan Google Ben Christine Sloss Spirit of Ecstasy
Spirit of Ecstasy milled from a single billet of carbon fiber. Credit: Rolls-Royce
Rolls Royce Cullinan Google Ben Christine Sloss Wheels
Brake calipers and wheel pinstripe in Forge Yellow. Credit: Rolls-Royce

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