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« Respuesta #2145 en: 09 Febrero 2021, 18:01:42 »
FIVA Cards go digital – for historics and ‘Youngtimers’

“If we’re to protect our right to use historic vehicles on the roads in decades to come, we need to prepare ourselves to communicate forcefully to the world at large what a ‘historic vehicle’ actually is – not simply an ‘old car’ or motorcycle or utilitarian, but an important part of our shared cultural heritage.”

So says Tiddo Bresters, president of FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles), as he explains important changes to the internationally recognised FIVA Identity Card.

“The FIVA ID Card is a powerful way for an owner to establish the credentials of a vehicle, demonstrating its role as a genuine piece of mobile history, worthy of belonging to the ‘moving museum’ that we owe it to future generations to preserve.”

All change

But there are two upcoming changes to the FIVA Cards to reflect how the world is changing.

“First,” continues Bresters, “the pandemic has taught us to use digital technology more comprehensively and, as Covid-19 abates, we will still reap the cost-saving, time-saving and environment-saving benefits of an online approach to many previously paper-based activities. Hence from the end of March 2021, no more paper FIVA Card applications will be accepted. They will instead be applied for and processed only via the online application system. Of course, the same physical inspection of the vehicle by an appointed FIVA specialist will be needed, and the stringent requirements [see below] before an ID Card can be issued still stand.

“Secondly, we must embrace the so-called Youngtimers – or younger classic vehicles – and the younger enthusiasts who enjoy them, as they (both vehicles and enthusiasts) are the future of our historic vehicle world. Hence in 2011, we introduced a FIVA Youngtimer Registration Document for vehicles 20-29 years old but which otherwise fit the definition of a historic vehicle – call them ‘historic vehicles in waiting’. From the end of March 2021, these Youngtimer Registration Documents, too, will only be available online. [A physical inspection is not usually needed for Youngtimers, until they hit their 30th birthday to become fully qualified historics.]

“As nations around the globe quite rightly introduce measures to tackle congestion, pollution and road safety issues, we must ensure that our mobile heritage is protected. As the largest classic vehicle organisation in the world, representing historic vehicle owners in more than 70 countries, FIVA’s priority is to enable enthusiasts – and future generations – to continue to own and enjoy historic cars, motorcycles and utility vehicles. The FIVA Card is one small but important part of the battle.

FIVA Cards

The FIVA Identity Card is issued for a historic vehicle, defined as being a mechanically driven (powered) street vehicle (car, motorcycle, utilitarian) that is:

at least 30 years old
in a historically correct and maintained state
not used as everyday transport and is thus part of our technical and cultural heritage
A FIVA Identity Card is only issued after a physical inspection of the vehicle to ensure it complies with the FIVA Technical Code.

Benefits of the FIVA ID Card include:

extensive independent documentation of vehicle data
modifications and remodelling recorded on the card
data and pictures clearly attributed to the vehicle
national and international recognition that might be reflected in beneficial regulations
limited validity (10 years or change of owner) that increases credibility
 A FIVA Youngtimer Registration Document is issued for a vehicle that is:

between 20 and 29 years of age
in good condition and preservation
generally used during leisure time only
potentially eligible for a FIVA Identity Card when it becomes 30 years old
The FIVA Youngtimer Registration Document may be issued without a physical inspection of the vehicle.

From the end of March 2021, FIVA Cards may only be requested by using the online application system at www.fivamembers.org
 

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« Respuesta #2146 en: 09 Febrero 2021, 18:02:08 »
Major European expansion for online classic car auction disruptor

The Market expands its classic and collectible car auction model into four key European countries
European buyers and sellers expected to embrace a new way of buying and selling classics
Digital platform investment expected to unlock further expansion and overseas licensing opportunities
Classic and collectible car owners and enthusiasts across Europe will now be able to buy or sell their next cherished vehicle more easily than ever before following the launch of a brand-new operation licensed by online classic car auction disruptor, The Market.

Based near St. Moritz and operating online classic car auctions in Switzerland, Germany, Italy and France, www.themarket.eu replicates the pioneering customer-centric model successfully employed by The Market in the UK for the past four years. Furthermore, it will utilise the disruptor’s industry leading online technology to give buyers and sellers a highly transparent, affordable and easy way to buy or sell a classic.

“Following on from our most successful year to date, we’re delighted to announce the launch of our very first overseas operation,” comments Tristan Judge, director, The Market. “Since our creation in 2016, classic car fans in the UK have embraced our new way of doing business. Indeed, hundreds of classics and collectibles worth a total of more than £15 million have now been sold online via our proprietary platform so it’s incredibly exciting that enthusiasts in four major European countries will now be able to share and benefit from a similar online experience.”

Trust and transparency will remain at the heart of the new platform, www.themarket.eu, with vehicles receiving extensive listings and photo galleries. Unlike traditional auction houses, the new platform ensures that more money is returned to sellers because it does not charge any buyers fees and sellers pay just a very small commission. Sellers will also be able to benefit from the company’s popular turnkey Concierge service which includes premium photography, on-site storage, hosting of viewings and vehicle handover.

The technology at the heart of the new platform is the result of a major six-month investment and development period which will feature both multi-language and multi-currency formats, allowing the flexibility and scope for further expansion and licensing overseas. Other technical developments will be introduced back into The Market’s UK platform, enhancing the experience for UK users too.

“Having seen the success of The Market’s operation in the UK, we’re incredibly excited to be able to introduce this technology and new way of buying and selling classics to motoring fanatics across Europe,” comments Tisa Pusnik, CEO, TheMarket.eu who will be leading the brand-new team and operation. “Our licensing arrangement has made it incredibly quick and easy to set up - from processes, to the technology, through to the branding and other operational aspects, everything has been covered and we’re ready to hit the ground running with our first sales in just a few weeks’ time.”

The Market expects to make announcements regarding further overseas expansions in due course. In the meantime, buyers and sellers of classic cars in Europe can find out more and bid on cars listed by visiting www.themarket.eu.

 

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« Respuesta #2147 en: 11 Febrero 2021, 14:56:54 »
Judging panel confirmed for Land Rover Legends National Awards

Leading Land Rover experts confirmed for National Awards judging panel

Nomination deadline extended to 30th April with finalists to be announced on 10th May

Winners to be revealed at Land Rover Legends event at the Thruxton Historic on 12-13 June

Advance discounted tickets on sale now

The judging panel for the 2021 Land Rover Legends National Awards has been confirmed, comprising six of the leading experts in the Land Rover world:

Philip Bashall – internationally-recognised Land Rover marque expert, and Trustee and General Manager of the Dunsfold Collection.

Patrick Cruywagen – Editor, Land Rover Monthly, former Bush Editor of South Africa 4x4 magazine, and Defender 110 owner.

Nick Dimbleby – award winning Land Rover photographer, author and all-round Land Rover nut.

Mark Evans – TV presenter, vet, science explorer, petrolhead and passionate Land Rover enthusiast.

Doug Hill – Manager and Chief Engineer at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, and seasoned motoring event participant.

James Taylor – motoring historian, consultant, and prolific author of over 40 Land Rover books.

New categories and an extended nomination deadline
Building on the success of the previous National Awards, 2021 sees the launch of a number of new award categories, to reflect the growing number of nominations received each year.  The nominations deadline has been extended to 30th April and three finalists will be announced in each category on 10th May, with the winners to be revealed on Sunday 13th June at the Land Rover Legends event at Thruxton.

Nominations are open now for submission online, in the following categories:

Original Vehicle
Utility
Range Rover
Discovery
Freelander
Restoration
Bespoke Vehicle
Military Vehicle
Publication
The 2021 Awards will also see the presentation at the Thruxton Historic weekend of the Best Club Award (sponsored by Land Rover Monthly magazine) and the Brian Bashall Memorial Award, made in memory of the founder of the Dunsfold Collection.

Support for Land Rover Legends event continues to grow
Land Rover Legends is the ultimate show for Land Rover enthusiasts, showcasing the very best examples of the marque, including several rare and unusual vehicles from the Dunsfold Collection, a founding partner of the event.  As well as the National Land Rover Awards, the 2021 edition includes unique feature displays, the leading Land Rover clubs, the Legends Line Up! display, a dedicated Land Rover parking area, an exclusive Land Rover parade on the race circuit, and specialist exhibitors and traders –with Land Rover Legends tickets also being valid for the Thruxton Historic race meeting, running on the circuit over the same weekend.

Land Rover Legends at the Thruxton Historic will take place in its own Covid compliant area of the historic WW2 airfield that once was RAF Thruxton.  The venue offers extensive visitor facilities, including the new Thruxton Centre, a dedicated campsite, a kart track, a skid pan - and a superb 4x4 course on site, which will be open throughout the weekend.  With support for the event growing, Land Rover clubs, exhibitors and traders are being urged to register their interest early through the event website to ensure they don’t miss out.

Richard Grafton, Land Rover Legends Event Director, said, “Despite the current uncertainty we have been hugely encouraged by the positive response we are seeing to the return of Land Rover Legends in 2021.  It’s clear people have been keeping busy over the last year and we’re expecting some rare and exciting vehicles to make their debut at the event.  The National Awards promise to be hotly contested and I would like to thank our panel of judges for agreeing to take part – they will definitely have their work cut out!”

Advance discounted tickets for Land Rover Legends are available now, giving you two shows for the price of one!  Full details can be found at www.landroverlegends.com.

 

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« Respuesta #2148 en: 11 Febrero 2021, 14:57:17 »
Glorious example of Ferrari’s legendary GT is confirmed for Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Live Online Auction

1968 Ferrari 330 GT Coupé by Pininfarina
Recent Classiche accreditation applied for
Supplied in May 1968 to dealers in Verona, Italy
Classically finished in gleaming coat of Rosso Corsa with a Nero interior
Silverstone Auctions lot list is rapidly growing full with a range of classic cars, competition cars and automobilia for The Race Retro Live Online Auction, taking place on Saturday 27th March.

One of the star cars recently confirmed for the sale is this 1968 Ferrari 330 GT Coupé by Pininfarina which has been fully inspected for official Ferrari ‘Classiche Certification’ and the £8,400 account has been paid with the glorious ‘Red Box’ expected any day now.

This simply lovely example of one of the best-looking cars in history is classically finished in a gleaming coat of Rosso Corsa, with a Nero interior with long-term ownership between 2005 and 2017 with over £30,000 spent during this period with JDR, TDH Classics and Hoyle-Fox. The car has been fully retrimmed with a new boot carpet and a new headlining fitted, all interior woof finishes, door capping’s and the dashboard, the Borranis were rebuilt and the spinners re-chromed, the carburettors were rebuilt, a new stainless-steel exhaust fitted, the brakes rebuilt and the distributors were adjusted to suit the new electronic ignition.

Beneath the 330 GTC’s stylish and elegant bonnet nestled the 4.0 litre, 300bhp version Ferrari's familiar, twin-cam, 60-degree V12, as used in the 330GT 2+2 enabling 0-60 in less than 7 seconds and over 150mph in true V12 GT style. The rear suspension incorporated the five-speed gearbox in a transaxle, an arrangement that created more even weight distribution and a delightful handling balance.

Gary Dunne, Silverstone Auctions Sales Controller, commented, “We are once again thrilled with the growing lot list we have consigned for our first sale of 2021. The 1968 Ferrari 330 GT Coupé really is a credit and privilege to offer in our tenth year as the official auction partner for Race Retro!”

In light of government restrictions, Silverstone Auctions date for this auction is Saturday 27th March. Pre-sale viewings are important for their customers; therefore, with this revised date they can hopefully provide this service in due course where interested bidders can come and see this classic sixties outstanding GT Ferrari.

 

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« Respuesta #2149 en: 16 Febrero 2021, 14:59:35 »
Back to basics with the Volvo P1800 Cyan in northern Sweden

Cyan Racing chief engineer Mattias Evensson and his crew headed to northern Sweden with the Volvo P1800 Cyan, throwing the car sideways between the snow walls in -20 degrees Celsius.

"The Volvo P1800 Cyan is our way for us to combine the best from the past and today, moving away from the power, weight and performance figures of contemporary performance cars,” said Mattias Evensson Volvo P1800 Cyan Project Manager and Head of Engineering at Cyan Racing.

The team traveled close to 1000 kilometers north of the Cyan Racing headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, to the frozen lakes and snow drenched roads of Åre, Mattias Evensson’s hometown.

The location provided the team with the right conditions to explore the characteristics and limits of the Volvo P1800 Cyan in challenging conditions.

“What really struck me from this expedition was that the car is so easy to drive and that you do not need to provoke it to get it where you want,” said Mattias Evensson.

“All of the properties that we have tried to achieve were almost amplified by driving it on the low grip of snow and ice.

"The basic concept of the car seems to work really well, it does not matter that much if you are on a bone-dry racing circuit, a wet and twisty country road or on the crisp ice here in northern Sweden. You still feel confident and in control.

"I would say this concept has somewhat been lost along the way for the performance cars of today. For us, this is returning back to basics."

The Volvo P1800 weighs less than 1000kg, featuring no driver aids, a dog-leg manual gearbox and an engine designed to deliver increasing power all the way to the redline.

“Our aim has been to make a car with a sound base design that leaves it to you as the driver to explore the limits, rather than leaning on electronic driver aids to control the power and weight as with most modern performance cars,” said Mattias Evensson.

“And it’s all connected with the engine response, the chassis balance and the low weight, making the car playful and rewarding.”

Learn more about the Volvo P1800 Cyan: https://bit.ly/3gVeNZM

 

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« Respuesta #2150 en: 17 Febrero 2021, 14:33:36 »
The Aston Martin Bulldog - a year of restoration and history

1970’s super car, the Aston Martin Bulldog is halfway through its restoration, which will ultimately see the car being driven to its intended top speed of 200 miles an hour. A feat it never achieved in period.

The restoration of this British icon by Classic Motor Cars in Bridgnorth, Shropshire is being followed by thousands  of people worldwide on social media, in motoring magazines and newspapers .It has its own following and  fan base who are excited to hear about its every move.

But this wasn’t always the case. After the launch of the car, and its abortive run to reach 200mile an hour to claim the production car speed record, it disappeared into obscurity. But now more and more history about the car is being found.

Project Manager Richard Gauntlett said: “ The Bulldog became something of a mythical  beast, lots of people knew about it and wondered where it was after it was sold by Aston Martin to an owner in the Middle East. It then disappeared from general view.”

He added: “ There were sightings all over the world, In the late 1980’s it was spotted in a lock up in Arizona, it was back in the Middle East in the 1990’s but it was RM Sotheby’s who tracked it down in Asia.

Richard said: “With top restoration company, CMC being chosen to carry out the 18 months plus restoration and get the car ready for its 200-mph run, the Bulldog was coming home. The car had come full circle not only geographically but in terms of its history.

“While the physical restoration has been going on at CMC, a huge amount of work continues to be done forensically piecing together the full history of where the car has been.”

RM Sotheby’s car specialist Alexander Weaver said: “ “Our team of Car Specialists is always on the hunt for unique, elusive or obscure cars on behalf of our clients and the Aston Martin Bulldog fit that bill perfectly.

“We found this one-of-a-kind concept within an exceptional collection where it had quietly resided for decades. As one would expect we were keen to facilitate its sale knowing the interest in it would be strong.”

He added: “ After extensive discussions and negotiations, the owner agreed to part with the long hidden Bulldog and we were able to facilitate a sale to our client and friend Phillip Sarofim, through our Private Sales division. We are certainly excited to see the car undergo the restoration to its former glory and I’m personally eager to see the Bulldog crack 200mph, as it was intended and came so close.

Nigel Woodward, Managing Director at CMC said: “ Bulldog has been with us  for nearly a year and in that time, we have carefully dismantled the car, meticulously recording every detail of its construction. We have peeled back some of the later additions and modifications that had been carried out to the car after it left Aston Martin, and the process is now well underway to return the car to its former glory.

 

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« Respuesta #2151 en: 17 Febrero 2021, 14:34:40 »
Calling all MGB owners/restorers: Orders for the next batch of BMH bodyshells required by March 31

British Motor Heritage (BMH) builds two batches of replacement bodyshells for the MGB per annum, and orders for the first run of 2021 are required by March 31 latest. So, all those in urgent need of a new shell should ring their nearest Heritage Approved Specialist without delay, a full list of which can be found at www.bmh-ltd.com.

As owners of the original tooling, BMH is the only company able to reproduce MGB bodies to exactly the same specification as those manufactured in period, and orders for replacement shells have for some time been rising year on year. They are available for all versions of the Roadster and GT with prices starting from £11,548.95 (inc. VAT). There is even the option of seam-welded bodies for competition use. The full range of complete shells and myriad of individual panels and related fixings is listed on the website.

Since its formation in 1975, British Motor Heritage has built over 6,100 replacement bodyshells for the MGB, MGR V8, MG Midget, Austin-Healey Sprite, Triumph TR6, original Mini and Mini Clubman, as well as literally tens of thousands of individual replacement panels. The decision to put such genuine components back into manufacture using the original tools has been the saviour of countless classic vehicles that would otherwise have been scrapped long ago.

 

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« Respuesta #2152 en: 22 Febrero 2021, 14:32:21 »
Low mileage and low production Porsches form part of the Race Retro Live Online Auction

1989 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo SE G50 ‘Flachbau’ Cabriolet – one of just seven
Restored 1963 Porsche 356 B T6 Coupe to ‘S’ Specification
One of 13 UK-supplied 2004 Porsche 911 (996) GT3 RS
Stunning, low mileage 2008 Porsche 911 (997) Turbo
The lot list for Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Live Online Auction is looking spectacular, and forming part of the line-up are a number of best-of-breed Porsches with low mileage and others that were low production.

Porsches from across the decades will be crossing the block on Saturday 27th March, including a rare 1989 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo SE G50 ‘Flachbau’ Cabriolet. It is one of only 50 genuine factory-produced 930 SE low-build cars and one of just seven C-16 examples with the 5-speed gearbox. In the stunning colour combination of White Pearl with a matching leather interior, it has covered just 33,168 miles which is corroborated by the 16 service stamps. The upgraded interior features a unique centre console, heated front seats, steering wheel, and gear lever knob with a gold insert; this special car really is the Holy Grail.

Another early Porsche to feature in the tenth Race Retro auction is this recently restored 1963 Porsche 356 B T6 Coupe to ‘S’ Specification, which has covered just 23 miles since its completion. Sensible enhancements were included in the build such as a period-correct 1600cc ‘S’ engine and Porsche parts were employed wherever possible. It is finished in gleaming Schwarz with a matching black interior, has a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and really has been completed to the very highest of standards.

Gary Dunne, Sales Controller for Silverstone Auctions added, “We love the diversity of Porsche examples which we see in every single one of our auctions, they are a much-loved staple of what we offer. What’s more, we will always have the very best examples which are ready for their next owner, as seen with these four here. Not to mention there are several more in the sale, so there really is something to suit various buyers”.

A further two low mileage and low production Porsches to feature in the sale fall into the category of modern classics. First, a 2004 Porsche 911 (996) GT3 RS which is one of just 113 UK-supplied cars and is indicating just 31,836 miles. Powered by the 3.6-litre naturally aspirated flat-six Mezger engine, it is factory finished in Carrera White with classic red detailing and is in superb overall condition supported by a comprehensive history file.

The second is a spectacular Guards Red 2008 Porsche 911 (997) Turbo which also has a significantly low mileage at just 17,445 miles which is supported by a full Porsche main dealer service history. With a manual gearbox, the impressive specification includes sport-chrono plus, park assist, sunroof and short-shift gearchange.

The Race Retro Live Online Auction is taking place on Saturday 27th March, with bidding available online, by phone or via commission. To register to bid, please visit the Silverstone Auctions website here.

Classic and competition cars are still invited to join the growing lot list for the sale, to talk to a member of the team about your car, you can email enquiries@silverstoneauctions.com or contact them on 01926 691141.

 

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« Respuesta #2153 en: 23 Febrero 2021, 14:43:49 »
The Renault 5 Prototype story: Finding inspiration in the past to design for the future

François Leboine, Director of Design for Concept and Show Cars at Renault, details the Renault 5 Prototype’s design
Second story in the series focuses on how to successfully create a modern-yet-classic concept
Distinctive headlights embody the approach taken to the project with a blend of heritage-inspired and all-new elements
Reaction to the Renault 5 Prototype signifies Renault’s DNA has been respected while also looking to the future
Watch François Leboine describe how to build a bridge between the past and present in the full video https://bit.ly/3kcr3GW
Following the first episode in a series about the creation of the Renault 5 Prototype, a second chapter takes a look behind the scenes at Renault Design. For this instalment, François Leboine, Director of Design for Concept and Show Cars, explores how to succeed in building a bridge between the past and present and how it was put into practice with the Renault 5 Prototype.

For the Renault 5 Prototype, François Leboine wanted to “provoke a smile” and revive good memories, with the development of the concept’s distinctive headlights embodying the overall approach.

Inspired by the original R5
The first task in creating the Renault 5 Prototype was to step back and gather archive material to analyse, understand and deconstruct the original vehicle and grasp what it was about. Access to sketches by the original designer Michel Boué, as well as photos, magazines and brochures made it possible to study the original from all angles. A vehicle from Renault Classic also helped to understand more detailed elements such as the famous headlights.

From here, the first sketches were made. "The sketches captured the fundamental elements that needed to be retained to reproduce the mischievous look of the original R5," explains François Leboine. Then, the designers moved on to define proportions, contours and the distance between the headlights, to find the expression and characterful look of the 1970s model.

Transforming classic features into futuristic details
After analysing the graphic characteristics and working on the proportions, designers transformed it. For the Renault 5 Prototype, they were inspired by aeronautics, architecture, product design and electronics. "It was really important that the Renault 5 Prototype was not just a slavish copy of the past, but that it really was a vehicle that contained the elements of the future”, said François Leboine.

As a result, the prototype’s headlights have become a real technological, futuristic element. Where the optional fog lights once were on the original R5, there are now unique daytime running lights fully integrated into the front bumper.

A successful reimagination of an icon
The final element is the ultimate step for designers, the one that lets them know if their work has been successful. "The reaction of the people around us determines if we've hit the bull's eye, if we've brought the R5 back to life or if it was a failure", explains François Leboine. “In the end it exceeded our expectations.”

With the Renault 5 Prototype, the emblematic model of Renault’s heritage now has a worthy successor – a modern car, full of charm and in tune with the times. It represents a successful projection into the future while fully respecting Renault’s DNA.

The full video can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/3kcr3GW 

 

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« Respuesta #2154 en: 23 Febrero 2021, 14:45:08 »
InstaVolt partners with Everrati to power iconic cars into an electric future

InstaVolt and Everrati have united to provide rapid public charging to some of the world’s most iconic and classic cars. 

Leading rapid public charging network InstaVolt, have partnered with Everrati who develop the world’s most iconic electric cars, working together to bring modern charging technology to Everrati vehicles.

Everrati was founded to further the legacies of some of the most desirable cars in the world, redefining them with state-of-the-art electric drivetrains, and a painstaking restoration process. Each Everrati vehicle, which to date includes Mercedes-Benz SL Pagoda’s and Porsche 911’s, is restored by the company’s experienced engineering team using the latest design technologies. The cars are then fitted with a brand-new, custom designed electric power unit and battery pack, leading to enhanced performance and a zero-emission future.

Following the new partnership, InstaVolt are now the recommended rapid and ultra-rapid public charging provider for Everrati, and drivers purchasing an Everrati car will receive a personalised package. This includes a personalised RFID for use on all InstaVolt chargers, a network of more than 550 chargers nationwide. Furthermore, Everrati customers will be able to take advantage of ongoing InstaVolt promotions and benefits.

InstaVolt CEO Adrian Keen said: “We’re excited about this partnership as it supports our notion for a cleaner future. Everrati transforms the most beautiful and iconic classic cars we know and love and reinvents them for an electrified future. 

“Everrati customers can now enjoy the full potential of their electrified classics, confident that they can top up using the UK’s most reliable electric charging network whilst continuing to protect the environment, as our network is 100% renewably powered.”

Justin Lunny, CEO, Everrati said: “Our vision is to create the world’s most iconic electric cars; redefining iconic internal combustion engine ‘ICE’ cars into cosmetically improved, zero-emission vehicles. Our cars are designed to be driven and enjoyed, with InstaVolt as our recommended public charging network, our customers will be sure they can access highly reliable, rapid charging whenever they need it. The personalised RFID card and providing our customer access to InstaVolt’s promotions and additional benefits, all adds to the experience we offer each Everrati customer.”

Notes to editors
InstaVolt owns, installs and maintains rapid electric vehicle charging units all over the country, giving landowners the opportunity to earn a rental income by housing them, and giving EV drivers access to the fastest charging available.

InstaVolt has twice been voted the UK’s favourite public charging network, capable of charging multiple brands of vehicle, in the annual Zap-map driver survey.

It believes that charging an electric vehicle should be quick and easy. It’s why, unlike many other companies, InstaVolt operates an ‘open charger’ model, so anyone can use its charging points on a pay-as-you-go basis. No monthly subscription and no membership cards are required.

At the company’s core is a mission to make the UK an easier place to recharge – meaning more electric vehicles on the road and better air quality for all.

Everrati™ – Founded in 2019, Everrati™ is dedicated to lowering the environmental impact of iconic cars, by replacing combustion engines with high-tech electric powertrains.

Reflecting the upmost respect for these iconic vehicles and their unique identity, Everrati™ both preserves and revitalises, offering unparalleled luxury, performance, and precision engineered electric power. Compassionately restoring each masterpiece, Everrati™ not only replaces the traditional combustion engine with a custom designed, state-of-the-art electric powertrain, but also fully refits the interior to the customer’s chosen specifications. The process is also completely reversable, helping to retain the investment value of the vehicle.

 

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« Respuesta #2155 en: 23 Febrero 2021, 14:45:43 »
A number of exceptional classic cars confirmed for Classic Car Auctions first sale of 2021

Elegant 1978 Rolls Royce at 43 years old
Aspirational 1967 Jaguar 3.4 S-Type
1955 Ford F100 Pickup in Turquoise Blue
Rare 1972 Fiat 500L
Classic Car Auctions first sale of 2021 is taking place on Friday 26th March.

The catalogue of cars is already shaping up with some superb examples including this elegant 1978 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II with just 94,200 miles at 43 years. This ‘flying lady’ is classically presented in Highland Green with Parchment Hide and Suede Green carpets piped in Parchment, Burr Walnut facings and a Charcoal roll-top – simply terrific example offering a great route into Rolls-Royce ownership.

Continuing with the excellent rapidly growing lot list is the most aspirational saloon car of the period, a 1967 Jaguar 3.4 S-Type. It is beautifully finished in Silver Blue with markedly patinated light grey leather and a manual/overdrive gearbox. With a previous owner for 30 years, this car comes with a large history file.

Gary Dunne, CCA’s Sales Manager commented “We are delighted with the growing lot list that we have consigned for our first sale of 2021! Even though the sale is taking place online, our expert team are still able to hear, touch and see all the magnificent cars as they arrive at our storage facility, which creates a virtual showroom of choice for all our buyers. We hope to be able to offer pre-sale viewings by appointment prior to the auction day.”

Also offered in the auction is a splendid example of Ford's 2nd-Generation, light-duty, pickup truck. This 1955 Ford F100 Pickup is looking awesome in Turquoise Blue with a bespoke interior in turquoise, white and chrome with beige velour. Classic Car Auctions are delighted to confirm this fantastic, left-hand drive example for their first sale of 2021.

This super rare 1972 Fiat 500L is presented in an unusual colour of Gloss Black with a smart black interior. This left-hand drive example is on offer from a private collection and is supplied to the sale with a fresh MOT until January 27th, 2022.

Gary continued “We can’t wait for a weekend of online celebrations of classic cars as we have teamed up with our sister company, Silverstone Auctions, to host our forthcoming sales of consecutive days with over 200 cars in one location.”

Classic Car Auctions are now preparing for their first online auction of the year. To talk to classic car specialist about your car, contact the team on 01926 640888 or complete their Value My Classic form here.

 

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« Respuesta #2156 en: 25 Febrero 2021, 14:48:00 »
Concours of Elegance reveals special display in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s 95th birthday

Concours of Elegance 2021 will host a special display of 95 British cars, one from each year of Her Majesty The Queen’s life
The event started in 2012 as a celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and continues to run with kind permission of Her Majesty The Queen
In total, nearly 1,000 vehicles will be on display across the weekend as further features are revealed in the coming months
The Concours of Elegance remains the UK’s top concours d’elegance and among the top three in the world
Tickets can be bought now from www.concoursofelegance.co.uk/tickets
The Concours of Elegance, presented by A. Lange & Söhne, has announced the first of its many spectacular features for 2021; a line-up of 95 of the finest British cars celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s 95th birthday.

The event was first established in 2012 to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, with a collection of 60 of the rarest cars in the world in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle. Since then the Concours of Elegance has evolved into a world-renowned celebration of craftsmanship, design and innovation, hosted since 2017 at Hampton Court Palace. In 2021, it returns to Henry VIII’s former home.

Beginning at 1926 – the year of Her Majesty’s birth – and working its way through to 2021, the Queen’s 95th Birthday Celebration Display, presented by Magneto, will chart the evolution of the British motor industry through its many ups and downs, through iconic manufacturers and some of those no longer with us. These 95 cars will be just one of a whole host of features set for Concours of Elegance 2021, which will welcome around 1,000 cars to the grounds of Hampton Court Palace, including a collection of around 70 of the world’s rarest at its heart.

The line-up begins with the Bentley 4½-Litre, a successor to the 3-Litre, which had scored a number of motorsport successes throughout its lifetime. In order for Bentley to remain competitive on the world stage greater power and speed were needed, and the 4½-Litre was born. It quickly proved its mettle with an outright win in the 1928 Le Mans race and subsequent Brooklands competition success.

In 1948, another of Britain’s motorsport and speed legends came into existence. The Jaguar XK120 is really where Jaguar’s sports car history began, and giving birth to the famous lineage of XK engines that would continue in use for decades. It was the fastest car of its day, setting 24-hour and seven-day, seven-night speed records of more than 100mph each. Not bad at all for a car well over 70 years old now.

Come 1960, and one of the most beautiful cars ever designed arrives. While technically a British-Italian collaboration the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato was a lightweight, focused DB4 that had been transformed by the famous coachbuilders into a smaller, more lightweight car. Many steel components were replaced by aluminum counterparts. Basically all non-essential elements disappeared such as the bumpers. With the help of Perspex and aluminum components, more than 100 lbs was shed off the DB4 GT.

By the mid-1960s, Rover’s market research team were reporting the emergence of a new market in America for recreational off-road vehicles, which led to the development of the Range Rover in 1970. Land Rover’s understanding of four-wheel drive systems was truly world-beating, and the first Range Rover employed a sophisticated locking centre diff to eliminate tyre scrub and also used disc brakes to ensure class-leading stopping power – highly unusual on cars at that time. Under the skin, a strong ladder-type chassis ensured off-road durability, while long travel coil suspension provided a sophisticated ride. Power came from an advanced all-alloy V8. The formula proved so successful that a kind of black market formed with people paying above the odds to skip the waiting list… and the rest is history.

The 1987 Lotus Esprit Turbo is something of an icon; Its 2.2-litre four-cylinder engine is more than capable of carrying this lightweight car from 0-60mph in well under six seconds. What’s more, the magical Lotus chassis brought with it levels of ride comfort and handling that easily lived up to contemporary rivals from Ferrari and Porsche.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom VII marked the reemergence of Rolls-Royce under BMW ownership; a statement of intent for the future of the brand. Immediately it set new standards for comfort and luxury; a whisper-quiet 6.75-litre V12 engine, the thickest of lambs wool carpets and the most advanced technology available in the automotive world. Even the self-levelling wheel centres and automatically retractable Spirit of Ecstacy screamed attention to detail.

From the more modern era, the Concours of Elegance will welcome a McLaren Senna, part of the Ultimate Series of McLaren cars. Inspired by one of McLaren’s greatest ever racing drivers, Ayrton Senna, it’s one of the most track-focused McLarens ever built, one of the fastest around a circuit and one of the most powerful, with 825hp from its twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8.

Outside of the automotive displays, Concours of Elegance remains an occasion of pure luxury, with champagne provided by Charles Heidsieck, picnics by Fortnum & Mason, live stage interviews with Chubb Insurance, hosted by Jodie Kidd, and a collection of art, jewellery and fashion displays. Presenting Partner, A. Lange & Söhne, recently confirmed to support the event for a further three years, will continue to showcase some of its most intricate timepieces.

The full list of cars making up the 95th display is below. If you have a car you think could be appropriate, please feel free to e-mail iain@thoroughevents.co.uk with details and imagery.




Tickets to the Concours of Elegance 2021 are available now from just £30 for half-day entry, with full three-course hospitality packages from £288. Tickets can be bought from concoursofelegance.co.uk/tickets.

 

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« Respuesta #2157 en: 25 Febrero 2021, 14:48:27 »
An amazing opportunity to take ownership of East African safari winning Tuthill 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera MFI Safari Rally Car

Expertly prepared by Tuthill Porsche
Outright East African Safari winning car
A very special car with an outstanding history and provenance
Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Live Online Auction will see this exceptional 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera MFI Safari Rally Car offered in their first sale of 2021.

The East African safari winning Tuthill Porsche 911, started life in January 1975 as a relatively rare Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI Coupe where it was then converted into a rally car in the early 1990’s and campaigned extensively by legendary Irish tarmac rally driver, Billy Coleman.

The car was hired in 1998 for The RAC Historic rally by Silverstone Auctions Managing Director, Nick Whale. Nick realised the cars potential and decided to then own the car, going onto win the 1999 Safety Devices Rally Challenge outright. Not only this, but also The British Historic Rally Championship held in 2000 over eight rounds, four tarmac and four gravel events. Every time the car went out, it was successful.

The car was sold in May 2002 and rallied for the next decade before being converted by Tuthills, into a full house East African Safari spec rally car. Much work was then done to this superb car at the time in which it has continually benefited from Tuthills ongoing maintenance and improvements.

Nick Whale, Silverstone Auctions Managing Director, commented, “We are thrilled to offer a car with such outstanding history and one that I have previously owned and won in, for our first sale of 2021. The 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera MFI Safari Rally Car really is a credit and privilege to offer in our tenth year as the official auction partner for Race Retro!”

This striking car has completed in no less than four East African Safari events, finishing every one! Finally, in 2017 the car was taken to the very top step on the podium and won the event outright – what an achievement by Silverstone Auctions private vendor and world class rally driver, Ryan Champion. This Porsche 911 was even selected by Porsche Club GB as one of 30 specially invited cars to attend as well as participating in Porsches 50th Birthday celebrations at Brands Hatch circuit in 2018.

As well as the cars outstanding history and provenance is MSA papers and an FIA HTP. This is a great basis for another Safari project that Tuthills have indicated can be brought up to current front running specification for a spend of about £40,000. Newly built cars today are around £300,000 plus VAT, making this car with such an outstanding pedigree. 

Silverstone Auctions are offering a dedicated, one-to-one, virtual viewing of cars of interest to you from 24th February through to the 26th March. Viewing the cars in person is permitted to specialists who have been instructed to inspect vehicles of interest on your behalf and members of the trade. Bookings are arranged by appointment and this should be made by calling 01926 691141.

Silverstone Auctions are closing their catalogue in just under two weeks. Entries are still invited to join the rapidly growing lot list for their live online auction. The UK market leader classic car auction house can be contacted on can be contacted on 01926 691141, by email enquiries@silverstoneauctions.com or via their website.

 

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« Respuesta #2158 en: 25 Febrero 2021, 14:48:54 »
2021: 50th Anniversary of the Mazda RX-3

Called the Mazda Savanna in Japan, the rotary powered Mazda RX-3 was launched in 1971.
Piston engine versions were marketed as the Mazda 818, Mazda 808 and Mazda Grand Familia.
Offered in coupe, saloon and estate body styles, more than 286,757 Mazda RX-3s were produced.
After celebrating its centenary in 2020, 2021 sees the 50th Anniversary of one of Mazda’s most interesting, adaptable and successful cars. Often overlooked when compared to the later RX-7 coupe or the earlier and far rarer Mazda Cosmo, the Mazda RX-3 was a landmark car in Mazda’s history – a car that cemented Mazda’s association with the rotary engine at home and abroad, while its export success helped put Mazda on the map as a global automotive company.

Not only that, its success on the racetrack led the way for the accomplishments of the later and more famous RX-7. By the time production came to an end in 1978, 286,757 RX-3s had been produced - making it the biggest selling Mazda rotary outside of the RX-7. Additionally, the piston engine versions, called the Mazda 808, Mazda 818 or Grand Familia depending on the market, were also popular and adding lots more vehicles to the sales tally. And while it was the two-door coupe that was the most popular and is the best remembered today, the RX-3 was offered in coupe, saloon and estate body styles – making it the first Mazda rotary estate car.

Having introduced the stunning Cosmo 110S sports car in 1967, followed by the diminutive R100 Familia Coupe in 1968 and the elegant Bertone designed R130 Luce Coupe in 1969, Mazda then introduced the RX-2 Coupe in 1970. The first year of the new decade also saw the first rotaries exported to Europe and the United States, and thanks to this line up of Wankel engine powered coupes by the end of 1970 cumulative rotary production had reached 100,000 units. The 1970 Tokyo Motor Show had also seen Mazda display the radical Mazda RX-500 concept car, unlike anything seen before, its pure futuristic design was a showcase for both the rotary engine and safety technology. A wedge shaped, mid-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car with forward opening butterfly doors its multi-coloured rear strip lights indicated whether the car was slowing down, cruising or speeding up by changing colour. The rotary 10A engine was accessed by gullwing opening engine covers and this supercar concept exemplified the technical prowess and boldness of Mazda and its rotary engine technology.

It was into this halcyon period of the rotary engine that Mazda launched the new Mazda RX-3 in September 1971. Smaller and sportier than the Mazda RX-2, the rotary RX-3 was called the Mazda Savanna in Japan but it was largely identical to the in-line four-cylinder powered Mazda Grand Familia launched alongside it. As Mazda had done with previous models, offering a choice of piston or rotary powered versions increased the range and customer choice considerably.

And to fully understand the global picture, you first have to get your head around the naming strategy of the newest car in the line-up. Simply the rotary took the Savanna name in Japan, while export versions proudly wore the RX-3 moniker. Japanese piston engine cars wore the Grand Familia badge, while exported cars were named the Mazda 808. Even more confusingly, the famous Peugeot ownership of car numbers with a central zero that turned the Porsche 901 to the Porsche 911 in 1964, saw the Mazda 808 become the Mazda 818 in Europe and the UK, while Australian and US cars retained the 808 naming, although later North America 1.3-litre versions were called the Mazda Mizer from 1976. A version of the 808 was even licenced to Kia for production as the piston engine Kia Brisa K303.

Externally, the rotary RX-3 and piston Mazda 818 were distinguished by different grilles and headlights, with the RX-3 having twin round headlamps and the 818/ Grand Familia using square lamps or single round lights. Plus, the unique rotor shaped badges on the RX-3 left no doubts to the type of power unit under the bonnet. Launched in September 1971, the RX-3 coupe, saloon and estate all featured the 982cc 10A engine, while US market cars featured the more powerful 1,146cc 12A engine. From 1972 the Savanna GT went on sale in Japan with the larger 12A engine, which was also introduced into other markets alongside the 10A versions, until the 10A was discontinued in 1974. By 1976 exports to Australia and New Zealand had stopped, but the car remained on sale in Japan and the United States through to the end of production in 1978. Small visual detail changes mark out the 1971 to 1973 Series I cars from the later 1973 to 1978 Series II and Series III versions, with the sharper nose and grille the obvious stand out feature of later models.

Arriving in the UK in 1972, the Mazda RX-3 and 818 range featured a saloon and a coupe for each model, with the £1,633 RX-3 Coupe costing £335 more than its piston engine 818 sibling. In 1973 an estate RX-3 and 818 joined the line-up, but the RX-3 estate only lasted until 1974 before being dropped from the UK line-up. Updates across the range in 1975 included improved upholstery, tinted glass and the option of metallic paint for the first time. RX-3 sales stopped in the UK in 1976, however the Mazda 818 estate stayed in the line-up until 1978, with the last saloons and coupes being sold in 1979.

Tested by Motor Magazine in 1973, the 982cc 110bhp 10A powered RX-3 coupe had a 0-60mph performance of 10.2secs and over the duration of their 1,220-mile road test they averaged 24.9mpg praising the RX-3 for its good performance, slick gear change, solid build quality and nice controls. Testing the 1,272cc 4cyl 81bhp Mazda 818 Saloon they recorded a more leisurely 15.3sec 0-60mph time, while fuel consumption of 32.7mpg highlighted the piston engine’s slightly more economical cruising ability. Yet despite the lower price, in 1973 the UK importer sold three times more RX-3s than Mazda 818s. 

The other crucial chapter the RX-3 played in the Mazda story was its success in competition. Having raced the Cosmo and R100 Coupe in Europe at famous events like the Marathon de la Route and the Spa 24 Hours, Mazda focused on racing at home in Japan – taking on the Nissan Skyline in domestic racing. The new RX-3 made its mark from outset, taking its first victory at the Fuji Tourist Trophy meeting in December 1971, while equipped with the 12A engine, in May 1972 RX-3s took a historic 1-2-3 finish in the Fuji Touring Car Grand Prix. In spite of the battle for supremacy with Nissan reaching new levels of intensity, RX-3s went on to take the Fuji Grand Champion Touring Car class championship title in 1972, 1973 and 1975. After six seasons of success, at the JAF Touring Car Grand Prix of 1976 the Mazda RX-3 claimed its 100th domestic Japanese racing victory.

However, it wasn’t just at home that the RX-3 was making its mark, the RX-3 became a popular and successful race car around the world – competing in the USA, Europe and Australia. In Australia’s most famous race – The Bathurst 1000, a Mazda R100 coupe made its debut in 1969 and RX-2s appeared in 1971 before the 1973 race saw an entry of three RX-2s and three RX-3s –  one RX-3 finished second in class and ninth overall. However, it was 1975 when the RX-3s racetrack success really cemented the rotary engine and Mazda into the psyche of antipodean car fans, as Don Holland and Hiroshi Fushida won their class and came 5th overall at Bathurst with only V8 Holdens ahead of them.

In the United States the RX-3 was also popular and appeared in the famous Daytona 24 Hours in the hands of privateers with one car finishing 14th overall and 3rd in class in 1975 with only Porsches and Ferraris ahead of it. In 1978 Mazda’s first factory supported entry saw two Gatorade livered RX-3s enter the Daytona 24 Hours with the lessons learnt helping Mazda’s return in 1979 with the new RX-7 where the team took victory in the GTU class – the first of more than 100 IMSA victories for the RX-7 in just 12 years.

The RX-3 was just as popular in European saloon car racing where it was campaigned by privateers in the European Touring Car Championship, including the flagship Spa 24 Hours. In the UK, an importer who assisted racing customers get hold of RX-3s, helped to make the car a very popular choice in production saloon and touring car racing, and just as it was in other parts of the world, the RX-3 was also popular in amateur rallying. The Mazda RX-3 even raced at Le Mans, as in 1975 a privately entered French RX-3 took part in the race, having failed to qualify in 1974.

Today, the Mazda RX-3 remains a popular choice for historic racers around the globe, while the car has gained cult status in the tuning, drifting and even drag racing worlds. Thanks to its success in competition the Mazda RX-3 was a car that successfully extended the Mazda brand, promoted the rotary engine and helped Mazda begin to establish its reputation for being a producer of great to drive cars.

When the RX-3 was launched in 1971, cumulative global Mazda rotary sales sat at 200,000 cars. From 1972 onwards the RX-3 outsold the RX-2 and peak RX-3 sales arrived in 1973 with 105,819 cars in that year alone, by which point total rotary sales had reached 500,000 cars. From 1974 the bigger RX-4 outsold the RX-3, but it was the smaller and sportier RX-3 that was doing the winning on the world’s race tracks and proving the rotary engine in competition.

Today, the RX-3s total sales of 286,757 make it the second best-selling rotary of all time behind the 811,634 combined sales of three generations of RX-7. Half a century on the RX-3’s fame may have been eclipsed somewhat by the RX-7, but this hard-working rotary and its less glamourous piston engine siblings did much to feed Mazda’s global sales expansion in the early 70s, while the RX-3’s success in competition was a hugely important early chapter in a story that led all the way to Le Mans victory in 1991. Still loved by owners and tuners the world over, the RX-3 rightly has a cult status amongst rotary aficionados. Happy Birthday RX-3.