Archive for August, 2010

The New Bentley Continental GT To Get A 7 Day Internet Reveal.

Posted in cars with tags , , , , , , on August 31, 2010 by AutoSpotters

Bentley is taking a page form the Ford Explorer play book, and super sizing it, by planning an Internet reveal of the all new Bentley Continental GT.

The Internet reveal will will be a full week and open to the public at

Viewers waisting time at work will be able to “enjoy the drama of a formal motor show ‘unveil’ as well as taking several bespoke and virtual tours”.

-check back for photos as they roll in.


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Some Say He Has Been Fired, All We Know Is He Is Called The Stig.

Posted in cars with tags , , , , , , , , on August 29, 2010 by AutoSpotters

Now that the helmet has come off, and all the world knows Ben Collins is The Stig, the Formula 3 driver has been canned by the BBC.

All of this came about because a legal fight over Ben Collins’ autobiography, set for release September 16 under HarperCollins.  We know The Stig can not talk, but it is also contractually banned from writing as well, and as one may imagine, writing an autobiography kind of breaks the contract.

Top Gear has ways of dealing with rogue Stigs… At the start of the 3rd season of Top Gear, after it was reviled Perry McCarthy was the small brained black suit wearing Stig, he was killed off by driving a Jaguar XJ-S off the flight deck of a Royal Navy aircraft carrier.

Andy Wilman, from Top Gear wrote an excellent article regarding the whole mess.

source: The Mirror 

The Chevrolet Suburban And The Shopping Center Door Ding Turns 75.

Posted in cars with tags , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2010 by AutoSpotters

The Suburban is the industry’s longest-running model and is the first vehicle to reach 75 years of production.

One can only assume this is also the 75th anniversary of the shopping center door ding.

According to Chevrolet, the base price of the original, eight-passenger Suburban was about $675, or the equivalent of about $10,900 in 2010 dollars.

[photo credit: GM Press & google]

The 2012 Mercedes Benz CLS

Posted in cars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2010 by AutoSpotters

The new CLS will premiere at the October 2-17, 2010 Paris motor show.

The 2012 CLS will have full LED headlamps, which are the world’s first to offer all of the dynamic light functions using LED technology – A total of 71 LED’s will be used in the headlamp clusters. (What 2012 car will not have LED’s incorporated into the front end?)

As you can see form these pictures, the new CLS will have the new flat nose look of the newer body Benz cars, new sharp lines and very pronounced wheel well arches.

While the rear of the new CLS has slightly different lines than the old CLS, it still manages to retain its awkward, just not right look. (We have noticed quad tail pipes and an AMG badge on the right side of the trunk lid go a long way toward righting that awkward shape.)

GM IPO: Could Be One Of The Biggest Ever.

Posted in cars with tags , , , , , , , , on August 18, 2010 by AutoSpotters

Reuters has reported GM could raise up to $20 Billion in its IPO.

DETROIT – General Motors Company today announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a proposed initial public offering consisting of common stock to be sold by certain of its stockholders and the issuance by the company of its Series B mandatory convertible junior preferred stock. …

Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan (representatives of the underwriters), BofA Merrill Lynch, Citi, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Barclays Capital, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank Securities, RBC Capital Markets, and UBS Investment Bank will be the joint book-running managers for the offering. … [GM PR]

Expect to see GM shares traded on the NYSE and TSE (Toronto Stock Exchange).

Trading in GM shares is expected to start between late October and the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, which is the fourth Thursday in November, according to people involved in the process. A stock offering in late October would mean trading would start just before the November congressional elections.

The Obama administration wants to be able to cast the $50 billion GM bailout as a financial success in the face of public skepticism and Republican political opposition. [CNBC]

[photo credit: Motor Trend]

The Only White Car To Win Pebble Beach Best Of Show: 1933 Delage D8S De Villars Roadster

Posted in cars with tags , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2010 by AutoSpotters

MONTEREY, Calif. — A week of automobile heaven wrapped up after crowning the shocking (deserving) Best Of Show blue ribbon to a WHITE 1933 Delage D8S De Villars Roadster.

The Delage beat out more than 200 other spectacular classic cars, finally putting to rest the notion that a white car could not win at Pebble Beach.

“A white car has never won at Pebble Beach,” said the vehicle’s owner, Jim Patterson, of Louisville, Ky. The man of the hour, Mr. Patterson, purchased the Delage in 2007, at another Pebble Beach auction, for $3.74 million and then had it restored to its award winning condition.

$3.74 million is huge money for a car, but to put it into Monterey, California perspective: this year a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT long-wheelbase California Spider Competizione sold for $7.26 million.

[photo credit: AutoTrader Clasics]

Ferrari F40 Turns 20

Posted in cars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2010 by AutoSpotters

The legendary Ferrari F40‘s party was held at the equally legendary Concorso Italiano in Monterey, CA.

F40 history lesson: To celebrate Ferrari’s 40th anniversary, Enzo Ferrari directed his designers to create a road-going race car, to be called the F40. The F40 had a twin turbo V8 that produced 478 hp and incorporated extremely lightweight composite materials and a kevlar body developed by Pininfarina.

The F40 was the last car developed and built under Enzo Ferrari’s direct supervision.

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