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Ever since Gran Turismo 4, Jay Leno has had at least one of his cars included in the popular racing simulator (starting with the Tank Car), and more of his machines appears in Gran Turismo 6. They include this nose-heavy, front-wheel-drive V8-powered muscle car. Yes, that aptly describes a 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado - except Leno's is rear-wheel drive. And it has a Cadillac CTS-V race engine modified to pump out 1,070 horsepower.
For the latest Jay Leno's Garage episode, he takes his real Toronado out for a cruise and then drives the virtual one like he stole it, accruing some body damage along the way. Leno also drives the virtual supercar Mercedes-Benz designed for GT6, the AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept that debuted at the LA Auto Show, along with the real one, which is a 1:1-scale model. The model is radio-controlled and equipped with a small electric motor, sufficient to move it on and off of auto show floors.
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As Ford celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Mustang with the unveiling of the all-new sixth-gen design, one Chicago women can lay claim to a piece of Mustang history. According to CBS Chicago, Gail Wise was the first person in the US to buy a Mustang in 1964, and she did so two days before the car was even unveiled to the public.
Wise, then a 22-year-old teacher, went into the Chicago Ford dealership wanting to buy a convertible, and a salesperson ushered her over to car covered by a tarp. That car was a baby blue Mustang convertible, which she still owns today - along with the documentation. After sitting for almost 30 years and undergoing a full restoration, the car now looks to be in original condition. The report says that this $3,400 purchase could be worth anywhere between $100,000 and $250,000. While this worked out well for Mrs. Wise, we wouldn't recommend anyone going into a dark, back room of a dealership hoping to get a jump on the purchase of a 2015 Mustang.
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By their very nature, rare classic Ferraris draw big headlines when they're about to cross an auction block. Take, for example, the 1964 Ferrari 250 LM that we wrote about last month or the record-shattering 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spider that sold for $27.5 million at the 2013 RM Auctions at Pebble Beach. But every so often, a car from the good ole' US of A pops up that looks capable of drawing similarly large bids at auction. Cars like this 1961 Chaparral 1.
For those not in the know, Chaparral Cars was a manufacturer of racecars during the 1960s; cars renowned for their advanced features and cutting-edge technologies. While cars like the 2J - affectionately known as the "sucker car" for its two, rear-mounted 17-inch fans, which were used to create a ground effect that gave it incredible aerodynamic grip at any speed - draw all the attention, it was the Chaparral 1 which started everything off.
Unlike other Chaparrals, the 1 was not particularly cutting edge. It was a pretty racecar, but it lacked the aerodynamic and technological features of later models, instead taking advantage of a 318-cubic-inch Chevrolet V8, a low curb weight and a fully independent suspension. Only five Chaparral 1s were built which adds to the rarity. Of those five cars, two were owned by company founder Jim Hall (no, not this Jim Hall). This is one of those cars.
Chassis 1-003 took a class win in its first outing at the 1962 12 Hours of Sebring, and then captured an overall win at the Road America 500. Its third and final appearance was at Sebring in 163, although it failed to finish. This particular car has had a series of owners since then, and was most recently sold in August 2004 for $1.1 million. It'll cross the block again this January, at RM Auctions' Scottsdale event, where it's expected to bring in anywhere from $2.25 to $2.75 million.
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In the modern industry, there's a clear distinction between Ferrari and its parent company, Fiat. Confusing the two is virtually impossible, although that wasn't always so. In the 1960s, the line between Fiat and Ferrari was still there, but it wasn't nearly so well defined, thanks to the addition of the Dino line.
And while we could essentially write a dissertation on Ferrari, Dino and Fiat, let's just say that it wasn't at all difficult to find a Dino-badged car that could still set your hair on fire. One such car from those halcyon days of Italian automotive production is the 1968 Fiat Dino Spyder, shown in the latest video from Petrolicious.
Now, this isn't the exotic, mid-engined Dino. Rather, this is a sporty, but humble, Fiat-badged convertible, that's a bit lesser known. Still, it's a truly gorgeous car, and this example, owned by Danny Soukup, is a prime specimen of that rare 1960s Italian car. Scroll down for the latest video from Petrolicious.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Mercedes-Benz has a long and very storied racing history, dating back to the dawn of the automobile. Naturally, we take every opportunity available to explore that history, which is why this clip is so interesting.
It's from a video called "Magical Moments" that Mercedes puts out through its Classic store. From what we can tell, it recaps some events from its glory days and features quotes from some of the Silver Arrows' greatest drivers. The acting is, predictably, a bit wooden, but the cars are simply exquisite. With appearances from Jackie Stewart and all the classic Mercedes racers you can possibly imagine, any fan of vintage cars is going to get a kick out of this.
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Gran Turismo 6 hits the shelves today, y'all. Unless you're waiting for Santa to stuff a copy in your stocking (or have been embargoed from buying video games until after the holidays by well-meaning loved ones), you should probably go out an pick up a copy of The Real Driving Simulator's latest iteration. We're in the process of reviewing the title right now... stay tuned for more on that next week.
In a particularly cool, and beautifully shot piece of marketing for the launch of GT6, the team at Polyphony Digital has also started this First Love video and live-streaming series. At its heart is the 1948 Hudson you see above, the very first racing car of none other than Mario Andretti.
Gran Turismo is paying tribute to Andretti's amazing career in a couple of very cool ways here. To start, it's restoring the Hudson - live and for all the world to see. You can scroll below to watch the time-lapse video of the first two days of the build, or click through to the live-streaming page to follow along with the project. On December 16, we can expect the long-awaited reunion between the Hudson and its storied driver, too.
Cooler still, from the gaming perspective, the Gran Turismo 6 team will be scanning the Hudson digitally and creating a drivable version of it, available via free download, in the game itself. The Andretti Hudson should prove a welcome diversion, in much the same way driving the Goodwood Revival Hillclimb and in the Lunar Rover have so far... but we're getting ahead of ourselves.Permalink | Email this | Comments
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