Majesty – The Ferrari 250 GTO

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Petrolicious has come a long way in a short time. They started with nice videos of passion-worthy, but very obtainable cars like the Datsun 510 and early Nissan Skyline. In just over a year, they’ve proved themselves worthy of being trusted to film one of the most valuable cars in the world today – a Ferrari 250 GTO. Well done, sirs!! The following is a feast for the eyes and especially for the ears. It’s a nice little history lesson, too, directly from the son of one of Ferrari’s own factory drivers. The driving footage and accompanying soundtrack from just […]

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Weekend Reading – Ferrari Dino 308 GT4

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[hr] I posted a Fantasy Friday entry yesterday, featuring the Ferrari Dino 308 GT4. I should have done some more research before posting, and (as always) I should have done that research at Hemmings. We have a regular visitor in our midst who just happens to be one of the scribes at Hemmings. His name’s Mark McCourt and he left a comment in yesterday’s FF entry that sent me reading two articles from Hemmings that I’d like to pass on for your perusal this weekend. The first is Hemmings’ look at a 308 GT4, owned by a guy on the […]

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Fantasy Friday – Ferrari Dino 308 GT4

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[hr] [dropcap]L[/dropcap]ife’s too short to never own a mid-engined Italian V8. Gearheads might consider that quote to be agreeable, but getting a mid-engine Italian V8 is not like buying a Corolla. It takes dedication and a commitment to the goals of both acquisition and ownership. It’s not for everyone and on many levels, it shouldn’t really be for anyone. And yet….. who wouldn’t want one, one day? There are currently two ways to get into a “reasonably priced” Ferrari in Australia (if your idea of reasonably affordable is to pay from $30K upwards for a 1970’s Italian with an intermittent […]

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Fantasy Friday – Ferrari 246 Dino GTS

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Welcome to the first instalment of Fantasy Friday, a momentary brainstorm idea that may or may not be continued in the future. I spend a LOT of time on various car-selling websites so I thought I’d pick a car from time-to-time to share on here. Any car shown on Fantasy Friday will be a car that’s available for sale at the time of publication (so hopefully a friend can buy it and I can go for a drive!!). As it came up in comments a few days ago, I thought I’d share this Ferrari 246 Dino that’s coming up for […]

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Midweek Snippets – Jalopnik FM, Tesla Safety, Petroliciously Pebble and Politics

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Here are some of my best reads from the last few days of online automotive reading (and something from the fringe). — Jalopnik good I don’t know if you’d call this list definitive, but it’s entertaining. Jalopnik compiled a list of the Ten Best Automotive Ads and there are a couple of Swedes amongst them – one each from Volvo and Saab. I’m not sure they picked the right Volvo ad (I prefer the one with the Lamborghini) but the Saab one was a favourite. — Not a real ad Spotted, photographed and caption-added by my mate Turbin a few […]

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Ferrari Auction Record Busted

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As nice as it is, this is not the most beautiful Ferrari ever bought and sold at auction. Right now, however, it IS the most expensive Ferrari ever sold at auction. This N.A.R.T Spider – the full official description has it as a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T Spider – just sold for $25 million. Add in the 10% buyer’s premium and the total forked out by the new owner is $27.5 million. If you’re into heart warming stories (and/or dismayed that someone could spend that much on a car) then you’ll be pleased to know that the whole $25 […]

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Petrolicious: The Hunter

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Petrolicious is my new favourite website. It covers what I’d call modern vintage cars and it does it beautifully, with articles and beautifully shot videos that showcase why people love cars as well as the cars that they love. I love older cars. They’re so much more interesting than 95% of the new stuff because they were made at a time when car companies had real, distinct identities. Car companies today are being beaten into conformity by the relentless pursuit of safety, fuel economy, and of course, the most important economy of all – economy of scale. Modern cars with […]

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Classic Car Investments For Regular People

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I was fascinated by a recent article I read on Classic Car Investment. Is it really possible to make a little bit of money on an expensive hobby like motoring? It isn’t easy. Some would go so far to say it isn’t likely. But it IS possible. If you actually select a somewhat exotic/unusual vehicle and then drive it, that could mean some serious maintenance costs. Think of those as rental fees for pleasure owning the car for a period and it makes the pill a little easier to swallow. Bottom line – pick the right car and it’s possible […]

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Have You Ever Made Money On A Classic Car Investment?

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I just came across this in an article in one of our Aussie newspapers this evening: Looking to splurge on an emotional investment that will quadruple your money in 10 years? Forget watches, stamp collections or even fine art. Buy a classic car. Not just any old banger will do, though. According to the annual Knight Frank Wealth Report released this week, a ”truly investment grade car” bought in 2002 would have appreciated by up to 395 per cent over the past 10 years. That makes cars easily the best ”passion” investment you can make, well and truly outperforming popular […]

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Are Supercars Getting Too Vulgar?

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I hate being Mr Negative-Pants, but some of the images I’m seeing at the start at the Geneva Motor Show are making me a little uneasy. I subscribe to the Richard Hammond theory that supercars are meant to be stupendous, they’re meant to be an event. But isn’t this going a little too far? This is the new Ferrari, which is officially referred to simply as LaFerrari. True. I don’t mind the name at all, actually. What I’m having trouble with is the compartmentalised design: What am I talking about, you say? It looks like the car has been designed […]

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