Top 100: The most desirable cars of all time

Mike Hanlon

We first drove the Spira4u in its first prototype form six years ago and we were mightily ...

We first drove the Spira4u in its first prototype form six years ago and we were mightily impressed. Conceived as a low cost (both to manufacture and run), hyper-economical vehicle to mitigate the world's 1.25 million road deaths each year, the Spira4u went on to become a finalist in the Automotive XPrize. It was never intended to run against the world's biggest universities and brightest minds – it was always intended for production. Now it's there and seeking to license its design across the globe.  Read More

One of only 15 ever produced, this 1950 Vincent Series C White Shadow was sold for US$111,...

Only 15 White Shadows were produced, which makes them the rarest version of the second most desirable motorcycle to collectors (Brough Superior is the most coveted marque). It was therefore logical that this bike, which went to auction in Las Vegas last night, would join the other 14 Vincent V-twins in the top 100 motorcycles of all time.  Read More

Batista Pininfarina's personal championing of this radical project to build a more efficie...

The name Pininfarina is synonymous with expensive and elegant Italian sports cars such as the Maserati GranTurismo, Alfa Romeo Spyder and a log file of Ferraris such as the 365 GTB/4, Enzo, F40 and Testarossa. The global design legend does much more than style beautiful cars though, and ample testimony will appear at auction this week in the form of a little known 1960s concept car. With its four wheels arranged in a diamond shape, the tiny aerodynamic four-seater Pininfarina-X had a drag coefficient of 0.23, indicating that Pininfarina was a long way ahead of the rest of the world in exploring the critical area of aerodynamics, long before it was fashionable.  Read More

The Harley-Davidson FLSTC 103 Heritage Softail Classic up for auction has been signed by o...

In February 2014, a new Harley-Davidson formerly owned by Pope Francis fetched €241,500 (US$330,938) at auction – 25 times its showroom value – thanks to its Holy alliance. Now it all looks set to happen again with an ex-Pope Benedict XVI Harley-Davidson FLSTC 103 Heritage Softail Classic going to auction in Paris on February 5.  Read More

The mechanical masterpiece was built by BSA for the 1956 Earls Court (London) Motorcycle S...

A 60-year-old fully-functioning "cutaway" BSA Gold Star motorcycle will be one of the stars of several collectible motorcycle auctions in Las Vegas later this week. The entire internals of the motorcycle, including the drive train and suspension are all visible as they work. It's living art for the mechanically fascinated! Built by BSA for the 1956 Earls Court Motorcycle Show in London and restored by Harris Vincent Gallery. Records will fall.  Read More

Four Amphicars (from top left clockwise - Mecum, Barrett-Jackson, Fort Lauderdale, Russo &...

There are four Amphicars heading to auction during the rare car silly season in January, the most that have gone to auction at the same time for at least a decade and possibly for much longer. The big question is how much they will fetch. They sold new for between US$2800 and $3300 between 1962 and 1967, and in 2011, one of the highly-prized German amphibious cars sold for $123,400. Gizmag has analyzed all 54 Amphicar sales of the last decade in order to make some sense of the market.  Read More

Those prices are both quoted without drivetrain, and to retain the lines of the car around...

There aren't many cars that you can say will be an instant collectible before they're off the showroom floor, but this is one of them. Most petrolheads know the legend of Carroll Shelby and the big block Cobra he created in January 1965 – now there will be 50 more of the iconic roadster created for the 50th anniversary. Each will be documented in the "World Registry" alongside the original 343 built by Shelby American in the 1960s, and the 50th Anniversary 427 Cobra will be available with either a fiberglass body for US$120,000, or an aluminum bodied car (pictured) for $180,000.  Read More

For auction: an instant starter kit for would-be polar explorers in the form of the world ...

Budding polar explorers take note! In December 2011, this Toyota Tacoma set the world record for the fastest overland journey to the South Pole – the Thomson Reuters team of Jason De Carteret and Kieron Bradley used it to cover 1,114 km (692 miles) in 39 hours and 54 minutes. The vehicle cost US$400,000 and many human lifetimes of experience to build. It will be sold to the highest bidder (no reserve) at Russo and Steele's 15th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction.  Read More

If any living creature really has had something resembling the legendary Midas touch which...

Three motorcycles owned by actor Steve McQueen go to auction on January 8 and records will be broken. This article chronicles how former McQueen cars and bikes send enthusiasts into a bidding frenzy at auction.  Read More

Weight is the enemy of almost all things enjoyable about motoring: acceleration, braking, ...

EDAG traditionally produces a concept car incorporating "new thought" for the Geneva Motor Show each year and the 2015 concept car might initially stretch your imagination beyond normal limits. The EDAG Light Cocoon Concept uses a weatherproof textile instead of the traditional metal skin for the car's panels, stretched over a bionically-inspired trellis body structure, then back-lit for effect.  Read More

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