1970-’71 FORD TORINO: STEPHEN COX Q & A!

Stephen Cox blogs about Ford’s vintage midsize muscle machine, answering  questions that have come in by email (Stephen@sopwithmotorsports.com)  and Twitter (@SopwithTV). As most of our Mecum auction viewers know, I’m a big Ford Torino fan and have been fortunate to own a few. But please don’t call me an “expert.” I’m an enthusiast just like most of you and I welcome any corrections or additions. So here goes. Q: How do I tell if my Torino has a C4 or a C6 transmission? A: I...
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2014 JAGUAR XJR: 550-HP LUXURY LEAPER!

Flagship XJ sedan gets ‘R’ performance engine, mods and upgrades for 2014, and breaks cover next week at New York International Auto Show. The 2014 Jaguar XJR will be the highest performance XJ sedan with 550 horsepower and a raft of other modifications, plus more than expected levels of interior luxury. Jaguar ‘R’ represents the highest levels of dynamic driving performance and attention grabbing design across Jaguar’s luxury lineup. Jaguar ‘R’ models start with the brand’s highest levels ...
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AMG CLK-GTR: MERCEDES-BENZ ‘BAHN-BURNER!

Nothing quite equals AMG’s magic formula for racing technology transfer  like the rare CLK-GTR roadster. Prior to signing a cooperation agreement with Mercedes-Benz in 1990, AMG, founded in 1967 by Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher, was a special vehicle tuning and motorsports pioneer in Germany. Its acquisition as a wholly owned Mercedes-Benz subsidiary took place in January 2005. The collaboration has resulted in a number of competition sports cars and ultra-high-performance ...
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2014 JAGUAR XFR-S: DEBUT AT GOODWOOD!

The hot new XFR-S will make its global debut on the famous Goodwood Hill tomorrow.  Jaguar's fastest ever sports sedan will be driven up the Hill by 1988 Le Mans 24-Hour  race winner Andy Wallace. First shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show last November last, the stunning XFR-S will be joined at the Goodwood Festival of Speed press day by heroes of Jaguar’s sporting past.  A ‘62 Jaguar Mk. II prepared by Jaguar Heritage Racing, and a ‘54 ‘short nose’ Jaguar D-Type – chassis...
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CADILLAC TWIN-TURBO CTS: MIDSIZE MUSCLE!

Cadillac will reveal its new 2014 CTS luxury-performance sedan - with Twin-Turbo  V-6 engine and eight-speed transmission – at the New York International  Auto Show next week. Cadillac will expand the performance portfolio of its CTS lineup with a new 420 horsepower Twin-Turbo V6 model that will be able to sprint to 60 mph in an estimated 4.6 seconds  and top out at 170 mph. “The new Cadillac Twin-Turbo brings a new dimension of technologically advanced performance to the...
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CORVETTE C6.R WINS SEBRING ENDURO: 12-HOUR WONDER!

Corvette Racing brings home 8th 12-hour win with Tommy Milner at the wheel. Tommy Milner made a late pass for the lead and then held on for the final 15 minutes as the No. 4 GT Compuware Corvette C6.R won the American Le Mans Series GT class at the 61st Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. The No. 4 Corvette C6.R – driven by 2012 Drivers’ champions Milner and Oliver Gavin, and Richard Westbrook – overcame an early electrical issue and two key penalties to win the 2013 ALMS opener. It is Gav...
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TEAM CADILLAC CTS-V: WORLD CHALLENGE 2013

Johnny O’Connell, 2012 Pirelli World Challenge GT Driver’s Champion, and Andy Pilgrim, runner-up in GT points, are poised to keep the Cadillac CTS-V Coupes at the front of the World Challenge field in 2013. Having won four races in 2012, the first at the season opening St. Petersburg Grand Prix, No. 2 in the streets of Long Beach and the double race win on the Belle Isle Circuit in Detroit, O’Connell enjoyed an off-season filled with work and family. He’s looking forward to the two new circu...
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GENEVA AUTO SHOW: SUPER CARS REVISITED!

European recession? What European recession? This year’s Un-Convention-Al Geneva show focused squarely on luxury and million-dollar Supercar  performance. Road Test Editor Howard Walker highlights  some of the showstoppers. Aston Martin Rapide Shooting Brake - Shooting Star  As to the Walker Car of the Show? That would be this automotive work of art created by the famed Italian coachbuilder Bertone for a dedicated Aston collector. It’s essentially a station wagon version of A...
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FORD GT40 & DUESENBERG SJN: BEST OF THE BEST!

‘36 Duesenberg SJN (Supercharged) and ’68 Ford GT40 take Best In Show honors at the 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.     The supercharged ‘36 Duesenberg SJN, owned by Helen and Jack Nethercutt of the Nethercutt Collection, took home the prestigious Concours d'Elegance award, one of the most sought-after trophies in classic car show competition. This beautifully sculpted, apple green, SJ is powered by a 320 horsepower, supercharged 420-inch straight eight. Th...
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DeltaWing & BRIDGESTONE: BACK ON TRACK!

The radical DeltaWing racecar is back with new power, new tires, and Don Panoz. Bridgestone Americas today announced its 2013 alliance with DeltaWing Racing Cars for the 2013 American Le Mans Series. Bridgestone will supply Potenza tires for the futuristic racecar that will be competing in ALMS competition. The new car has had its first test and is ready for both its Sebring and LMP1 class debuts. The DeltaWing features the racing performance of contemporary Le Mans racecars, but is dif...
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