In the late 1980s, four European car marques launched competing midsize cars all based on the same “Type 4” platform. The Saab 9000 normalized Saab quirkiness. The Alfa Romeo 164 brought Alfa style and “reliability” to the states for about a minute. The Fiat Croma was a misspelled non-word. It also never made it across the Atlantic, thereby making it better than every Fiat 500L ever. The Lancia Thema likewise never made it over, but it had one thing the others lacked. A “Ferrari” V8.
It’s been a busier than usual couple of weeks living in car Mecca. This past week was the Holy Grail – Scottsdale Arizona Auction Week. (For those not interested in “alternative facts,” Scottsdale only hosts most of the auctions. RM is in Phoenix. Silver is on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.) …
Almost. She had a 1962 Maybe Charles had the one I’m thinking of – the one that sat in a yard in Ypsilanti for a decade or two. This one did not suffer that ignominy. And it’s yours for 9K.
Welcome to the best used car lot on the planet. So many display cars are from dealers and auctioneers, but what do I care? I get to be up close and personal with cars that I would otherwise never get close to. In this case, it means Bugatti Veyrons 7 and 8 in my personal collection of sightings. I don’t know if 7 (or 8) is a lot, only that either is more than 6, which is an entirely different record.
These two are for sale right now – yours for somewhere between $
3,950,001 and infinity $2.5 and 4 million. Evidently, they have some sort of pedigree.
[Ed.: These are all dealer cars, as near as can be determined. We try not to pick on people’s personal pride and joy. That said, dealers and spec cars and show builds seem like fair game.]
Full disclosure – I already don’t understand why the Bentayga needs to exist in the first place, but it does. So it goes. Still, If you were going to drop 220 or 300 K on a bespoke “subtle reinterpretation of the marque’s signature design traits, from the super-formed, ultra sharp powerline to the handcrafted interior,” would you spend another 10? 100? to turn this:
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From humble beginnings… come trucks that will blow your doors off. This is the 1991 GMC Syclone. In particular, this is one of 10 Marlboro Syclones. And, like an increasing number of cars showing up at the Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering, it’s for sale. So you’ll have to be happy with the dealer and wiki info in the links, because they’re not paying me to hype this thing. As S-10s go though, this is way better than my dad’s.Continue reading