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  • LucknFateLucknFate Arkhangelsk
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    mtm wrote: »
    I'd say Ferrari still have it.

    Based on one customer's specific requests. Considering the car it's based on, I think that owner should be hired as a design adviser. Though this looks to me like a Roma reinterpreted.
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    I saw an Overfinch while on my way to buy groceries the other day.Never even heard of that brand beffore, but apparently, it's a customizer that specializes in Land and Range Rovers. Here, it was a Range Rover.
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Per ora e il momento che verrà
    Posts: 5,890
    mtm wrote: »
    It could do, but the Brera wasn't it. It wasn't exactly aspirational, and although it was pretty I always thought it looked too short in the wheelbase.

    True, but the Disco Volante (2017) would've done nicely
    alfaromeodiscovolante-auxietreschmidt-03.jpg?itok=0MR3um8C

    I think this is one of the prettiest cars ever made. Gorgeous.
  • CommanderRossCommanderRoss The bottom of a pitch lake in Eastern Trinidad, place called La Brea
    Posts: 7,216
    What do you guys think of the new Alfa Tonale?

    1-Alfa-Romeo-Tonale.jpg?w=976&h=549
  • zebrafishzebrafish <°)))< in Octopussy's garden in the shade
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    The proportionas look very similar to the BMW X1. The colour is fun! Is it sexy from behind?
  • zebrafishzebrafish <°)))< in Octopussy's garden in the shade
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    Had to look it up myself, I think it looks kind of boring from the rear. Many current cars go for the straight visuals of the rear lights right now and I would have expected more excitement from Alfa.

    alfa-romeo-tonale-2022-im-test.jpg
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
    Posts: 10,453
    I want to like recent Alfas but they never quite do it for me. Recent Italian styling has all been a bit blobby and not really about proportions (aside from Ferrari who I think have been doing some of their best stuff in the last few years).

    Here's a clip I hadn't seen before of Dave Allen playing Bond in a sketch. I post it here because of the punishment he gives a poor Lotus Elite, which I assume they just borrowed from a dealer and never mentioned what they were going to do to it! :)

  • 007InAction007InAction Australia
    Posts: 1,558
    Classic Mercedes-Benz reportedly sells for $204 million in new world record
    A British billionaire has reportedly forked out the equivalent of 400 Mercedes-AMG GT sports cars to secure a 66-year-old “Uhlenhaut” coupe.
    famp4vppy7tjnv4prrgi
    https://www.drive.com.au/news/classic-mercedes-benz-sells-for-204-million-in-new-world-record/
  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper What does it matter to you...when you got a job to do
    Posts: 6,217
    Classic Mercedes-Benz reportedly sells for $204 million in new world record
    A British billionaire has reportedly forked out the equivalent of 400 Mercedes-AMG GT sports cars to secure a 66-year-old “Uhlenhaut” coupe.
    famp4vppy7tjnv4prrgi
    https://www.drive.com.au/news/classic-mercedes-benz-sells-for-204-million-in-new-world-record/
    What's he going to do with it? It's even left-hand drive!
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Per ora e il momento che verrà
    Posts: 5,890
    What do you guys think of the new Alfa Tonale?

    1-Alfa-Romeo-Tonale.jpg?w=976&h=549

    Love it! Alfa still does it for me :)
  • Posts: 2,537
    Sean Connery's own classic Aston Martin is for sale

    By Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN (May 19)

    James Bond, the fictional British secret agent, has driven lots of different cars in the more than two dozen films in the series. They've included everything from BMWs and Bentleys to Chevrolets and Fords. But one car in particular, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5, is known as the "the Bond car."

    The Bond car that the late actor Sean Connery first drove in the 1964 film "Goldfinger" was an Aston Martin DB5 replete with gadgets like machine guns, an ejector seat and an oil slick maker. More than 50 years later, Connery sought out a 1964 DB5 for himself and, after looking for over a year, finally bought one -- without the movie car's guns and gadgets -- in early 2018. Connery died almost two years later at the age of 90. His DB5, the only one he ever actually owned, will be offered for sale at an auction this summer.

    The car is expected to sell for between $1.4 million and $1.8 million, according to the auction company Broad Arrow Group. The car will be offered at Broad Arrow Group's Monterey, California, auction on August 18, the company told CNN Business.

    A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 in this car's pristine condition would ordinarily be worth about $1 million even if Connery had never been anywhere near it, according to Hagerty. (Hagerty, a company that tracks collectible car values, is also a major investor in the recently founded Broad Arrow Group.)

    DB5s associated with the James Bond films have sold for vastly more than that, though. A gadget-filled DB5 that was used to promote the film's original release sold for $6.4 million in 2019.

    During his life, Connery had often told his children of his fond memories of driving the Aston Martin in films, his son Jason Connery said in an interview. When they were grown they suggested to their father that he buy one, but he was resistant to the idea.
    "He'd say, 'I don't want to because it feels a bit obvious, you know, with me,'" Jason Connery said. "I said, 'But forget it, it's not about that.'"

    Barney Ruprecht, an Aston Martin specialist with Broad Arrow who had also consulted with Connery on making the purchase, advised Connery against getting a car in need of restoration since the work would probably take a couple of years, he said. Instead, he and Connery sought out a car that was in as near-perfect condition as possible. The car remains in very nearly that condition, according to Ruprecht, with only some creases in the seat leather as evidence it has been sat in.

    Once Connery purchased the car, he had it repainted from black to Snow Shadow Gray, the color of the movie car. In the films, the car is described as being painted a color called Silver Birch, but the film was shot using a prototype of the DB5, not an actual production car. Silver Birch, a color that was offered on production versions of the DB5, wasn't available at the time, Ruprecht said, so the car was painted in the slightly flatter, less metallic shade of gray that was offered on the DB4. The two colors would have been nearly indistinguishable on film, though, he said.

    But after that work was done, there was little time left to actually drive it.
    "Unfortunately as he got older, traveling, especially to Europe [became difficult] and then COVID hit and...," said Jason Connery. "You know, unfortunately, he never really got to enjoy the car that he'd bought."

    The car was kept by Connery at his home in Switzerland, according to Jason Connery. He was so fond of the car, he kept a photo of it on his desk.

    A portion of the proceeds from the sale will go to support the Connery Family Philanthropy Fund, according to the Broad Arrow Group, though the percentage going to charity will be announced later. In addition to the car itself, the winning bidder will get a ride in the car from the famous retired Formula 1 racing driver Jackie Stewart.

    Stewart, like Connery, is from Scotland, and the two were longtime friends.
  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper What does it matter to you...when you got a job to do
    Posts: 6,217
    GoldenGun wrote: »
    What do you guys think of the new Alfa Tonale?

    1-Alfa-Romeo-Tonale.jpg?w=976&h=549

    Love it! Alfa still does it for me :)

    Yet another SUV that the world doesn't need. Say I as an owner of a Jeep Grand Cherokee (3.0 Diesel), but why do the sports car brands have to get into this? If I wanted a Jaguar or an Aston or a Maserati or an Alfa, I certainly wouldn't look for the SUVs.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
    edited May 19 Posts: 10,453
    Revelator wrote: »
    Sean Connery's own classic Aston Martin is for sale

    By Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN (May 19)

    James Bond, the fictional British secret agent, has driven lots of different cars in the more than two dozen films in the series. They've included everything from BMWs and Bentleys to Chevrolets and Fords. But one car in particular, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5, is known as the "the Bond car."

    The Bond car that the late actor Sean Connery first drove in the 1964 film "Goldfinger" was an Aston Martin DB5 replete with gadgets like machine guns, an ejector seat and an oil slick maker. More than 50 years later, Connery sought out a 1964 DB5 for himself and, after looking for over a year, finally bought one -- without the movie car's guns and gadgets -- in early 2018. Connery died almost two years later at the age of 90. His DB5, the only one he ever actually owned, will be offered for sale at an auction this summer.

    The car is expected to sell for between $1.4 million and $1.8 million, according to the auction company Broad Arrow Group. The car will be offered at Broad Arrow Group's Monterey, California, auction on August 18, the company told CNN Business.

    A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 in this car's pristine condition would ordinarily be worth about $1 million even if Connery had never been anywhere near it, according to Hagerty. (Hagerty, a company that tracks collectible car values, is also a major investor in the recently founded Broad Arrow Group.)

    DB5s associated with the James Bond films have sold for vastly more than that, though. A gadget-filled DB5 that was used to promote the film's original release sold for $6.4 million in 2019.

    During his life, Connery had often told his children of his fond memories of driving the Aston Martin in films, his son Jason Connery said in an interview. When they were grown they suggested to their father that he buy one, but he was resistant to the idea.
    "He'd say, 'I don't want to because it feels a bit obvious, you know, with me,'" Jason Connery said. "I said, 'But forget it, it's not about that.'"

    Barney Ruprecht, an Aston Martin specialist with Broad Arrow who had also consulted with Connery on making the purchase, advised Connery against getting a car in need of restoration since the work would probably take a couple of years, he said. Instead, he and Connery sought out a car that was in as near-perfect condition as possible. The car remains in very nearly that condition, according to Ruprecht, with only some creases in the seat leather as evidence it has been sat in.

    Once Connery purchased the car, he had it repainted from black to Snow Shadow Gray, the color of the movie car. In the films, the car is described as being painted a color called Silver Birch, but the film was shot using a prototype of the DB5, not an actual production car. Silver Birch, a color that was offered on production versions of the DB5, wasn't available at the time, Ruprecht said, so the car was painted in the slightly flatter, less metallic shade of gray that was offered on the DB4. The two colors would have been nearly indistinguishable on film, though, he said.

    But after that work was done, there was little time left to actually drive it.
    "Unfortunately as he got older, traveling, especially to Europe [became difficult] and then COVID hit and...," said Jason Connery. "You know, unfortunately, he never really got to enjoy the car that he'd bought."

    The car was kept by Connery at his home in Switzerland, according to Jason Connery. He was so fond of the car, he kept a photo of it on his desk.

    A portion of the proceeds from the sale will go to support the Connery Family Philanthropy Fund, according to the Broad Arrow Group, though the percentage going to charity will be announced later. In addition to the car itself, the winning bidder will get a ride in the car from the famous retired Formula 1 racing driver Jackie Stewart.

    Stewart, like Connery, is from Scotland, and the two were longtime friends.

    Wow, isn't that amazing? Thanks for sharing. Obviously I can't pretend to know the man, but I never would have suspected he would have wanted one of those.
    He even notably referred to it as a 'ladies car' in an interview in the 90s! :)

    Here's a lovely photo of his car:
    e9def262-24cc-4710-97e6-7305c8ead63a

    https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2022/05/19/2447245/0/en/Sir-Sean-Connery-s-Personal-1964-Aston-Martin-DB5-Announced-as-Early-Highlight-for-Broad-Arrow-Group-s-Monterey-Jet-Center-Auction-this-August.html

    And for a bit of fun, here's how it looked in 2005 when it was up for sale (for a lot less!)
    https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/13352/lot/204/

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    I was also surprised by the story. I didn't think Connery had any sentimental feelings toward any Bond trappings, yet now we hear of him committing the act fanboys dream of. Perhaps in his old age he was able to look back on Bond with less bitterness and recall how much enjoyment he'd derived from the films.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
    Posts: 10,453
    Yes indeed. Mind you I was always surprised that he did the FRWL video game too: I think what with that and the whole NSNA thing, the popular perception of his feelings towards Bond as being something that which ended badly and he wanted to distance himself from seems a slight oversimplification - it was obviously a bit of a complex subject for him.
  • CommanderRossCommanderRoss The bottom of a pitch lake in Eastern Trinidad, place called La Brea
    Posts: 7,216
    j_w_pepper wrote: »
    GoldenGun wrote: »
    What do you guys think of the new Alfa Tonale?

    1-Alfa-Romeo-Tonale.jpg?w=976&h=549

    Love it! Alfa still does it for me :)

    Yet another SUV that the world doesn't need. Say I as an owner of a Jeep Grand Cherokee (3.0 Diesel), but why do the sports car brands have to get into this? If I wanted a Jaguar or an Aston or a Maserati or an Alfa, I certainly wouldn't look for the SUVs.

    Simple. They sell. I never liked them either, but this one at least looks the part.
  • 007InAction007InAction Australia
    edited May 30 Posts: 1,558
    DMC DeLorean Alpha-5 EV

    Back to the future ?
    Don't like the interior.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
    Posts: 10,453
    I don't think that's very nice-looking.
  • 007InAction007InAction Australia
    Posts: 1,558
    Mercedes-AMG ONE

    Pity it isn't a EV.
    10 years too late, like the toyota gazoo's?
  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper What does it matter to you...when you got a job to do
    Posts: 6,217
    Tragic occurrence for vintage car fans: Someone totalled an AC Cobra in Hamburg last night by crashing into the central barrier on the Autobahn. The car almost ended up on the oncoming lanes because it was so low-slung and might have dived under the guard rails, but the people inside were at least that lucky.
    DSC-9012.jpg
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
    edited June 5 Posts: 10,453
    Fibreglass body, so it’s a replica rather than an original- classic car fans need not worry.
    https://www.mopo.de/hamburg/polizei/a25-voll-gesperrt-oldtimer-gegen-leitplanke-gelenkt-zwei-verletzte/?amp=1
    The important thing is that the occupants were okay, hopefully they make a full recovery.
    If it were a real one it would be too valuable for it to have been written off.
  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper What does it matter to you...when you got a job to do
    Posts: 6,217
    mtm wrote: »
    Fibreglass body, so it’s a replica rather than an original- classic car fans need not worry.
    https://www.mopo.de/hamburg/polizei/a25-voll-gesperrt-oldtimer-gegen-leitplanke-gelenkt-zwei-verletzte/?amp=1
    The important thing is that the occupants were okay, hopefully they make a full recovery.
    If it were a real one it would be too valuable for it to have been written off.
    I was wondering if it might have been a replica but couldn' t tell from the Abendblatt report which was talking about an "oldtimer" (the Denglish word for a vintage car). But I'll stop worrying now.
  • 007InAction007InAction Australia
    Posts: 1,558
    GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2022


    Anyone going ?
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    I went yesterday, saw many impressive things I hadn’t seen before. Had a sit in a Lotus Emira and confirmed my love for it. Whilst wandering around I saw Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, John Watson and Bruno Senna.
  • 007InAction007InAction Australia
    edited June 25 Posts: 1,558
    mtm wrote: »
    I went yesterday, saw many impressive things I hadn’t seen before. Had a sit in a Lotus Emira and confirmed my love for it. Whilst wandering around I saw Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, John Watson and Bruno Senna.

    Nige sold his 2 f1 cars recently.

    What were the most impressive things ?
    Was the Emira a tight fit ? Better looking than the espirit ,( my fave lotus) ?

    The GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2022 streams live? on youtube which is great
  • 007InAction007InAction Australia
    edited 1:18pm Posts: 1,558
    The 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed continues..........🎈🎈🎈

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