Autoblog Podcast #214: Ferrari FF, GM personnel shuffle, Barrett-Jackson 2011

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Episode #214 of the Autoblog Podcast is here and Chris, Dan and Zach talk about the Ferrari FF, personnel changes at General Motors and give our thoughts about what we saw at Barrett-Jackson in 2011. Your feedback and questions fuel some more discussion until we wrap up at an hour and twenty three minutes. Thanks for listening!

Autoblog Podcast #214: Ferrari FF, GM personnel shuffle, Barrett-Jackson 2011

  • Barrett-Jackson highlights and lowlights
  • Ferrari FF
  • GM Personnel Shuffle

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2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
2011 GMC Acadia Denali

  • Hosts: Dan Roth, Chris Shunk, Zach Bowman

Runtime: 01:23:15


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2011 Barrett-Jackson: Mid-Engined maniacal motoring madness, Corvette style

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Auctions, Chevrolet, GM

1963 Chevrolet Corvette mid-engine custom

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe at Barrett-Jackson 2011 – Click above for high-res image gallery

The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette is an iconic American sports car. The split-window coupe is instantly recognizable and serves as one of the symbols of Zora Arkus-Duntov’s legacy with General Motors. Up for auction at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale is a re-imagining of classic Corvette, and it’s been brought to the modern era while keeping its memorable lines.

Described as “the car Duntov would have built to win Le Mans”, this 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe has a secret hidden under its bodywork. The engine isn’t in the front but rather it’s been relocated to the middle of the car. Actually, that’s not accurate… the original engine could be on a shelf somewhere because it’s been replaced with a twin-turbo LS V8. This eight-cylinder monster has been tested on the dyno and the numbers are staggering. Producing 1,000 horsepower and 915 pound-feet of torque, this ’63 Vette runs from 0-60 miles per hour in under three seconds and probably goes through tires like fire through paper.

Also, be sure to get a load of those crazy doors, which open kind of like drawers with an ingenious scissor mechanism.

This will be one to watch as it rolls across the stage (you can do so online here) because the crowd is now “properly medicated” and winning bids are climbing. Plus, it’s one of Speed’s highlighted Fantasy Bid auctions, and you can join us in making an estimation on what this custom mid-engine ‘Vette will finally sell for. We know it’ll be triple digits…

Gallery: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette mid-engine Custom Coupe

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Barrett-Jackson 2011: Grab your wallet for a Grabber Blue Boss 302 *Update

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2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca in Grabber Blue

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca in Grabber Blue – Click above for high-res image gallery

We eagerly await the day someone hands us the keys to a 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca. When that day arrives, we know the color of the will unfortunately not be Grabber Blue.

Regular production versions of the car will only be offered in either black or silver with red accents… and that’s a darn shame – we can say with certainty that the Boss 302 here at Barrett-Jackson looks damn good in Grabber Blue. All proceeds of the sale above the car’s MSRP will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to help find a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

Click here to read everything you need to know about the Boss 302 Laguna Seca, then check out our high-res image gallery below.

If you’re not playing Speed’s Online Fantasy Bid Game, now would be a good time to start – this Mustang is the current vehicle online users are bidding on, and you could end up winning a prize, like an Apple iPad.

*Update: The winning bid was a staggering $450,000.

Gallery: 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca at Barrett-Jackson 2011

Photos copyright 2011 Jeff Glucker and Jeremy Korzeniewski/AOL

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Barrett-Jackson 2011: Big Toe Monster Bike *Update: w/video

Filed under: Auctions, Motorcycle, Specialty

Big Toe Monster Bike

Big Toe Monster Bike – Click above for high-res image gallery

Here we have another one of Speed’s Fantasy Bidding Game machines. Click here if you’d like to test your auction pricing mettle by guessing what this monster motorcycle will end up bringing at the auction block – you could end up winning a prize, like an Apple iPad.

Tom Wilberg, the Swedish creator of this machine, named it Big Toe, and it is indeed a chip off the old block… that is to say, Bigfoot, the most famous monster truck known to man. Clever, no?

We’re not going to argue with Wilberg or The Guinness Book of World Records when they claim that Big Toe is the World’s Tallest Rideable Motorcycle, but we do have to wonder if our definition of the word rideable differs with theirs.

In any case, this larger-than-life, tractor-tired, 5.3-liter V12-powered motorcycle is getting ready to roll across the auction block here at the 2011 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, and you can see its official auction page here. Check out our high-res image gallery of the machine below.

*Update: Check out the video of the Monster Bike being auctioned after the break.

Gallery: Big Toe Monster Bike at Barrett Jackson 2011

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Barrett-Jackson: Is this 1971 Plymouth Barracuda compensating for something?

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1971 Plymouth Barracuda from Furious 5

1971 Plymouth Barracuda from Furious 5 at Barrett-Jackson 2011 – Click above for high-res image gallery

A 1971 Plymouth Barracuda is a wonderful sight to behold. However, for the producers of Furious 5 (the upcoming installment in the Fast and Furious franchise), it’s apparently not quite furious enough. How do they solve the problem? By stuffing a 636 Hemi under the hood and attaching a blower larger than Vin Diesel’s impression of himself.

The car features five-point harnesses, leather-lined race seats and a custom dash signed by Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Justin Lin. Based on the “Frankencuda” Muscle Machine diecast toy, this custom ‘Cuda is a fantasy car come to life.

Check out both the ‘Cuda’s official listing on Barrett-Jackson, and watch Speed’s live online coverage here. Are you playing Speed’s Online Fantasy Bid Game? If not, test your auction pricing mettle by guessing what a series of featured vehicles will end up bringing at the auction block – you could end up winning a prize, like an Apple iPad. Enjoy!

Gallery: 1971 Plymouth Barracuda from Furious 5 at Barrett-Jackson 2011

Photos copyright 2011 Jeff Glucker/AOL

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Barrett-Jackson 2011: Chevrolet offers up a drop-top Camaro set to lead the Indy 500 field *Update: w/video

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2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Indy 500 Pace Car at Barrett-Jackson 2011

2011 Chevy Camaro Convertible Indy 500 Pace Car at Barrett-Jackson – Click above for high-res image gallery

Chevrolet is taking to the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale stage to auction off a special drop-top. The first of 50 limited-edition cars, this 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Indy 500 Pace Car will cross the stage before heading to lead the field at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

The orange and white color combination matches that of the Indy-fied 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, which has since become a collectors item of its own. As far as we know, the Camaro ‘Vert will be a 2012 model, but everything here at Barrett-Jackson is listing this as a 2011.

Proceeds from the sale of this limited-edition Camaro will go the David Foster Foundation, which supports families with children in need of live-saving organ transplants. Charity cars have gone through the roof at the 2011 Barrett-Jackson auction and we would expect nothing different from this one.

The Camaro Convertible doesn’t have an official listing page, as it was something of a surprise for bidders, but you can watch Speed’s live online coverage here. Are you playing Speed’s Online Fantasy Bid Game? If not, test your auction pricing mettle by guessing what a series of featured vehicles will end up bringing at the auction block – you could end up winning a prize, like an Apple iPad. Enjoy!

*Update: The final gavel price? $225,000. Click past the jump to watch this Camaro cross the auction block.

Gallery: Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Indy 500 Pace Car at Barrett-Jackson 2011

Photos copyright 2011 Jeff Glucker and Jeremy Korzeniewski/AOL

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Barrett-Jackson 2011: JFK’s 1963 Pontiac Bonneville ambulance? *Update

Filed under: Auctions, Pontiac, Celebrities, Specialty

JFK's 1963 Pontiac Bonneville ambulance

JFK’s 1963 Pontiac Bonneville ambulance? Could be – Click above for high-res image gallery

Normally, events such as Barret-Jackson’s annual soiree out in the desert of Arizona are newsworthy to those of us who obsessively cover the auto industry… and pretty much nobody else. But when the auction house roll out the ambulance that supposedly transported the body of President John F. Kennedy after his assassination, well, the rest of the world stands up and takes notice.

Adding more fuel to the fire of intrigue surounding this one-of-a-kind machine are questions as to whether or not this 1963 Pontiac Bonneville ambulance is legit. Did it really carry JFK? We have no idea, and there are a number of documents and plenty of speculation supporting both sides of the discussion – we’re content to stay out of the debate. And either way, we’re curious to see how it performs after a week’s worth of national news.

In any case, all eyes are now on this controversy-filled auction. Check out the official listing page for the might-be JFK’s ambulance and be sure to keep an eye on the live streaming feed at Speed.

Are you playing Speed’s Online Fantasy Bid Game? If not, test your auction pricing mettle by guessing what a series of featured vehicles will end up bringing at the auction block – you could end up winning a prize, like an Apple iPad. Enjoy!

*Update: The ambulance ended up selling for $120,000… which we’d say means the bidders weren’t convinced of its authenticity. Or, it means someone just scored an amazingly significant car at a major discount.

Gallery: JFK’s 1963 Pontiac Bonneville ambulance at Barrett-Jackson 2011

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Barrett-Jackson 2011: Rick Hendrick’s 2002 Ferrari 360 Modena F1 Spider *Update: w/video

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2002 Ferrari 360 Modena F1 Spider at Barrett-Jackson 2011

Rick Hendrick’s 2002 Ferrari 360 Modena F1 Spider – Click above for high-res image gallery

Are you playing Speed’s Online Fantasy Bid Game? If not, this is the perfect chance to start, as it’s just about to hit the auction block – Bid away, you could end up winning a prize, such as an Apple iPad. These Ferrari 360s can typically be had for anywhere from $75,000 to $95,000… but this is Mr. Hendrick’s personal low-mileage car and it’s on the Barrett-Jackson stage, so our guess is that a $100,000+ winning bid is certainly possible.

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at this particular machine. Saying that Rick Hendrick owns a couple of cars is like saying the crowd at the 2011 Barrett-Jackson auction likes to throw back a couple of drinks. As an auction night marches on, the bartenders tip jars fill up faster and prices start to climb. Rick Hendrick is hoping they don’t cut anyone off because a few of his cars will be rolling across the stage… including his 2002 Ferrari 360 Modena F1 Spider.

Looking splendid in its traditional red paint, the drop-top Italian sports car shows just 1,936 miles on the odometer. Only 379 convertible paddle-shift cars were built and this one was kept inside when the weather was anything other than sunny. We’re guessing it drove it a little more aggressively than he plans to drive his new Chevrolet Volt.

Check out the official auction listing here, and head on over to Speed to watch live streaming coverage of all the festivities.

*Update: Click past the jump to watch the Ferrari go across the block.

Gallery: 2002 Ferrari 360 Modena F1 Spider at Barrett-Jackson 2011

Photos copyright (C)2011 Jeff Glucker/AOL

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Barrett-Jackson 2011: 2002 Ford F-150 Evel Knievel Gladiator *Update: w/video

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2002 Ford F-150 Evel Knievel Gladiator at Barrett-Jackson 2011

2002 Ford F-150 Evel Knievel Gladiator – Click above for high-res image gallery

Beau Boeckmann is a huge Evel Knieval fan… he also happens to be the president of Galpin Auto Sports, which is tied to the largest Ford dealership in the world. To honor his hero, Boeckmann commissioned a limited run of customized Ford F-150s. Coming across the stage at the 2011 Barrett-Jackson auction will be the 2002 Ford F-150 Evel Knievel Gladiator; the prototype truck built to showcase the entire run and it’s identified as #000 of 2,000.

This 2002 F-150 wears custom Evel Knieval-themed paint complete with the blue and white stars and stripes running the length of the vehicle. Under the hood is the familiar 5.7-liter Triton V8 engine while a set of Boyd Coddington wheels outside and red, white and blue leather seats inside help set this limited-edition pickup apart.

Mr. Knieval used this has his personal vehicle towards the end of his life. All 19,023 miles have been used to shuttle Evel to events around the country, including an appearance together on The Jimmy Kimmel Show.

Check out both the the trucks official auction page on Barrett-Jackson, and watch Speed’s live online coverage here. Are you playing Speed’s Online Fantasy Bid Game? If not, test your auction pricing mettle by guessing what a series of featured vehicles will end up bringing at the auction block – you could end up winning a prize, like an Apple iPad. Enjoy!

*Update: Video of the truck crossing the block is available after the jump.

Gallery: 2002 Ford F-150 Evel Knievel Gladiator at Barrett-Jackson 2011

Photos copyright Jeff Glucker and Jeremy Korzeniewski (C)2011 /AOL

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Barrett-Jackson 2011: Scottsdale gets a taste of British class

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1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Mercia Special Roadster

1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Mercia Special Roadster – Click above for high-res image gallery

We’re surrounded by mighty American Muscle here at the 2011 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale. Faintly in the background, behind the roar of massive V8s and flashy paintjobs, sits a cup of tea amidst a sea of Budweiser. A 1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Mercia Special Roadster is patiently waiting to cross the auction block.. and it looks nervous.

In storage for 33 years, this two-passenger convertible may be a blast to the past but it also features a few modern amenities such as a power-adjustable driver’s seat and fiberglass mats in the wheel wheels to prevent chipping.

Originally the car had just 17,000 miles on the odometer. After being completely restored in 2010 it has added just 50 more. We’re not quite sure how the muscle car-happy crowd will react to this fine example of British open-top motoring.

Be sure to check out the official auction listing for this 1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Mercia Special Roadster. Also, make sure to stay on top of what’s crossing the block by watching streaming coverage courtesy of Speed.

Are you playing Speed’s Online Fantasy Bid Game? If not, test your auction pricing mettle by guessing what a series of featured vehicles will end up bringing at the auction block – you could end up winning a prize, like an Apple iPad. Enjoy!

Gallery: 1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Mercia Special Roadster at Barrett-Jackson 2011

Photos copyright 2011 Jeff Glucker/AOL

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