Aston Martin and James Bond, the relationship between them cannot be defined in just one single word. In the last James Bond flick Spectre 007 drove a stunning new car which was Aston Martin DB10, giving us the preview of the upcoming DB11. A total of 10 DB10s were designed and built specially with request from Bond film makers. While eight of them were modified for filming two models were kept secretly as show cars for display purposes. One of these two went auctioneer’s gavel at Christie’s in London yesterday. The car fetched a whooping £2.4 million which is nearly 24 crore Indian rupees. The exact selling amount was £2,434,500. The money raised by the auction will go to the benefit of Médecins Sans Frontières, popularly known as MSF or ‘Doctors without Borders’, which is a global humanitarian aid organisation providing medical care and support to victims of armed conflict, epidemics and other disasters.
Toyota Kirloskar Motors took an innovative initiative to become the first automobile manufacturer in India to auction used cars. The Japanese auto maker in collaboration with Kirloskar launched ‘Toyota Auction Mart’ in its plant at Bidadi in Karnataka, from where they will auction the used cars. Incidentally, the first used car auction is set to take place at Toyota Auction Mart on 15th September, 2015.
Across India there is a huge demand for the used cars, and Toyota is targeting that particular customer base. They believe, this Toyota Auction Mart and its activity will reinstate the auto maker’s commitment towards creating a transparent and reliable used car industry for the customers across India. Not only Toyota cars, but at this auction facility every used car from all the brands will go through detailed inspection which will determine the quality level of the car and therefore ensure highest levels of QDR (quality, durability & reliability) for the next users of the product. All these used cars in the Toyota Auction Mart will go through comprehensive 203 point inspection which is used to arrive at a quality level of used vehicle. Not only that, each and every car will be checked for quality level by TKM in-charge after due diligence of documentation. These 203 Points inspection process is based on global Toyota standards of QDR.
Commenting on this initiative, Mr. Naomi Ishii, who is the Managing Director of Toyota Kirloskar Motors, has said, “India’s used car market continues to grow rapidly every year, yet remains largely unorganized. The launch of Toyota Auction Mart signifies our efforts to develop a fair and transparent used car market with increased reliability for our customers and will contribute to the Indian society.”
Land Rover Defender. For generations, it’s been a name intriguing adrenaline rush. Since the birth of Land Rover 68 years ago in 1947, when Maurice Wilks first came up with the idea of making an all terrain operational car which will be the competitor against Jeep, the pride of America.
Land Rover Defender is the car which comes heavily inspired by the original Land Rover. Introduced to the automobile world in 1983, this car gained immense popularity within a few years, and recently Land Rover celebrated 2 millionth unit production of Defender. This car has been a favorite for various people. Be it military usage, be it adventure, everywhere this car has been a hot favorite, and that too for being a true blue off roader.
A vintage car show is always about head turning beauty with an ambience of sheer elegance, enveloped by rich tradition and heritage. There are plenty of vintage car shows happening around the world every month, but if we talk about the top ranking shows, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is surely at the top of list. This year the famous vintage car show celebrated its 65th anniversary with the same elegance, as always.
The head turner and winner of the ‘Best of the Show’ was a stunning 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Cabriolet. This was not the first time for the Italian company made 145 inch long car has garnered a medal, but earlier in 1933 won the Grand-Prix d’Honneur at Cannes, after being displayed at 1932 Geneva Auto Show and getting huge appreciation, as Mr. Jim Patterson of Louisville, Kentucky, the proud owner of the car was saying. Incidentally, ‘Best of the Show’ feat was not new for Mr. Patterson, as his 1933 Delahaye D8S De Villars Roadster won the same prize in 2010.
This year in the ‘Best of the Show’ category the 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Cabriolet had some tough and serious contender, such as a 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Kellner Torpedo Phaeton, a 1937 Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet and a 1953 Abarth 1100 Sport Ghia Coupé, but at the end the accolade for winner was reserved for the massive shiny black Cabriolet.
Remember the Orange Supra that Paul Walker was driving in the first installment of the Fast and Furious movie franchise (we have also added a video of the drag race) well! That car has recently been auctioned at the Mecum Auction sale which was held at Indianapolis.
The Supra was heavily customized and was driven by the character Brian O Conner played by Paul Walker. You will definitely also remember the last part of the movie where Brian and Dom which was played by the actor Vin Diesel do a drag race. This Supra which was auctioned and fetched an impressive $185,000 (£120,000) really looked wild and comes with a Bomex bodykit which also comes with a huge rear wing at the back. The customized Supra also gets really impressive graphics, alloy wheels and even a rollcage for the safety of the passenger inside. While under the hood it is heard that this Supra gets the 3.0-liter inline six engine which is claimed to produce about 220 Hp of peak power and this engine is mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. What is even more interesting is also the fact that this Supra also gets not one but two nitrox oxide bottles which sadly are not in a working in this car for safety purpose.
Not only this has the Fast and Furious franchise sold the Supra but even some cars of the late actor including the Nissan Skyline GT and also the Mitsubishi Lancer E Revolution from the movie 2 Fast and 2 Furious.
You obviously will know this person from his comedy films and TV shows, he is none other than the great British actor Rowan Atkinson who is also known as Mr. Bean across the globe but do you know that he is not only a great comedian who is usually seen driving a small Green Mini on screen but also is a real life car enthusiast, not in a sense because he has money so he rides expensive cars but he also keep thorough and detailed knowledge about them.
Beside owning other exclusive and one of kind cars his most prized possession was a Mclaren F1 which he brought back in the year 1997. We all knew about the F1 because of the two incidents involving the car the first one occurred back in the year 1999 when Mr. Atkinson hit a Rover Metro while the second major crash occurred back in 2011 when Mr. Atkinson hit a tree. The complete car was then rebuilt by Mclaren once again.
Now according to the reports Mr. Atkinson is putting up his beloved Mclaren F1 for sale and is asking a total of 8 Million Pounds for the car, the car was originally priced at 5.4 Million Pounds during the time of purchase. The Mclaren F1 is powered by a 6.1 Litre V12 unit which produces about 621 Hp of peak power 650 Nm of peak torque, The F1 can reach a top speed of 388 km/h mark and can accelerate from 0-100 km/h mark in just 3.2 seconds. The car is extremely lightweight and does not have any sort of driving aid which actually means driving the Mclaren F1 will be like trying to tame a raging horse who wants to through you out of its back everytime you ride it.
The transport department is all ready to launch the online auction of VIP numbers. The department is waiting for the approval of Election Commission and has already chalked out the plan of how it will be done.
Every two weeks, the 140 VIP numbers will be allotted for every new series and will be available online according to the government officials.
This project is in the pipeline for over a year now and the same got approved by the cabinet. The file was on the tables for a long time as LG advised that the launch should be withheld till the elections are over.
The short-term AAP government did not approve the, leading to the delay of the e-auctioning of the VIP numbers. Transport department says that the software is ready and all the testing has been completed after the approval of LG.
The premium numbers will be auctioned from a base price of Rs 20,000 and will go up to Rs. 5 lakh. Five categories have been devised for the fancy numbers and the highest bidder will get the number in 14 days after the completion of bidding process.
Since last year, such VIP numbers have been reserved only for MLA, MP, Union of Delhi government officials, judges and the likes but a lot of people do enquire about these special numbers and are willing to pay the premium amount for the same. The model of auctioning such numbers are already in place in states like Haryana, Punjab, Goa, where the government earns crores by selling these special numbers.
Steve McQueen, “The King of Cool”, is back in the news. McQueen’s iconic white Gulf suit from his cult racing film Le Mans, went under the hammer for a staggering Rs 4,27,67,001. No, this is not typing error and the auction makes McQueen’s suit the most expensive item of racing memorabilia to be ever sold.