1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France, S/N 1039 GT, the 36th single louvre TdF, Scaglietti alloy coachwork, delivered new through Luigi Chinetti Motors, decades long ownership in prominent UK and EU collections, covered headlight, outside fuel filler, 2005 paint and body at Bacchelli & Villa – interior at Selleria Luppi, matching numbers throughout, Factory Red Book Classiche` Certified, fresh servicing at Ken + Darin McCay’s Boston Sportscar, superb in all respects.
Whether we like it or not basic Psychology confirms that stereotypes, both positive and negative, are usually founded in reality. That means all those catchy sayings you’ve heard about North Carolina country boys being brave, polite and simple are absolutely true. See, gearheads in the Tar Heel state know all it takes to have a good time is something with an engine, something with bullets or somewhere with a little bit of land. And that basic outlook on life is probably why we’ve built such a great reputation as fun-loving, free-spirited adventurers. The all-original time capsule ‘Cuda you see here was custom-ordered by one of North Carolina’s most fearless backwoods daredevils, and spent most of its life sitting in his world-class car and motorcycle collection. Not only is the car packed full of rare and unique options, it’s also equipped with a top-of-the-line, high performance drivetrain, still covered in original paint and still cradling a 2,010 mile original Hemi V8. We all know time travel, however desirable it may be, as a phenomenon that’s only found in fiction. But when you take one look at this untouched Plymouth survivor, the ultimate, lowest mileage reference-grade Hemicuda in existence, you’ll begin to question both your sense of time and perception!
The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport combines state-of-the-art technology and the beauty of a convertible. Extreme precision and meticulous care for detail – those were the governing principles followed by the designers and engineers as they created the Grand Sport.
This maxim of perfection found its expression in the car’s technology: the Grand Sport’s engine, drive, and brakes all deliver superlatives in performance, acceleration, and deceleration. The choice of materials is another indicator of Bugatti’s discerning standards: titanium, carbon fibre, magnesium, aluminium – each component is made of the material with the lowest weight and the highest level of functionality. This is also true for the chassis safety features. The Grand Sport’s body consists of a carbon fibre monocoque suspended from an aluminium frame in the front and a carbon fibre/stainless steel frame in the rear. In assembly, too, perfection is the guiding principle: the Grand Sport is manufactured lovingly and meticulously by hand.
- Whats “Grand Sport”?
Answer – A targa top version unveiled at Pebble Beach Concours d’Eleganceon 15 August 2008, with production beginning in spring 2009. The model has extensive reinforcements to compensate for the lack of standard roof, and small changes to the windshield and running lights. There are two removable tops, the second a temporary roof fashioned after an umbrella. The top speed with the hardtop in place is the same as the standard coupé version, but with the roof down is limited to 369 km/h (229 mph)—and to 130 km/h (81 mph) with the temporary soft roof. The first (chassis 001) was sold at auction, raising approximately US$900,000 for charity.