Ultra rare opportunity to buy a BMW M1 art car

May 16th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

With only 456 models ever produced the BMW M1 is an extremely rare machine and one that many collectors would love to have in their garage. If the standard M1 isn’t exclusive enough for you, thern there’s always the M1 Art Cars of which there are two. One was painted by Andy Warhol and is owned, like all other BMW art cars, by BMW itself. The other was painted by well-known artist Frank Stella back in 1979 and has just been put up for sale by the Guggenheim Museum.

While BMW commissioned many art cars since the program began 1975, this Stella M1 is the only one that was officially sanctioned by the factory for a private client. All the other art cars remain in the German automaker’s private stash. So this M1 becoming available represents an extremely rare opportunity for one buyer to own an original BMW art car. Continue reading “Ultra rare opportunity to buy a BMW M1 art car” »

ManheimFowles launch weekly budget car auction in Auckland

December 21st, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

ManheimFowles Automotive Auctioneers in Auckland has launched a new weekly public auction, providing consumers with the opportunity to attend auctions featuring over 100 used vehicles, every Saturday starting at 12 noon.

With a large range of makes and models and no vehicles with a reserve price of more than $5,800, it’s an opportunity to pick up a cheap runabout at ManheimFowles’ Budget Car Auction.

Inspect the vehicles on offer from 9am each Saturday morning, with staff on hand to assist with any enquiries and answer any questions about how to bid and buy at the auction.

All vehicles are listed on the website in the lead up to the auction, with detailed information, condition reports, photographs and online-catalogues available for viewing. Potential buyers can use the ManheimFowles website to carry out research prior to attending one of the auctions.

Alan Roderick, General Manager of ManheimFowles New Zealand, said “We envisage between 100 to 150 vehicles being auctioned to the public every week. We are very excited about opening up our operations up to the public, and providing a great service to budget conscious buyers. With the auction including some ‘no reserve’ vehicles, there will also be something for even the tightest budget. All of the cars in the auction are independently inspected and finance is offered on-site for members of the public”.

As consignment only auctioneers, ManheimFowles do not own any of the vehicles they sell, meaning buyers can be sure they are bidding in a transparent environment, with all auctions conducted according to a strict code of conduct.

The inaugural ManheimFowles weekly public auction was held last Saturday October 17, with 50 cars selling and over 200 people in attendance.

ManheimFowles Auctions are located at 130 Kerrs Road, Wiri, Auckland.

To find out more about the auctions and to view the cars for sale at this Saturday’s Budget Car Auction click here to visit the ManheimFowles website.

Race against Jonny Reid this weekend?

November 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Ever dreamed of racing straight up against A1GP driver Jonny Reid? Well now it’s time to wake up and get your place on the starting grid. Formula E electric karting is celebrating its 1st birthday this Sunday and that means half price racing all day, special races and a charity race that includes pro driver Jonny Reid.

NZ’s A1GP driver Jonny Reid will be starting from 10th position on the grid. Pole position and positions 2, 3 & 4 will be auctioned off on Site on the day at 12pm. Positions 5-9 on the grid are currently being auctioned on the Trade Me website closing tonight, click here to view the auction on Trade Me.

All proceeds from the auction go to “Kids In Cars Charity” ( www.kic.co.nz )
Full Formula E A1GP Race Format:

* 5x Warm Up Laps

* 3x 10 Lap Heats

* 1x 15 Lap Final

Specifically, drivers must comply with, in order to race:

* Minimum height is 1.4 metres

* Maximum weight is 120kg

* You must wear closed footwear

Event (race) Start Time: 2:30pm (all drivers must be present 1 hr before the race)
Other activities on the day:

* KIC Mini Sprint @ 11am-12pm

* Celebrity Race 1pm-2:30pm

Also have Hot Rod Display, TQ Demo, BBQ, Bouncy Castle

Event Venue: Formula E Indoor Raceway, 36 Ascot Road, Airport Oaks, Aucklad
Event Date: Sunday, 22nd November 2009
Event Time: 10am -Late

For further information on this event click here to visit the Formula E website

Race against Jonny Reid this weekend?

November 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Ever dreamed of racing straight up against A1GP driver Jonny Reid? Well now it’s time to wake up and get your place on the starting grid. Formula E electric karting is celebrating its 1st birthday this Sunday and that means half price racing all day, special races and a charity race that includes pro driver Jonny Reid.

NZ’s A1GP driver Jonny Reid will be starting from 10th position on the grid. Pole position and positions 2, 3 & 4 will be auctioned off on Site on the day at 12pm. Positions 5-9 on the grid are currently being auctioned on the Trade Me website closing tonight, click here to view the auction on Trade Me.

All proceeds from the auction go to “Kids In Cars Charity” ( www.kic.co.nz )
Full Formula E A1GP Race Format:

* 5x Warm Up Laps

* 3x 10 Lap Heats

* 1x 15 Lap Final

Specifically, drivers must comply with, in order to race:

* Minimum height is 1.4 metres

* Maximum weight is 120kg

* You must wear closed footwear

Event (race) Start Time: 2:30pm (all drivers must be present 1 hr before the race)
Other activities on the day:

* KIC Mini Sprint @ 11am-12pm

* Celebrity Race 1pm-2:30pm

Also have Hot Rod Display, TQ Demo, BBQ, Bouncy Castle

Event Venue: Formula E Indoor Raceway,  36 Ascot Road, Airport Oaks, Aucklad
Event Date: Sunday, 22nd November 2009
Event Time: 10am -Late

For further information on this event click here to visit the Formula E website

Porcelin Ferrari 599 auctioned for 1.2m Euros

November 9th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Ferrari 599 porcelin s

A one-off Ferrari has been auctioned off for €1.2 million. The unique Ferrari 599 China (read news) was purchased by an anonymous, silent auction participant based in Shanghai.

Chinese artist Lu Hao designed the 599 with pottery patterns from the Song Dynasty before it was shown off at the automakers’ fundraising dinner at the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing.

The proceeds from the charity auction will go to funding Tsighua University auto engineering students and teachers to study at the Politecnico di Milano university in Italy. Scholarship winners will also get a chance to intern at Ferrari.

Other items auctioned off included a Michael Schumacher-signed helmet and race-worn overalls from F1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella.

Chinese-porcelin finished Ferrari 599

October 7th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Ferrari 599 porcelin s

In theory in a communist country, all Ferraris should be equal, but now some are more equal than others. Ferrari has created a special-edition 599 GTB Fiorano made exclusively for the Chinese market. Only twelve of them are scheduled for production. But that’s not exclusive enough and an extra extravagant unique 599 has been created.

This one-of-a-kind Ferrari has been differentiated by Lu Hao, a Chinese artist who applied the special touches that make this Ferrari unique. It’s been decked out in the cracked glaze pattern of the coveted Song Dynasty-era Ge Liln porcelain, and signed by the artist himself. There is also a jade engine starter button and a name plaque.

The unique supercar is ready to be auctioned off for charity in Beijing on November 3.

DeTomaso marque for sale – just $3.4m NZ

July 27th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

DeTomaso marque for sale

Italian-Argentine flamboyant carmaker DeTomaso has been in liquidation since 2004 and last weekend the entire brand was on the auction block, again. For a starting bid of €1.6 million (nearly $3.4 million NZ) DeTomaso could have been yours. While that seems like a bargain basement deal for an established nameplate with some credibility, no buyers could be found.

The price for the brand, logos, and car designs, is down from the 2008 opening bid of €1.78 million. Now, as then, there were plenty of interested parties, but no one bidding.

The DeTomaso brand is probably best known for its Pantera, powered by Ford hardware and sharply designed by Tom Tjaarda, but other aesthetically pleasing cars were developed, like the Vallelunga, Mangusta, and Longchamp. Alejandro DeTomaso had his hands in Maserati, Moto Guzzi, Ghia — and even Chrysler — as well as a Formula 1 venture that corralled the talents of names such as Dallara and Williams.

DeTomaso should go to auction again but for a lower price, and once again interest from Italy, Asia, and the Middle East will take a look and see if the price is attractive enough to take a punt on.