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What the Pagani Zonda tells us about the future of the sports car

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Pagani said the Zonda would be finished after 2013. AMG stopped producing the V12 at the heart of it, and well, the whole world was going turbo, right? Even so, there’s been at least one or two new Zondas produced every year since it’s production was supposed to stop. People have actually been willing to pay AMG to custom fabricate the V12 engine, paying astronomical sums that make a mere Huayra seem affordable. Prices of pre-owned Zondas are also through the roof at multiple millions, depending on model and spec.

It seems pretty clear that the market still has quite an appetite for the Zonda, and what’s more, many of them being ordered even have a true manual gearbox.

The Zonda you see above is the Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta, revealed just this past weekend at Pebble Beach. It looks pretty fantastic for a car that was originally designed in the early 1990’s, and that finished production four years ago. I know there is word going around that the three Pagani Zonda HP Barchettas may in fact be the last three Zondas, but I think that would be a big mistake on Pagani’s part.

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Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina spotted in Greenwich, CT

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Even as you leave Greenwich, you’re bound to see some nice cars on the way home. This time, I only had to walk a few feet from the car to glimpse one of the finest looking sedans of the 1960s. This little Alfa 1750 was taking up space, and time, in the parking deck, and showing off its best lines while I took a few pictures. It’s a shame that they don’t make cars like this anymore. Enjoy the photos.

This Ferrari 275 N.A.R.T. Spider showed Greenwich some serious class

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Of the ten Ferrari 275 N.A.R.T. Spyders on Earth, this is the third one I’ve had the pleasure of seeing in person. It was by far the single most valuable car on the show field at Greenwich this year (we saw the red one in Monterey, which sold for over $27 million at auction a few years back). Yes, the 275 N.A.R.T. Spider is one of the Ferrari holy grails, right up there with the 250 GTO, but even rarer with less than half the production run.

I think this subdued silver example with its rich red leather interior is supremely classy in the highest regard. It’s a very beautiful and inoffensive looking car, something that evokes admiration from people. Despite being worth a genuine fortune today, it doesn’t come off all that ostentatious as a car in person. Maybe my perception was skewed by the carbon-bodied Lamborghini Centenario right across the row, but this 275 might actually require a second look to be noticed in town.

I’ve said before, this is my favorite classic Ferrari, more than a 250 GTO or a 365 Daytona, I love the 275 GTB, and the N.A.R.T. Spider is the ultimate one to have. I fantasize about taking one of these on a journey up the Pacific Coast highway in California, wind in my hair, V12 signing along up front, it would be perfection.

One can only dream, but it sure has been nice to get to see a few of these N.A.R.T. Spiders in person. I’ve it a point to enjoy every moment I have with them, pouring over their every detail, and this was no exception.

I’ll let the photos take it from here. Enjoy.

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LaFerrari Hypercar Spotted in the Rain in Greenwich, CT

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How often do you see something like a LaFerrari on the roads when it’s pouring rain? I wish I could say this was a completely random spotting of someone who is really about that daily-driven hypercar life, but the truth is it downpoured at the end of the Greenwich Concours as all the cars were leaving. So no, this person did not just decide to take the Laf for a spin in the rain, he had to get the car home. It did make for some extra awesome photos in traffic, though. This hyper Ferrari is already mental when you see it in contrast with average cars, but to see it in the rain, that’s just such an uncommon sight. The driver even opened it up for us a little when the light turned green. It sounded great!

Enjoy the wet pics.

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Seeing my first Bugatti EB-110 at Greenwich

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In all my years of going to top-tier automotive events, the Bugatti EB-110 had somehow managed to elude me.  So, when I heard there would be an EB-110 GT up for auction at the Greenwich Concours this year, I was excited to finally lay eyes on one of these early 90’s unicorns.

The Bugatti marquee has had three different incarnations over the years, the original cars were French, the second generation was Italian, and the third (current) generation is German. The EB-110 came about as the second incarnation of the Bugatti marquee in 1987. Based in Modena, Italy, 139 total EB-110s were produced between 1991 and 1995, before the company went bankrupt while trying to grow too quickly.

At the time, the Bugatti EB-110 was just as much a hypercar as the Veyron or Chiron are today. It was the most technologically ambitious contender, with a 550hp quad turbo 3.5L V12 and all wheel drive. Flat-out, it was right up there with the fastest cars on the planet, with a top speed of 213 mph.

Keep in mind, the McLaren F1’s incredible 240mph record wouldn’t be set until 1998, and in the early 1990’s anything that could crack 210 mph was considered other-worldly. At the time the EB-110 was the fastest car made in Modena, a step above the Ferrari F40’s 201 mph, or the Lamborghini Diablo’s 202 mph. In terms of top speed, it’s main rivals were the Jaguar XJ-220 and the McLaren F1. The Jaguar XJ-220 actually was officially recognized as the fastest road car in the world in 1992 with a run of 217 mph, but they had to raise the rev limiter to get there. Prior, un-altered runs yielded a V-max of 212.3mph, so if we’re comparing two showroom stock cars, the Bugatti and the Jag were neck and neck as the fastest cars in the world. Unless, of course, you came across the odd McLaren F1…

So what are my thoughts on finally seeing an EB-110 GT in person?

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The Lamborghini Centenario LP-770-4 is unbelievable in person

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This is the ultra-exotic Lamborghini Centenario LP-770-4, one of just 20 that will grace this Earth. For me it was a surprise star at the Greenwich Concours because I hadn’t heard it would attend, and I certainly hadn’t seen one before.

The Centenario is a special edition Lamborghini for people who don’t want a “typical” Lamborghini, and who can afford to have something more. It looks absolutely outrageous, even though underneath the fancy body it’s basically just a slightly upgraded Aventador SV. For around the price of three or four Aventador SVs, you get to be in the 1 of 20 club, and have a Lambo that is extra extra insane looking. You also get to be ahead of the curve, as the Centenario paves the way for the next generation of Lamborghini styling. It is a very exclusive experience to be sure.

I must say, I first saw the Centenario and went, “Meh…” because I knew it was just an Aventador SV in a different, albeit awesome, outfit. I think the Aventador is one of the best looking cars out there right now, and the Centenario initially didn’t impress me much by comparison. Seeing it in person changed my mind, though. The carbon fiber details are exquisite, and it seems another notch or two up from an Aventador. As an object to behold, the Lamborghini Centenario is a whole new level of Lamborghini.

It was incredible seeing this car in the flesh, and getting to shoot it. It puts on one hell of a visual show. For me though, I still have a lot of trouble getting past its Aventador underpinnings when it comes to the $2 million question. The Aventador SV is such a show-stopper in it’s own right. I saw an SV parked at another even a few days later, and I couldn’t get enough of it. Money-no-object, I think I’d still take the SV over a Centenario.

The Centenario represents one of the ultimate collector Lamborghinis ever made. It’s an impressive showpiece for a billionaire who wants to impress other billionaires. I just find its purpose to be too superficial for my own taste, though. Frankly, if I’m looking for a car in the seven-figure range, it won’t be a six-figure car with a body kit.

The Centenario is an incredible work of art. I appreciate the hell out of it, even though it’s not really my taste. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing and photographing this one, and I hope you enjoy the gallery.

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Some Highlights From the CF Charities Supercar Show in Philadelphia

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We attended the CF Charities Supercar Show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia this weekend. This was the first year for the event in Philly, and we liked the new venue a lot. There were some truly incredible cars, and there’s a lot more to come, but here are some highlights for starters.

Enjoy!

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My new favorite color on the Alfa Giulia QV

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Red is great and all, but I’m a real sucker for Italian cars in blue. The dark blue was my favorite color on the Giulia… until I saw this one at the New York Auto Show. It’s called Misano Blue, and it looks just as spectacular as the red, you know, just in a more blue type of way.

-Nick

Lamborghini Aventador SV spotted in New Hope, PA

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Seeing a high-level exotic car, like this Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster at a car event is a thrill, but seeing it out in the wild is something totally different. Only when such a machine is surrounded by everyday normal things can you fully appreciate the true magnitude of its insanity. There’s also the psychological factor of expectation, at a car show you expect to see remarkable cars, but I was standing in a cigar shop with my buddies when this thing rode by. I suddenly recognized the note of a ferocious V12 going by, and I looked out the window just in time to see the blue shape of an Aventador with a massive wing on the back… it had to be an SV!

We went looking for the car, and checked the valet parking lot of one fancy restaurant I’ve seen other exotics at. My hunch paid off, and we got to enjoy taking the car in for a few minutes. This SV was a spectacular spec, matte candy blue over black interior with blue and carbon accents.

There are always many nice cars cruising around New Hope, PA, but this is definitely one of the nicest I’ve seen there.

Also of note, this was the third Aventador SV I had the privilege of laying eyes on this weekend, so that was nice…

Enjoy!

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