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Historic date Sunday, January 31, 2016

The behind the scenes look at the brand new Porsche Panamera Turbo Camera Crane car by Chase Car Inc.

In this behind the scenes featurette, we go through how we conceived the car, its unique features, what it can do.

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Very nice and funny Opel Commercial.

The second generation Opel Ascona B was presented in August 1975 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It was available as a two or four-door saloon. There were related two and three-door coupé models in the Opel Manta range. There was no estate body available.

In January 1979 the street legal version of the Ascona 400 with 2.4-liter engine (16 valves, 144 PS) appeared

Over 1.2 million Ascona B units were produced worldwide until August 1981. The two miliionth Ascona was an Ascona B, built in April 1980, and the one millionth Ascona sold in Germany was registered in July of that same year


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Historic date Friday, January 29, 2016

Lot 233

1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

Chassis no. WP0EB0911KS173142

Engine no. 64K05632

Gearbox no. 1K03625

Sold for $154,000

217 bhp, 3,165 cc SOHC air-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with Bosch electronic fuel injection, five-speed G50 manual transmission, independent front suspension with MacPherson struts, lower A-arms, torsion bars, and an anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with semi-trailing arms, transverse torsion bars, tubular shock absorbers, and an anti-roll bar, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 89.4 in.

•One of only 823 US-specification Speedsters built for 1989

•Two registered owners from new; just over 20,000 miles recorded

•Matching numbers; Porsche Certificate of Authenticity included

Completed June 6, 1989, this example spent most of its life in southern California, having been imported by its first owner, who picked up the car at the factory under Porsche’s Tourist Delivery program. It was delivered in the popular color of Guards Red with a black partial leather interior and was factory-equipped with air conditioning, sport seats with electric height adjustment, a short shifter, a Blaupunkt Charleston stereo, and a security system.

On June 8, 2000, with its odometer reading 14,777 miles, the car was sold by Porsche of Newport Beach to who is believed to be the car’s second owners, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Salvi of Trabuco Canyon, California. Mr. Salvi immediately had the car serviced and all lubricants replaced by marque specialist Andial Road and Racing in Santa Ana, and, later in his ownership, he replaced the factory stereo with a Kenwood unit in late 2000. In August 2004, showing 18,972 miles, the car was returned to Andial for new hood shocks, new rear shock absorbers, new steering column bushings, a new battery, and other items. The Salvis retained the car until 2014.

Today, this spectacular Carrera Speedster presents as almost new, having recorded just over 20,000 miles, and is in wonderful condition. It is offered with its factory Certificate of Authenticity, tool roll, original collapsible spare, jack, books, service invoices, and clean CARFAX report. Both the fuel injection and air conditioning were recently serviced.

One of the most fiercely desirable modern Porsches, a Carrera Speedster belongs in any performance enthusiast’s collection. This is certainly one of the finest available.

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Lot 131

1978 BMW M1

Chassis no. 4301011

Engine no. M88-214

Sold for $300,000


•One of 399 road-going examples

•Believed to have been used as a press vehicle for BMW

•Rare full-leather interior; fitted with correct alloy wheels with new tires

The M1 was the first of the now-famous M-cars from BMW’s Motorsport Division as well as the first production mid-engine BMW. In revised form, the M1’s 24-valve twin-cam six powered the late-’80s M5 sedan and M6 coupe, beginning a legacy of many memorable M cars to come.

The motivation to build the M1 came from racing and a set of regulations prompted by the new Group Five in 1976. BMW found its aging CSLs losing against Porsche’s tremendous new 935, and to beat Porsche, BMW needed a mid-engined chassis to fit its twin-cam 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine. There was only one problem; it needed to build 400 copies in order to homologate the car for the series. Not having room or the time to produce cars in such low volume in Munich, BMW’s Motorsport division, headed by Jochen Neespach, contacted Lamborghini for help in building the proposed car, known internally as E26.

Styling was courtesy of Giorgetto Giugiaro’s Ital Design, the firm taking its inspiration from Paul Bracq’s 1972 BMW Turbo, a flamboyantly designed gullwing showcase for passive safety technology constructed by Michelotti. Road cars were equipped with BMW’s 277-horsepower M88 six-cylinder engine, which featured a twin-cam head with chain drive, four valves per cylinder, a forged alloy crank, Kugelfischer-Bosch Indirect fuel injection, and an electronic ignition by Marelli—pretty serious hardware for the mid-’70s.

Shortly after the project was green lighted, the problems and delays began. Lamborghini’s already precarious financial situation worsened, and despite seven prototypes having been constructed, BMW took over control of the project in April 1978. Construction was farmed out to two Italian firms: Marchesi for the multi-tube chassis and Transformazione Italiana Resina for the fiberglass body. Final assembly moved to Baur, the German coachbuilder that had a long history with BMW.

The M1 was officially introduced at the Paris Salon in October 1978, but BMW quickly learned that its new M1 did not meet the requirements of the new Group Five regulations, requiring 400 cars to be sold to the public prior to a racing version run on any track. Production delays meant that the new M1 was not homologated until 1981, by which time GT racing had moved on and the M1 was no longer deemed competitive. It was a race car without a series.

The 1979/1980 Procar series was announced, sort of a European International Race of Champions, staged before major Grand Prix events. In it, F1 drivers competed against each other in identically prepared M1s in a pre-race show. The series was not without its controversies. The first five Grand Prix qualifying drivers were required to participate in the Procar race, like it or not. The agreement between F1’s Bernie Ecclestone and BMW caused problems with Ferrari and other teams, too, causing the Procar series to last just one season. In the end, BMW built 450 M1s, of which about 50 were pure racing machines while the others were fully equipped road cars.

This M1, finished in rare Dark Metallic Blue, is listed on the M1 Registry as a press vehicle used by BMW for promotions and displays. It is equipped with a rare, full black leather interior, as compared to the cloth and leather combination used in most all other M1s. It was completed at Baur on December 21, 1978, and following its duties with BMW, it has resided in California since 1981. It has been in the stewardship of a single collector for the last 25 years, and the odometer shows less than 25,000, though the original engine is noted to have been replaced. The car has been federalized for use in the United States, necessitating the relocation of the fuel fillers inboard, whereby the original fillers have been closed off. It is likely that the original speedometer odometer (reading in kilometers) was replaced at the time the car was federalized. In addition, it is fitted with new tires on correct factory wheels, along with the correct spare, tool kit, and copy of the owner’s manual. An aftermarket AM/FM Stereo radio with cassette has been fitted.

Despite the adversities of its gestation, M1s are without question among the most collectable of BMWs. In addition, they are considered to be highly civilized compared to the supercars of their era and are known for their vice-free handling, high cornering grip, and excellent stopping power. Add to that the reliability and power of BMW’s inline six-cylinder engine and lavish level of equipment by the standards of the day—air conditioning, power windows, power brakes and Recaro seats—and it is no wonder that the M1 is revered by collectors.

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Lot 104

1962 APAL-Porsche 1600 GT Coupe

Chassis no. 40172003

Engine no. 66106

Gearbox no. 34248

Sold for $88,000

60 bhp, 1,582 cc OHV air-cooled horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine with dual Solex downdraft carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent suspension, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5 in.

•One of about 150 coupes produced by APAL in Belgium

•Fitted with Porsche 356 running gear

•Comprehensively restored

•One of only a few known in the US

•Unique vintage race and rally potential

A must-have for any collector of Porsches and its many interesting variants, this APAL (Application Polyester Armé de Liège) coupe appears at first glimpse to be a different version of the Porsche 356 Abarth Carrera, but in reality, it is a lightweight fiberglass-bodied coupe built atop a strengthened Volkswagen floorpan, and there is a lot of Porsche underneath. With a wheelbase a foot longer than that of a Porsche 356 but fitted with only two seats, the APAL GT offered very comfortable accommodation for driver and passenger, plus a great deal of interior luggage space. Their light weight and low center of gravity contributed to excellent handling as well.

While APAL founder Edmond Pery is best known for his dune buggies and replica Speedsters, the Belgian concern turned out about 150 of these attractive little coupes between 1961 and 1965, of which some 30 or so examples were fitted with Porsche 356 engines, transaxles, brakes, wheels, seats, instrumentation, and interior trim. Given that they weighed barely 1,400 pounds, much less than a 356 B coupe, the Porsche-powered APAL GT proved very effective in racing, hillclimbs, and rallies, including the famed Liège-Sofia-Liège contest.

The APAL factory in Liège suffered a major fire in 1969, and the company almost went out of business. However, Pery and his employees rebuilt the factory and went back to building dune buggies, which had proven very popular in Europe.

The car offered here is believed to have been delivered through Bendheuer of Cologne (“Hersteller Bendheuer” appears on the body plate) for racing in Germany. It passed through the hands of an owner in South Carolina before being acquired by noted Tennessee Porsche enthusiast Tom Trabue, in whose care it remained for some 30 years. More recently, it was acquired by a noted Southern California Porsche vintage racer, who embarked on a thorough mechanical and cosmetic restoration. The owner unveiled this rarely-seen and unusual automobile at the 2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, where its good looks attracted a great deal of attention. The rear-mounted engine is a 1600 Porsche Normal powerplant. The case number dates from 1957 production, but Mr. Trabue says it is very likely that Pery used whatever Porsche engines were available when he built his cars. The engine feeds a Porsche four-speed transaxle. Brakes are large Porsche drums at all four corners, which are very effective in such a light chassis.

This head-turning APAL GT, finished in red with red-piped black upholstery, would certainly be a unique entry for rallies, tours, and vintage races anywhere around the world

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Color production list:

COLOR PAINT CODE TOTAL PRODUCTION (WITH CHASSIS NUMBERS FOR RARE COLORS)

White (colorcode 206)  :  163   road cars + 43 Procars

Dark Blue (colorcode 207)  : 58 road cars + 2 Procars

Red (colorcode 208) :  71 road cars + 1 Procar

Orange (colorcode 209) :  98 road cars + 1 Procar

Black (colorcode 210) :  3 road cars (4301292, 4301324, 4301326)

Grey (colorcode 211) :  4 road cars (4301043, 4301217, 4301218*, 4301291) *for Jochen Neerpasch

Silver metallic (color code 060) :  2 road cars (4301220*, 4301424) * for Bernie Ecclestone

Unpainted (primer only) 7 Procars

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