The $1.5 million Ferrari rusting away in the Arizona desert for half a century. The $2 million Duesenberg parked in a Manhattan garage for 60 years. The $5 million Bugatti forgotten in a British barn for generations. There’s something irresistible about the notion of beautiful machines once capable of setting speed records by tenths of a second sitting motionless and lame, collecting dust for decades. Few people know that one of the greatest cars Mercedes-Benz has produced in its 125-year history sits on flat tires, covered by 30 years of grime, in an unmarked building in South Central Los Angeles. The 1935 Rudolf Caracciola Mercedes-Benz 500K “Roadster Limousine,” one of the most beautifully struck and elegant prewar cars ever built, was commissioned as a gift for one of the most legendary race car drivers ever to turn the wheel. Based on recent auction figures, the 500K—one of the holy grails of car collecting—could be worth upward of $10 million if it … [Read more...] about Wheels of Fortune: The $10M Mercedes-Benz 500K That Vanished
Hyperloop Technology’s co-founder and chief technology officer Brogan BamBrogan, who is a real person and not a Bond villain living in a volcano lair, choose yesterday’s SEA International Congress talent meetup to push the Elon Musk-conceived technology, Automotive News has reported. BamBrogan’s company is dangling job opportunities in front of the Detroit crowd in a bid to lure new henchmen auto industry talent into its fold. The former Chrysler and SpaceX engineer’s message to the Detroit audience was clear. To paraphrase Seinfeld — this technology is real, and it’s spectacular. “We’re calling this our Kitty Hawk moment,” BamBrogan told them. There are jobs to be had if auto industry employees want to make the jump. Hyperloop Technologies plans to hire between 180 and 280 engineers between now and the end of next year. BamBrogan plans to have a two-mile prototype up and running in the Nevada desert later this year to show that … [Read more...] about Hyperloop Visits Detroit; Will Auto Talent Make the Jump From Tires to Tubes?
Jeep has announced two new versions of its Renegade small SUV will be on show at next week’s Los Angeles Motor Show. The Renegade Deserthawk and Renegade Altitude are limited edition models rather than all-new trim levels, and both will go on sale in the United States soon. The Deserthawk is presented as being a rugged, off-road ready version of Jeep’s crossover. It’s more or less a US spec version of the Rengade Desert Hawk from the Paris Motor Show, and it’s based on the 4x4 Trailhawk model. It keeps that car’s 4x4 system and off-roading technology, but with an extra driving setup – Rock mode. • Best small SUVs on sale this year The Deserthawk also adds exclusive styling details, and is offered with unique ‘Majove Sand’ colour paint, 17” alloy wheels finished in black, plus Deserthawk decals on the bonnet and rear panels. There’s a unique interior too, including black leather seats with frost contrast stitching, and … [Read more...] about Jeep Renegades special editions set for LA Motor Show