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After unloading a Lamborghini, Eric Clapton is now selling his Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano F1

Eric Clapton's Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano F1 is up for sale.

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Eric Clapton has been busy divesting himself of a few members of his automotive collection. First it was his 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, now his Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano F1 is up for sale. GVE London has listed the Ferrari on Auto Trader for £89,900.

Clapton's long been known as an avid car enthusiast. While his favorite brand is Ferrari, there have been a few others that shaped his passion from a 1938 Cadillac Fleetwood to a 1967 Mini Cooper. The Mini Cooper has a fabulous story behind it. The car originally belonged to Beatles guitarist George Harrison who had it decorated with psychedelic images inspired by the book "Tantra Art" in 1967. Harrison gave the car to Clapton but then took it back just two years later.

The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano F1 is one of Clapton's most desirable cars though Clapton has gone on record saying that his Ferrari 612 Scaglietti is the one he prefers. It is a grand tourer designed by Pininfarina. It was in production for just five model years - 2007 to 2012.

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This model features a contrasting Nero Daytona Black paint job and a Castoror Light Brown interior. A Bose HiFi System has been installed. The Ferrari also has monolithic 20-inch alloys and the renowned Scuderia Ferrari shields.

Its 6.0-liter V12 engine can get from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The car has a top speed of 205 mph.

Auto Trader's YouTube Director, Rory Reid says: "The legend that is Eric Clapton is renowned for his classic car collection – after his music career of course – and it's well known how much he loves his Ferraris. He's even made use of Ferrari's secretive One-Off Programme in the past for a reported £3million, so you know he's not messing around!

"This particular Ferrari 599 is stunning and so well-maintained. The fact it received Eric Clapton's seal of approval before being sold on makes it that much more special. For a blues lover, who also has the money for it, this is a perfect buy on Auto Trader."

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The 2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition features a thermal orange paint job that it shares with the Acura NSX.

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Acura will make a PMC Edition of its best-selling RDX for the 2021 model year. The move comes following successful PMC Edition iterations of the TLX and MDX and forecasts a design change is in the RDX's future.

Named after Acura's Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Ohio, the 2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition will be hand-crafted alongside the Acura NSX by master technicians. Just 360 of the range-topping RDX PMC Edition models will be made and carry a sticker price in the low $50,000s. Exact pricing will be announced in the coming weeks.

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

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Acura has given each of the North American market-exclusive models a Thermal Orange Pearl paint job - a color shared with the NSX.

It builds on the top-of-the-line RDX, which includes the RDX Advance Package and RDX A-Spec styling. The model gets exclusive black 20-inch alloy wheels, a body color grille surround, black chrome exhaust finishers, and a gloss black roof, side mirrors, and door handles. All-wheel drive is standard.

Acura has pushed the orange color to the cabin where it appears as color-matched orange stitching for the seats, center console, door panels, steering wheel, and floor mats. The RDX PMC edition features a 10.5-inch color head-up display, 16-way power Sport Seats trimmed in Ebony Milano leather and Ultrasuede, heated steering wheel, and heated outboard rear seats.

Like the NSX, each RDX PMC Edition will be built and handled with care. It starts as a body-in-white shell that arrives at PMC to be finished in its orange paint via a robotic paint system. Multiple base coats enhance the paint's intensity. Next ,a mid-coat of gold and orange mica is applied giving off a pearlescent effect in the sunlight. Finally, four layers of clearcoat are applied to increase the paint's luster and protect the finish. The total time in paint, including curing, is five days.

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Post-paint, PMC master technicians begin hand-assembling the two-row SUV starting with the installation of the drivetrains and chassis components, wiring harnesses, and electronics. Then, the wheels and tires are added. The final step in the process is to fit the vehicle with its unique interior including an individually numbered serial plate affixed to the RDX's center console.

Following assembly, the RDX PMC Edition undergoes an identical quality control process as NSX, which includes a full electronic systems line-end test, expert wheel alignment, dyno run, water-leak test and final paint examination. Before exiting PMC, each vehicle is wrapped in a protective film and loaded onto an enclosed, single-car carrier for transport to an Acura dealer.

Acura has introduced a PMC Edition of the TLX and MDX as they have entered the final year of their design phase. Could a refreshed RDX be on the horizon for 2022? All signs point to yes.

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The 2020 Ram 1500 Built to Serve model features aeronautical accents and pays tribute to the Air Force.

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The third installment of the 2020 Ram 1500 Built to Serve models will go into production next month at the company's Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Michigan. Each of the Built to Serve variants of the truck pays tribute to a brach of the U.S. armed forces.

Ram's newest edition is crafted with an aeronautical theme in honor of the U.S. Air Force. It is available with either an Anvil or Billet Silver exterior color and with a black interior with Light Diesel Gray accent stitching.

2020 Ram 1500 Built to Serve: Air Force

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Ram continues to honor all of those who serve or have served in the United States armed forces with distinction through our latest 'Built to Serve' offering," said Mike Koval Jr., Head of Ram Brand, FCA – North America. "The 'Built to Serve' adage is something Ram truck owners, whether civilian or military, are very familiar with as it's something we strive to build into every truck and van we produce."

The Ram Built to Serve Edition trucks are built on the Ram 1500 Big Horn trim level.

Each model features a U.S. flag and Bulit to Serve decal on each of the rear quarter panels, 20-inch aluminum wheels with unique Technical Gray finish, body-colored wheel flares, all-black grille and surround, black bumpers, black-bezel premium lighting, black badges, black wheel-to-wheel side steps, and dual four-inch black exhaust tips.

There are Built to Serve Velcro panels on each front seat and on the rear shoulder panel where owners can apply their own patches to personalize their truck. Front seat-back panels are covered with PALS/MOLLE webbing that can be used to attach additional equipment or pouches.

Each model also comes loaded with Ram's 4x4 Off-Road Group content, including:

  • All-terrain tires
  • Electronic-locking rear axle
  • Hill-descent control
  • Front suspension skid plate
  • Steering gear skid plate
  • Fuel tank skid plate
  • Transfer case skid plate
  • Tow hooks
  • Heavy-duty off-road-calibrated front and rear shock absorbers

By appealing to past and present military members with the marketing of this truck, Ram is tapping into a significant population. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs calculates that approximately seven percent of the U.S. population is an active or reserve member, or veteran of the armed services.

Ram is selling the special edition as a $2,795 option.

The trucks wlll be available at dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2020.

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