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Super clean 1968 Ferrari 330 GT Coupé by Pininfarina to cross the block in March

This 1968 Ferrari 330 GT Coupé by Pininfarina has undergone over £30,000 in restoration work.

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Next month, Silverstone Auctions will present The Race Retro Live Online Auction with a lot list full of classic cars, competition cars, and automobila. Among the list are a few standouts, including this 1968 Ferrari 330 GT Coupé by Pininfarina.

The Ferrari up for auction is from the last model year that the Italian company made the Ferrari 330. From 1963 to 1968, 330s were sold in a variety of roof and seating configurations but rang on the same 4.0-liter Columbo V12 engine. The engine was a remnant from the Ferrari 400 Superameria but was significantly altered for the 330 line. Models with a hard top are styled as "330 GTC" cars while cars with a ragtop are "330 GTS" models.

The '68 Ferrari 330 that will cross the block was supplied to dealers in Verona, Italy in May 1968. It has been fully inspected for official Ferrari 'Classiche Certification', had its fee paid, and is awaiting the official Red Box.

1968 Ferrari 330 GT Coupé by Pininfarina

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This model comes from a loving home. From 2005 to 2017 it was the pride of one household and had over £30,000 spent on it during that time with JDR, TDH Classics and Hoyle-Fox. The car has been completely retrimmed including new boot carpet; a fresh headliner; freshened interior wood finishes, door cappings, and dashboard; rebuilt Borranis and carburettors; and re-chromed spinners. A new stainless steel exhaust has been fitted to the model, the brakes have been rebuilt, and the distributors were adjusted to suit the new electric ignition.

It wears a gleaming coat of Rosso Corsa paint and has a Nero interior.

"We are once again thrilled with the growing lot list we have consigned for our first sale of 2021," said Gary Dunne, Silverstone Auctions Sales Controller. "The 1968 Ferrari 330 GT Coupé really is a credit and privilege to offer in our tenth year as the official auction partner for Race Retro!"

The Ferrari will be auctioned off on Saturday, March 27.

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Rare V8 roadster

This BMW Z8 is worth its price tag

The BMW Z8 is a modern classic.

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We could spend all day bemoaning car auctions' impact on vehicle pricing. Sites like Bring a Trailer and Cars and Bids invite frenzied buyers to offer wild sums of money for cars that might otherwise be considered ordinary. Some vehicles on those sites, however, are worth the coin, and we think this 2001 BMW Z8 is one of them. The 22,000-mile car's auction is almost over at the time of this post, and its sky-high price tag is actually warranted. The BMW Z8 is exceedingly rare to begin with, but this car's color combination of black over tan leather makes it even more of a unicorn, as only 229 were made in that combination.


BMW Z8 The Z8 took inspiration from BMW's classic roadsters.Bring a Trailer


Even the car's designer is noteworthy. Though he may be focusing on his own electric vehicle brand now, Henrik Fisker's 12-year run at BMW was the stuff of legend. Fisker's work included the design for the Z8, as well as contributions of the original X5 SUV, which is now part of an expansive BMW SUV and crossover lineup.

The Z8 reached legend status when it shuttled Pierce Brosnan's James Bond in The World Is Not Enough, but the cars were (and are) worthy of standing on their own. Under the hood, BMW installed a 394-horsepower 4.9-liter V8, which gave the car a claimed 0-62 mph time of just 4.2 seconds. That power reached the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, and this car has had maintenance performed to keep the drivetrain purring for years to come.


2001 BMW Z8 This Z8's color combination makes it exceedingly rare.Bring a Trailer


If you're wondering where this Z8's current bid price of $162,500 lands on the car's overall value spectrum, there's some good news, depending on how you view spending six figures on a car. Hagerty estimates that a Z8 in good condition should draw around $155,000, while a car in excellent condition should get $199,000. This car's mileage and condition match up with its price, which falls on the lower end of that range, and should allow it to be an actual driver for the right person. After all, what's the fun of buying a car just for display?

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The 2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade is a fresh edition for the company's lineup.

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One of Toyota's most efficient cars is getting the blackout treatment. Like other Nightshade editions Toyota puts out, the 2022 Prius Nightshade has all the requisite black accents while maintaining its heralded powertrain.

The 2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade is available in front- and all-wheel drive. Buyers can add the treatment to Prius L Eco, LE, LE AWD-e, XLE, XLE AWD-e and Limited grades. It comes in the buyer's choice of Midnight Black Metallic, Super White, or Silver Metallic paint job. Front-wheel drive models ride on standard 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels while AWD-e cars get 15-inchers with black insert and lug nuts.

The exterior of the car also gets black headlight accents, mirror caps, door handles, color keyed rear deck spoiler and shark fin antenna.

2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade

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Each of the models is powered by the Prius's 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, which is paired with two electric motors. A continuously variable transmission is standard. All-wheel drive models get an EPA-estimated 51 mpg in the city, 47 mpg on the highway, and 49 mpg combined. Front-wheel drive versions do a slightly better 54 mpg in the city, 50 mpg on the highway, and 52 mpg combined.

Inside there are standard SofTex-trimmed trimmed, heated, power adjustable front seats and a SofTex-trimmed heated steering wheel and semi-gloss black center console. A 7-inch infotainment touch screen is standard, as is a six-speaker JBL sound system. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa come on every model, as are an auxiliary jack, three USB ports, a wireless phone charger, and one 12-volt outlet.

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 is standard and includes a pre-collision system with low-light pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, bicyclist detection, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and road sign assist.

All Prius models come with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Toyota's hybrid battery warranty is for 10 years or 150,000 miles from the vehicle's in-service date, whichever occurs first. The hybrid system warranty is for eight years or 100,000 miles from the vehicle's in-service date.

This latest member of the Nightshade family means that there are 11 Nightshade editions in Toyota's stable. The Prius is the first hybrid to get the treatment.

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