Category: ‘Other Car Auction Finds’

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2007 Alfa Romeo Brera

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Earlier this week we learned that the Fiat group would be releasing their version of the Mazda MX-5 Miata as the revived Fiat 124 Spider. Prior to that announcement, we had expected that the Italian automaker would opt to release their version of the Japanese roadster as an Alfa Romeo model. Turns out that only fully Italian-sourced cars can be sold under the Alfa Romeo name. So, today we’re looking at a 2010 Alfa Romeo Brera Japanese car auction find:

2007 Alfa Romeo Brera

For those unfamiliar with last decade’s Alfa Romeo lineup, the Brera is essentially the bigger coupe brother to the Alfa Romeo Spider (which is a roadster). Only 21,786 total units of the Brera were built throughout the car’s production, which lasted from 2005 to 2010. As a 2010 model year, this would have been the last year the Brera was available.

The Alfa Romeo Brera is an extra-relevant auction find this week because the concept, the production model and all its updates were shown first at the Geneva Motor Show… The concept in 2002, the production model in 2005, and the upgrades in 2008 and ’09.

2007 Alfa Romeo Brera rear

Looking at the auction sheet at the bottom of this post, you can see that this is specifically an Alfa Romeo Brera 3.2 JTS Q4 model. Since this is a pre-2008 update model, the ‘3.2 JTS’ means we’re looking at a 3.2L engine that outputs 256 horsepower at 6200 rpm, and 237 lb-ft of torque at 3800 rpm. Top speed is rated at 149 mph (244 km/h) and 0 to 60 time is 7.2 seconds.

The 2008 update for the Brera also introduced Alfa Romeo’s e-Q2 limited slip differential to all models, and integrated aluminum parts to reduce the curb weight of the car.

Alfa Romeo Brera

Unfortunately, this particular auction find only offers us a couple small images of the design. Fortunately, we’ve found some larger manufacturer-sourced images to give you a better idea of just how sleek and, well, Italian-looking (there’s no other way to describe it) the Brera looks on the road. You can see the classic downward triangle with Alfa’s sigil at the top, the triple headlight design and the smooth, minimalist body lines that define the overall tone of the Italian automaker’s former flagship coupe.

Alfa Romeo Brera interior

Inside, the Brera’s large rear-end allows for some serious rear passenger space. A leather interior and plenty of amenities around the cabin make for a truly pleasurable and fun-filled drive. And this find is in pretty good shape too, with an overall rating of 4.5 and a B-grade interior and exterior. Get a full translation below the auction sheet:

2007 Alfa Romeo Brera auction sheet

“Interior B, exterior condition B, first registered December 2007, 3.2 JTS Q4 Skysound model, 4WD, 6-speed manual transmission, AAC, HDD navigation system, digital TV, official dealer LHD import, rear view reversing camera, power steering, power windows, original AWs, airbag, leather seats, model year unknown, stone chips in front windscreen, interior grime and wear and tears and scratches, seats worn and torn, steering wheel worn, airbag warning light on, minor scratches and minor dents, wheels scratched, door mirrors scratched, marks as per map”

Ferrari Auctions First FF in Japan To Help Earthquake Victims

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

The very first of Ferrari’s controversial new hatchback, 4WD FF model to arrive in Japan was auctioned off for charity at the Italian Embassy in Tokyo. The assembled dignitaries were probably excited to be able to get to Tokyo from their more radioactive homeland, and the car auction seems to have been a great success.

Ferrari auctions FF for earthquake victims in Japan

The FF itself was bought up by Masaharu Seno, an architect in Tokyo, and I am sure contributed the bulk of the proceeds of over $724,000. The money will be going to build a school for the children of Ishinomaki, one of the hardest hit towns in the March 11th disaster.

Source: Motor Authority

Car Auction Finds: Lucra LC470 2011 Model

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Now this is a brand I have not heard of before – Lucra (presumably, as in “filthy lucre”). Well, it may be obscure, but I couldn’t help being drawn in by the exceptional looks of this car. The rear says Jaguar D-Type (although without the obvious rear wing), and the front also seems to draw heavily from 1960s heritage.

Lucra Cars LC470 2011 model at auction - front

Underneath you get an 8 cylinder engine in a package that weighs less than a tonne. The result is blistering mid-3 second acceleration to 60, but at the same time superlative handling, with the ability to pull up to 1.3G in cornering. Obviously, this is a minimalist car without the usual creature comforts you would expect from a road-going vehicle, and the new price of $80k + is going to make it rather expensive to be just a toy.

On the other hand, this one on eBay has bidding starting at $50k, but with only 200 miles on the odometer, I suspect it is going to end up quite near that new car price.

Lucra Cars LC470 2011 model - rear

Oh, yes, you did read that right: It has done just 200 miles. Pity the poor person who has to sell it so soon. Whoever it is is relocating to the UK. Perhaps they can find a target=”_blank”>suitable track day car there?

Car Auction Finds: 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution

Posted by Stephen On Friday, February 18th, 2011

This pristine white RS200 Evolution is one of only 24 made for the Group B rallying scene in the 1980s. With 420+ horsepower, this car held the record for the fastest accelerating car (3 seconds dead to 60) for 12 years. That is still exceptionally fast today, with only cars like the latest iteration of the Nissan GT-R, the 911 Turbo S and the new McLaren MP4-12C able to equal its sprinting ability.

I remember the RS200 dueling with the Audi Quattros and Metro 6R4s when I was first into rallying during this Group B era. The WRC has evolved a lot since then and is now quite a different format, so I don’t think it is completely fair to compare the modern sport with this period, but (apart from the spectator accidents) I think it is reasonable to say that this was the golden age of rally driving – and this car was one of the stars.

Ford RS200 Evolution 1986 model at auction