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Centennial Edition Ford Shelby F-150 Super Snake

Are new vehicles becoming less interesting these days? It seems everyone and his mom are producing 800-horsepower rockets. And with the proliferation of automatic-only vehicles, it just seems so easy to drive something fast without the need for talent. (Or, am I getting old?) So, without further ado, the Journal would like to announce the Centennial Edition Ford Shelby F-150 Super Snake.

If you missed the news, 2023 is the centennial of Carroll Shelby’s birth, and this truck is the last of Shelby American’s commemorative vehicles that has been rolled out throughout the year. Based on the F-150 Lariat 4×4 SuperCrew with the 400-horsepower 5.0-liter V8, Shelby American then adds the following:

  • Dual Intake ram air hood
  • 22-inch Shelby alloy black wheels
  • Performance-spec tires
  • Shelby front splitter
  • Body-colored rocker extensions
  • Body-colored fender flares
  • Signature front fender vents
  • Front bumper cover with air intake vents
  • Centennial Edition Shelby badging
  • Centennial Edition stripes
  • Painted Shelby front grille
  • Painted rear bumper cladding
  • Tonneau cover with bed rug liner

Inside, you’ll find Centennial Edition leather recovers, tinted windows, billet racing pedals, carbon fiber touches, Shelby-badged console lid, signature floor mats, red accents, and a numbered dash plaque.

So far, sounds like a tarted-up truck, and you would not be wrong. But if you opt for the supercharged engine, then you’ll have a supertruck fulfilled:

  • Shelby engineered 800HP Supercharger System
    • Performance air intake with high-flow filter
    • Black powder-coated supercharger and intake manifold
    • Oversized carbon fiber air intake tube
    • Performance aluminum heat exchanger
    • Billet throttle body
    • High-flow fuel injectors
  • Front and rear brake pad and rotor upgrade
  • Shelby by Borla performance exhaust
  • Black dual exhaust tips
  • Shelby by Ridetech suspension
    • Front Ridetech /FOX adjustable coilover shocks
    • Front Ridetech /FOX adjustable shocks
    • Upper control arms
    • Rear traction bars
    • Rear sway bar

And — lucky you! — you will also receive a Carroll Shelby centennial book and black Stetson hat.

The cost for all this? $136,995 for the supercharged truck (which includes the donor vehicle). The naturally aspirated one almost seems unworthy of consideration in comparison but, if you have too many speeding tickets, you can buy it for $127,995. Either way, you’ll have one of 100 Centennial Edition Super Snake trucks to be built.

AutoHunter Spotlight: 2018 BMW 750i xDrive Sedan

Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by, is this 2018 BMW 750i xDrive sedan

One of the best things about more modern top tier luxury cars is that they offer the most amazing technology and luxurious options available but always sell at a fraction of the price they cost new. This has seemed to always be the case of the Mercedes S class, the Jaguar XJ, and the BMW 7 series. As a buyer this is great because you are literally buying one of the finest cars that the best manufacturers in the world can build for often less than the price of a new Toyota Camry.

The G12 version of the BMW 7 Series was the sixth generation of the company’s top end luxury sedan and was aimed to level the field between Mercedes S class cars and the BMW 7 series. It incorporated all the newest technology BMW had to offer including lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and a top tier audio system.

The interiors were the best yet seen in a BMW 7 series car as they features the finest leather used almost everywhere possible, elegant ceramic controls, and other niceties such as the option of a Alcantara headliner. You don’t expect it, but this makes a huge difference in how nice a car’s interior feels. These 7 series cars are a nice place for you and the family to spend hours and hundreds of miles.

The seller describes this 2018 750i xDrive sedan as having only covered 39,425 miles from new and sold new for a original retail price of $120,425. The cars options include Driving Assistance Plus Package, Executive Package, M Sport Package, a panoramic moonroof, multi-contour seats, soft-close doors, and the aforementioned Alcantara headliner. It was originally delivered to BMW of Freeport in Freeport, New York, and is powered by a 445-horsepower 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 mated to a Steptronic eight-speed automatic transmission. The car is painted in Grigio Telesto Pearl Metallic over a Cognac Nappa leather interior.

The exterior of this 750i features adaptive LED lighting, soft-close doors, power-folding mirrors, and dual black exhaust outlets. They add that there is a small scratch on the hood that is shown in the photos in the ad. The car rides on its original M Sport Package-specific black 20-inch wheels with 245/40 front and 275/35 rear Goodyear tires.

The interior looks to be in almost new condition and the two-tone interior is appointed with power-adjustable, heated and air conditioned Cognac Nappa leather multi-contour bucket front seats, a bench in the rear, matching materials for the door panels, center console, and lower dash with a black used for the upper dash, carpeting, and floor mats. Other features include piano black finishes, a heated steering wheel, rear sunshades, a Harman Kardon audio system, four-zone automatic climate control, ceramic controls, navigation, a rearview camera, smart keyless entry, gesture control, Apple CarPlay compatibility, a head-up display, illuminated aluminum door sill plates, and a WiFi hotspot.

From a mechanical standpoint, the car is powered by the BMW N63 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that features Double-VANOS variable valve timing and direct injection. It was rated at 445 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque when new. Period tests state that this gave the 750i xDrive the capability of a 0-60 time of 4.3 seconds, an amazing number for a 4,600 lb car. The CARFAX shows a May 2023 service which included an oil change and an emissions inspection. The car comes with its original owner’s manuals, a window sticker, and two key fobs.

So why not take a swing by bidding on this fantastic European luxury sedan and see how much car you can get for the money. There is no better value in the car market than a car like this 7 series.

The auction for this 39,000 original mile 2018 BMW 750i xDrive sedan ends Tuesday, October 10, 2023, at 12:15 p.m. (PDT)

Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information and photo gallery

2023 PSMCDR Results

It’s been two weeks since the Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race (PSMCDR), that event where many pristine vehicles strut their stuff down the 1320. Since then, only attendees have been able to take note on how the cars ran, if not which car was the fastest (read: bragging rights), but let’s remember that the event is about improving one’s times in a particular bracket and not seeing who’s king. On the other hand, it’s interesting to see how some people maximize the rules and run faster than many vehicles equipped with headers and more.

Luckily, the waiting is over for interested parties. Download the below file so you can read about the cars (at least the ones that didn’t break) and their respective ETs. Then, you can check out the PSMCDR website for 2024 dates so you can plan on attending (racing?) next year.

Pick of the Day: OSCA MT4-2AD

Everyone loves Maseratis. As part of the troika of postwar exotics from Italy (including Ferrari and Lamborghini), Maserati has produced some of the most beautiful, elegant, and mechanically interesting cars. However, the Maserati Brothers claim another brand in their portfolio: OSCA. Our Pick of the Day is a 1954 OSCA MT4-2AD for sale on by a private seller in Brookfield, Connecticut. (Click the link to view the listing)  

The story starts in 1914 with four Maserati Brothers establishing their automobile company. However, Maserati as we know it was never run by the brothers because they (by now, there were three) sold their shares to the Adolfo Orsi family in 1937 while continuing to work for the company’s engineering department under contract. However, after 10 years, the contract was up, freeing the brothers and allowing them to form a new company.

Called Officine Specializzate Construzione Automobili (O.S.C.A.), the fledgling company produced the MT4 (Maserati Tipo 4 cilindri) as its first car in 1948. Originally a 1.1-liter four, this engine went through several iterations in the ensuing years including bumps up to 1.5 liters. As the engine evolved, so did the body, with coachbuilders handling the designs instead of the OSCA factory. Race or class wins under its belt included Sebring, Mille Miglia, Targa Florio, Giro di Sicilia, and the Dolomite rally.

This 1954 OSCA MT4-2AD, chassis 1147, is one of approximately 70-80 MT4s built. Featuring Spyder coachwork and the twin-cam update (2 Alberi di Distribuzione) for the 1491cc four, this MT4 also has the twin sparkplug update offering a robust 120 horsepower. The American connection for this OSCA goes back to 1954, and it even was tested by Road & Track in 1955. After a slew of owners on the West Coast, it ended up in the garage of John Hunholz, an enthusiast who tried to undertake a restoration, but it ended up being a stillborn project for 45 years.

While OSCA didn’t manage to survive the way Maserati did, it is still part of a scene of small Italian manufacturers with strong engineering talent. “The twin plug per cylinder head is fed fuel by a pair of 39 DC03 weber carburetors. The correct setup for this car,” says the seller. Cars like this don’t come up for sale often and they are never cheap — in the case of this MT4-2AD, it will cost you $1,250,000. “It is an excellent car for restoration,” adds the seller. “Original chassis, original body, and original engine.” So, be sure to have some change once you pick it up.

To view this listing on, see Pick of the Day.

Can You Identify These Bucket Seats?

Think you know your cars? Then try the below automotive puzzle highlighting bucket seats of vehicles that are currently listed on AutoHunter.

Like shoes, sometimes we don’t always make the best decisions on what we drive. Sure, it looks good, but how comfortable is it? Does it offer proper support? Does the seat design look as inspired as the exterior?

Below we have four sets of bucket seats — can you guess in which vehicles they reside? Post your answers in the comments section below, then click on each image to learn whether you guessed correctly. Good luck!

Click on each image to reveal the vehicle and year

Click here to find more puzzles from the Journal. We look forward to your enjoyment and feedback!

Barrett-Jackson Concludes Exceptional 2023 Auction Year with Inaugural New Orleans Auction

Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions let the good times roll during the inaugural New Orleans Auction, delivering the ultimate automotive lifestyle experience at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, September 28-30, 2023. In total, 356 vehicles were sold at auction, all with No Reserve, for $21.6 million. Additionally, Barrett-Jackson sold 274 pieces of authentic automobilia for more than $960,000, bringing total auction sales to $22.5 million with a 100-percent sell-through rate and over 30 world auction records. Highlighting the event was a Resto-Mod 1958 Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible that led top auction sales at $660,000, as well as the “Honolulu Lulu” custom 1932 Chevrolet Woody Wagon donated by Megan and George Shinn that was auctioned for charity, raising $375,000 for Samaritan’s Purse and their relief efforts in Maui following the August wildfires.

“Honolulu Lulu” the 1932 Chevrolet Woody Wagon sold twice for charity

“New Orleans was an incredible location to wrap up an outstanding auction year,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We kicked off the week with the city proclaiming this ‘Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction Week’ and the city’s rich heritage combined with the region’s expansive car culture made it an ideal backdrop to host the ultimate automotive lifestyle event. We saw enthusiastic bidding across all segments of collectibles, and the performance we witnessed from Resto-Mods as well as custom trucks and SUVs demonstrated just how strong their place in the hobby continues to be. We look forward to building on this year’s momentum as we set our sights on 2024 and our flagship Scottsdale Auction in January.”

2005 Ford GT Hennessey 1000

The top-10 non-charity vehicles that sold during the inaugural New Orleans Auction:

  1. 1958 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Convertible (Lot #748) – $660,000
  2. 2005 Ford GT Hennessey 1000 (Lot #725) – $495,000
  3. 1967 Ford Mustang Eleanor Tribute Edition (Lot #717) – $440,000
  4. 2005 Ford GT (Lot #735) – $418,000
  5. 1954 Chevrolet Custom Pickup (Lot #782) – $330,000
  6. 2020 Lamborghini Huracan LP640-4 EVO (Lot #730) – $286,000
  7. 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Custom Coupe (Lot #707) – $286,000
  8. 2020 Aston Martin DB11 (Lot #701) – $275,000
  9. 2023 Maserati MC20 (Lot #723) – $253,000
  10. 1964 Corvette Custom Convertible (Lot #764) – $220,000
    1959 Chevrolet Apache Custom Pickup “Indian Outlaw” (Lot #679) – $220,000

Raising a total of $375,000, Barrett-Jackson sold a 1932 Chevrolet Woody Custom Wagon nicknamed “Honolulu Lulu” donated by renowned philanthropists Megan and George Shinn to benefit Samaritan’s Purse and their relief efforts in Maui following the devastating August wildfires. The custom hot rod originally hammered for $100,000 and was immediately donated back by longtime member of the Barrett-Jackson family Michelle Mauzy to sell again. After hammering a second time for $75,000 with the winning bid from Ted McIntyre, additional donations were added, including $100,000 from Mike and Tracy Patterson as well as $50,000 donations from the Shinns and Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick.

2023 Maserati MC20

“We’re thrilled with the incredible reception we received from New Orleans and the surrounding communities,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “From an expansive docket filled with collectible vehicles for every enthusiast to Thrill Rides and live music, we brought the ultimate Barrett-Jackson experience for our first-ever event in Louisiana. Throughout the three-day event we continued to meet the demand for all segments of the hobby, and I can’t wait for what’s on the horizon in 2024 as we now turn our sights to Scottsdale.”

1930s Shell Oil Neon Porcelain Sign

Barrett-Jackson’s inaugural event in the Crescent City also sold 274 pieces of authentic automobilia at the auction with No Reserve for more than $960,000. The top three automobilia pieces that sold during the New Orleans Auction include:

  • Late 1950s-early ’60s Texaco Oil Animated Neon Porcelain Sign (Lot #8299) – $74,750
  • 1930s Shell Oil Neon Porcelain Sign (Lot #7298) – $69,000
  • Early 1950s Texaco Oil Fuel Island with Bennett Model #966 Gas Pumps (Lot #8282) – $46,000

During the three-day event, Barrett-Jackson also hosted several notable celebrities, including the New Orleans Saints all-time sack leader and eight-time Pro Bowler Cam Jordan, as well as “The First Lady of Motorsports” Linda Vaughn.

Additionally, Barrett-Jackson’s year-long Fantasy Bid presented by Dodge competition culminated on Saturday with Keith R. from Ohio taking the crown and winning the grand prize – a 2023 Dodge Charger.

Barrett-Jackson is now accepting consignments for the 53rd Annual Scottsdale Auction, January 20-28, 2024, at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Those interested in being a part of the auction may consign their collector vehicle here. Those interested in registering to bid for the auction company’s flagship Scottsdale Auction may do so here. VIP Experience packages for the 2024 Scottsdale Auction are available for here.

Pick of the Day: 1974 Chevrolet Corvette

The year is rapidly drawing to a close, so I wanted to focus today’s attention on a vehicle that will be turning 50 years old in January.

The Pick of the Day is a 1974 Chevrolet Corvette coupe listed for sale on by a private seller in Dallas, Georgia. (Click the link to view the listing)

“This 1974 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray represents something very unique and desirable,” the listing begins. “This was the only year for the C3 split rear end and the swan song for the big-block, and this coupe was given it all straight from the factory. This 1974 454 Corvette is in excellent overall condition.”

The third-generation Corvette launched with its unmistakable streamlined silhouette in 1968, and it lived for 15 years with incremental design and engineering changes along the way. By the early 1970s, the car had begun to transform from an all-out muscle car to more of a touring vehicle. Along with that, the exterior received a new urethane nose that was designed to withstand 5-mph impacts.

In 1973, the 454cid (7.4-liter) big-block V8 launched, and it was rated at 275 horsepower from the factory. Corvettes with this option were given a cowl-induction hood as well as “454” badging for bragging rights. The 454’s days were numbered, through, as it only lasted for two model years before federal regulations started pushing General Motors toward more efficient vehicles.

Mechanically, this ‘74 is said to be up to date: Recent work was reportedly done involving the power steering system, shock absorbers, Zoom clutch, carburetor, Delco plugs, starter, and air conditioning. While most of the equipment is original to the assembly plant, the four-wheel disc braking system has been upgraded to Wilwood components.

The seller sums up why this car holds collector appeal: “Collectors like the 1974 model because it was the last year for the big-block motor. While less than 10% opted to have the monster V8 installed, this one has the numbers-matching 454-cubic-inch V8 and numbers-matching four-speed manual transmission. But more than just collectability, this Corvette is meant to be driven.”

Happy upcoming 50th birthday to this collector-grade Corvette. If you’re looking for a vehicle that checks all the boxes for an enthusiast, this might be it.

The asking price is $32,995 or best offer for this special C3.

To view this listing on, see Pick of the Day.

Rennsport Weekend: Seventh record breaking Reunion draws to a close

The seventh Rennsport Reunion drew to a close in spectacular style, breaking records to become the biggest Porsche gathering ever.

Over 91,000 people attended between Thursday, September 28 and Sunday, October 1 watching over 300 race entries and the US debut of the Mission X concept, the Vision 357 Speedster concept and the new 911 S/T. The global debut of the new 911 GT3 R Rennsport was a highlight and a crowd favorite, supported by vibrant and engaging new exhibitions and activities with over 100 Porsche racers from around the world and from the past and present participating.

The much anticipated final of the Porsche Esports Championship took place Sunday with Randall Hayward emerging as the worthy champion in front of a capacity audience with Robert Heck finishing in second and Donavan Parker placed third.

Three winners of the Porsche Restoration Competition was also announced. A 1991 911 Carrera 4 Coupe entered by Porsche Beverly Hills was selected for the Individualization category, while a 1994 911 Turbo 3.6 Type 964 from Napleton Westmont Porsche won the Restoration category. Finally, a 1996 911 Turbo Type 993 entered by Gaudin Porsche of Las Vegas was singled out as the Preservation and People’s Choice winner for its sympathetic and careful conservation.

On track, a spectacular Porsche Carrera Cup North America race saw Tom Sargent claim victory in race one, while Will Martin finished first in race two. At the other end of the performance spectrum, the second Porsche tractor race was won by Greg Garneau in a slow, but highly entertaining battle.

“It’s been a privilege to host our seventh Rennsport Reunion,” said Ayesha Coker, Vice President of Marketing at PCNA. “The ingredients were just perfect, from legendary drivers from our past and present through to the presence of amazing new cars and additions to appeal to wider audiences that have never appeared at any Rennsport, such as Esports. The common component was the enthusiasm of everyone attending, the wonder, pride and excitement – it truly made Rennsport special. Here’s to the next one!”

AutoHunter Spotlight: 1969 Chevrolet Corvette

Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by, is this frame-off restored 1969 Chevrolet Corvette coupe. It is powered by a rebuilt Turbo-Jet 427 four-barrel backed by a rebuilt four-speed manual transmission. This garage-kept Vette comes with body-color removable roof panels and removable rear window, plus power steering and brakes, Rally wheels, and more. Finished in Monaco Orange over a black vinyl and cloth interior, this C3 Corvette is offered by the selling dealer with service and rebuild receipts, and transferable New Hampshire registration.

The Monaco Orange (code 990) paint was refinished during the 2015 frame-off restoration under the direction of John’s Corvette Service in Laconia, New Hampshire. Features include rocker moldings, driver-side mirror, rear-mounted antenna, and special domed big-block hood.

Fifteen-inch Rally wheels with polished center caps are wrapped in 215/70 BFGoodrich Radial T/A raised-white-letter tires.

The two-seat cockpit is furnished with high-back buckets upholstered in black vinyl and cloth. Features include aftermarket power steering, rubber floor mats, center console, push-button AM radio, and map pockets.

Instrumentation includes a 160-mph speedometer, 7,000-rpm tachometer, clock, and factory gauges for the fuel level, coolant temperature, oil pressure, and voltage. Additional auxiliary coolant temperature and oil pressure gauges have been installed on the center stack. The five-digit mechanical odometer reads 91,181 miles.

The original L68 400-horsepower 427 with triple carburetors has been replaced with a four-barrel 427 that was rebuilt in 2015 by High Octane Classics in Auburn, Massachusetts. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a rebuilt four-speed manual transmission.

The four-wheel disc braking system is power-assisted.

The below video shows a walk-around of the exterior, interior, and engine bay, plus footage of the Corvette idling. The sale includes $17,000 in service and rebuild receipts.

The auction for this frame-off restored 1969 Chevrolet Corvette 427 coupe ends Thursday, October 5, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. (PDT)

Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information and photo gallery

French collector builds movie car fleet that you can drive

A former car dealer in France has built an impressive collection of movie cars, with some of the fleet available for short rentals.

The collection, which is housed in the Movie Cars Central museum in Etrechy, approximately 30 miles south of Paris, was formed by Franck Galiegue and includes over 40 vehicles.

There are vehicles like those that appeared in various Jurassic Park and Fast and the Furious films, as well as the Herbie Beetle and Back to the Future DeLorean. Naturally there’s also a Batmobile, in this case a replica of the one in the films by Tim Burton.

In an interview with Reuters published last week, Galiegue said one of his most prized collections is a Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu that Ryan Gosling drove in 2011’s Drive. Three of the cars were used for filming. One was destroyed during production and another is still owned and sometimes driven by Gosling.

Movie Cars Central

According to Reuters, eight of the 12 vehicles forming the Fast and the Furious ensemble are also genuine. One of the original cars is a Dodge Charger. Another, like the Nissan Skyline GT-R, is a replica. Galiegue is fully transparent with what is genuine or a replica on his website.

Many of the cars can be hired for events and true fans can book a test drive, though some cars, due to their value, are limited to a handful of laps on a private track.

“I wanted to do something like a museum, but it must be a living thing, so that people can drive the cars, either here on our terrain or even on the road,” Galiegue said in his interview with Reuters.

Galiegue hasn’t finished growing his collection. Three new vehicles are on the way including one from the 1987 RoboCop movie.

This article was originally published by Motor Authority, an editorial partner of

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