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· Final countdown underway to RM Auctions’ Don Davis Collection sale, April 27, in Fort Worth, Texas
· Single-day auction features 64 motor cars without reserve
· Offering comprises diverse roster of European sports and GT cars and American horsepower, including superb series of Porsche and Corvette automobiles
· Complete digital catalogue now available online at rmauctions.com
BLENHEIM – Following its record-setting sale of the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum earlier this year, RM Auctions is proud to continue its run of private collection auctions later this month, lifting the gavel on the respected Don Davis Collection during a single-day sale, April 27, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Well-known and respected in automotive circles, the Don Davis Collection is best described as “serious cars for serious collectors.” In line with Mr. Davis’ astute collecting philosophy, the offering has a strong emphasis on rare, high quality, low mileage, limited production examples, many of which have been recipients of complete body-off, nut-and-bolt restorations, and all of which have been well-maintained by a professional staff. As Davis prepares to “downsize” the collection later this month, 64 automobiles from his collection will be offered without reserve, including no less than 11 vehicles with pre-sale estimates exceeding $500,000 each.
“The upcoming Don Davis Collection sale represents one of the first times that a collection of this caliber and value has been offered without reserve, presenting an incredibly exciting range of ownership opportunities for savvy collectors,” says Ian Kelleher, Car Specialist, RM Auctions. “The sale not only demonstrates Mr. Davis’ faith in the current strength of the collector car market, but also RM’s confidence in the quality of the cars on offer —they truly are among the best of the best. Discerning collectors who have dreamed of owning one of the greatest sports cars or most elegant American classics ever built will certainly find what they’re looking for in the Don Davis Collection.”
Within the offering lie several wonderful individual marque collections, including a phenomenal Porsche selection that runs the gamut of the company’s history and boasts a certificate of authenticity for each and every vehicle. In total, no less than 10 examples from the famed German automaker are set to go under the gavel, led by a menacing 1988 Porsche 959 ‘Komfort’, considered by many as the ultimate supercar. An extremely rare find in the United States, the example on offer is presented in its original Graphite Metallic over a complementary Dark Grey Metallic leather interior (Estimate: $500,000–$650,000). Other notable Porsche highlights include a freshly restored, matching-numbers 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring, one of a reported 30 with the special-order Code 2525 India Red paint and well-equipped with a limited slip differential, sports seats, through-the-grille fog lights, and a retractable antenna (Estimate: $400,000–$500,000); along with a stunning 1958 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster restored by marque experts to concours presentation (Estimate: $250,000–$300,000).
Vette enthusiasts are also well catered-for with a series of six well-documented Corvettes up for bids. Highlights of this group include a multi award-winning 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/425 “Big Tank” Coupe, regarded as the ultimate 1966 Corvette and equipped with a 427/425 V-8, four-speed transmission, heavy-duty brakes, side exhaust, as well as the radio/heater delete option (Estimate: $250,000–$300,000); and a numbers-matching, well-optioned 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray ‘Fuel-Injected’ Split-Window Coupe, a terrific combination of European-inspired high style and American brawn, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year (Estimate: $125,000–$150,000). Also on offer is the original Corvette, a restored 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster. Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, this example is one of just 300 built (Estimate: $200,000–$300,000).
Beyond the Porsche and Corvette selection, additional notable collection highlights include:
· a trio of handsome coachbuilt Chryslers, including a rare, concours-quality 1941 Chrysler Newport Indianapolis 500 Pacemaker by LeBaron, the actual pace car used during the 1941 Indianapolis 500 and originally owned and driven by Walter P. Chrysler Jr. (Estimate: $900,000–$1,200,000); a striking 1954 Chrysler GS-1 Special by Ghia, recently restored to authentic original condition (Estimate: $700,000–$800,000); and an Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance award-winning 1958 Dual-Ghia Convertible, formerly owned by legendary entertainer Hoagy Carmichael (Estimate: $250,000–$450,000);
· a pair of Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytonas, including a Ferrari Classiche certified 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider, one of only 121 factory examples built by Scaglietti (Estimate: $1,200,000–$1,400,000); and a 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Coupe, one of the 1,273 Berlinettas built from 1968–1973 (Estimate: $350,000–$450,000); and
· a group of iconic Mercedes-Benz 300SLs, including a beautifully restored 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, complete with Rudge wheels, belly pans, fitted luggage, a “sport camshaft,” and other highly desirable features (Estimate: $900,000–$1,200,000); along with a pair of 300SL Roadsters from the 1957 and 1961 model years (Estimate: $700,000–$900,000 each).
For further information on RM’s Don Davis Collection, or to view the digital catalogue, please visit rmauctions.com or call RM Auctions at 1 800 211 4371 (+1 519 352 4575 outside North America).
RM Auctions Don Davis Collection – Event Details
Sale date: April 27, 2013: auction commences at 1 p.m. CST
Preview date: April 26, 2013: preview runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST
Location: The Don Davis Collection, 275 University Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Admission: Admission to the auction is limited to registered bidders and qualified media only. Bidder registration is $150 USD and includes an official auction catalogue and admission for two to the preview, auction, and reception. The purchase of an official catalogue admits two to the preview only. The catalogue must be presented at the entrance.
For those unable to attend the event in person, Internet, absentee, and telephone bidding options are available, and the auction will stream live at rmauctions.com to provide real-time coverage of the event.
About RM Auctions
RM Auctions is the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With over three decades of experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty sales, auctions, estate planning, and financial services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM proudly holds five of the top ten all-time records for the most expensive motor cars sold at auction. RM’s restoration division has achieved unprecedented accolades, earning Best of Show honors at the world’s top concours events. For further information, visit rmauctions.com, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @rmauctions.
Don Davis Collection Corvettes (Photo Credit Darin Schnabel © 2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions)
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Auctions America Continues Strong Track Record in South Florida with More Than $17.5 Million in Sales at Fort Lauderdale
· South Florida’s premier collector car auction generates more than $17.5 million with 74 percent of all lots sold
· Top seller: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing achieves $880,000
· Ex-Steve McQueen 1951 Chevrolet Styleline DeLuxe Convertible realizes $88,000
· Bidders hail from 15 countries around the world and 38 states across the U.S.
· Auctions America continues its 2013 event calendar in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, April 25 – 26 and Auburn, Indiana, May 9 – 11
AUBURN, Indiana – Auctions America kicked off its 2013 auction calendar this past weekend with a highly successful sale in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, generating more than $17.5 million* in total sales with 74 percent of all lots sold. Held at the Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center, the three-day sale more than lived up to its reputation as South Florida’s premier collector car auction, attracting bidders from 15 countries around the world and 38 states across the United States.
“We’re thrilled with the results from the weekend’s sale which continued our strong track record in South Florida and provided a great start to our 2013 auction season,” said Donnie Gould, president of Auctions America. “From American classics to European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs, the offering truly presented something for everyone, attracting a significant crowd across the weekend with bidders in the room joined by a large volume of collectors participating remotely via the phone and Internet. Reflecting our team’s extensive marketing and promotional efforts, 42 percent of bidders represented first time clientele. We’re thrilled to see such positive growth and strong interest from collectors and look forward to continuing the momentum at our upcoming spring events in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and Auburn, Indiana.”
Taking top sale honors was an iconic, concours-quality 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing”, which attracted enthusiastic bidding during Saturday’s sale session, realizing a final sales price of $880,000 to applause from the crowd. Other highlights included a legendary 1963 Shelby Cobra which spurred a lively bidding war, eventually selling for an incredible $533,500; a stunning 2012 Lexus LFA, just 400 miles from new, which achieved $319,000; and an exceptional 1932 Lincoln KB Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton, which garnered $275,000. The highly anticipated 1951 Chevrolet Styleline DeLuxe Convertible, formerly owned by the King of Cool, Steve McQueen, and featured in the final movie of his illustrious career, The Hunter, sold for $88,000. Owners Rick and Corey Harrison of the History Channel’s hit TV series Pawn Stars were thrilled to be on the block to witness the car sell before a lively crowd.
Additional sale highlights include a pair of Shelbys – a 1967 Shelby GT500 and a 1967 Shelby GT350 which sold for $151,250 and $110,000 respectively; a beautiful pair of Mercedes-Benz 190SLs – including a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL and a 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL which achieved $155,100 and $110,000; an impeccably restored 1953 Buick Skylark, for $181,500; and a pristine 1960 Fiat Jolly 600 Convertible which attracted enthusiastic bidding, realizing a strong $77,000.
Auctions America Fort Lauderdale Collector Car Auction Top 5 Sales:
1. Lot 586 – 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing” $880,000
2. Lot 581 – 1963 Shelby Cobra $533,500
3. Lot 590 – 2012 Lexus LFA $319,000
4. Lot 588 – 1932 Lincoln KB Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton $275,000
5. Lot 563 – 1931 Cadillac V-12 Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton $203,500
Auctions America continues its 2013 auction calendar in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, April 25-26, with its third annual Spring Carlisle Auction held during Carlisle Events’ highly anticipated Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet & Corral weekend. Spring Carlisle will be closely followed by the ultimate collector car weekend, Auctions America’s Auburn Spring event, May 9-11 at the Company’s headquarters in Auburn, Indiana. In addition to a multi-day auction and an extensive car corral and swap meet presented by Carlisle Events, this year’s Auburn Spring event will feature a new attraction, the inaugural Antique Automobile Club of America Central Division National Spring Meet.
For further information on upcoming events, along with full results from the 2013 Fort Lauderdale collector car auction, visit auctionsamerica.com.
*All sales figures are listed in U.S. dollars and include the 10 percent buyer’s premium on all automobiles and 15 percent on all motorcycles and memorabilia.
About Auctions America
Formed in July 2010, Auctions America specializes in the sale of American classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs. Headquartered at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Indiana, Auctions America boasts an expert team of full-time vehicle specialists, who offer over 140 years of combined experience buying, selling, racing and restoring collector vehicles, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. To learn more about Auctions America, visit www.auctionsamerica.com, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @auctionsamerica.
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing” (Photo Credit © 2013 Courtesy of Auctions America)
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NEW YORK – Chevrolet today introduced the restyled 2014 Camaro line at the New York Auto Show, including the return of the Z/28, the most iconic model in Camaro history.
The 2014 Camaro models feature a revised exterior design that integrates high-performance aerodynamics for more efficient cooling and stability at high speeds. The new Camaro Z/28 also features a full aerodynamics package that creates downforce at speed, which helps make it the most track-capable offering in Camaro’s history.
“As the ultimate track-capable Camaro, this car restores the mission of the original Z/28, and serves as a testament to the expertise of Chevrolet as the best-selling brand of performance cars,” said Mark Reuss, president, GM North America. “The build sheet is the wish list of any racer: lightweight, high-revving, dry-sump LS7 engine; carbon-ceramic brakes; integrated coolers for track use; true aerodynamic downforce, and a significant reduction in curb weight. This car could only come from Chevrolet, and could only be called the Z/28.”
The first Camaro Z/28 was introduced in 1967, created to compete in the Sports Car Club of America’s Trans-Am 2 class. It featured a smaller, lighter, 302-cubic-inch V-8 for improved weight balance, as well as quick-ratio steering and a heavy-duty suspension for track use. In keeping with its road-racing focus, the 1967 Camaro Z/28 was not available with an automatic transmission or air conditioning.
While the new Camaro Z/28 is not intended to compete in a specific race series, it is solely focused on track capability. In initial testing, the Camaro Z/28 is three seconds faster per lap than the Camaro ZL1. That extra speed comes from three areas:
- Increased grip: The Z/28 is capable of 1.05 g in cornering acceleration, due to comprehensive chassis revisions
- Increased stopping power: the Z/28 features Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes capable of 1.5 g in deceleration, and consistent brake feel, lap after lap
- Reduced curb weight: The naturally aspirated Z/28 weighs 300 pounds less than the supercharged Camaro ZL1, with changes ranging from lightweight wheels to thinner rear-window glass
Like the original, the 2014 Camaro Z/28 is offered only with a manual transmission. In a nod to modern convenience, air-conditioning is available, but only as an option.
“We set out to make the fastest road-racing Camaro possible that was still street-legal,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “While the Camaro ZL1 offers exceptional performance on the street, the drag strip, and the track, the Z/28 is entirely focused on the track performance. The Z/28 will be too track-focused for most drivers, but offers road-racers one of the most capable track cars ever offered from an automaker.”
The new 2014 Camaro line will arrive at Chevrolet dealers later in 2013. The Camaro Z/28 is expected to be appearing at track events across the United States in spring 2014.
High-performance aerodynamics highlight changes for 2014 Camaro
The 2014 Camaro represents the most significant redesign since the introduction of the fifth-generation Camaro as a concept car in 2006.
“The 2014 Camaro is our opportunity to apply what we have learned listening to our customers, and our continuing development of high-performance models,” said Tom Peters, Camaro exterior design director. “We look for solutions that are both functional and beautiful so that the result is genuine Chevrolet – simple, powerful, honest, and more than expected.”
Compared to the previous model, the design represents a strong visual change front and rear, resulting in a wider, lower, more contemporary appearance. The front fascia features a wider lower opening, and a narrower upper opening that also updates the appearance of the iconic “halo ring” HID headlamps on the Camaro RS package. The functional hood vent on the Camaro SS helps reduce heat and aerodynamic lift. Moving to the rear, the sculptural decklid, horizontal lamps and diffuser complete the powerful statement.
The Camaro Z/28 also features a full aerodynamic package designed to produce downforce at track speeds. At the front, the Z/28 features a large splitter, connected to an underbody panel that further reduces lift. In profile, the Z/28 features fender flares over the front and rear wheels, as well as extended rocker panels that contribute to aerodynamic stability. An aggressive rear spoiler and functional diffuser complete the aerodynamic package.
On the interior, the Camaro Z/28 features trim in a distinctive, matte-metallic finish named Octane, the ZL1 flat-bottomed steering wheel, and standard Recaro seats with microfiber suede inserts. The new seats (also available on the coupe versions of the SS and ZL1 models), feature aggressive bolsters for high-performance driving, as well as seat cutouts inspired by the five-point harnesses found on racing seats. To save weight, both front seats incorporate manual adjustment.
The rear seats of the Z/28 have also been modified for weight reduction. A total of nine pounds (four kilograms) was saved by eliminating the seat-back pass through, as well as using high-density foam in place of the rigid structure of the seat back and steel mesh of the seat bottom.
“Unlike the Ford Mustang Boss 302, we felt it was important to keep the 2+2 configuration of the Camaro Z/28 as Chevrolet already has a world-class two-seat sports car in the Corvette,” said Oppenheiser. “By modifying the construction of the rear seat, we were able to reduce the overall weight of the Z/28 while still preserving the flexibility of 2+2 seating.”
7.0L, LS7 the heart of the Camaro Z/28’s track-capable performance
Like the original, the new Camaro Z/28 forgoes ultimate horsepower and torque for improved weight balance and track performance.
In 1967, the most-powerful engine available in a factory Camaro was a 396 cid V-8 with 375 horsepower. To prepare the Camaro Z/28 for road racing, engineers specified a lighter, 302 cid V-8, officially rated at 290 horsepower. While the 302 was not the choice for drag racers, it proved ideal for sports-car racing.
Today, the most-powerful engine offered is the Camaro ZL1’s supercharged 6.2L LSA, which delivers 580 horsepower. The heart of the 2014 Camaro Z/28 is the lighter, naturally aspirated 7.0L LS7 first introduced in the Corvette Z06.
“The LS7 is ideal for road racing because it delivers amazing performance in a compact, lightweight package,” said Jordan Lee, Small Block chief engineer and program manager. “The broad torque curve and high redline of the LS7 mean fewer shifts are required for each lap, while the lightweight design improves the front-to-rear weight balance for better handling.”
Co-developed with Corvette Racing, the hand-assembled 7.0L (427 cid) V-8 uses a number of high-performance components, including:
- Titanium intake valves and connecting rods, and sodium-filled exhaust valves
- CNC-ported aluminum cylinder heads
- Forged-steel crankshaft and main bearing caps
- High-lift camshaft
- Hydroformed exhaust headers
- 11.0:1 compression ratio, and a 7,000 rpm redline.
- 10.5-quart, dry-sump oiling system
For the Camaro Z/28, the LS7 features unique induction and exhaust systems, and delivers at least 500 horsepower (373 kW) and 470 lb-ft of torque (637 Nm).
The racing-style, cold-air induction system and large K&N air filter provide maximum air flow.
The standard dual mode exhaust system and larger-diameter pipes enable improved air flow. By bypassing the mufflers during acceleration, the system increases both the torque and sound generated by the LS7 engine.
The Camaro Z/28 is exclusively offered with a Tremec TR6060 manual transmission. The six-speed features close-ratio gearing and 3.91:1 final drive ratio, both optimized for the power characteristics of the LS7.
Power is distributed to the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential featuring a helical gear set, rather than traditional clutch packs. The new design enables the driver to apply more power and get through corners faster, by continuously adjusting the torque bias to maximize available traction.
The differential works in unison with Chevrolet’s proprietary Performance Traction Management system, which allows drivers to adjust the level of throttle and brake intervention to match their capability and driving environment.
Unlike some competitors’ “track package” offerings, the Camaro Z/28 makes standard all the cooling systems required for track use. This includes the dry-sump oiling system for the LS7, which is connected to an integral liquid-to-liquid cooling system for engine oil.
A second liquid-to-liquid system provides cooling for the transmission and differential. This system pumps overcooled transmission fluid to a heat exchanger in the rear differential before traveling to the transmission. This reduces differential temperatures as much as 100 degrees F.
Camaro Z/28 chassis delivers 1.05 g in cornering grip
The singular focus of the Camaro Z/28 is most evident in the chassis, where the most has been made of every component for track use, from the ultra-high performance tires to race-proven dampers.
“We used the very best components in the industry to deliver uncompromised performance, lap after lap,” said Mark Stielow, Camaro Z/28 engineering manager. “We made nearly 200 changes to improve the track performance, which cumulatively make the Z/28 capable of 1.05 g in cornering. For perspective, with all other things, equal increasing maximum grip from 1 to 1.05 g can cut up to four seconds per lap.”
The Camaro Z/28 is the one of the first production cars fitted with race-proven, spool-valve dampers. Compared to a conventional damper that offers only two-way tuning for bump and rebound, a spool-valve damper allows four-way adjustment to precisely tune both bump and rebound settings for high-speed and low-speed wheel motions. The wider tuning range allowed engineers to dramatically increase the damper stiffness on the Camaro Z/28 without a significant change in ride quality. Additional chassis changes include stiffer string rates and suspension bushings for improved cornering response.
The Camaro Z/28 features 19-inch diameter wheels and tires, which reduce unsprung weight by 42 pounds (19 kilograms) per car compared to the 20-inch wheels standard on Camaro SS and ZL1. In addition, the smaller diameter wheels lower the center of gravity by 33 millimeters, further improving handling.
At all four corners, the lightweight, forged aluminum wheels are wrapped in massive 305/30ZR19 tires. This is the first production application of ultra-high performance Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires, and believed to be the widest front tire on any production car.
To fully exploit the grip of the Pirelli tires, the Camaro Z/28 also features Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix™ rotors and fixed, monoblock calipers. The large 394 x 36 mm front rotors are paired with six-piston calipers, while the 390 x 32 mm rear rotors are paired four-piston calipers. Compared to similar-size, two-piece steel rotors, the lightweight carbon discs save 28 pounds (12.5 kilograms) per car.
The combination of tire grip and braking power enable the Camaro Z/28 to achieve up to 1.5 g in deceleration. With standard front brake cooling ducts, the Z/28 is also capable of continuous track use unmatched brake feel, lap after lap.
“What makes the Z/28 so addictive is it inspires confidence through every section on the track,” said Stielow. “The incredible, balanced performance helps you carry much more speed through every corner: the brakes are so good you can adjust your braking points later and later; the grip and suspension damping allows you to carry more speed through the apex; and then the limited slip allows you to make the most of the LS7 as you power out of the corner.”
Extensive lightweighting saved 300 pounds over the Camaro ZL1
To optimize the track performance of the Camaro Z/28, the engineering team subjected it to an intensive lightweighting program, saving 100 pounds (45 kilograms) compared to the naturally aspirated Camaro SS and 300 pounds (136 kilograms) to the supercharged Camaro ZL1.
“We looked at every subsystem for opportunities to save weight,” said Oppenheiser. “Our goal was to get rid of everything that didn’t make the car faster, and keep only what was required by law. For example, we wanted to eliminate the audio system completely, but we had to keep a single speaker for the seat-belt chime to meet safety requirements.”
Other examples of weight savings include:
- Eliminated the tire-inflator kit, except for Rhode Island and New Hampshire, where it is required by law
- Removed interior sound deadener, and carpeting from the trunk
- Replaced the standard LN4 battery with a smaller, lightweight, LN3 battery
- Specified thinner, 3.2-mm glass for the rear window, compared to 3.5-mm glass on the standard Camaro
- HID headlamps and foglights are not available
- Air conditioning is only available as a stand-alone option
“The team was so fanatical about saving weight, we even stripped the unused wiring out of the harness when we eliminated the fog lights, speakers, and air conditioning,” said Oppenheiser. “Every ounce saved contributed to making this the most track-capable Camaro we have ever built, and a worthy successor to the Z/28 name.”
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
- New black exterior accents build upon exclusive 20-inch Black Vapor – Chrome wheels with extra dose of menacing appearance for iconic four-door fastback coupe
- Total of 392 units will be built during 2013 and 2014 model years
- Optional package available on five different exterior body colors
- 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 engine delivers 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of – torque for power across a significantly wider rpm range
- Fuel Saver Technology with active valve exhaust system delivers up to 23 mpg on the highway
- New for 2013, expanded adaptive damping suspension allows for three-mode selectable suspension tuning
- New for 2013, standard launch control provides enhanced straight-line acceleration
Auburn Hills, Mich. - The estimated 2,500 enthusiastic attendees who brought more than 1,000 different Chrysler, Dodge and SRT vehicles to the eighth annual Spring Festival of LXs this past weekend in Irvine, Calif., received an exclusive first peek at the latest limited-edition exterior package from the Chrysler Group’s SRT (Street and Racing Technology) brand, as president and CEO Ralph Gilles pulled the cover off of the new 392 Appearance Package for the Dodge Charger SRT8.
Designed to offer a modern interpretation of the classic muscle-car styling cues of the Charger SRT8, the optional 392 Appearance Package adds an extra dose of menacing appearance for iconic four-door fastback coupe, with the following new appointments:
- Custom-designed gloss black “392 HEMI” fender badges with a charcoal grey metallic insert
- Center section of power bulge hood painted in Pitch Black
- Roof painted in Pitch Black
- New satin black SRT lower-body side stripe with heavy band and accent tracer stretching from front fascia, through doors to rear fascias
- Side mirrors painted in Pitch Black
- 20-inch, split five-spoke Black Vapor Chrome wheels
- Rear spoiler painted in Pitch Black
- Availability of five exterior colors: Bright White Clear Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear – Coat, Plum Crazy Pearl Coat, HEMI Orange Pearl Coat and TorRed Clear Coat
- “392” engine beauty covers under the hood
- Exclusive serialized dash placque showing production build number / 392
“The Spring Festival is the perfect location to debut our new 392 Appearance Package for the Dodge Charger SRT8 to some of our most dedicated and creative performance enthusiasts on the planet,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – SRT (Street and Racing Technology) Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. “With its numerous new exterior appointments beyond our exclusive Black Vapor Chrome wheels, not only will this new 392 Appearance Package set the Charger SRT8 apart even further, it also brings another level of exclusivity to our lineup as only 392 cars will receive this special treatment during the 2013 and 2014 model years.”
The 392 Appearance Package option will cost $2,495, and customers can begin ordering in April.
Powered by the 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 engine that offers 470 horsepower (351 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. (637 N•m) of torque across a wide rpm range, performance numbers for the 2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 include 0-60 mph acceleration in the high 4-second range; quarter mile in the high 12-second range; 0-100-0 mph in less than 16 seconds; top speed of 175 mph and stopping power from 60-0 mph in 120 feet.
Even with the high horsepower and torque numbers, up to 23 mpg on the highway is achieved by the use of an active valve exhaust system that allows the standard Fuel Saver Technology (four-cylinder mode) to engage over a wide rpm range for efficient motoring or the use of all eight cylinders when the extra power is needed. The active valve exhaust system also allows for straight through mid and rear mufflers for a throaty exhaust note under engine load.
The 2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 features an active intake manifold and high-lift camshaft with cam phasing to provide maximum low-end torque for strong standing starts while optimizing high-end power.
The proven five-speed automatic transmission uses standard steering wheel mounted paddle shifters or the center console mounted Auto Stick, allowing for a choice of spirited shifting on both the road and the racetrack. Both methods give the driver the ability to manually select specific gears on the transmission.
New for 2013 is an improved adaptive damping suspension (ADS) system that is expanded to three modes and tuned specifically for the Dodge Charger SRT8 to provide an everyday performance ride or a much firmer race track capable damping for more challenging driving situations.
In “Auto” mode, a wide range of on-road and driver inputs – such as vehicle speed, steering angle, steering speed, brake torque, throttle position and longitudinal/lateral/vertical accelerations – automatically tune the suspension for specific conditions.
In “Sport” mode, the damping system rebound and compression is locked to a higher damping rate. Drivers can easily choose between settings with a press of a button on the center stack to quickly change the shock damping characteristics from “Auto” for everyday commuting to “Sport” for more spirited driving situations.
In “Track” mode, the higher damping rates combine with a performance shifting and gear holding feature that allows the driver full shift control when using the steering wheel mounted paddle controls or AutoStick.
A new for 2013, standard launch control system helps maximize straight-line acceleration.
When the vehicle is at a complete stop, the driver engages the system by pressing the ESC button twice and then with their foot securely on the brake, quickly applies full throttle. Launch control holds the engine at optimal launch rpm (1,825) and waits for the driver to release the brake. Launch control then uses engine torque management to achieve controlled wheelslip for maximum acceleration up to 62 mph (100 kph).
On the inside, the full-color graphic Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with exclusive Performance Pages includes timers for 0-60 mph, one-eighth mile and quarter-mile times, 60-0 braking distance, along with lateral and longitudinal G-forces within the touchscreen display.
The instrument panel’s 8.4-inch color touchscreen display – the segment’s largest standard display – also has all the same Performance Pages data as the EVIC, and is further expanded to include steering angle, horsepower and torque outputs along with engine gauges. The display is customizable to a driver selectable background.
Safety and security
The 2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 features more than 65 advanced safety and security features, including standard Keyless Enter-N-Go and electronic stability control (ESC) with segment-exclusive Ready Alert Braking and Rain Brake Support safety features to improve overall vehicle handling and performance.
In addition, standard front-row reactive head restraints, standard full-length side-curtain air bags, driver’s knee air bag and standard front seat-mounted side-thorax air bags offer enhanced occupant protection to passengers in the event of a collision.
The available Driver Confidence Group adds Blind-spot Monitoring, Forward Collision Warning, Rear Cross Path detection and SmartBeam® headlamps.
Connectivity and infotainment
The Dodge Charger SRT8 features an available 900-watt, 19-speaker premium SRT performance audio surround-sound system from Harman Kardon. The system offers world premier innovation, featuring a 32-volt Tracking Power Supply (TPS) 12-channel Class D amplifier that delivers outstanding acoustics and brings multi-dimensional, quality sound for all interior occupants.
The system uses GreenEdge speaker and amplifier technology to offer superior sound quality and high Sound Pressure Level outputs with minimum energy consumption. GreenEdge amplifiers alone outperform traditional amplifier efficiency by up to 55 percent, representing a net efficiency of more than 90 percent in some cases. The speakers are tuned for maximum efficiency and perfectly matched to the amplifier output.
The 2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 is built at the Brampton Assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is $45,250 (plus $995 destination) for the SRT8 model and $42,250 (plus $995 destination) for the Super Bee model.
SRT Track Experience
Owners of any Chrysler Group SRT vehicle receive one day of professional driving instruction as part of the SRT Track Experience, designed to maximize their driving knowledge and skills on the street or track. Sessions are held throughout the year at selected tracks.
The Chrysler Group’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) brand uses a successful product development formula featuring five proven hallmarks: awe-inspiring powertrains; outstanding ride, handling and capability; benchmark braking; aggressive and functional exteriors and race-inspired and high-performance interiors to remain true to its performance roots.
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Personal Artifacts of Hall of Fame Racer to be offered May 18 at No Reserve
Walworth, Wis. – Hall of Fame Racing Legend Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins may be lost, but Mecum Auctions will help keep his legacy alive this May 14-19 at Dana Mecum’s 26th Original Spring Classic auction in Indianapolis with the auctioning of “Grumpy’s Stuff” featuring more than 150 personal artifacts from his estate to be offered Saturday, May 18, all at no reserve.
“Grumpy,” as he was known by most, made a name for himself in the ‘60s drag racing in the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) using cars equipped with engines he had enhanced on his own. Jenkins would often take off down the strip with a lit cigar wedged between his teeth and come out ahead without even breaking a sweat.
More than a champion racer, Jenkins is even better remembered for the numerous mechanical innovations he developed through the years including drag racing’s first kick-out oil pan and Pro Stock’s strut-style front suspension. He was also personally responsible for building 30 vehicles that set national records in various racing venues and that won a total of 61 races including eight championships. “He was a mechanical engineer to a fault,” describes friend and estate executor Dick Williams. “He was lost in his own world; he was like an artist that way. If he was back working on something you might have to remind him to eat.”
Join Mecum this May 18 in immortalizing this revered man by celebrating his life through his most prized possessions including trophies, awards, model cars and competition jackets, just a few of the many things that comprise the collection. Stars of the lineup will be Grumpy’s 2004 Red on Black GTO Coupe (Lot S1) and his personal Snap-On tool box (Lot K175) from the late ‘60s with all the tools and trinkets. There is no better place than at Mecum’s Indy auction to attain a piece of history and pay homage to a man who spent his life behind the wheel and under the hood.
Thirty-two hours of the Indianapolis auction will be broadcast live on Discovery’s Velocity Network with the entire auction streaming live on Mecum’s website at www.mecum.com. Mecum’s Indy auction is open to buyers, sellers and spectators. Gates open at 8 a.m. each day and general admission can be purchased at the door for $20 per person; children 12 and younger will be admitted at no cost. For more information on the auction or to register as a bidder, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.
About Mecum Auctions
Nobody sells more than Mecum. Nobody. The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader of collector car and Road Art sales, hosting auctions throughout the United States. The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 26 years, now offering more than 15,000 vehicles per year and averaging more than one auction each month. Established by President Dana Mecum in 1988, Mecum Auctions remains a family-run company headquartered in Walworth, Wis. For further information, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050. Follow along with Mecum’s social media news and join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.
Dana Mecum’s 26th Original Spring Classic auction
Indiana State Fairgrounds
1202 E. 38th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46205
$20 per person per day, children 12 and younger admitted free
Gates open daily at 8 a.m.
Vehicles start at 10 a.m. each day with Road Art 30 minutes prior
Live TV Schedule:
Wednesday-Saturday 1-9 p.m. (All Times Central)
Source: Mecum Auctions