$4.6 Million for the Batmobile! Insane Auto Auctions — /ROAD TESTAMENT


MIKE SPINELLI: Today on “Road
Testament,” more than $220 million in collector cars were
sold at auction last week. What does it mean for car
collecting and for the economy in general? And what cars would you spend
your millions on? All that and the news. We’ve got Jalopnik’s senior
editor, writer– TRAVIS OKULSKI: Writer. MIKE SPINELLI: Travis Okulski. That’s today on Road
Testament. [MUSIC PLAYING] So this week in the news,
everybody’s talking about the journalist who grenaded
the flat-12. So Formula One veteran David
Piper let UK auto journalist and former race driver, Mark
Hales, drive Piper’s Porsche 917 on a racetrack for
a magazine article. But what happened next is enough
to make any writer rethink ever borrowing
another man’s car. Travis– TRAVIS OKULSKI: So the
car over-revved. Hales says he didn’t
miss a shift. But like you said, grenaded
the engine. MIKE SPINELLI: Yeah. So Hales says he had a
gentleman’s agreement with Piper that the 81-year-old F1
legend would cover the cost of any mechanical damage caused
during the track session. And Piper, who needless to say
is a multimillionaire, denied ever making the deal. And he sued Hales for
$176,000 in damages. And the high court has
ruled in his favor. Hales, who writes for “Octane”
and “Auto Italia,” is stuck with $76,000 for repairs
of the car and $100,000 in legal costs. Dude, you drive a lot of cars
that other people own. I mean, is this enough to
scare you away from ever driving anything? And I just want to mention,
Chris Harris drives all kinds of people’s cars on Drive. Just drove a Singer 911
worth like $400,000. These are things that could– auto journalists aren’t
exactly the most highly paid people. Next thing you know, you have to
buy a house that you don’t get a house with. TRAVIS OKULSKI: Right. You have to– what is it? You break it, you buy it. This time it’s, break it, you
spend your entire life savings fixing it. MIKE SPINELLI: Well what
do you think of that? TRAVIS OKULSKI: And you don’t
even get anything from it. MIKE SPINELLI: Right. You get nothing. TRAVIS OKULSKI: I
don’t strive– I try not to drive a lot
of other people’s cars. I drive cars that come from
manufacturers, mainly. Because exactly this– I’m concerned about breaking
someone else’s car. I don’t want to be responsible
or on the bill for a gentleman’s agreement that
might be for a cheap car. But it could be something–
driving a 917 is rare, rare car. If I break it and get $175,000
in damages, I don’t make that much in a week. MIKE SPINELLI: Right. Well, it’s interesting because
the 917 is not an easy car to drive. TRAVIS OKULSKI: No. MIKE SPINELLI: And Hale’s
argument is that the car, there was a mechanical issue
with the transmission– that the car over-revved
itself. It bounced out of gear and
over-revved itself. Piper said he told him to
keep it at 7,000 RPMs. Car went to like 8,500. And the motor went. So 917s are tricky. But everybody wants to
know about them. Everybody wants to– I would read an article about
an 917 being driven. TRAVIS OKULSKI: Especially
writing for a place like “Octane.” Because “Octane,”
that’s what they do is drive older and more exotic, awesome
cars, like a 917. And a modern driving impression
of a 917 would be something to have. That would be awesome. MIKE SPINELLI: But is this
story just like, oh god, that sucks. Or is there a bigger thing
to think about here? TRAVIS OKULSKI: I’d like to
think there isn’t a bigger thing to think about. But it seems like if
one guy goes out and breaks a $176,000– and we’re hearing this might
even be a replica car. There’s conflicting reports. MIKE SPINELLI: Yeah. Piper did own it since 1970. So the car’s appreciated
a lot since then. TRAVIS OKULSKI: 1.4
million pounds. MIKE SPINELLI: Which is like
a billion American? TRAVIS OKULSKI: It’s
a lot American. It’s many American dollars. MIKE SPINELLI: The mighty
British pound. TRAVIS OKULSKI: $176,000
would ruin most auto journalists forever. MIKE SPINELLI: But then
you have to think– and again, this is sort
of devil’s advocate. Because most people believe
that, break it you buy it. And yet, the guy
can pay for it. He’s a rich guy, Piper. This guy’s a poor guy. Piper’s car was going
to be in a magazine. Now granted, the magazine
would benefit from having a 917 in it. But don’t you think there might
be a little bit of a gentleman’s agreement
that, hey, you know what, I’ll cover this. It’s my car. And he doesn’t own it
anymore, by the way. And this happened– TRAVIS OKULSKI: It was
three years ago? MIKE SPINELLI: Three
years ago, yeah. So it’s not like it’s
brand new news. It’s just the judgment in
Piper’s favor is new. TRAVIS OKULSKI: Well, what I
find interesting, is that it’s an unwritten gentleman’s
agreement. And you’re driving a car worth
1.4 million pounds. Wouldn’t you think if you’re
driving a car that’s worth that much money, you’d have a
piece of paper signed that says, I’m not going to hold
you responsible for something like that? I can understand if it’s
a Kia Rio, you have a gentleman’s agreement. But if you have a Porsche 917,
you have something that says, hey, if I damage your car,
I’m not responsible. Or I’m responsible for
this amount of money. Or you’d have the proper
insurance in place. Or something. MIKE SPINELLI: Well, insurance
is the key. Hales is a freelancer. If you’re an employee,
most magazines– and I guess most big companies
that you work for– will indemnify you, to some degree. Or at least they’ll insist
that there’s some sort of umbrella policy in place. In this case, as a freelancer,
he didn’t have it. So no matter what we
say, he’s stuck for $176,000, which sucks. He’s got a mortgage for
a house he isn’t ever going to see. TRAVIS OKULSKI: The bottom
line is, this sucks. And the lawyer’s fees are almost
as much as the damage to the car. MIKE SPINELLI: Well it’s more. That’s the other thing. The legal fees are $100,000. Just to fix the car– I guess it makes sense. Rebuilding a 911 engine would
be about $7,600, all told. Add a zero. TRAVIS OKULSKI: Because the 917
is 10 times better than the 911 from a similar
era, I guess. MIKE SPINELLI: Yeah, so he’s
on the hook for more legal fees, because he also has to
pay for Piper’s legal fees. That’s how it works. So on top of having to pay his
own 50 quid in legal fees, he’s got to pay the other
guy’s legal fees. So just a bad scene
all around. TRAVIS OKULSKI: I guess I
wouldn’t want to be a journalist in England, then. MIKE SPINELLI: I know. And I wouldn’t want to drive any
of the cars we are going to be talking about next. When we go over the couch, we’re
talking about the big, auction news this last week. Just gigantic money. It’s insane. TRAVIS OKULSKI:
[SINGING “BATMAN” THEME] MIKE SPINELLI: Yeah, exactly. TRAVIS OKULSKI: It’s
a preview. [MUSIC PLAYING] MIKE SPINELLI: “Road Testament.”
Twitter, Facebook, Twitter, Facebook, all
the other things– Travis, on the couch. TRAVIS OKULSKI: Mike. MIKE SPINELLI: So what
are we talking about? This past week was the
post-holiday auction bacchanalia also known as trophy
wife spring break. It’s in Scottsdale, Arizona. Six major auto auctions
happen here. And we’re not talking about
police auctions where you can get a Crown Vic for $500. These are gigantic money cars. And the interesting thing is,
no matter what anyone thinks about the economy in the middle
class, the market for these really, really, really
high-priced cars just keeps going hotter and hotter. And– TRAVIS OKULSKI: Every year. MIKE SPINELLI: Every year. TRAVIS OKULSKI: It seems to just
grow by leaps and bounds every year. MIKE SPINELLI: Yeah. It’s insane. So here’s some of the
stats this year. 2,234 vehicles sold for a
record $223.8 million. TRAVIS OKULSKI: (MUTTERING)
Jesus. MIKE SPINELLI: That’s 22% up
from the previous dollar record of $183.9 million
last year. The average price paid per car–
because there were a lot of cars sold– so we’re going to
just focus on the top five. Because it’s in the absolute
crazy millions. But a lot of cars were bought. But the average price was
$100,000 per car. So some are $8 million. Some are like $7,500. TRAVIS OKULSKI: But
an average price– MIKE SPINELLI: Pretty
high average. TRAVIS OKULSKI: –that
worked out. MIKE SPINELLI: Because last
year, it was only $85,000. TRAVIS OKULSKI: Only. MIKE SPINELLI: Well,
everything’s insane. This is kind of a crazy stat. 5,000 people, just at the
Barrett-Jackson auction– this is just one of the six– had combined lines of credit of
nearly a billion dollars. TRAVIS OKULSKI: I think somebody
with a telephone calculator could probably tell
us how many dollars that is per person. MIKE SPINELLI: It’s
a fair amount. And here’s why, really. The average price of a classic
Ferrari is up 59% over the last 36 months. So if you had bought a $2
million Ferrari five years ago, it would be
really worth– you would have quadrupled
your money, basically. Not going by this particular
stat, but if you look at the auctions that went by. It’s insane money. So we asked you guys what
you would spend your sick millions on. So of course, STiG911
“The Mad Max V8 Interceptor!” Oh wait a minute. Do you know what
this ties into? Something we’re going to be
talking about, is that the car that got the most attention
was the Batmobile. TRAVIS OKULSKI: Yes. MIKE SPINELLI: And we’re
going to be talking about that in a second. But STiG911 says he would pay
sick millions for the Mad Max Interceptor. TRAVIS OKULSKI: Which supposedly
is going to be in “6 Fast, 6 Furious.” MIKE SPINELLI: That’s true. Yes. TRAVIS OKULSKI: I saw
a picture of that earlier this week. So look out for that in theaters
soon with a 37-speed transmission. MIKE SPINELLI: Exactly. Jack Grey, “959,” obviously. “Ferrari GTB/4. This is my dream car,” says– that’s vento, right? V3n7o. It’s vento. TRAVIS OKULSKI: I believe so. It’s a coffee at Starbucks. MIKE SPINELLI: Yes. Exactly. “I’d never spend $4.6 million
on any one car but instead build a garage and fill it with
all the cars I’ve ever wanted.” Right now, you could
do that, as long as all the cars you ever wanted didn’t
include Ferrari 250s. TRAVIS OKULSKI: Or
the Batmobile. MIKE SPINELLI: Or
the Batmobile. Exactly. That’s bpotstra, whatever. Let’s go. “I notice that the Lamborghini
Miura SV seems to have crested the $1 million mark.” That’s
another one that would have been a really good investment,
if you paid $500,000 for it a couple years ago. “I’d think it was worth it
at 10 times the price.” TRAVIS OKULSKI: OK, so
at $10 million for– MIKE SPINELLI: Says
BigPimpinGuvie. TRAVIS OKULSKI: $10 million for
a Lambo SV when you can get a Miura S– MIKE SPINELLI: I think
it’s headed that way. TRAVIS OKULSKI: You think
$10 million for an SV? MIKE SPINELLI: In 10 years. TRAVIS OKULSKI: OK. I can’t disprove it, so– MIKE SPINELLI: Well it’s just
crazy to think that if you have a million to lay down on
a car right now, that it’s just going to keep going up? Or is there a bubble? We’ll talk about that
in a second. This is kind of weird one. “A
2003 Jag XJ8 super V8, Vanden Plas body” and I think
he meant convert. But swap it with an XJR
supercharged V8 from a modern one. TRAVIS OKULSKI: Or just
buy a Maserati. MIKE SPINELLI: Or just buy a
2010 Quattroporte sport. And you could buy
like 17 of them. TRAVIS OKULSKI: At least. MIKE SPINELLI: Thank you,
ButterRainbows. TRAVIS OKULSKI: It’s
a nice name. MIKE SPINELLI: And of course,
SleevieB has a giant list of cars. You can just check that
out and see what he– but he’s got both Cossie– what would that be? TRAVIS OKULSKI: RS200. MIKE SPINELLI: And then the
Escort Cosworth also. So, you guys have good taste. We’ll see in 20 years,
when you guys are all millionaires– TRAVIS OKULSKI: Right. MIKE SPINELLI: –what you end
up buying and what cars you end up pushing toward the
$8 to $10 million range. So anyway, this is
the first one. So this is the ’58 Ferrari
250 GT California long wheelbase spider. Went for $8.25 million. TRAVIS OKULSKI: Which looking
at it this way doesn’t seem like an awfully off-market
price, either. Because I think it was about
five years ago, James Coburn had a 250 GT California short
wheelbase, that sold to Chris Evans, radio personality
in England. He sold it for, I think was
5.5 million pounds. So again, that’s about
$38 million, give or take a little bit. MIKE SPINELLI: Yeah. It’s amazing. Obviously, the Ferrari thing is
interesting because so many of them are different. TRAVIS OKULSKI: Right MIKE SPINELLI: They were
all built differently. You get the Carriage Works that
worked on a lot of them. And so there are one
of a kind Ferraris. So yeah, it makes sense that
these are the ones that get real crazy money involved. TRAVIS OKULSKI: And if you say
Ferrari 250, too, it can mean anything from the 250 California
to this, which is the 250 GT Competizione
[INAUDIBLE]– MIKE SPINELLI: Right. Exactly. TRAVIS OKULSKI: That sold
as well for– what was that, $8.1 million? MIKE SPINELLI: That
was $8.14 million. Yeah. And these are cars that
were going for– we thought they were expensive
at $4 million. And to double? What the hell is going on
in the economy, right? So is it that rich people have
just pulled a lot of money out to the sidelines, and they just
have it sitting around? And they need something
to do with it? TRAVIS OKULSKI: I can’t imagine
being at the level where I can say, I’ve
got $8 million. I’m going to buy
a car with it. Because when I think of
a car, it’s something I’m going to drive. It’s something I’m going to take
places and park places. I’m not going to take an $8
million thing anywhere. MIKE SPINELLI: Right. TRAVIS OKULSKI: I probably
wouldn’t take $100,000 car to the mall. I’d have to have– MIKE SPINELLI: Well, obviously
there’s nostalgia involved. But also, there’s got to
be a practical economic consideration with it. If you’ve got cars that are
appreciating 60% a year, why not give it a shot? Granted, we could be looking
at a bubble, which would really suck for these guys. TRAVIS OKULSKI: Well, we saw it
with muscle cars a little while back. MIKE SPINELLI: Right. There was the muscle
car bubble. TRAVIS OKULSKI: Because
everything, like Hemi ‘Cudas and things were going
for a million dollars at these shows. Now they’re still expensive. They’re still hundreds of
thousands of dollars. But they’re not hitting the
million dollar market. MIKE SPINELLI: Yeah. Well, it’s interesting. You mentioned the Hemi ‘Cudas. There was the– it was a ’71 Hemi ‘Cuda
convertible that was like one of five. And that was the over
million dollar one. And now, I don’t think that
would even get that. TRAVIS OKULSKI: I
don’t either. MIKE SPINELLI: So anyway,
this is the one that got all the attention. So it’s the Batmobile, the
original Batmobile built from the Lincoln Futura concept
car from 1957. And then George Barris got a
hold of it and in the mid ’60s, built this. TRAVIS OKULSKI: So it sold
for $4.2 million. But the official number is
$4.62 million, because Barrett-Jackson has a commission
that they take off of the top of each sale. MIKE SPINELLI: Commissioner
Gordon? TRAVIS OKULSKI: Commissioner
Gordon comes with the car as well. But you have to pay a commission
of 10% of the vehicle’s price to
Barrett-Jackson for the right to sell the car. So Barrett-Jackson made $420,000
on this car alone. MIKE SPINELLI: Well,
that is amazing. So it’s the auction companies
that have the license to print money. TRAVIS OKULSKI: They’re
making a ki– and this was a reserve car. And the reserve was dropped at
$2 million, I think it was. MIKE SPINELLI: Right. They didn’t think that this was
going to be sold higher than $2.5 million. TRAVIS OKULSKI: I didn’t
think it was going to make $300,000, honestly. Because it’s cool. It’s very cool. It’s a great piece of history. MIKE SPINELLI: It is one
of the originals. And there are a lot of replicas
built lately. So to have the one that
Adam West actually drove into the mountain. TRAVIS OKULSKI: Yeah. It’s cool. I think they Burt Ward on stage
when they sold the car. They had– if you want to see a funny
thing, go on “Jalopnik” and search for the Batmobile,
because we have a GIF of Georgee Barris’s grandson
standing behind George Barris, where he goes through four
seasons of emotions in about 30 seconds. It goes from pure elation, to
dire sadness, to he’s ashamed, to he says screw it, because
he’s just so happy for his grandpa. But this was incredible
to see. MIKE SPINELLI: This
was incredible. Just to burn through these– so this is the Porsche
718 RSK roadster went for $3.14 million. That there’s a drop of a million
bucks between the Batmobile and a racing Porsche
from the ’50s. TRAVIS OKULSKI: This should
be worth more. I personally think– I mean, come on. MIKE SPINELLI: This is where
nostalgia only goes so far. I mean, nostalgia for a TV show
car, in that case, beats out nostalgia for racing,
apparently. TRAVIS OKULSKI: Apparently. This is that Maserati. MIKE SPINELLI: This
is that Maserati. TRAVIS OKULSKI: The 150. MIKE SPINELLI: Yeah. This is the– TRAVIS OKULSKI: It’s got the
0.15 liter engine, with upwards of 12 horsepower. MIKE SPINELLI: Right. TRAVIS OKULSKI: It’s a
kid car, actually. It’s for children. MIKE SPINELLI: Right. Because they said, this
is the Maserati 150 GT Spider, $3.08 million. Actually it’s a 2 CC. But somebody screwed up,
and it lived– it was a like half liter. It was like an airplane
engine or something. But still, this is one of those
romantic-era cars that people are really super into. TRAVIS OKULSKI: I guess. You’re not going to drive it. MIKE SPINELLI: Well, is anybody
going to drive any of these cars? [CAR ENGINE] So JF Musial’s not
here this week. He’s down in Daytona. So I’m going to try to walk you
through the Drive Trends Index for the week
of January 14. Obviously, last week’s results
and this week– E30’s up. MX5 is up. 370Z’s down. BRZ’s down. In the affordable category,
mid-range– more people are talking about
the BMW M3 than last week. Fewer for the C63 AMG, which
isn’t surprising, because the auto show was last week. C63 AMG wasn’t really– TRAVIS OKULSKI: But the
M3 wasn’t either. And neither was the RS4. MIKE SPINELLI: I think you
should shut up now. TRAVIS OKULSKI: OK. MIKE SPINELLI: The
Elise is down. Boxster is up. All right. So what about the top-range
category? That was last week. Corvette– 100% 100%? 100– what the hell is this? Where’s JF? Corvette, 100 last week. Bugatti Veyron, 81. Let’s look at next week’s. Corvette’s down. TRAVIS OKULSKI: To
88 internets. MIKE SPINELLI: Down
to 88 internets. 88 internets. Corvette really saw the biggest
decrease, because the auto show’s over. And the hype machine is
kind of backing off. TRAVIS OKULSKI: People
are done. They don’t care about the
Corvette anymore. MIKE SPINELLI: The juggernaut
is winding down. TRAVIS OKULSKI: 86 people care
about the Bugatti Veyron. MIKE SPINELLI: And they kind of
bounced up to the Veyron. Well the Koenigsegg Agera
R is up because we ran– TRAVIS OKULSKI: That’s
the Drive lift. MIKE SPINELLI: That’s the Drive
lift, we call that. The– of course. What else we got? Anything interesting? That’s it. @Drive on Twitter. Facebook.com/DriveTV. That’s “Road Testament”
for this week. Travis Okulski, thanks
for coming. TRAVIS OKULSKI: Mike Spinelli,
thanks for having me. MIKE SPINELLI: Oh, hi. See you. [MUSIC PLAYING]

100 comments on “$4.6 Million for the Batmobile! Insane Auto Auctions — /ROAD TESTAMENT

  1. I agree with Travis.Why would you buy such an expensive car?One that you can not take it anywhere and keep it in a garage for 364 days a year?A car is made so you can drive it and get satisfied by doing so.Some of those guys don't even know how good or bad their cars drive cause they've put in them like 500 miles…

  2. This auction spend proves that the wealthy have NOT been affected by the downturn in economy. And to bagseye… who cares what the conversion rate from the dollars to pounds? It's got nothing to do with the it's local value. The same is true the other way around. It only matters if your exchanging. And who the hell wants to go to England anyway?

  3. DISLIKE. I don't watch this and it pops up in my subscriptions. I subscribed to DRIVE channel for other shows but not this one…

  4. …although, just as we sound like we're trying too hard when we visit your fair land and make idiots of ourselves by saying 'bucks', 'quid' in an American accent sounds wrong to English ears 🙂

  5. George Barris got $4.6 million resale price,and he only paid $1.00 US when he bought the 1957 Lincoln Futura concept car the Batmobile was made from. To hell with Adam West & Burt Ward.., I want Batgirl with her Batbike + The Batmobile for $4.6 million.

  6. that rich gut who owned that 917 is a douche, granted the journalist broke it but have common sense if you let the guy drive it you are just as guilty and seeing how you have the money and the means to fix it and the other guy clearly doesn't why sue, just tell him to come up with half the cost to fix it.

  7. SUGGESTION. Have 3 or 4 people on road testament. More conversation, less of a one sided convo, more variation, eliminate awkwardness when there is nothing to say and will end a lot of the repetition.

  8. 917 revved above instructed 7k. And only because of that, I'm on the 917 owners side. And the fact that he is richer than journalist is irrelevant.

  9. Audi fans would appreciate it I worked at an audi shop when rs4 came through and it got the king's treatment because it was so rare here. A lot of that shops business was upgrading s4 audis to be closer to their euro rs counterparts.

  10. I think at this point car prices are being driven by investor speculation. They are being bought as investments with an expectation they will go up in value. the bubble will burst later generations won't care nearly as much about cars from the 50's and 60's as the current big money movers do. I just cant wait to see how much money cars like the paganni zonda bring 40 plus years from now because those will be the investment cars for younger generations

  11. It's just a shame it never get US. Am curious, cause this 2.7 twin turbo is in S4 a develops 265 bhp, so maybe 380 bhp just can't pass a US emission especially California's one. Basically the engine was the same just tweak by cosworth in rs4 model.

  12. If he would have agreed to fix the 917. The guy most likely would have picked up the bill. If you fight a millionaire his legal team is better than yours.

  13. Don't you guys (Drive presenters) have insurance for this sort of thing? I just assumed you did, to avoid exactly this sort of thing. I wouldn't drive any car without fully comp insurance. I certainly wouldn't let someone else drive my car without proof they're fully insured.

  14. Conservatively used, that would get you a stripped down speedmobile. Use existing cylinder head technology, and try a new cylinder count. An 8.0 liter 45 degree V16 would be my choice. Use an existing transmission, Tube frame chassis.

  15. i really enjoy mike on TSP podcast, but i think Road Testament would make a much better as a weekly podcast over this. watching them interact isnt very flowing.

  16. If I was that poor reporter , I would pull an English gangster favorite – set his ass on fire. That's might get greedy millionaires attention.

  17. makes no sense to put all of that money toward developing a half decent aluminium chassis , Fiberglass exterior, and powertrain…When you could just mix and match, and come up with an in-expensive, world beating, supercar. (Venom GT for example)

    NRE 441 TT(1000HP on 91 oct)=$40k
    Built TR6060=$10k
    RX7 Frame=$5k
    All of the CF goodies and interior leather you can imagine=$550k

    I think, that with $8m in pocket change lying around…You could do pretty [email protected] good, If you're resourceful 😉

  18. I was under the impression that we were talking about cars, not overgrown models.

    There are already half a dozen companies making high performance kit cars. Almost all of them are pretty shit, as it happens.

  19. look it up. both of them make the same number of horses, both were built on Audi's B5 platform. Both are 6 speed stick shifts…
    The only difference is that an RS4 (B5) is .4 seconds faster to 60 and has a bit better acceloration. Therefore, i was correct, being that the two are basically the ame car.

  20. hahahaha Mike missed the joke….not just a bit, but grand slam, outta the ball park missed that joke. hahahaha well done Mike! +1

  21. I grew up in the 60's in Los Angeles and through the years I would see countless Batmoblile replicas. I would pay 4.2 million for the original if I had money to burn.

  22. Good one, Mike.

    I'm not super-rich, but have a few nice cars, and my two "babies" are my `97 NSX, aka "tuning Money Pit" and a 12C Spider, no aka yet. The "gentlemen's agreement" sounds spurious (means "fishy" in YouTube speak) to me. Unless the owner signs a paper waving all my liability, I'd assume that if I break it, I have to fix it (or buy it).

    Not trying to be an ass, seriously, but what makes a person think that driving a person's $2M toy comes without risk? For real, get insurance.

  23. Language is hard.

    To give Testament, meaning to Testify: to declare, profess, or acknowledge openly.

    Or, simplified for `Net lingo, a Podcast.

  24. The only reason for really expensive antique cars is nostalgia. I think that modern extremely expensive cars are good because they advance technology, etc. and eventually that technology goes into more cars.

  25. Absolutely ridiculous. When he agreed to let someone else drive his car, he assumed the risk…. Especially since he can easily afford repair. What a complete douche nugget… If that holds up, there's gonna be quite an uproar in the auto journalism community. I guess some people just don't give a shit if they ruin someones life. almost $200,000 to fix a rich guy's car would destroy the average American or British mans life.

  26. I think he is speaking, in general… Imagine a local news anchor. They probably make a good amount, 50k, 60k, maybe 100k for a larger broadcast area channel. Then compare them to prime time network anchors like Tom Brokaw or Peter Jennings.or Chris Hansen etc. The prime time people make BIG bucks compared to local news anchors. Same applies in Automotive journalism. Compare Jeremy Clarkson to these guys and you'll get the drift.

  27. 4.6 million is too much for any George Barris monstrosity. I NEVER SAW A CAR HE MADE THAT I LIKED! Every thing he touched was over-done and grossly tacky. Remember the Sonny and Cher Mustangs? Hideous! How do you fuck up a 65 Mustang? You have to work overtime to do it.

  28. My choices:

    Hypercar – Jaguar-XJR15
    Supercar – Porsche 959, Audi R8
    Styling – Mitsubishi-GT3000-VR4
    Rally Legends – Lancia Stratos, Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione, Audi Quattro S
    Trackday – Nissan Skyline (not sure which version)
    Quirky – Alfa Romeo SZ, Lamborghini-LM001

  29. My Style…

    Hyper Car-Koenigsegg Agera R

    Super Car-Pagani Zonda R

    Stylish Car-Hennessey Venom Gt

    Rally Car-Subaru Impreza WRX

    Track Car-Nissan Skyline R34

    Tuner-M3

    Quirky-Lamborghini-LM001

  30. hyper car-mclaren p1
    super-f40
    style-miura sv
    rally-peugeot 405 pikes peak/lancia 037
    trackday-lotus elise
    quirky-bmw z1

  31. Reason for higher car valuations? Wealth is trying to find safer places to invest their money in times of high inflation, risky markets, and low interest rates.

  32. Doesn't Octane (the magazine who hired the journalist to drive the car) have insurance for exactly this reason!? I mean, if I broke something at work (I'm a mechanic) my employer would pay for the damages, then he would get the money back from his insurance company..

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