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1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 Prototype

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The Wisdom of Three Dog Night has affected my days more than I would readily admit. I know that one is the loneliest number, but I also remember that two is often just as bad. When a collector’s car is one of two, it piques my interest, but hopefully those numbers don’t leave me melancholy and lonely.

1970 Buick GS 455, Barrett-Jackson Houston Docket Preview: 1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 Prototype, ClassicCars.com Journal
1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 Prototype (Image courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions)

At the upcoming Barrett Jackson Houston Auction a 1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 Prototype Showcar is on the docket and it is one of two produced. The numbers don’t lie, this is a rarity muscle car.

“In early 1970, the Buick Motor Division pulled two identical white GS Stage 1 hardtops off the assembly line for special conversions to tour auto shows across the country.” the listing states. “These cars are equipped identically and even their body numbers are only two digits apart. One was rebuilt into the familiar GSX prototype and this is the other. They toured the show circuit together and were destined to be destroyed. A trader intervened with the understanding that they should never be sold. When they were out of town they were both sold and they survive today.”

1970 Buick GS 455, Barrett-Jackson Houston Docket Preview: 1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 Prototype, ClassicCars.com Journal
455cid V8 (Image courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions)

The exclusivity of this 1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 also extends to its Fireglow Pearl exterior, as this particular shade was used only once. Fame and accolades have followed this rare Buick. It was the feature car in the August 2005 issue of Hemmings Motor News and a certified gold winner at the 2010 Buick Performance Club Nationals.

It’s powered by a 455-cid V8 engine mated to an M4 Turbo 400 automatic transmission that sends the power to the 3.64-posi traction rear. It was equipped with electric disc brakes and power steering. This car has its original sheet metal, clear glass, Fireglow Pearl paint and white interior.

Very original and rare? Maybe one isn’t the loneliest number and two isn’t necessarily as bad as one.

That Barrett Jackson Houston Auction runs from 20.-22. October 2022 at the NRG Center.

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Connecticut mansion hides 30-car underground garage

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If you want a quarantine palace for the next pandemic, there’s a home in Greenwich, Connecticut that has already proven up to the task. Built in 2009, the owner could have spent years here protecting himself from the Great Recession. The 17,878 square foot main house is spread over 19.6 acres on three lots and sits on the largest lot of 8.71 acres. Apartment seekers will find 10 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, five half-baths, space to park six cars above ground in the garage and porte-cochere — and space to park an additional 30 cars in an underground garage.

This is the first time the house has been listed as a historic monument since its construction. The getaway, listed by Rob Johnson at Brown Harris Stevens, has been on the market for at least five months at a price of $33.8 million. It’s easy to call that price crazy, but every regular reader has seen a limited edition hypercars So asking for $4 million or more before it’s released isn’t necessarily the bar to possible weirdness.

If parking isn’t enough for 36 rides, the unconnected lots are 5.3 and 5.13 acres, enough to fit a few hundred cars and a few righteous man’s shelters as opposed to mere man caves.

The rest of the property includes pretty much everything you would expect from the Mansion Starter Kit: double staircase in the grand entrance foyer, master suite, huge eat-in kitchen, formal and informal dining rooms, living room and bar areas, several offices, library, mudroom off the above-ground garage, gym and “Playground”, golf simulation room, wine cellar, seven wood burning fireplaces, staff cottage, pools and spas and an indoor kennel big enough for three large dogs. The Zillow List says the house comes with a washer and dryer so don’t worry about the appliances getting nickel and did. That’s money you can save for property taxes, which will total $381,264 annually the latest mill rate for Greenwich when the property has been appraised at the asking price.

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Cadillac’s V-LMDh race car looks mean on the track

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Cadillac delivered the first look at its in June new LMDh race car which will compete at the highest level in both the IMSA SportsCar Championship and the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship next year in the GTP and Hypercar classes.

Dubbed the V-LMDh, the new racer is currently being tested at racetracks across the country, and this week Cadillac released a video showing some of the testing that was recently held at Georgia’s Road Atlanta.

Cadillac is yet to reveal full details on the V-LMDh, but we do know that the car uses a Dallara chassis and runs a hybrid powertrain with a 5.5-liter dual overhead cam V8 for the internal combustion component. There is also a single engine generator, probably positioned on the front axle. According to LMDh rules, powertrain output must be limited to 670 hp.

Cadillac describes the V-8 as a newly developed unit, meaning it’s not just the engine out of it Chevrolet Corvette C8.R Racing car, also a DOHC V8 with a displacement of 5.5 liters. Judging by the audio in the video, the V-LMDh’s engine doesn’t run with a flat crank like in the Corvette C8.R (and Corvette Z06).

Cadillac is partnering with two of its existing partner teams for its LMDh campaign in the current DPi class of the SportsCar Championship, which will be replaced by the GTP class next year. The teams are Chip Ganassi Racing and Action Express Racing. Chip Ganassi Racing was responsible for the Ford GT’s picture-perfect victory in the GTE Pro class 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016this was the 50th anniversary of Ford’s famous win over Ferrari in the GT40 at the French classic.

Sebastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande will drive the V-LMDh for Chip Ganassi Racing in the SportsCar Championship, and Action Express Racing will drive Pipo Derani and Alexander Sims. Additional drivers for both teams will be announced at a later date.

Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn and Richard Westbrook drive the V-LMDh in the World Endurance Championship. The car will be used by Chip Ganassi Racing and will run for the full season, which means one run at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It will be Cadillac’s first return to the French classic after 21 years.

The GTP and Hypercar classes in which Cadillac will compete are open to both the new LMDh cars and the current LMH cars, with Balance of Performance rules planned to ensure a level playing field.

Acura, bmwand Porsche will also use LMDh race cars, and alpine and Lamborghini will join the fight in 2024. By Kolles, Ferrari, Glickenhaus, peugeotand Toyota are all committed to the LMH category.

The first race for LMDh will be the 2023 24 Hours of Daytona next January. The race is the inaugural round of the 2023 SportsCar Championship.

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Report: Mercedes Rent-a-Horsepower Subscription Illegal in Europe

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2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUVMercedes-Benz has launched a plan to do this Let EV buyers subscribe to extra power for their cars for a fee. But only in the US

Top Gear Netherlands reports: “In Europe, Mercedes electric cars will not yet offer subscriptions to add additional horsepower”. A spokesman told Top Gear: “It depends on legal matters.”

$1,200 a year here

The subscription costs US Mercedes owners $1,200 per year. It shortens the time from 0 to 100 km/h of our all-electric Mercedes models by one second or less: that EQE sedan, EQE SUV, EQS sedan, and EQS SUV.

It’s probably a sign of things to come. Many automakers have publicly toyed with locking vehicle features and performance levels behind subscriptions.

Can be a sign of the future

Now that many cars have wireless internet connections, automakers could send a signal to turn a feature — like a heated steering wheel or a software program that adds extra horsepower — on or off to a car in an owner’s driveway.

That could create a world where buyers add or remove features with a mobile app and pay subscription fees to do so.

Fees could affect convenience features — BMW has been experimenting with monthly payments for heated seats in some markets. They could affect performance, as with Mercedes’ new acceleration boost. They could even involve advanced technologies – Volkswagen recently unveiled a concept with self-driving software that calculates ticket prices depending on where you want it to take you.

Better for automakers

The idea could simplify car construction.

Today, if an automaker wants to sell a car with a choice of two audio systems, they must design and build two different audio systems. Often automakers have to stop a factory production line to switch to new equipment to build different trim levels and guess how many of each option package the market will demand.

In the subscription-based future, it could be cheaper to build every car with the same features. Automakers could then allow buyers to turn them on and off over time, with fluctuating monthly car payments based on what features owners have enabled each month.

The same automaker could design and install a 16-speaker audio system in any car. You could then have buyers pay for active eight, 12, or 16 speakers.

It would also give them a revenue stream from even used cars. You might buy a used car but still have to pay the company that built it for the automatic high beams or extra power you want.

Some consumers, lawmakers pushback

Buyers hate the idea. Our research shows that only 25% of drivers are open to it.

And apparently few European legislators.

Europe is known for stronger consumer protection than America. But the idea that governments should step in to ban subscription plans is starting to take root in the States.

Two New Jersey lawmakers have proposed a similar ban on subscription services in that state.

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