Jul 13

Porsche Used By Steve McQueen In ‘Le Mans’ Film Headed To Auction

This 1969 Porsche 917K could top $20 million at the Gooding & Company auction in August. (Photo: Gooding & Company)

This 1969 Porsche 917K could top $20 million at the Gooding & Company auction in August. (Photo: Gooding & Company)

One of the holy grails of the collector car world and possibly one of the world’s most valuable Porsches extant will be offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction in Pebble Beach, Calif., next month (Aug. 17-18).

The 1969 917K is probably the most desirable version of one of Porsche’s mightiest competition cars. The reliable and powerful flat-12 engine, combined with lightweight aerodynamic coupe bodywork, was tailor made for endurance races like The 24 Hours of Le Mans. Picking up where the Ford GT40 left off (and also sponsored by Gulf Oil in the iconic light blue and orange livery), the 917K helped show the door to Ferrari in endurance racing, leaving them to concentrate on Formula One, where they remain today.

Jun 24

World Cup Classics: Five Vintage Cars That Were Built In Brazil

Puma GTs were offered as convertibles and coupes. (Photo: Puma GT)

Puma GTs were offered as convertibles and coupes. (Photo: Puma GT)

Even though the spotlight is now on Brazil for soccer, there are fairly few things Brazilian that the average American can accurately identify, including world-class soccer player Pelé, a national flag that actually looks like a professional graphic designer was involved and the magnificent food at Fogo de Chao. While Brazil’s indigenous cars are almost completely unknown outside of the country, here are five of our favorites:

1. 1966-95 Puma GT

Gold Puma GT Coupe. (Photo: Hagerty)

Puma GT Coupe (Photo: Hagerty)

As most people know, South America — and in particular, Brazil — is classic VW heaven. Sandy beaches, palm trees, sugar cane, Caipirinhas, piranhas and inexpensive air-cooled VW parts are all as common as knifings in a Rio de Janeiro favela. Naturally, several small car companies emerged using the abundant air-cooled VW power as the heart of their products. One of our favorites was the Puma GT. These attractive little sports cars were offered in coupé and convertible form. Using modified 1500 and 1600cc VW power with fiberglass bodies, Pumas looked good, were light and went well. Occasionally, they show up on eBay in the States.