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Million-Dollar Cars in Malibu!

HOT ROD logo HOT ROD 10/29/2020 John McGann
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There's a car show on Sunday mornings in Malibu, California, that attracts a wide variety of cars, from priceless exotics to domestic muscle.While, yes, this is HOT ROD and we care more about domestic performance, how many places can you see a Ferrari F40 in the wild? Maybe Maranello, Dubai, or the Principality of Monaco, but now, we must include Malibu, California, to that list. Just 1,315 F40s were built through their production from between 1987 and 1992. It was the fastest and most expensive Ferrari made up to that time, and even then, examples were selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars above the car's $400,000 sticker price. People knew this car was special.

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With a twin-turbocharged 2.9L (179-cubic-inch) V-8 mounted longitudinally amidships, the high-revving powerplant generated 471 hp and 426 lb-ft of torque, good enough to propel this roadgoing race car to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 197 mph. No, it's not the rarest of the modern supercars, but to borrow a phrase from a famous movie, "It's more than you can afford, pal." Well, more than I can afford, that's for sure. A 1990 F40 is currently being listed on the DuPont Registry for $1,599,995.

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There were several newer Ferraris there that I completely ignored in order to appreciate the understated good looks of this 365 GT4, a front-engine V-12 2+2 grand tourer. Styled by Pininfarina like most Ferraris throughout history, this sleek coupe began production in 1972. It evolved to the 400, 400i (fuel-injected), then the 412, which ultimately ceased production in 1989.

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Aside from minor styling differences, the car's maintained the same basic appearance for this incredibly long production run. Engine displacement ranged from 4.4L in the 365, to 4.8L, then 4.9L in the 400 and 412. The latter two models could be had with an automatic transmission (blasphemy!); the 365, however, was only available with the right kind of transmission—a five-speed manual.

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On the domestic front, it was nice to see this pristine 1955 Corvette. This model year marks the transformative efforts by GM to shape the two-seater into a world-class sports car, with Zora Arkus-Duntov leading the charge.

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The large V in Chevrolet indicated that this iteration is powered by the then-new 256-cubic-inch small-block Chevy, which is both lighter and more powerful than the Blue Flame inline-six that was standard in the 1953 and '54 Corvettes. The 235-inch six-popper made 155 hp, while the forged-crank 265 V-8 churned out 195 ponies.

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1955 was also the first year a manual transmission was offered—a three-speed stick could be chosen over the standard, two-speed Powerglide automatic. Only 700 Corvettes were made in 1955, and the V-8 cars came with a base price of $2,909.

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A caravan of Cadillacs made an appearance and were obviously there early enough to park together. The majority were 1965 DeVilles, with a couple of '55s and a '59 DeVille mixed in for good measure.

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We've seen this 1936 Auburn 852 Boattail Speedster before at this show, but that doesn't make it any less impressive. Auburn went out of business in 1937, a victim of the Great Depression.

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The Auburn's engine is a Lycoming 4.5L straight-eight making 150 hp. A three-speed manual transmission sends power to a two-speed rear axle.

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There are plenty more cars to look at if you scroll through the gallery. Check out Jay Leno's right-hand-drive Bristol, a brace of Porsche Speedsters, more Cadillacs, and a '69 Camaro, just because.

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