Hyundai creates first multi-collision airbag system

Hyundai creates the world’s first multi-collision airbag system

Hyundai creates first multi-collision airbag systemHyundai Motor Group has announced news of an important development set to make life-saving airbag technology even better.

The Korean company has become the first in the world to build a multi-collision airbag system, which could assist in almost a third of car accidents.

A ‘multi-collision’ accident  is defined as one where, following the primary collision, the vehicle is then involved in a secondary impact. With current airbags designed to react only to the the initial crash, this can leave drivers and passengers exposed to danger.

Hyundai creates first multi-collision airbag systemThe importance of Hyundai’s work has been highlighted by statistical research undertaken by the National Automotive Sampling System Crashworthiness Data System (NASS-CDS).

As part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the United States, NASS-CDS undertook analysis of some 56,000 vehicle accidents between 2000 and 2012.

From that research, it was found that secondary collisions occurred in some 30 percent of the road traffic accidents studied.

Leading causes of multi-collision events included crossing the centre line of the road, colliding with tollgates, and also hitting trees and electrical poles.

Hyundai creates first multi-collision airbag systemGiven the violent movement of vehicle occupants during a crash, Hyundai knew that the airbag system could not just simply be designed to deploy again.

Instead, the new multi-collision system uses numerous sensors to detect precisely where drivers and passengers are located in the cabin. The airbags can also deploy even more quickly for secondary impacts, ensuring that occupants are completely protected.

For now Hyundai is still working on the development of the multi-collision airbag system. However, it promises to offer it in new Hyundai and Kia vehicles in the future.

Taesoo Chi, head of Chassis Technology Centre at Hyundai said: “We will continue our research on more diverse crash situations as part of our commitment to producing even safer vehicles that protect occupants and prevent injuries.”

First 2020 Toyota Supra sells big at auction

First 2020 Toyota GR Supra sells for an incredible $2.1 million at auction

First 2020 Toyota Supra sells big at auctionThe brand-new A90 Toyota Supra has generated plenty of interest this week, but how much would you pay to own the very first example off the production line?

An astonishing $2.1 million (£1.63 million) is the answer. A rather serious markup compared to the regular $49,990 (£52,695) list price that the Supra will sell for in North America.

The huge amount paid for the first Supra was one of the highlights from the giant Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sale in Arizona, which saw records broken and scores of special cars crossing the block on ‘Super Saturday’.

Doing it all for charity

First 2020 Toyota Supra sells big at auctionHelping raise the sale price of the first fifth-generation Supra was the fact all proceeds would be going to charity. Toyota North America had donated the specially created car, allowing all money to be split between the American Heart Association and Bob Woodruff Foundation.

The winning bidder was serial car-collector and philanthropist, John Staluppi. No stranger to Barrett-Jackson auctions, Staluppi sold 140 cars from his extensive collection at a Palm Beach sale in 2018. More than sufficient to fund the purchase of a very special Supra.

Finished in a unique matte paint, with red mirror caps, and matte black wheels, Supra ‘number 1’ will be like no other. Staluppi will also receive a custom-create race suit, a VIP track day experience, and the chance to drive a Toyota pace car at a NASCAR race.

Hypercars, autobots, and more

First 2020 Toyota Supra sells big at auctionDespite the incredible price tag, the first A90 Supra was not the car making the biggest sale at the 2019 Scottsdale event.

That record was taken by another production line first – with $2.5 million (£1.94 million) paid for a 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition wearing VIN 001. Motorsport magnate Rick Hendrick was the winning bidder, with all proceeds again going to help good causes.

More money was raised for charity, with $500,000 (£388,000) raised for the collection of four Bumblebee Chevrolet Camaros, as used in the Transformers movie franchise.

There were more silver screen connections, with the 1967 ‘Eleanor’ Ford Mustang as used in the 2000 Gone in 60 Seconds movie selling for $385,000 (£299,000). A healthy profit compared to the $216,000 (£169,000) paid for it in 2009.

Other sale stars included $1.44 million (£1.12 million) achieved by a 2019 McLaren Senna, $1.21 million (£939,000) paid for a Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6, and a world record $918,500 (£713,000) 2012 Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition.

Six-engined, six-figure Barris hot rod hits the block

George Barris' Snake Pit hot rodH&H Classics will hold its inaugural Classic Car Auction Online on February 2, and one of the star cars of the event is the completely unhinged Barris Snake Pit.

In 1971, famed customizer and Batmobile creator George Barris sought to create a land speed record car capable of 300 mph. Working with aerodynamics engineers, Barris and the California Show Cars team crafted a 23 foot long steel body to exacting standards, then finished it with 30 coats of hand-rubbed lacquer.

George Barris' Snake Pit hot rod

Six Ford Cobra engines were installed, with the goal of 2,000 total horsepower. There were six Cragar distributors, 12 Holley carburetors, 48 spark plugs, and 96 valves to synchronize. Exhaust bellowed out through 48 chromed pipes.

George Barris' Snake Pit hot rod

[The engines are usually listed as 351 cubic-inch Windsors. A placard photo included with the H&H material lists them as 302s. There was a 1976 Ford Mustang II Cobra II powered by a 302, so it’s plausible that someone as connected as Barris would have access to that engine before it was released. From the photos, it’s difficult to tell.]

The powerplants were mated to twin Ford C-6 transmissions and Pontiac rear ends, with final power delivered to the ground through four driving rear wheels.

George Barris' Snake Pit hot rod

Snake Pit was piloted using two Moon gas pedals and two Hurst shifters. The fearless driver grasped what appears in modern pictures as a nearly vertical custom steering wheel amidst a sea of orange velvet (it was 1975, after all). Period pictures show the wheel in a much more normal position.

It took four years to finish the project, and Barris estimated the value $100,000 upon completion in 1975 (just over $450,000 today).

George Barris' Snake Pit hot rod

The car was offered for sale in December 2017 at a staggering $750,000, yet it appears the most recent price the Snake Pit realized was £17,050 ($21,667) at a 2012 auction in the UK, in line with the pre-auction estimate of  £12,000 – £15,000 ($18,700 – $23,400).

Somewhere around this time, the car seems to have appeared in a Manchester dealership with a claimed $25,000 repaint. It’s unknown if the buyer or seller ordered the refresh.

A 2006 sale lists the car sold at at just over $31,000.

George Barris' Snake Pit hot rod

The highest price realized for a Barris car was a $4.62 million at auction in 2013, for a 1966 Batmobile owned by the creator himself.

At a 2018 Mecum auction, a promotional Batmobile (one of five created by the Barris Group) was unsold at $220,000. The famed Monkeemobile remained unsold at $200,000, and Drag-U-La from “The Munsters” unsold at $70,000.

Successes from Mecum were a “Back to the Future” DeLorean replica at $77,000, A “Speed Racer” Mach 5 for $71,500, and a “Starsky & Hutch” promotional 1976 Ford Gran Torino at $27,500.

Even with the death of George Barris in 2015, it’s unlikely that Snake Pit will have increased much in value. It’s listed as being in “ran when parked” mechanical condition, and lacks the star power of other Barris creations. The new owner will undoubtedly love it for its weirdness, and hopefully get it running so the world can hear the glory of six Cobras firing up at once.

Snake Pit is listed on the H&H Classics auction site.

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2020 Ford Explorer versus 2020 Kia Telluride

Detroit Auto Show: New 2020 Kia Telluride challenges refreshed Ford Explorer

2020 Ford Explorer versus 2020 Kia Telluride

The pressure is on for Ford with the new 2020 Explorer, having made a commitment to make the top-selling SUV in America even better. Not content with a simple facelift, the Blue Oval has also added a new performance model and a hybrid version.

Ford does not have the mid-size market to itself though, with Kia now making a dramatic entry in Detroit with the flagship Telluride. It promises to be the biggest and most luxurious offering from the brand, and could pose a real threat to the Explorer.

Designed in Irvine, California and set to be built in West Point, Georgia, Kia claims the Telluride is made in America, for Americans. We take a look at how the hot new Korean squares up against the established King of the middle ground.

Sizing up the competition

2020 Ford Explorer versus 2020 Kia TellurideProudly promoted by Kia as the biggest model offered by the company to date, the new Telluride comes close to matching the size of the 2020 Explorer.

Whilst Kia may be pitching the Telluride as a large SUV, the dimensions put it firmly in the mid-size sector. An overall length of 196.9-inches (5,001 mm) for the Telluride is just marginally shorter than the 198.8-inch (5,049 mm) Explorer.

2020 Ford Explorer versus 2020 Kia Telluride

The new Korean also comes up shorter on wheelbase at 114.2-inches (2,901 mm) and a width of 78.3-inches (1,989 mm). For comparison, the Ford records 119.1-inches (3,025 mm) and 78.9-inches (2,004 mm) against the same respective measurements.

Where the Telluride can notch up a win is with seating capacity. Although both feature three rows, the Kia claims victory with the availability of eight seats in certain trim levels against the Explorer’s seven.

What’s under the hood?

2020 Ford Explorer versus 2020 Kia TellurideAt launch the Kia is offering just one engine option. The 3.8-liter Lambda-II V6 features gasoline direct injection, but no turbocharging. This means 291 horsepower, with an accompanying 262 lb-ft of torque.

An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, sending power to the front wheels. An optional on-demand all-wheel drive system can be specified on all Telluride trim levels for those who want extra traction.

The 2020 model year Explorer offers up a range of four different engines, starting with the 300 horsepower 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder unit. A larger 3.0-liter V6 EcoBoost engine is offered for the Platinum model, featuring 365 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque.

Making news at the Detroit Auto Show was the announcement of the first performance Explorer ST model. Using a modified version of the 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine, the fastest-ever Explorer comes with 400 horsepower for a potential 143 mph top speed.

2020 Ford Explorer versus 2020 Kia TellurideAt the other end of the scale, the new Hybrid Explorer is estimated to be capable of covering 500 miles between fill-ups in rear-wheel-drive configuration. As with all 2020 Explorers, the Hybrid features a ten-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

Rear-wheel drive is the default configuration for Base, XLT, Limited, and Hybrid Explorers, with four-wheel drive optional. Four-wheel-drive is standard on Platinum models and the new ST trim.

Off-road and towing ability

2020 Ford Explorer versus 2020 Kia TellurideNo mid-size SUV could claim to be built for America without the ability to go off-road or tow heavy trailers. However, Kia seems to have both bases covered with the Telluride.

When specified with the optional on-demand all-wheel drive system, the Telluride is capable of juggling power between the most appropriate axle, dependent on drive mode. Selecting ‘Eco’ or ‘Smart’ will send 100 percent of power to the front wheels, whilst selecting ‘Sport’ mode will send 35 percent to the rear axle.

Choosing the ‘AWD Lock’ setting will distribute power evenly to all four wheels for more serious off-road action. Downhill Brake Control is also standard, whilst towing capacity is rated as 5,000 lbs.

2020 Ford Explorer versus 2020 Kia TellurideWhilst that may sound impressive, unfortunately Ford has upped the towing abilities of the revised Explorer. Models equipped with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine can now pull 5,300 lbs, whilst those with the 3.0-liter version can tow a considerable 5,600 lbs.

Four-wheel drive Explorers are available with a new Terrain Management System, which offers up to seven different driving modes. A single center console dial includes options for deep snow, sand, slippery terrain, trail, and a dedicated towing mode.

Interior and technology

2020 Ford Explorer versus 2020 Kia TellurideA promise of ‘rugged luxury’ is the tagline for the Telluride, with Kia incorporating premium materials and impressive options.

Leatherette seats are standard on LX and S models, whilst EX and SX trim levels feature genuine leather seat trim. The range-topping SX version can also be specified with impressive Nappa leather seats, including double-stitching and extra padding.

Technology is also high on the agenda, with numerous standard features and a gigantic options list. Highlights include Front Collision Warning, Blind Spot Collision Avoidance, Smart Cruise Control, and Lane Keeping Assist.

An 8-inch multimedia touchscreen is standard, incorporating Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, Sirius Satellite radio, and voice recognition. A larger 10.25-inch screen can also be had, along with the option to connect two phones via Bluetooth at the same time.

The Telluride features five USB charging sockets as standard, with six available on higher-spec models. It means another win over the Explorer, which can only boast four of them.

2020 Ford Explorer versus 2020 Kia TellurideAll 2020 Explorers receive Ford’s new Co-Pilot 360 system. This includes automatic headlights with automatic main beam, Lane-Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Pre-Collision Assist for all trim levels.

Certain Explorers also now come with the option of a huge Tesla-esque 10.1-inch multimedia touchscreen, mounted in portrait format.

When can I buy one?

2020 Ford Explorer versus 2020 Kia TellurideKia has yet to announce an exact date when the Telluride will go on sale in the United States, but has confirmed it will be during 2019. Pricing will also be confirmed closer to the on-sale date.

Similarly, Ford has not released updated pricing information for the 2020 Explorer. However, models will start rolling off the line at the Chicago Assembly Plant in time for delivery this summer.

Barrett Jackson Scottsdale 2019 Eleanor Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang star of Gone in 60 Seconds is heading to auction

Barrett Jackson Scottsdale 2019 Eleanor Ford MustangArguably one of the most famous motoring movie stars of the past two decades, a 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback from Gone in 60 Seconds is coming up for auction.

Known as ‘Eleanor’ in the 2000 remake of the 1974 original, the customised Shelby GT500 became the main feature of the film for Nicolas Cage’s character, Memphis Raines.

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The popularity of the film has seen an industry created in building ‘Eleanor’ clones, but the car for sale at the 2019 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event is the real deal.

What’s a unicorn?

Barrett Jackson Scottsdale 2019 Eleanor Ford MustangDepending on sources, either 11 or 12 examples of Eleanor were created for filming. Hot Rod illustrator Steve Stanford created the concept, with the late Boyd Coddington responsible for making the ideas come to life.

A deep front splitter, wider wheel arches, larger rear spoiler, and a pair of prominent spotlights below the grille were part of the package. Distinctive 17-inch wheels hide six-piston performance brakes, with the suspension swapped for adjustable coilover units at the front.

Under the bulging bonnet is a 351-cubic inch (5.7-litre) Ford Racing engine, connected to a three-speed automatic gearbox. Unlike in the movie, there is no nitrous oxide injection system fitted here. Sorry! There is a giant tachometer in the dashboard at least.

Go, baby, go!

Barrett Jackson Scottsdale 2019 Eleanor Ford MustangOf the 12 cars built, five were destroyed during filming in stunts and action scenes. This particular car lived a more pampered life, being reserved for street scenes with actors behind the wheel.

The car comes complete with a signed certificate of authenticity by Cinema Vehicle Services. This was the company responsible for building the initial twelve cars, and has certified only two others previously offered for sale.

Our car in question has previously been sold at auction, exactly a decade ago in the same location. At the 2009 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, this exact ‘Eleanor’ sold for an impressive $216,000 (£169,000).

Boosted for profit

Barrett Jackson Scottsdale 2019 Eleanor Ford MustangThe current owner may well be looking to make a significant return on that investment in the 2019 sale.

In 2013, one of the other ‘Eleanor’ Mustangs used for hero scenes featuring actors sold for an incredible $1million (£779,000) at auction. That car did have a four-speed manual gearbox, and is the one believed to have featured the most on-screen.

With the sheer number of vehicles on sale at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2019 sale, you could potentially tick off the 50 cars featured in the 2000 remake. Alternatively, take home the four Chevrolet Camaros from the Transformers franchise as well, and this could be the opportunity to start a real movie car collection.

‘Eleanor’ is due to cross the auction block on the 19th January, meaning you’ve still got time to start making space in the garage.

Subaru goes retro with its new motorsports livery

2019 Subaru MotorsportsSubaru’s international motorsport activities are limited these days compared to its glory years, but the Subaru of America team is still thriving as a standalone body.

And for 2019, the operation is set to win itself even more fans by reviving a livery first used by the Subaru World Rally Team of the 1990s and 2000s.

Colin McRae

Yes, the famous blue and gold colours are back, with a modern interpretation of the famous star cluster graphic first seen on rally cars driven by Colin McRae, Richard Burns and others.

2019 Subaru Motorsports

The base WR Blue Pearl paint colour is overlaid with a vivid yellow graphics package, comprising the Subaru star cluster which includes a bigger-than-ever ‘sweep’ stretching to the B-pillars and roof. The ‘Comet’ motif is bigger and bolder than ever as well.

Pleasingly, the Subaru Technica International ‘STI’ logo appears on the front side intakes and rear wing endplates; Subaru says it’s red, but we of course think it’s pink.

2019 Subaru Motorsports

Oh, and the gold wheels are back, too.

2019 Subaru Motorsports

“These colours are part of our brand’s history, and beloved by our enthusiasts,” said Subaru of America’s Alan Bethke.

“For a generation of rally fans, Subaru is synonymous with blue cars, gold wheels and the iconic star cluster. This new design pays tribute to that heritage, while looking ahead to future success under the Subaru Motorsports name.”

2019 Subaru Motorsports

Yes, the rallying division has been renamed Subaru Motorsports, after originally starting out back in 2001 with the formation of Subaru Rally Team USA. Planned activities for 2019 include stage rally, rallycross, record attempts, off-road racing and circuit racing.

The new colours will debut on 14 January at the North American International Auto Show, and race for the first time on March 15-16 at Missouri’s Rally in the 100 Acre Wood.

Harley Davidson Livewire Electric Bike

Battery hog: Harley-Davidson announces ELECTRIC motorbike

Harley Davidson Livewire Electric BikeHarley-Davidson is embracing the electrification future, with a new motorbike that seems certain to upset brand purists.

Launched at the Consumer Electronics Show alongside a slew of concepts, the LiveWire is the first foray by the brand into battery power. The Milwaukee company has plans to announce more electric models in future, with a major commitment to attracting a new type of Harley owner.

Whilst Harley promises impressive performance from the electric powertrain, the biggest impact will be the loss of the iconic V-twin engine noise.

Future sounds of Milwaukee

Harley Davidson Livewire Electric BikeHarley-Davidson is clearly well aware of the importance of its aural significance to riders. The LiveWire is said to produce a new signature sound, demonstrating the smooth electric performance of the new bike.

The company also claims that the lack of heat and vibration from the electric motor only serve to enhance rider comfort. We imagine some diehard Hog fans may need convincing of the benefits.

However, there are unlikely to be many complaints on straight line performance. The instant torque from the electric motor, combined with no gears, means acceleration is, well… electric. Although optimised for urban use, Harley claims the LiveWire will accelerate from 0-60mph in under 3.5 seconds.

Rider aids and advanced telematics

Harley Davidson Livewire Electric BikeNot satisfied with just adding electric power, the LiveWire also incorporates a range of services with the H-D Connect services. Through a smartphone app, user can check the battery charge remotely, get servicing notifications, or either be told if the bike is being tampered with.

A full charge of the battery pack can be made overnight whilst connected to a domestic plug outlet. The LiveWire is also able to use rapid charging where available. Total range when fully charged is claimed as 110 miles, making the LiveWire more than suited to average daily commutes.

Customers in the United States can place an order for the LiveWire now, with prices beginning at $29,799 (£23,440). UK riders will be able to place orders from next month, with more details to follow on pricing.

First production A90 Toyota Supra for auction

Bid to win the FIRST new A90 Toyota Supra off the line

First production A90 Toyota Supra for auctionIf recently leaked images of the new Toyota Supra have piqued your interest, get ready for the opportunity to own the first car off the production line.

This month will, finally, see the big reveal of the finished production Supra. Years of teasing, with disguised concepts and special racers will finally be over.

The Detroit Auto Show 2019 will see the official debut of the new Supra on the 14th January. Five days later, the first production Supra will head under the hammer in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Supra-rare model

First production A90 Toyota Supra for auctionTaking home the first Supra also means a unique design combination. Externally, the first Supra will be finished in matte grey paint, complemented by red mirror caps and black alloy wheels. The interior is finished in a combination of red and black.

More important to the winning bidder will be the engine cover, hand-signed by Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda. A number of other features will also be announced just before the auction, but the biggest prize will be the chassis stamped with VIN number 20201.

Although the official specification for the Supra is yet to be announced, the listing on the Barrett-Jackson website does confirm much of what we already know. With engine details listed as 3.0-litres and six cylinders, this is the BMW-sourced unit which powers the latest BMW Z4.  

Loads more under the hammer

First production A90 Toyota Supra for auctionAll proceeds from the sale of the first Supra will be given to charity. The American Heart Association, along with the Bob Woodruff Foundation, will be the two beneficiaries of this important auction sale.

The epic Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction will see hundreds of cars head across the block, in a sale lasting eight days. Amongst the diverse lots are a 1981 Jeep owned by actor Gary Sinise, along with a set of four Chevrolet Camaros from the Transformers movie franchise.

Bull evolved: 2019 Lamborghini Huracan Evo revealed

2019 Lamborghini Huracan EvoLamborghini has unveiled an updated variant of its Huracan supercar, dubbed the Evo. The headlines? Updated aerodynamics, Performante power, rear-wheel steering and more sophisticated dynamic control systems. The end result? A “sensory and agile driving experience,” reckons Lambo…

Visually there’s certainly an air of the track-focused Aventador SVJ about its updated snout. Out back, that high-up twin-pipe exhaust remains from the Performante, giving it the look of the Blancpain racer. A boot lip takes the place of the ALA wing found on the Performante.

2019 Lamborghini Huracan Evo

Re-shaped intakes and Aesir design 20-inch alls wheels complete the overhaul of the ‘baby’ bull’s look.

2019 Lamborghini Huracan Evo

Overall the design, both inside and out, is intended to maximise the scope for customisability. Specification programs like Lamborghini’s Ad Personam, Aston Martin’s Q and McLaren’s MSO are becoming increasingly popular, creating more and more opportunities for individualisation for buyers.

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Sat amidships is the 640hp 5.2-litre V10 previously found in the Performante track-focused model, complete with titanium intake valves and a lightweight exhaust.

2019 Lamborghini Huracan Evo

New to the Evo over the Performante is a rear-wheel steering system. This works in combination with advanced torque-vectoring and a battery of accelerators and gyroscopic sensors. Together they are unified by Lamborghini Dynamic Veicolo Integrata –  Lamborghini’s new central processing unit.

All in, it could make for a driving experience that’s sharper still than that of the stupendous Performante track-oriented model.

2019 Lamborghini Huracan Evo

Inside the Evo brings the Huracan well up to date, with a new vertical tablet-like 8.4” HMI capacitive touch screen. It’s Apple CarPlay compatible and envelopes much more of the car’s interior controls, including the seats and climate control. It can also display imagery from the optional dual-camera telemetry system.

2019 Lamborghini Huracan Evo

All we need to know now is how much it costs. Happily, unlike for many supercar reveals, Lamborghini has come out with near-on global pricing for the Huracan Evo.

Excluding taxes, it’ll set you back £165,256 in the UK, $261,274 in the USA or Y29,843,274 if you’re in Japan. In China, taxes included, it’ll be RMB 3,298,100. Cars should be arriving with customers in time for summer 2019.

Four Bumblebee Transformers Camaros at auction

Autobots, rollout: Your chance to own FOUR Bumblebee Transformer Camaros

Four Bumblebee Transformers Camaros at auctionFans of the Transformers film franchise have the opportunity to take home a serious haul of movie merchandise. The upcoming Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona will see four Chevrolet Camaros sold in aid of charity.

The latest, highly acclaimed, 2018 Bumblebee movie has returned to the use of a classic Volkswagen Beetle. However, for many the character will always be associated with the yellow and black Camaro.

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Offered only as a set, all proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Operation Homefront charity. This organisation provides important assistance to American military veterans and their families.

There is one important caveat to note. None of the four cars are legal for use on the road, and are supplied on a ‘scrap title’ only.

Lot 3009: 2010 Chevrolet Camaro

Four Bumblebee Transformers Camaros at auction

First seen in the 2007 Transformers film, this was the Camaro driven by Shia LaBeouf’s character of Sam Witwicky.

In the original movie, Bumblebee was initially a rusty second-generation Chevrolet Camaro. A transformation into the concept version of the fifth-generation Camaro certainly seemed to impress Megan Fox’s character of Mikaela Banes.

With the fifth-generation Camaro still several years from actually being released, GM had to create a bespoke car for the film. Body panels from the concept version of the Camaro were mated to a Holden Monaro chassis, using a V8 engine and rear-wheel-drive setup.

The same car was modified to resemble a more production-ready Camaro for the follow-up Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, released in 2009. This car heads to auction in its later guise.

Lot 3009.1: 2010 Chevrolet Camaro

Four Bumblebee Transformers Camaros at auction

Fast forward to 2011, and the third instalment in the franchise saw the release of the Transformers: Dark of the Moon film.

Bumblebee was updated to resemble a 2011 Camaro SS, with Shia LaBeouf was again the driver. Megan Fox was out though, replaced by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as the new female lead.

During filming in Washington DC, a Bumblebee Camaro was reported to have been involved in a real-life collision with a Metropolitan Police SUV. The two passengers of the Camaro were uninjured, although the movie car suffered substantial damage. However, the car going across the block looks to be unblemished. 

Lot 3009.2: 2013 Chevrolet Camaro

Four Bumblebee Transformers Camaros at auction

Director Michael Bay was noted to have approached General Motors before filming began for 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction. Bay wanted Bumblebee to appear more modern, and with greater aggression.

Fortunately, the General Motors North Hollywood Design Center is located close to the Paramount Pictures movie lot, allowing leading stylists to create a striking new car. Clearly inspired by the sixth-generation Camaro, the revised Chevy was used alongside other GM products.

Despite the striking new Bumblebee, the movie itself garnered mixed reviews, with Mark Wahlberg now playing the lead role of Cade Yeager.

Lot 3009.3: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro

Four Bumblebee Transformers Camaros at auction

Following an established trend, the latest 2017 Transformers: The Last Knight film saw Bumblebee take on an even more dramatic form.

With styling additions which resemble the recently released 2019 Camaro SS, this is the angriest Bumblebee from the quartet on sale.

Ratings and reviews for the film were less than complimentary, with Michael Bay saying this would be his last Transformers movie. As a result, this could be the last Bumblebee Camaro we see, until the inevitable ‘reboot’ of the films occur.

If that spurs you on to want a piece of movie history, the four cars will head across the block on January 19th 2019. Barrett-Jackson allows online bidding for an auction that will see a number of other important cars up for grabs.