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Drive in VIP Style – Luxury Classic Cars from LBI Limited

Avid car collectors are often on the hunt for luxury classic cars. Rare models in excellent condition are very difficult to find these days. But how do you find that car you have always desired? LBI Limited is the answer.

LBI Limited is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and specializes in the purchase, sales, and brokerage of investment grade, classic cars. The car company also offers classic car consignment, classic car storage, brokerage, in addition to other consulting services for both car buyers and sellers.

Many who own a luxury classic car are either serious car collectors or simply wanting to own a special car for their own. It could be re-owning the first car they drove as kid or fulfilling a dream. No matter your purpose, it can be very time consuming to locate and buy a classic car.

LBI Limited was founded in 2009 by By Andrew Mastin And Adolfo Massari. Their expertise in this industry have made them a popular choice to assist those looking for a that desirable, luxury classic car. An important change has been underway as the classic car market place has moved into a new generation. In addition to being widely known as a market for the car enthusiast community, it’s also attracting a fast growing, investment community too.

Baby boomers are a large segment of the classic car market. What is interesting is they have lost some interest in the traditional 1950’s era cars, which has dropped the overall prices for these vehicles. LBI Limited has seen this market shift themselves, and currently focus on American Classic cars from the 1930’s, key Muscle Cars from both the 1960’s & 70’s, and of course the classic imports.

If you are curious about a few luxury classic cars they have available, here is a sample list:

1989 Lamborghini Countach supercar
1989 Lamborghini Countach
Extremely Low Miles & Highly Original
Offered at $299,500


1956 Jaguar D-Type by Tempero
All Alloy Recreation to Exacting Standards
Offered at $219,500

1986 Ferrari Testarossa classic car
1986 Ferrari Testarossa
17K Miles & Well Serviced
Offered at $179,500

1967 Austin Healey 3000 MKIII
Nut-Bolt Restored & Concourse Ready
Offered at $109,500

1949 MG TC
Numbers Matching & Nicely Restored
Offered at $44,500

1989 Porsche Carrera Anniversary Cab
Excellent Driver Quality Example
Offered at $39,500

1956 Austin Healey 100M Le Mans (photo above)
The 5th of 640 examples built, a genuine authenticated example fresh from concourse quality restoration by known Healey Expert BMC of Philadelphia.

If you are in the market to buy or sell a luxury classic car, be sure to contact LBI Limited. The Life of Luxury enjoys sharing the latest luxury car industry news. Be sure to come back again and follow our luxury blog.




Awesome Rally Cars at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction

Bonhams just announced adding a very significant and highly original collection of rally cars to its mid-August sale in Carmel. The Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction is the place to be for car collection enthusiasts. From the estate of a prominent collector, the long term, single-owner rally car collection includes Group B Homologation rally cars from Lancia, Peugeot, Ford and Audi. Each of these classic cars will be offered without an auction reserve.

This year’s Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction will be held at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club. This luxury lodge is located in sunny Carmel Valley, California. Car lovers come to Bonhams annually from all around the world. Some come to buy their dream car, while others simply enjoy looking at classic and vintage cars.

Group B Rally Cars

Here is a summary of the Group B rally cars that will be available at the upcoming Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction:

1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale
Known far and wide as one of the greatest rally cars of its time, the Stratos “High Fidelity” (HF) Stradale model, known as the Tipo 829, won the World Rally Championship in 1974, 1975 and 1976. This example has been in the collection since 1989, has just 12,610 km (7,835 mi) on the odometer and is in highly original condition throughout.

1983 Lancia Rally 037 Stradale
This too is a legendary model, known as the Tipo 151, as it won Lancia the World Rally Championship Constructor title in 1983. Employing a supercharger instead of a turbocharger to eliminate turbo lag and improve throttle response, it was also the last rear-wheel car to ever win the World Rally Championship. This example is also very original, including the interior as well as exterior paint, and has, incredibly, logged just 9,342 km (5,805 mi).

1985 Audi Sport Quattro S1
With its carbon-kevlar body shell and aluminum-alloy straight-5 turbocharged engine, the Sport S1 model was a force to be reckoned with and won that year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, not to mention placing second in the World Rally Championships. This rally car is one owner from new who took factory delivery and, like the others in its stable, is a very original and low mileage example.

1985 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16
From the famous model that won the 1985 and 1986 World Rally Championship Constructor title is this amazingly original condition, low mileage example – 1,113 km / 692 mi (that is not a typo) – that is even shod with the original tires!

1985 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale
The first example of a twincharged car (combining supercharging and turbocharging), this powerful and innovative model achieved numerous World Rally Championship race victories from Europe to North and South America. This specific car is also one owner from new who took factory delivery and is very original inside and out with only 8,851 km (5,500 mi).

1986 Ford RS200
Like its more exclusive brother, this RS200 is nonetheless extremely uncommon and represented the pinnacle of then-modern racing development. Similar to all the cars in this incredible collection, this example is in impressively original condition and like new.

1986 Ford RS200 Evolution
Built to compete with Audi and Peugeot, the RS200 Evo was the world’s fastest accelerating car when it debuted. While 200 examples of the RS200 were made (to comply with FIA Group B regulations), only 24 of the RS200 Evolutions were built – this being one of them. In the collection since 1989, it is in like new condition.

Each of the above Group B Rally Cars will be offered without an auction reserve at the Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction. This incredible car auction will be occurring on Friday, August 18 in Carmel, California.

In addition, limited entries of special collectors’ cars are invited for consignment to this internationally attended car sale. Lastly, the event is hosted along with The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering. If you are interested in learning more, parties may contact the Bonhams Motoring Department.

Bonhams was founded way back in 1793. Their reputation is outstanding. The companyis quite proud to be one of the biggest auctioneers of fine art and antiques in the world!

Make your plans now to visit scenic Carmel Valley, California and attend the Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction. See for yourself what car lovers have known for years. The Life of Luxury offers a variety of luxury concierge services. Enjoy a VIP experience! Be sure to follow our luxury blog for more car stories.

Photo: Bonhams / Pawel Litwinski Photography




Classic Supercars at Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Auction

The upcoming Greenwich Concours d’Elegance auction will showcase some of the best classic cars. In addition, it’s your chance to bid on some impressive vintage supercars. Since 1793, Bonhams is one of the world’s largest and most respected auction houses of fine art and antiques, fine jewelry and of course motor cars.

Bonhams will host this years’s Greenwich Concours d’Elegance auction on Sunday, June 4th. The auction is being held at the beautiful waterfront Roger S. Baldwin Park, in upscale Greenwich, Connecticut. Greenwich is just 30 miles north of New York City. Expect a lot of car fans ready to bid on incredible supercars.

The mix of modern, classic and vintage car offering will be quite contrasting. It is a perfect chance to view many high-performance cars.

One is getting the most buzz is a 1990 Ferrari F40. This classic supercar is closely associated with Enzo Ferrari, the iconic Ferrari founder. This particular Ferrari F40 is a non-catalytic converter and loaded with features. The 1990 Ferrari F40 has a top speed of 201 mph (324kmh). During it’s time, this Ferrari model was the fastest production car being produced. Even today, it’s top speed is impressive and still can beat most supercars around today.

Slightly younger, the 1993 Bugatti EB 110 will surely turn heads. The Bugatti legacy continues to live n today, but this EB 110 was first introduced in 1992. This amazing Bugatti supercar offers – high quality, world-beating performance and stunning beauty. Rather rare, only 113 were ever made. The particular model is just one of 84 GT variants. It was named both Autocar and Motor Magazine test car back in 1994.

Be sure to check out the striking 2003 Aston Martin Vanquish. This supercar offers an all-alloy V12 engine and a factory installed 6-speed manual transmission. Although just 14 years old, this Aston Martin Vanquish supercar has only 8,000 miles on her. It’s highly optioned and ready to go to a new owner. Get your chance to ride like James Bond in this classic British supercar.

Also at the auction is a 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series. With only 9,500 miles, this sleep high performance supercar is incredible. It features a twin-turbocharged V12 engine. As a result, it produces 661 bhp. Wow! What a VIP experience it would be to drive this vehicle. Only 175 were made and exported to the U.S. Now is your chance to own it for yourself.

Bonhams offers car auctions all during the year. Make your plans to attend the upcoming Greenwich Concours d’Elegance auction or another show.

The Life of Luxury can help you locate and buy any supercar you desire. We work with a network of buyers ad sellers around the world. Read more classic car and supercar stories in this luxury blog. Hope to see you at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance.

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Top 10 Iconic Cars in American Motoring History

American cars are bold and brash and are often at the forefront of the automotive industry. Without American ingenuity and foresight, modern cars wouldn’t have accessories such as car stereos, V8 engines, muscle cars, intermittent wiper technology or the electric starter. The American car industry has had a huge effect on the industry as a whole.

This article will celebrate that ingenuity by talking about the Top 10 iconic cars in American history. These cars that are known for their style, their innovation and their long lasting effect on the industry. These are the cars that truly changed the world for the better.

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Top 10 Iconic Cars in American Motoring History

Ford Model T car
10. Ford Model T
Produced between 1908 through 1927, the Ford Model T was initially designed as a “farmer’s car.” This vehicle was built for the masses and it meant to serve the needs of a mostly rural nation. However, it became much more than that. It initially was priced at $825 a vehicle, but through refinement of the mass production process, Ford was able to lower the cost of the vehicle to around $260. They were so popular that over 15 million were made and no one could compete against this cheap and sturdy “every man’s” car for quite a while.
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Duesenberg car
9. Duesenberg Model J/SJ
Produced between 1929 and 1937—during the Great Depression—the Duesenberg Model J/SJ was a car that was the exact opposite of the cars driven at that time. It was meant for those who had money during those hard economic times, which was a selected market indeed. However, what this car was able to do was to define a style that would influence all manner of vehicles all over the world. The “J” model had the innovative “convertible coupe” and the “SJ” model had super-charged engines that were capable of going as fast as 104 MPH. The “SJ” models were really the icons of the rich and famous—with American stars such as Clark Gable and Gary Cooper owning the only two short-wheelbase models—but unfortunately only 36 “SJ” units were manufactured in total. And although the company went out of business in 1937, the cars available today are still as beautiful as they ever were.
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Tucker 1948 car
8. Tucker 48
The Tucker 48 was invented during the 1940s because the big 3 auto manufacturers of the day—Ford, GM and Chrysler—failed to produce the innovations that wowed Preston Tucker. He sensed a genuine lack of ingenuity in the industry and set out to change it, which he did. With innovations such as a centered third head lamp that turned with the wheels (known as a cyclops eye); an independent four-wheel suspension; four-wheel disc brakes and a separate locking mechanism on the parking brake to prevent theft, this car was well on its way to automotive history. Unfortunately, thanks to several setbacks—such as a lackluster premier, a SEC investigation and an inability to get raw steel thanks to questionable political moves on the part of their competition, the company would build just 51 cars before they ran out of money and eventually went out of business. Today, these cars are worth over $1 million dollars apiece.
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Corvette car
7. Chevrolet Corvette
Known as the first American sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette is still a classic icon of America’s desire for speed. However, when it debuted in 1953, it was ironically very slow and unreliable. Still, it garnered enough interest for it to go into production and by 1955, Chevrolet had worked out the kinks. They had invented a car that was not only good looking but also had the performance that automotive enthusiasts wanted. But its style and its speed wouldn’t sync up until the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray Coupe was released. A car that had a split rear window, precision handling, a sleek magnesium alloy and aluminum body, and a powerful 327 V-8 300 HP engine. Today, they are manufacturing cars such as the C6 with ZR1 package, a car with a super-charged 6.2 L LS9 V8 engine that can compete with fast foreign cars at half or a third of these cars prices.
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El Dorado car
6. Cadillac Eldorado
First launched in 1953, the Cadillac Eldorado is a car that was manufactured for almost 50 years. It is also an iconic car that was loved for generations and driven by everyone from President Eisenhower to Elvis Presley. It had huge tail fins that are recognizable by just about anyone. From 1953 to 1967, this car was a rear-wheel drive car but was changed to a front wheel drive in 1967. In 1959, the tail fins grew even larger and complimented other additions such as dual bullet taillights, roof pillar configurations and deck lid beauty panels. During the 1970s, it began to lose favor with the American public—mainly due to its gas guzzling V8—but it has still earned its title among the most iconic American cars.
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Ford Mustang car
5. Ford Mustang
Based on the same platform as the Ford Falcon, and introduced at the 1964 World’s Fair, the Ford Mustang would go on to become one of the most recognizable American cars. It launched the “pony car” movement–a term used to describe compact, affordable and sporty performance oriented cars. This allowed it to tap into the imagination of America’s youth and at the same time become a symbol of it. Despite being manufactured at the same time as other pony cars—such as the Camero, and Firebird—the Ford Mustang still managed to sell more than both of them combined. While always fast and sporty, the real performance of the Ford Mustang wouldn’t be unleashed until the Shelby GT350 hit the scene in 1965. The Ford Mustang is now in its fifth decade and shows no sign of losing its competitive edge in the American muscle car market.
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Ford Shelby Cobra car
4. Shelby Cobra
The Shelby Cobra–also known as an AC Cobra or a Shelby AC Cobra—is the stepchild born of the deal between Ford and British carmaker AC. It was a deal brokered by racecar driver Carroll Shelby and resulted in huge American V8 engines being wedged into British sports car, the AC Cobra. The result was pure genius. Known for their huge leg pipes and flared fenders, the 427 Cobra would go on to become the consummate car of the 1960s. Unfortunately, their run would be short lived and production would eventual end in 1967.
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Pontiac GTO car
3. Pontiac GTO
The Pontiac GTO is an iconic vehicle built between 1964 and 1974. It was originally named after Ferrari 250 GTO. It would become the signature car for GM during the 1960s and eventually the ideal image of the American muscle car—a car that was light but had a lot of power. Today, the “Judge”, as it is otherwise known, will remain an iconic American car that will continue to live on in our memories of late night cruising, street racing and burnt rubber.
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Jeep Wrangler car
2. Jeep Wrangler
The Jeep Wrangler is a modern descendant of the Willys-Overland Jeep that was commissioned for the United States military during World War II. By the end of the war, more than 700,000 Jeeps had been built. This gave American ground forces a distinct advantage. In fact, General Eisenhower said as much when he said, “The Jeep, the Dakota airplane, and the landing craft were the three tools that won the war.” Although Jeep is now owned by Chrysler and produces a wide range of different utility vehicles, it is quite clear that the Wrangler embodies the spirit of the first Jeeps and combines toughness and style with off-road maneuverability.
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Tesla car
1. Tesla Model S
The Tesla Model S has shown that America still has some manufacturing flair in its arsenal. This car wouldn’t have came into existence without the entrepreneurial spirit that made this country great and it has changed the conversation about electric powered vehicles. They are no longer the stuff of imagination, but are here and real–made of American steel and forged by American ingenuity. And by making the car one of the quickest American sedans ever built, going 0-60 in just over 3 seconds, the manufacturer has shown that it is not only environmentally responsible but cool as well.

The Life of Luxury offers a car concierge service. We can help you locate that perfect classic car or luxury car. Make your dream come true! Do you like one of the Top 10 Iconic Cars we previewed? Stop by soon to follow our luxury blog. Read about the best cars money can buy.

 

Author: David Ross
He was born and raised in Detroit and is an avid, car enthusiast. To reach him, go to Twitter – @davidcmoss

Image credits: David Ross
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Customize Your Lamborghini at the Ad Personam Studio

Owning a Lamborghini supercar is a dream for many car connoisseurs. The sleek body style, top speeds and an expensive price tag are the allure to actually own one. When you are ready to buy your own Lamborghini, be sure to choose your dream car at the Ad Personam Studio vehicle customization studio.

You will find the Lamborghini headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese. This historic town in Italy is the place to be. Choose all your options and customize your own Lambo. How exciting is that?

The new Ad Personam vehicle customization studio has already become quite popular. Over 50% of new Lamborghini owners are utilizing the Ad Personam program. That may seem like a high number. But Lamborghini have the money to fly to Italy and get exactly what they want in their new luxury car.

Lamborghini Ad Personam Studio

Owners are anxious to choose the colors, interior trim and various materials of their own super sports car. As a result, owners will be assisted by an Ad Personam specialist. It’s a unique VIP experience Lamborghini offers its loyal customers.

Prioe to the decision process, owners will received a guided factory tour. In addition, they can view be potential configurations of different Huracán and Aventador models. That alone is a huge thrill. By viewing the various options in person, it can assist each customer when it comes time to decide for themselves.

Once inside the Ad Personam Studio, you will see the variety of colors, leathers, materials, rims and seats on display. The sophisticated showroom includes an advanced car configurator. It’s perfect to see a digital simulation of your possible options. Head over to the lounge area. Once there, view a display of your custom Lamborghini model.

The initial Ad Personam program started back in 2006. A dedicated team of Lamborghini representatives was added in 2013. Each rep has experience covering the various car options. The luxury supercar brand has introduced greater than 50 new colors wince 2013. The result is many more options to pick from. Therefore each customer can create a unique car to fit their desire. In addition, new fine leathers have been added such as semi-aniline leather. For the interior, decide from various types of Alcantara.

As a result of the tailored consulting service at the Ad Personam Studio, each customer achieves getting what they really want. A custom Lamborghini supercar, customized to their liking. For example, Forged Composite has become a popular material choice. This carbon fiber material has been patented by Lamborghini. Use it to pimp your Aventador in the car’s interior and/or on the roof.

Lamborghini Ad Personam Studio leather

During your visit to Italy, be sure to take time to do some sightseeing. First, finish up your important business at the Ad Personam Studio. Customize your dream Lamborghini supercar and then enjoy time traveling the Italian countryside or popular cities. Rome, Venice, Milan, Florence, Turan, Naples, Palermo and many more await. Italy is rich in history and culture.

The Life of Luxury can help plan and book your trip to Italy. Pick your custom Lamborghini options at the Ad Personam Studio. Follow our luxury blog fore the best luxury car and travel stories.

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Custom Mercedes GLS Black Crystal by Larte Design

Who wants to drive the same vehicle like everybody else on the road? Of course not. Larte Design is a tuning company based in Russia. Their latest tuning kick – Mercedes GLS Black Crystal – was on full display at the MIAS 2016 (Manila International Auto Show) in the Philippines.

Discerning Car buyers want to distinguish themselves. Driving a unique SUV turns heads and draws attention. The new Mercedes GLS Black Crystal turning kit does just that and it’s impressive.

The Mercedes GLS Black Crystal tuning kit utilizes new materials such as basalt and carbon and about 50 new parts. The end result is a modified Mercedes GLS that is truly impressive.

There are several new features for the SUV’s front bumper. There is a splitter, as well as aelegant carbon fiber inserts. The Black Crystal Swarovski symbol can be seen on both the right and left sides of the front bumper.

Larte Design GLS Black Crystal

On the rear bumper, you’ll find a diffuser plus carbon inserts. Due to this design, a nice feature is the Larte Design experts still allow the SUV’s tow bar to be used.

Back up front, the Mercedes GLS radiator grille is adorned with impressive carbon fiber, plus the company’s logo has a shape like a horseshoe. As a result of giving the GLS a more powerful look, the tuning kit adds expanded side arches.

The tips on the dual exhaust are made from carbon fiber. Another nice touch in this cool Mercedes GLS Black Crystal tuning kit that provides individuality and style.

What we like about the extended use of the carbon elements, is they can be easily painted to complement the color concept you desire. If you are going to customize your Mercedes GLS, then go all the way. Each client should make their car design unique.

In conclusion, Larte Design offers a wide selection of tuning kits available. In addition to the Mercedes GLS Black Crystal kit, you can choose to customize the following vehicle makes and models:
– Infiniti Q70 LR, QX60 LR1, QX70 (FX37) and QX80 (QX56)
– Lexus LX 570 Alligator and LX and NX accessories
– Maserati Ghibli accessories
– Mercedes GL Black Crystal and V-class Black Crystal
– Range Rover Evoque and Sport Winner
– Tesla Model S Elizabeta

If you would like to pimp your rise, contact The Life of Luxury and we can help you. Consider the Mercedes GLS Black Crystal kit from Larte Design or one of their other incredible options. Be sure to come back again and read our luxury blog.

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Luxury Supercars Aplenty at Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction

Each year, the prestigious Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction is the place to be and view some of the most incredible luxury supercars in person. Car enthusiasts can relive their glory days of youth or view the hottest luxury supercars on the market today.

Covering four decades, many of the best and rarest supercars will be on display and available for auction. The auction will be held once again at Quail Lodge & Golf Club. This luxury resort is found beautiful Carmel Valley, California. The Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction takes place on this Friday, August 19th. This popular event is also being held during the iconic Pebble Beach Car Week.

The supercar that everybody is talking about is the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari (photo above). It’s arguably the top of the list when discussing most popular supercars over the last 10 plus years. Only 499 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari cars were manufactured, so you know your looking at a true, limited edition supercar. In fact, just 120 were shipped to the U.S., so unless you travel around the world, personally seeing one is quite rare.

What makes this beautiful 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari so unique, is it’s the very first one to go on sale publicly. You want practically a pristine car, you got it. This luxury, V12 hybrid superar has only 230 miles on it. That’s it! If you’re a die-hard car collector or just want own the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, this is your rare chance. Bonhams has placed an estimated value on the LaFerrari at between $3.6 and $4.2 million. That’s a lot of money, but for some …. worth every penny.

But that’s not all. This supercar auction is offering a selection of elite vehicles, covering Germany, Great Britain and Italy. Here’s a sample of what you can expect to see and bid on at the upcoming car auction.

2005 Porsche Carrera GT:
This Porsche Carrera GT is perfect condition. With only 2,000 miles, the sporty GT is equipped with a removable top. The car’s silver metallic over terracotta color scheme looks impressive.
Bonhams has an estimated value on the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT of between $600,000 and $750,000.

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1989 Ferrari F40:
If you want to figure out which Ferrari model most closely matches the company founder’s legacy – Enzo Ferrari, it’s the 1989 Ferrari F40. The classic F40 by Ferrari going up for sale has only 2,800 miles or 4,500 km. This baby really turns heads and would make the perfect purchase for anyone.
Bonhams has estimated the sell price for to 1989 Ferrari F40 to be $1.0 to $1.2 million.

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2008 Lamborghini Reventón:
Only 20 models of the 2008 Lamborghini Reventón (photo below) where ever made. This meticulous supercar doesn’t even have 1,000 miles on her. It’s been professionally maintained and really well cared for.
Bonhams has an estimate of $1.2 to $1.6 million for this extremely, limited edition 2008 Lamborghini Reventón.
2008 Lamborghini Reventón

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2014 McLaren P1:
The sensational 2014 McLaren P1 hypercar (photo below) is special. As only 375 were ever built, this particular mode is number 90. Like the others, this McLaren comes with just under 1,200 miles. What more can you say, but to see it person is really a VIP experience.
Bonhams has placed a value of between $1.9 to $2.1 million for this 2014 McLaren P1.
2014 McLaren P1

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1985 Ferrari 288 GTO:
This model (photo below) is extremely popular and high on the list of most Ferrari car lovers As far as sports-racing cars go, this one sets the standard. When the 288 GTO first was introduced, it’s radical body design shook up the industry. Only 272 where ever built, and this car has only had one owner. But don’t worry, it’s now available for you to buy and become its second owner.
Bonhams has estimated the auction price of this 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO to sell from $1.8 to $2.2 million.
1985 Ferrari 288 GTO

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The history of Bonhams is mind blowing. It was originally founded way back in 1793. The brand is synonymous with prestige. The luxury brand is definitely one of the world’s leading auctioneers of both antiques and fine art.

You will need to contact Bonhams directly to get registered. In case you can’t attend the Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction in person, you will be able to bid online.

We hope you can attend and bid on a luxury supercar. Let us help make your last minute travel plans to the Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction. Stop by soon to follow our luxury blog and stay on top of the latest car industry news and model releases.

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See Liberace’s Bicentennial Rolls Royce at the Hollywood Cars Museum, Las Vegas

Liberace was the talented and flamboyant entertainer and incredible pianist. His full name was Wladziu Valentino Liberace and his life was over-the-top. He was also well known for wearing outrageous costumes during his stage performances. Now you can view his Bicentennial Rolls Royce at the Liberace Garage in the Hollywood Cars Museum in Las Vegas.

The Liberace Bicentennial Rolls Royce car was on display for years at the Liberace Museum. It was sad news for Liberace fans around the world, when the museum closed back in 2010. Here’s a story we did – Liberace Museum – 30 Years of Music History

Liberace was often named Mr. Showmanship. He was born in West Allis, Wisconsin on May 16, 1919 and died in Palm Springs, California on February 4, 1987. His legacy now lives on at The Liberace Garage. The museum displays many of his personal belongings, including cars, costumes and clothing, pianos, jewelry and antiques.

The Liberace Garage just opened last month and operated by the Liberace Foundation for the Creative and Performing Arts. This nonprofit institution was founded in 1976.

There are some amazing automobiles on display. For example, a 1961 Rolls Royce Phantom V limousine was used at the Las Vegas Hilton. You will also remember it in the film “Behind the Candelabra” by HBO. The movie starred starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon;. Liberace used his 1956 Rolls Royce convertible to fly onto stage. When friends flew into the Palm Springs Airport, a London Taxi was used to pick them up. He drove the Liberace Crystal Roadster onto stage at the world famous, at Radio City Music Hall. In addition, is a Bradley GT gold flaked sports car. The cars are stunning to see up close and represent the era of his spectacular entertainment career.

Liberace costume

The Bicentennial Rolls Royce is a 1952 Silver Dawn. It’s a two light, convertible London Motor Show car. The Bicentennial Rolls Royce was originally designed for the “Liberace Show” in 1976. The Rolls Royce was also used as part of his Las Vegas Hilton show. Using high wire cables, Liberace would fly form the car to the inspiring music of “Stars and Stripes Forever” and dazzling fireworks. For the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty celebration in 1986, the Bicentennial Rolls Royce also made a grand appearance. Also on display to go along with the Rolls, is an updated version of a “Hot Pants” costume he wore in patriotic, red, white and blue colors.

Hot Rod City is represented by Michael Dezer. He’s the owner of one of the biggest vehicle collections in the world, located at the Miami Auto Museum. The Hollywood Cars Museum has a wide variety of cars on display. Collectively, they have been seen in greater than 100 movies, TV shows, as well as videos.

The Liberace Garage is open to the public. It s ope seven days a week between the hours of 10am and 5pm. Ticket prices are $15 for an adult and children 15 years or under get in free along with a paying adult.

The Life of Luxury is pleased to offer interesting stories like Liberace’s Bicentennial Rolls Royce in our luxury blog. We offer a variety of luxury concierge services, including VIP tickets and booking your reservations to Las Vegas.

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Luxury 2015 Audi A3 TDI Sedan

The Audi A3 model is considered as the entry-level model car for Audi. The luxury 2015 Audi A3 sedan is a five-door hatchback that comes in either a 1.8T or 2.0T turbo gas engine. But the 2015 Audi A3 TDI model allows you to live a little on the edge and press the boundaries of fuel economy.

The 2015 Audi A3 TDI comes with a 150-horsepower 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine. The A3 TDI engine produces about 236 lb-ft of torque. The luxury sedan is only available with front-wheel drive and is driven through the dual-clutch gearbox.

Audi car lovers are already aware that the A3 sedan was redesigned this year. The styling of the car’s exterior is similar to that of the A4.

The base model Audi A3 TDI has a price of $32,600, but with extra options can easily jump to the mid $40k range or higher. For a small luxury sedan, that price point may be a bit too high for some looking to stay within a lower end budget.

The 2015 Audi A3 TDI “Prestige” model offers numerous options. You will get heated front seats, larger 18″ premium wheels and an impressive Bang & Olufsen sound system to enjoy your favorite music. Also use your car’s navigation with voice control. The exterior of the A3 TDI also gets an upgrade that makes it look more like the sportier Audi S3.

If you love great fuel economy, you’ll love this Audi A3 TDI. It’s advertised at 36 mph. OF course diesel fuee is more expensive than regular fuel, but those are some impressive results.

We like the sleek exterior styling and it looks awesome cruising down the highway. The car’s engine is relatively quite so it doesn’t draw your attention and you can just drive and enjoy the feel of a well built car. Past diesel engines were much louder.

The car’s engine produces about 150 hp so plenty of power to accelerate and enter the highway without feeling like you’re in mud and slowing everyone behind you down. The car handles quite well and is tight as you hug the curb making right turns.

One downside is the lack of a roomy trunk for storage. But in a smaller sedan like the 2015 Audi A3 TDI – you can’t have it all. It’s appealing to those you want to move up into the smaller sedan luxury market, and is a great balance fuel economy and a sporty looking sedan.

If you would like to purchase a luxury sedan like the 2015 Audi A3 TDI, please contact The Life of Luxury. We can assist you in both finding and purchasing that dream luxury car you have always wanted. Return again to follow this luxury blog and read about other luxury car reviews and industry news.

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Custom Infiniti QX80 Missuro by LARTE Design

LARTE Design Tuning Company take the art of expression to a whole new level. Their cutting edge car designs are the result of over 10 years experience from a creative team of designers, engineers and marketing managers.

The LARTE Group creates tuning kits and and in 2012, LARTE Design was created. Infiniti was the first, luxury car brand they offered. Since then, LARTE Design has added new car brands including Mercedes, Range Rover, Lexus plus Tesla.

LARTE Design has teamed up with famous clothier Uomo Collezioni and developed an exciting video that was shot in Moscow, Russia. The video showcases the LARTE Missuro, based on the stylish Infiniti QX80 Missuro SUV. By teaming with Uomo Collezioni, the video’s message is “Clothes make the man – but cars make him a mover.”

If you dream of being picked up in a custom SUV and taken on an unforgettable journey through the world of fashion and tailor-made cars, your wish has been answered.

LARTE Design - Infiniti QX-80 Missuro SUV

The process of creating one of these custom cars is a time consuming process. The art team at LARTE Design produces dozens or maybe hundreds of unique sketches in their design studio in Germany. They want to develop a variety of custom designs to assure they capture the ideal car makeover.

Each tuning car is tailor-made and custom from top to bottom. The results are spectacular and LARTE Design has been turning heads around the world with their stunning designs. The latest project is the LARTE Missuro, which is dynamic and its styling is pure motion. The bold new styling package for the Infiniti QX80 will make jaws drop in awe.

The package for this project includes restyled front and rear fascias, three-mode LED lighting, a radiator grill, in addition to a new exhaust system. Additional vents were also added above the headlights. Not just for looks, the design also provides additional cooling for the Infiniti SUV’s engine compartment.

Both the front and rear fascias were made using strong but lightweight, basalt fiber composite. Under the headlights are multifunction LED lighting that’s used for daytime running lights, turn indicators and parking lights.

For a VIP style look, the 24-inch, three-piece modular wheels feature forged centers. To improve braking capability, the LARTE Missuro SUV is equipped with a cutting-edge braking system from Rotora. It features braided stainless steel brake hoses, 8-piston calipers, plus large ventilated rotors and high-performance pads.

Why ride around town or on the highway in a basic, factory car? Let the creative geniuses at LARTE Design make your dream car come alive. Take car ownership to the next step and drive in luxury style. Don’t be limited by your dreams. Make them a reality!

If you are looking for a custom car like the LARTE Missuro from LARTE Design, contact The Life of Luxury today and we can help get you in touch with the company. We enjoy sharing stories of luxury brands with our loyal readers. Follow this luxury blog for the best in luxury living and VIP experiences.

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New 2016 Bentayga SUV by Bentley Introduced at 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show

Although it’s been hinted and talked about for a while, Bentley has officially entered the luxury SUV market with the new 2016 Bentayga SUV.

Bentley has been targeting the luxury SUV market and looks to redefine the auto segment. The new 2016 Bentayga SUV from Bentley will feature a twin-turbocharged 12-cylinder engine, offering 600 horsepower and 660 foot-pounds of torque.

The British luxury car manufacturer unveiled the 2016 Bentayga SUV at the recent 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. Bentley is promoting the new luxury SUV as the most powerful, most luxurious, most exclusive and fastest SUV in the world. Now that’s going to turn some heads!

The 2016 Bentayga is based on the Audi Q7 platform and will reach impressive top speeds – going from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in about 4.1 seconds. The luxury SUV’s top speed is expected to hit 301 km/h (187 mph). Experience a VIP experience driving this blazing fast luxury SUV.

The expected price tag for the 2016 Bentayga sport utility vehicle is $229,000 and is schedule to be available in the U.S. in early 2016. Bentley now joins both the Lamborghini Urus and Rolls-Royce Cullinan with plans to soon introduce ultra-luxury SUVs.

Michael Winkler is the Bentley Motors Americas CEO and stated that the Bentayga is about “bespoke luxury.” With the incredible speeds that the Bentayga can deliver, Winkler added, “If a car is capable of that you have to remember that it has so much more reserves at 25 mph or 60 mph.”

2016 Bentayga SUV interior - Bentley

Although all the buzz in Frankfurt, Germany was about the new 2016 Bentayga, Bentley also displayed the Continental GT, the GT3 racer, the Mulsanne Speed> In addition the Bentley collection, consists of 100 accessories with the iconic Bentley brand.

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