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Car of the Month III

August 6, 2008

We know that its been a while since we lasted posted our Car of the Month.

To make it up to you, we bring you something that’s extremely rare in our collection.

The World Famous 1933 Pierce Arrow Silver Arrow.

“This Car Was Part Of The Harrah’s Auto Collection From The 1960’s To 1987 And Was Restored In Their Restoration Facility”

Not many are not well acquainted with the Piece Arrow brand, let alone know that there are a few brooding about here in the UAE as well. For those of you who want to become more familiar, please do visit our Encyclopedia section.

RAE has been up close and personal with a few V8 Cabriolets here in the UAE, but for reasons pertaining to privacy, are not able to post them.

Nevertheless, we bring you what has been touted on several occasions for the past 6 decades as one of the most important and simultaneously delectable collaborations of Metal, Rubber and Human Effort in car history.

This car is currently not for sale anywhere in the World except the Middle East via the Rolling Art Emporium.

It is only 1 of 5 cars produced in 1933, out of which only 3 remain in the World today. 

Born out of a meeting between PA Vice President Roy Faulkner and his designer friend Phillip Wright who had conceived an automobile with a totally new appearance – based on wind tunnel experiments and developments.

Twin spare wheels are concealed in the front wings, while the rear wheels were hidden bheind skirts.

Their rear compartments were fitted with a duplicate set of instruments.

The asking price for the production cars at the time – a staggering USD 10,000

It took three months and thirty skilled men to build the five cars, mostly by hand.

Here is what another source has to say about the car at the time:

“In 1933, Pierce-Arrow unveiled the radically streamlined Silver Arrow in a final attempt to appeal to the wealthy at the New York Auto Show. The car was well received by the public and the motoring press, being announced with the slogan “Suddenly it’s 1940!” Pierce sold five examples but, since it was priced at $10,000 during the worst of the depression, the rich were hesitant to spend so much. The bodies were built at Studebaker, which subsequently assisted in rolling out a lower-priced production model. This, however, lacked many luxury features of the show car and still failed to generate enough sales.”

Engine: v12, L Head

Transmission: 3 speed manual

Brakes: drums all round, servo assisted

Top Speed: 115 MPH (approx.)

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Lamborghini Reventon – 1.1 Million Euros – 20 Pieces – 2 heading to Dubai?

October 25, 2007

THIS ARTICLE HAS BEEN UPDATED SINCE IT WAS FIRST WRITTEN BACK IN 2007

Read below for more….

While there was much speculation about how many pieces are being made – are there any heading to Dubai?

Raging Bull

Attending the Launch of the Maserati GranTurismo here in Dubai, we found out that there is at least 1 heading out here to Dubai for certain with at least one more being speculated.

If 20 are being made – does that mean more will head to our roads soon?

Why not? I have seen at least 6 Bugatti Veyrons so far in Dubai alone – with the rumor mill claiming at least 8 here in Dubai and at least 6 in Abu Dhabi. Don’t forget, there are about 5 more Emirates to count into that picture here in the UAE, none of whom would be at a loss to have one in their stables.

After all, if the Bugatti is anything to go by as an investment car (VW makes a loss on each car made and sold) a Reventon or 2 should feel right at home here in the UAE.

To learn more about this modern day Picasso on wheels (and steroids) we invite you to visit wikipedia, who provide a comprehensive lowdown on this Bull.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamborghini_Revent%C3%B3n

Till we get more. That’s us for now.

UPDATE!! UPDATE!! UPDATE!! UPDATE!!

I only think it fair, almost a year on since I last wrote this article that I update it for all of you who read my blog.

There is officially 1 Reventon now here in Dubai, but not only can we – the Rolling Art Emporium, get our hands on 2 more, you too can find one on Hemmings.com should you venture there.

Did I mention the fact that you would now need to have about 3 million Euros burning a hole in your pocket (that should include shipping, taxes if your lucky and other costs…..maybe…).

Do read our other article, where we cover another very special Lamborghini of its time (only 1 ever made however) – the 1996 Lamborghini Zagato Raptor, which is a totally road legal car and a fine collectors item.

I also might add that our partners at Pebble Beach this year in 2008 witnessed the auction of the first Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport (convertible….) at 2.9 Million USD. That’s half the price of a Reventon AND the chance to build the first Veyron to your specifications at Mulshine where you will be looked after like a prince.

I will be posting a link the video of the car selling shortly.

A last update I would like to leave you all with on this article is that it is now rumoured that the last Bugatti Veyron count here in the UAE has broken the 30 piece count. That – for a fact, includes one gent I met who has 2 because he could not decide between 2 colours, and another “gent” who has a Pur Sang.

Makes you wonder just a little…..doesn’t it? More than that, I am happy to admit, it boggles the mind and leaves me giddy with joy to live in the UAE.

Best,

RAE