Check Out $10 Million of Porsches Auctioned Off in One Day

RM Sotheby's auction yesterday was, as you'd expect, rife with classics like Alfas, Ferraris, and Maseratis—but it was Porsche that had the strongest showing by far. The marque pulled in roughly $10.2 million for the Canada-based auction house in one day alone.

Save for a few models, the Porsche selection seems like it was torn directly out of the brand's greatest hits book, with new and old models alike—a Pre-A 356 bodied by Reutter and a new 911 R, for example—sandwiching some of the best cars to come from Zuffenhausen. Overall, the auction pulled off some hugely successful Porsche sales—the 1988 959 Sport set a new world record, and the 993 Turbo Cabriolet that sold for $1.4 million likely caused a few jaws to drop. But unfortunately, the 1970 917/10 prototype didn't end up selling, despite an entertaining bidding war.

The total tab? $10,251,363.

So what does more than $10 million in Porsches look like? Check it out below.

1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A 1600 Speedster by Reutter: $393,968

1976 Porsche 912 E: $35,873

1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GT: $98,054

2004 Porsche 911 GT2 Clubsport: $263,072

1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S 3.6: $962,606

1970 Porsche 914/6: $62,180

1993 Porsche 928 GTS: $89,683

2004 Porsche 911 GT3 RS: $418,524

2000 Porsche 911 GT3 Clubsport: $119,578

1986 Porsche 911 Turbo 'Flat Nose': $149,473

1988 Porsche 959 Sport: $2,092,623

2014 Porsche 911 Carrera S Martini Racing Edition: $131,536

2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet: $89,683

2016 Porsche 911 R: $550,061

1998 Ruf CTR2 Sport: $562,018

2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: $502,229

1995 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet: $1,434,941

1991 Porsche 911 Carrera Cup: $239,156

1964 Porsche 901 Cabriolet Prototype by Karmann: $692,914

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring: $573,976

2010 Porsche 911 Speedster: $251,114

1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 'Turbo Look' Targa: $167,409

1958 Porsche 356 A 1600 Super Coupé: $131,536

1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS: $239,156

The 2017 BMW M760i xDrive Is a $154,795 Car With A $50 Flaw

The 2017 BMW M7 is an amazing car with an Achilles heel. Its decklid badge doesn’t say M7. What else would you call a $154,795, 2.5 ton, 6.6-liter, twin-turbocharged, 601 horsepower, 12-cylinder ultra-luxury sedan from Munich that will do 0-60 in 3.6 seconds and 193 mph? I call it an M7. My French dad? M sept. A child living in Bavaria? M sieben.

But what does BMW call it?

A 2017 BMW M760i xDrive with M Performance.

That’s a big cactus to swallow, and an even bigger clusterf**k of decklid badging. Literally everyone who buys, leases, finances or rents this state-of-the-German-art sedan — and I promise you anyone who understands depreciation and long-term V12 reliability will lease it — would prefer it to say M7 on the trunk. No one dreams of a BMW M760i xDrive M Performance. If you’re a BMW person, you dream of M. “M” stands for something, like AMG, S, RS, GT and Turbo.

BMW has long insisted there would never be an M7

And that's presumably because they’re trying to maintain the purity of the 7 as a luxury car rather than a sports sedan. I’ve long admired their proclaimed desire to protect the M brand, but once you’re selling M versions of the X5/X6 SUV, you’re not fooling anyone, least of all the badge whores who buy cars solely because of them.

Mercedes-Benz sold out long ago, plastering AMG on models that don’t deserve it. I’m looking at you, AMG CLA45, and who can forget the AMG GLE63 S? I wish I could. Is that where the S goes? That’s not where AMG should go. It’s a houseboat with an outboard. Why is Mercedes forgiven these crimes?

Because they still put AMG badging on cars that do deserve it.

So why is the brand based on “The Ultimate Driving Machine” so shy about putting their halo badge on the fastest sedan ever to come out of Munich? It’s not like the not-M7 doesn’t deserve it. Could BMW build an actual M7 that accelerates 0-60 much faster than 3.6 seconds? Not unless it’s electric. The not-M7 is already 4/10th of a second faster than the discontinued F10 M5 Competition, 3/10ths faster than a Mercedes S63 AMG, and 6/10th faster than an S65 AMG, whose base price is $70,000 more than the not-M7.

Who says BMW doesn't have a sense of humor?

Germans may not be funny, but they can be very silly. The not-M7 comes with what BMW calls an “M Performance” package, which apparently doesn’t qualify it as an M, even though the decklid says M760i and “M Performance” is emblazoned on the engine. Here are some fun pictures of the gorgeous not-M7 in a very cool but menacing grey from an era most would prefer to forget:

What’s that below the A pillar? An M badge.

What’s that on the engine cover? An M badge. Hmmm. (And that “Performance” lettering looks a lot like the Blade Runner font, mildly altered to prevent accusations of copying. Come on, BMW.)

For all the brand dilution coming out of Mercedes, you’d think someone at BMW would have the wisdom to go the other way and cut out this “M Performance” nonsense, at least on the not-M7. The press release mentions “M Performance” sixteen times. What’s the difference between “M Performance” and M? The not-M7 comes with:

  1. M Performance dynamics
  2. M Sport Brakes
  3. M Performance TwinPower Turbo 12-cylinder
  4. M Performance specific shift tuning
  5. M Sport Exhaust with adjustable flaps
  6. M Custom 760M light alloy wheels
  7. M Aerodynamic Package

I’m still failing to understand how the not-M7 could be much more M. The M Performance package isn’t merely cosmetic. Set the M Performance optimized suspension to Sport and you won’t want it much stiffer, lest you get overconfident in what one of the world’s best sedans can actually do when pushed. Physics is a harsh mistress, and 5150 pounds is a lot of not-M7 to be hauling around.

BMW was kind enough to let me test the not-M7 at the Thermal racetrack outside Palm Springs, CA, a place no 7 would (or should) ever go except on a press day. It rained. BMW Performance Center instructors were present for lead/follow. The all-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and high-speed wet grip were all impressive. The not-M7 handles incredibly well for a 2.5 ton car. Probably as well as a 2.5 ton car can, unless it’s electric and its batteries are laid out flat to further lower the center of gravity.

Wait. Tesla does make that car, but its interior sure isn’t up to BMW’s, and EVs aren’t up to track work.

Actually, neither are the world’s best large sedans, from anyone. That the not-M7 is good around the track is a feat of engineering but not of pleasure. Anything is possible, but not everything is necessary. No matter how much power and suspension you put into a car, weight is the enemy of fun. Defeating it is an intellectual exercise, not an emotional one. What does BMW keep at the M Performance Center for classes? M3's and M4's. Maybe even an M2.

Only a criminal would drive the BMW M760i on a track

There is only one reason to demonstrate what the not-M7 can do on a track. You're a criminal, or transporting one. Or a hero, and transporting one. The guys in the movie Heat could have used a not-M7. Jason Staham used an earlier 7 in The Transporter. The Ronin chase scenes would have been a lot shorter if they'd used one instead of the always slower Audi S8. An S-Class AMG? Too obvious, and the handling isn't there for high-stress getaways.

BMW has never sold many of their biggest sedan — especially the V12 version — as Mercedes-Benz has S-classes, probably because Mercedes doubled down on luxury decades before BMW became The Ultimate Driving Machine. When you’re playing in this league, the perception of luxury is more important than reality. Even though the 7’s interior is absolutely gorgeous, so is the Audi A8’s, whose sales are even further behind. Like the Mercedes-Benz S63/65 AMG and Audi S8 plus, Munich’s top-of-the-line large sedan is somewhat faster and vastly more expensive than its base variant, but no better at transporting four/five people in comfort.

How does BMW expect to sell the excellent not-M7?

Even at the high-end, comfort and internal combustion performance are becoming increasingly commoditized. In the electric future, all hardware will be. That leaves brand and packaging as the last bastion. Perception is more important than even an excellent reality. The Ultimate Driving Machine’s ultimate driving machine is defined by M. No one buys sedans like this for the performance. They buy them to own the performance.

BMW should double down on the M brand. Call the M760i XDrive what it is.

If you want to show off your good taste in a 7, the right 7 is the softer-edged Alpina B7, which trades the V12 for a V8, accelerates just as quickly, wears those gorgeous Alpina wheels, and starts at $26,000 less.

If you want the ultimate statement of what a 7 can be, the M760i xDrive is the car for you. If you live in Europe and can afford one, you’re probably removing the badges anyway. Or go get someone to make you an M7 badge for $50.

No one will say you didn’t earn it.

Alex Roy is Editor-at-Large for The Drive, author of The Driver, and set the 2007 Transcontinental “Cannonball Run” Record in 31 hours & 4 minutes in a BMW M5. You may follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The New 5-Series Owes Much of its Success to its Sixth Generation

The seventh generation 5-Series is becoming the star of BMW's show. The newest flagship model is a host to the freshest technology offered by the manufacturer, giving us glimpses at what we can expect in the future. Although it features a boat load of new features specific to the seventh generation, the 5-Series couldn't do it without the help of the outgoing sixth generation F10.

BMW's sixth generation 5-Series was a revolution for luxury and accessibility. It offered new features that we'd never seen in a BMW before like Automatic Emergency Braking and semi-autonomous road going tech, something that we are looking to see much more of in the coming model. It was a logical break from the off-the-wall E60 generation that returned sensibility to the sedan.

Without the sixth generation, we would surely be seeing a much different model come release time. It became the best selling 5-Series of all time while being perhaps the most usable, offering Touring and Gran Turismo variants that kept the same spirit alive with added utility. It ushered in an era of 5-Series that saw success world wide, and that's something that BMW hopes to carry on with the seventh generation.

Crazy Ohio Dealership Now Selling 1,200-HP Ford Mustangs for $45K

In case you needed further proof that this decade is the golden age of muscle car performance, well, here you go: a dealership in Ohio is offering new twin-turbo Ford Mustangs capable of 1,200 horsepower for a starting price of $44,499. God bless America.

Lebanon Ford of Lebanon, Ohio, even whipped up a special name for their twin-turbo 'Stang build: the LFP Hellion. (LFP stands for "Lebanon Ford Performance," in case you were wondering.)

To build a Hellion, LFP takes a new Mustang GT and adds a pair of 62mm turbos, a set of Turbosmart VEE port bypass valves, and a big vertical flow dual inlet intercooler, as well as a cat-back exhaust. Add in the base price of the V-8 Mustang, and you come to a total price of $44,499—a sum that even includes labor costs.

The twin snails can be adjusted to supply anywhere from 5 to 30 pounds of boost, depending on how much juice the driver desires. While the higher figure equates to Bugatti Veyron Super Sport-like power figures, even the minimum amount dials the car up to around 600 horsepower at the crank.

Of course, if you want to really get the most out of this Mustang, you might want to spring for the second Hellion package. For an extra five grand, that adds on a few performance items—a fuel pump voltage booster, new fuel injectors, new halfshafts, and oil pump gears—likely to come in handy when pushing quadruple-digit horsepower figures out of a car that starts at $33,000.

If something about this rings a bell, that's likely because Lebanon Ford's steroidal Mustangs have graced this site before. In May 2016, The Drive spoke with the dealership about its 727-horsepower supercharged 'Stang setup, which it offers starting at a five-spot less than $40K.

Of course, if you'd rather spring for a stupidly-powerful forced-induction Mustang with a full factory warranty, you can always hold off for the 2018 Shelby GT500, likely due to debut sometime in the next six months. But clearly, if you're considering a 1,200-hp muscle car...waiting isn't your strong suit.

5 Best Complete Car Care Kits

The Drive's Car Care Roundup

We've taken the time to review and compile this list of best car cleaning kits. We looked for both quality and completeness. We feel that for a kit to be recommended here the cleaners, waxes and shines have to be of high quality and the kits should contain everything you need to fully clean the car. Ideally, the kit would include some sort of sponge, towel or mitt, bit not all do. All car care kits are readily available at Amazon and other major auto parts and big box stores Below are The Drive's recommended car cleaning kits.

Meguiar's Complete Car Care Kit

Meguiar's is a brand with a reputation for quality. We use Meguiar's products here at The Drive in our showroom and garage as well as at home. This car care kit includes one 16-ounce bottle of car wash shampoo, one 16-ounce bottle of liquid wax, one 16-ounce bottle of high gloss gel, one container of quick detailer, one 16-ounce bottle of interior detailer, two 50-gram clay bars in a clamshell container, one container of PlastX, one container of ScratchX, one microfiber towel, a foam applicator pad, and a microfiber wash mitt. You have to buy your bucket separately, both otherwise this kit is fully complete and high quality.

The Meguiar's car care kit has plenty of essential cleaners and polishes and the tools needed to apply them.

Meguiar's Complete Car Care Kit, at Amazon (4.5 stars, 821 reviews), $48.99

Armor All Complete Car Care Kit

Armor All is another trusted brand, known for quality at a decent price. This car cleaning kit is no exception. This is a smaller 4-piece kit focused on fluids, including a 10-ounce bottle of Armor All original protectant, a 16-ounce bottle of car wash, a 20-ounce bottle of foam tire protectant and 25 glass wipes. Lacking are the towels and mitts requires for the application of everything other than the glass wipes. Still, the price is nice if you already have the gear in the garage.

This kit of essentials is great if you already have the tools to do the job and is priced right.

Armor All Complete Car Care Kit, at Amazon (4.5 stars, 138 reviews), $13.47

Turtle Wax 5-Piece Complete Care Kit

Turtle Wax, another major brand, puts forth a kit with the minimum of fluids and a towel for a pretty nice starter kit. The quality is assured, and the bottles are right-sized for the price. Included in this starter car cleaning kit is a 16-ounce bottle of wash & wax, a 12-ounce spray bottle of wax, a 12-ounce spray bottle of tire shine, a 10.4-ounce bottle of interior protectant, and of course one microfiber towel.

This Turtle Wax kit is a nice mix of essentials in the right-sized bottles and brand name quality at a reasonable price.

Turtle Wax 5-Piece Complete Care Kit, at Amazon (4.5 stars, 11 reviews), $21.00

Duragloss 1049 Car Care Kit

A decent kit from Duragloss that provides plenty of fluids for thorough cleanings, probably best for those who wash their car less than monthly and don't sweat the detailing as much. And guess what, it even comes with its own bucket. Included is 16-ounces of car wash concentrate, 8-ounces of polish with applicator, 10-ounces of aerosol detailing spray, 8 ounces of pump spray vinyl and leather dressing and a 22-ounce pump spray bottle of wheel cleaner (which excels at removal of brake dust).

This car cleaning kit from Duragloss is no-nonsense and is best for deep cleaning operations.

Duragloss 1049 Car Care Kit, at Amazon (5 stars, 8 reviews), $32.57

3M Auto Essentials Car Care Kit

It says it all in what they named it. This is a car care kit of essentials from 3M, a company that knows what it's doing when it comes to solvents and cleaners. Quality is high with this spray-focused kit, and it should be since this kit isn't budget priced, especially considering the absence of tools and applicators. Still, it's a get-it-done lineup, all 16-ounce spray bottles, one leather and vinyl interior restorer, one all purpose scrub, one wax and one tire shine.

Nothing but the basics in the car care kit from 3M, but the quality is assured, the bottles are big and the instructions are simple.

3M Auto Essentials Car Care Kit, at Amazon (4.5 stars, 4 reviews), $35

Carrand Car Wash Bucket Kit

To finish off our roundup of car cleaning kits, here's one that compliments all the other liquid-focused kits nicely. This kit is implements only. So, pair it up with any of the other kits on this list and you'll be well stocked with both fluids and tools. This kit comes with a three-gallon bucket with lid, 3 microfiber towels, 2 microfiber applicator pads with reusable handle, a microfiber mitt, a lug nut brush and a 2-sided wheel detailer.

The perfect compliment to the car cleaning kits is this collection of tools.

Carrand 94108VA Car Wash Bucket Kit, at Amazon (No reviews), $30.45

10 Critical Driving Safety Tips From Bad Advice Uncle Charlie

I know it sounds like a cliche off something you'd see on TV Land, but I had an uncle named Charlie. My Uncle Charlie loved to give advice. For instance, he always told me that, at the beach, it was the “third wave that got you.” I’d swim out with confidence and a plan to avoid that third wave...and get clobbered by wave number two or four.

Another example: Uncle Charlie once told me to add Coca-Cola to house plants. I did. The roots rotted and my apartment smelled like a sewage treatment facility for six weeks.

Luckily, my Uncle Charlie didn’t know anything about cars. But if he did, he’d have knocked back a few whiskey sours and delivered the following pearls of wisdom. Please read in the voice of Burgess Meredith for extra realism.

Without further ado: Bad Advice from Mike Spinelli's Uncle Charlie.

1.) When driving in the rain, periodically slam on the brakes to test your traction.

2.) At night, leave your high beams on. Other drivers will appreciate that they can see you coming from further away.

3.) Never wear a seat belt. In an accident, it’s safer to be thrown as far from the wreckage as possible. Preferably a quarter-mile.

4.) If you have a blowout, slam on the brakes. It’s very important to make sure the other tires are a-okay.

5.) If you get a flat tire, change it in the middle of the street so people will stop and help you.

6.) Save a few bucks by replacing your windshield wipers with rolled-up newspapers. The ink moisturizes the glass and keeps it from breaking during thunderstorms.

7.) If your car is ever submerged in water, punch the window with your fist while yelling for help. When you get out, call your lawyer first before the police.

8.) Always keep a safety kit in your trunk with the following items in case of emergency:

a) Jumper cables, b.) An orange vest, c.) A shotgun, c.) Two cans of pork and beans, d.) A can opener, e.) An axe, f.) A bottle of good whiskey, g)., Bug spray, h.) Saltine crackers, i.) A roll of duct tape, j.) A roll of toilet paper (don’t get them confused in the dark), k.) A flare gun, l.) Waterproof matches, m.) A change of pants, m.) Your lawyer’s phone number.

9.) If you get into an accident and no one sees you, set the car on fire and walk away.

10.) When you're driving in the country, always scan the roadside for golfers (or did he mean gophers?).