Ringo Starr, (born Richard Starkey in 1940) the Beatles drummer, once owned this 1964 Facel Vega Facel II – ‘the world’s fastest four-seater’ - which is estimated to sell for £300,000 - £350,000 at Bonhams sale on Sunday, December 1, 2013, in New Bond Street, London.

Powered by a 390bhp Chrysler Typhoon engine and with elegant bodywork by Jean Daninos it combined muscle and traditional looks with a whopping price tag of £5,570, a huge price for a car at the time. The car was delivered to Ringo’s home in Weybridge, Surrey. This glamorous grand tourer was perfect for long motorway runs with its huge V8 engine making light work of it. The car’s current owner has it ensured for £500,000.

Ringo owned the car for a total of four years after buying it directly from the stand at Earls Court Motor Show in 1964. Credited with singing lead vocals on ’With a little help from my friends’ and ‘Yellow Submarine’, he was co-writer of ‘Don’t Pass Me By’ and Octopus’s Garden’. When the Beatles formed in 1960 he was a member of another group, joining the Beatles in 1962 replacing Pete Best. Within two years he was shopping at Earls Court for this superb French car, one of only two such cars produced.

Ringo must have felt that he more than deserved a special car. The Beatles songs practically dominated the airwaves in the 1960's. This was especially true in 1964 when, for nine consecutive weeks the group held the top two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 with various singles and during that period the top five singles on the Billboard Hot 100 were all Beatles singles: ‘Can't Buy Me Love’  ‘Twist and Shout’  ‘She Loves You’ and ‘I Want to Hold You Hand’ dominated the airwaves.

Ringo Starr's car. Chassis HK2 B160, a Right Hand Drive Facel Vega Facel II, bought new by Ringo, was one of only two such cars with the larger 6.7 Litre engine and manual gearbox and the very last of only 26 RHD Facel II’s produced

In its relatively short life, the French firm of Facel produced approximately 2,900 cars, all of which were stylish, luxurious and fast. Hand built, they were necessarily very expensive – the Facel II was priced in Rolls-Royce territory – and bought by the rich and famous seeking something exclusive and distinctive. The roll call of owners includes royalty, politicians, diplomats and entertainers: Tony Curtis, Danny Kaye, Ringo Starr, Joan Fontaine and Ava Gardner being counted among the latter. Confirming that there was high-performance substance behind Facel's unquestionable style, they were owned and driven by great motor racing figures such as Sir Stirling Moss, Maurice Trintignant and Rob Walker.

Launched in 1961, the Facel II was destined to be the last of the V8-engined models, production ceasing in 1964 after an unsuccessful venture into engine manufacture effectively bankrupted the company. Production of the preceding HK500 amounted to only 500-or-so units between 1958 and 1961 and that of the Facel II to a mere 182 (26 RHD). Today these rare Franco-American classics are highly sought after.

Sholto Gilbertson, a director in Bonhams Collectors Car department, comments: “This car has to be one of the rarest and most collectable modern classic cars given its almost unique engineering and its place as part of pop music history. As Ringo drove this car he would have listened on the car radio to the Beatles total domination of the pop charts. The sale of this car represents a once in a lifetime opportunity for anyone who loves cars and the Beatles.”

For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com.

With an entrance heralded by the vocals of J-Lo, Fiat has taken the dance floor of the American auto industry by storm.  Through its tumultuous history and near collapse, Fiat retreated to its roots, which date back to 1899.  Rebounding in 2005 with reinvented and reimagined autos, they are now the smooth, sexy Italian we can’t wait to get our hands on.

The latest addition to the Fiat line-up is the 2014 Fiat 500L.  The 500L is the quirky big brother in the Fiat family line-up we have seen jetting around town.  Featuring 123 cubic feet on the inside, the FIAT 500L has state-of-the-art technology, great  convenient storage, generous headroom and legroom (big surprise in such small car), and  stylish leather-trimmed, heated front seats, and a 360-degree views of the surroundings, a luxury that can’t be found in other cars. This model will make you feel comfortable wherever you drive. 

With four stylish models; Pop, Easy, Trekking and Lounge, the 500L has something special for any driver.   All models come with a standard 1.4 Liter I4 MultiAir ® Turbo Engine, disc brakes, and a zippy 6-speed transmission all neatly packed in a sturdy, yet compact lenght of 13 feet frame.  

The sumptuous Italian styling is in every detail of this ca, including  seats that comfort and cradle, from the lower-end models that feature cloth seats to the high-end offers heated leather front seats with 4-way lumbar  support. All models are loaded with a Beats audio system with full media hub which satisfies everyone, especially the audiophile and techno-geeks among us. 
The 500L’s four models Pop, Easy, Trekking and Lounge retail for an MSRP of $19,100 - $24,195, respectively.  All models come with a 50,000 mile/48month basic and powertrain warranties, 48 months of unlimited roadside assistant, and boast enough safety and security features to make OSHA blush. 

These models are great options for any driver.  I can guaranteed you that he new Fiats will make your driving experience larger than life. 

by David Cohen

In April, Toyota announced that sales of their Prius hybrid car family had surpassed five million!  A cause for celebration considering their hybrid sales only began in 2007. Today, Americans are looking for more fuel-efficient vehicles because of the concern about the environment, ever-rising gasoline prices, depleting natural oil resources or just for the style points.

What  should you know if you decide to buy a gasoline-electric hybrid?

Fuel Economy: 
The reality is that the fuel economy numbers posted on a vehicle's window sticker aren’t the acutual mileage figures. These numbers come from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emission testing procedures. You need to know that your individual driving habits, weather conditions, terrain, and the maintenance condition of the vehicle will affect the mileage that you will get overall. 

A Consumer Reports study noted that the Prius  got 44 mpg in reality, not the posted city and highway rating of 55 mpg.

Cost & Resale: 
On the front end, Hybrid vehicles are priced higher than gasoline powered cars. Years after the phase-out of the hybrid tax credit, this is real, out of pocket costs felt by buyers.

On the back end, Hybrids store electric energy in large battery packs. These packs are warranted for eight to ten years, depending on the manufacturer. Today, the prices are about $3,000 each, but it is uncertain what the replacement costs will be down the road. As a result, their resale value isn’t strong  

Today’s hybrids wouldn't be possible without electronic engine controls that modulate the smooth working of these two systems together and manage power delivery to maximize fuel efficiency. 

When it’s time to service your car you will have to take your hybrid car to the local dealer for service, where the technicians have received specialized training, rather than a neighborhood garage.  

People also concern of the danger of electric shock when working on a disabled or crashed gas-electric hybrid vehicle. Manufacturers assure us that safeguards are in place and that computers on board the vehicles have a series of safety checks that are designed to avoid problems. In addition to this the hybrid battery packs are toxic but the automakers insist that the hydride batteries are recyclable. I know  for sure that hybrids are far cleaner in emission properties than conventional gasoline vehicles.

Bottom Line:
If you want to maximize on gas use, you need to find a smaller lightweight vehicle with four-cylinder engines, rather than V6s or V8s. So my choice is the Toyota Corolla which recieved good fuel economy ratings and cost a lot less the the Toyata Prius. Several auto analysts figure that the popularity of hybrids will lower their prices in the future but time will tell.

 by David Cohen

With razor-sharp handling and a rocking power-to-weight ratio, the subcompact 2013 Mazda2 delivers exhilarating fun, a beautiful bodyline sporty lines, an EPA-estimated 35 MPG on the highway and 29 in the city. This Mazda2 has unexpected standard features—such as an MP3 compatible audio system and remote keyless entry—with plenty of interior room to spare. this model won 48 international awards  and for the price of $16,210, this vehicle is the one that nobody would be able to beat. 
by David Cohen

Who would have though that we would ever see the day when a Kia would be priced at over $34,000? 
Kia has released the pricing details on the new Kia Optima SX with a Limited Package and if you’re interested get ready to fork out a starting price of $34,500. Of course, there aren’t many options since the Optima SXL comes totally fully-loaded with all the bells and whistles – but when you do add the $775 destination fee, you’re looking at a total of $35,275. “With the arrival of the Optima SXL, the Kia brand propels itself into a more premium class, which is something consumers have told us they want to see when they walk into our showrooms,” said Tom Loveless, Kia Motors America executive vice president, in a recent statement. The Limited version uses the same 2.0-liter turbocharged engine to offer 274 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. This price includes 18-inch chrome wheels, red brake calipers, and LED lighting. The Cabin is luxurious, and by adding wood grain accents, high-grade Nappa leather and an electronic parking brake the Kia is ready to compete with the top luxury models such as BMW 328i and the Mercedes C250 and others. The future will show if the Kia Optima SX Limited will conquor a spot among the industry luxuriy top guns, but I will not be surprised if it will. 
The 2013 Cadillac is luxurious, powerfull, lighter then ever before and it is full efficient. The Cadilac ATS is fun-to-drive and was designed to challenge the world’s best luxury sport sedans. The sophisticated Luxury vehicle offers a 2.5L direct-injected four-cylinder 202HP engine, a 2.0L Turbo direct-injected four-cylinder 272HP engine and a 3.6L direct-injected V6 321HP engine. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard with a Tremec 6-speed manual available on the Turbo. Technological features include the CUE (Cadillac User Experience)5 that intuitively connects you to a world of information, communication and entertainment. In addition, the Luxury Collection also comes with race-inspired front Brembo® brakes and 8-way power-adjustable front seats plus 2-way power lumbar adjustment and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat with center trunk pass-through.  Price starts at $37,590.
by David Cohen

Known for its ability to push boundaries, the 2013 Jeep® Wrangler 4x4 is the only 4x4 convertible SUV with  an open-air design that intensifies the off-road outdoor experience. This Jeep became the most recognized icon all over the world, for it’s classic seven-slot grille and round headlamps, and for it’s  original 4x4  classic design that never goes out of style. 

This vehicle offers the ultimate in performance without compromising a thing in the making. The Jeep® Wrangler has efficient Pentastar® V6 engine that can drive up to 391 miles on a tank of gas. This powerful V6 engine was voted as one of Ward's 10 Best Engines for 2012, still remains the most fun SUV on the market, and delivers 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

The Wrangler comes with a Sunrider® Soft Top with easier operation, or you can choose the premium soft top material for an upgraded appearance, a packaged with Dual Top option. 
The convenient Lift Assist feature is a new feature for 2013 and it helps ease the lowering of the top Wrangler holds true to its rugged heritage but didnt compremise any comfort in ride and handling. 

With ergonomics designs and improved reduction in Noise, Vibration, Handling or NVH, you will be driving in total comfort wherever you go. Some of those comfort features include: new leather trim seats with embroidered stitching, improved Premium Tire Pressure Monitoring System, illuminated cup holders, lighting in the foot well and new auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated LED map lights. The Alpine® Premium Sound System has seven speakers, including a subwoofer that will make any song sound better.

Overall the Jeep® vehicle capability is legendary. With more then 70 years of experience and real-world testing, the  4x4 capability still remains the cornerstone of the Jeep brand. All the 2013 Wrangler models come equipped with a Trail Rated® 4WD system as standard equipment, but Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon and Sahara come with new wheels for 2013.
Ranked fourteen (14) in Affordable Compact SUVs, twelve (12) in Off-Road SUVs, and nine (9) in Affordable Convertibles, the Jeep® wrangler is the best buy for the most capable off-the road vehicle on the market.  There is no doubt that the 2013 Jeep Wrangler is a fun car to drive which kept its identify as a tribute to its real heritage of being rugged but mow also refine.

by David Cohen

Purposely design for balance, aerodynamics, expression, superior grip and steering response, you should get behind the wheel of the Infinity FX 37 AWD to experience the unprecedented thrill of instant acceleration and efficiency.

The All-Wheel Drive provides the power to the driver when he needs it, and instantly can adapt to any changes in  conditions, while enhancing the traction, control, and performance. The Infinity FX37 AWD luxury car comes with  390-hp, 5.0-liter V8, dual intake, 7-speed automatic transmission that will make your driving journey an inspiration.

With leather seating and Maple interior accents, the cockpit  can be  tailored the fit for comfort and driving support you like and need. The Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) keeps the air in your cabin clean and shuts the air vents when exhaust fumes are detected, while the Grape Polyphenol Filter removes the neutralize line airborne germs.

The Around View® Monitor with advanced technology, giving you a virtual 360° look of what’s around, alerting the driver to moving objects, and can help navigate the car into the tightest spaces.

Distance Control Technologies help you move with the flow. The Intelligent Cruise Control can add speed, maintain distance, and re­–accelerates the car to your pre-set speed and distance as traffic flow picks up. 

The Navigation System features a Voice Recognition and NavTraffic which delivers detailed traffic information provided by SiriusXM and more.

Bose® Premium Audio System with 11 speakers and two subwoofers, compatible Bluetooth®, XM® Satellite Radio, aconnection to  iPod® via the USB port, and a Dual DVD Entertainment System for front and rear passangers. 

For safty, The Forward Collision Warning (FCW) helps alert the driver of a potential collision by providing a visual and audible warning.  The Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) automatically engages the brakes to help reduce collision speed and impact, helping to  avoid an accident.

The Traction Control System senses wheel spin and automatically reduces engine output and/or brakes the spinning wheel to help give you surer foothold. The Traction Control System, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)  adjusting the power levels and applying appropriate brake pressure to individual wheels to help correct oversteer or understeer, helping keep the vehicle on the steered path

The Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) helps keep your vehicle from unintentionally drifting from your lane.  the system first sounds an audible warning. Then it will lightly apply selected brakes to help ease your vehicle back into its lane.

To ensure your total satisfaction, the Infiniti Personal Assistant program will always be there to answer any question or concern you might have!   All you have to do is to purchase the Infinity FX37 AWD for $44,950.
by David Cohen

As you turn the key you will discover the control the 2013 Subaru Limited has. The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and the technology of the Subaru Boxer engine are the elements that Subaru keeps on refining. This unique combo allowing the system to be lower to the ground, and provides the Subaru Limited with power, balance and safety.  All that can captivate the road and the imagination of any driver as he drives away controlling every turn he makes.

The traction and stability on any road and any terrain is what set the Subaru Limited miles ahead of any other car makers. The active safety systems will always be ready to help getting the driver out of any danger that comes his way, and that will prevent accidents before they happen.

Mounting the front suspension to the cradle frame in the Legacy improves the steering response and delivering an enjoyable and comfortable journey, backed by safety and reliability. The system constantly keeps the engine in a speed range resulting in outstanding fuel efficiency and with a linear acceleration. The system can be operated in manual mode with the 6-speed paddle shift offering super fast shift response. This takes the general concept of the continuously variable transmission to new heights, allowing the driver to enjoy sporty gear changes whenever they wan

Subaru has created a highly rigid and lightweight body by comprehensively using aluminim materials and high tensile steel plates throughout the vehicle. The outstanding aerodynamics design values contributing to a stable high-speed driving and better fuel efficiency. 

The “SI-DRIVE” advanced driving control system allows the driver to switch between 3 different modes ranging from gentle power delivery to a sporty mode with super sharp response.

The elevated ambiance of the interior, and he high standards of the features, all positioning the Subaru Limited as comfortable and convenient vehicle that any driver will want to find on his wish list. 

The Subaru Limited can be yours at the price of $33,677.