European Deal Toys: Cars, Bikes, Private Equity & 290 hp!

CR7 just bought a new car…

Fresh off Portugal’s Euro 2016 victory, Cristiano Ronaldo—whose automobiles, wrecked or otherwise, have figured prominently in this blog—just purchased a $2.27 million Bugatti Veyron, aka “the fastest legal road car in the world”.

But don’t be too jealous; he hasn’t been able to drive it yet….

He’s still on holiday in Ibiza.

You, on the other hand, don’t have to wait. Take a quick run right now through our exciting gallery featuring, fast cars, private equity, spare parts, and much more!

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Private equity firm Investindustrial’s holdings include both Aston Martin and Ducati. As part of its 90th anniversary celebration, Ducati will be releasing this month the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario, a limited edition “superbike” with 205 hp.

6ALR272_mod (1)Even before this Euro issue, Chicago-based LKQ had purchased Rhiag—another provider of aftermarket spare parts— headquartered in Pero, Italy.

6AJI691_modAuto Components Europe (ACE) produces brake components. It has production facilities in Poland, Spain, and the Czech Republic.

6LACA70_modMonaco-based MECAPLAST produced its first auto part in 1964. It was a plastic fan for the Peugeot 204. (The bestselling car in France between 1969 and 1971, the 204 was not produced after 1976). Equistone resulted from a management buyout of what had been Barclays Private Equity.

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The “Shaguar” featured in the 2002 Austin Powers movie “Goldmember” resulted in a 73% spike in XK8 sales. There were actually three seemingly identical cars used in shooting the film—-distinguishable only by relatively subtle variations in the Union Jack paint scheme. It has 290 hp.

6ASHB23_modGoodyear announced in March the relocation of its European technical center to a new 34-acre “automotive campus” being built in Bissen, Luxembourg. The facility will house 4,000 employees, including 1,000 scientists, engineers, and technicians.

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Alliance is a spare parts provider to over 25,000 auto centers, and repair and body shops in France and the UK.

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