For Sale! [May 2017 Edition]

27 05 2017

For sale! Is a monthly feature on Automotive Views focusing on cars available for purchase in Europe. None of the ads selected are featured in this blog due to any kind of sponsorship by the sellers.

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2006 Mercedes Benz McLaren SLR

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One of the most misunderstood – yet extraordinary – supercars, the SLR has been splitting opinions since it first came out. From looks to handling to performance, the SLR has equally passionate critics and fans; count us in on that second category. Dramatic looks, fantastic performance and featuring one of the most impressive amounts of breaking power ever given to a road car, the carbon fiber bodied, V8 powered (617 bhp) SLR does 0 to 60 in little over 3 seconds. Reliability has been truly great for this kind of car and it’s not surprising that prices for SLRs still are what they are.

 

Price: 263.786 € (295.335 USD)

For Sale in the UK

Seller: Amari

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2013 Maserati Gran Cabrio S

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In terms of modern convertibles, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better choice than the Gran Cabrio. Maserati hit it out of the park with this one, they really did. The looks are perfect, there’s no other word to describe it. Plus, with the Sport version you get a little bit more grunt but still keep the fantastic body which later versions like the MC Shift completely spoiled. Plus, isn’t this the most gorgeous shades or red you’ve ever seen on a car?

 

Price: 89.500 € (100.204 USD)

For Sale in the Netherlands

Seller: Wim Prins

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1996 BMW B12 Alpina Limousine

 

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So in the mid 90’s, if you were an important executive and needed to go to all the business meetings, but still wanted a little spiciness in your daily drive, what would you get? Well, Alpina proposed this: the B12. An E38 full of vitamin (geeeet it???), Alpina’s interpretation of the big BMW V12 executive sedan meant a power boost and revised handling. The one offered here for sale looks in need of a little TLC, but you may even get it for under the estimate auction price and it is A LOT of car for the money, so if you’re cool with maintenance costs, do us proud!

 

Price: Auction, estimated 19.500 TO 25.500 € (21.832 to 28.550 USD)

For Sale in the Netherlands

Seller: CataWiki

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2016 Jaguar Project 7

 

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A product of the recently created SVO division – Special Vehicles Operations – at Jaguar/Land Rover, the Project 7 is a back to basics concept: an F-Type platform that was made a little bit better in every aspect with more power, less weigh, better handling and killer looks reminiscent of the great Jags of old, the Project 7 is and always will be a desirable collectible. Limited production and generally very favorable reviews from press and owners alike made sure of that.

 

Price: 210.000 € (235.116 USD)

For Sale in Belgium

Seller: Car Cave

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1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

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The sexiest of the topless 911s, the Speedster pulls off the not at all easy trick of looking perfectly modern at – in this case – 28 years old. This particular example offered for sale is pretty much a brand new car with just over 1.600km, which begs the question: who would drive a gorgeous looking car like this so little? The color is Porsche’s “linen grey”, so there’s a sort of champagne undertone to it which makes it look even more appealing in the sunlight and that is what this car is all about, fun in the sun; top down, foot down.

 

Price: P.O.R.

For Sale in Belgium

Seller: Gipimotor

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1977 Lotus Esprit S1

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Honoring the memory of one of our favorite Bonds, Sir Roger Moore, we couldn’t let this month go by without finding a white S1 Esprit to feature. Recently restored and looking as great as it did back in 77, this little wedge of awesomeness makes us all wish that we had a submarine Lotus…but hey, just the real, stock car is pretty damn good as well!

 

Price: 68.500 € (76.693 USD)

For Sale in Germany

Seller: Springbok Sportwagen

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2011 Bentley Continental GT Supersports

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If there’s anything sexier than a stunning, triple black coupe…we don’t know about it. And when that coupe is – arguably – the finest of the Continental GTs, well…our only reaction can only be a massively enthusiastic “yes please!” The Continental GT gets a lot of hate because of the kind of less than subtle clientele which seems to have a fondness for it (even we’ve complained about that), but it really is a fantastic car. Looks great, does its job exceedingly well – becoming a benchmark for Grand Tourers –it’s as reliable as you can demand a car of this nature to be and it’s immensely comfortable and well made. Handling and agility were a couple of the points that seemed to get folks riled up about it, so in 2009 Bentley came up with this, the brilliant Supersports, a pumped up Continental on a diet, the (then) fastest, most powerful Bentley ever. AV is hopelessly in love with it, that’s why the upcoming 2017 generation of the Supersports kinda rubs us the wrong way; we’re sure it will be a pretty damn amazing ride, but the air intake palooza at the front and the rear spoiler ruin the classic beauty of the thing. Guess we’ll just keep on drooling over this one.

 

Price: 98.500 € (110.281 USD)

For Sale in Belgium

Seller: British & Sportscars

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For Sale! [October 2015 Edition]

29 10 2015

For sale! Is a monthly feature on Automotive Views focusing on cars available for purchase in Europe. None of the ads selected are featured in this blog due to any kind of sponsorship by the sellers.

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1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

In true US of A fashion, we begin this month’s “For Sale” with a hell of a bang in full shock and awe tactics. The Boss 429 is the bossiest boss a boss can be. A product of NASCAR necessity (beating the big bad Hemis), the engine for these super rare, super expensive Mustangs is so big that it had to be specially fitted at Kar Kraft, Ford’s laboratory of kookiness, having demanded changes to the shock towers, fenders, mounts, exhaust manifold, etc…Rated at 375hp not to freak out insurance companies and open the door to legal hassle, the Boss 429 actually packed well over 500hp from the factory which for a street car in 1969 is just insane…and glorious. A 2 year deal only, under 900 Boss 429’s saw the light of day in 69 with only 499 more being built the following year.
So if you got over a quarter of a million British pounds to spend, by all means pick this gorgeous unicorn up. It is excruciatingly stunning; the black jade paintjob makes me feel all funny and tingly inside and it’s thrilling to see how many original parts this thing still has. If you’re a hardcore purist only one thing is gonna bum you out and that is the block not being a numbers matching part; but it is a factory replacement and come on, if you can afford this car and that’s what puts you off it then we can’t be friends, I’m sorry.
What’s left to see here is if the European angle of this deal will pay off. Sure, the 429 has extra appeal on this side of the Atlantic, but the strong market for it is back in the US or possibly in Dubai. We’ll keep an eye on this one.

As a bonus, here’s a “home video” of Kar Kraft in 1969 (you can see the 429’s on the line). Warning, if you’re a Ford aficionado make sure you’re alone because this will make you all hot and bothered.

Price: € 379.415 (420.582 USD)
For Sale in the UK
Seller: Why Not Classics
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2014 Audi RS6

2014 Audi RS6

This friendly looking monster is pretty much a supercar with a big boot. If you need a family car with Italian exotic capabilities, this is the ride for you. A couple of months back, AV featured some of the best super wagons out there and of course, the RS6 was prominently featured so if you wanna know more about this 560bhp hauler just click here.
The RS6 offered for sale in this ad looks great in Audi’s “Daytona Grey” and it’s loaded with options, so fetch your check book, get the wagon and then let me borrow it because I’ve got some furniture to move and this seems way more fun for that job than a diesel transit.

Price: € 96.501 (106.971 USD)
For Sale in the UK
Seller: Alexanders Prestige
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1976 Jaguar XJC

1976 Jaguar XJC

The XJC is one of the most attractive Jaguars ever made. No, scratch that, it’s one of the most attractive coupes ever; let’s not limit its sexiness to Jag’s lineup, this is a hell of handsome car by any measure. Based on the beautiful and oh so terrible XJ Series II, the XJC features a stylish pilarless design and could be bough with either a 4.2 in line 6 or 5.3 V12. It was also badged both as Jaguar and Daimler (don’t get me started on that…); the particular one featured in the ad is a Daimler badge car which means we have to call it the “double six” instead of XJ12C. Tomato, tomahto.
Besides being already a pretty special and rare Jag, this one has the added bonus for European buyers (it shows on the price though) of being a left hand drive car. The seller claims the XJC did 75.000 miles from new and just had a “full mechanical overhaul”. Well it certainly looks fantastic and even the vinyl roof is said to be original. I’ve gotta say, the classic black and while color scheme works really well on the Jag.

Price: € 38.500 (42.977 USD)
For Sale in Spain
Seller: Auto Storica
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1994 Alpina B12

1994 Alpina B12

Ah, the E31 BMW…so much to say, so little time. Even car guys and gals who usually aren’t particular fans of bimmers seem to have a soft spot for the big 8 series and it’s not that hard to see why. These are incredibly distinctive cars and absolutely nothing that came before or after looks like them. Like the Jag we were just talking about, the 8 series coupes went with the pillarless look, making the design so clean that even the Mr. of the same name would be proud of it (you’ll end up getting that one). You could have the stunning E31 with either a V8 or a V12 and you’d be smart to option for the first because the V12 in these is as reliable as the word of a third world war lord. Being more two 6 cylinder engines welded together than a proper 12 cylinder, the two sides of the E31’s heart don’t really communicate that well and often end up giving up on life, making the engine just one big ol’ paperweight. A lot of issues are due to the electronics which are hopeless and suck the titanic batteries dry in no time, after which the whole system will develop even more problems. Fun! But let’s be serious, when everything is working properly these are a force of nature and of course, the V12’s are the most charismatic ones, especially that moving work of fine art formally known as 850 CSi…sigh…
If the big bad CSi isn’t good enough for you, there’s this, the Alpina B12. It doesn’t just feature some swanky graphics and fancy rims, no Sir…it goes like it’s on fire. Alpina gave the E31 about 40 more hp for good measure, allowing the B12 to go from 0 to 60 in 5.8 seconds which isn’t all that impressive until you remember the car only weighs slightly less than Australia.
The one being offered for sale is one of just 57, 5.7 (gettttt it?) B12’s and damn is it beautiful!

Price: € 99.000 (109.742 USD)
For Sale in Germany
Seller: Go 911
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1983 Aston Martin Lagonda

1983 Aston Martin Lagonda

I’m blue in the face from talking about the Lagonda so much. Yes, it is utterly terrible but it has always been one of my favorite cars and I couldn’t help but feature this one here as well because of just how fantastic it looks: black with a red leather interior; doesn’t get any better than that. It does however have (to go with its many, many problems) a cool history. Shipped new to Dubai, it got back to England in the 1980’s where it was sold to France in the early 90’s. Very international.
It is a lot of car for the money so if you’re immune to headaches, don’t mind burning cash for fun and, like me, can’t resist the charm of these big, stunning/ugly things…it’s waiting for you.

Price: Auction, estimated € 18.000 to 23.000 (19.953 to 25.496 USD)
For Sale in France
Seller: Aguttes
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1980 Lotus Eclat S2

1980 Lotus Eclat

The Eclat doesn’t exactly have a claim to fame. If you’re into ugly/strange/wedgy cars, you’ll like it; if not, it probably flew right under your radar till just right now. Personally, I find it charming and it’s not like you’d lose it in the parking lot or anything…
An evolution of the equally…unique…Elite, the Eclat was first equipped with a 160hp 4 cylinder engine which was later upgraded to a 160hp 4 cylinder engine! Yes, revolutionary. But it is a Lotus so you’ve got great handling and since it weighs just over a ton, it wasn’t bad to drive. This particular (and very, very green) Eclat has been on and off the market for a few years now, having the extra appeal of having belonged to Colin Chapman. It was then donated by the man himself to his friend Gerard Crombac who kept it till death in 2005.

Price: € 35.000 (38.798 USD)
For Sale in Belgium
Seller: Albion Motorcars
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1989 Bentley Turbo R

1989 Bentley Turbo R

Common sense would dictate that a 1980’s Bentley wouldn’t be very good, that it would handle terribly, be unreliable and underpowered. However, this isn’t just any old relic from the synthesizer era. The Turbo R is actually one of Bentley’s finest moments; it set the tone for the company as we know it today, a company that in recent years gave us wondrous gifts as the Continental Supersports and the Brooklands. It could go on about the Turbo R, but why not hear it all from someone who has one and actually knows what he’s talking about: Mr. Leno.

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Price: € 19.900 (22.059 USD)
For Sale in Germany
Seller: Bentley Dusseldorf
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1962 Commer Van Ambulance

1962 Commer Van Ambulance

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I had a laugh about this and hopefully some of you will as well. While scrolling through a popular classic car website, I saw this ambulance and it immediately felt familiar, but at first I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Thankfully the seller helped me out by including a picture of the Corgi Toys version of the real thing. The Commer Van was immortalized by Corgi in several variations, some of which allowed kids to actually interchange parts of different spec ones (police van, ambulance, cargo van…). The one in the bottom picture is mine, I bought it some time ago online, it arrived missing the interior and when I complained, the seller never replied to me again. Ah the joys of online purchases!
The real one being offered for sale does have an interior though and it seems to be in pretty alright condition for an original vehicle. Here’s the chance to upgrade from a toy Corgi to a real one.

Price: P.O.R.
For Sale in The Netherlands
Seller: Private Seller
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