For Sale! [April 2017 Edition]

29 04 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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1988 Lamborghini LM 002

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Lamborghini’s LM002 might be the best worst idea anyone has ever had. Based on the Cheetah prototype, a testbed for the concept of a tough, H1-like all terrain vehicle for the US military, the LM002 is a huge, fairly capable offroader with a raging old school V12 under the hood, because reasons. Nicknamed the “Rambo Lambo”, with a production run of under 350 units, the LM002 is rare, unique and oh so expensive to maintain (a set of Scorpion Zero Pirelli tires for it will set you back 15 grand +), but also extremely cool.  A polarizing ride, some love it, others hate it. Count us in on the first group.

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Price: P.O.R.

For Sale in the UK

Seller: DK Engineering

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1965 Mercedes Benz 300 SEL 6.3

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If you want to ride in style, you get a vintage Mercedes. There’s absolutely nothing better and surprisingly, one of the greatest, most iconic cars the company has ever made still isn’t ridiculously expensive and as such, still within reach of a lucky few. The 300 SEL 6.3 is the result of sheer technical skill and boldness. Mercedes had the amazing W100, a stylish, over-engineered up the wazoo mammoth-size creation, a halo car before the concept was even invented. The W100 was powered by an extremely capable 6.3 V8 and of course, eventually someone in the company entertained the time honored thought of “what if we put a big engine in a small(ish) car?”. And so, in secret, the 300 SEL 6.3 was developed and eventually presented to the MB bosses who loved it and fast tracked it to production.

A serious classic, for serious drivers and the epitome of cool (McQueen had one and he loved it, so if you ever needed a seal of approval for a car, that qualifies for sure).

 

Price: €80.000 (95.200 USD)

For Sale in Germany

Seller: Kautschuk-Klassik

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1981 DeLorean DMC 12

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If it hadn’t been immortalized in “Back to the Future”, the DeLorean’s only claim to fame would be its gullwing doors and the infamous way in which the company went out of business. The ratio of what’s wrong and right on a DeLorean leans heavily to the “wrongs” side of the scale, but still…there’s plenty to love about it. The unique styling is a huge plus for the DMC 12 and the car didn’t just look futuristic, it actually went out on a limb and tried to be innovative. The body is stainless steel, unpainted, the structure is fiberglass; the engine lets it down…and so do the electrics…and the handling. But hey, it’s a DeLorean! Looks amazing. Plus, the good thing is that the DeLorean Motor Company is very much in business (unrelated to the original one). DMC Texas stocks all the original parts for these things because they bought them in bulk from the original factory, so you always have where to get bits and pieces if you need them.

 

Price: Auction. Estimated € 33.174 to 37.882 (36.229 to 41.405 USD)

For Sale in the UK

Seller: Silverstone auctions

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1985 Ferrari 308 GTS QV V12 Custom

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First things first: if you’re a car collector or Ferrari enthusiast and you haven’t bought a 308 yet, this is your friendly reminder to do so immediately. Prices still aren’t bonkers, but they’ll get there in no time. That being said, if you’d like a 308 which packs a little more punch than the original, then this is the car for you. Check out the auction house story on this pretty, crazy, blue Selleck-mobile:

“[I]ts first owner was rather disappointed in the Ferrari’s power output. The somewhat unorthodox solution was for Nigel Hudson, then at Nigel Mansell’s Ferrari main dealership network Emblem Sports Cars, to engineer and squeeze a brand-new Ferrari 400 series V12 engine into the bay. This work was carried out to a very high standard and was completed in the late 1980s. The results are quite astonishing. The 4.8 Litre, 4-cam, Ferrari V12 is known affectionately as “Nigel’s Flyer” and must be seen to be fully appreciated. This example is one of just four known 308s worldwide that boast a V12 Ferrari engine. The current owner found the car in 2013, following a 10-year stint in dry-storage, and he entrusted it to the very man that originally converted it. Nigel Hudson, now under his own name, began a two-year, no expense spared, re-commissioning.

 

Price: Auction. Estimated € 59.191 to 71.029 (66.695 to 77.634 USD)

For Sale in the UK

Seller: Silverstone auctions

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1975 Lamborghini Countach

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Possibly the yellowest Lamborghini that has ever yellowed, this 1975 Countach is a rare odd bird. When the Countach first came out in 74, people went nuts over it. Another stroke of genius from Master designer Marcello Gandini, the Countach looked like it had just been dropped off on earth by some alien race far more technologically advanced than us. Over the years, the Countach gained weight, grew a humongous wing and just generally deviated further and further from its original design and, some would argue, appeal.

Originally delivered to Prince Mansour Bin Mashal of Saudi Arabia, this “Periscopica” (referring to the periscope-like rear view mirror mounted on the roof; notice there are no side mirrors on the car) Countach is as subtle as a punch to the gut and yet, endlessly charismatic.

 

Price: P.O.R.

For Sale in Italy

Seller: Sotheby’sSotheby’s

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2000 Bentley Arnage Red Label

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How cheap is a cheap Bentley? Fairly cheap – by luxury car standards anyway. Should you get one? We’re not going anywhere near that argument today…However, what can be said in all fairness about the Arnage is that it’s a handsome (minus the rear, but Bentley hasn’t made a decent rear in a car since forever and an eternity ago), capable car. A twin brother of Rolls Royce’s Silver Seraph, the Arnage was, for a time and even with over 2 and a half tons to drag around, the fastest 4 door car you could buy. But its production run was plagued by issues regarding the engines, a subject which led to the distinction between Green and Red label Arnages; the green label cars had a BMW 4.4L V8 which was met with suspicion by Bentley’s clients and whaled on by the auto press, while the red label ones went back to Bentley’s heart of choice, a 6.75L (Rolls Royce) adapted from the amazing and all round far more balanced and accomplished Turbo R. However, the adaptation wasn’t a complete success (a rushed process; there were issues with the gear box as well) and red label Arnages, despite still more desirable, have dealt with their fair share of reliability issues.

But still, it is a lot of car for your money. Plus, it’s a driver’s car – with all the entails – and the interiors are, as you’d expect, the definition of luxury. Of course, one has to understand these aren’t really aimed at the casual buyer, but more towards the brand loyalist or the very well to do people who want to stand out and take it a step above the big German sedans; as such, this is not the crowd who usually sweats stuff like massive fuel consumption and high maintenance costs.

 

Price: € 45.979 (50.255 USD)

For Sale in Switzerland

Seller: Elite Garage AG

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2009 Mercedes Benz SL65 AMG Black Series

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AMG Mercedes have never been boring, but the Black Series label has stepped up the game for these things. The blackest of the blacks is this: the SL65. It takes the basics or a regular 65, gets rid of everything it doesn’t need and dials up everything else. The dually turbocharged V12 puts out 661bhp, the whole car is 250kg lighter than a regular SL65 and Mercedes even got rid of the folding metal roof to save weight. The suspension is concrete-hard to improve handling (at the complete expense of ANY comfort whatsoever) and the handling…well, the handling is up to the electronics. TCS is either on or off; on it will be overly intrusive to keep the back wheels from spinning out of control and off, it will slightly murder you. The SL65 black is a strange, expensive, mad, beautiful thing.

 

Price: € 254.519 (278.189 USD)

For Sale in the UK

Seller: Jeremy Cottingham

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1966 Jaguar F.T. Bertone

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Last but certainly not least this month, something truly special: the F.T. Bertone Jag. One of only two ever made. F.T. stands for Ferruchio Tarchini, the Italian importer for Jaguar who commissioned these amazing re-imaginings of what a Jag could be. Based on the 420, Tarchini had Carrozzeria Bertone build the first of the 2 four seater coupes not just as a show car, but a starting point of a limited production run. Sadly, the idea didn’t take off and only the show car and one production unit ended up being made. With the 1966 Geneva Motor Show car still belonging to the Tarchini family, this is the only example available for purchase. Back in 2012 it sold at auction for just under 90.000 Euros and now it’s back, it has a different paint job (very nice color on itself, but we’d have preferred to see it in the original one since it’s such a unique car) and it’s ready to steal someone’s heart.

 

Price: P.O.R

For Sale in France

Seller: GTC

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For Sale! [Artcurial Retromobile 2015 Sale Special Edition]

21 01 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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Welcome to the New Year! We’re starting this one off with some very special stuff. Next February 6th, Artcurial Motorcars will be holding its Retromobile Sale in Paris. Now, there are a lot of great cars in the catalogue but this particular event will be especially interesting because it features some of the gems from the big, BIG barn find from December of last year which uncovered treasures like Alain Delon’s 1961 SWB California. You can read about it see some astonishing pictures of the finds in their untouched condition on this Classic Driver article. I felt Automotive Views simply could not let this Sale pass without focusing on a few of the precious entries, so this month’s “For Sale!” invites you to grab your wallet and head straight to the city of lights.

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1988 Lamborghini LM 002

Lamborghini LM002 Do you really need a V12 off roader made by Lamborghini and which only uses special 1000 dollar a piece Pirelli tires? Of course you do, especially if your name is preceded by “Sultan”, “Emir” or “Sheikh”. In 1977 Lamborghini came up with the “Cheetah”, a prototype military vehicle which was meant to be pitched – I kid you not – to the US military. Can you imagine US forces driving around in Lamborghinis instead of Humvees? Well that – sadly – never happened, so Lamborghini ended up losing the rear mounted Chrysler V8, stuffing one of their Countach V12 in the front and voilà, the “Rambo Lambo” was born. If you absolutely need to cross deserts in style and in a hurry, this 290 liter tank mammoth is definitely the ride for you.

Price: Auction – estimated 110.000€ to 140.000€
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1959 Facel Vega Excellence

Facel Vega ExcellenceOld world charm with new world muscle. The Excellence is one of the very best French cars ever made, certainly one of the most beautiful ones as well. Luxurious, fast, rare, and exclusive, this particular Excellence was completely restored (body off) a little over a decade ago so it should be in pretty good shape. No other car in the world will make you look as stylish as the Excellence.

Price: Auction – estimated 170.000€ to 210.0000€
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1965 Aston Martin DB5

Aston Martin DB5Let’s face it, no one is completely immune to the Bond magic and ever since “Goldfinger” the DB5 is synonymous with good old James. But that’s definitely not the totality of its merit. The DB5 is a gorgeous, capable grand tourer that helped define performance and luxury standards in the 1960’s. An inline 6 with 282bhp gets the DB5 running all the way up to 143mph and this particular example was already equipped with the better ZF 5 speed gearbox (originally these models had a 4 speed with optional overdrive). Mechanically in good shape and painted in this particularly fetching “Goodwood green” tone, this lovely DB5 should fetch quite a good price.

Price: Auction – estimated 625.000€ to 675.0000€
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1968 Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada

1968 Bizzarrini 5300 GT StradaAgain, you’ve got to love the American muscle/European design “marriage”. Sure, this kind of cars can be a pain (maintenance and reliability-wise) due to component compatibility (more specifically, the frequent lack thereof) but just look at how unique and amazing these creations are…and amongst this already very restrict and distinct automotive family branch, few things are as unique and as amazing as this: the Bizzarrini 5300GT Strada. Just look at that wonder of a body; the complexity of the shape alone would confuse the hell out of any computer trying to come up with something even remotely similar today. The 5300GT Strada is heartwarmingly fluid and natural; you can see the old fashion genius and craft that went into creating this unbelievable design. Plus, the Corvette heart insures the Bizzarrini is no slouch either. If you don’t know much about the Bizzarrini/ISO relationship (and subsequent “wonder twins” Grifo A3C and 5300 GT Strada), go read a little bit about because it’s a fascinating story. From the great master’s (Giotto Bizzarrini) depart from Ferrari to the split between Iso and Bizarrini, there’s information and fun facts to keep you busy for hours.

Price: Auction – estimated 550.000€ to 650.0000€
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1989 Citroen CX by Nilsson

Citroen CX NilssonFeeling Presidential? Have I got something for you…heir to the DS legacy of luxury and comfort, the CX was always a unique looking automobile (personally I’d call it handsome but, as with all old Citroens, looks are a highly subjective issue and beauty is, in this case, truly in the eye of the beholder); however, this Nilsson version is even more interesting and appealing. Back in 1989, a big celebration was being prepared in the GDR (German Democratic Republic): its 40th anniversary. French President François Mitterrand was a guest of honor and as such, the GDR government commissioned 2 special limousine CXs from a Swedish company called Nilsson. Thus, this stately creation was born. Sadly though it would prove itself useful because, as you know, 1989 was also the year of the fall of the Berlin Wall, so no visit, no celebration, no CX limo glory. On the plus side you can now buy a – pretty much – new, charming and unique limousine for a relatively low price.

Price: Auction – estimated 40.000€ to 60.0000€
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1956 Maserati A6G 2000 Gran Sport Berlinetta Frua

Maserati A6G Frua BerlinettaThe first of the 2 barn finds I selected to feature on this special “For Sale!” edition is the elegant A6G Frua. This is one of the very best, rarer mid/late 50’s grand tourers with a total of just 4 units made by Frua in this berlinetta configuration. This isn’t just an achingly beautiful car; it was also tremendously advanced for his time. Several coachwork A6G Maseratis were made in this period (Zagato, Frua, Alemano, Vignale) with the Zagato Berlinetta – I believe – being the most loved and celebrated variation. Don’t get me wrong, I also think that’s one of the best designs Zagato ever came up with and certainly one of the greatest looking cars of the 50’s…actually, one of the greatest looking cars ever; however, I’ve always felt the front is just a little bit too familiar with the 54 Gullwing Merc.; maybe it’s just me but I believe the resemblance/inspiration is there. This however, the Berlinetta Frua is more sober, the straight lines make it look leaner and meaner despite not being as performance oriented as the Zagato. It’s just one man’s opinion, but I truly love that about this car. This particular example has been parked alongside a California since 1971! It is finally seeing the light of day and going off to a new owner which will lavish immeasurable attention and TLC on it, as it should be.

Price: Auction – estimated 800.000€ to 1.2000.000€
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1949 Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport SWB by Saoutchik

Talbot Lago T26 by SaoutchikIf there ever was a definition for “rusty gold”, this is most definitely it. Here’s looking at you Mike Wolfe @AmericanPicker! One of the most incredible things to come out of the previously mentioned barn find, this Talbot Lago is no longer a car, it’s art. Nature and time made it into art and if I could afford it, hell, I wouldn’t touch it. I’d display it just the way it is in my living room or something…This car was featured at several automobile Salons before being “lost” in time until now. It would be pointless of me to copy/paste this car’s history so go here and read all about its absolutely fascinating life. This is a barn find legend if I ever saw one and that reflects on the price, even in this condition.

Price: Auction – estimated 400.000€ to 600.000€
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1938 Mercedes Benz 540K Special Roadster

Mercedes Benz 540K Special RoadsterThis is it, THE pre-war Mercedes, the car to put all other cars (of the period) to shame. Ladies and Gentlemen, the 540 Special (“Spezial” if you wanna be language-accurate) Roadster. Bask in its magnificence. No really, go ahead. I’ll wait.
It truly is a thing of beauty isn’t it? Personally I believe only the Autobahnkurier beats this configuration in terms of sheer, jaw dropping, bone aching beauty, but since that was a one of one, I’ll go ahead and attribute the “production car” (using that term loosely, of course) crown to the Special Roadster. How exclusive were these? Well, professional real life super villain Hermann Goring had one so that should give you some clue about the kind of person who could afford a 540K SR back in the day. Reportedly only 26 Special Roadsters were ever made. The 540K Mercedes have picked up a bit of a bad rep due to alleged extensive ties to high ranking Nazi officials, but as Michael Daly states in his fascinating article “Driving Notoriety: The Vilified Legacy of Mercedes’ 540K”, only 3 Mercedes 540k have ever been conclusively linked to that kind of proprietor. But back to the particular example at hand: this stunning feat of Karrosserie Sindelfingen mastery is without a shadow of a doubt one of the big stars or Artcurial’s Retromobile Sale and I definitely wouldn’t be surprised at all if it were to surpass its estimated sale priced.

Price: Auction – estimated 2.000.000€ to 3.000.000€





For Sale! [June 2014 Edition]

12 06 2014

1961 Maserati 3500GT Vignale Spyder

Maserati 3500GT Vignale Spyder

One of the most stunning convertibles of the 1960’s (nay, of all time), the Vignale Spyder is a gorgeous variation of an already very impressive car, Maserati’s 3500GT. Produced in very small numbers (only 245), this Spyder is a rare find and it will surely fetch a pretty penny when it sells. This thing embodies class, style and presence.
Price: P.O.R.
For sale in the UK
Seller: http://www.jdclassics.co.uk/
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1990 Ferrari F40

Ferrari F40

Ferrari’s 40th birthday extravaganza and the gift that keeps on giving. An almost 30 year old creation which still holds strong today as a benchmark for looks and performance; not an easy achievement. Ferrari went all out for the F40, making sure the car’s turbocharged V8 had as little weight to drag around as possible. As such, lots of (at the time) new materials were used in its construction such as Kevlar and carbon fiber. The windshield and windows are plastic, there’s no stereo and no air conditioning; hell, there aren’t even carpets or fancy luxuries like “door handles”. After all, what’s wrong with pulling on a string to open the door of your million dollar ride?
Price: 730.000€ (989.000 USD)
For sale in Switzerland
Seller: http://www.modenacars.ch/
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1971 Citroen SM

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Along with the DS, the SM is the very definition of futuristic. One of the most amazing cars to ever see the light of day, Citroen’s SM is an irresistible mix of French craziness and Italian soul. Back in the day, Maserati belonged to Citroen, which meant that the SM could be fitted with a nifty little V6 and compete with other GTs of its time. Of course I use the term “compete” very lightly because the SM never really posed a threat to the sales of Porsche or Jaguar (for instance); but that just makes it cooler. It wasn’t cheap and the tremendously complicated oleopneumatic suspension can be a headache if not perfectly maintained; couple that with a tricky to service Italian engine and it’s not hard to see why owning an SM can be a challenge. However, driving what’s essentially a piece of art on 4 wheels is a great, great incentive to consider one of these. There is nothing else like it and there will never be anything else like it ever again.
Price: 45.000€ (61.000 USD)
For sale in the UK
Seller: http://www.cotswoldcars.com/
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2005 Ford GT

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Ford’s “screw it, we’re building something cool” moment, the GT is – of course – an homage to the legendary GT40, master of Le Mans and supreme reference for American performance. This particular example is the number one car for the European market. We all know these had some minor reliability issues at first (as widely publicized by former GT owner and international conflict expert Jeremy Clarkson) but that doesn’t make them any less desirable because the GTs are simply THAT good and THAT special. Even with the design’s 10th birthday coming up soon, these still look absolutely stunning and as fresh as the day they rolled out of the assembly line.
Price: 189.000€ (256.000 USD)
For sale in Switzerland
Seller: Private seller
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1958 Facel Vega Excellence

Facel Vega Excellence

A car for the elite, the Excellence had timeless European charm and plenty of American muscle. This particular car is an EX1, which means it doesn’t have the Holy Grail Hemi under the bonnet, but it does have a Chrysler 361 (5.9L) which is obviously nothing to be ashamed of. Since the EX is rarer than hen’s teeth and the EX2 is horrible (FV criminally messed up the design by removing the rear wings), the EX1 is the Excellence to have. Rare, exclusive, an icon. One of my favorite cars, you can read more about it in a previous Automotive Views post here.
Price: 129.500€ (175.000 USD)
For sale in the Netherlands
Seller: http://www.jasperbeukenkamp.nl/
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1994 Bugatti EB110

Bugatti EB110

Long before the motorized nuclear bomb we’ve come to know as the Veyron saw the light of day, Bugati was making something called the 110EB. What was it all about? Well, a V12 with 4 turbos gave it 560bhp, a top speed of 342km/h and a 0 to 60 time of under three and a half seconds, that’s what the 110 was about! Despite the impressive figures, Bugatti made some crappy side deals and went belly up in 1995 with only 95 of these being made. The one featured in this ad is as close to brand spanking new as you can get, with just under 1000kms. The ad says the car was delivered in late 1996 which is a tad odd, since it would be another year before Dauer Racing could buy all the parts and unfinished EB110s so a bit more info is required there. However, the ad also states that Dauer provided a complete overhaul to the car (despite having being driven next to nothing) with numerous parts being replaced. The buyer will surely get all the info he/she needs and this car is definitely one for the history books. A – for all intents and purposes – brand new EB110 in the right color (Bugatti Blue) is a rare bird.
Price: P.O.R.
For sale in Switzerland
Seller: http://www.classicargarage.com/
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2009 Bentley Brooklands

Bentley Brooklands

Continent-sized Bentley coupe with a twin turbo Rolls Royce V8? Yes please!
Prince: P.O.R.
For sale in the UK
Seller: Private seller
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1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1

1970 Mustang Mach 1

A rare sight this side of the pond, vintage American muscle is always highly valued. This particular example is a great looking 1970 Mach 1, a model halfway between the regular fastback and the mighty Boss 302. Personally I like my Mustangs black but this color certainly isn’t ugly. One thing that’s really bugging me about it is that the car is listed as “Grabber Orange”, something it really isn’t. This particular Mach 1 is wearing “Calypso Coral Vermillion”; now, I don’t know if it’s an original Grabber repainted with another factory color (Calypso) or simply a mistake in the listing, but any potential buyer needs to clarify that.
Price: 50.000€ (67.000 UDS)
For sale in the UK
Seller: http://www.ddclassics.com/
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Lamborghini LM002

Lamborghini LM002

Lamborghini super cars? Nah, how about a military grade 4×4? That’s more like it! The LM002 is insane (the good kind of insane), a monster based on a concept Lamborghini hoped to sell to the US military called “Cheetah” (how I wish that deal would have worked…). Equipped with the Countach’s V12, the LM002 went from military mule to luxury SUV; even the Pirelli run flat “Scorpion” tires were exclusive to this model, costing around 1000 USD…each.
Price: 133.000€ (180.000 USD)
For sale in the Netherlands
Seller: http://www.thegallerybrummen.nl/
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1983 Porsche 956 (008)

Porsche 956 008

A racing titan: 956, original factory-run in full Rothams livery. Come on, how cool is that! This particular one isn’t a Le Mans winner (actually it was a spare car before chassis 007 crashed at the Nurburgring), so it won’t fetch astronomical prices but still, I doubt too many of the top race car collectors can frown on this thing, it’s absolutely beautiful and so very rare…
Price: P.O.R.
For sale in the UK
Seller: http://www.historicclassics.com/
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