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! [July2014 Edition]

20 07 2014

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.

2004 Aston Martin DBAR1

Aston Martin DBAR1One of the lesser known yet most beautiful of the modern Aston Martins, the DBAR1 is Aston’s unique gift for the US market. This stunning convertible, a much prettier version of the already striking 2002 DB7 Zagato, is not common in Europe at all and as such, it’s not cheap either…but if you’re looking for something genuinely unique, then the American Roadster 1 is definitely the car for you. Packing the same V12 as the Vanquish (and since we’re talking Zagato, let me just say that I’ll always be heartbroken that the Vanquish Roadster Z wasn’t meant for production…), the DBAR1 does 0-60 in under 5 seconds and can reach 186 mph; not bad at all. Plus, this is a very exclusive ride because only 99 were made (actually, a final one – number 100 – was created exclusively for Aston Martin’s factory collection). If you have the means don’t miss out on this beauty.
Price: 200.000€ (272.080 USD)
For sale in Monaco
Seller: Private seller
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1965 Porsche 904

Porsche 904By 1962 Porsche decided to say “forget this!” to Formula 1 and focus back on racing sports cars. The way they solidified this very wise move was by building one of the coolest racers ever made, the legendary 904. Only in production for 2 years, the 904 is a champion, having left its mark everywhere from Le Mans to the Targa Florio, Monza, Spa, Daytona, Nurburgring and even the Monte Carlo Rally. So much from a car with such a small (but very cool) 4 cylinder engine; amazing. 106 road going super fun, super light 904s were made and this particular one certainly looks great. The seller describes the full history of the vehicle from the time it was sold in Iceland, making its way to America where it won more than one SCCA races. However, this particular example might not be a purist’s cup of tea since the original flat 4 was replaced by a 6 cylinder of a 911 in 2005. Not a bad engine by any means, but a point down on originality, so it turns into a debate of power/reliability versus factory spec. Personally I don’t think it takes anything away from it because as we know, in 65 several 904 (the 904/6s) had a flat 6 so…
Price: P.O.R
For sale in the U.K.
Seller: DK Engineering
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1988 Porsche 959

Porsche 959Who doesn’t like a 959? It’s just one of those cars…so difficult not to fall hopelessly in love with it. There’s good reason for these strong feelings too; the 959 is one of the granddaddies of modern super cars. Back in 1986 it was the most technologically advanced and fastest production car in the world. 86 was in fact “the” year for the 959, I mean the Rally version won the Dakar for crying out loud! And the racing variation – a single car (the 961) – won its class at Le Mans first try. With this kind of potential and racing pedigree, the twin turbo beauty had to become a collector’s item, the Holy Grail for Porsche enthusiasts. This particular example is not the super rare, super expensive “Sport” trim; still, it’s a very nice “Komfort” variation in an unusual color (for these), UK spec (yet left hand drive), one owner machine – a British Earl according to the seller. So if you can, go ahead and get Lord Grantham’s 959, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Price: P.O.R
For sale in the U.K.
Seller: William Loughran
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2011 Bentley Continental Supersports

Bentley Continental SupersportsA Continental GT with a massive dose of steroids; one of the very best cars Bentley has ever made and a personal favorite of mine. You can read more about it in a previous AV post here.
Price: 107.409€ (145.271 USD)
For sale in the U.K.
Seller: Romans International
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2006 Aston Martin Vanquish S

Aston Martin Vanquish SThe Vanquish, a.k.a James Bond’s ride on “Die Another Day”. Along with the DBAR1 that we looked at earlier, this is also one of the best looking modern Aston Martins. Now that the exclusive manufacturers like Aston have adopted the “let’s make all of our models look exactly the same so that the guy buying the cheapest one doesn’t feel so bad” philosophy followed by the more accessible car brands and because – due to this kind of strategy (let’s call it that, although I can certainly think of much more colorful words for it) – I can no longer distinguish a Vantage from a DB9, from a DBS, from a Vanquish, it sure feels nice to look at something you can actually tell what it is at first glance. That’s the case with the “old” Vanquish. It’s gorgeous, it has loads of charisma and no one will ever mistake it for anything else. However, by 2005 the Bond-mobile was starting to feel a bit outdated and underpowered (especially since it’s seriously heavy). Aston Martin promptly addressed the issue by making it even heavier and calling it the Vanquish S. Ok, don’t get disappointed just yet, it was worth it! Everything about it was better, more refined. The power output went up considerably from 450 to 520bhp. The suspension, the breaks, even the atrocious gear box…all revised and perfected. Sure, the box still sucks to no end, but hey, improvement is improvement and even that can’t take away from the sheer barrel of fun this thing is.
Price: 111.038€ (151.243 USD)
For sale in Switzerland
Seller: Emil Fray AG
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1973 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Limousine

Pullman 600Do people address you as “your Majesty”, “Mr. President” or “Great Leader”? Do you run an underdeveloped country/dictatorship of some sort? Do you a need a vehicle which can comfortably transport you and your favorite lieutenants while still having the necessary boot space to carry several dissidents? Well look no further. Crush the revolutionary spirits with 3 tons of German intimidation, also known as the 600 Pullman limousine. In all seriousness, this is an amazing, amazing ride! The W100 is a pinnacle of technology and luxury for Mercedes. You can read all about the 600/Pullman on a previous AV post here.
Price: Auction, estimated 200.000 to 260.000€ (299.266 to 353.678 USD)
For sale in Germany
Seller: Bonhams
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1993 Jaguar XJ 220

Jaguar XJ 220The second coolest Jag ever (behind the E-Type, naturally), it doesn’t just look amazing, it is one of the greatest cars the world has ever seen. The XJ220 held the title for fastest production car with a top speed of 213mph and it remained the undisputed king of the Nurburgring for 8 years; 8! You’d think such an accomplished piece of machinery had some sort of super developed V12 but you’d be wrong. The XJ220 actually had half that: a V6 twin turbo putting out 540bhp, allowing for a 0 to 60 time of just 3.6 seconds…in 1992! Truly extraordinary car.
Price: P.O.R.
For sale in the Netherlands
Seller: Private Seller
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1972 DeTomaso Pantera

DeTomaso PanteraNow, I could be here all day singing praises to the Pantera but I’ve got something much better in mind. Recently, professional funny guy and automotive mega-enthusiast Jay Leno got one of these little beauties and showcased it on his Garage blog so follow this link right here to hear all he has to say about it. If by the end of the video you don’t desperately want a Pantera, I’m sorry but we just can’t be friends.
Price: Auction, estimated 62.889 to 75.467€ (85.494 to 102.593 USD)
For sale in the U.K.
Seller: Coys Auctions
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2010 Mercedes Benz SL65 AMG Black

SL65 Black SeriesIf you were to buy an SL600 you’d already be getting quite a lot of car for your money. After all it’s a very nice, refined roadster with a big V12 engine in it, awesome. However, if that’s still far too bland for you then you’re gonna want the loony bin version of it, courtesy of Mercedes’ nuttery central – more commonly known as AMG. Problem solved right? Well, no. Some of our friendly horsepower crazed Germans at Affalterbach looked at the 604bhp SL65 and thought: “Hmm, you know what that needs? More power”. What they come with was the Black Series. Germany’s shot at making a modern muscle car, the SL65 Black has 661bhp and so much torque that you may accidentally get the planet rotating in the wrong direction when you set off. This thing is (and certainly looks) extremely mean. More powerful, lighter and stiffer than the regular SL65, the Black is actually a relatively old fashioned piece of machinery when compared to other cars in its league and that’s not a bad thing. Electronics can meddle too much, just look at modern Ferraris…In the Black you can really put your driving skills to the test when you turn the ubberly intrusive ESP off. You need to remember of course that by doing so, if there was a “top” for cars that could kill you the quickest, the SL65 Black would probably be sitting comfortably at #2 just below the original Viper. Still, don’t let that scare you off this rare, gorgeous, wonderful, tire shredding machine. This is it, the ultimate SL, a Mercedes AMG colossus.
Price: 144.999€ (197.257 USD)
For sale in Germany
Seller: Auto Zitzmann
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1972 Ferrari Daytona Shooting Break

Ferrari Daytona Shooting BreakLadies and Gentlemen, feel free to freak out because the Daytona Shooting break by Panther is for sale (again)!!! One of the most outrageously imaginative applications of the shooting break form, the special Daytona that Panther (yes, that Panther) came up with is the stuff of dreams for some and nightmares for others. Personally, I think it’s a really cool creation; the gullwing side windows alone are a tremendous triumph of style and creativity. Unique in every single possible sense of the word, the Panther Daytona is now offered for sale (for an undisclosed amount) after failing to find a new owner at the 2008 Bonhams Quail Lodge auction. At the time it had an estimate value of between 400 and 500 thousand USD, a huge increase from when it was sold at another Bonhams auction back in 2005 for just over 260.000 USD. Whatever the price tag may be today, if someone’s on the market for a one of kind Ferrari this is most definitely it.
Price: P.O.R.
For sale in the U.K.
Seller: Hexagon Classics
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