5 collector cars to put in your garage this week
We’re so accustomed to seeing Porsche Carrera GTs in silver and black that when this Speed Yellow example emerged in the Classic Driver Market, it knocked us for six. The shade really accentuates that ultra-sleek body and serves to highlight just how well the overall design has aged, so much so that we think if Porsche were to reveal the Carrera GT tomorrow, no one would really bat an eyelid. Anyway, this one’s had just one owner and has covered 27,000 miles in its 13 years.
A 40th birthday present to itself, Mercedes-Benz’s AMG skunkworks transformed the CLK63 into a bonafide Porsche GT3 rival when it created the ‘Black Series’. Unlike the later cars to receive the ‘Black Series’ treatment, the CLK63 was not adorned with extreme aerodynamic addenda, instead receiving a subtle flared body akin to the Formula 1 safety car of the time and a small carbon-fibre rear spoiler. It was what was underneath that counted, after all: entirely reworked suspension and brakes, and a 500HP naturally-aspirated V8, hand built in Affalterbach. This 2009 CLK63 AMG ‘Black Series’ is, according to its vendor, in perfect condition.
A regular frontrunner at prestigious historic motorsport events including the Goodwood Members’ Meeting, this Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe is a ‘perfect recreation’ of the six legendary Works cars that won the World Sports Car Championship in 1965. Accompanied by current FIA/HTP papers, the historic racing world is your oyster with this competitive 1960s GT car…
Pretty in porcelain
At the dawn of his eponymous company, Ettore Bugatti loved experimenting with materials that were not commonplace in the automotive world. Which is exactly why the modern-day Bugatti teamed up with the Royal Porcelain Factory in Berlin to create a series of rolling masterpieces: the Veyron L’Or Blancs. Incorporating the precious porcelain in both the exterior and interior and distinguished by an extraordinary hand-painted body covered in sweeping curves and delicate lines, an L’Or Blanc is nothing if not striking. This particular example from 2013 is the very first Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse built, chassis 001, and has had just one owner from new.
Darren Turner’s GT8
This beautiful Vantage GT8 is offered directly from the collection of its original owner, the Aston Martin Racing veteran and veritable sports-car legend Darren Turner. One of just 150 built to commemorate the V8 Vantage GTE’s class win at Le Mans, this particular GT8 has the distinction of being painted in Argento Nürburgring, a shade that if you’re well-informed, you’ll know is offered as standard by Ferrari. The Prancing Horse might be Aston’s nemesis out on the track, but you can’t deny the GT8 look fantastic in this colour.
Photos: Henderson Fellowes, Duncan Hamilton ROFGO, Eleven Cars, The Octane Collection