5 collector cars to put in your garage this week
Luck of the Irish
Anyone who lives in Britain and still wants to enjoy the ‘greatest hits’ of continental European motoring history after a hard Brexit should start looking for the right collector car. This wonderful matching-numbers Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA 1600 Stradale is one of just 50 right-hand-drive examples and has resided in the UK since 1966. Be warned, however: the shamrocks on its sharp flanks should not be interpreted as a sign of Irish independence when parked outside the pub.
Your ticket to Le Mans Classic 2020
After its traditional hiatus, the Le Mans Classic will make a welcome return in 2020. And what better racing car to take to the prestigious event than the only Alpine A310 to have ever raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The V8-powered coupé, which was developed by Mauro Biancho and characterised by its striking strip of headlights, started the race in 1977 and ’78 and remained in the possession of privateer Bernard Decure for 41 years. And thanks to its eligibility, you can start practising for Le Mans straight away.
Walter was here
A well-preserved Lancia 037 is difficult to find at the best of times, so this competition example fulfils all a collector’s wishes at once. As a proper Works Group B car, chassis #180 was finished in the iconic Martini Racing livery and piloted in the 1983 World Rally Championship by none other than Walter Röhrl, Markku Alén and Christian Geistdörfer.
An Alpina for the Alps
In our opinion, the E34-generation BMW 5 Series is among the most beautiful saloons built in Munich in the last 30 years. Above all, the Alpina B10 variant is sought after by collectors all over the world. Even rarer than the rear-wheel-drive B10, however, is the 231HP all-wheel-drive model of which just 64 were built on 525ix underpinnings. One of these sleeping unicorns has just been listed for sale in the Classic Driver Market.
Audi has just introduced a new, razor-sharp and brutal version of the RS6 Avant. But as desirable as it looks, our heart still pangs for the first-generation C5 RS6 Avant, which set new standards in the early 2000s with its purist design and 450HP V8. This early example is finished in minimalist black with a white interior and is currently right at the top of our imaginary wish list.