5 collector cars to put in your garage this week
Perfect Pur Sang
If you’re at all familiar with the Argentinian company Pur Sang, you’ll know that its like-for-like facsimiles of the greatest pre-War Grand Prix cars are second to none. This Alfa Romeo 8C Monza is the perfect case in point – the craftsmanship and details are absolutely extraordinary, particularly the sympathetic patina that really does make it look like it’s been lovingly cherished since 1931. Of course, the other plus point to these entirely authentic replicas is the price – this car is listed for 320,000 US dollars.
Just a few weeks after Jaguar announced its plans to build the ‘lost nine’ XKSSs back in 2016, Aston Martin revealed that it would make 25 track-only DB4GT Continuations, recommencing production at Newport Pagnell after 10 years. In the name of both authenticity and safety, the cars employed a blend of old-world craftsmanship and modern technology. And while they can’t be driven on the road, Aston Martin offered an arrive-and-drive programme at circuits around the world. This Snow Shadow Grey DB4GT is one of those Continuations and looks absolutely sensational.
The best club in the world?
Short of buying one of the Scuderia’s former Formula 1 cars or sitting down with Flavio Manzoni to dream up your own one-off supercar, the most exclusive rung on the Ferrari ownership ladder is the XX programme, which is run by the marque’s Corse Clienti division. The trouble is, you have to be deemed worthy enough by Ferrari to buy one of its hyped-up, track-only hypercars, the latest of which is the monstrous LaFerrari-derived FXX K. Well, until now that is. RM Sotheby’s will offer this Rosso Corsa FXX K, which has never actually taken part in any Corse Clienti events, at its forthcoming sale during the Formula 1 weekend at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi. You’ll pay a princely sum to join one of the automotive world’s most exclusive clubs, however – the car has been given a pre-sale estimate of 4–4.5m US dollars.
Porsche incensed a lot of people when it announced the Touring package for the regular GT3, predominantly because it included a manual gearbox, an option that was previously only available to those who forked out a hefty premium for the limited-edition 911 R. But that’s not to say the latter became any less desirable – it simply meant the frankly scary sums at which they were traded for a short while were brought back to the realms of reality. Believe it or not, this stunning one-owner right-hand-drive example is one of the few 911 Rs painted entirely in black. It also has the all-important single-mass flywheel fitted.
Fully loaded, ready to pounce
Talk about bang for buck. This 13-year-old Jaguar XJR is loaded to the nines with optional extras – not to mention it has a socking great V8 under the bonnet that kicks out a ground-shaking 541Nm of torque. It’s covered 62,000 miles, which, in the grand scheme of things, is not a huge distance. And it’s been serviced and MOT’d by the dealer at which it’s being offered in the Netherlands. The price, we hear you cry? A shade over 20,000 euros. That’s a hell of a lot of car for the money.
Photos: RM Sotheby’s, Kaaimans International, International Collectables by Edward Lovett, Wim Prins