5 collector cars to put in your garage this week
A British Ferrari
The Ferrari 456 is no longer an insider’s tip, and yet the last truly understated front-engined Gran Turismo from Maranello, which was styled by those engineers of elegance at Pininfarina, remains near the top of our wish list. We’d like to take this manual, left-hand-drive example to London and use it as a weekend driver. Because finished in dark green and with cognac-coloured leather, the V12 Ferrari looks no less at home on New Bond Street or parked in a Kensington mews than any Aston Martin or Bentley.
From the Reeperbahn to Sylt
In the 1980s, the era of excess, the SGS Styling Garage in Hamburg was famous for its conversions and audacious tuning. In its first life, this ‘Marbella Cabriolet’ was a Mercedes-Benz 500 SEC that was freed from its steel roof for the princely sum of 73,000 Deutschmarks. We can already see ourselves rolling along the Reeperbahn with the top down, a Eurodance cassette in the tape deck, before boarding the car train to Westerland, bleached hair tousled in the wind.
Our friends over at Classic Youngtimers Consultancy in the Netherlands have earned a name for their all-terrain rally variations of all-wheel-drive supercars. After the Bentley Continental GT and the Lamborghini Gallardo, they’ve now turned their hands to the Nissan GT-R. ‘Godzilla 2.0’, as it’s been christened, boasts an extra 12cm of ground clearance and an uprated 600HP.
A burgundy anniversary Landy
If a limited-edition model sells out in record time, then you know it must be something special. Take the ultimate Land Rover Defender, for example, which appeared in 2019 for the iconic off-roader’s 70th anniversary and end of production and was fitted with a 5.0-litre V8 and numerous extras. This example is finished in the unusual shade of Rosa Red with a black roof and has a full Alcantara interior. It’s a feast for the senses.
A Porsche 928 for Jamiroquai
Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay is not only one of the greatest pop stars of our time, but he also has an exquisite taste in cars. This Amazon Green Metallic Porsche 928 GTS with its Carrera Grey leather interior lived in Japan for the first 20 years of its life, before it made its way to England in 2015 and shortly afterwards into the Jamiroquai collection.