5 collector cars to put in your garage this week
Here comes the cavalry
There’s been a lot of hype surrounding Aston Martin’s new DBX, not least because the hopes of the ailing British manufacturer lie directly on the sporty SUV’s shoulders. Early press reviews indicate that the DBX is a fantastic and miraculously versatile SUV that retains Aston’s core DNA. If you’re keen to skip the waiting list, this stealthy all-black left-hooker has just appeared for sale on Classic Driver. Somebody please, snag it while the paint’s still drying!
Paint-to-sample metallic violet over an interior trimmed entirely in aubergine-coloured leather. It’s a bold combination, we’ll admit, but the original owner of this 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Cabriolet clearly wasn’t specifying the car for a future owner. That it’s remained in the same hands from new and covered a healthy 97k miles in the process is testament to that. We happen to think the car looks quite fetching.
Tribute to Fina
The McLaren Senna’s function-first styling polarised opinion when the car was launched back in 2017, but has it grown on you since then? From our perspective, we’d be inclined to say yes, especially when we see examples finished in fabulous liveries paying tribute to particular cars or drivers from the past. This Swiss-delivered Senna, which has actually never been driven on the road, is a great case in point – it wears the colours of the legendary Fina-sponsored BMW Motorsport McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ that finished third at Le Mans in 1997.
It might be a touch too late to enter this year’s Challenge & GT Days at the Red Bull Ring, but we’re sure this 2016 Ferrari 488 GTE would be welcomed by organiser Heinz Swoboda with open arms to next year’s gathering. The car began life in GT3 guise back in 2016, the year in which it won the Pro-Am category of both the Blancpain Endurance and Sprint Series Championships and the Gulf 12 Hours of Abu Dhabi outright. It was then converted to GTE specification for the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it finished third in the AM class. Not a bad résumé all told!
Gran Turismo Alleggerita
Having spent the last 10 minutes with our jaws rested on our keyboards ogling this 1968 Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior, we’ve come to the conclusion that Franco Scaglione’s design is entirely deserving of ‘timeless’ status. Just 193 GTA 1300 Juniors left the Alfa factory in Stradale specification, of which this exquisitely restored car that’s just emerged for sale on Classic Driver with our friends at Auxietre & Schmidt is one.
Photos: Fabrizio Graziani, Early 911S, Miller Motorcars, Kessel Auto, Auxietre & Schmidt