5 collector cars to put in your garage this week
For young Fangios in the making
Who says the cars we feature in this list every week have to be for adults? If you’re keen to infect your young son or daughter with your chronic automotive ‘fever’, then this miniature version of the Maserati 250F in which Juan Manuel Fangio clinched perhaps his most famous victory at the 1957 German Grand Prix might be just the ticket. It’s got a 200cc engine that we’re reliably told provides ample power, disc brakes, and even electronic stop-start. A word of warning: it’ll only be a matter of time until they’re pestering you for a real historic racing car.
You could be sure your pizza would arrive steaming hot at your door if the restaurant Chez Gaston was using this 1995 Porsche 993 Carrera 3.8 Cup to deliver your food in the 1990s. The colourful racer, which is fitted with a limited-slip differential and the fixed spoiler with additional wing, was used by Delima Racing in the French Carrera Cup and is presented today in beautifully original condition.
The best of the Bugatti breed?
Forget your Chirons, Divos and Centodiecis – by far the purest and most desirable Volkswagen-era Bugatti, in our opinion, is the original Veyron 16.4. And we think that collectors will agree in the long run. This fabulous, meticulously maintained metallic blue and black Veyron was delivered to Belgium in 2007. Since then, it’s had just two further owners, been fitted with new tyres (which don’t come cheap) and covered a mere 2,374km. It wants for absolutely nothing.
The only Corvette ZR-1 GT1 to ever race at Le Mans
This hulking brute of a sports-racing car remains the only C4-generation Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 to have competed at Le Mans in the GT1 category. It qualified dead last, one minute and twelve seconds behind the class leader, showed as much reliability as a British politician, and bowed out quite spectacularly in the 22nd hour of the race. But still, in Corvette lore, this Doug Rippie-built behemoth is more than worthy of its place.
The Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster is one of those classics that drips with the effortless style and enviable charisma of such playboys as Steve McQueen, Alain Delon and James Dean. If you’d like to channel your inner megastar, if only for a stolen few hours on a Sunday afternoon, this highly original example from 1962complete with rare factory hardtop and desirable disc brakes is about as good as it gets. It’s matching numbers throughout, has had just four owners from new and has been preserved with the kind of love and care anyone would crave.
Photos: Bonhams, Early 911S, Simon Furlonger Specialist Cars, Total Performance Car, Auxietre & Schmidt