5 collector cars to put in your garage this week
A piece of history
Less than 80 are believed to still exist today from an original run of 142. This particular Arnolt Bristol Bolide is very sought after having been owned by MR S. H. Arnolt and run as his personal race car. In 1955 the car finished the Sebring 12hrs in 2nd overall at the hands of Arnolt and also participated in the Mille Miglia that the same year. The extensive race history continued for a few years and today this car is eligible for the Mille Miglia, as one of four known factory race cars, it surely deserves another trip to Italy very soon!
Group A Greatness
During the 1980s the Group A Rover SD1 was a formidable force at the hands of Tom Walkinshaw in the European Touring Car Championship as well as highly competitive as a Group 1.5 race car in national saloon car championships. While we are often treated to seeing the race cars this lovely road going example is a delightful slice of ‘80s motoring that you just don’t see every day.
Rock and Roll Ferrari Spider
Just four 365GTC/4 spider conversions were built by Claudio Zampoli and are generally regarded to be the finest conversions of a car that looks so beautiful as a spider you do wonder why Ferrari did not produce one themselves. This 1972 example was once part of Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony’s collection and is finished in black on black. And, since its $161,595 restoration with Autosport Designs it has also been owned by Maroon Five singer Adam Levine. Available now in the UK, do you have the rock and roll credentials to own it next?
This Porsche 911 sings
A Singer is a very special car, while many continue to try and copy the recipe, these cars clearly stand above as exceptional examples of the legendary Porsche 911. Finished in Dark Ivory this 780 mile example tips the scales at just 1100kg and yet puts out 400hp through its 6-speed gearbox. The tan interior is welcoming yet full of function and this super car baiting classic deserves a European drive with a track day mixed in to fully appreciate the exceptional engineering underneath that glorious sleek body.
1960s and ‘70s Mercedes-Benz have a level of design and quality that is unrivalled by many. This gorgeous 1971 metallic red 250CE coupe was once owned by The Beatles lead-guitarist George Harrison. His first foray into the German marque, it is believed he bought the car from new using his father’s name on the paperwork. What is for certain is that these cars represent a period of design that is timeless and this 250CE would turn heads wherever you go.