5 collector cars to put in your garage this week
Only the brave need apply
Out of only 58 P1 GTRs produced, this 2016 McLaren P1 GTR is one of a handful converted for road use by Lanzante. That’s right, road use — the perfect activity for a 986bhp, bi-turbo V8 race car. Finished in menacing Metallic Black with Papaya Orange decal accents, the new owner will have the option of removing the decals for the full Batmobile stealth effect or keeping them on for true racing hero status. It is sure to delight and terrify passers-by in equal measure as you pop out for a pint of milk.
Top of the tree
Sellers love to write ‘world class’, ‘best of the best’, and ‘you won't find a better one’ when advertising their cars, but Hyman Ltd. actually have grounds for such statements with their 1936 Lancia Astura Tipo Bocca Cabriolet by Pinin Farina. This example was 2016’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Best of Show winner, the highest accolade possible for a concours car and the ultimate display of a car’s perfection. Now seeking a new owner, the question is what’s next for this Italian stunner now she’s reached the very top?
Slate Grey softie
While the folding rear window always divides opinion, this fully restored, short chassis, soft window 1967 Porsche 911 2.0S Targa looks undeniably outstanding in one of Porsche’s timeless colour combinations of Slate Grey and Beige. We can’t help but think that the soft rear window would lend itself perfectly to use as the world’s coolest camera car — perfect for shooting other such classics in unprecedented style.
Coming of age
There’s a lot to be said for an arrow-straight, jet-black Mercedes-Benz, and adding yellow headlights is just the cherry on top. The R107 shape is ageing gracefully — a rare example of a car arguably looking better with its hardtop on. The scarcely believable 9,685km this 1984 Mercedes-Benz 280SL has covered from new is reflected in the crisp bodywork and mile-deep paint, and it would surely be a jewel in any collection.
Smiles for miles
Perfectly poised, thanks to suspension tweaks, an upgraded engine in the back, and an expansive ragtop sunroof wound back, this 1966 Volkswagen T1 Samba is ready for sunnier climes ahead. While the 23-window version may be more sought after, the purity of the 21-window design has this at the top of our lists. Fully restored in surprisingly beguiling brown and white, this super Samba is currently for sale in Barcelona, offering the new owner the perfect opportunity to soak up the sun through the countless windows and open top on a road trip back to its new home.