5 collector cars to put in your garage this week
Wind in your hair, V8 in your ears, fun ahead
Although a standard Rover is far from lacking, this 1974 Range Rover V8 Cabriolet possesses the crucial ingredients to lift an already exceptionally cool car to new terrain. The 3,500cc V8, four-speed manual, and lack of roof make this example the ideal vehicle for any stylish excursion, and as it retains its five-seat configuration, your friends can come too — just make sure they’ve got their seat belts on…
Dressed to kill
Despite the countless examples of Zagato brilliance the Italian masters have treated our eyes with over the years, this 1962 Lancia Flaminia Sport Zagato 2.5 3C is an underrated piece of design majesty from the firm’s breath-taking back-catalogue. It may not shout as loudly as some other vehicles clothed by the coachbuilder, but the subtle touches — from the delicate ‘double bubble’ roof to the taillights, themselves a marvel — combine to create a demure, true connoisseur’s choice. Don’t get us started on the seats…
Although the ‘barn find’ madness of recent years may have subsided, where it seemed every other day a dirty old car was pulled into the limelight and the definition of what a ‘barn’ seemed to change just as often, every now and then a true survivor appears. Not even 30 years of dust and grime can detract from the curves of this 1966 Jaguar E-type Series 1 4.2 FHC, which has recently been extracted from dry storage to see the light of day once again. Complete with plentiful documentation to tell its life story, the Resident’s Parking Permit for The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea from 1977 is a particularly nice memento.
Green Golden Arrow
The first post-War model from Alfa Romeo, this 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Freccia d’Oro is as beautiful as it is significant. Designed in house by Victor Jano and influenced by the works of Carozzeria Touring, the stunning silhouette and gorgeous green on gold colour combination of this example are utterly entrancing. With its rare factory sunroof, we can think of no finer environment in which to watch the world go by.
Not that this 2008 Porsche 997 GT2 could be described as anything less than menacing, but the black-on-black colour combination — set off by subtle silver wheels with yellow callipers, eluding to the carbon ceramic brakes tasked with stopping this beast — turn this 911 into a real stealth missile. With 476hp on tap, the holy grail six-speed manual gearbox, and the spooling symphony of two turbos behind you, this is a Porsche to be coveted, adored, and feared…