5 collector cars to put in your garage this week
The 2002 Turbo was the first production car to feature a turbocharged engine, and the first BMW to implement their recipe of combining a small coupe with a punchy engine. Weighing in just over a tonne, and with 174 boosted horses under the bonnet, this 1974 example is guaranteed to receive looks of envy and adoration in equal proportion. With its Polaris Silver paint offset beautifully by the iconic M colours, could this be your perfect companion to take to the asphalt this summer?
Summer in Ibiza
Guaranteeing all the fun of the party island (but without the sand), the Ibiza Cupra Cup Racing version was built to celebrate Seat’s victory during the 1996 FIA 2-litre class World Cup, and comes complete with the window stickers to prove it. Based on the MK3 Golf, this delightfully-90s Ibiza GTI screams nostalgia inside and out, combining a lime green exterior with period-appropriate geometric patterned fabric on the seats and door cards. Powered by a 2-litre engine, this lightweight hot hatch has 150 ways to turn your local B roads from siesta to fiesta.
Fried Eggs with a Side of Slicks
The 996 has come into vogue as of late. The first water-cooled 911’s combination of outstanding analogue driving characteristics, small proportions, and relatively low price, has persuaded enthusiasts to look past the blasphemous headlights and accept this under-loved modern classic. Although not an official factory-offering, this 2002 GT2-R built by PSI in Belgium was the first of its kind and boasts an extensive racing history. Based on the 996 Turbo, and with up to 700hp in unrestricted spec, this could be the connoisseur’s ultimate track weapon for attacking the Nordschleife.
As Mick Schumacher enjoys his debut Formula One season, why not reminisce with the car his father used to kick off one of the most illustrious careers in any sport? As chassis number 6, this 1991 Jordan 191 F1 car was one of 7 built, and only 2 driven by Michael himself. Following its stint in F1, this car has continued to race occasionally and remains in working condition to this day. With the 7Up livery earning this car the prize of Best Looking F1 Car of all time from The Telegraph, it is hard to think of a cooler way to celebrate the Schumacher legacy.
Wait, that’s a Lexus?
Powered by a racing-derived V10 buried behind the front axels, the carbon fibre-bodied LFA is a strong contender for most-desirable Japanese production car of all time. The LFA famously ushered in the era of the digital tachometer because its engine revved too quickly for an analogue unit to keep track. This 2011 model utilises a classic combination of Metallic Silver paint with a two-tone red/black interior to excellent effect. As 1 of just 198 RHD cars, this example was originally delivered to Japan in 2012. Now in the UK and benefitting from front-end PPF, this low-mileage LFA is begging to be driven.