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5 collector cars to put in your garage this week

It’s Thursday, so that means we have prepared a fresh quintuplet of classics to compete for both your attention and your wallet as part of this week’s Market Finds.

Britain’s turbo wedge

The Lotus Esprit S4S may never have garnered quite the same cult following as Porsche’s Turbocharged offering, but that doesn’t detract from what is otherwise one of the coolest cars to emerge from the British Isles. Featuring a Garret Turbocharger and one of the most majestic rear wings ever fitted to a car, this black 1996 Lotus Esprit S4S from down under certainly looks as menacing as any of Australia’s fauna. With just under 60,000 miles on the clock, this rare beast has been steadily enjoyed over the years, but judging by the near-perfect interior, it has also been fastidiously maintained. Now available with Young timers Garage, this could be your chance to get your hands on one of just 367 Esprit S4S Turbos ever made. 


Mille Miglia masterpiece 

If you want the definitive expression of a 1950s sports car, then look no further than this achingly gorgeous 1950 Ferrari 166 MM. Named for the Mille Miglia race, the 166 is where Ferrari first began to blur the lines between racer and road car, winning the ‘triple crown’ of European endurance racing in 1949. Various configurations of the 166 took home gold in the 1949 24 Hours of Le Mans, Targa Florio, and Mille Miglia, cementing Scuderia Ferrari as a paragon of racing domination. This particular 166 MM Barchetta is chassis number 0056 M, and unusually it retains both its original chassis and bodywork. For sale with DK Engineering, this 166 MM represents and excellent opportunity to take part in the Goodwood Revival, Le Mans Classic, or of course, even the Mille Miglia, so if you’ve got an itch for some classic racing this summer, look no further. 


Out-Jeeping the Jeep 

It’s no secret that when it comes to building bulletproof vehicles, Germans tend to do quite a good job. Therefore, if you’re looking for a military-adjacent adventure mobile to mess around in this summer, why not go for this 1957 Porsche 597 Jagdwagen? Translating roughly to “hunting car” in English, this is one of the few remaining road-worthy examples in existence, and judging by the photos, this 597 looks to be in stunning condition. For sale with Early 911s, this would make the perfect off-road companion for your classic 911. 


A lesson in wabi-sabi

In simple terms, wabi-sabi is a Japanese worldview that centres around the acceptance of imperfection, and what better way to embrace imperfection than by adding this delightfully ratty 1976 Toyota Celica Liftback to your garage. Available with Redline Automotive Restorations, this Celica isn’t numbers matching, but the 2.0l 3S-GE BEAMs engine from an Altezza more than makes up for it. While the exterior is by no means pristine, this Celica reportedly runs phenomenally and makes around 200 bhp at the wheel. An ideal basis for restoration, or to enjoy as-is, this would certainly deliver near-unbeatable smiles per mile this summer. 


Going sideways! 

Oversteer and Mercedes Pagodas don’t exactly go hand-in-hand, but there is an easy way to face perpendicular to your direction of motion in a 60s Merc, and it comes in the form of this 1966 230SL’s rare 3rd side-facing seat! For sale with Fast Classics, this Pagoda pairs White Grey paint with a red soft top and interior to stunning effect, and crucially looks to be free from any rust or corrosion having undergone significant past restoration. With just over 50,000 miles on the clock, this Pagoda has plenty of leisurely afternoon drives left in its tank for you and two friends to enjoy.