5 collector cars to put into your garage this week
Got to GTO
Kicking this week off with a bang, or rather a V12 wail, is this 2012 Ferrari 599 GTO. The 599’s Pininfarina styling has been ageing very gracefully indeed, especially in GTO guise - it makes you wonder why Ferrari abandoned the famous design house. This UK-supplied example is optioned in the excellent combo of Russo Fuoco (one of our favourite Ferrari shades) with a Grigio Silverstone Opaco roof, but with a 660 bhp V12 under your right foot we doubt you’ll even notice the colour. With just over 4,000 miles on the clock, this Prancing Horse is begging to explore the open road.
Not clowning around
Whoever specced this delightful 2002 BMW Z3 3.0i certainly knew what they were doing. Oxford Green paint, beige leather interior, and a manual gearbox between the seats - what more could you ask for? Yes, this Clownshoe may not be the S54-engined Z3 M, but that means you save a chunk of cash and it still has a 227 bhp straight six under the bonnet. At nearly 20 years old, this car’s low mileage of just 24,847 miles is a rarity in itself, and it should offer plenty more years of enjoyment to come. So, if you’re not all about POWER, or if you just really like green, this could be the car for you.
British classic with a German heart
The Morgan Plus 8 was built in various guises for over half a century until production ended in 2018, and as you may have noticed, there hasn’t been a replacement. This 2017 Morgan Plus 8 features the 4.8-litre BMW V8 first introduced in 2012 that produces a hearty 368 bhp, and will likely prove much more reliable than the rover unit found in earlier examples. Finished in Pearl White with black leather and benefitting from AP Racing brakes, this Morgan offers the perfect combination of 60s looks and modern performance.
There’s no denying it, this 2007 Audi R10 TDI LMP1 is clearly the aforementioned wild card. One of only two R10s in private hands, this open-top rocket raced in ALMs in 2007 and then the Sebring 12h in 2008, where it achieved pole position and finished 3rd overall and 1st in LMP1 at the hands of Capello, Kristensen and McNish. As the name suggests, this Audi R10 is all about its herculean engine - a 5.5-litre diesel V12 (this was pre-Dieselgate) that’s rumoured to weigh more than 200 kg and produces up to 700 hp. If you want to blow everything out the water at your next track day, then this will get the job done.
Like hen’s teeth
“What’s so rare about a DB9?” you may be thinking. In truth, the DB9 isn’t a rare car at all, around 16,500 of these curvaceous British grand tourers were produced in total, which isn’t exactly McLaren F1 numbers. However, just 5% of DB9s were optioned with a six speed manual, like this 2007 example was, making it rarer than even a Porsche 918 Spyder. With a respectable 54,992 miles on the clock, this Tungsten Silver DB9 has clearly been enjoyed and would make an excellent continental cruiser for anyone who likes to row their own.