5 collector cars to put in your garage this week
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Have you ever seen a BMW 3.0 CSL as sublime as this Polaris Silver 1973 example? Its first owner loved the car so much he held onto it for over 35 years. And it’s only had one other custodian since. While the famous ‘Batmobile’ bodywork fitted to this CSL looks like a simple bid to stand out, there was real method behind the madness. Boffins at Stuttgart University developed the aerodynamic kit, which added 90kg of downforce at 124mph — quite a feat in the 1970s. You won’t find a better Batmobile than this one. Now, all you need to do is find a Robin.
One of our stars of the show at Techno Classica Essen last week was undoubtedly JB Classic Cars’ 1956 Facel Vega FV2B Convertible — a project that company founder Jasper Beukenkamp has been busy working on for some time now. It’s believed Facel Vega built just 11 V8-powered convertibles and only one drop-top FV2B. This conversion has been built with zero compromise, using all the knowledge and skills Beukenkamp amassed over the years that he’s dedicated to this exciting and technologically advanced French marque. It truly is ‘for the few, not the many’.
A fitting gift for Ferruccio
Meet the Lamborghini Centenario, a limited-edition supercar built to mark 100 years since the birth of the company’s founder Ferruccio Lamborghini. Just 40 were built, 20 of which in roadster guise, and each fitted with a 770hp V12 that, coupled with the low 1,520kg weight, propels the car from 0 to 62mph in 2.8 seconds. This delivery-mileage example is currently for sale in Fresno, California, and if you can stomach the premium, it would be a sure-fire way to stand out among the hordes of Aventadors in Beverly Hills.
Blue Tour de Force
Tour de France Blue over Burgundy leather — we’ve found what might be the finest colour combination for a V12-powered Ferrari Grand Tourer we’ve ever clapped eyes on. The car itself is a beautifully maintained 2003 Ferrari 575M fitted with the F1 gearbox. We say beautifully maintained because, well, just look at it. The original blue paintwork is immaculate and the leather interior is even better. If this car doesn’t quite cut it, the same Classic Driver dealer is offering a rarer Ferrari 575 Superamerica in exactly the same colour combination. Double up!
The first-generation V12 Vantage is one of the most collectable modern-era Aston Martins, and for good reason. Just 1,199 coupés were built (some 1,300 fewer than the DBS) and fitted with a good old-fashioned manual gearbox. Such a storm they proved that Aston Martin was pressured by customers to build an updated version, which is still in production today. This one-owner 2012 example is finished in Treal Green, a special ‘Q’ shade, and fitted with a raft of Q optional extras that make it unlike any other V12 Vantage on the planet.