5 collector cars to put in your garage this week
This 1969 Lamborghini Islero is not only in superb condition and resplendent in a gorgeous green and mustard combination, but it was also delivered new to Edmondo Lamborghini, brother of Ferruccio. Of course, the founder’s brother got the VIP treatment, with his Islero receiving a special high-performance engine, one more powerful than that which was fitted to the later Islero S. Since his ownership, the car has been painstakingly restored and successfully shown at various European events. Now up for sale by Kidston SA, this Islero is a beautiful piece of Lamborghini lineage.
Sport Classic, future classic
If clothes make the man, then specification makes the supercar. The 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS was never a bad-looking car, but this example, in special-order ‘Paint to Sample’ Sport Classic Grey with a contrasting red interior and all-important red roll cage, is an outlandishly handsome machine. Heavily optioned, and with only 1,110 miles from new, this road racer is crying out for a high-speed blast around your chosen racetrack to display its biblical composure and wailing soundtrack.
From one of AMG’s greatest time periods, this 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL60 AMG is a true sleeper, and a rare beast at that. Only 49 RHD cars were produced, and aside from the iconic 18-inch split rims, there is little indication as to the silky smooth 6.0-litre V8 that sits beneath that long bonnet. As the R129 shape seems to only get better with age, this Obsidian Black rarity is worth a second look.
On the other end of the rallying scale, this 2007 Porsche Cayenne is one of just 25 factory-built Trans-Siberia rally cars. Built to handle the trials and tribulations of long-distance rallying, the 4.8-litre V8 was one of few areas left untouched, with extensive suspension modifications, body strengthening, and the all-important snorkel for river crossings included in the myriad of upgrades. Perhaps this Cayenne will never tackle such an adventure as the Mongolia to Moscow rally it was built for, but it would surely be a real head-turner on the school run…
While it may be a thrill to see a perfectly restored concours road car, there’s nothing better than a race car showing its track time with pride. This 1961 Lotus Elite has had time spent where it counts — like on the running gear, which makes these lightweight Lotuses such agile apex-clippers — and it has patina that goes some way to show the countless hours of fun the previous owner has had. Eligible for the likes of Le Mans Classic and Tour Auto, this pocket-rocket is a ticket to automotive ecstasy.