5 collector cars to put in your garage this week
A modern classic in Misano Red
The original Audi RS4 is one of those cars from the last 20 years that we firmly believe will become a collector car of the future. With its 380HP Cosworth twin-turbo V6, crisp manual transmission, distinctive silhouette, load-lugging interior, and the finest wheels in Audi’s recent history, this Japanese B5 from 2001 is one of the most attractive examples of the family sports car on the market.
The story of the Lancia Hyena is one of the more interesting episodes in modern automotive history. The initiative of the Dutch collector and restorer Paul V.J. Koot, the car was developed at Zagato on the basis of the Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione II. Not only did it look extraordinary, but it was also 15 percent lighter than the original and with 250HP, significantly more powerful. Only 24 Hyenas were built, of which this example – showing just 8,300km on the clock – is one.
Ferrari’s day off
With which modern Ferrari for sale in the Classic Driver Market would you re-enact the Hollywood classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? Given the current heatwave, we’d opt for this Blu Corsa 488 Spider, which shines as gloriously as the ocean on the Costa Smeralda. And when the sun gets too much, you could always tear across the Sardinian hinterland and let the scent of the sea engulf your nostrils.
We have a big heart for lesser-seen Grand Touring cars and, suffice to say, this Talbot-Lago T-15 Coupé is right up our street. The breathtaking one-off was built in 1955 by the French coachbuilder Barou on the basis of a pre-War chassis. Even Pinin Farina’s later Ferrari silhouettes can be traced in the clean lines and modern proportions. In addition, it’s in wonderfully original condition.
V for Vendetta
Aston Martin might have just revealed a limited edition sports car called the V600, but let’s be honest, here at Classic Driver we’d prefer to invest in the original – the Vantage V600, the crowning piece in the long and illustrious V series of cars. Entirely hand-built at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, the car boasted a whopping 600 horsepower and was significantly more dynamic than the V550 thanks to its short-throw five-speed gearbox and tighter suspension. Only around 80 cars were given the V600 treatment and, as a result, they’re highly sought after by collectors today. How breathtaking is the combination of ‘Peacock Blue’ and magnolia on this example?