5 collector cars to put in your garage this week
A chunk of BMW history
Driven by Roberto Ravaglia, Thierry Tassin, and Alexander Burgstaller to an emphatic victory in the 1994 Spa 24 Hours, this ex-Team Bigazzi BMW 318 IS is a fully-fledged part of BMW lore. After its stunning debut at Spa, the car was sold by BMW Motorsport to the well-known Belgian racer Willy Maljean, who raced and cherished the car until his death in 2016. As such, the beautifully original BMW is in ‘perfect running condition’ – we feel a return to Spa is long overdue.
Amid the hype
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Automobili Amos’s new restomod Lancia Delta Integrale has caused a storm of hype in the car world. Amid the furore, it’s easy to forget that the original Integrale was a damned fine car to drive in the first place – it didn’t become a cult classic hot hatch for nothing... This tidy grey-over-green High Fidelity 16V example from 1992 has been cherished and, perhaps more importantly, not molested over the course of its life. Will we ever tire of that geometric Giugiaro silhouette?
Ready for takeoff
With audacious styling and matte grey paintwork directly inspired by the F35 fighter jet, the special edition Lamborghini Reventón defines what a supercar should be. Just 20 coupés and 15 roadsters left Sant’Agata between 2007 and 2009 and this drop-top example is one of just three ordered in right-hand drive. Seemingly displaying all the characteristics of a future classic, we don’t think the £1m asking price is unreasonable at all.
Land Rover’s run-out Heritage Edition Defender is a car we know rather well at Classic Driver. In fact, we’re not sure any other ‘new’ car has charmed us anywhere near as much as ‘HUE 166’ did (affectionately named after the very first Land Rover Series 1) when we tested it a few years back. It seems we’re not alone, either – prices have been steadily rising since its launch and with the arrival of the new Defender poised for 2019, we can’t see that changing any time soon. This as-new 90’ example from 2015 has apparently never seen a dirt road – and we think that needs to change.
Straight from the motor show stand
Arguably one of the most striking designs from the 1990s, the De Tomaso Guarà is just as impressive beneath the surface. Based on Maserati Barchetta underpinnings, the car boasted a futuristic Kevlar body mounted to a strong backbone chassis, Formula 1-style suspension, and a bullet-proof 4.0-litre BMW V8. One of just 39 built, this early three-owner Guarà is finished in an elegant and intriguing shade of dark blue. Perhaps more pleasing is that it’s no garage queen, having covered over 46,000km.
Photos: Art & Revs, Cotswold Collector Cars Ltd, Joe Macari, My Mini Revolution, Albion Motorcars