Market Finds – Diamonds and the rough
1970 Porsche 917/10 Prototype
It’s worth taking the time to read the advert description of this Porsche 917/10 Prototype, because it’s an interesting tale. As the official factory prototype, it was extensively tested in the hands of Mark Donohue, Jo Siffert and Willi Kauhsen to name but a few, and was instrumental in developing the all-conquering turbocharged monsters that dominated the Can-Am series in the early 1970s. It’s now in its prototype state, and fitted with the Gulf-liveried nose from a 917L, just as it was in period. It’s crude, raw, primitive and frankly terrifying, but it’s all the more desirable for it.
2002 BMW Z8
BMW’s retro roadster, the Z8, has been lost somewhat in the annals of modern sports car history – yet values continue to rise. Poorly received by the motoring press when it was introduced, the car simply couldn’t compete with the opposition. At 15 years old, however, the way it drives is perhaps less important. It’s a gorgeous roadster, very rare and possibly the perfect weekend antidote to a busy week in the office.
1939 Fiat Topolino
We all dream of unearthing a spectacular ‘barn find’, but for most, the prospect of returning an old Aston Martin or Ferrari to its former glory is too daunting. While this 1939 Fiat Topolino is crying out for much TLC, it’s arguably a more approachable project, what with the widespread availability of parts and its unintimidating size.
1993 Renault Clio
If you passed your driving test in the early 1990s, a Renault Clio might well have been your first car. More than 20 years on, the rarer, unmolested variants of such humble hatchbacks are proving collectable – take this 1993 Clio 1.8 16V, for example, with its plush leather interior and sporty touches such as the NACA duct in the bonnet. Boasting just two owners from new, we suspect they both cherished it as though it was their first car. You never forget…
1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’
While this Ferrari Daytona’s gorgeous shade of Rosso Rubino isn’t original, it’s undoubtedly much prettier than the metallic silver in which it was delivered. A desirable ‘Euro-spec’ example, it boasts the factory-fitted air conditioning and Becker Mexico radio – two features that only bolster this car’s grand touring credentials. It’s also got the Cromodora ‘throwing stars’ wheels, which we think are much more in keeping with the car’s tapered design than the Borrani wires.