Market Finds – The Spring/Summer collection 2016
Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider America
The Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider America is way too curvaceous for a conventional catwalk, but it would stop traffic in any of the global couture capitals regardless. Dreamt up in Pinin Farina’s design house at the dawn of the dolce vita era – with a wraparound windscreen and an absence of door handles so as not to interrupt its voluptuous lines – this topless redhead has remained permanently à la mode.
Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991)
If there’s one contemporary collector car that’s in vogue this season, it’s the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Vibrant colours only enhance their appeal, and this Miami Blue example is possibly the most worthy of the significant premium over list price that the model commands in today’s market. Along with the stunning paint-to-sample colour, it also boasts the optional Chrono pack and ceramic brakes – meaning it has the ‘go’ to match the ‘show’, and then some.
Alfa Romeo 1900C Sprint Supergioiello
It might not be as conventionally pretty as some of its younger siblings – but nowadays, neither are some of the world’s best-earning supermodels. This bronzed ‘beauty’ is one of only three known examples of the 1900 Sprint Supergioiellos remaining, and even has period competition history at the Monte Carlo Rally. For one reason or another, it finished too far behind to be classified – the definitive instance of a fashionably late arrival?
Aston Martin DB4 Convertible
For many, the DB5 is the ultimate David Brown-era Aston – but fashionistas aren’t the type to follow the crowd, and you can’t get much more exclusive than a DB4 Convertible. One of only 70 produced, this example is now back on the scene after a two-year restoration, which included a repaint in its unusual original colour of Caribbean Pearl as well as an R.S. Williams engine upgrade.
Mercedes-Benz 300 SE Cabriolet
The 300 SE was the Mercedes to have in the 1960s – and if your sense of style puts elegance over ostentatiousness, that remains the case a half-century later. Recently restored in a stunning colour combination with just the right amount of complementary brightwork, this W112 represents a perfect automotive ensemble for the sartorial sage.
Photos: Hexagon Classics, Image Automotive, Rémi Dargegen for RM Sotheby’s, Tom Hartley Jnr., Arthur Bechtel