For sale! Is a monthly feature on Automotive Views focusing on cars available for purchase in Europe. None of the ads selected are featured in this blog due to any kind of sponsorship by the sellers.
1998 Mercedes Benz CLK GTR
If there was ever a time in which Mercedes truly outdid itself in the performance department, it was with this: the CLK GTR. Only 25 of these outstanding rides were build and they certainly command – as you’d expect – seriously high asking prices but oh boy, are they worth it…Back in 2012 I wrote a little bit about another one that popped up for sale (that time down in Ft. Lauderdale, FL) so, for more info on the CLK GTR click here to go to that previous AV post. This particular one being offered for sale right now has less then 1000kms under its belt, which although not being something unheard of with cars of this caliber (people tend to lock them up and not enjoy them), it’s still pretty impressive.
Oh, and did I mentioned the same seller has an FIA GT spec, Le Man participant CLK GTR for sale as well…?
I want to stop fangirling over the W100 600, I really do but I can’t…it’s just such a perfect thing…I’ve been on and on about it in the past, so if you want to read more regarding the 600 you can check out these previous AV posts here and here.
All black, all beautiful. Every once in a while (ok fine, almost every month…) I feature a Mach 1 on “For Sale!”, but not just because I personally love this version of the 1969 and 1970 Mustang (I’m ok with the 1971 too, but that’s a whole different story); they’re properly amazing cars by any measure, not just some of the best looking rides ever made. This particular Mach 1 probably has a 351 Windsor 2-barrel; the seller lists the engine in the specs as a “5.7L, 233hp”; the 5.7L I assume to be a typo, since both Windsor and Cleveland – for 1970 – 351s are 5.8L and the horsepower figure is closer to the original 250 of the Windsor 2-barrel than to the 290 of the 4-barrel version. The 4 speed manual is definitely a good selling point in Europe and the fact that this is originally a California car with a full restoration done not so long ago are also strong arguments to help convince potential buyers. Despite their originality, it begs for new rims, but otherwise it’s absolutely perfect.
Let’s say you’re a wealthy individual, a particularly sophisticated bon vivant of impeccable taste. You appreciate the finer things in life of course and as such, you understand that an automobile must be more than a means of transportation from A to B; it needs to reflect your image, speak to your personality, be a statement. In the top luxury range, you’re faced with only two choices: Rolls Royce or Bentley. German cars are for executives and politicians, so you have to go British (well, as British as possible anyway…we could argue about just how German RR’s and Bentley’s are, but we’re not getting into that now). Being chauffeured around all the time isn’t quite your style, so a Phantom would be inappropriate since it can’t exactly be called a “driver’s car”. You could get a Ghost, but that would mean you’d have to live with the knowledge that there was something better and more expensive, so that simply won’t do. The solution? Forget Rolls Royces and focus on Bentleys, more specifically the gorgeous, exclusive, refined, incomparable Mulsanne. Not only does it have exquisitely luxurious interiors, but it’s also more than capable of being absolutely ferocious on the road. The twin turbo V8 puts out 500+ bhp, making sure you’ll only ever be as fashionably late as you desire to any of you charity Galas in London or Riviera soirées at the Hôtel de Paris.
The 993 was an amazing 911, it is – pretty much – universally loved, especially since it was the last of the purist-approved Porches (last of the air cooled). On top of the 993 food chain was this, the monstrous (and I use that term in the most positive of senses) GT2. Bred for racing, it was a nice little step up from the already very impressive Turbo. The huge fenders were bolt on plastic pieces to accommodate the bigger tires and also to make them easier to remove and replace in a racing scenario…talk about a focused machine. The extremely rare, extremely desirable GT2 featured here for sale has under7500km and is one of just seven right hand drive cars produced for the British market.
I won’t say much about this little know but oh so perfect Aston because I’m actually preparing a full article about it; however, I will state that this is one of Aston Martins’ greatest accomplishments as far as road cars are concerned. A lot of people didn’t get the Virage, they didn’t get the Vantage either; but for those who truly understood…it was love at first sight. This is the pinnacle of that Virage/Vantage evolution; a limited series of 40 earth shattering cars that marked the end of an era. The one featured in this ad is one of THE Le Mans to have, a V600 (there was a choice between V590 and V600 spec). Although no information on that regard is currently available from the seller, I checked the registry and believe this to be either chassis number 13 (10/03/2000) or 37 (31/03/2000). I personally have a bit of an issue with the color because I always think of these in Aston Martin Racing Green and this particular example is a Bowland black, but don’t get me wrong, this is not a bad color by any means, it’s just not the iconic one for this model in particular. Again, according to the registry, there were only 3 Bowland black Le Mans and they’re said to have tan (2) and charcoal (1) interiors; this particular car has Magnolia interiors, so perhaps the registry is at fault there or the car got reupholstered at some point. Even if it had been the case [second hypothesis, strictly speculative] it would certainly take nothing away from it.
In the immortal words of Monty Python’s John Cleese: “and now for something completely different”. I love wagons, I love old Cadillacs and I most certainly love old Cadillac wagons. Look at it, how cool is this!? It’s a Fleetwood Brougham, but a wagon…in wagon form…wagon shaped…WAGON! Am I the only one ridiculously excited over this!? I knew there have been a few custom Caddy wagons over the years – even Elvis had one – but what makes this particular “Castilian” exciting is that it is a part of a series! I admit to my previous complete ignorance on this model, so I checked with Conceptcarz.com and Farcereplace.com and found out that the Castilians were a creation of Traditional Coachworks Ltd. of Chatsworth, California. They made about 50 of these (weren’t cheap either…30 grand each!) and they also came up with a cool El-Camino like version called “Mirage”. What a great company! The one being offered for sale in this ad looks absolutely wonderful and it is simply beautiful. The lines are astonishing and I am in love, so please buy it before I get in debt over it…