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For Sale! is back after a short absence in March due to a particularly tough schedule on my part…so, let’s get right back to it shall we?
1998 Rolls Royce Silver Spur Park Ward Touring Limousine
How regal are you feeling today? Very? Well, you’re in luck then Lord (or Lady) Reader. None of that new money nonsense for you, no Sir. Old world opulence all the way, that’s what you get with this Silver Spur Park Ward Limousine. That, and a small TV and VCR cause 90’s. So why is this vintage tech carrying machine still almost 150 thousand US dollars today? Because this isn’t a “limo”, this is a proper, hand build, custom created, luxury filled limousine. Forget the outdated electronics; a brand new S-Class well be hopelessly outdated in little over a decade from now. What matters with this thing is the feel, the presence. The new stuff…that’s what executives are driven in; this is for tycoons.
Here’s looking at you Keisha C. (a very dear friend of AV and die-hard Charger aficionada). Triple black, 1969 Charger 440 R/T…As Dixie Wetsworth would say: “You like? I like!” After going through a rotisserie restoration, one of the sexiest incarnations of the automobile form can be yours for…well, a big pile of cash. But hey, it’s well worth it. Because them Duke boys destroyed a train load of 69’s (estimated 300), this is a rare model and it’s also, arguably, the best looking of the golden years Chargers (‘68 – ‘69 – ‘70), all 3 big name movie stars (Bullit – Dukes of Hazzard – Fast and Furious franchise). The bad boy of bad boys and one of the coolest rides money can buy; there’s nothing like a Charger.
A long time ago, someone looked at a sports car and thought: “Huh…you know what this needs? More doors…and a big boot”. And so, wonderful amazing things such as the Lagonda Rapide, Iso Fidia and Quattroporte were born. In the 70’s, De Tomaso wanted a piece of the luxury sports sedan market and so they created this, the obscure and often unknown Deauville. Little over 240 were made in about 14 years of production, including a one-off estate version made especially for De Tomaso’s wife which is one of those things that’s so unbelievably bad and ugly that it’s actually kind of awesome. The Deauville is beautiful, but it was pricey and quality wise…well, we don’t need to go there do we? For a while prices were low but now, because they’re so rare and unique, the market is picking right up.
One of the coolest, funkiest little cars Renault has ever made. This fun French has no roof, no heater, not even sun visors…so it’s not the kind of thing you wanna get to drive around town on daily basis. What it does have is the same engine as the Clio Williams at the back of a lightweight aluminum body and a big roll bar, just in case you get too excited at a particularly tricky corner. A great looking, unusual little track car you can drive to the circuit and back home.
Who doesn’t love an Alfa…? Who doesn’t love a convertible Alfa? When the 8C came along, people gasped (and with good reason). It looks absolutely amazing! Little rough around the edges in terms of actually living up to its potential…alright, there was A LOT more than a little roughness, but it’s an Alfa so no one’s expecting it to be quirk free. As Jeremy Clarkson put it, the 8C is not a car, it’s art. Demand for the 8C was so great that Alfa Romeo decided it would be a good idea to chop the top off and build an additional 500 8Cs. The Spider was born. Losing none of the charm of the Coupe, the convertible version of the 8C is powered by the same Maserati developed V8 which sounds a bit like Thor after he had a particularly rough day. Achingly beautiful and endlessly appealing, if you’re looking to stand out this is the car for you.
When the topic of sleeper cars comes up, this is always my first thought: the Lotus Omega (or Vauxhall Carlton in the UK). How amazing was this thing? Well, it was good enough to cause a national scandal…read all about it in a previous AV post here.
Nowadays the bonkers Swedes at Koenigsegg are world renowned by their unbelievably fast and unique supercars and it’s easy to forget they only started in ’02…The CCX is Koenigsegg’s first new model after the initial run of the CC8S and it is extraordinary. Only 14 CCXs were made and, despite the interior on this one looking like the aftermath of a vicious assault on Barney the dinosaur, it really doesn’t take anything away from it. This is a proper, full blown supercar.
The 993 represents the end of a very important, long era for Porsche; that alone would make it special. However, the Turbo version of the 993 also just happens to be one of the very best pieces of machinery to ever come out of Stuttgart. Adored by Porsche fans (who absolutely loathed the 996), brilliant on the road and stunning to look at, it’s not hard to see why this is a considerably expensive car (despite being 20 years old already). This particular one offered for sale drove under 40.000km, had just one owner and all service done at an official Porsche dealer. Strong arguments for a sale despite the price tag.
Hallelujah! There is a series 1 for sale in Europe. People, rejoice! It’s a great day for the ones amongst you with 100 grand to spend. Like nothing that came before or after, the Series 1 is a benchmark not only in Shelby history but for American cars as a whole. Outrageously good looking and immensely fast and powerful, this car is definitely one for the history books. You can read more about it and why I love it so damn much in a previous AV post here.