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1971 Lamborghini Jarama GT
It’s not the first time a Jarama is featured on a “For Sale” and it will very likely not be the last. One of the most extraordinary and unique Lamborghini’s ever made (and there’s some steep competition there…), the Jarama is everything a Grand Tourer should be: a fantastic engine coupled to distinctive but not over the top looks and a luxury interior to match. Apparently even Ferrucio himself was a fan. The seller features this interesting bit of information on the ad:
“Here are Ferrucio Lamborghini‘s own words, in an interview accorded to Thoroughbred & Classic Car magazine – UK in January 1991:
“I preferred the Jarama to all the others, because it is the perfect compromise between the Miura and the Espada. The Miura is a sport car for the young at heart who wants to go like hell and love to be seen. Myself, I considered the Miura too extrovert after a while. In turn, the Espada was my Rolls Royce : still quite fast, but also large and comfortable. The Jarama is the perfect car if you just want to have one car.”
Price: € 250.000 (274.115 USD)
For Sale in Belgium
Seller: Private Seller
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1983 Lancia Rally 037
How would you feel about owning a legendary rally champion? Pretty good, right? Well here’s your chance to make yourself a very happy boy (or girl). Coys is offering this gorgeous 037 for sale and it’s not just “any” old 037, but the 1983 Monte Carlo Rally Winner (Walter Rohrl/Christian Geistdorfer)! That year, Lancia also won the manufacturers title so this is indeed a very, very special ride. Marking the end of an era, the 037 was the last ever rear wheel drive car to win the WRC. After its racing career, this particular example of Lancia’s genius and resourcefulness back in the good ol’ days was sold to a private collector who clearly took good care of his baby.
The 599 is the last Ferrari model I actually liked and the GTO variation is the last Maranello creation I ever lusted after. There are lots of fans of the new models out there, but Ferrari seems to be going in a direction that may rub some enthusiast the wrong way. Thankfully, you don’t need to buy a new one, you can go pick up this little gem for instance. Featuring a gorgeous Tour de France blue (with grey top), this 661bhp beast, a road going version of the bonkers 599XX is more than able to put a huge smile on your face.
Not your typical beach cruiser, this very particular little Fiat was apparently fit for royalty. Taking up water skiing in the late 50’s, Princess Ira von Fustenberg (daughter of a Prince and a Fiat heiress) needed something appropriate and unique to get around on the beaches of Sardinia and so, she went with a yellow Fiat with bright red interiors, as one does. Only two of these Multipla based Fissore modified creations exist.
Although “American Muscle” is a term we take for granted, “British Muscle” however always raises a few eyebrows. But that doesn’t make the expression incorrect or just plain silly. Take this for instance: a 1988 V8 Vantage X-Pack. Not only is it a drop dead gorgeous car (seriously this thing will make you howl like a Tex Avery cartoon wolf) but it is also a very fine example of a Britain bread muscle car: a no nonsense rear wheel drive V8 coupe made to go like hell. Sure, it doesn’t have the working class hero aura of the American greats, but that doesn’t exclude it from the definition either. Between 77 and 89, only 534 of these beauties were made and although they’re thoroughly impressive in any form, one can’t help but to have a little extra bit of love for the X-Pack cars with their Cosworth upgraded engines. This particular one being offered for sale has the extra bonus of having the steering wheel on the correct side, a plus for continental European buyers.
Vipers…can’t live with them (you know, cause they’ll kill you), can’t live without them (cause they’re just so damn pretty!). Dodge Vipers have been some of the most unique cars in the world ever since the first one came off the line way back in 1992. It was never refined, it didn’t become civilized until very recently and that’s all perfectly ok. Actually, it’s more than ok, it’s a blessing. While a lot of sports cars just end up feeling useless due to all the added electronic nannies, the Viper’s approach to safety was always…not to have one; a “don’t crash and you’ll be fine” kind of deal, and that’s amazing! Especially coming from a huge manufacturer. Until very recently the Viper was pretty much just an engine with some wheels attached. The current version is an extraordinarily capable piece of machinery, but it’s not as mental as its predecessors and that’s bittersweet. You get a better handling car, but it’s no longer constantly plotting your demise, keeping you on your toes, with your heart on your throat, even in the most mundane daily drives…and that’s what makes it fun.
The very low mileage SRT-10 being featured on this article looks absolutely stunning; it was offered for sale new in Britain but it’s a left hand drive car. Being an 05, it’s amongst the first second generation Vipers, a production series which featured striking brand new looks and an added 100 bhp, pushing the power output from 400 in the first gen to 500bhp.
You know those ideas that sound really stupid when you say them out loud, but then someone tries to make it happen and it turns out they’re actually great? Taking 911s rallying is one of those cases. You wouldn’t expect a luxury sports car to do well running over dirt and rocks and mud at speed for thousands and thousands of miles, but surprisingly 911s are pretty great at that. Being extremely well balanced and reliable machines, these little Porsches adapted brilliantly and made harsh environments their own. The one being offered for sale by Coys is a factory racer, prepared by Porsche to enter the 1977 London to Sydney marathon, a grueling rally that according to the seller, this particular car was winning until a shipping snafu caused the car to arrive in Australia two days late. Despite not taking the win in 77, in 2004 it went back with a vengeance and won its class. Determined little fellow isn’t it?
As always, “we saved the best for last”. This particular GT500 has a…colorful story (which you can read here http://www.coys.co.uk/auction.php?itemID=6455&auctionID=56), but precisely because of it, (racing background, non original engine/transmission) it’s not one for the purists and that should reflect on the price…but curiously, it doesn’t. Not enough anyway. Sadly no technical specs are available in order to better understand the current condition of the car. Still, GT500 with a European registration…counts for something.