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.
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429
In true US of A fashion, we begin this month’s “For Sale” with a hell of a bang in full shock and awe tactics. The Boss 429 is the bossiest boss a boss can be. A product of NASCAR necessity (beating the big bad Hemis), the engine for these super rare, super expensive Mustangs is so big that it had to be specially fitted at Kar Kraft, Ford’s laboratory of kookiness, having demanded changes to the shock towers, fenders, mounts, exhaust manifold, etc…Rated at 375hp not to freak out insurance companies and open the door to legal hassle, the Boss 429 actually packed well over 500hp from the factory which for a street car in 1969 is just insane…and glorious. A 2 year deal only, under 900 Boss 429’s saw the light of day in 69 with only 499 more being built the following year.
So if you got over a quarter of a million British pounds to spend, by all means pick this gorgeous unicorn up. It is excruciatingly stunning; the black jade paintjob makes me feel all funny and tingly inside and it’s thrilling to see how many original parts this thing still has. If you’re a hardcore purist only one thing is gonna bum you out and that is the block not being a numbers matching part; but it is a factory replacement and come on, if you can afford this car and that’s what puts you off it then we can’t be friends, I’m sorry.
What’s left to see here is if the European angle of this deal will pay off. Sure, the 429 has extra appeal on this side of the Atlantic, but the strong market for it is back in the US or possibly in Dubai. We’ll keep an eye on this one.
As a bonus, here’s a “home video” of Kar Kraft in 1969 (you can see the 429’s on the line). Warning, if you’re a Ford aficionado make sure you’re alone because this will make you all hot and bothered.
2014 Audi RS6
This friendly looking monster is pretty much a supercar with a big boot. If you need a family car with Italian exotic capabilities, this is the ride for you. A couple of months back, AV featured some of the best super wagons out there and of course, the RS6 was prominently featured so if you wanna know more about this 560bhp hauler just click here.
The RS6 offered for sale in this ad looks great in Audi’s “Daytona Grey” and it’s loaded with options, so fetch your check book, get the wagon and then let me borrow it because I’ve got some furniture to move and this seems way more fun for that job than a diesel transit.
1976 Jaguar XJC
The XJC is one of the most attractive Jaguars ever made. No, scratch that, it’s one of the most attractive coupes ever; let’s not limit its sexiness to Jag’s lineup, this is a hell of handsome car by any measure. Based on the beautiful and oh so terrible XJ Series II, the XJC features a stylish pilarless design and could be bough with either a 4.2 in line 6 or 5.3 V12. It was also badged both as Jaguar and Daimler (don’t get me started on that…); the particular one featured in the ad is a Daimler badge car which means we have to call it the “double six” instead of XJ12C. Tomato, tomahto.
Besides being already a pretty special and rare Jag, this one has the added bonus for European buyers (it shows on the price though) of being a left hand drive car. The seller claims the XJC did 75.000 miles from new and just had a “full mechanical overhaul”. Well it certainly looks fantastic and even the vinyl roof is said to be original. I’ve gotta say, the classic black and while color scheme works really well on the Jag.
1994 Alpina B12
Ah, the E31 BMW…so much to say, so little time. Even car guys and gals who usually aren’t particular fans of bimmers seem to have a soft spot for the big 8 series and it’s not that hard to see why. These are incredibly distinctive cars and absolutely nothing that came before or after looks like them. Like the Jag we were just talking about, the 8 series coupes went with the pillarless look, making the design so clean that even the Mr. of the same name would be proud of it (you’ll end up getting that one). You could have the stunning E31 with either a V8 or a V12 and you’d be smart to option for the first because the V12 in these is as reliable as the word of a third world war lord. Being more two 6 cylinder engines welded together than a proper 12 cylinder, the two sides of the E31’s heart don’t really communicate that well and often end up giving up on life, making the engine just one big ol’ paperweight. A lot of issues are due to the electronics which are hopeless and suck the titanic batteries dry in no time, after which the whole system will develop even more problems. Fun! But let’s be serious, when everything is working properly these are a force of nature and of course, the V12’s are the most charismatic ones, especially that moving work of fine art formally known as 850 CSi…sigh…
If the big bad CSi isn’t good enough for you, there’s this, the Alpina B12. It doesn’t just feature some swanky graphics and fancy rims, no Sir…it goes like it’s on fire. Alpina gave the E31 about 40 more hp for good measure, allowing the B12 to go from 0 to 60 in 5.8 seconds which isn’t all that impressive until you remember the car only weighs slightly less than Australia.
The one being offered for sale is one of just 57, 5.7 (gettttt it?) B12’s and damn is it beautiful!
1983 Aston Martin Lagonda
I’m blue in the face from talking about the Lagonda so much. Yes, it is utterly terrible but it has always been one of my favorite cars and I couldn’t help but feature this one here as well because of just how fantastic it looks: black with a red leather interior; doesn’t get any better than that. It does however have (to go with its many, many problems) a cool history. Shipped new to Dubai, it got back to England in the 1980’s where it was sold to France in the early 90’s. Very international.
It is a lot of car for the money so if you’re immune to headaches, don’t mind burning cash for fun and, like me, can’t resist the charm of these big, stunning/ugly things…it’s waiting for you.
1980 Lotus Eclat S2
The Eclat doesn’t exactly have a claim to fame. If you’re into ugly/strange/wedgy cars, you’ll like it; if not, it probably flew right under your radar till just right now. Personally, I find it charming and it’s not like you’d lose it in the parking lot or anything…
An evolution of the equally…unique…Elite, the Eclat was first equipped with a 160hp 4 cylinder engine which was later upgraded to a 160hp 4 cylinder engine! Yes, revolutionary. But it is a Lotus so you’ve got great handling and since it weighs just over a ton, it wasn’t bad to drive. This particular (and very, very green) Eclat has been on and off the market for a few years now, having the extra appeal of having belonged to Colin Chapman. It was then donated by the man himself to his friend Gerard Crombac who kept it till death in 2005.
1989 Bentley Turbo R
Common sense would dictate that a 1980’s Bentley wouldn’t be very good, that it would handle terribly, be unreliable and underpowered. However, this isn’t just any old relic from the synthesizer era. The Turbo R is actually one of Bentley’s finest moments; it set the tone for the company as we know it today, a company that in recent years gave us wondrous gifts as the Continental Supersports and the Brooklands. It could go on about the Turbo R, but why not hear it all from someone who has one and actually knows what he’s talking about: Mr. Leno.
1962 Commer Van Ambulance
I had a laugh about this and hopefully some of you will as well. While scrolling through a popular classic car website, I saw this ambulance and it immediately felt familiar, but at first I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Thankfully the seller helped me out by including a picture of the Corgi Toys version of the real thing. The Commer Van was immortalized by Corgi in several variations, some of which allowed kids to actually interchange parts of different spec ones (police van, ambulance, cargo van…). The one in the bottom picture is mine, I bought it some time ago online, it arrived missing the interior and when I complained, the seller never replied to me again. Ah the joys of online purchases!
The real one being offered for sale does have an interior though and it seems to be in pretty alright condition for an original vehicle. Here’s the chance to upgrade from a toy Corgi to a real one.
For Sale in The Netherlands
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