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1963 Lancia Flavia Coupe
Lancia is one of those car companies that you can’t help but fall in love with. Sure, they’ve made absolutely terrible cars, but Lancia has that immeasurable Italian “special something”, that extra dose of style, glamour and sexiness that’s oozes out of pretty much every single car they ever made… it’s enough to make you overlook most of the downsides of owning something by Lancia and let me tell you, there are A LOT of those. Still, if you’re interested in a gorgeous classic for not a lot of money, the company’s repertoire will spoil you for choice. Running costs are another thing, but the initial investment isn’t that bad. Actually, I’d say that alone is more than enough incentive to take the plunge; you have time to regret it later (hopefully not). They say that every car enthusiast needs to own an Alfa Romeo at some point in his/her life; well I’d certainly add a Lancia to that rule as well.
This month, “For Sale!” features a gorgeous 1963 Flavia Coupe. Now, this is not a purpose built sports car and it is not a grand tourer. Actually, it’s a flat 4, 1.5L, 89hp coupe that just happens to look pretty as hell. So why is this Pininfarina cutie so relatively inexpensive? Well, there’s a lot to choose from in the “will it go wrong?” pile. Early Flavias – such as this – had timing chain issues, the carburetor was notoriously fiddly and cam timing had to be checked every 6000 miles. Top that with corrosion on the cylinder heads and you have a proper 60’s Lancia.
If this still doesn’t put you off, for what it’s worth the one being offered for sale does look great and the seller claims it has just went through a serious once over which also included a new paint job and upholstery.
As we had the opportunity to see a short while ago – click here for more wagony goodness – Audi is a wiz at making big family cars go ridiculously fast. In our humble opinion, this was one of the company’s best stabs at the concept: the B5 RS4. Only a little over 6000 of these were made between 99 and 01, making this a rare wagon and having the merit of being the direct successor of the grandmamma of fast wagons in Europe, the RS2. The 2.7L biturbo V6 on the B5 RS4 came from legendary Cosworth and it was coupled to a proper 6 speed manual, a winning combination.
Other than a couple of very minor esthetic issues, this option loaded wagon looks amazing and it is a whole lot of car for the money. Is it the most inexpensive, user friendly car you can buy? Hell no, but it is stunning and most importantly, it’s the real deal. If fast wagons are your thing, consider giving these guys a call.
Okay, I realize we’ve talked about the XJS ad nauseamon AV, but come on guys…look at this thing! And now look at the price! And now back at it! Sure, these are pretty terrible but I still wholeheartedly believe they’ll be a very serious collector item not too long from now. The style is getting prettier with age and eventually the XJS will have its place in the sun. For five thousand British pounds you get a beautiful coupe, a great V12 and endless headaches! But hey, the owner claims the steering system was replaced, as were the brakes and shocks and that the gearbox was rebuilt so…only about 1.275 more things to worry about, yay!
If you’re looking for a neat classic and if getting somewhere in style matters more to you than getting there fast, a vintage S-Class may be a great option for you. For a relatively low amount of money you can get a big, comfortable, borderline pristine “fintail” Mercedes that will take you everywhere in style and will surely make you the center of attention. A little while back, a guy drove down my street in one of these, a chill Sunday drive kind of deal and people went nuts! Heads were turning so fast I fear medical issues may have been developed that day.
The 220 is a basic motorization, entry level to the Class and the car itself weighs about the same as Germany, but going fast really isn’t the point with this thing.
We can’t help but love Maseratis here on AV and the GranSport is no exception. But before we go any further, what exactly is a GranSport? Well, first we had the Maserati 3200GT which, with slight changes, became the Coupé. Then, with a “little of this and a little of that” (suspension changes, engine and transmission tuning, added general cosmetic niceness), the Coupe became the GranSport. Powered by a Ferrari/Maserati V8, the GranSport is good for a 0 to 60 time of around 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 180mph. Mind blowing? Not exactly, but nothing to be ashamed off and definitely not bad for an almost 10 year old exotic.
With all the cool variations of the GT Maserati has been launching lately, it’s easy to forget these little 4200s, but they’re so well proportioned and capable that they certainly still deserve some love.
Price: € 55.000 (60.533 USD)
For Sale in Germany
Seller: GS Fahrzeugvertriebs
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1981 Mercedes Benz 280SL
Every now and then you come across a car that just makes you go “damn, that’s nice!”. Even if it’s not your preferred configuration or color, there’s something about it that just seems…perfect. That’s the case with this 280. Personally, we think the R107 looks especially amazing with its hardtop on, in a nice dark blue (or black) and with a big 4.5L V8 under the bonnet. However, this champagne 6 cylinder 280 looks like a million bucks! It’s not the most desirable color, it’s entry level power and it is expensive…but the cool factor is through the roof. Objectively, it has belonged to the same person for a quarter of a century and it has a full service history, which is huge, but still…
Anyway, if you want entry into the more money than brains club, this is your stylish ticket in.
Price: € 41.900 (46.115 USD)
For Sale in Belgium
Seller: Private Seller
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1995 Ferrari 348 TS
This is your friendly reminder to buy a Ferrari 348. Actually, you should have picked one up about 5 years ago when they were 20 grand cheaper, but if you hurry you can still double your money pretty soon.
What is that? Expensive you say? Not highly desirable you say? Do I have to bring up the Testarossa…? I didn’t think so…
MIND – BLOWN! A Lagonda wagon for sale, holly &%$#! We say wagon because we refuse to call this a shooting break; a while back, AV featured a pretty lengthy consideration on the term “shooting break” and its evolution over time, but the conclusion was: started as a sedan: wagon; started as a coupe: shooting break. Since the Lagonda is a sedan, this is a wagon. Semantics out of the way, just look how freaking glorious this thing looks!
According to the seller, this awesome Lagonda was redesigned and built by Roos Engineering Ltd. with the official sanction of Aston Martin. The customer ordered build took place between 1996 and 1999 and was based on a third series 1987 Lagonda. Cool features on this unique slice of heaven include rear parking sensors, DVD System and 4-speed automatic gearbox. The best part? It’s pretty much new with just 39.000 kilometers. Now, if Roos Engineering sounds familiar to you in relation to Lagondas, that’s not surprising because what you see here is pretty much an exact copy of another Lagonda wagon the company built (apparently) back in 88, at least that’s our understanding of it; the ad and history on these are just murky enough to leave us wondering if there are two or them or just the one…
Now, is this the coolest Lagonda ever made? Let’s go to our judges…and they say…no! Despite being a great big pile of amazing, this isn’t the best Lagonda mod. out there. That honor belongs to the Kielstra Lagonda (which you can and should see here). Built by Dutch enthusiast Harry Kielstra in – wait for it – his garage, the Kielstra Lagonda is a symphony of style and ingenuity, it looks straight out of science fiction and it simply constitutes a triumph in every aspect.
But don’t get us wrong, the Roos Lagonda is very high on our “want it so bad it hurts” list and we’re pretty sure that other Lagonda/wagon enthusiast will find the almost 400.000 Euros a small price to pay.