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Renault 5 Turbo II
Perhaps Renault’s most iconic cars to date, the R5 turbos I and II are living testament of what can be achieved when engineers look at a car and say “screw it, let’s just dial it up to 11”. Renault grabbed its tiny economy hatchback, made it supercharged and mid engined and then took it racing. Because they needed homologation specials to do so, we ended up with stunning, delightfully bonkers road going versions of the R5 Turbo and Turbo II. Perhaps the most desirable French car of the 80’s, a nice R5 Turbo II like the one featured here will cost you but you’ll be a legend to car enthusiasts everywhere.
2004 Renault Clio V6 Phase II
The undisputed early 2000’s king of what the brits call “hot hatches”, the Clio V6 is a wonderful bit of madness. Following the Renault 5’s proud tradition of stuffing a big engine in the middle of a little car, the Clio V6 is one of those rare things that really shouldn’t exist, there’s no logical reason for them to have been made and yet there’s such a tremendous joy in the simple fact that they’re a thing. This beautiful Phase II Clio V6 with 255 bhp is a nice option for those looking into getting in early on a future classic superstar. Prices are already getting up there and good examples will be increasingly hard to find.
2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722
As we’ve stated in the past, the SLR is one of the most misunderstood and unfairly treated supercars of the 21st century. Everyone was looking for it to be something which it wasn’t and in the process, apparently forgot to notice that this is a phenomenally powered, blisteringly quick and reliable supercar. How often do you put those last two words together when talking about this kind of ride? The 722 we’re featuring today is even more special than the regular SLR. Made to commemorate Stirling Moss’s Mille Miglia victory in 1955, the 722 gets its name from Moss’s departure time and features some extra carbon bits on the inside and outside, bigger brakes, stiffer dampers, better aerodynamics…and an increase in power. 641 bhp, about 24 or 25 more than the regular SLR. This Mercedes McLaren collaboration doesn’t just look nice, it is a proper warrior and THE supercar to have if you’re actually gonna put some miles on the thing.
1991 Saab 900 Turbo 16 S
The most beloved of Saabs’ creations? Very likely. The 900 is such a charming, unique looking car. There really is no mistaking it for anything else and people absolutely love it. Packed with Swedish quirkiness, its little 4 cylinder slanted engine mounted the wrong way round was very capable when turbo charged, making the 900 turbo not only lust worthy for its looks but also for its ability to haul ass. One of the finest iterations of the 900 Turbo formula was the 16 S, a rare 175 bhp variant guaranteed to make the heart of any Saab enthusiast skip a beat. The one we’re featuring here looks stunning, seems to be in pretty good shape and ready to put a huge smile in someone’s face.
1987 Gaz 14 ГАЗ 14-05 Parade Phaeton
It’s a big name for a big car…The finest in communist luxury, according to the seller this Gaz is one of 15 of its kind used for military parades back in the USSR days. Gorkovsky Avtomobilny Zavod (GAZ) stuff has always been the choice for the soviet leader on the go, with the 14 model being the biggest and baddest ride a Central Committee comrade could aspire to enjoy. Because they’re such low production vehicles, a good Gaz 14 Chaika will still set you back a huge amount of money. There’s no price stated for the one we’re featuring but we’re pretty sure it won’t be cheap.
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1979 Porsche 935 Kremer K3 Le Mans
Erwin Kremer had a pretty interesting life and his work modifying and racing Porsches is well known and rightfully so. The man did win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1979 with his very own special blend of 935, the K3. Needless to say, it was no small feat. So imagine it’s 1979, you have a ton of cash, you’re naturally infatuated with the 935 because you’re only human and you just saw Kremer’s K3 win Le Mans, what do you do? Well, Walter Wolf asked himself this very question and then came to the natural conclusion that the only logical thing to do was to have Kremer build him is own road going K3. 800 grand later, Wolf took delivery of this 740 bhp beast. It is the definition of badass.
1930 Bentley Blue Train Recreation
We’re not sure exactly how to feel about this one. Replicas can be meticulous and extremely beautiful – this one is – but the absence of soul (for lack of a better term) they sometimes suffer from can be a real issue. That being said, in the case of this Blue Train recreation, it really does tempt you because it’s just downright stunning. Not to go too much into the history of the real Blue Train because we’d be here a while, but suffice to say that original Bentley Boy Woolf Barnato reportedly beat the legendary Blue Train from Cannes to London on a Speed Six with a J. Gurney Nutting fastback body. The car was from then on known as the “Blue Train”. This feat was so impressive that it took a Continental GT3-R in 2015 to – barely – beat Barnato’s average from 1930. However, over the years there’s been a whole lot of controversy over which Bentley Barnato actually used, so what people generally assume to be the Blue Train (the Nutting Speed Six) may not have been it at all. Regardless, the one featured here is a Racing Green Engineering recreation of the Nutting Speed Six and it is…pretty damn cool. Built on Mark VI chassis and running gears, these Racing Green Engineering replicas with their leather and walnut interiors are sexy enough to entice even the purists. But at a (usual) cost of around half a million bucks, are beautiful looks and the original Bentley base enough to justify going for it? Only the buyers can decide.