For Sale! [October 2020 Edition]

For sale! Is a – mostly – monthly feature on Automotive Views focusing on cars available for purchase in Europe. None of the ads selected are featured on this website due to any kind of sponsorship by the sellers.

After a couple of months on hiatus, AV is back. We’re working on new and – hopefully – pretty interesting content, so if you’re with us, hang in there for some good stuff coming soon. In the meanwhile, let’s take a look at some possible fun October purchases for the wealthier among us.   

1953 Alfa Romeo 1900

A gorgeous, hand built Alfa Romeo in the tradition of the great 50’s and 60’s one-offs by coachbuilders like Touring and Bertone is always a rare find. As such, this stunning example should be a very desirable prize. However, in this particular case, there are a few asterisks to consider because not everything is what it seems. Despite registered as a 53, this car was actually built in the mid to late 60’s by a company called Autotecnica del Lario in Lecco, Italy. It’s equipped with a 1900 engine, the body is aluminum and the chassis features a superleggera-like tubular frame. In other words, it ticks all the boxes for what you want in something like this, it’s just not the genuine article. Should that bother you? Well, it depends on the price doesn’t it? With an estimated (maximum) hammer down value of around 90 grand (USD), if it does go for that, we’d argue it’s still well worth it. This is, after all, not some fiberglass kit car; it’s a carefully hand built piece with an Alfa engine and Alfa parts wrapped up an immediately recognizable Alfa-style body. One of (reportedly) only 8, for the money, something this interesting and this beautiful certainly deserves some attention at the auction.

Price: Auction, estimated €66.472 to 77.559  (77.609 to 90.544 USD)

For Sale in the U.K.

Seller: Silverstone Auctions

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1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5

One of the ultimate statements in style, an effortless expression of personality and class and one of the last proper Mercedes, the W111/112s are not only pretty and impeccably built, they’re also some of the most charming rides you can possibly find yourself in. This particular example, a lovely 3.5 V8 Coupe had quite a bit of restoration work done. It features the iconic stacked headlights (originally an American car, of course) and although not exactly inexpensive, the trouble of putting down a little extra to get a well looked after example of one of these is well worth it.       

Price: €99.000  (115.560 USD)

For Sale in the Netherlands

Seller: Veni Vidi Vici

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1990 Ferrari Koening F48

Do you like excess? If so, back in the 90’s Koening had you cover with just the right kind of it. For the folks who wanted a bit of extra spice in their 348, Koening offered this, the F48, an F40-esque ode to the 90’s defining tendency of dialing everything up to 11, because of reasons. Putting a pair of turbos on the 348’s V8 made the power output go up to 520bhp, a 220+bhp increase from stock configuration. 520, in 1990! But it wasn’t all just power and F&F looks…the F48 also featured upgraded suspension and breaks, being the first (or one of the first) road cars to be equipped with carbon ceramic breaks (at the front).  

Price: €166.168  (194.010 USD)

For Sale in the U.K.  

Seller: Simon Furlonger Specialist Cars

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1964 Peugeot 404 Familiale

As a rule, family cars are just beat to hell, so finding something like this 404 Familiale (break) in such a pristine condition is a truly special occasion. A one owner, all original station wagon, with original carpets, upholstery and even 100% factory paint. For the lovers of originality, this is an incredible find. Plus, 404s are really handsome cars in any form. Coupe, sedan, break…you just can’t go wrong.   

Price: P.O.R.

For Sale in the Netherlands

Seller: Classic Youngtimers Consultancy

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1970 Lamborghini Espada

This isn’t the first Espada we feature on “For Sale” and it very likely won’t be the last. Espadas are a joy to look at and they’re fantastic grand tourers as well, but they rarely get the respect they deserve. This Series II looks to be in great condition and those stunning Miura, Campagnolo magnesium  knock-off alloys just make it so – damn – sexy. Originally a U.S. car, this Espada had extensive restoration work, both mechanical and aesthetic. We wish the interior had retained a bit of pre-makeover character, but a restored car can hardly be faulted for looking too new.

Price: €187.500  (218.915 USD)

For Sale in the Netherlands

Seller: Gallery Aaldering

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2007 Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR 722

The SLR makes for an interesting case study because on the one hand, it’s a very underappreciated model but on the other, the people who love it really, truly love it and as such, the market tens to be pretty stable for them. They’re dependable and they’re engineered exceptionally well, so they can take a lot of abuse without ever breaking a sweat. Unsatisfied with the already pretty awesome car it had, Mercedes went a step further and pushed for the 722, a special edition which derives its name from the legendary Mille Miglia run by the great, late Stirling Moss (in a 300 SLR with the number 722). The SLR 722 is, pretty much, just an SLR in which everything is just a little better, lighter, tougher. The power increase is very modest from the standard model, just 20 something hp, but the price difference is astronomical. This is because while over 2000 SLRs were made, only 150 of those were 722s. A special car for the serious enthusiasts only.       

Price: €689.890  (809.034USD)

For Sale in Germany

Seller: Auto SL

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2014 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6X6

Keeping with the theme of very expensive Mercedes, a few years back, those kooky Germans thought it would be fun to do something a bit bonkers with that wonderful 40 year old brick we know as the G-Wagen. And so they came up with an almost 6 meters long and over 2 meters wide/tall, 6 wheel drive, 536hp, twin turbo V8 truck capable of tackling the most demanding terrains in complete comfort. This is a Dubai kind of off-roader, an option for people to whom a big price tag is utterly meaningless; it was Mercedes going all out, just because it could.  

Price: €762.823 (890.634 USD)

For Sale in Switzerland

Seller: FK Group

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1993 Jaguar XJ220C Le Mans Winner

As usual, the best for last…and this month, the best is without a doubt the 1993 FIA/IMSA class winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Coulthard, Brabham and Nielsen’s Jaguar XJ220C number 50. The XJ220 in stock, road going configuration is already the coolest Jaguar model ever made – fight us – but this particular example is just a whole other level. Click on the ad to read all about the astonishing XJ220C chassis 002, it’s well worth your time, we promise!

Price: P.O.R.

For Sale in the U.K.

Seller: Historic Classics

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