WHAT'S HOT ON THE BLOCK THIS MONTH
Keep your eyes on the values of Honda NSXs.
At the moment, you can find tidy Aussie-delivered manual cars from around $85k, but the introduction of the all-new NSX may well spark more interest in the original; a car that has been tipped for ages but has thus far underperfomed.
Now here’s something very special.
Chassis #2275326 is one of only three BMW CSLs prepared in Group II by Max Heidegger in 1973. It is one of the very few light versions built, with thinner panels, plastic rear “glasses” and with the wing extension kit. It also features a raceprepped engine with three Weber carbs replacing fuel injection, lifting peak power to 240hp. This example is supplied with a 2015 FIA Technical Passport, and a 2015 FFSA technical Passport, and is therefore eligible for historic events such as Tour Auto and Le Mans Classic.
Let’s face it, Las Vegas wouldn’t be your first port of call if you were trying to source an Opel wagon from 1973. When the Manta made landfall in the US back in 1971, it was referred to by its engine displacement, simply the Opel 1900.
The innovative 1.9-litre cam-in-head four-pot was a sweet little engine and was quick enough to keep a BMW 320i honest. Sold through Buick dealerships, these Opels are now a rare sight and this unrestored automatic two-owner car with 89,500 original miles, has an interior and Sunset Copper paint that has done well to resist the fierce Nevadan sun.
With prices of genuine XY GTs somewhere only visible from the Stromlo Observatory, spinning a lookalike from a humbler 500 base is becoming an increasingly popular alternative. Not that it'll add a whole lot of value, the $44,000 raised by this car not being a whole lot different to top book for clean original XY 500s. 1971 was a good year for Falcons, with the second-generation car having enjoyed a five year run by this point, with obvious improvements to reliability and handling. The 351ci Cleveland V8 in this one isn't going to blow your little deception either.
Is the Lancia Fulvia the most perfectly proportioned small coupe of the Sixties?
It’s hard to think of much better, the highwaisted body dressed with filamentthin pillars, raised rear haunches and a beautifully-judged balance between overhangs and wheelbase. This left-hand drive 1.3 SII example was sensibly priced, well presented and came with Italian ASI gold plate certification.
With less than 100 miles under its generously-cut belt since a full restoration, theis '53 Eldorado is body number 19 of only 532 produced. The Eldorado carved its own legend amongst Caddy fans and and was used by Dwight Eisenhower for his inauguration parade in January 1953. This matching numbers, rust-free example is the gold standard as far as these go.
RM SOTHEBY'S NEW YORK - 10 DEC STRAP IN, ladies and gentlemen, because this stunning Miura SV could very well realise an all-time Lamborghini auction record. The RM/Sotheby’s ‘Driven By Disruption’ auction in the Big Apple also includes a beautiful Countach LP400 S and the one-off Gallardo-based Concept S which first appeared at the 2005 Geneva Show, so this auction is sure to be a big drawcard for fans of the Sant’Agata marque.
The Miura’s the star turn though. The original colour combination of Giallo Miura over Nero leather is perhaps the archetypal Miura combo, chassis 5014 enjoying a bare metal resto overseen, quality checked and documented by Valentino Balboni. The legendary Lambo test driver even sourced the expensive period-correct Pirelli CN12 rubber.
Great things have come from combining two winning ideas. The spork, the nacho hat, dust mop slippers, the list is virtually endless. To that we can now add the Mustang/Bronco combo, a car which offers a retro take on the BMW X6/ Mercedes GLE Coupe genre. If Mustang ownership appeals but you can’t reach the drive-through window, this could well be thirty-five grand well spent.
“Mi aiuti per favore. Ho un incendio elettrico nella mia macchina.” The Shamal we have here is the ultimate expression of the Biturbo family and, to be fair, most of the gremlins had been ironed out by the time it launched in '89. This Shamal’s 3.2-litre 435hp lump was used for 'tuning experimentation'. What could possibly go wrong? And what’s that hot smell?
Taswegian Arthur Hayward was the brains behind Holden's first take on the SUV, but due to ADR issues only 80 were ever built which makes them highly collectible. The combination of 4WD, a grunty 308ci V8 and Turbo 400 transmission was supremely suited to bush bashing. Inspired by the Chevy Blazer, the Overlander still rocks the spot.
Paul Bracq's beautifully elegant Pagodaroof W113 Benz is a car that has quietly cemented a reputation as one of the coolest cars at any price. The 280 SL is the model to have, the M130 six developing a respectable 170hp. This example came with a hard top only which capped the value a little, and only a little mechanical fettling would see this car being a reliable, usable classic.