5 collector cars to put in your garage this week
In 1993, the Porsche Supercup became a supporting act at Formula 1 Grands Prix – a role it’s played ever since. At Monaco, the young Finnish rising star Mika Häkkinen, under the expert guidance of rally world champion Walter Röhrl, climbed behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 for the very first time and entered the one-make race on the streets of the principality. And he only went and won it! This immaculateroad-registered 1991 Porsche 964 Cuphas been finished in the classic Häkkinen TAG Heuer livery. Never has Grand Prix White been such an appropriate colour.
If you’re the kind of person who resents queuing for the checkout at the supermarket, then you’re probably equally opposed to joining a waiting list for a new car. Fortunately,this delivery mileage 2018 Aston Martin Vantageis currently for sale in the Netherlands and could, if you so desired, be driven away tomorrow. The specification is the best we’ve seen yet on the new ‘baby’ Aston – China Grey (which, in certain light, is quite similar to Classic Driver Grey) over a black leather and Alcantara interior. The contrasting yellow brake calipers are the proverbial cherry on the cake.
Powder Blue and Marigold Orange – they’re two colours that, for motorsport enthusiasts at least, will forever be associated with John Wyer’s Gulf-sponsored racing cars, the most successful of which were the Mirage GT40s that claimed victory at Le Mans in 1968 and ’69. When Ford introduced its second-generation GT, it painted a limited number of ‘Heritage’ cars in the Gulf colours, andthis exampleis one of them. If the 550bhp from the standard V8 doesn’t quite get your heart pumping, this one’s been fitted with a Roush supercharger and now kicks out 790bhp.
Long in the shadow of its adored successor, the F355, the Ferrari 348 is something of a black sheep in the brand’s recent history. But we’re not sure it deserves such a bad rap. Aesthetically, it packs all the visual drama you’d expect from a 1990s Italian sports car (side strakes included) and from a driving point of view, it’s certainly leaps and bound ahead than the 328 in terms of refinement and practicality. Plus, whichever way you cut it, that flat-plane V8 sounds glorious. Thisrust-free, low-mileage example from 1993is waiting to swing your opinion.
Just 500 ‘Exclusive Series’ Porsche 991 Turbos were built, of which just 20 were believed to have been delivered to the UK. This more than a regular car with every box on the options list ticked – the Exclusive Series was 27bhp more powerful and utilised many carbon-fibre panels including the bonnet and, if specified, extraordinarily expensive wheels. This one-owner example isnumber 497 of the 500 built. Future classic? We reckon so…
Photos: Sports Purpose, Wim Prins, The Octane Collection, Konzept Automobile, Tom Hartley Jnr.