8 Luxe Cars Perfect for New Collectors

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While many of the world’s most respected car collectors fell into their hobby by accident – simply buying what they liked, eventually amassing what could qualify as a “collection” – few of them would advise new collectors to take the same approach. To start, it’s important to know that not all old automobiles are collectible. Sometimes it is an individual example, rather than a specific make or model, that will prove to be a long-term and enjoyable car to own. RM Sotheby’s annual London sale features a wide array of such automobiles, many of which would be ideal for new collectors. Whether you are looking for your first Ferrari, Porsche or Jaguar, click ahead to see eight specialist-recommended models. –Jake Auerbach 

RM Sotheby’s: London
6 September | London

8 Luxe Cars Perfect for New Collectors

  • 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Roadster. Estimate £170,000–200,000 ($220,000–260,000).
    The introduction of the Jaguar E-Type in 1961 was nothing short of revolutionary. It was one of  the first road cars designed primarily in a wind tunnel and was the very first to feature full independent rear suspension and disc brakes, technologies previously seen only on the racetrack. The cars remain thoroughly modern in performance and make excellent driving classics. Enzo Ferrari called the E-Type “the most beautiful car ever made.”  

  • 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupé. Estimate £90,000–140,000 ($115,000–180,000).
    The Paul Bracq-designed 280 SE is considered one of the most elegant Mercedes-Benz ever produced. Introduced in 1967 as a sporty two-door coupé, the car was powered by Mercedes’ workhorse 6-cylinder. Mercedes quickly saw customer demand for a more powerful motor and thus introduced the 3.5, a revolutionary small-capacity V-8 that would go on to become one of the most famous engines in Mercedes-Benz’s history.  

  • 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint Coupé by Touring. Estimate £90,000–140,000 ($115,000–180,000).
    One of fewer than 200 examples in existence, this 1900C is a chance to own a proper Italian sports car with a properly coachbuilt body by Touring. The 1900C was the ultimate iteration of the long-running 1900 platform and offered meaningful upgrades in performance over its predecessors. These cars, highly eligible for tours and concours alike, are the perfect choice for anyone hoping to use their collection as a passport to some of the world’s greatest motoring events.  

  • 1983 Ferrari 512BBi. Estimate £190,000–230,000 ($245,000–300,000).
    Mid-engined, Red, and 12-cylinders: what more could anyone need? The Ferrari 512 BBi is a marvel not only of performance but of the wedge design era it would come to define. Capable of extremely high speeds without compromising day-to-day drivability, this car is a must for any collector. This example received a major service in 2015 and is ready to be enjoyed.  

  • 1971 Porsche 911E. Estimate £70,000–90,000 ($90,000–115,000).
    While the 911E is not especially collectible in its own right, this car’s originality, specifications and significant provenance render it a truly special vehicle worthy of the most serious Porsche collections. Delivered new to legendary racing driver John Fitzpatrick, the car was highly optioned and specified in Conda Green, arguably one of the most desirable colours for long-hood Porsches. Offered in remarkably original and unrestored condition and supported by comprehensive history, this is the 911E to own.  

  • 1964 Maserati Sebring 3500 GTi Series I by Vignale. Estimate £200,000–250,000 ($260,000–325,000).
    When it comes to classic Italian sports-cars, Maserati might not have the cachet of Lamborghini or Ferrari, but they nonetheless produced some truly exceptional automobiles that remain a great value in today’s market. This 1964 Maserati Sebring 3500 GTi Series I is one of fewer than 350 produced and has been restored by an independent specialist to its current and highly attractive presentation. While from all external appearances a luxurious grand tourer, the race-derived motor and 5-speed manual transmission give the car a sporty character on the road. 

  • 1975 Porcshe 911 Turbo. Estimate £175,000–200,000 ($225,000–260,000).
    While most car manufacturers spent the 1970s contorting around newly imposed smog and safety regulations, Porsche took a more combative approach and introduced the wickedly powerful 911 Turbo. This 1975 Turbo is one of only 274 first year examples, offers documented history since 1986 and is presented in its highly attractive original colour of Silver Metallic. Driving an early Porsche Turbo proves to be just as grin inducing today as it was in 1975. These early examples are highly sought after by collectors, and with so few examples produced, this is definitely one to watch.  

  • 1970 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 by Pininfarina. Estimate £190,000–210,000 ($245,000–270,000).
    The 365 GT 2+2, or “Queen Mother” as it is affectionately known, has proved to be a bit of a darling in the Ferrari market over the last ten years. While historically written-off in collector circles due to its relative largess and emphasis on creature comforts, the car ticked all the boxes on paper to qualify for “collectible” status:  Enzo-era Ferrari, body by Pininfarina, powered by the legendary 4.4-litre ‘Colombo’ V12. This is a car capable of 150 MPH, specified with Borrani wheels and air-conditioning, that offers a degree of sportiness far belying its 2+2 configuration.  

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