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Under the hammer: 2005 Maserati MC12

With a production run of just 50 examples and strong GT racing pedigree, the Ferrari Enzo’s half-sibling Maserati MC12 is a bonafide future classic.

Offered at RM Sotherby’s Paris event, 7 Feb 2018. Bidding estimate €2m-2.5m.


For Sale: 1995 Porsche 911 (993) RSCS

It doesn’t get more desirable than this. One of 12 delivered to Australia and one of 124 Clubsport versions built. Many of the Australian delivered cars went on to be campaigned in local production car series, this one appears to have escaped intact with matching engine and chassis and just 51,845km on the clock.

Chassis No. WP0ZZZ99ZSS390217. Currently listed on, AU$730,000.


Fancy a Brand New McLaren F1?

This is a good option: a 1997 McLaren F1 in Dandelion Yellow that’s clocked just 239km (149mi) and still wears its factory-applied sheath of plastic over the Alcantara interior. This is as close to buying the car brand new from McLaren in the ‘90s as you’re going to get, and if you’re the kind of person who geeks out deeply over OEM accessories, prepare to have this car stuck in your head for a while.

As beautiful as it is, it’s criminal that F1 #060 has not been driven and enjoyed.


Porsche 911 GT2 Smashes Auction Sales Records

A 1995 Porsche 911 GT2 (Type 993), one of 57 road-going examples, finished in ‘Riviera Blue’, being sold as part of the original owner’s collection with just 12,730 km on the clock.

Sold! for an astounding £1,848,000.

Porsche prices have been kooky for a while now but this one is beyond kooky.

The recent London sales by RM Sotherby’s featured a few other stand-out results for desirable Porsches: 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.8 got £716,800 and this 1993 Porsche 911 Turbo S Lightweight fetched and equally astonishing £974,400.

Us? We’d have taken home this (relative) bargain 993 RSCS over any of that lot for ‘just’ £403,200.


Under the Hammer: 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GTR

Here’s something special. One of only 17 924 Carrera GTR models produced by the factory and with an incredible 109 kms on the clock.

This amazing one owner, 109 kilometres from new, survivor has an even more incredible story to tell. One of only two cars delivered to Japan from new (the other example having been used for racing), the GTR was brought into the country in 1981 by Porsche importer ‘Garage Italya’. In 1983, after being stored for 2 years, it was purchased by a Japanese businessman and classic car enthusiast who wanted to add it to his private collection.

The car was never used on the road but was enjoyed a handful of times on the track at Suzuka and the Fuji Speedway. On each occasion, our fastidious Japanese owner made a record of the distance travelled at each track day. According to his records, the car covered just 109 kilometres in the first 7 years of his ownership, after which the 924 was carefully stored in his two-storey garage, safely in the first-floor attic space accessible by a car lift. The GTR was removed from storage each year, taken on a trailer to be serviced, brought back, then placed back in position in the garage. From 1981 to 2006 the car was serviced by Porsche specialist ‘Tomei Car Service’, then latterly by Porsche specialist ‘Garage Tool Box’. In the intervening period, the engine was started and run regularly.

Goes under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions upcoming ‘Silverstone Classic Race Car Sale’ on 28 Jul 2016. Bidding range estimate £475,000-575,000.


Under the Hammer: 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato

One of the most beautiful cars to leave the Carrozzeria Zagato studios and one with a very special Australian history. This is shaping up to be the blockbuster sale to close out the year.

The 14th of only 19 DB4GTs built by Zagato, delivered new to Australia where it was successfully campaigned in the hands of Doug Whiteford, Ian Georghegan, and intrepid owner Laurie O’Neill. Originally white in colour, chassis 0186/R underwent a comprehensive restoration back in 2002.

To be auctioned by RM Sotherbys in New York on 10 Dec 2015. Bidding estimate listed as US$15,000,000 - $17,000,000.


For Sale: 1967 Porsche 911R, Rarest of the Rare

Chassis 017 of the original 20 Rennsport models assembled by the Porsche racing department at the behest of Ferdinand Piëch:

Piëch and his racing mechanics replaced front and rear deck lids, doors, front fenders, and both bumpers with duplicates in fiberglass-reinforced plastic, formed and assembled at Karl Baur works in Stuttgart. Wider rear wheels forced slight flares onto the bodywork. The hinges – doors and deck lids – were in aluminum. Because it was a racing car, engineers shaved windshield thickness to 4mm and side glass was thinned to 2mm. It’s safe to describe a 911R as “interior delete”, because Porsche’s racing shop pulled more content out than it left in. In fact, it was the job of one racing mechanic, Rolf Wütherich, to run a drill press, perforating every pedal, lever, handle, and panel with holes to lighten each by a gram at a time. By the time they finished, the cars weighed just 800 kilograms – 1,764 pounds.

Even the legendary 2.7 RS pales in comparison to the 911R, this is the early 911 to have. #017 is more special still, not only does it have a fully documented history, it is also fitted with a very special engine with a thick race-winning history file.

Currently offered by Road Scholars, $POA.


Under the Hammer: 1997 Prodrive Subaru Impreza WRC

The first WRC Impreza chassis built by Prodrive and run by none other than Colin McRae and Nicky Grist in the 1997 WRC.

Bidding range estimate £175,000-200,000

via Octane


Listed: 2002 HRT 427 Monaro Coupé

One of only two road going HRT 427 Monaros built and the only one in private hands, a rare machine and part of Australian motoring history.

What’s an HRT 427? According to Wikipedia:

Originally intended to be put into production as competition against vehicles such as the Porsche 911 GT2, it soon became apparent to Holden that the high specification HRT 427 could not be built in such limited quantities for the original A$215,000 asking price. As a result, the project was eventually cancelled and all customer deposits received refunded.

See also: 2002-2003 Bathurst 24 Hour.


Bertone up for grabs

Bertone is to be sold next week as court-ordered bankruptcy proceedings wind up the legendary Italian automotive design house.

Bertone - the carrozzeria behind the likes of the Lamborghini Miura and Countach, the Alfa GTV, and Fiats like the Dino and X1/9 - was declared bankrupt last year. The full story of the demise of this great design house is a desperately sad, internecine disaster, so convoluted that it really can’t be told here.

Now the courts in Milan have ordered the assets of the bankrupt ‘Bertone Cento’ company be sold at an online auction next week. Among these is the Bertone brand itself, which the auctioneer values at £2.2 million.

Those with pockets deep enough will snag not only the Bertone brand but with it a motley collection of one-off prototypes and design studies that form the Bertone museum in Italy.

Will be very interesting to see where it goes. The end of an era or the beginning of a new one?


Updates to Previous Entries, September 2015

Lots to auctions recently, so here are some updates:


In the Classifieds: 1996 Porsche 911 993 Carrera Cup

How special is this? One of only 69 factory Carrera Cup cars—with no racing history:

Quite unbelievably it is still finished in its original coat of paint and this designated race car still retains all of its factory fitted panels. Plucked out of a collection it is believed this Cup car has never been subject to anything other than light recreational track use rather than bumper to bumper competitive racing and as such displays only a peppering of stone chips to its wheel arches and a perfectly aged patina. Clearly dry stored over its minimal mileage, the car presents as quite the unique prospect having never been adorned with a livery and in its original factory build spec.


Price on application, available via The Octane Collection


Listed: 1990 Silk Cut Jaguar XJR-12 Group-C

After qualifying in 7th place, the Silk Cut Jaguar team’s quartet of XJR-12s were looking strong at the 1990 24 Hours of Le Mans—especially once the fast qualifying Nissan R90CKs faltered. Ultimately only two of the distinctive purple and white sportscars made it across the finish line, though finish they did—taking a historic 1-2 for the marque.

Taylor and Crawley have listed chassis 12-C-190 for sale, the #4 car as raced at the 1990 classic:

Chassis 190 was shaken down at Silverstone by Andy Wallace and the first race was Le Mans in June. Crewed by Davy Jones, Michel Ferte and Elisio Salazar, #190 lined up 7th on the grid, the fastest of the four car Jaguar team. The 7.4 litre 750bhp V12 topped 220mph on the Mulsanne in spite of the new chicanes and lapped at nearly 140mph. Running well up for the first half of the race but on Sunday morning a long pitstop for repairs to the nose and brakes cost it time and subsequent stops for the same problems dropped it down the order to 12th and at midday it was retired.

Price on application.

via 24hr Le Mans


Chris Harris drives a very yellow Bugatti EB110 SS

Another cracking video from Mr Harris, this time behind the wheel of one of our all time favourite supercars: the Bugatti EB110 SuperSport.

The Bugatti EB110 was one of the three great supercars of the 1990s. Romano Artioli’s dream took four years to create, but the result was a compact, all-wheel drive machine with huge performance. But six months later Bugatti announced a faster ‘110, the SuperSport…

A very very special car. One of the only 30 or so SuperSports from the already tiny total EB110 factory run of around about 130 cars.

As you’ll gather from the video, this particular example is being auctioned by RM Sotherby’s at their upcoming 7 September event in London.

Bidding range estimate £600,000- £770,000.

UPDATE: Sold for £560,000 (source)


Under the Hammer: 1982 Porsche 956 Chassis #003

A short video of the 1983 24 Hours of Le Mans winning Porsche 956-003 that Gooding & Company have on the block at this weekend’s Pebble Beach auctions.

The illustrious racing career of 956-003 started at the 1982 24 Hours of Le Mans when driven by Jochen Mass and Vern Schuppan. It placed second overall as part of a Porsche sweep of the top three positions. After that fantastic initial result, this 956 went on to win the next four races in which it was entered and was piloted by the best drivers of the era including Jacky Ickx, Jochen Mass, and Derek Bell. In 1983, 956-003 was again pressed into duty as one of three cars entered by the Porsche factory team for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. After 24 hours of grueling competition, 956-003, with Al Holbert aboard, crossed the finish line in first place, 63 seconds ahead of 956-001 and Bell in one of the most thrilling finishes in Le Mans history. With its exclusive works car status, longtail Le Mans bodywork, iconic Rothmans livery, and exceptional competition record, 956-003 must be considered among the most significant Porsche racing cars, and thus, one of the finest competition cars built since WWII.

Don’t miss Goodman & Company’s even more detailed write-up and provenance statement.

Bidding range estimate US $7,000,000–$9,000,000.

UPDATE: Sold for US$10,120,000 (source)


Under the Hammer: 1972 Maserati Boomerang Coupé

Bonhams have the one-off Italdesign Maserati Boomerang coupé on the block at their upcoming Chantilly sale on 5 September 2015.

First seen as a concept car at the Turin Motor Show in 1971, the Maserati Boomerang was a typically adventurous work by the man who would later be judged ‘Car Designer of the Century’: Giorgetto Giugiaro.

By the time of its appearance at the Geneva Salon in March 1972, the Boomerang would for the next few years be displayed regularly, appearing at the Paris, London and Barcelona international motor shows and receiving unanimous praise.

There’s no mistaking the Boomerang’s wacky instruments (and stalks!) within the steering wheel party piece. Concept cars rarely show up on the open market, road-legal and registered examples even less so.

Bidding range estimate on application. If you have to ask…

UPDATE: Sold for €3,289,500 (source)


Under the Hammer: 1973 Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-R 'Kenmeri'

RM Auctions have a mint C110 ‘Kenmeri’ Skyline on offer at their upcoming Monterey event on 13 August 2015.

To be sold with no reserve, bidding expected range between US $150,000 - $200,000.

via Silodrome

UPDATE: Sold for US$176,000 (source)


In the Classifieds: Bernie's personal BMW M1

evo gets the scoop on what they’re calling the “World’s most expensive BMW M1”:

An incredibly rare and immaculate example of the BMW M1 is up for sale in Germany for £603,000 – close to double the value of most M1s on the market. The iconic supercar is one of just three painted in Polaris Silver and was originally commissioned by Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.

via evo, Mint Classics


Under the Hammer: Sir Stirling Moss' 1961 Porsche RS 61

Sir Stirling Moss has listed his personal Porsche 718 RS 61 ‘718.070’ through Bonhams at their upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale on June 26.

While not the actual car he shared for the 1961 World Sportscar Championship, this particular example has nonetheless been campaigned by Moss at numerous historic events throughout his ‘retirement’ from professional racing.

Sale estimate is listed as AU$3.4 to AU$4m.

via Motorsport Retro

UPDATE: Sold for £1,905,500 (source)


Rowan Atkinson has decided to sell his McLaren F1

After 17 years, 41,000 miles and two big offs, Rowan Atkinson has decided the time is right to part with his unique dark burgundy red McLaren F1.


I bought it for the quality of the thinking behind it. Now it has become a thing of value, it is time for someone else to enjoy it.

Read on for some great insights into owning the supercar of supercars, as told by a true enthusiast.

Located somewhere in the UK; to be sold through Taylor & Crawley.


In the Classifieds: RHD 2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM

We’ve never seen one of these on the roads in Australia and had frankly forgotten that they even built these in RHD. A very rare beast.

Located somewhere in Victoria, Australia. Listed on Carsales for $499,990.


In the Classifieds: 2000 Ferrari Enzo Prototype

It’s not often that an automotive manufacturer lets one of their prototype hacks out onto the open market. Which makes this Ferrari mule, used to develop both the Enzo and 599, a very rare beast indeed.

Located in Langenfeld, Germany. Offered by Modena Motorsport GmbH.

via PistonHeads


In the Classifieds: 1995 BMW E36 M3-R

#6 of 15 specially-commissioned lightweight models built for the Australian GT Championship.

This example looks very tidy and has relatively low KMs. Only blemish is the after-market sunroof, worth fixing for such a rare car.

Located in St Ives, NSW. Listed on Carsales for $65,000.


In the Classifieds: 2009 Audi S4 (B8) Avant Manual

A six-speed manual B8 S4 avant. Our kind of motor.

Located in Canterbury, VIC. Listed on Carsales for $69,990.


Ferrari GTO sale expected to smash auction records

A car with quite a history:

“A 1962 Ferrari 250GTO Berlinetta has been slated to set a new world record for the most expensive car ever to be sold at auction when it goes under the hammer at Quail Lodge, California on 15 August.”

“The car was initially delivered to French ski champion Henri Oreiller on 11 September 1962 and was driven with Formula 1 ace Jo Schlesser in that year’s Tour de France, in which the pair placed second. Shortly thereafter, the GTO was involved in a crash at Montlhery in which Oreiller struck a building and was killed. The car was repaired by Ferrari and sold to gentleman driver Paolo Colombo.”

UPDATE: Sold for US$38,115,000 (source)


In the Classifieds: 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GTS Clubsport

Something a little different and more than certainly a little rare:

Only fifty-nine 924 Carrera GTS Porsches were produced, of which only fifteen were the type Clubsport. This is one of those fifteen, with only 5,000 km of experience.

Located in Drachten, The Netherlands. Listed for €285,000.


In the Classifieds: 1998 Mercedes-Benz C43 W202 Estate

Speaking of rare motors, this is one of only two W202 C43 estates delivered in Australia. Offered by a friend of Always Garaged in unmolested original condition.

Located in Bentleigh, VIC. Listed on Carsales for $37,500.


In the Classifieds: 2004 BMW 330i E46 Sport touring

Ultra rare in Australia BMW E46 3er wagon equipped with full M Sport package and a manual six-speed transmission. Unicorn.

Located in Artarmon, NSW. Listed on Carsales for $20,000.


In the Classifieds: 1994 Audi RS2 quattro

We have a massive soft spot for wagons, particularly fast wagons. The Porsche-fettled RS2 right up there as one of our favourites.

This one-of-180 RHD, ex-UK specimen in classic RS Blau looks the goods. Seller mentions a throughly documented history and some recent suspension restoration work.

Located in Brighton-Le-Sands, NSW. Listed on Carsales for $69,950.

Update 12 Oct 2015: Still for sale - now listed for $88,000!


In the Classifieds: 1972 Citroën DS-21 Safari

One of our favourites.

Last registered in 1998, looks clean and complete.

Located in Fitzroy, Victoria. Listed on Carsales for $8,750.


In the Classifieds: 1971 Datsun 1600 GL wagon

Although modified, this Datsun 1600/510 wagon is the first we’ve seen advertised in Australia for quite a while.

Appears to have good bones, would look great fitted with some period wheels and a more stock interior.

Located in Benalla, Victoria. Listed on Carsales for $19,500.


In the Classifieds: 1988 Peugeot 309 GTI

Big-brother of the iconic 205 GTI, the 309 had more space and more refinement.

A rare beast, more so in Australia as they were never sold here new.

Located in Woodend, Victoria. Listed on Carsales for $9,990.


In the Classifieds: 1987 Ferrari F40

Although not entirely rare, it is rare to see one up for private sale in Oz.

Yours for a cool AU$1,100,000.