Auction house RM Sotheby’s is helping sell an incredible list of some of the best cars to grace our roads in recent years. Dubbed the ‘Youngtimer Collection,’ a huge 140 vehicles are on offer, ranging from classic Alpinas and BMWs to ‘90s Bentleys and Jags.
The collection is truly an enthusiast’s dream garage, with a car to suit everyone’s tastes. All are sure to fetch a lot of money when they eventually go under the hammer, meaning that for the most of us the closest we’ll get to these beauties is simply looking at their pictures but while that’s a shame, it’s fun to dream – here are the top picks of the auction…
2007 Aston Martin Vanquish S
Astons were made famous, most notably, by the Bond movies. The Vanquish was featured in 2002’s Die Another Day as the ‘Vanish.’ You may remember it from the iconic ice chase where 007 attempted to outrun a baddie that was driving a mean green Jaguar XKR. The particular Vanquish up for sale is a very attractive blue 2007 S model, which has had the Aston Works Service manual conversion. If cars with big engines and manual gearboxes are your thing, take a look at this 6.0-litre beast.
2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
It doesn’t come more racier than this. This 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS comes complete with red wheels and decals – not to mention the massive wing. What’s more, it’s a manual – an option you don’t have with the new RS. The car’s 3.8-litre naturally aspirated flat-six is a joyful engine and one that performs terrifically. 0-60mph takes just 3.5 seconds and the top speed is pegged at 193mph. This is a lightweight track-focused machine that any driving enthusiasts would give an arm and a leg to own.
1985 Renault R5 Turbo 2
The Renault R5 Turbo is a car synonymous with rallying. The rally spec Turbo won the Monte Carlo Rally, for instance. This road-going second version R5, called the R5 Turbo 2, can do 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds – still pretty quick by today’s standards, and rapid back in the ‘80s. Hot hatches are known to be often front-engined, however, not the R5 Turbo. That’s right, just like most supercars, it’s mid-engined.
1989 Mercedes-Benz 500 SEC AMG 6.0 ‘Wide-Body’
This classic black AMG is as sleek as it is advanced (for it’s time that is). The Mercedes-Benz W126, which is the series this coupe belongs to, was the first to feature seatbelt pretensions – there’s a fun fact for you. Anyway, apart from that, what’s to say about this rare 6.0-litre V8 wide-body Merc? Well, not much, because – just look at it!
2000 Alpina B12 6.0
Going back to films, if you’ve ever seen Tomorrow Never Dies (yes, another Bond film) or the first Transporter movie, you’ll know the BMW 7-Series. Either as a spy’s remote control (full-size) car or a wheelman’s slick getaway vehicle, this Mercedes S-Class rival went all out to prove it was the ultimate executive saloon. This one pictured above is tuned by Alpina, and takes the 7-Series up a notch with 6.0 litres and 430bhp of German power. Quite the exclusive collectable.