Got several million dollars burning a hole in your tuxedo pants? Need to own a car your neighbors are guaranteed not to have? My friend, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to Hammertime, Jalopnik’s new monthly auction guide listing all the weird and wonderful cars that we can’t afford, but you might, especially if your middle name is Centurion.
U Can’t Touch This
Estimated: €7.500.000 - €9.000.000
Early Ferraris sell like hotcakes nowadays at whatever price auctioneers dare to put on them, and this matching numbers ‘51 is a double Le Mans veteran and one of just eight 340 Barchettas with a Touring body. Ready for the Mille Miglia!
Estimated: €1.200.000 - €1.600.000
It’s once thing to buy an old race car and give it a go at Goodwood or Le Mans Classic. It’s another to take home the 2nd overall LMP1 car from the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans.
As RM Auctions explains: “Firing up and running this vehicle calls for specific equipment, third-party software licences, and skills. The seller commits to providing the necessary technical support for a period of two years. This service will be provided at Peugeot Sport’s normal rates for technical support.” Good luck!
Estimated: €900.000 - €1.250.000
One of the just three 959s originally finished in black, this car sustained minor frontal damage before getting a new old stock bumper from Porsche and a complete respray despite the matching colors.
More importantly, Porsche Classic also upgraded it to Stage 2 spec, meaning smaller and faster turbos, more efficient intercoolers, and a re-mapped ECU; boosting the output to 542 horsepower. This thing must be properly fast.
Alternatively, Bonhams has a high-milage red example with stock power for half the money.
Estimated: €2.700.000 - €3.000.000
This is not a factory Straßenversion, but the only road-legal 911 GT1 race car in the world. So, it’s worth every cent.
Estimated: €300,000 - 350,000
Bertone styling, Bizzarrini engineering, Ford 351 Cleveland power. Registered with a California title, it’s hard to find a more stylish and satisfying Gran Turismo.
Estimated: €1.75 million - 2.25 million
Number 25 of 77. Is it the last V12-powered Aston Martin? No. In fact, far from it. Is it the fastest car Aston Martin will ever make? No. So why is a modern car that looks sort of like a fish worth $2.6 million today? I guess because not many could have one in the first place. But now, you can.
Estimated: €1.350.000 - €1.850.000
Serial number 1049 was the next-to-last Tucker officially built at the factory in Chicago and the last to be completed with an engine; number 1050, the last car built, lacked an engine, transmission, and rear fenders when sold.
It’s apparently the only Tucker in Europe, and RM even has a spare engine for it in case you have another hundred grand to spare.
Estimated: €290,000 - 350,000
When literally all your friends roll up in some version of Enzo’s 250 Series, show them how to be stylish without spending all your money on a bubble. Pininfarina body? Check. 4.0 L Colombo V12? Check. All is well.
Estimated: €600.000 - €800.000
Winner of the 1985 Rallye Monte-Carlo and Swedish Rally driven by World Rally Champion Ari Vatanen. One of only 20 Works 205 T16 Evolution 1 Group B cars. Don’t drive this, and it will never start again. Drive this, and you’ll most likely die.
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Pretty much bone stock with 20.000 miles. One of 207. A Group B car for the road that’s great to drive.
If you’re looking for a competition-ready variant, Bonhams can help, with chassis number one.
Estimated: £115,000 - 130,000
It’s a Testarossa with an F40 body kit. But hey, you get 25 percent more cylinders at a bargain price, and everybody knows the eighties are cool again!
Estimated: €30.000 - €50.000
Look at it. It’s perfect. For road trips, getting the groceries, or going to the beach. Air-cooled, spacious, cute.
Estimated: €60.000 - €80.000
In case you’re foolish enough not to like that Multipla.
Estimated: €110.000 - €140.000
It looks ready with its Group 4-specification body, and I feel ready. If you’re looking for a gorgeous road car, Bonhams can help.
Estimated: £50,000 - 60,000
We like a challenge, and the DBS is one hell of a classy muscle car.
Estimated: €320,000 - 360,000
We could never afford one, but still...Giorgetto Giugiaro design from his Ghia years, a fiberglass body and a tiny Ford engine. It’s a match!
Estimated: £18,000 - 22,000
It’s like a Lotus, only made by Renaultsport. That’s a pretty good combination, and here’s another with no reserve!
Estimated: €120,000 - 180,000
Lancia was using a wind tunnel to create this car. In the late thirties.
Estimated: £60,000 - 70,000
While expensive, this ex-Prince Naseem Hamed STi is a brand new 1998 car with just 2,500 miles.
Estimated: €70.000 - €85.000
You either like these, or you don’t. Personally, I love them. Also, it’s got an Alfa V6.
Estimated: £24,000 - 28,000
However, these later Sapphire versions are much cheaper and better to drive, not to mention how practical they are compared to a coupe.
Good luck to you all. Hammertime will be back next month!