London-based auction house Coys pitches up at Techno Classica for its next sale on Saturday.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Techno Classica, held in the Germany city of Essen, it bills itself as the biggest classic car show in Europe. Most of the manufacturers display their heritage collections, alongside a huge and varied assortment of clubs, museums and traders. We yet to go, but we’re told you could really do with a week to get round the four day event.
Coys’ lot list is just as huge and varied as the rest of the show. Our top picks selection gives a good idea of the spectrum of cars available. It’s a cliché, but there really is something for everyone. Even if want you really want is a Russian limousine that used to serve a Communist government.
1952 Grosser Werkmeister – Oddball one-off racer, powered by classic 2.0 BMW 328 engine. Extensively raced in period, though handling apparently tricky. Now fully restored and comes with FIA papers. No estimate given
1952 Mercedes 300 Adenauer – Huge, stately limo that donated its 3.0 straight-6 engine to the legendary 300SL Gullwing. This one is in lovely condition. Est: EUR 55,000 – 70,000
1954 Austin-Healey 100 – One of the greatest British sports cars, powered by torquey 2.6 4-cyl motor. This race-spec car won the gruelling Carrera Panamericana rally in 1992; little used since. Comes with FIA papers. Est: EUR 65,000 – 80,000
1965 Ghia 1500GT – Extremely pretty coupe based on Fiat bits. Punchy performance and sweet handling. A nice example. Est: EUR 65,000 – 95,000
1967 Cadillac Ambulance – A nicely restored example. It’s gigantic, but we’d find the space. No reserve
1969 Ford Mustang 428 Super Cobra Jet Mach 1 – Homologation special powered by 335bhp big-block V8. This one looks fantastic in unusually understated colour. Est: EUR 85,000 – 95,000
1971 Peugeot 404 Break – Classic estates are very cool and the Pininfarina-styled 404 is one of the prettiest. This one has been fully restored. Est: EUR 9,000 – 12,000
1978 BMW M1 – BMW’s troubled yet seminal supercar, powered by mid-mounted, 276bhp 3.5 straight-6. This one was the first car registered, retained by BMW as a press car. Est: EUR 550,000 – 650,000
1980 Volvo 242 GT – Rare performance version of the brick-like saloon, with uprated engine and suspension. Very clean example. Est: EUR 14,000 – 19,000
1983 GAZ 14 Chaika – Communist-era Russian limo. Huge and no power despite V8 motor, but deeply compelling all the same. This little-used example was originally owned by the Lithuanian government. No reserve
1983 Tatra T613-3 – Deeply left-field Czech limo with rear-mounted, air-cooled, 165bhp 3.5 V8. Fast, but dodgy handling. This oddly basically trimmed example is in lovely condition. No reserve
1986 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale – The ultimate expression of the Group B rules, powered by a 500bhp-plus 1.8 turbo and supercharged engine. Hugely successful it was, too. This one started life as a Stradale road car but was converted to rally spec for use as a Recce car. Est: EUR 350,000 – 400,000
1994 – Alfa Romeo 155 D2 – Works Super Touring-spec race car. Raced in Italy, Britain and Spain in period. Rare, gorgeous and ready to run. Est: EUR 110,000 – 130,000
1996 Ferrari 456GT – 4-seat V12 GT has always been under-appreciated, despite stunning looks and epic handling. This one looks suitably understated in grey and has a manual gearbox. Amazing value. Est: EUR 58,000 – 66,000
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