The Best of What a
Passionate Collector Can Get
In the automotive industry. It was really difficult to choose from a wide range because not all the cars that we consider iconic fit into the narrow selection. The contents of our garage were filled with cars that belong to the dream collections of collectors around the world. At the turn of each year, we try to look behind the old one and make the new one a little better. Our goal today was and is to look not one year, not two, but a few years back and create such an imaginary dream garage, in which we will give you the best that the automotive industry has brought. It is true that we have taken on a difficult task if we want to create a garage of the best. The best is a very subjective feeling, but we took it with the intention of closing the eye to what we consider to be the elit Sit comfortably, the presentation of our virtual garage is just beginning:
1925 Bugatti Type 35
Bugatti’s Type 35—also produced in A, B, C and T variants—was the most successful race car from the French marque, garnering more than 2,000 motorsport victories from 1924 to 1930, among them the 1926 Grand Prix Championship and first-place finishes in the Targa Florio for five years in a row. The diminutive racer was powered by a 2.0-liter inline-eight engine (larger in the 35T) that, when eventually supercharged, developed 135 hp; an impressive figure for the day. Not so impressive was Bugatti’s insistence on cable-actuated brakes—uncompetitive with then-new hydraulic brake systems—which founder Ettore Bugatti reputedly defended, saying, “I make my cars to go, not to stop.” Still, Type 35 is a treasure in any collection.
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
Derived from the successful Mercedes-Benz W194 racing car from 1952, the 300 SL street model has raised all the bar in engineering, quality and performance. With a mechanically injected six-cylinder with direct fuel injection and the ability to reach a top speed of 163 mph, it delivered a performance unparalleled in this period. The "Gullwing" coupe, built between 1954 and 1957, was followed by the roadster from 1957 to 1963. Although the roadsters are more user-friendly, the Gullwing remains the most iconic model in Silver Star history. Exactly 1,400 examples have been produced - enough to fill the space. in major car collections around the world - and the fact that this blue-chip collection can still run with current cars is even more astonishing.
Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
With only 75 made, Aston Martin’s DB4 GT is on the radar of many well-heeled collectors. But those with four times the budget will be seeking a DB4 GT Zagato, the most desirable Aston of them all. A shorter-wheelbase version of the street-going DB4, the GT Zagato was made for competition and features a drop-dead gorgeous body penned by Zagato’s Ercole Spada and hammered by the carrozzeria in Milan. Not a single one of the 19 originals made between 1960 and 1963 looks identical to the other, but any one of them will gain entry to the most exclusive Concours or—for the brave—vintage racing event. Continuation examples made by Aston Martin satiate the need of collectors not able to acquire one of the originals.
Upon first seeing one, Enzo Ferrari called it “the most beautiful car ever made,” a claim that’s hard to argue. Debuted as a coupe and roadster in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type was designed by Malcom Sayer and appeared light-years ahead of its bulbous predecessor, the XK150 (ignoring the rare D-Type racers and XK-SS models sandwiched in between). The Series 1 XK-E, with its covered headlights, elegant tail lamps, and thin bumpers, looks best, and the earliest “flat-floor” models made through 1962 are the collector’s preference. The powerful inline-six engine was enlarged from 3.8 liters to 4.2 liters in 1964, and carried on through 1967. That it’s powerful, drivable and relatively reliable counts for much, considering that nothing this exquisite in appearance—coupe or roadster—deserves to be so user-friendly.
Ford GT40 Mk II
Ford garnered its most famous racing victory at Le Mans in 1966, when Ferrari’s American nemesis finished first, second and third with the Mark II version of the radical GT40. Its low profile—a mere 40 inches high—hinted at sports car–design trends to come. Ford 289 ci V-8 engines originally powered the mid-engine racer, but a big-block 427 V-8 shoehorned into the Mk II proved the secret to success in long-distance events like Daytona and Le Mans.
Built from 1964 to 1969 in Mk I through Mk IV versions, about 105 examples were made in total. The little-known Mk III was for road use only, and of the mere seven made, one was owned by conductor Herbert van Karajan. Talk about Ride of the Valkyries, albeit a cramped one for anyone much taller than the maestro, who topped out at 5 feet, 8 inches.
Ferrari 250 GTO
Any of Ferrari’s 250 GTOs would seem the obvious choice for a Dream Machines garage. But one model launched in 1964, while not the fastest or the rarest of the Ferraris, is the quintessential road-going GT of its era. With its covered headlights, shark gills and upturned Kamm tail, the 275 GTB is beautiful but burly, and does that front-engine V-12 “thing” like no other car. Bodies designed by Pininfarina and made by Scaglietti adorned a range of twin- and four-cam models, totaling more than 800 examples, including some rare racing versions. The 275 GTB/4 (from 1966 through 1968), of which 330 were built, is the most collectible, unless one covets one of the ten 275 GTB/4S NART Spiders made in 1967.
Lamborghini P400SV Miura
The Lamborghini P400, named Miura after the Spanish breeder of fearless fighting bulls, shook the automotive world when first seen parked in the Monte Carlo Casino Square in 1966. With 762 produced from that year until 1973, in three successive series of P400, P400S and P400SV, the Miura is the quintessential low-slung, two-seat Italian sports car of the 1960s. The first road car to feature a transversely mid-mounted V-12, it was undeniably beautiful, thanks to a timeless body designed by Bertone’s Marcello Gandini. Unquestionably the most collectible Lamborghini in the marque’s history, it is the inspiration for every Lamborghini model made since. The prize bull is the P400SV, made from 1971. Every Miura cabin is a snug fit; a diet and stretch classes for some prospective owners may be in order.
If Porsche is getting a lot of parking spaces in our Dream Machines garage, it’s only because the marque’s cars are so deserving. With its extraordinary power, the 959 charted the course for the modern 911. Created in the early 1980s to compete in the Group B rally series, the 959 soon developed into the ultimate Porsche road car. Powered by a water-cooled, sequentially turbocharged flat-six engine derived from the 962 racer, the 959 also incorporated technical advancements, like all-wheel drive, that led Porsche road cars into the 21st century with the 964 series Carrera 4. Officially produced from 1986 to 1988, a few stragglers left the factory through 1993, for a total of 345 examples made, according to some sources. By every standard, the 959 is still considered modern today; back then, it was something from another planet.
Today, the performance of Ferrari’s first supercar pales in the shadow of later models like the Enzo and LaFerrari. But the F40 was a game-changer for the Prancing Horse. Like its immediate predecessor, the 288 GTO, the F40 set the stage for the future with a mid-mounted, twin-turbo V-8 engine—the first for a road-going Ferrari—which has become the dominant configuration of Ferrari sports cars today. Pininfarina designer Leonardo Fioravanti appropriated styling cues from his 288 GTO, distilling them into a shape that was purposeful, pure and unadorned. With 1,315 examples built between 1987 and 1992, of which 211 were to US specification, the F40 is a must for those with an itch for the last project initiated under the direction of Il Commendatore himself, founder Enzo Ferrari.
There’s really nothing else to say; this three-seat wonder is certainly the most fastidiously engineered car of the 20th century, and is the supercar by which all others will forever be judged. Of the 106 examples made between 1994 and 1998, 65 were road-going versions, with others built for competition in various states of tune and trim. What set the F1 apart was its designers’ no-compromise approach to concept and execution. Gordon Murray and Peter Stevens realized a three-seat Formula 1 racer for the road, delivering speed, finesse and safety in a tidy package that looks as modern today as it did when new. With a top speed of 240 mph, it remained the world’s fastest car for well into the mid-2000s. Eye-wateringly valuable today, a McLaren F1 is the crown jewel of any supercar collection.
The Bugatti marque was resurrected in 1998 during the reign of VW’s chairman, Ferdinand Piëch. The aim was to build the ultimate luxury supercar. His vision came to life with the Veyron, launched in 2005 and powered by an 8.0-liter, quad-turbo W16-cylinder engine. Making 987 hp, it set the production car speed record in 2005 with a speed of 253.81 mph. For the moment, no more cars have been placed in our garage, which definitely deserves to be a part of. We believe that your dream car is in our garage and that we have pleased you.