Right now, cars from the 80s and 90s are hot property, as motorists dig deep to secure a so-called modern classic. We’ve been through the auction catalogue for the forthcoming Coys Spring Classics sale to highlight the cars that are likely to be in demand.
The auction takes place at the Royal Horticultural Society in London on 12 April 2017.
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Lamborghini LM002: £140,000 – £180,000
The Lamborghini LM002 could be classed as the godfather of the modern performance SUV – part Rambo, part Carl Lewis. Thanks to its marine-spec 7.2-litre V12 engine, the ‘Rambo Lambo’ could pummel its way to 62mph in 7.8 seconds, flattening sports cars as it made its way to the nearest mountain.
According to Coys, this 1991 example took part in the 2006 Gumball Rally, but don’t let that put you off. Buy it and out-trump all those wannabe performance SUVs in the Waitrose car park.
Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6: £130,000 – £160,000
The Porsche 964 Turbo with the 3.6-litre engine is one of the most coveted of all the 911 models. Not to be confused with the earlier 3.3 Turbo, the 3.6 developed 360hp and 385lb ft of torque, and fewer than 1,500 were built.
This left-hand-drive example has 79,000km on the clock and is finished in Guards Red, which is good for an extra horsepower or two.
AC Cobra MkIV: £120,000 – £150,000
Thanks to Brooklands-based Autokraft, this performance hero of the 1960s was dragged by its ladder frame chassis into the 1980s. This was no mere replica: Brian Angliss negotiated with AC for the right to build the Cobra using the original jigs and dies. Sadly, Autokraft wasn’t permitted to call it a ‘Cobra’. The official title is the AC MkIV, which sounds far less evocative.
In 1984, Angliss told Motor Sport magazine the MkIV was “what the AC would be today, if it had remained in production”. New, the reborn Cobra would have set you back around £30,000, with customers free to chose a Ford V8 engine of their choice. This 1989 example has covered a mere 7,500 miles from new.
Porsche 993 Turbo: £80,000 – £100,000
The 993 Turbo represents the crossroads for the Porsche 911, signalling the end of the air-cooled era. It was also the first Porsche Turbo with all-wheel drive, which may have upset the purists. Today, it’s one of the most sought-after 911s on the market.
Which is why a six-figure sum isn’t out of the question for this 1995 example. The first owner kept it until 2016 and there are 32,000 miles on the clock.
Aston Martin V8: £75,000 – £95,000
For almost two decades, this was Aston Martin’s core product. Launched in 1972, the V8 was an evolution of the earlier DBS, notable for the single headlights and revised front grille. As a 1974 car, this V8 features four twin-choke Weber carburettors, rather than the Bosch mechanical fuel injection carried over from the DBS.
“This is a beautiful thoroughbred GT car which offers strong investment potential for the future,” said Coys.
Ferrari Testarossa: £65,000 – £75,000
Perhaps the glamorous surroundings of the Paris Lido and a bevy of dancing guys was designed to draw attention away from the Testarossa’s dramatic styling. This was the launch venue for the ‘Red Head’, which introduced a new styling direction for Ferrari, most notably the slatted air intakes and horizontal grille covering the rear lights.
Ferrari needn’t have worried, because some 7,177 units were sold before the Testarossa made way for the 512 TR. As a 1991 example, this is one of the final original Testarossas off the line.
Ferrari 308 GTB: £60,000 – £70,000
The Ferrari 308 GTB made its debut at the 1975 Paris Motor Show – the first production Ferrari to feature a fibreglass body. However, Ferrari returned to pressed steel and aluminium in 1976 for US cars, and 1977 for European models.
According to Coys, one of this example’s former owners used it to commute from the UK to Rome, while more recently it was owned by the former editor of Car magazine.
Ferrari 308 GTSI: £60,000 – £70,000
The 308 GTS arrived two years after the GTB, making its debut at the 1977 Frankfurt Motor Show. Although the S stood for Spider, the 308 GTS sported a targa top, which could be stored behind the seats.
Bosch fuel injection was introduced in 1980, hence the ‘I’ in GTSI, but this only served to rob power in the name of emissions. This 1981 example was delivered new to America and according to Coys it “has to be seen to be believed”
Porsche 930 3.3 Turbo: £55,000 – £65,000
In its day, the Porsche 930 Turbo was one of the fastest cars in the world, but it wasn’t for the fainthearted. The 3.3-litre version boasted a top speed of 160mph and required a fair amount of patience, as the KKK turbocharger was known for its… wait for it… lag.
Amazingly, somebody spent $50,000 improving this American import, and it has covered a mere 3,000 miles since a complete engine rebuild in 2012.
Ferrari F355: £50,000 – £60,000
Thanks to research conducted by Pininfarina, the Ferrari F355 was an extremely aerodynamic car, with highlights including the side air intakes and flat bottom. It was powered by a 3.5-litre V8 engine developing 380hp.
The president of the Italian Ferrari owners’ club bought this example new in 1995, before it was brought over to the UK in 2015.