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Who wants a Bugatti of their very own?

7 August, 2015

September is going to be a very busy month if you’re a car collector based in Europe. Just two days after the inaugural Chantilly Sale at the Bonhams auction house, there’s set to be another barnstorming car auction filled to the brim with high-quality machinery — the RM Sotheby Sale being held in London on September 7.

While the RM Sotheby auction lacks some of its Bonhams counterpart’s devastating estimated prices, there will still be more than 70 fantastic vehicles up for grabs to the privileged few willing to raise their paddles. The chief of which being a stunning silver 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L ‘Lusso’. Powered by a 3.0-litre V12 engine capable of hitting 60mph in a brisk-for-the-period eight seconds, only 350 Lussos were ever produced. Musician Eric Clapton and the late Steve McQueen were among those to own a Lusso, and this particular example has been maintained to a meticulous degree by its current owner in France. The Ferrari is estimated to sell for up to £1.4 million, or NZ$3.3 million.

Another car that’s sure to excite is the 1995 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Only 33 EB110s were ever produced, with the top-spec Super Sport edition ranking as the most sought-after of the lot. Finished in a one-off not-so-subtle bright yellow with an equally unique bright-red interior, this example comes with 610bhp on tap from its DOHC 3.5-litre V12 engine, making it a true thoroughbred. Curiously this particular car spent the first stint of its life in Japan, before eventually winding up back in Europe. Today, it only has 10,100km on its odometer. It’s no surprise then that it’s expected to sell for a premium, with an estimated value of £600,000–£770,000, or NZ$1.4–1.8 million.

Also among the Ferraris, Porsches, and Jaguars that line the RM Sotheby list will be this unassuming Peugeot 205. To the untrained eye, it looks out of place. But those who know of what lurks underneath its pumped, vented, wide-body exterior will quickly realize that it’s going to sell for serious money. It is of course a 205 Turbo 16 — also known as the T16 — one of only 200 ever built in order to homologate its Group B-rallying sibling.

Under the boxy exterior lies a 16-valve turbocharged four-cylinder engine, mated to a four-wheel-drive drivetrain with independent suspension and vented brake discs on all four corners to back up its straight-line capabilities. With a vast amount of technology on its side, the T16 can bolt from zero to 100kph in six seconds, achieving an eventual top speed of 209kph. This pocket rocket is expected to sell for £120,000–£150,000, or NZ$284,000–355,000.

There are many other wonderful and unique cars up for grabs. Check out some of our highlights in the gallery below:

The Jowett Jupiter turns 70

John Ball has always enjoyed tinkering with old boats and cars. He’s old enough to think having gearbox parts on newspaper on the floor of his bedroom, while the relevant car sat waiting on nail boxes, was a normal part of growing up. His passion has always tended towards old British bangers. He reckons he’s fortunate not to have got caught up in the American muscle scene.
John’s love affair with this Jupiter started in December 2015 when, with some time on his hands during a Christchurch trip, he searched online for ‘cars, before 1970 and in Christchurch’.

A passion for classics and customs

In the highly competitive field of New Zealand classic and custom restorations, reputations are won or lost on the ability to maintain consistently high standards of workmanship. A company managing to achieve this is D A Panel beating Ltd, of Rangiora near Christchurch. Is your classic or custom car restoration stalled, or in need of a refresh, or perhaps you are looking for experts to rebuild that recent import project out of Europe or the ‘States?