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Nissan Skyline GT-RNissan Skyline GT-R
Photo Credit: Karissa Hosek ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The Nissan Skyline GT-R is a car that the ‘Gran Turismo’ generation holds in very high regard. It’s a common mistake to think that the R32 was the first GT-R from Nissan, but in fact the GT-R’s origins go right back to 1968 with the third-generation Skyline’s top of the range 2000GT-R model, a car that can be associated with the birth of the sport drifting thanks to the racing style of Kunimitsu Takahashi. Fans had to wait 27 years until 1989 before the mighty GT-R name was once again used. The R32 became an instant legend, winning races all over the world and showing marques like BMW and Mercedes that they were a serious rival. Godzilla had arrived!

This car is exactly as you would want, the perfect colour, low mileage – just 8.700 miles, completely original, with just a set of official floor mates differing it from the car that left the factory. So many of these cars have been tuned to within an inch of their lives or destroyed. A car as perfect as this doesn’t come along often and with the lowest estimate at $50,000, it represents a shrewd investment.

BMW M1
BMW M1
Photo Credit: Darin Schnabel ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sothebys

This is the first ever BMW M car. Given the sharp rise in values of German cars in recent years it’s fairly safe to say that the M1 is a great investment, long or short-term. Just 399 road examples were made, far less that the E30 M3 that has been enjoying a meteoric rise in values. Built to go racing, the car sadly didn’t receive homologation until 1981, by which time the Group Five race series had substantially moved on and the car was no longer deemed to be competitive. As such a deal was cut with Formula 1 legend Bernie Ecclestone for a one make Procar series that would see top F1 drivers going door to door in identical machines. Sadly, other F1 manufacturers kicked up a fuss and the series was swiftly cancelled after just two seasons.

This car is in great condition with just 16,000 miles on the odometer, there has been a new engine installed and the car has had a few modifications to make it legal for use in the United States. Here we have a ready to use, road legal car that will appreciate in value at a steady pace, its Californian life means the car has led a privileged and dry life, at $400,000 as its lowest estimate this M1 is a sound purchase.

Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe
Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe
Photo Credit: Patrick Ernzen ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

How about a British icon, ready to be driven just how a car should? This gorgeous Jaguar XK120 has been subject to some subtle rallying modifications making it the perfect weekend car for spirited drives and the odd competition. In 1952 the XK 120 was the fastest production car in the world, and the 3.4-liter engine was to be the basis of engines in the Jaguar range for nearly 40 years.

For ten years this car raced extensively in the hands of two enthusiast owners. As such, this car has certainly had a busy life but has also received the care and attention to keep it all in order. The lowest reserve of $90,000 offers an exciting step into the historic motor sport world as well as a car that will happily tour the finest roads in the world.

Ferrari Dino 246 GT
Ferrari Dino 246 GT
Photo Credit: Robin Adams ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Finally we have of course, a Ferrari, a 1973 Dino 246 GT by Scaglietti. What really makes this car stand out though is the stunning and unique colour combination of Marrone Dino Metallizzato over Sabbia. In the last year this car has been carefully restored to as-new condition spending almost $225,000 in the pursuit of perfection. The inside and the engine bay are equally as immaculate as the exterior making this car almost too good to use. But not sharing this wonderful car with the world would be a crime.

The previous owner had the car for 30 years but sadly there is no history prior to that which, will impact the price. Although, we do know that the car was delivered new to the United States.

$400,000 buys you a classy, usable Ferrari that is just about as fresh as they come. Happy bidding.

About the Author:  Tim Hutton has been involved in the automotive industry for 17 years, creating ideas and content for premium brands. When not writing about cars, you will find him driving them all around the world. Having learned to drive at seven in a racing car, petrol is very much in his veins.

About the Author:

Tim Hutton has been involved in the automotive industry for 18 years, creating ideas and content for premium brands. When not writing about cars, you will find him driving them all around the world. Having learned to drive at seven in a racing car, petrol is very much in his veins.