One particular collector’s dream garage includes various rides made from the 1970s through 2000s. However, this amazing collection, which counts more than 140 vehicles, is now being sold, piece by piece.
Called the ‘Youngtimer Collection’, it has already paid visits to different auctions hosted by RMSothebys. Now, it will make its final stop in Essen, Germany, on April 11-12. The auction house has come up with a top 15, which includes the best of the best, so let’s see what these are.
1986 Mitsubishi Starion ESI-R
Estimated to sell for €10,000-€15,000 ($11,245-$16,867), the Starion ESI-R has less than 9,300 miles (14,967 km) on the clock and two previous owners, including one who has kept it for 30 years. It’s described as being original and well-maintained, and that typical ‘80s design, along with some of the best equipment available at the time, makes it a head-turner.
1994 Porsche 911 Turbo
One of only 1,427 units ever made, this 911 Turbo 3.6 has been fully restored after being involved in an accident in a track at Kuwait. It’s in perfect overall condition, so the only thing its future owner needs to do is reintroduce it to the road. That’s after paying the hefty sum, of course, as it’s estimated to go for €150,000-€180,000 ($168,672-$202,406).
1989 Ferrari 412
An improved version of the 365, the 412 GT came out in 1985 and stayed in production until 1989. This examsple has been restored and sports a silver hue over a brown leather interior. It’s said to be “the perfect entry-level Ferrari for any enthusiast with a family of four”, and since it’s expected to go for €80,000-€100,000 ($89,958-$112,448), it’s kind of an affordable (not cheap) way to get into Ferrari ownership.
1984 Nissan 300ZX Turbo 50th Anniversary
As its name clearly states, this 300ZX Turbo has been built to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary. It features digital gauges, is in a fairly decent condition for a 35-year old car and, most importantly for a vehicle limited at 5,000 units for the U.S. and Canada, it won’t burn a deep hole in its next owner’s pocket, as it should sell for €20,000-€25,000 ($22,490-$28,112).
1997 Bentley Continental T
The Continental has always been one of the best grand tourers out there, and this example is no exception. It’s the short-wheelbase of the Continental R, has 400 horsepower on tap and the ability to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 6 seconds. Production of the car was limited to 322 examples and this one should fetch €70,000-€80,000 ($78,713-$89,958) as per the official estimates.
1975 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL AMG 6.9
Number 10 is reserved for this 450 SEL AMG 6.9. As its suffix says, it has a 6.9-liter V8, which was the largest of its kind offered by any non-American car at the time. Only 7,380 units were built, including this one, which could change hands for anything between €50,000 and €70,000 ($56,224-$78,713).
1985 Renault 5 Turbo 2
One of the most iconic European cars of the 1980s, the Turbo 2 was not your run-of-the-mill Renault 5, but rather the second, improved version of a mid-engined homologation special meant for rallying. The red paint and cream leather interior of this example appear to be just perfect, and if you have about €80,000-€90,000 ($89,958-$101,203) to spend, then you should definitely check it out as it’s the very definition of a wild pocket rocket.
1990 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC AMG 6.0 Wide-Body
Mercedes cars are an important part of this collection, which also includes this 560 SEC AMG. It was made in 1990, has the full AMG treatment and a timeless blue-black metallic paint and black leather interior. The only thing that will set most enthusiasts back is the estimated selling price, which sits at €90,000-€120,000 ($101,203-$134,937).
1992 Range Rover
If we were to make a least of the most iconic SUVs ever, the Range Rover would definitely be up there. We’re talking of course about the original, Spen King-designed one, so if it tickles your fancy, this example that has less than 24,000 miles (38,624 km) on the odo and an estimated selling price of €20,000-€25,000 ($22,490-$28,112) might just be what the doctor ordered. We’d preferred a more subdued color, though, but that’s of little importance.
1986 BMW Alpina B7 Turbo
Being the fastest four-door sedan in the world between 1984 and 1987, thanks to its 320 horsepower and 520 Nm (384 lb-ft) of torque 3.5-liter turbocharged inline-six, the Alpina B7 isn’t going to come cheap. Only 278 units have been produced, including the awesome-looking example pictured here, which could sell for €75,000-€100,000 ($84,336-$112,448).
1992 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo
Another, more modern and much more appealing (to our eyes at least) 300ZX has been included in this top 15 put together by the auction house. Made in 1992 and with the odo showing just a little over 25,000 miles (40,237 km), it’s in great condition. It’s said to be “original and unmolested”, hence the €20,000-€25,000 ($22,490-$28,112) estimated selling price. Once again, not fans of the color, but perhaps the one that we’d pick out of this collection. On second though, considering its condition and price, scratch the “perhaps” part.
1987 Alpina B7 Turbo Coupe
Limited to 130 examples, the Alpina B7 Turbo Coupe has an identical output to its four-door sibling mentioned above (that is 320 HP), and if the estimate is correct, then it might sell for €140,000 to €160,000 ($157,427-$179,916).
1979 Mercedes-Benz 500 TE AMG
It may proudly wear the AMG badges, but this wasn’t an AMG when it rolled off the assembly line 40 years ago. The work is believed to have been carried out by AMG in the U.S., or by someone who knew what they were doing. Either way, what’s more important is that it’s been given a refresh in 2013 and looks so good that it featured in BBC’s Top Gear America. As for the expected selling price, that would be €60,000-€70,000 ($67,469-$78,713).
1982 BMW Alpina B7 Turbo Coupe
Only 153 units of this B7 Turbo Coupe came out, and this model was Alpina’s first full conversion for the 6-Series platform. Suitable for long journeys, it’s powered by a six-banger with 300 hp and presents itself in a great overall condition, hence the €90,000 to €100,000 ($101,203-$112,448) believed to fetch at auction.
1987 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Limousine
No collection would be complete without a Rolls-Royce, and as it happens, this 1987 Silver Spur has been favored by the auction house and holds the number 1 position. We may be used today to having ambient lighting and watching TV in our cars, but this Rolls had it more than three decades ago, along with other features, including a refrigerator and separate air conditioning for the front and rear compartments. How much does it go for, you may ask? Surprisingly, at €30,000 to €40,000 ($33,734-$44,979), it is really not that expensive for a proper Rolls limo.
For other vehicles included in the ‘Youngtimer Collection’, as well as the entire lot for the Essen auction, you should check out this link, but not before telling us which one detailed in this story you would buy. We’ve already chosen the 300ZX, as along with the Toyota Supra it was one of the 1990s sports cars to have and we’re still pretty much in love with it. OK, your turn.