It is very easy to daydream, especially if you take some time and go through any of the big automotive auction houses’ lot list.
This RM Auctions event is hosted in London at Battersea Evolution next to the River Thames. Several highlights from the past 100 years will be put up for auction, so we decided to pick some of the highlights, focussing on supercars from the early Nineties.
1. 1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary
You are either a fan of the earlier, cleaner shape Countach, or the last of the line models with all the addenda. This 25th Anniversary was produced in the last year of Countach production. It featured the most powerful engine fitted to the Countach, courtesy of a 5 167 cm3, V12 unit producing 335 kW.
This car has only done a total of less than 2 700 kilometres, which should made it one of the lowest mileage 25th Anniversary models around.
The estimated price is between £140 000 – £180 000 (R2,4 – R3,1 million).
2. 1990 Ferrari 348 TB by Pininfarina
The 348 was not Ferrari’s bedroom poster car at the time. That honour went to the Ferrari F40 at the time. Today Ferraris time and again achieve the highest bidding at auctions, but fortunately there are exceptions. The 348 has never been a hit among collectors, which means today it still poses as one of the more affordable ways to Ferrari ownership. This specific car comes from an Italian collection and has only covered 600 kilometres. It offers one of the most iconic Ferrari features, that open gate gearshifter.
The estimated price is between £50 000 – £55 000 (R870 000 – R960 000).
3. 1991 Jaguar XJR-15
Think Jaguar supercar and the XJ220 (see below) is probably the first supercar that pops into our heads. The XJR-15 is a much rarer beast though, as only 27 road going examples were built. Who can discard the fact that Peter Stevens (partly responsible for designing the McLaren F1) designed the body, and that it is powered by a Group C-specification 5 993 cm3, V12 engine (335 kW) connected to a five-speed TWR, manual gearbox. Don’t forget the carbon-fibre tub and all the trimmings inside.
The estimated price is between £180 000 – £250 000 (R3,1 – R4,3 million).
4. 1993 Jaguar XJ220
The XJ220 doesn’t carry the same level of heritage and interest as its peers. That is probably partly owing to the fact that the car wasn’t installed with the V12 that it was supposed to have.
It is still one of the iconic cars of the early Nineties though. Equipped with a 404 kW, 3,5-litre, twin-turbo, V6 engine, it as the fastest production car until the arrival of the McLaren F1. That alone makes it very collectable.
The estimated price is between £110 000 – £140 000 (R1,9 – R2,4 million).
5. 1984 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16
Not a supercar, but without a doubt the start of the superhatch. When we hear the words homologation special or homologation, we sit up straight and pay attention. This is number 117 of 200 models that were built for WRC homologation.
The flared wheelarches, bonnet air intake and side air intakes make it standout like few other cars. This specific model has only covered 1 700 kilometres and is described “as-new, inside and out”.
The estimated price is between £60 000 – £95 000 (R1 – R1,6 million).