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BMW 530 MLE Fully Restored: First M Model Unofficially

At the start of the year, we brought you a story about how BMW South Africa had located one of 110 Type 1 530 MLE. The MLE is an important part of BMW Motorsport history. Built to homologate a BMW race car, it was the first road-going BMW built by BMW Motorsport and the first ‘M-car’.

The restoration is finally complete with the restored BMW 530 MLE unveiled at the “Home of BMW Legends”, BMW Group Plant Rosslyn. The grand unveiling of the MLE took place in front of four BMW Group South Africa employees who were on hand to build the original more than four decades ago.

The BMW 530 Motorsport Limited Edition was produced on the southern tip of Africa as part of a limited production run. BMW were keen to compete in the flagship Modified Production Series in South Africa. Starting in 1976, BMW South Africa ran a car in the Series, achieving fifteen wins from 15 consecutive starts and 3 championship titles in three consecutive years. BMW eventually retired the 530 MLE in 1985 as the most successful racing BMW 5 Series in history.

In order to compete in the series, it was necessary for BMW to homologate the 530 MLE. 110 units of the Type 1 530 MLE were produced in 1976, with a further 117 versions of the Type 2 530 MLE built on the production line at the BMW Group Plant, Rosslyn in 1977. Very few of these cars are still on the road.

The car is quite special in its own right. It has a 3.0 litre straight six which originally produced around 197 bhp together with 277 Nm of torque, a 208 km/h top speed and a 0 – 100 km/h sprint time of 9.3 seconds. In the context of modern performance, this might not seem a huge amount of pace, in the mid-1970’s it would have been class-leading! The BMW 530 Motorsport Limited Edition also featured weight-reduction measures that included bodywork and pedals drilled by hand, manual windows with no air conditioning, and Mahle wheels.


10 Cool Cars From the 2000s Sure to Become Future Classics

Automotive nostalgia for the Nineties is having a moment. (Call it the Radwood effect.) After all, fawning over rad Japanese tuner cars from those days is more fun than reconciling ourselves with the fact that it’s been 25 years since Weezer’s self-titled blue album came out.

But all this enthusiasm for the 1990s had us wondering: Could the 2000s be next? Prices for cars from that era are still reasonable. And the defining features of many fun cars of the era — manual transmissions, naturally aspirated engines, not being crossovers — should age well moving forward.

Here, then, are 10 future classics for your consideration (and potential investment in).

BMW M3 (2000-2006)

There are the uber-purists who believe BMW lost its way in the early 1990s. For everyone else, the early 2000s were the halcyon days for BMW, with that era’s cars being a perfect fusion of modern engineering, classic BMW driving dynamics, and somewhat-conservative styling.

The E46-generation M3 may be, simply, the best car BMW has ever built. It packed the S54 3.2-liter naturally aspirated inline-six engine, with 338 horsepower and an 8,000 rpm redline. Whether it would come with a six-speed manual was a question one need not bother asking.

Honda S2000 (1999-2009)

The Honda S2000 may be the ultimate purists’ roadster. The original version had a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter VTEC putting out 247 hp — an impressive 123 hp per liter. It (only) had a six-speed manual, 50/50 weight distribution, and rear-wheel drive. With a 9,000 rpm redline and a power curve that topped out right near that limit, it was built to be driven hard. It’s also not bad to look at, whether it’s from before or after the 2004 facelift.

Audi TT (1998-2006)

The Audi TT was one of the most stunning, innovative concept cars ever — and it made it to production with its sleek Bauhaus look intact. The TT Mk1 was far more of a cruiser than a track car; the first models had to be recalled for dangerous handling at high speed. But a 225-hp engine, a smooth Audi six-speed stick, and baseball-stitched leather made it a fun car for most drivers. The best testament to the TT may be how many owners have pushed them past 150,000 miles.

Dodge Viper (1996-2002)

The Dodge Viper was the proud antithesis of the modern sports car. It had a stupidly large engine, a manual transmission, and no driving aids whatsoever. (Look out for trees.) The second-generation SR II had an 8.0-liter V10 putting out 450 hp and a six-speed manual. It kept the distinctive styling and stripped-down feel of the original, but in addition to a power upgrade, the later model added features like airbags, standard AC, and anti-lock brakes — things any sane driver would want.

Ford Mustang (2005-2014)

With the S197 — better known as the fifth-generation model — Ford decided the Mustang should look like the Mustang again. The company emulated the boxier style of the first generation and produced its best-looking Mustang since the original. It was not a mind-blowing performance upgrade over the fourth-gen, but it held true to Ford’s initial vision for a car that looked awesome, made a lot of noise and came at a price nearly everyone could afford. Indeed, it may have been too affordable: Ford opted to axe an independent rear suspension that would have improved the ride significantly but made it much more expensive.

Jaguar XK (2007-2014)

The Jaguar XK was Jaguar’s 2+2 grand tourer. Famed designer Ian Callum penned the second generation, and it was one of the cars that helped reestablish Jaguar as a sporty, sexy car manufacturer. There was no manual option, only a six-speed ZF automatic, but the XK makes up for it by offering three variants: naturally aspirated V8, supercharged V8, and even beefier supercharged V8. This wasn’t a Bond car, but it’s a car that can make you feel like James Bond on a budget: Even well-kept performance XKR versions with low mileage gavel for less than $30,000 on Bring a Trailer.

Volkswagen Golf R32 (2004)

The R32 is among the standouts from the Volkswagen Golf line. It was VW’s halo Golf for the Mk4 generation, and only sold in the U.S. for the 2004 model year. The R32 had every option and a massive (for a hot hatch) 3.2-liter VR6 engine putting out 238 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. It also came with two excellent transmission options, a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual clutch transmission — the first to appear in a production car.

Saab 9-5 Aero (2000-2009)

Saabs were quirky, comfortable and Swedish — before the fallout of the GM bankruptcy made the brand all but defunct in the early 2010s. The 9-5 Aero was a performance version of the 9-5 executive sedan. It was a Saab that could haul ass — to a degree. The torque-heavy 2.3-liter turbo four’s output figures of 250 hp and 258 lb-ft were reportedly significantly understated. It could also be fitted with a five-speed manual.

Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG (2003-2006)

The second-generation Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG was the precursor to the E63 AMG. It came as both a sedan and a wagon, and its supercharged 5.4-liter V8 produced 469 hp and 516 lb-ft. When new, it was the fastest four-door vehicle in the world: It accelerated from 0-100 mph in less than 10 seconds, more than a second quicker than the Audi RS6 and faster than a Corvette Z06. It only offered a five-speed automatic, because Mercedes’ seven-speed at that time could not handle the torque.

Pontiac Solstice GXP (2007-2009)

GM gave the Pontiac brand the boot during its restructuring — sadly, just as it was producing fun, intriguing cars. The Solstice was a classic two-seater, available as a coupe or a convertible. The GXP version had a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four putting out 260 hp and 260 lb-ft (though it could be tuned beyond that at the dealer) and an available five-speed manual. It weighed less than 3,000 pounds, and accelerated from 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds. The car’s production also included some period-perfect GM cost-cutting measures, but we won’t hold that against it.

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS SS

Auction block fever is in full swing as several upcoming events are teasing us with their stellar lineup. Pony cars always earn a special place among automotive enthusiasts and we are excited to showcase one classy ride. This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS SS sports a beautiful white and Rallye Green colorway. Motorcar Gallery is offering this beauty that is an absolute collector’s item. What makes it so special is that it’s one of only 311 L89 Camaros manufactured in 1969.

You won’t find a muscle car like this in impressive condition and with such low mileage. The restoration job on this classic is likewise top-notch, which will make it a coveted item for gearheads everywhere. One lucky buyer will have all the bragging rights alongside an awesome old-school machine. As indicated above, this vintage automobile runs on an L89 V8 engine that churns out 375 horsepower at 7,200 RPM. This setup is mated to a 4-speed manual transmission to give you absolute control when you’re cruising down the highway.

Other than the eye-catching coat of the exterior, the polished chrome elements enhance the overall aesthetics. Now that you know it doesn’t disappoint when it comes to turning heads, the interior deserves a special mention. Inside the coupe is a rosewood steering wheel that matches the dash console. Furthermore, the fabric and leather upholstery in white just looks remarkable. It’s not every day that a pony car like this becomes available. Finally, the $144,500 price tag will still attract a lot of buyers hoping to own a rare 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS SS.

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1972 Nissan C10 Skyline On Auction

We have something that’s a little bit different from the recent surplus of classic vehicles that are from of American and European lineage. You already know that certain vintage models from Japanese automakers became crowd-pleasers as well. Presently, a lot of auto geeks will immediately point out the latest Nissan GT-R as the poster boy of Japanese supercars. Therefore, let’s take a nostalgic trip back to appreciate one model from its ancestry–a 1972 Nissan C10 Skyline

Here we have a classy ride that might appear on the blocky side at first. Yet, don’t let the body fool you. During its prime, it was definitely a showstopper. This coupe was restored and modified to resemble its GTR cousin. Moreover, the labor that went into its design is amazing. This particular model was a Japan-only release that made its trip to the USA about three years ago. Despite its classic looks, sufficient upgrades and modifications will make it a dream to drive.

Within its Limestone Grey Metallic-clad shell beats a Rebello Racing 3.2-liter straight-six engine. It is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox—sourced from an R31 Skyline. It sits on a set of Watanabe 8-spoke R-type alloys paired with a brand new set of Toyo R888 Proxes.  Other improvements include front brakes taken from an R32 Skyline, Recaro LX racing seats with fishnet headrests, a custom-made 4-point roll bar, and more. Please note that the original owner opted to keep the original driving system configuration intact—thus the coupe remains a right-hand drive unit.

1972 Nissan C10 Skyline

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Dusty Lamborghini Countach uncovered after decades

Check the attic carefully, because your grandparent’s just might have an Italian supercar hidden in plain site. That seems to be the case with this Reddit user – who goes by the name egriegin – when she posted a photo of one very dusty Lamborghini Countach, with the intriguing headline “Despite the dust and rush, grandma’s 1981 Lamborghini Countach is the coolest.” So what’s the story? Well, don’t get too excited, because the car is not for sale (yet).

Ferris Bueller Ferrari replica is so choice, and now it can be yours

If you have the means, we highly recommend you consider picking up this replica Ferrari GT Spyder California that had a starring role in 1986 film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Granted, Ferris Bueller (played by Matthew Broderick) and his friend Cameron Frye (played by Alan Ruck) ended up completely destroying the car in the movie – don’t worry, this wasn’t the one that went careening backwards out of a garage. This car, one of three built for the film, is fully restored and is in complete working order, according to Mecum Auctions.

Set to go under the auction hammer later this month during Monterey Car Week, the ‘Ferris Bueller Ferrari‘ is a cinematic and photogenic gem, despite the fact that, ahem, it’s not an actual classic Ferrari. If it was, trust us, the price would be far in excess of the pre-sale estimate of $250,000-$300,000, which Mecum has placed on the car.

For reference, back in 2012, a true 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder found a new home after someone handed over more than $8-million dollars to buy it. So, all in all, this phony Ferrari could be the steal of century, as long as you don’t mind a 5.0-liter V8 engine under the hood, versus a screaming Ferrari V12.

Originally built in 1985 by a California company called Modena Design and Development, this car is based around a steel-tube frame and comes powered by a V8 fitted with four Weber carburetors. Power is fed to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. Design touches to make the car appear authentic include a Ferrari grille, chrome side vents and wire-spoke wheels, Jaeger gauges across the dash, toggle switches, tan leather seats, a wooden steering wheel and period-correct AM/FM radio. Interestingly, the car is also fitted with air conditioning.

The car is fresh from a nine-month restoration, carries its original VIN, and has apparently covered only 1,520 miles since new.

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1963 Aston Martin DP215

Monterey, California is the place to be on 24-25 August, if you want to witness the auction of a truly legendary race car–the 1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype. One of four ever built, this is the first vehicle in history to officially break the 300 km/h (186 mph) barrier at the famous Le Mans competition.

Touted as the most significant one-off Works Aston Martin, the DP215 boasts a build quality that’s superior to virtually any other competition car of the period.

The stunner shown here has been painstakingly restored with the consultation of Tedd Cutting, the original designer. As a result, the vehicle comes in its glory-days condition, including the perfectly-shaped body crafted from high-strength Hiduminium alloy, original seats, and rebuilt Indianapolis Cooper-Aston 4.2L V8 engine paired with a sophisticated S532-type gearbox that contains over 1000 parts!

Looking toward a fresh start, this exceptional piece of Aston Martin racing heritage clocks in at only 300 miles on the odometer and is said to run as comfortable at 40 mph as it does at 180 mph-plus. Expected to fetch north of $20 Million.

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Photos Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

1972 Nissan Fairlady 240ZG

Coming to the Monterey Auction on August 24 is an exceptionally rare example of one of Japan’s first homologated sports cars–the 1972 Nissan Fairlady 240ZG.

The 240ZG is a legend in Japan thanks to its 1972 Fuji Grand Champion Series win, among other races. With its striking long hood and short tail proportions, the car is said to be highly appreciated for its balanced handling and torquey engine.

Believed to be one of only a handful in the US, the factory-original JDM unicorn you see here is powered by an inline-6 cylinder with a cast iron block, producing 151-hp. Race-oriented features include independent front & rear suspension, riveted fender flares, a rear spoiler that reduces lift at high speeds, aerodynamic headlight covers, and fender-mounted rear-view mirrors.

Recently refurbished (including the paintwork in a glorious Grande Prix Maroon original shade), this exceptional vehicle arrives with the original black vinyl interior, Datsun racing steering wheel, and even a period-correct Nissan AM radio fitted low on the dashboard.

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Photos Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Custom E.C.D. Range Rover Classic

This Custom Range Rover Classic (dubbed ‘Project Alpha’) built by our friends over at E.C.D., is a thoroughly rebuilt classic with tasteful details, modern tech, and serious power.

The off-roader packs a reliable 6.2 liter Corvette LS3 V8 and it features a restored powder-coated frame, an elegant dark gray paintwork, upgraded axles, new suspension system, 6-speed automatic gearbox, upgraded steering, and high-performance brakes.

Rebuilt seats covered in Spinneybeck leather and accent trim in piano black adorn the elegant interior, while an 8-speaker JLAudio system, Apple CarPlay, front & rear AC, plus other modern treats provide superior enjoyment.

If you like what you see, hit the guys at E.C.D. up for a chat and get a classic Range Rover tailor-made to suit your own needs and taste.

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Photos Courtesy of E.C.D. Automotive Design

1966 Ford GT40 Le Mans

Coming to auction this August at Monterey, California, is a true motorsport legend–one of the three Fords that won for the first time the gruesome Le Mans Race, in 1966.

Expected to fetch a cool $9 Million – $12 Million, this 1966 Ford GT40 chassis no. P/1016 bears the number 5 and a beautiful gold livery. Powered by a race-tuned 7.0L V8 engine that could deliver speeds of 200 mph, the vehicle came in third in the famous French endurance race, ahead of other solid contenders such as Ferrari and Porsche.

Considered as one of the few “gold standards” by specialists, the car that changed the history of motorsport arrives meticulously restored to the condition it raced in.

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Photos Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

1967 Toyota 2000GT Roadster

One of only two ever built, the 1967 Toyota 2000GT Roadster is the most collectible (and expensive) Japanese car of all time. What’s more, this fantastic piece of mechanical engineering was also James Bond’s ride of choice in the film You Only Live Twice.

Built in collaboration with Yamaha, the vehicle was intended to compete with the highly-coveted Jaguar E-Type and the Porsche 911. It had a lightweight aluminum body construction and an inline-6 cylinder Toyota engine with 150-bhp (top speed of 135 mph), sending power to the rear wheels via a 5-speed gearbox and a limited slip differential, plus power-assisted disc brakes all around. Although the pristine example you see here is not for sale, it can be admired at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

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Icon 1965 Jeep Wagoneer

Based on a first-gen “shovel-nose” model, Icon’s 1965 Jeep Wagoneer is the perfect American beach ride for the family, packing modern precision and reliability in a handsome timeless package.

The project started with a “nice old example in respectable condition,” which has been blasted to raw metal. The team at Icon 4×4 then fitted the truck with high-performing parts such as a U.S. steel chassis by Art Morrison (powder coat finish), four-bar rear suspension, radius arm front suspension, Eibach coils and Fox Racing shocks, Dynatrac Dana axle assemblies, Brembo brakes, and a no-nonsense large stainless steel TIG welded fuel tank. Serious power comes from a fuel injected 420HP LS3 V8.

Inside, the offroader sports a cleaner dash with cool metal knobs inspired from the originals, a restored steering wheel, Bluetooth audio system, interior cargo lights, and quilted-pattern seats in high-quality Knoll fabrics. Finished with a fresh coat of paint and a sweet-looking side trim and wood insert, this truck oozes pure vintage style and is ready to put many more miles under its wheels.

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1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 NART Spyder

If you have an extra million dollars laying around and you’d like to invest in an ultra-rare piece of automotive history, this is your chance. One of three ever made, this street-ready 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 NART Spyder is up for sale, arriving in “exceptional and highly original condition.”

Built by Giovanni Michelotti–one of the most prolific sports car designers of the 70s, the unrestored Daytona wears many of its original features including the striking metallic blue body paintwork, Cibie Iode fog lamps, ANSA exhaust, Michelotti badging and hard top. The Arancia tan leather interior with bespoke dash and unique seats is in outstanding original condition, the only thing that’s not stock being an aftermarket radio.

Fully functioning, the unique Ferrari has electric windows, air conditioning, a properly-fitted soft top, and a fat Momo steering wheel. It rolls on magnesium alloy Cromodora knock-off wheels wrapped in period correct Michelin XWX tires.

Mechanically, the NART Daytona is also in excellent condition. It’s said to run strong and feel “even more aggressive than a standard car – perhaps due to the lighter coachwork.” Having seen only limited use, the car retains its original engine with six Weber 40 DCN 21 carburetors and even includes the original toolkit as well as the jack bag with jack and wheel tools.

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9:11 Magazine and 70 Years of Porsche Sportscars

On the 8th June 2018 Porsche celebrates the 70th anniversary of their very first operating license. The 356-001 was the first Porsche prototype to be officially registered and street legal. To celebrate 70 years of the Porsche sportscar, Porsche is running several exhibitions around the globe this year. One of them is in the heart of Germany’s capital Berlin, the DRIVE: Volkswagen Group Forum.

Porsche is celebrating this by displaying a selection of their milestones. Right after the entrance you will see a beautiful recreation of the 356-001. One of the oldest cars displayed is the legendary ’71 “Dicke Berta”, which is a one-off modified combination of the short- and longtail Porsche 917 that ran at the 24 hours of Le Mans. It got this nickname from its pink livery, showing meat parts. One of the most underrated but for Porsche important cars is the Boxster concept car. Back in the 90s, the Boxster brought Porsche back into a successful company. Of course, Porsche also displays their interpretation of what the automotive near future will look like by presenting the Mission E, which will be the first electric Porsche production car starting in 2019.

The exhibition in Berlin stays until the end of May, if you’re around, check it out!

The Porsche 9:11 Magazine is a video magazine from Porsche and to quote Dr. Josef Arweck, Vice President Communications at Porsche, they couldn’t find the correct video format, so they’ve build their own. The videos are 9 minutes and 11 seconds each and show perfectly, how different but equal the Porsche enthusiast is. We attended the presentation of the sixth episode and had the chance to listen and talk to the protagonists of the first episodes. As Porsche fan, you should head over to and take a look at the episodes.

Words by Norbert Arndt

1957 Ferrari 250 T Berlinetta Competizione ‘Tour de France’

Nicknamed after the ‘Tour de France’ rally where it became a champion multiple times, Ferrari’s 250 GT Berlinetta is known as the finest competition car of the 1950s. Produced in a modest quantity of 72 examples, this pure breed racer is highly sought after today not only for its significant past but also for the admirable lightweight coachwork and advanced racing mechanicals it featured.

The splendid 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione ‘Tour de France’ you see here is even rarer. Number 15 out of 17 cars built with the beautiful three-louver Scaglietti coachwork and covered headlights, this vehicle retains its original 258 bhp v12 engine (rebuilt in 1968) with competition camshafts and high-compression pistons.

It went through a painstaking restoration process that took nearly 20 years to complete, and in its racing career, it entered 22 events, claiming 11 victories along the way. The vehicle never crashed, and, with just two custodians looking after it over the last 45 years, this makes for a particularly pure and impressive example of a Ferrari competition legend. Coming to RM Sotheby’s auction in Monaco, on 12 May 2018.

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Photos Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda

A legendary muscle car is coming to auction this spring: the 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda. Winner of both Best in Class and Best Restored engine at the Portland Roadster Show 2018, this highly coveted vehicle is a unique opportunity to own a piece of American motoring history.

Recently restored for a completed Concours, the vintage supercar shows just 9 miles on the odometer. It features a 426 Hemi engine, power brakes, 4.10 Dana 60 Sure Grip rear end, and Rallye wheels wrapped in Goodyear Polyglas tires.

The car is complete with the famous “shaker scoop” on the hood and comes with an original “Slap Stik”–a performance shifter for automatic transmissions developed specifically for drag racing, that allows the driver to rapidly switch from 1st to 2nd, and from 2nd to 3rd gear.

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Photos by Jason Brant / Mecum Auctions

Classic Mini Electric

Don’t get your hopes up yet–this delicious-looking Classic Mini Electric is not for sale; it’s a one-off model that is most likely to never reach production. Still, it serves as great inspiration for those looking to electrify their vintage Mini’s.

Unveiled at the ongoing New York International Auto Show, the unique vehicle illustrates the British marque’s commitment to sustainable urban mobility. Its electric motor (of which we know nothing about) is touted to match admirably the go-kart handling experience of the original, while the look is spot-on 1960s icon, with a retro red color and characteristic silver roof, bonnet strips and matching wheels.

The only visual details giving away this Mini’s electric nature are a few plug logos placed on the body and a charge point instead of the petrol cap.

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Porsche Museum Vault: The secret collection you have to see

For any car fan, making a trip to Germany at some point is must. Beyond seeing how fast you can go on the Autobahn, each of the manufacturers have museums worth checking out. One is the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen, just outside Stuttgart. The imposing modern structure sits among the various Porsche HQ buildings and 911 production, filled with the greatest hits of Porsche’s production and racing history.

However, what you can see in the Museum is but the tip of a very deep iceberg. A short drive away in a top-secret location is what you could call the museum vault. Here is where Porsche keeps all its concept cars, prototypes, design studies, promotional cutaways and race cars that can be pulled out for use in the museum or shipped around the world for marketing and PR purposes. For instance, Porsche always features one or two of these cars at its annual New York Auto Show press event. There’s also at least one version of every car the company has produced, including special edition versions like the recent 911R.

Although many have always been in Porsche’s possession, the company has purchased some to fill out the collection, relying only on survivor cars as opposed to those that have been restored. The vault facility itself has a shop that refurbishes them as needed to make them show-worthy.

Some of my personal highlights include a Porsche Cayenne convertible design study (let’s call it the Cayenne Cross Cabriolet), a teal bulletproof 996, the bonkers Panamericana concept (also teal), the world’s only rear-engine and all-wheel-drive 944, a 928 convertible prototype (never produced), and an amazing Kermit green Carrera 3.0 Targa with the most perfect tartan fabric interior I’ve ever seen. Really, though, virtually everything you see is amazing in one way or another with an interesting story behind it — I could’ve spent a full day inside rather than the 90 minutes we were given.

Although the vault is sadly not open to the public, we hope you enjoy this brief photographic taste and make a point to visit the regular Porsche Museum at some point. It’s worth the flight to Stuttgart.

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2017 Monterey Car Week | Visual feast of ravishing cars

It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. We criss-crossed the Monterey Peninsula, going from Pebble Beach to Carmel-on-the-Sea and places in between, seeking out the most beautiful, the most significant and occasionally, the wildest cars on display. Here are the highlights in all their photographic glory.

Ferrari 70th Anniversary at Pebble Beach: We hope you like red

2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Details: Taking a closer look at the best of the best

2017 Monterey Motorsports Reunion: It’s like stepping through time over and over again

2017 Quail Motorsports Gathering: Another opportunity to see new and classic exotics

2017 Pebble Beach Concept Car Lawn: The latest concepts on a lawn (plus a few non-concepts)

BMW Concept Z4 at Pebble Beach: We get our first look at the next-generation roadster

First U.S. Bugatti Chiron Delivery: The first Chiron is delivered to a U.S. customer

Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta: Mr. Pagani gets his very own Zonda and it’s really cool

Infiniti Prototype 9 at Pebble Beach: What if Infiniti had a race team in the 1950s?

Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet at Pebble Beach: The Maybach 6 is back, now without less roof

Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante at Pebble Beach: Some Astons are better than other Astons

1956 Aston Martin DBR1 at RM Sotheby’s: The most-expensive British car sold at auction

1995 McLaren F1 at Bonhams Quail Auction: The first F1 sold in the U.S. was also on the block

Gunther Werks 400R Reveal: The ultimate air-cooled 993

Ken Okuyama Cars Kode 0: Bringing to the 1970s to the Lamborghini Aventador

Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype Reveal: Acura and Penske reveal endurance car prototype

McLaren 720S by McLaren Special Operations: It sure is purple

2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition in Monterey: Because the GT can in fact get even cooler

McCall’s Motorworks Revival 2017: A great way to kick off the weekend

Highlights from the 2017 Quail, A Motorsports Gathering (champagne not included)

One of the highlights of the annual automotive extravaganza that occurs every August on the Monterey Peninsula is the Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. Yes, the comma is officially part of the name. And yes, it really is that pretentious. But look beyond the complementary champagne and gourmet food stations, and you’ll see an exquisite array of exotic automobiles – classic, new and concept – trampling the 18th fairway of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club. It’s basically an extremely fancy cars and coffee.

Though we poke fun at it a bit, it’s nevertheless one of those things that’s worth experiencing. Then again, admission runs a cool $600, which is basically twice the price of the actual Pebble Beach Concours. Of course, you don’t get the champagne and fois gras with that.

Check out our ace photographer Drew Phillips’ photographic evidence of the 2017 Quail. As always, it was quite the collection.

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