Lamborghini LM002, 1991. To be offered at auction, a low milage example of one of about 300 “Rambo Lambo” models that were built in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The LM002 offered was repainted in Rosso in 2014 and has travelled only 8,931km (5,549 miles).
Ford Thunderbird Apollo Concept, 1967. Five Apollo concept cars were created for Abercrombie & Fitch to bolster traffic in their 5 flagship stores. The new 5th generation T-Bird represented a major move upmarket as the Mustang had encroached on the Thunderbird’s market positioning. Ford were happy to provide A&F with the cars to generate publicity for the new generation model. The cars were finished in an exclusive Apollo Blue colour, and sent to long-time Ford customiser Dearborn Steel Tubing Company for “enhancement” and finishing, at a cost of $15,000 per unit (about $137,000 in 2022). In addition to the special paint and vinyl roof there was a gold anodised grille emblem, landau S-bars and badge work. Significantly the cars were fitted with prototype ASC sunroofs because there was no convertible 5th generation T-bird as there had been with all previous generations. Ford hoped the sunroof option would appease open-air enthusiasts though it didn’t become available until 1969. Also fitted were a quartz foglight, bespoke wheel covers and a trunk-mounted antennae to support the numerous wireless devices. Inside there was a custom-built full-length centre console including a radio-telephone, Philco colour TV, and dual reading lamps. Of the 5 cars built one was destroyed in transit to the San Francisco store but at least 3 of the others are still known to exist.
Ford Escort RS2000 X-Pack, 1978. A special edition of the drop-snout Escort with a Zakspeed style kit wing extensions with front airdam, special bonnet catches, polyurethane front end incorporating 4 Cibie quartz halogen headlamps and rear spoiler. The Pinto 2 litre OHC engine had twin Weber 44IDF carburettors, WR40 camshaft and high-efficiency radiator with a Type-9 Ford 5 speed gearbox.
What a difference 44 years makes juxtaposition of AMG 450 SEL 6.9, 1979 & Mercedes-AMG S 63 E Performance, 2023. There have been AMG versions of the Mercedes S-class since the W116 series when AMG was an independent tuner. The first AMG was based on the W109 series. The new S 63 is powered by a 4.0-litre V8 engine at the front and electric motor on the rear axle for a total 802 hp (590 kW) system output. This makes it the most powerful series production S-Class of all time. The hybrid set-up allows for an all-electric range of 33 kilometres. There’s also active roll stabilisation and active rear-axle steering
Chevrolet Chevette Woody Coupe, 1976. Chevrolet’s version of the GM T-car replaced the Vega and was initially only available as a 2-door hatchback. The T-car was offered internationally by most of GM’s world-wide brands but only the North American Chevrolet version was available with Woody trim.
Borgward Isabella Concept, 2017. For the second time in the history of the brand Borgward is again facing bankruptcy. The German brand had first gone out of business in 1961 but was resurrected with Chinese backing in 2014. Their model range included 4 combustion engined SUVs and 1 all-electric model. Sales peaked in 2019 but the European launch of the brand failed and plans for a factory in the brand’s historic home town of Bremen were abandoned. The Isabella concept never made it beyond prototype stage and Borgward was declared bankrupt by the First Intermediate People’s Court of Beijing last Wednesday.
Toyota C-HR Prologue Concept, 2022. Toyota have revealed a prototype for the 2nd generation C-HR compact crossover. Like the first generation model the new car was designed at Toyota’s ED2 studio in the South of France. The new car will go in sale next year in hybrid and PHEV forms
"The Surgeon", 2022. A one-off Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid has been presented at Art Basel Miami. The car is a collaboration with Dominic Ciambrone – a.k.a. The Surgeon – the world’s leading creative custom shoemaker. It is finished in Duotone Anthracite over Anthracite Satin accented by Satin Bronze brightware, pinstriping and wheel accents. Inside there is unique stitching and embroidery, Satin Bronze accents and Bronze piping. The commissioning customer will also receive a matching pair of ‘Bentley x The Surgeon adidas Forum Low’ sneakers
BMW Glas 3000 V8 Fastback, 1967, by Frua. Originally conceived as a fastback concept based on the Glas V8 coupé, when BMW took over the Dingolfing-based company Pietro Frua added a kidney grill the hope the BMW might want to use his design. However BMW were developing their own large coupé (the E9) and had no interest in Frua's fastback
Glas Goggomobil TS 400 Coupé, 1957. The "flagship" of the Goggomobil range was a 392cc 2 cylinder 2 stroke rear engined coupé that remained in production until 1967 when, under BMW's ownership, the coupé was discontinued and not replaced
Glas Goggomobil T 300, 1957. Throughout the 1950s Glas had done good business with their Goggomobil, outselling competitor BMW's Isetta range. The were powered by 2 cylinder 2 stroke engines, the 300 had 293cc. They remained in production after BMW's takeover finally being retired and not replaced in June 1969
BMW Glas 2000 SA Prototyp, 1970. When BMW took over rival German manufacturer Glas 1966 they inherited a range of models, many of which were direct competitors to BMW's own lineup. Some were rebadged as BMWs, others simply retired. The car that became the 2000 had begun life as the Glas 1700 in 1963, designed by Pietro Frua. BMW discontinued the 1700 on the German market in 1967 however they continued to make CKD kits for the South African market where the cars were facelifted to conform to BMW's design language with the 4-eyed light architecture and the kidney grille. The cars remained in production until the BMW Group took complete control of the South Africa plant in 1974 and the Glas-based models were finally discontinued to be replaced by South African built E12 5-series
Citroën CX 2400 Super Break, 1978. Citroën were, for many several decades, renowned for there large estate cars. The CX Break was available in 5 or 7 seat (Familiale) versions using the long wheelbase CX platform it shared with the CX Prestige limousine.
Citroën C-Crosser, 2001. A concept that was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show for a vehicle that was a cross between an MPV and an SUV (which Citroën had yet to produce at the time). When the C-Crosser SUV did go on sale it was based on a Mitsubishi and much less radical than this
Citroën Jumpy X "le coq sportif", 2017. A concept van that celebrated 70 years of the Citroën HY van. The Jumpy concept was styled a cycle race support vehicle as historically the HY van was used on th Tour de France race
Citroën Typ H WildCamp Concept, 2018. A Citroën Relay van clad to resemble the historic Type H van and converted into a camper. The retro makeover was done by Italian coachbuilder Caselani Automobili and the camper interior was fitted by Pössl. The van was finished in a 1977 shade of "beige gazelle" paint.
Mercedes-Benz Concept EQT Marco Polo, 2022. A small camper prototype based on the the long-wheelbase EQT electric van. The series production version will be available to order in the second half of 2023. Equipment includes a pop-up roof with a roof bed and furniture units that can be removed so that the all-electric micro camper van can also be used as an everyday vehicle.