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In the last decade, car collecting has evolved from a niche hobby to a global industry, making car culture omnipresent and more diverse than ever. Everchanging and ever growing, the collector car world of today has seen an influx of people attracted by investing, experiencing new things in life, meeting new people, or simply indulging in a new hobby.

However, more different tastes and motives means it’s getting harder to find that next big thing—a diamond in the rough waiting to be recognized by a wider audience. That begs the question: which car is the perfect one to start an automotive collection?

Car collecting is a matter of personal preference, so there are no completely right or completely wrong answers, but there are some common factors. Both sensible and downright exotic, these ten cars share them all—they’re great driver’s cars, blue chip collector pieces, and conversation starters.

They are also not completely obvious choices—meaning they’re still underappreciated, given what they’re offering. As such, these are the perfect ones to start a car collection of your own.

#1: Pontiac Solstice GXP

Silver Pontiac Solstice GXP

Silver Pontiac Solstice GXP
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Before GM eventually pulled the plug on it in 2009, Pontiac went out in style with a few rather interesting cars. First of all, there was the GTO, a rebadged 2-door Holden Monaro with either a 350-horsepower 5.7-liter LS1 or a 400-horsepower 6.0-liter LS2. Now, that one’s a no-brainer, so let us remind you of the other, more sensible yet equally interesting Pontiac car that too often flies under the radar.

It’s the Pontiac Solstice GXP, a 260-horsepower, rear-wheel drive roadster (or T-top) built from 2007 to 2010 in 13,781 examples, 781 out of which are removable hard tops. If you are looking for a solid investment as a start of your collection, you should go for the latter, but be aware of the fact that low mileage examples have already passed the $30,000 mark.

If you want your collection to be built around this fun driver’s car, we bet you’ll find a combination of twin-scroll turbocharger, 5-speed manual transmission, and a limited slip differential quite pleasing in a more affordable roadster body, too.

#2: BMW E86 Z4M Coupé

Blue BMW E86 Z4M Coupé

Blue BMW E86 Z4M Coupé
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Moving up a notch but following the same concept, the Z4M is another take on a fun and engaging Y2K-esque driving experience. A true analog power roadster, the 2006–2008 Z4M was born by transplanting bits from the highly acclaimed E46 M3 into a first generation Z4.

Given that roadsters are more engaging by nature, the Z4M took full use of the 330 horsepower 3.0-liter S54 straight six, a new 6-speed manual, while uprated suspension and brakes sourced from the M3 CSL ensured superb control around bends.

The Z4M hardtop fastback is one of the most immersive analog BMWs you can find out there, and with 1,815 examples made for the North American market and 4,275 in total, it is a true modern collector piece. That being said, the Z4M is a car you can enjoy in a multitude of ways, both on the backroads and while admiring it as a piece of modern automotive art in your garage.

#3: Mazda RX-8

Blue Mazda RX-8

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By: Djordje Sugaris
Title: 10 Best Sports Cars for New Collectors
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/best-sports-cars-for-new-collectors/
Published Date: Tue, 05 Apr 2022 17:02:21 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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