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#1 Mercedes-Benz Tease A New Maybach Coupe
A brand new Maybach Coupe appears to be on the way if the latest teaser from Mercedes-Benz is anything to go by. The luxurious model ceased production back in 2013 due to poor sales but will now get a complete design overhaul. The finished vehicle will sit at a mere six metres in length and exude some seriously wild proportions akin to that of the Maybach Excelero with a bit more Benz refinement thrown in. No details of engine or driveline specs have been released yet but expect a big engine and keep the eyes peeled for when the car debuts at the Paris Motor Show at the end of the year.
#2 The Next Aston Martin Supercar
Aston Martin are pumping out hypercars and supercars like no tomorrow and their latest project will come in the form of the latter, a mid-engined model to round out its bold Second Century plan – that’s seven cars in seven years. The car without a name is not to be confused with the latest AM-RB 001 hypercar collaboration with the Rebull Racing F1 team, as Aston Martin say that this car will be more accessible. Think along the lines of Ferrari’s 488 GTB, Lamborghini’s Huracan or McLaren’s 650S. Autocar reports that the new supercar is due to land in 2022 with a V8 engine. And that’s all punters will get for now.
#3 Ferrari 280 GTO Heads To The Auctions
When it comes to sought after prancing horses, none is more iconic than the rare 288 GTO of the 80s. Penned by the maestros at Pininfarina, the car was the first to utilise carbon fibre and Kevlar in a road car. The car is powered by a 2.9-litre V8 which pushed 400hp through Ferrari’s Formula One developed transmission. Only 272 models were created for racing homologation purposes and one such example will be hitting the Mecum Auctions at the upcoming Monterey Car Week. This particular model has just under 12,000km on the clock and is expected to fetch between US$2,000,000-$3,000,000.
#4 1952 Alfa Romeo 1900 M Matta
Another cool set of wheels heading to the auction lot is the very cool vintage Alfa Romeo off-roader known as the 1900 M Matta. The Italian car drew inspiration from the first Willy Jeep and Land Rover for this particular car which helped shape the future of SUVs. It might be light on creature comfort but it makes up for it in character, a 1.9-litre 65hp engine and independent front suspension. Alfa only produced 2,050 with 50 designated for private use. Rarity? That’s guaranteed.
#5 Elvis’ BMW 507 Found
The King’s could drive a wheelbarrow and it’d be worth something. Thankfully he didn’t and instead drove a gorgeous car in the form of a 1958 BMW 507. Only 254 models were built and this particular one was bought from a Frankfurt dealership by Elvis himself before it passed hands to an avid driver who hid it away in a pumpkin barn for decades. When it remerged it received a full restoration by BMW Group Classic who restored many of the car’s parts from scratch. The classic vehicle will make its debut for the first time at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.