It’s Thursday, so you know the drill: it’s time for market finds! We’ve found five classics that we’d love to own, so take a look below to see if you would too.
David Brown’s choice
The DB5’s popularity may have peaked a couple of years ago, but that doesn’t stop us from considering the odd example from time to time. This beautiful Caribbean Pearl 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible was one such car, and it gets even more enticing when you realize that the previous owner list includes David Brown himself. Impressive history aside, DB5 convertibles are rare finds in their own right, with only 123 real examples ever made. This light blue beauty appears to be in excellent, usable condition, making her an ideal choice as a summer runabout for the months to come.
Mad as a hatter
They may resemble four-wheeled monkey bars, but we’ve always had a thing for Ariel’s slightly off-kilter creations, and this 2019 Ariel Nomad R is about as wacky as they come. One of only five in the world, this Ohlins-equipped Pearl White Nomad R would crush a rally stage without breaking a sweat, although the same cannot be said for the hypothetical driver. Powered by a 335hp supercharged Honda Type R 4-cylinder and weighing just under 700kg, this Nomad R is as accelerating as it is visually impressive. Thanks to its sequential single-paddle box, the Nomad R accelerates to 60 mph in a staggering 2.9 seconds, making it the fastest rig in the world. So if your parents are Bob the Builder and the Stig, your ride is waiting for you.
The Maroon Rocket
The XK 120 may have started the line, but this 1958 Jaguar XK 150 makes a strong case for itself as Jag’s most serviceable (and best looking) classic grand tourer. While the Claret (aka Brown) exterior hue isn’t our usual cup of tea, there’s no denying that it pairs remarkably well with the biscuit leather interior. This example is an original RHD car and only shows 11,600 miles on the odometer. Combine the low mileage with worthwhile upgrades like a five-speed gearbox and halogen headlights, and you have a near-perfect grand tourer just waiting to enhance your next road trip.
It’s never been easy for Lancia to create a run-out special worthy of a car as iconic as the Delta, but we think you’ll agree that this 1995 Delta HF Integrale 16V Evoluzione II “Edizione Finale”. is an excellent achievement. Painted in Rosso Amaranto and topped with Torino’s yellow and blue stripes, this Delta easily makes our top five most beautiful hatchbacks of all time. Numbered 218 of 250 examples, this example appears to be in pristine condition inside and out, as you would expect from a car that has clocked up just 16,011 miles in almost three decades. Having spent most of its life navigating the salt-free roads of Japan, this will likely be the cutest delta you’ll see in quite a while.
The Golf or Beetle are obviously the hatchbacks most inextricably linked to VW’s identity, but when it comes to sheer appeal, this 1977 VW Brasilia is hard to beat. As the name suggests, the Brasilia was intended to replace the Beetle in Brazil, combining the Beetle’s engine with the Karmann Ghia’s chassis to create a hatchback that’s more stylish than it could be. Painted in Viper Green and with just 31,069 miles on the clock, this would be a fantastic alternative to the boring, modern plastic hatchbacks that are on the road today.