It’s no secret the 1980s and 1990s were a great time for certain segments of the automotive market. Okay, the Cadillac Cimarron was pretty bad but even the lowly Chevrolet Citation found a hot-rod home in X-11 trim.
The auction wizards at RM Sotheby’s have booked sale time for what might very well be the greatest collection of ‘80s and ‘90s metal these jaundiced eyes have ever seen. Aston Martin Lagonda? Check. A bevy of Alpina BMWs? Absolutely. Superb condition 1994 Toyota Supra? Yup. And is that a 500 SEC Widebody?
RM is calling it ‘The Youngtimer Collection’. A total of 130 cars, the assemblage of drool-worthy metal runs the gamut of desirable cars from your author’s halcyon days. Remarkably, it’s a single-owner private collection, one which includes 34 cars from Mercedes-Benz, 27 cars from BMW, and a dozen from Rolls-Royce. There are eight Porsches, seven Ferraris, plus units from just about every other European manufacturer. American iron is represented by Cadillac and Chevrolet.
Hardly new at this game, the company is hedging their bets and spreading the lot of cars out over four different auctions. The gavel will drop in Fort Lauderdale, Amelia Island, Paris, and the German location of Essen.
“From nearly every iteration of the BMW Alpina to the Mercedes-Benz 500 SEC AMG 6.0 Wide Body, Porsche 928 GTS, and the Renault R5 Turbo, the private collection we’ve added to our 2019 calendar has nearly every car youth of the 80s and 90s dreamed of,” says Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s. “The 80s and 90s ‘youngtimers’ are back and here to stay in the world of car collecting, and we’re thrilled to offer this extensive collection on behalf of its enthusiastic owner.”
The man, unsurprisingly, has a point. More than a few lads and lasses who grew up in that era with posters of these cars on their bedroom walls now find themselves in a position to buy the real thing. It helps to explain why cars like the Hemi ‘Cuda are once again trading at realistic prices while Integra Type R hatchbacks scamper towards the stratosphere.
Some newer metal is in this mix, like a tasty 911 GT3 of 2011 vintage. A Morgan Aero 8 is apparently from the 2017 model year but, as with all Morgans, could easily pass as something from the ‘90s. Or ‘50s. A collection of M5 sedans keeps one foot squarely in the 21st-century as well.
Buyers will undoubtedly need deep pockets but most of the cars are listed without a reserve price. If you’re lucky, you just might catch other bidders napping and score yourself a fantastic piece of automotive history.
Now, please excuse me while I read the specifics of those turbocharged 300ZX coupes on offer.
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