Liberace's Gold Cadillac Headlines This Collection
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This collection is one of the most valuable and diverse compilations of cars in the world.
A warehouse somewhere in the UK is home to some of the rarest and most valuable cars there is. The vehicles presented here include a BMW M5 Touring Wagon, a 1972 Corvette, an Austin Healey 3000 and many other classic cars.
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The aforementioned BMW M5 Wagon is widely considered to be one of the most sought-after M cars ever sold. This M5 wagon is never sold in the US and has a 5-speed transmission. The odometer only shows 100,000 miles. Upon inspection, it becomes clear that this car has been very well maintained. Another thing worth mentioning is the fact that this was the third car off the production line. The car is also finished in an extremely rare eggplant color, which deserves high praise for the rarity and status of this car.
Another piece of this mostly European collection is an almost track-ready Corvette from 1972. This fresh breath of American air is equipped with a small-block Chevy V8 combined with a 4-speed transmission. The factory arches allow for larger Hoosier racing tires. The handling is controlled by a Positrac rear axle. This allows this Corvette to hold on to the track and take turns like a pro. These cars are extremely rare in England due to the stigma surrounding restricted access to parts. However, the owner says this is a relatively simple car to work and race on. Another rare vehicle on this list is the Austin Healey's Healey 3000, one of the more classic European cars on this list. This left hand drive masterpiece was originally purchased for £ 37,000 and has grown exponentially in value since then.
Accompanying the other cars in the camp makes all the others look like smaller machines by comparison. The legend of the 'Lost Cadillac' can be traced back for decades. It was originally built by a billionaire and then found its way into the hands of Liberace. The car completely disappeared sometime in the 1970s after it was sold to a museum in Germany and has not been seen since. When the owner saw this car he apparently knew he needed to have it and see its worth when he heard the story.
Inspecting the engine compartment reveals that the powertrain of this 1931 Cadillac is powered by a V8. Although a V8 was quite an achievement in a production car at the time, this was the cheaper engine option as the more expensive fairings came with a V12. Upon entering this vehicle, immaculate white leather upholstery and a mink carpet are presented. Steering is difficult due to the lack of power steering, but it still runs well despite its 90 year lifespan.
A bronze Maserati Merak with a checkered interior is easily overlooked in favor of a beautiful K-Code Mustang. As a K-Code, the Mustang was of course equipped with the Hypo 289 engine, which developed 271 hp. The car also had stiffer valve springs, different heads (different from standard), a zinc block and a 4 cylinder carburetor. In the further course we find an Acura NSX in good condition and low mileage. The piece of resistance appears to be a 1967 or 1968 Mercury Cougar with a 3-speed manual transmission coated in white paint, and that completes the trip to camp.
We now hop over to Bernie's house and find ourselves faced with a fascinating black Corvette. This is the selected car of the owner's sons who drive the vehicle from time to time. In the late '70s, this 1956 Corvette was bought by a friend who said it pulled the race down in Florida. It came with a supercharged big-block V8 and massive drag tires, but the owner couldn't afford the car as it is, so they got a deal. For a lower price, he could buy the car with no engine or transmission, so he did. For the next 9 months he built the car for circuit racing. With all-four disc brakes, coilover kits and a 9-inch rear from Ford, the car drives like a dream and has become a legend on the racetrack. The car now has a V8 with an impressive 465 hp and is an absolute surprise for everyone on the racetrack.
The son and father spent some time restoring a classic Mini Cooper. He also has a Mazda Cosmo which, despite its Japanese heritage, has many design aspects of American cars of the time. It was restored in Russia and is in such good condition that there may be few left in the world in such a condition. Only 343 examples of this car were built between 1967 and 1968. An interesting piece of the puzzle from this car collector is his Austin-Martin DB5 James Bond, which he restored himself. Second on our list is a Porsche 993 GT2 that drove through Daytona at 183 mph. The last lap of our journey brings us to an end with a Porsche 964 RS. Needless to say, this man's car collection is extremely impressive and not only that, but more will follow in the future.
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