Virtual Garage

The Wealthy, the Sober and the Cautious

The three TCCT Virtual Garages grow

Photo credit: RM Sotheby’s, Gooding, Bonhams, ACA Anglia Car Auctions

The Wealthy, the Sober and the Cautious. We could call them the three main characters of our story that we’ve commissioned to create three collections of cars purchased at auctions in 2021 from scratch, each one with a different budget. We mentioned Sergio Leone’s famous film, The Good, the Ugly and the Bad, not because our three characters have to fight each other but, in a market that’s becoming quite robust, hunting down a great deal requires talent. How do we intend to build these collections? Simple, each one of our three characters has a large garage to store the cars in. The style of the three garages is different though: the Cautious one, who is very careful about spending his money and who only chooses cars below the one hundred thousand euro mark, has a beautiful painted wooden garage attached to a country farm. The Sober collector, who directs his purchase choices towards cars that fall within the one- to six- or even seven-hundred thousand euro bracket (once again with tolerances in line with the capital he’s prepared to invest), has found himself an abandoned industrial warehouse from the 40’s out in the suburbs. Our Wealthy collector is in another league, with his large storage space in Gstaad, in the Swiss Alps.

Our three collectors began their collections at Mecum in Kissimmee, Florida, RM, Bonhams and Gooding in Scottsdale, Arizona. Then they moved to Artcurial’s in Paris, and RM Sotheby’s, the other Parisian auction held in February.

Their “virtual garages” continue to grow after Gooding and RM online, ACA for bargains at low prices, finishing with Bonhams in Paris few days ago.

We will follow their adventures to discover the three ideal collections from 2021, assembled over the course of one year. A story worth sharing to better understand some of the reasons behind their decisions to buy, in terms of market, car use and available events.

The Cautious

1995. One of the Youngtimers par excellence, less than 20,000 examples of the Japanese answer to Ferrari and Porsche were produced. The NSX with its 3-litre, 24-valve V6 engine is a solid investment with rising prices
2000. Produced in 1,677 examples, the TVR Tuscan is an excellent choice for those looking to approach the world of collecting. The uniqueness of the car, the performance of the 4-litre 360hp V6 and the excellent price take care of the rest
2014. No longer in production since last year, the BMW i8 will very soon become a collector’s classic, especially this example that belonged to the Pibe de Oro

The Sober

1934. The ideal candidate for a Concours d’Elegance is one of the 281 Phantom IIs in Custom configuration built between 1929 and 1936
1971. An open top DS is tantamount to bringing this symbol of the future to power
1965. Having a Giulia GTA in the garage is equivalent to feeling like the most famous driver who drove it to victory throughout Europe, Andrea de Adamich

The Wealthy

1937. The last unrestored and perfectly preserved example with Type 57S Surbaissè. An authentic pre-war supercar
1977. With just 157 units built, the Countach LP400 “Periscopio” is the purest expression of Marcello Gandini’s revolutionary design
1993. Built to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it is a very interesting one-off, equipped with a Mercedes V12 engine, which deserved greater success

Editor’s choice

2017. The original and elegant interpretation of the Maserati GranTurismo created by Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera in homage to the passion of the former Shah of Persia