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Mercedes built nearly 250,000 R107 SLs and a good percentage of that figure is still on the road.

Could this car ever follow in the wake of the W113 ‘Pagoda’ SL and make serious money? If you choose wisely, we think so. We’d be looking at a low mileage preemissions 500 or a last of the line 560 and be prepared to wait.

LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP400 S 1981

$1.3M

RMA, NEW YORK

No apologies for this mean, green slug of automotive pornography. The car that sold a million bedroom wall posters still hasn’t lost its capacity to drop jaws and open doors. Despite being more aggressively styled than the original LP 400, the S, introduced in 1978 was actually the least powerful production Countach, making a ‘mere’ 261kW. This car was the first of the Series III models sold to a private buyer. It was originally bought by a Saudi customer who never registered it, reportedly because he enjoyed looking at it so much. Fully restored, and an ex Museo Lamborghini exhibit, it shows just over 6000km on the odometer and has been issued with a Certificato D’Origine by the factory.

1969 DODGE CORONET R/T

$41,200 MECUM, AUSTIN, US

Talk Dodge and you’d normally think Charger, Challenger or Viper and, if you’re looking at muscle cars, you’d want an R/T badge. The first production Dodge to wear the R/T designation was the 1967 Coronet, available as a twodoor hardtop or convertible. The 440-ci V-8 Magnum lump cranked out 375bhp and the classic Dodge roofline and long tail signature have worn well to this day.

Because this isn't such a halo car in the Dodge panoply, prices have remained affordable to this day and $41,200 for an honest-to-goodness Dodge R/T V8 coupe is a steal.

1966 DODGE SUPERVAN

$88,700 BARRETT-JACKSON, SCOTTSDALE

This supervan is the brainchild of creative genius George Barris. Originally designed as “The Love Machine” it was reincarnated by the late Mr Barris for the movie “SuperVan.” Powered by a 318ci V8 and fitted with solar panels, a lift up windscreen and a rotating circular bed, the van featured longitudinally symmetrical styling, subsequently appearing as the Hill Valley Transit bus in Back to the Future II and a whole host of TV credits. It was later completely restored to its “SuperVan” look and signed by Barris. Quirky collectibles often make top dollar but this one struggled.

1972 OPEL GT

$10,300 MECUM, AUSTIN, US

One of the universe’s enduring mysteries is why Opel GTs are so cheap. They look great, they’re easy to work on, and mechanical parts are easily available from Kadett Bs. They’re not hugely rare, with a little over 100,000 built during their 1968-73 production run. This one’s been retrofitted with a 231ci V6 and a Turbo 350 auto tranny which hurts collectability but at ten grand it’ll still turn heads.

1959 MERCEDESBENZ 190SL

$144,000 MECUM, AUSTIN, US

1966

SHELBY GT350 RMA PARIS 3 FEBRUARY 2016

Billed as the fastest GT350 in Europe, this car was originally destined for the UK and shipped to Ford Advanced Vehicles in Slough in January of 1966. It was then shipped to Germany in 1977 and upgraded to GT350R specifications.

Owner Bernd Schwebel campaigned the car in numerous events over the course of the next 11 years after which it was bought by Ozren Kuzmanovic and underwent a vintage racing resto, including refinishing the car in Shelby’s livery of Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue stripes and fitting it with a GT350R front spoiler. It wore EMS Racing Team decals and was driven by Sir Stirling Moss.

The car was campaigned continuously throughout Europe and has been a frequent sight on vintage rallies and historic racing throughout the continent.

With an estimated 325hp from its 289ci V8, it comes with all its eligibility papers for classic race events.

2015LAND ROVER DEFENDER 90

$812,000 BONHAMS, LONDON

We don’t normally dabble in brandspankers but here’s an exception. The two-millionth Land Rover Defender has been auctioned with proceeds going to the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and the Born Free Foundation. It’s a bespoke model with celeb-fitted shiny bits but over $800,000 for a Defender? Bear Grylls fitted the wheels. Still seems a bit of a markup.

1953CADILLAC SERIES 62 BY GHIA

$2M RMA, PHOENIX, USA

If you quite hanker after automotive unicorns, you can’t do a great deal better than the Cadillac Series 62 by Ghia. Only two exist, this one and its sibling – the Rita Hayworth car - residing in the Petersen Museum in LA. Mechanically similar to the garden variety Series 62, the slinky Luigi Segre body and the pure Hollywood pulling power of this car was always going to guarantee serious interest.

1991 ACURA NSX

$64,500 MECUM, AUSTIN, US

We’ve got a bit of a soft spot for Honda’s supercar here at Unique. Even if this one does wear the Acura badge and have the steering wheel on the wrong side, it’s a coupe and it’s a manual which earns it a major thumbs up from us. An Aussie car would set you back around $90k, so someone in Austin other than Dubya was wearing a big, dopey grin last month.

2002TVR TAMORA

$38,200 H&H, CHATEAU IMPNEY, UK

It’s a sad fact that most TVRs are truly dreadful cars; poorly developed with little quality, technical ingenuity or dynamic finesse. They got better as they went on and the Tamora and the late Tuscan, T350 and Sagaris models drive pretty well. The Tamora’s the most practical and now represents good buying, the $38k for this one llooks like a notable bargain.