Ben's Picks - This week's car auction favourites Pt.2

I've got some crackers for you this week!

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If you're reading this then it means you've made it to the second part of my weekly auction favourites series where I share with you some of my favourite choices from the last week. All these lots are from various sites around the world but this week is mostly Collecting Cars.

In these articles, I share five of my favourite lots from the last week and rank them out of 10, then you decide the winner in a poll at the end. These will be out every Friday morning until I can no longer be bothered to write them...

If you want to check out last week's articles, click here.

5: 2011 Aston Martin Cygnet - Current bid: £17,500

Whether you see it as a Toyota iQ or not, the Aston Martin Cygnet is a very cool car. Yes, the styling isn't all that unique but the fact that Aston made such a car is weird enough for me and only 100 exist.

Now if I'm not mistaken, you could only buy one of these from new if you had bought another 'proper' Aston at the same time, this was just a sort of expensive optional extra. I may be wrong but it wouldn't surprise me.

This spec is a bold one too, with the grey exterior and red leather interior but it sort of works and I would imagine appeals to the sort of person buying one. So, I think I'll give this car a 5/10 because I have only ever seen a few but it isn't really that special to me.


4: 1990 Toyota Sera - Current bid - £2,250

If you think the Century was the coolest car Toyota ever built then think again. The Sera is quite possibly one of the most amazing cars I have ever come across. In fact, I wrote an article on this car a couple of years ago.

The Sera is a small three door hatchback with a 2+2 seating arrangement which has butterfly doors. Now, I don't know about you but I can't think of many other cars with these type of doors which don't cost half a million.

But this little Toyota is far cheaper. It is likely this will sell for well under £10,000 making it the best value car with butterfly the world.

But, it isn't all about the doors. This car is full of cool tech too. One thing to note about the interior is the ‘Super Live Surround Sound’ speaker system some came with. It features 10 speakers, a few of which say right behind the rear seats. This is one of the most popular options for the Sera enthusiast and I bet it sounds good.

This one is finished in a light blue and looks marvellous. And I know this isn't that high up on my list but I have to award this a 7/10 because it's just so cool.


3: 1997 Lexus LX 450 - Current bid: $3,850

Having grown up around lots of big 4x4s, I can appreciate this LX 450. While I didn't know anyone with one, I did know people who had the Toyota version and loved it.

This one is black over tan and isn't in perfect condition but then again, I am not sure I'd want it to be. If you're buying a car like this then it's likely you are going to use it for everything which makes it impossible to keep completely clear of scratches and dents but that's okay, these cars can take the hit.

If I was currently living somewhere other than the UK right now then I would probably have one of these 90s 4x4s. They suit me to the ground. In fact, I'm going to say it. I would rather have one of these over a McLaren 720s for example. There, I said it.

So for this reason, I am giving this a solid 8/10, which means the next couple of cars have to be amazing.


2: 1990 Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9 - Current bid: £14,250

If any of you care about the motoring world at all, then it is very likely you have stumbled across a man called Andrew Frankel at some point. Now, Andrew is considered one of the greats among motoring journalists and I couldn't agree more. He is currently working on a great podcast with Dan Prosser at the moment which you should check out.

Anyway, I mentioned Mr. Frankel because this is his car and he is selling it. This is a 90s Peugeot 205 GTI and it is a perfect example finished in a marvellous blue. This car even has the 1.9L engine which is the one to go for.

The reason this is number two is not because it's Andrew's old car but more the fact it is possibly one of the greatest drivers cars ever made. Now, I can't speak from experience as I have never had the honour of driving one but I would love to.

I could go on about this car but if you want to know more, you should click on the lot below. I am giving this car an 8/10 for being so god damn cool,


1: 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GT

At first glance, you're probably wondering why there's an old red Porsche on your screen, but if you look closely you will notice that this isn't just any old Porsche 924.

This is none other than a Porsche 924 Carrera GT and it is my favourite car of all time and it's all down to the way it looks. I have never seen a car which looks as good as the 924 CGT in my entire life. I have spoken about my love for this car in the past but every time I see a photo I get goose bumps.

They didn't make very many of them, which means very few colours exist. But red is the one to go for if I am being honest.

Unfortunately, this 80s Porsche didn't sell which means it's still up for grabs. Now, if I wasn't drowning in student loan debt at university, I would be buying this thing, but I am, so I am not.

I could go on and on about it's almost perfect weight distribution and it's steering feel but I won't bore you. Instead I'll let you look at the pretty photos and read the lot description in your own time.

With this car being my favourite, I am afraid I have to break out the big guns and award it a whopping 10/10. Wow, I am only on my second article and have already awarded a 10/10...but this deserved it.


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Comments (13)

  • I am most interested in the Lexus. I can actually afford one of those. That too, an 80 series. The 924 is the coolest but there is no way, I can afford one now.

      21 days ago
  • Great selection Ben. I also love the 924 and the LX is a true celebrity. I have to say i adore the colour scheme of the Cygnet but it would suit another car better.....any car!

    Imagine that colour combination on that 924 or a GT3 or, well anything really. Is Andrew Frankel selling everything? I listen to Drive Nation every week and knew he was selling his 1.9 GTi but didn’t know he was also flogging his 924. Times must be tough or maybe, like me he’s saving up for his GT3 Touring.

      21 days ago
  • I love the 205. For that much it’s a steal!

      21 days ago
  • 205 GTI for me. Had one in red.

      21 days ago
  • I like that Toyota Sera, go wing doors on a compact car? Classic

      21 days ago