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In partnership with curated online luxury marketplace Luxglove, Robb Report Singapore’s Car of the Year 2017 played host to over 40 classic cars. While some were used for mere display purposes, most available for sale.
These classic cars took many forms, from sports cars and luxury cars to quirky ones. One such quirky piece was the Volkswagen Type 2, a vehicle more popularly known as the Microbus.
A perfect foil to the modern supercars competing for top spot, we pick four of our favourite classic cars.
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1. Ferrari F40
Built 30 years ago to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th birthday, the F40 holds significance for being the last car founder Enzo Ferrari signed off on before his death in 1988. But it is most known for being the minimalist counterpoint to the techno-rocketship that was Porsche 959. The F40 omitted a glove box, carpets, interior door panels, interior trim and door handles. The example exhibited at Robb Report Singapore’s Car of the Year 2017 is in immaculate shape and looks as fresh as when it left the factory floor 30 years ago.
2. Jaguar E-Type
This car would make it to a good number of “most beautiful cars" lists. Featuring a design informed by aerodynamic racecars of the era, the long bonnet and short rear end look as beautiful today as when the first examples rolled off Jaguar’s assembly line in 1961. The E-Type featured disc brakes, rack-and-pinion steering and independent suspension in the front and rear, making it an engineering marvel as well.
3. Porsche 930 Turbo
The Porsche 911 is an iconic car, but a first-generation 911 Turbo is even more so. When it made its debut in the mid-1970s, it blended almost racecar levels of pace with the ability to be quite happily driven to the shops as well. Of course, it’s still a car that demanded respect – a short wheelbase and that pendulum of an engine swinging out behind the rear axle meant you’d have to be on your toes to drive one quickly. The 930 Turbo on display at Robb Report Singapore’s Car of the Year 2017 was about as perfect as they come.
4. Rolls-Royce Twenty Tourer
The oldest car on show was a Rolls-Royce Twenty, so named for its power output of 20bhp. The most special thing about it is its provenance. It was shipped to Malaya in the late 1920s, survived the war and spent decades neglected until its current owner acquired and restored it in the 1980s. Conclusive proof that with classic cars, you buy the stories behind them as much as you buy the cars themselves.