There are so many cars at the Techno Classica Essen, that it takes something really special to stand out from the crowd. Here are a few of our favourites
This sparkly Lamborghini Miura Spider is a one-off motor show car that was originally built by Bertone for the 1968 Brussels auto salon. This concept car was a surprise to Ferruccio Lamborghini, and although it was shown throughout the year – Lamborghini decided that full-scale production wasn’t a viable option, so this remains the one-and-only Miura Spider. After being sold, this roadster passed between many owners was repainted in green. It has since been bought and restored to its original eye-catching colour scheme as seen here.
First appearing as a static exhibit at the 1971 Turin motor show, this Maserati Boomerang was designed by Gioretto Giugiaro. By 1972, the one-off concept was fully drivable prototype. After it was sold to a customer in Spain in 1974, the car disappeared from public view until 1990 when it appeared at a concours and was signed by Giugiaro – who was actually judging at the event. The Boomerang would be the first of the Italian designers wedgy 1970s designs, many of which made it into production in one form or another.
Lancia Gamma Olgiata
Yet another one-off motor show car, this two-door shooting break was designed and built by Pininfarina, and based on the two-door Gamma 2500 IE Coupe. Although shown at the 1982 Paris Motor show, the elegant Olgiata never made production, and the aging Gamma was killed off just two years later. This show car is fully working and was sold off to a private collector in the early 1990s. It currently comes with an Italian registration, and just over 1000kms on the clock.
Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione
Bridging the gap between the 288 GTO and the F40, Ferrari only ever built 5 of these Evoluzione models developed for Group B motorsport. Pushing around 650bhp, and with weight reduced to 940kg. This recreation was built to exacting standards by Jim Carpenter based on a 328, meaning a price tag of €235,000, rather than the £1m-plus you’d have to pay for the genuine article.
Opel Corsa Spider
This two-seater concept features some great styling touches, as well as a retractable cover for the passenger seat. Tuning company Irmscher actually put a version of this into production, but this was the original – and doesn’t it look great?
Citroen BX 4TC
Citroen’s attempt to enter the world of Group B rallying came in the form of the rather odd-looking BX 4TC. The huge front overhang was thanks to the car’s longitudinally-mounted turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which was a backwards step in comparison to the sister team’s Mid-engined Peugeot 205 T16. Road-going cars were built by coachbuilder Heuliez, and out of the required 200, around 85 cars were sold before Citroen pulled the plug on its rallying exploits. The real tragedy is that Citroen were so embarrassed by the whole thing they attempted to buy back all the cars to have them destroyed. It’s unknown exactly how many remain, but this tidy example was very strongly priced at €210,000…