Model Masterpiece: Lotus Esprit

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Featured in the James Bond movie, The Spy Who Loved Me, the Lotus Espirit is a classic car that was once turned into a submarine. It was a badass-looking wedge-shaped road missile that captured the spirit of the mid 1970s.

Model Masterpiece: Ferrari Testarossa

The Ferrari Testarossa burst onto the scene for 1985, starring in Miami Vice alongside Don Johnson. It competed against Magnum P.I. starring Tom Selleck, his famous mustache and Ferrari 308 GTS. The Testarossa is an iconic 1980s wild child that belongs in every Ferrari collection.

Model Masterpiece: L88 Corvette

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Mecum Auction House is selling a twofer 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 at its Glendale, AZ auction this Saturday, March 14. Pre-estimates for 1967 L88s, can command well over $1m, the rarest with just 20 made. The more “common” 1968-1969 models draw less impressive sums, but remain a powerful draw for collectors. Mecum sold a pair of 1969 L88 Vettes, both Tuxedo Black, for $990k at its Kissimmee, FL sale this past January.

Modern Classic: Ferrari 360 Spider

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A 2004 Ferrari 360 Spider with just one-owner will be up for auction by RM Sotheby’s at its Amelia Island Concours auction in March. It features a F1 transmission and with just 392 miles. The $125k-$175k pre-sale estimate is about what its base price was when new.

Modern Classic: BMW 850CSi

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In a few weeks at the Amelia Island Concours d’ Elegance, Gooding & Company’s auction will offer a 75,000-mile 1994 BMW 850CSi in the stunning shade Hellrot (German for light red). Pre-sale estimates put this car between $90,000-$110,000, approximately the same price as when the car was new.