Market Finds: 8 Very Different V8-powered Market Finds

8 Very Different V8-powered Market Finds

By Petrolicious Productions
May 26, 2015
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There’s nothing quite like a V8 engine.

Built for all manner of vehicles—but especially tasty when tuned for performance—V8s have graced everything from the Batmobile to Formula 1 race cars to muscle trucks. This week, we’ve used the engine as a beacon to help us find some of the more interesting branches of the V8 family tree.

The car: 1988 Morgan Plus 8 – 3.5 V8
Price: £25,450
Location: Reading, Berkshire, UK
Seller’s Info: Click here

This is a 1988 Morgan Plus 8, but really, there have been so few changes over the years that this is one of the few cars largely unchanged from its initial form. Why bother changing such a pure driver’s car?

The car: 1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal
Price: $104,995
Location: Mesa, Arizona 
Seller’s Info: Click here

The Alfa Romeo Montreal may have been styled after a mid-engined car, but its quirky lines and detailing hide one of the most advanced sports cars the company had ever put into production.

The car: 1968 Shelby GT500
Price: $99,000
Location: Raynham Center, Massachusetts
Seller’s Info: Click here

There’s nothing quite like a tasteful 1968 Shelby Mustang to get your heart pounding. With so many over-restored into jewellery, this example at least looks like an honest driver and great weekend ride.

The car: 1977 Ferrari 308 GT4
Price: £50,000
Location: Kent, UK
Seller’s Info: Click here

Sure, this 1977 Ferrari 308 GT4 may not be your first pick of V8-engined Ferraris, but with values rising so quickly across the board, even we’re a little surprised at the £50,000 asking price for this (admittedly lovely-looking) example.

The car: 1988 DE TOMASO Longchamp GTSE
Price: **Just Sold**
Location: Derbyshire, UK
Seller’s InfoClick here

For grand touring, consider a 1988 DeTomaso Longchamp. Designed by Tom Tjaarda from Ghia, this was closely related to the Maserati Kyalami, and powered by a simple Ford Cleveland V8 engine—with just 1,200 km from new, we think it’s time to take a road trip…

The car: 2001 BMW Z8 Roadster
Price: $229,500
Location: Emeryville, California, USA
Seller’s Info: Click here

Designer Henrik Fisker has said that the BMW Z8 was one of his favorite designs because the BMW’s board of directors pressed it into production with few changes. Could that happen today? It’s getting less and less likely, that’s for sure…

The car: 1948 Allard M Type Fixed Head Coupe
Price: £70,000
Location: Oxfordshire, UK
Seller’s Info: Click here

Allard may not be your first pick for beautifully-flowing bodywork, but the Allard M-Type Fixed Head Coupé is a rare beast and one of the quickest post-Second World War machines available.

The car: 1972 Triumph Stag
Price: £18,850
Location: Aylesbury, UK
Seller’s Info: Click here

A brown 1972 Triumph Stag may sit at the bottom of this week’s picks, but with their engine troubles largely sorted—and provided you keep an eye on corrosion and regular maintenance—survivors of the Stag range seem to be getting more and more attractive each year…

If you know of a great, stylish car for sale and would like us to feature it, please let us know!

Petrolicious makes no claim as to the accuracy of the information contained in the car’s original listing, nor will it be held responsible for any errors in said information. If you’re interested in any of these cars, do your homework and research extensively before you buy.

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Ian Miles
Ian Miles

Something a little different with a V8:
Forward Control 101.

Michael Banovsky
Michael Banovsky

I like your thinking.

Xavier Corral
Xavier Corral

As an owner of a 1970 mustang for the last year and a half I can say that the idea of paying that much for any 60’s-70 mustang seems unbelievably ridiculous. I know its not a new thing for these to fetch such prices. However, for that much money you could restore 2 or 3 cars without the shelby nameplate. You could restore one and make a shelby clone out of another. You may also just restore one and double the horsepower, upgrade the suspension, make the cockpit more liveable and compete in vintage racing events for that money.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Thinking about it I will amend my previous comment . In light of $75lb single source coffee , $12 Cronuts ( if you don’t know consider yourself lucky ) $1000 a pair ‘ designer ‘ jeans with pre made tears and gashes , not to mention an art collector paying $179 million for what is at best a second rate Picasso nothing should surprise me anymore . The only remaining question being ; When does the Bubble finally burst ?

Patrick Peters
Patrick Peters

Hi TJ

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

$104k for a Montreal ? $229k for a Z8 ? £999,993 for a Longchamp ? £50k for a lowly 308GT4 ? Has all semblance of common sense and discernment gone completely out the window ? Has the entire market finally gone stark raving mad when it comes to the value of cars ? Or are these simply a case of overly optimistic sellers hoping to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes for a tidy profit ?

Alan Robson
Alan Robson

Guys… I think T.J. Martin (Martin James) is back…

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Alan . Once again another one goes down the off topic ” Gee look how clever I are ” Rabbit Hole rather than sticking to the topic at hand . By the way and for your information you’re late to the party by a solid week . Not to mention as I stated earlier ;

And this matters ? Why ?

Michael Banovsky
Michael Banovsky

If someone pays the money for it…

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

While the dealer selling the De Tomaso is well known for ‘keen’ pricing, £999,993 must be a mistake although the same price is quoted on several classified websites? This rather rarer cabriolet version is considerably less (although still a lot more than Longchamps were selling for three years ago)
https://www.classicdriver.com/en/car/de-tomaso/longchamp/1981/303757

Michael Banovsky
Michael Banovsky

Actually, I think that shortly after the story went live the car had been sold—I have a feeling it was changed to £999k after that.