Following Part 1 of our visit to the Elite Garage collection we can now present you with Part 2! More photos of the incredible collection of over 1,100 sports-, luxury- and classic cars at Elite Garage in Switzerland!
Elite Garage was founded in 1977 and is specialized in the sales of exclusive cars. Over the last 26 years they sold over 20,000 cars including pretty much every exotic you can think of. In their history over 100 different Lamborghini Diablos found a new owner at Elite Garage, not surprisingly Lamborghini is one of the favourite brands of the owner of Elite Garage. Over the last decades Elite Garage grew from a modest garage in Zuzwil to a company with a breathtaking area of 40,000 m² filled with very rare and exotic cars.
One of our highlights of the second part of our visit to Elite Garage is the Ferrari F50. Introduced in 1995 to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. The car is a two door, two seat convertible with a removable hardtop and has a 4.7 L naturally aspirated V12 engine that was developed from the 3.5 L V12 used in the 1992 Ferrari F92A Formula One car. Only 349 F50s were made and the last F50 was produced in Maranello in July 1997.
Another noteworthy highlight in the Elite Garage Collection is the Jaguar XJ220, of which they have two. The Jaguar XJ220 was produced by Jaguar in collaboration with the specialist automotive and race engineering company Tom Walkinshaw Racing. The car entered production in 1992 and continued in production until 1994. The XJ220 held the record for the fastest production car from 1992 until 1993 after recording a top speed of 213.1 mph (343.0 km/h), and held the Nürburgring production car lap record between 1992 and 2000 with a time of 7:46.36.
The XJ220 was developed from a concept car designed by an informal group of Jaguar employees working in their spare time. The group wished to create a modern version of the successful Jaguar 24 Hours of Le Mans racing cars of the 1950s and ’60s that could be entered into FIA Group B competitions. The initial XJ220 concept was unveiled to the public at the 1988 British International Motor Show, held in Birmingham. The concept was positively received and Jaguar made the decision to put the car into production, taking some 1,500 deposits of £50,000, and planning deliveries to customers for 1992.
Engineering requirements resulted in significant changes to the specification of the XJ220, most notably the Jaguar V12 engine being replaced by a turbocharged V6 engine. The changes to the specification and a collapse in the price of collectible cars brought about by the early 1990s recession resulted in many buyers choosing not to exercise their purchase options. A total of just 275 cars were produced by the time production ended, each with a retail price of £470,000 in 1992.
Special thanks to Elite Garage for the invitation!
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