Nine Thrilling Cars in the Spirit of Halloween

Hair raising automobiles that embody the nature of the season.

Andrew Olson

Maybe other than the scares of Halloween, nothing is more thrilling than being behind the wheel of your dream car on the open road. With the crisp air and cool mornings, fall is often the last time to drive and enjoy classic cars before the year ends. Many enthusiasts may only have a few more weeks to drive their cars before winter weather becomes uncooperative. 

Car manufacturers have always looked for catchy model names, and nothing quite stays in our minds like the mysterious. With spooky names like Spider, Phantom, and Diablo, these nine cars are all a thrill to drive. The Spider name for an open car is derived from the open carriages of the 19th century, which looked like spiders with their small inner body and tall, spindly wheels extending from the corners of the frame. Rolls-Royce has named models Silver Ghost and Phantom due to how quietly their engines run, comparing to their lack of running noise to the car being as quiet as a ghost. Lamborghini named one of their most famous models Diablo, the Spanish word for devil, after a ferocious bull.

Click ahead to explore the 9 examples that embody the thrilling nature of the season:

1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America by Pinin Farina

This beautifully presented example of Lancia’s classic spider displays the benefits of a well-maintained restoration conducted during the 1990s, as well as copious attention from respected marque experts. Utterly scintillating when fitted with the rakish Fontana hardtop, this breathtaking Aurelia continues to benefit from the well-maintained restoration. The stunning Lancia is one of just 181 left-hand-drive examples. Beloved for its spartan interior, sharp handling characteristics, and sensual coachwork, it would make an ideal entrant at major concours d’elegance and Italian car shows. Due to its early build date, the Aurelia is also eligible for some of the finest vintage driving events worldwide, including exclusive tours like the Mille Miglia, the Colorado Grand, and the California Mille. It would make a superlative complement to any collection, particularly suitable for roadster collectors or enthusiasts of important coachbuilt 1950s sports cars.

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder

Combining the joy of open-top motoring with modern conveniences, comfort, and otherworldly performance thanks to its hybrid power train, the 918 spyder showcases that hybrid hypercars can be easy to use on a regular basis as well as provide performance that is electrifying in every facet. Offered from its original owner, having traveled less than 1,200 km from new, and with a recent service under its belt, this example needs nothing and is truly ready to be used and enjoyed as its creators intended. Service invoices from a Bahraini Porsche dealership from 2016 and 2017 are on file for this 918 spyder, illustrating that it has been properly cared for since day one. Furthermore, the car has once again been recently serviced prior to the auction. In addition to the owner’s manuals, the car is accompanied by the factory-issued battery charger, as well as a small booklet containing photos of this car’s build process.

2001 Lamborghini Diablo GT

This is number 73 of the 80 examples produced and is specified in Black Rage with an eye-catching black-and-yellow interior. It was shipped new to Garage R. Affolter in Switzerland, where it was purchased new in September of 2001 by an individual residing in Moscow. The car remained there until late 2015 before being transported to Spain to Lamborghini Madrid, where it received a full service. Since then it has been in southern Spain before being purchased by the current owner in 2016. It is entirely original aside from an upgraded stereo and is noteworthy for its low mileage, with its odometer showing 6,600 km at the time of cataloguing, and for having the optional Diablo seats, which are perhaps more desirable than the uncompromising racing bucket seats fitted as standard. It is accompanied by its original owner’s manuals in a leather folio and factory-supplied toolkit. This is the ultimate incarnation of the Lamborghini Diablo GT, in very fine condition—one for even the most discerning supercar collection or as an incredible weekend toy.

2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé

Presently in the ownership of its second custodian, the drophead coupé is presented in excellent condition throughout, having been driven just 1,900 kilometers from new. The car’s most recent service was carried out by Euro Motors, the authorized Rolls-Royce dealership in Bahrain, in March of 2019 at 1,750 km, and it has been driven just over 100 km since. Considered by many to be the most elegant and desirable of the Rolls-Royce Phantom VII, the drophead coupé adds a touch of open-air sophistication to the already exceptional Phantom platform. While Rolls-Royces have traditionally been known as cars where the owner is driven, the drophead coupé is without doubt a car that the owner would want to drive themselves. It helped to blossom the Phantom line and without doubt gave way to other driver-focused automobiles bearing the Spirit of Ecstasy, including the Phantom coupé and the Dawn, the drophead coupé’s smaller cousin.

1999 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster

Finished in Arancio paint and upholstered with black leather with orange stitching, this beautiful Diablo VT roadster presents beautifully throughout. It was delivered new to Talal Bin Qais Al-Zawawi of Oman in September of 1999. More recently, the car has been fastidiously maintained by the consignor, a collector based in Dubai. Several invoices from Lamborghini Dubai are on file, noting a major service with the odometer showing 17,456 km in November of 2015. Further invoices show new tires fitted in October 2017 and the rear bumper being repainted in April 2019. The car is also accompanied by its original manuals, including its original service book. This magnificent and rare second-generation roadster offers a sensational complement to any supercar collection, ideal for consummate Lamborghini enthusiasts worldwide.

2015 Jaguar C-X75 ‘Spectre’

Although it may not have a mysterious name, the James Bond villain who drove this Jaguar in Spectre certainly was scary. The 2015 release Spectre, in which Daniel Craig’s James Bond faces the terrorist organization that proves to be his most prominent foe, was no exception. Midway through the film, the assassin character Mr. Hinx (played by ex-wrestler and Marvel Cinematic Universe superstar Dave Bautista) is dispatched to do away with the irksome Bond, and a fantastic chase sequence ensues through the cobbled streets of Rome. While Bond drove an Aston Martin DB10 specifically designed for the film, Hinx piloted an exotic rear-engine supercar that automotive enthusiasts no doubt recognized as the Jaguar C-X75 concept car. This James Bond film car is the rawest expression of the C-X75, a remarkable model that never saw full production and may be considered a spiritual stablemate of such rare Jaguars as the XKSS and XJ13.

1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Avon Sedan by Brewster

Rolls-Royce named this model Phantom as a reference to how quiet the engine ran, a testament to the exquisite build quality and engineering of its design. This Avon Sedan by Brewster from the Todd and Peggy Nagler Collection will be offered at our upcoming Amelia Island auction. 

1922 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Sedan

The original 1907 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost became so famous that the entire 40/50 hp model range subsequently became known as the Silver Ghost. Valued for their supreme reliability and build quality, the Silver Ghost was one of the finest cars of its day. This Silver Ghost sedan from the Todd and Peggy Nagler Collection will be offered without reserve at our Amelia Island auction. 

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Tourer

This Silver Ghost Tourer from the Todd and Peggy Nagler Collection will be at our upcoming Amelia Island auction. An attractively finished open example, this Silver Ghost looks just as good today as it did in 1926. Named Silver Ghost due to its quiet drivetrain, this car will be giving its future owners thrills for years to come. 


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