There are certain cars you give names to. Certain cars you speak to. Certain cars you’d be capable of building streets for. Certain cars you do not take to the carwash but, rather, lovingly pamper by hand. These are some of those cars.

Photography Sarah Michielsen

1. Saab 900i 16v

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Year 1991, Purchased in August 1991, Price 610,000 Belgian francs (approx.€15,000)

A word from the owner “The only extra option is the rooftop which needs to be opened by hand. Other than that, the car is already very complete: heated driver and passenger seats, windshield wipers on the head lights, an air cabin filter, back window heating system, etc…”

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With thanks to the Saabclub Belgium (saabclub.be)

2. Citroën DS 21 electronic injection

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Year May 1971, Purchased in 2001,Price 35,000 French francs (approx.€5,300)

What won the owner over “The car’s design, the cultural context it enjoyed during its 20 years of service, the drive and the many movies it was featured in, such as ‘The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob’ (Gérard Oury, 1973) or ‘Going Places’ (Bertrand Blier, 1974).”

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With thanks to the DS-SM club Belgium (dssmclub.be)

3. BMW M635 CSI E24

Manufacturer BMW, Model M635 CSI E24, Year January 1985, Purchased in 2005, Price €25,000

Year January 1985, Purchased in 2005, Price €25,000

A word from the owner “What is there to say about BMW? Until recently, the brand had a soul, a unique style – one that got lost during the Christopher Bangle (BMW’s former design chief) period, but which is slowly coming back. Up to 30 years ago, BMW drivers used to salute each other at red lights.”

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Below are some shots of the owner’s impressive BMW collection.

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