Top 10 Budget Exotics
Want something exotic but without the lofty price tag? Here are ten appealing picks
There is no cheaper way into V12 Ferrari ownership, but there are caveats. This fuel-injected, quad-cam super-coupé was a development of the 365 GT4 2+2 and the carburetted 400, and came to market in 1979. It may not be the most desirable model in the Modena marque’s back catalogue, but there is a lot to love. The crisp ‘three-box’ styling was a radical departure from previous Ferrari GTs and was the work of Leonardo Fioravanti. It’s a handsome car, that doesn’t really have a bad angle, although some arbiters of beauty reckon it’s a bit ordinary. Both sides have a point
AutoFact: 400s were converted into convertibles, estate cars and even four-door saloons by Robert Jankel among others.
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Porsche 911 (996)
There was a time when you could pick up an early 911 for relatively little money. Those days are gone. However, it is still possible to buy a 1999-2004 ‘Type 996’ generation car for a low five-figure sum. This particular variation on the theme continues to polarise opinion, not least because it wasn’t really an evolution of the 1960s original. The classic rear-engine architecture and subsequent body shape carried over, but in essence this was virtually a new car. It was even water-cooled, shock horror. As for the styling, it was perhaps a bit too close to the Boxster fore of the A-pillars, not least the ‘fried egg’ headlight treatment, but it’s an attractive car nonetheless.
AutoFact: The 996's stylist Pinky Lai had previously been part of the Ford Sierra design team.
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Bentley Continental GT
These days, it’s easy to forget the furore that surrounded the Continental GT after it broke cover at the 2002 Paris Motor Show. For much of the previous two decades, Bentleys had been literal renditions of the three-box saloon ideal. Here was something very different, a two-door fastback which harked back to the original (and, it must be said, infinitely prettier) Continental of the late 1950s. Powered by a six-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 engine which was good for 555bhp, not to mention four-wheel drive, it represented a bold new direction for the marque. More iterations followed, not least convertible and V8 editions.
AutoFact: Touring of Milan continues to offer a divisive ‘shooting brake’ conversion.
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Jaguar E-Type 3.8L Roadster
The Jaguar E-Type is a British automobile legend, manufactured by Jaguar between 1961 and 1975. A combination of good looks, high performance, and competitive pricing ensured the car was an instant legend. In period, a Ferrari cost three times more and supplied less horse power which established the marque as an icon of 1960s motoring. The model became a great success for Jaguar; at its release EnFor Sale | 21 Jun 2018 | Little Green Street Farm, Green Street, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, WD3 6EA United Kingdom£ 224,995
PORSCHE 993 TARGA, 1996
An excellent U.K. manual Targa in a great colour combination that we know well having first purchased it in 2006 since when it has been owned by several of our most loyal customers. It has a great specification featuring hardback sports seats, trip computer, sports exhaust and sound package including the Porsche Classic Hifi system which incorporates Bluetooth, radio, navigation and iPhone interfaFor Sale | 21 Jun 2018 | Compton Bassett, Wiltshire, SN11 8RH United Kingdom£ POA
Porsche 944 S2 1990
Excellent condition! Only 33,190 actual miles Rare and desirable 1990 944 S2 Cabriolet One of only 1,824 built to North American specification Stunning and desirable factory correct color combination Excellent documentation includes original owner’s manual, warranty & service book with service records, dealer directory, original tools, jack, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity andFor Sale | 21 Jun 2018 | St. Louis, MO, USA$ 29,900
Aston Martin Mk II Long 1934
Long Chassis MK II Chassis K4/511/L This is an outstanding example of a long chassis MKII. Fewer than 80 of these cars were made and a number have been lost over the years or had their chassis shortened. This car has been in the same enthusiastic ownership since the 1970s, over half its life! Ecurie Bertelli carried out a full restoration including engine re-build and the car has been used rFor Sale | 21 Jun 2018 | Stilebrook Road, Olney MK46 5EA, UK£ POA
Mini Cooper 'S' 1275 1963
1963 MORRIS MINI COOPER S 1275 MKI SALOON (concours condition) Stunningly finished in period colours of old English white with black roof, red and cream seats with matching door cards and red carpets. This car has had a ground up restoration by Mini Specialist Minispeed of Byfleet Surrey starting early in 2008 and finishing late 2009. The total restoration costs were an amazing £40,000 supportFor Sale | 21 Jun 2018 | Sandbanks Road, Poole, UK£ 39,995
Ferrari Dino 246 GT 1972
This 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT (chassis number 02498) was new delivered to Switzerland. It’s a complete matching number car and it’s in its original “fly yellow” Ferrari colour with a black vinyl interior. It was first registered in France in March 1973 with license 6399ZX75 and was owned by Mackenzie Hill. The second owner, in 1981, was Jean-Pierre Maillard, a French race car driver who drFor Sale | 21 Jun 2018 | Vosveld 7, Wijnegem, Belgium€ 290,000
Volkswagen Type 2 (T1 Split Window) 1975
Restored 5 years ago for family use. Top "A" quality restoration. Engine is running perfectly, front safari windows, special wheels. For export from Brazil to any country. Asking price is FOB (Free On Board), that is to say all the costs to export it are included.For Sale | 21 Jun 2018 | Brazil€ 28,900
Mini Cooper S FIA Race Car 1964
Bought by James Martin in 2013 to develop into a front running car in the prestigious pre 66 historic saloon car series run by Masters and of course the Goodwood Revival St Mary’s Trophy where he shared the car with top flight BTCC driver and fellow TV Celebrity Jason Plato. With a fresh £22k engine and gearbox from leading Mini expert Swifttune this car is not only well known but quick and reaFor Sale | 21 Jun 2018 | Hampshire, UK£ 47,500
Another on this list that ranks as perhaps not the prettiest of Ferraris, the 348 was among the quickest cars of the period. Launched in 1989, it was more than a mere replacement for the better looking 328GTB. The 348 Trasversale Berlinetta featured a normally-aspirated version of Ferrari’s proven quad-cam, 32-valve V8 and was capable of 171mph. That was only 6mph slower overall than its Testarossa big brother. What’s more, it could reach 100mph from a standstill in just 11.5sec. Other iterations followed, including the obligatory ragtop, before it made way for the 355 in 1995. Be warned, the 348 is a mite skittish when pushed hard.
AutoFact: A 348 was entered in the 1993 Le Mans 24 Hours. It was the first time Ferrari had been represented in the endurance classic in more than a decade.
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Honda (Acura) NSX
There was a time when supercar ownership meant you had to accept the mad with the maddening. The Honda NSX changed that. First seen in hyphenated NS-X form at the February 1989 Chicago Auto Show, Japan’s first true supercar rewrote the rulebook. Conceived during a time when Honda was at the cutting edge of vehicle design and engineering, and using the Ferrari 328GTB as a baseline, here was the first-ever production car to feature an an-aluminium monocoque. Power came from a three-litre V6 mounted amidships. What’s more, as we all know by rote, Ayrton Senna lent his driving skills during the development phase.
AutoFact: The NSX grew out of the HP-X (Honda Pininfarina Xperimental) sports car project.
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Lotus Esprit V8
The Esprit has always had its friends, but the arrival of the V8 edition in 1996 finally saw it live up to the billing as a legitimate supercar. Where previously, the use of a four-banger had meant it was perhaps a few cylinders short of being a true exotic, the insertion of Lotus’ own all-aluminium 90deg V8 – complete with twin turbochargers – ensured an honest 350bhp. It was good for a top of speed of 175mph. Then there was the Julian Thompson-inspired makeover, which eked further life out of the original Giorgetto Guigiaro styling (which had already been updated by Peter Stevens).
AutoFact: An all-new Esprit was announced at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, with sales due to start in 2013. We’re still waiting...
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Aston Martin DB7
This handsome coupé has, in retrospect, been given a bit of a kicking for not being a ‘proper’ Aston. Sure, it was mass-produced under Ford’s stewardship rather than constructed using time-honoured coachbuilding methods, but it certainly isn’t alone in that. You don’t hear Ferrari or Lamborghini being lambasted for making cars on a production line, and in volume. Rooted in Jaguar’s stillborn XJ41 project, the DB7 was rapturously received back when first seen at the 1993 Geneva Motor Show. Powered by a supercharged 3.2-litre straight-six, some 7000 or so were made to the end in 1999 just as the V12 edition came online.
AutoFact: Parts bin thievery abounds with the DB7. For example, the taillights were robbed from a humble Mazda 323F.
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Porsche 928 S4
The 928 in any of its various guises remains a fabulous car. It was conceived as a replacement for the 911, but was more a luxury GT car than a sports car. All of which might explain why it didn’t quite hit the mark when it went on the market in 1978. Porsche buyers wanted cars that were rear-engined and Porsche-shaped. Even now, this strikingly-styled coupé remains largely unloved, and it’s difficult to see why. In its final, post-1986, 5.4-litre S4/GTS guise, the 928 had morphed into a devastatingly capable mile-eater; a genuine 170mph GT that offered comfort with ease of use.
AutoFact: Porsche 928 convertibles were made by Lynx Motors, Carelli Design, Artz and B+B.
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OK, we’re stretching the ‘exotic’ theme here a little, but the Biturbo Spyder is a Maserati and it was crafted by Zagato. It’s just that the 1980s wasn’t the greatest period for these legendary Italian firms. The Biturbo is now considered something of a lemon, but, at its launch in 1981, it received generally positive reviews. It’s just that poor quality control tarnished the marque’s standing thereafter. The Spyder version, by contrast, was at least stylish. Based on a 4in shorter platform, and equipped with a V6 engine ranging from 2.0- to 2.8-litres, it looked the part and was lairy to drive.
AutoFact: The Spyder’s soft top roof was shared with the Aston Martin Zagato Volante, which was built concurrently.
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Dodge Viper RT/10
It’s difficult to utter the words ‘Chrysler product’ and ‘exotic’ without also wearing a look of befuddlement. Not that there aren’t many classic products from the smallest of Detroit’s Big Three, it’s just few had taken the fight to the blue-blooded European elite on both road and track prior to the Viper. Scroll back to 1992 when Viper sales began, and here was the ultimate halo product. It made Chrysler hip again. Variations on the theme would later go on to claim class honours at Le Mans and an outright win in the Daytona 24 Hours. That’s quite a pedigree.
AutoFact: The Viper name couldn’t be used in the UK as the trademark belonged to a manufacturer of Cobra replicas.
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Classic Cars for Sale
The Jaguar E-Type is a British automobile legend, manufactured by Jaguar between 1961 and 1975. A combination of good looks, high performance, and competitive pricing ensured the car was an instant legend. In period, a Ferrari cost three times more and supplied less horse power which established the marque as an icon of 1960s motoring. The model became a great success for Jaguar; at its release En
An excellent U.K. manual Targa in a great colour combination that we know well having first purchased it in 2006 since when it has been owned by several of our most loyal customers. It has a great specification featuring hardback sports seats, trip computer, sports exhaust and sound package including the Porsche Classic Hifi system which incorporates Bluetooth, radio, navigation and iPhone interfa
Excellent condition! Only 33,190 actual miles Rare and desirable 1990 944 S2 Cabriolet One of only 1,824 built to North American specification Stunning and desirable factory correct color combination Excellent documentation includes original owner’s manual, warranty & service book with service records, dealer directory, original tools, jack, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and
Long Chassis MK II Chassis K4/511/L This is an outstanding example of a long chassis MKII. Fewer than 80 of these cars were made and a number have been lost over the years or had their chassis shortened. This car has been in the same enthusiastic ownership since the 1970s, over half its life! Ecurie Bertelli carried out a full restoration including engine re-build and the car has been used r