Issue Thirty

MotorStars Issue Thirty Front Cover 1 Ferrari 599 GTO

In This Issue

Ferrari 599 GTO – Based on the 599XX race car, the GTO is a very special road car.
Porsche Cayman GT4 – Motorsport inspired design and mechanical enhancements make the GT4 truly special on the road and track.
Audi R8 V10 – Unique styling is still breathtaking and has aged extremely well.
Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Roadster – A tailor made customer commission undertaken by Q by Aston Martin.
MotorStars Investment Update Part 4 – How Brexit is impacting the classic and sportscar collectors market together with advice on what cars to buy in this volatile time.
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Note from the Editor

With summer in full swing in the UK, interest in the classic and sportscar market is picking up. I’ve experienced this myself while hunting down a new high performance car for myself. Getting in there first is proving to be a challenge! The same is true with one of the all time great cars that was released early this year in the UK, the Porsche Cayman GT4. Although 2,500 cars were to be produced, less than 100 were destined for our shores, making any slot worth much more than the price demanded by Porsche. We have featured the car this month, with the help of a very lucky owner that managed to secure a build slot in Ireland that unexpectedly became available. It was a stretch for him but boy is he glad that he jumped in heart first.

The Ferrari 599 GTO is another one of our feature cars this month, a limited car of just 599 examples, which is one that struck a chord with our US owner, Stephen Frankel when he spotted it in a Ferrari showroom while investigating upgrading his 458 Italia for the latest 458 Spider. It turned out that the 599 GTO, was still alluring as a pre-owned car. Prices have been rapidly increasing for the GTO, which reflects how the collectors car market is placing it on a high pedestal. It still isn’t a fraction of the price of the original 60‘s 250 GTO, but I think it will always be regarded as one of the best from the Italian maker.

The third car is the Audi R8 V10, a car that shares a key component with an Italian from the ‘other’ supercar manufacturer, Lamborghini. In the purchase of the company by Audi there were benefits experienced by both sides. For Lamborghini, increased build quality, financial support and resources stand out. Audi got to work on an engine fit for their first supercar. While the V8 R8 is a great car and one we’ve featured in the past, the V10 raises the R8 to another level. Eric and Aaron explain why in their accounts on the car.

Prices of headline cars at auctions across the globe have cooled, with a lot of desirable cars not making their lower reserve. This is due to a number of factors, global economic and political uncertainty is playing its part. One thing is certain though, once the dust settles the car market will remain strong for years to come.

Raj Hunjan