Issue Fifty

In This Issue

PORSCHE 935 (Type 991 Gen 2) –  The 700bhp racer featuring a body reminiscent of the legendary Porsche 935/78 will be produced in a limited number of 77 units.
Ferrari F40 –  Iconic design is revered by many, purist form of supercar shape.Dream supercar for many people around the world ensure they will alway be desired.
Porsche Cayman S Gen 2 –  The Porsche Cayman S takes the mantle from the 911 as being the practical everyday sportscar, offering a front and rear boot. The mid mounted flat-six is exactly where it should be, making the Cayman S handle predictably which inspires total confidence.
Singer 911 – Ten Years at the Top. Singer Vehicle Design tore up the rule book on restoring classic air cooled 911s.

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Note from the Editor

I’ll make no apologies for the cars I’ve chosen this month. There is no denying that I’ve focussed almost entirely on Porsche cars this month, with the inclusion of the latest 911 limited edition from Porsche, the second generation Cayman S and the Singer 911 DLS. The only respite from the Porsche fest is one of the supercar greats, the Ferrari F40.

The Ferrari F40 for many is the ultimate poster car, with its simple functional, yet elegant design. The integrated oversized rear wing leaves no doubt in your mind about its performance abilities. The classic quad rear taillights are signature Ferrari. The F40 was an evolution of the epic 288 GTO, made to fight an arms race to a 200mph+ top speed. It was competing against the Porsche 959, another car we have featured in the past and also the Jaguar XJ220. Whilst the F40 topped out at 201mph, this is not what makes it great. It represents Ferraris interpretation of a race car for the road. It is a raw experience indeed, the first cars came without catalytic convertors, without glass side windows – you had to make do with perspex fixed items with a sliding hatch, and also non-adjustable race hard suspension. These items were remedied in later cars to make it more user friendly, but it is these early ‘raw’ cars that command the biggest premiums.

At the other end of the spectrum is the Porsche Cayman S, a car that Porsche almost reluctantly released, for fear it would compete with their flagship sportscar, the 911. For decades Porsche stoically stuck to their guns and kept the 911 rear engined. The Cayman S was their first mass production release of a mid engined coupe, following on from the very successful open top Boxster. It took three years before Porsche relaxed about the situation, that there was space in the market for both the Cayman and 911. Hotter versions of the Cayman included an LSD, finally unleashing the cornering prowess of the Cayman onto the market. The Cayman S, especially in second generation guise is a sensational sportscar. Our story explains why and how to wade through the huge option list to hone in on the key equipment that increase the collectibility of the car.

Raj Hunjan