AUSTRALIA’S appetite for cars, particularly those with a performance bent, is bigger than ever.
Supercars are selling in greater and greater numbers each year, making it harder than ever for the struggling multi-millionaire to stand out from the crowd.
Never fear, for Wheels is here with a solution, which will see a drab three-bay garage filled in the most spectacular fashion. Forget your Ferrari 488 GTB, McLaren 720s, or Porsche 911 GT3, what we have selected is on another level.
First is a 1967 Ford GT40 Mk. IV – the last GT40 to ever be built by the Blue Oval.
This particular GT40 never raced at Le Mans, having been produced as a spare chassis for the cars Ford did race at the French endurance classic. After being sold into private hands, it was turned into a finished car complete with a dry-sump 427ci V8 and 4-speed manual transmission in 1987. It is being sold without price estimation.
The pièce de résistance of our fantasy trio is the 1974 Porsche 911 RSR 2.1 Turbo. Only four of these whale tail monsters were ever built, with this ‘R13’ chassis being the most successful of the quartet.
The RSR was Porsche’s first turbocharged race car, and oh boy, what a debut. Powered by a 2.14-litre flat-six engine with a turbo the size of a melon hanging of it, the RSR put 372kW to the ground via fat rear rubber which sat under thoroughly engorged rear arches.
Cost? Well the RSR alone is estimated to fetch A$10.5 million when it goes under the hammer. The iconic Martini & Rossi livery is almost worth the price tag alone, so it won’t raise any eyebrows in surprise at Wheels HQ if that estimation is exceeded by a healthy amount.
Both the 911 RSR and GT40 will go under the hammer at the Amelia Island auction in Florida on March 9.
Now, it’d be no good filling your three-bay garage with just race cars, so you’ll need something to pop down to the shops in. How about an ’87 Ferrari F40?
Arguably Maranello’s most famous product, a Ferrari F40 is currently for sale in Australia for a comparatively bargain price of $2.49 million.
Powered by a twin-turbo V8, the F40 pushed 356kW to the rear treads, enough to make it the first production car to be independently verified as topping 200mph (322km/h) – sans traction and stability control
Thankfully, you won’t have to travel all the way to Florida to snatch up the F40, with the prancing stallion being sold Down Under, after living the early days of its life out in Italy and England.
So there you have it, the ultimate three car garage. Now, to scrounge up some extra cash to afford it all.