Passion shines through to secure the win
Rallying often stands slightly apart from other forms of Motorsport, given the degree of difficulty that it takes to triumph over all of the myriad of factors, to become a Winner. This weekend has become testament to some of the challenges that can be faced in Rallying, being the weekend of Rally Australia, the final round of the WRC for 2017.
As the race to collect the last good Esprit's hots up, the guys at Petrolicious are on the trail.
As this Article suggests, the secret is well and truly out about Lotus Esprit's, and so attention is now turning to obtaining the last great examples. Now that the key people are re-discovering that Lotus's are, and always were one of few cars that offer such an incredible driving experience, the race has really hotted up to obtain the last good ones.
The forgotten Group B classics
The amazing Group B era produced some of the world's fastest and most incredible cars, and three of them roll off the lips with ease.............the Audi Quattro, the Peugeot 205 Ti, and the Lancia 037.
Whilst there were two more cars that came later, namely the MG Metro 6R4, the Ford RS200, there are also plenty that were in different stages of development when Group B was banned. There was the Citroen BX 4TC, the Toyota Celica TA64, the amazing "real" Group B Nissan 240RS, the Porsche 961, the Mazda RX-7, and the Ferrari 308 GTB.
The Japanese way is the new way.......
As we have so often predicted, Japanese cars are now firmly in the sights of all of our great Collector friends. They have stated their intentions very clearly with regard to specific makes and models of Collectible Japanese cars, and no message is any clearer than with the significant value rise of the sensational Nissan GTR R34 V-Spec NR.
Selection of the right Classic Car make and model critical now
As time goes on, things change. The big change that is occurring now in the Classic and Modern Classic Car world is that whilst ALL of the cars that we invest in are rising in value, and will always continue to do so, some have levelled out, and have in fact fallen in value. The latest figures from Hagerty show that interest in the American market has dropped, as we always predicted that it would, because it only represents a small portion of the market, when looked at objectively.
Lotus Esprit V8 Twin Turbo wins out on driveability in a 6-way battle of ultimate 90's Supercars
Some Supercars look great.
Some Supercars have amazing engine performance.
Some Supercars have phenomenal handling.
Some Supercars have incredible steering sensitivity.
Only one car has all of these ingredients, and the June edition of Modern Classics Magazine makes this point many times across pages 32 and 33 of the great magazine. As the editorial says "This is a Supercar as they used to be-compromised, but one that simply can't fail to entertain".
We made several brave predictions back in September in 2016, although now those predictions seem like a distant memory, as the prices of Classic and Modern Classic Cars have surpassed most of the value's that we suggested back then.
We did have a review of values in January of this year, and of course things have just kept bouncing along in a very upward way since then.
What will the future hold ?.
Holden HK Monaro is auctioned online, and in QLD for AU$312,000
Lloyds Auctioneers have now joined in with the massive rise in demand for Classic Cars, with their specialised auctions around the country. The online bidding component allows some of the "astute collectors" to remain anonymous, something that we are all too well aware of, as we meet with them all the time.
Our value predictions the last quarter of 2016 in Australia turned out to be quite accurate. We used our 30 years of experience to accurately predict the value rises throughout the following 3 month period, back on the 30th, September, 2016. Please feel free to refer back to the Blog that we compiled in late September to see the actual figures that we spoke of then.
Our price predictions were :
What is a Lotus Esprit Turbo X180 like to own and drive ?.
Of all of the many Modern Classic's that we could drive every day, the Lotus Esprit Turbo is one of the most pleasureable. In this third part of out "Drive Cars" series, we explore the myth's and realities of owning a Lotus Esprit.
The incredible Lotus Esprit is now getting the write-ups that it deserves
As we all know, if a Classic or Modern Classic Car gets a write up in a magazine, then prices skyrocket overnight, as everyone rushes out to purchase cars, in an attempt to beat the market. This editorial in the January, 2017 edition of Classic and Sporstcar Magazine will re-write the future for Esprit's.
What are the differences between Australian and Overseas Specification Classic and Modern Classic Cars
Since all European Classic Cars were all built in the same factories in Europe, we thought that it might be interesting to see how the Australian specification cars line up with their European specification counterparts. Although all the cars came from exactly the same production line, the engines had different compression ratio's and valve timing for different markets. Here is what we found :
The iconic DB Aston Martin's have always made history, and Octane Magazine's 30 page expose of the marque starts with the DB2,.........not the DB1.
As the entire planet knows, James Bond drives either an Aston Martin or a Lotus Esprit. This connection with an extremely successful movie franchise has undoubtedly brought great things to Aston Martin, right from the early days in the DB5's and 6's.
Why are Classic and Modern Classic Cars are the next big thing in Australia ?
There are several reasons for the rapid rise of interest in Classic Cars in Australia, some obvious, and some less so. Naturally there is the significant rise in value year on year, although when we look deeper into it, there is far more behind this movement of change.
Whilst all of the Mitsubishi Evolution range, from Evolution II onwards are now attracting great interest, it is really the Evo 6, Evo 8 and 9 that are really going somewhere, mainly due to the very exciting versions available in the U.K. The FQ series of the car developed by Ralliart UK (Co-Ordsport) in the shape of the FQ 300, 320, 340, 360, 400 and 440 (final version of the Evo X) were all outstanding cars, especially with sub-4 second acceleration to 100 km/hr in the case of the FQ440.