Supercar royalty duo from the classifieds

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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Big bucks and bigger levels of want

Have you ever just ended up on your favourite automotive classifieds website scrolling through all the cars that would earn a spot in your dream garage?

We’re guilty of doing this quite a lot here at Unique Cars, and cursory peruse through our classifieds has turned up two of the most desirable supercars that money can buy.

Each of these cars aren’t just unique, they are steeped in history, and are responsible for achieving previously unthinkable feats.

Each is also eye-wateringly expensive, but, if you did have the money, you just would, wouldn’t you?

Anyway, here are the dream machines:

1988 Porsche 959

1988 Porsche 959

The Porsche 959 was an absolute technical tour-de-force when it was first unleashed on the automotive world back in 1986. Not only did it hold the title of fastest production car on the planet, with a top speed of 317km/h, it achieved its top-speed in a way that no other car had been able to do so before – in comfort. That’s right, despite the ludicrous top speed and blistering acceleration (0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds), the 959 had a positively plush interior, proper sound deadening, electronically adjustable heated seats, power windows and much, much more. It also had a fiendishly clever self-levelling suspension system and one of the most advanced four-wheel drive set-ups ever seen in a road car. Just 292 959s were ever produced, and this particular example, which is being sold by Lorbek Luxury Cars, is build number 154.

1993 Jaguar XJ220

1993 Jaguar XJ220

Yet another former title holder of fastest car in the world, with a top speed of 342km/h, the Jaguar XJ220 is as infamous as it is desirable. This infamy is mainly due to the fact that it was originally meant to have a thumping, naturally-aspirated V12 from the gods, Jaguar took deposits from customers who believed it was going to have said V12, and then it ended up being powered by a V6 made by Austin Rover. Mind you, it may have started out as a standard V6, but it was heavily fettled to the point of absurdity by legendary engine builders Cosworth, who slapped two behemoth turbochargers on the 3.5lt six-banger and strengthened the internals to make sure it didn’t detonate. The net result was 400kW (540hp), 644 Nm, a 0-100km/h time of 3.6 seconds and enough turbo-lag to scare even the most seasoned of ‘80s supercar veterans. Just 275 Jaguar XJ220s were ever built, and this particular example is built number 120. What’s more, it’s only travelled 905 miles in its 25 years of existence, which means it’s virtually brand new. The XJ220 is being sold by Lorbek Luxury Cars, and we reckon it might just be cooler than the 959. 


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