GARY BLONDER’S TOP FIVE HYPEREXOTICS TO GET AND HOLD BEFORE THEY ARE GOLD
Porsche Carrera GT
Considered the most raw and challenging hyper car produced in the first decade of the 21st century, the Porsche Carrera Gt was born out of a concept making the rounds on the year 2000 auto-show circuit. Though production of the car was waylaid by the debut of the Porsche Cayenne SUV, strident public sentiment eventually swayed the bean-counters at Porsche to embark on a passion project. The result was the storied, barely streetable hypercar we know as the Porsche Carerra GT. Prices have dipped in recent years, and with only 676 examples still on US roads, there’s reason to believe they will shortly begin to surge deeper into seven-figured territory.
Mercendes-Benz SLR 722 McLaren Roadster
When a car wears the McLaren name and a folding top, you know you have found something special. This SLR is a special edition of a special edition, being a “722” SLR as well as a convertible. If hitting 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds isn’t enough to thrill you, try hitting this car’s top speed of 208 mph with the top down. The 5.5 hand-built supercharged V8 pours out a very motivational 641 horsepower, which seems just right for this hyper-GT legend. With a worldwide production run of 150, it’s time to get one whenever and wherever you find one. These are legend-bound.
2017 Dodge Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC
The 2017 Dodge Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC is the capstone on a long legacy of V10-powered track-devouring super-snakes. With the send-off of this vaunted vehicle, Dodge wanted to make sure their customers recieved truly memorable special editions to mark the occassions. The rarest of them all is the Snakeskin Edition GTC, a serpent-green blur with blacked-out detailing, the advanced aero package, and special serialized instrument cluster that let you know how truly limited-edition this beast is. How limited-edition? Try 25 units, in total, worldwide. This thing has only just began to appreciate, a trend that will likely continue into the near future.
Can you improve on a Ferrari? Well, when given the opportunity to work with the Ferrari Enzo chassis, Maserati created something that, while perhaps not qualitatively “better,” is certainly different, and is only becoming more desirable as the years go on and more examples take tracking damage. You see, whereas the Enzo was a track car reimagined for the street, the MC12 was an Enzo designed for the track, designed for the street. Yes, this is a little confusing. Perhaps that’s why only 50 were ever offered for sale.
Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita
This is a unicorn, and a placeholder for any other early production Koenigsegg. A rare fledgling car brand that made it out of the nest, Koenigsegg still produces cutting-edge cars that challenge convention and regularly humiliate better-known marques. The CCXR Trevita, or “Triple White,” is a version of Koenigsegg’s CCXR swathed entirely in Koenigsegg’s proprietary diamond-coated carbon fibre. With a production run on 2, you can rest assured the price is right when the time comes!