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    F1

    2013 starts with a bombshell. As you know I am trying to build a great sports car collection.

    The brief is simple, each car must be fantastic to drive and each car must be an investment, or at least, doesn't lose money.

    Some of them, I am not sure if they are of interest to Rennteamers but they range from 205 GTI 1.9 to some very exotic machinery from the 60s.

    By the way, the 205 is a cracker, one of the bets cars I've ever driven in $ for pleasure, seriously. Best 7000 euros ever spent.

    But we're talking monunents here. I wanted to own the supercar for each decade since the 80s.

    The 80s was easy, the 288 GTO. Probably the best looking car ever made, undervalued althoug lately they have enormously increased. The F40 was a clear candidate too but they made too many and somehow it lacked the beauty of the GTO but it's iconic nonetheless, so following MKSGR's advice I went out and got one. Pretty good investment it seems too.

    The noughties, the Carrera GT. Driving in its purest form. A noise to die for. Better looking than the Enzo IMO and the Paganis too. I bought it in 2008 for £239k and they've been going up every since, very slowly I'll grant you that but they don't seem to be going down (Porsche made too many).

    The tennies, well they just started so let's wait and see, but looks like it will be an amazing battle between the Ferrari, the 918, the P1, the one-77, the Hayurawahwah so exciting indeed but too early to tell obviously.

    Which leaves us with the 90s. Well it's easy isn't it? You could actually call it the best sports car of all time. The Mclaren F1.

    Finding an F1 has proved rather tidious and long. They aren't many and on two occasions where I was that close to buying one, I always told myself, no they can't have gone up that much in value, surely, this doesn't make sense, but they did.

    So here goes, I went nuts and acquired a Mclaren F1 GTR, chassis 005. Smiley

    005 has a very interesting history. It's the only F1 art car, painted by french artist Cesar. In pictures I wasnt' too sure but in real, she looks magnificent! (I love art car BTW. BMW M3 GT2 by Jeff Koons,  yes please!!!)

    This car competed the 24h of Le Mans in 1995, the year the Uono clinic one won the general followed by the GTR Harrods. 005 finished 13th I think So that's great for historic value.

    Initially I wanted a road car, knowing it has two major critics, the brakes and its chassis, a bit on a supple side. Well the GTR answered those issues, it's a race car, so it stops and it handles.

    005 was converted two years ago to road spec by GTR experts Dean Lanzante, so yes gentlemen, I WILL drive this car on the road!Smiley

    Currently awaiting a new set of tyres and some dry weather in the UK and off I go.

    The specs are just ridiculous. Unrestricted the BMW V12 (probably the 8th wonder of the world) is good for 680 hp and the car's kerb weight is....

    1050 kgs

    Oh yes. Ooooooh, YES!

     No ABS, no traction control. The car has been adjusted for road use so better steering rack although I suspect not great.

    The interior is beyond gorgeous. I own many racecars and racecars are not meant to be beautifully finished, but the GTR is on a different planet. Carbonfibre EVERYWHERE!

    The downside? Well, the GTRs needed the space on the right hand side for fire extinguishers, fuses and relays so sadly 005 is only a two seater, but the central seating position is bang on. The clutch is light but the gear lever extremely hard and with very little lateral movement.

    I fired up the engine and I had en erection. Enough said.

    The car is so loud that it has a radio system to talk to your passenger.

    Pics to follow and driving impressions as soon as those bloody tyres arrive.

    In the meantime check out that video and turn up the volume to 10!Smiley

    http://www.artcurial.com/fr/actualite/video/2010/le-mans-classic/mclaren-f1-gtr.asp

     


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    H**y $h|t!!!! (in a good way of course!)

    Futch you're my new hero angel angel angel kiss


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    speechless.........heartangelwink - when is the open house tour ? smiley


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    BjoernB:

    speechless.........heartangelwink - when is the open house tour ? smiley

     Well believe it or not, but now I really need to find a garage!Smiley

    I have parking spaces here and there but I lack a big space. In central London it's impossible anyways. But the F1 is not exactly a car you park on the street!Smiley


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    you need to find something a la "Jay Leno" kiss - the collection would be worthy ! A petrolhead's dream ! Congrats and enjoy to the max !


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    Wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Spechless...just unbelievable...

    Congrats

    BlueflameSmiley


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    Beautiful machine Smiley it must have cost you a fortune  !


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    Italo:

    Beautiful machine Smiley it must have cost you a fortune  !

     Sadly yes Smiley I actually had the opportunity to acquire that car at the Artcurial auction at Le Mans Classic in 2010 and thought, no they want to much for it. Definitly a bet on the future value of F1, but I reckon that, long term, they're only going one way, up. Just 100 made or so. Iconic car. BPR revival being launched this year which will definitely drive the values of the GTRs up.

    This is a bit like art investments really. What's rare and exceptionnal can only go up in value. To me, a lot less risky than the markets and hedge funds and most of all, a lot more fun too. My bankers hate me. which is just as well because I hate bankers.Smiley


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    Have you ever thought of getting a 959 ? Heard they are good investments also, that's if you can get your hands on one. I'm sure in a few years time you will reap the benefits of the GTR.....pension years I meant, that's if you ever plan on selling all these cars Smiley


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    Fantastique François! Félicitations!


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    Italo:

    Have you ever thought of getting a 959 ? Heard they are good investments also, that's if you can get your hands on one. I'm sure in a few years time you will reap the benefits of the GTR.....pension years I meant, that's if you ever plan on selling all these cars Smiley

    The 959 is a milestone car for Porsche. I think the one to by is the sport version. Lighter and with normal suspensions. The problem with the standard car is that is that its technology is very complicated and outdated so it's more expensive to service than the space shuttle.

    The sport versions are very expensive now.


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    Oh that's nice!Smiley But personally I'd rather buy the racing version. One factory car was sold recently at the Gooding sale. It was a gorgeous car!!!

    The road version is nice but difficult to use and obviously doesn't have the history.

     


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    pierre:

    Fantastique François! Félicitations!

    Merci Pierre. We need to PM each other, I would like to do a VLN race this year!Smiley


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    Congrats! In the future it will be difficult to beat this purchase!

    Cool license plate.


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    This is unbelievable... a Singer to see out the old year and an F1 to see in the new year!  angel angel angel

    It's so incredible that mere words are meaningless!  Just enjoy to the full and give us mere mortals the pleasure of  seeing as many photos and videos as you can possibly manage.... Many, many congratulations...wink

     


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    Futch:
    pierre:

    Fantastique François! Félicitations!

    Merci Pierre. We need to PM each other, I would like to do a VLN race this year!Smiley

    Just drop me an email at pierre(at)renndays.com. Will be easier than by PM...


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    U N B E L I E V A B L E. angelSmileySmileySmileySmileySmileySmileySmileySmileySmileySmileySmileySmiley

    Utterly fantastic car, Futch, many congrats. Smiley


    Well, I guess Mike has to react now (or has to pack his things and go Smiley).


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    I kept saying to myself "holy crap, holy crap, holy crap..." with every scroll down just to find myself drooling when I hit the pictures !! When I saw the title and the first sentence I thought ti was a thread about Formula 1. Oh but no it was just the best surprise to start the year with !!! Francois you are a hero to anyone in this car community. You have such a tasteful and diverse collection, it has to be such a pleasure to experience it. 

    And the car itself ! HOLLY CRAP ! it's such a beauty !!! I cannot even form coherent sentences about it, just WOW !

    angel


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    My productivity at work just went to zero.  I'll trade you my 991S for a ride in the Singer and F1!!!

    In my opinion the ultimate car, congrats!


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    angelGreat car. Futch, you have an amazing collection! Your 910 is my favourite one))) What about purchasing 917?)))

    about noughties, what can you tell about veyron?

    also, are there any news about 918? What will be the final power figure?Smiley


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