The Latino Lists … Cars
In my job I’ve had the fortune to have driven hundreds of cars from Skylines to Impreza’s, Ferrari’s to Lamborghini’s so I thought I’d list my top 10 below … some exclusive, some expensive and some just down right weird.
1. Ferrari Enzo
This bad boy has a top speed of 220 mph and can do 0 to 60 in just over 3 seconds and so it should for £450,000! Unfortunately I didn’t get the opportunity to open her up but you could definately feel the power under the pedal.
2. Lamborghini Gallardo
I’ve driven quite a few Gallardo’s now and this particular one was owned by a Premiership footballer and like most overpayed footballers was probably just one of a fleet of luxury cars owned! A snip at £150,000.
3. R35 Skyline
This was the very first R35 Skyline to arrive into the UK and I was extremely fortunate enough to be the first person to drive it. This beast has power and speed in abundance but unlike most performance vehicles its comfortable to drive as well. The book price was around £60,000 new when this was first imported from Japan.
You may very well recognise this vehicle if your as old as me because it is one of the vehicles used in the show ‘Knight Rider’ (there are many replicas out there but this particular Knight Industries Two Thousand was imported from an American museum and brought across for a show). The brakes were a bit ropey and unfortunately the turbo boost button didn’t work but it was still fun to drive.
5. Rally Spec Subaru Impreza STi
Driven by Peta Solberg in the WRC Rally this vehicle has seen some action and boy can they shift. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to drive this vehicle as I wouldn’t know where to start (if you’ve ever seen inside a rally car there’s more buttons than on the Space Shuttle!!!!) but I did get a trip in the passenger seat. Here’s a juicy fact about this car – each transmission takes 85 hours to build at a cost of £75,000 … now think how much the cars worth!!!!
6. Hummer H2
The Hummer … Big, Bad and Bold. Originally built for the U.S. military it is now the choice vehicle for footballers, actors and drug dealers all over the world. Driving this beast feels like your in a tank and nothing gets in your way. Its definately a bit of fun although with todays fuel prices you will need to be a millionaire just to fill it up.
7. P2 Prodrive Prototype
To my knowledge this vehicle has yet to be mass produced and at the time was the only one in the world. In fact this is the very same vehicle that was shown on Top Gear a few years back and made Jeremy Clarkson throw up. Its got a Subaru Impreza engine under the hood and can get from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds and its built in the UK.
8. The General Lee
Another famous vehicle to have crossed my path – this was of course from the Dukes of Hazzard. This american muscle car is a modified Dodge Charger and according to the importer is one of only a small handful left out of the originally 256 used in the TV series!!! It drove like a bucket but the Dixie horn still worked.
9. Toyota Hiace with body kit
Imagine the looks you would get driving this Toyota HiAce up the high street!!! Not sure why anyone in their right minds would want to have a body kit like this – can’t get over any speed bumps, can’t get into any height restricted car parks and is probably a bitch to park but it does draw the stares if thats what you after.
10. The Cadillac Sovereign Hearse
Probably the most unique and strangest vehicle I have ever driven. Thankfully the vehicle was empty when I collected it but it certainly draws a crowd. Its probably a good thing that this vehicle is only supposed to drive at a slow pace because it didn’t feel too secure going round corners with that dragon on top!!!
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