The desire for iconic historic race car ownership has never been stronger. With the ‘continuation’ and ‘recreation’ industry booming, the most desirable, car manufacturer produced models are now commanding six figure prices. While these machines are true works of art and carry the cache of manufacturer endorsement, they are out of the reach of the majority, if only due to their limited numbers. There is, however, an alternative.
Since 2003, Superformance UK / Le Mans Coupes Ltd have been importing strictly limited edition, fully sanctioned evocations of iconic sixties sports racing cars from South Africa. The factory in Port Elizabeth South Africa is the largest privately owned specialised automotive manufacturing plant in the world. It is where Jim Price and his dedicated team of more than 600 craftsmen and associated employees manufacture the Superformance range, plus the Noble supercar and other branded products.
Correct in all of the most important elements, the cars vary from mighty Cobra recreations in various models to the Continuation GT40, a model that has 85% comonality of parts with the original Ford GT40. Complete with a choice of either original big block Ford 427 or smaller sizes down to 302 cu in, they have everything you should need apart from the international telephone number price tag.
Our pick would probably have to be the Shelby Daytona Cobra, preferably in TdF Blue with those big white stripes over the centreline. Just the right combination of race derived performance, but with a little more luggage space for all of that red wine in the run back from Angloumeme….
Priced at around £100,000, more details are available on the company website here. http://www.superformanceuk.com/