Forecourt favourites – January 2020
In the first of a series of regular articles, we speak with our dealer partners and identify some of the best value cars on sale at the moment
The close of 2019 saw the usual seasonal slowdown in premium car sales – compounded somewhat by the general election and uncertainty around Brexit. The result is a softening of prestige and supercar values, which has extended into the start of 2020, but signs from the sales team at JBR Capital suggest that things are picking up.
Over the course of the year, we will be speaking with our contacts and partners across car dealerships in the UK and giving you an idea of the cars that they think are particularly good value at the moment. Of course, ‘good value’ is relative – and you may be surprised to find that one of the cars in the list below is considered exactly this… at £1.5million! However, our dealer friends are also keeping an eye on some remarkable ‘junior supercar’ deals at lower pricing levels – and will be sharing them with us over the coming weeks.
A fantastic example of this is the McLaren 12C below. This is a car that combines modern supercar performance with historical significance and styling that does a great job of resisting aging. And all for less than £1000 a month with JBR Capital (T&Cs apply of course).
We’re also seeing early Lamborghini Aventadors at the £165k mark and the sensational McLaren 675LT – the first of the modern-era ‘Longtails’ and an evo Car of the Year winner – finding very happy owners at around £190k. Or how’s about getting ahead of the summer rush for soft-tops, and picking up an Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster for £85,000?
So, here are the cars that some of our dealer friends believe demonstrate great value-for-money at present. We doubt they’ll hang around for long…
Of course, ‘good value’ is relative – and you may be surprised to find that one of the cars in the list below is considered exactly this… at £1.5million!
If you thought the irrepressible Amari was all about modern supercars, think again. There’s always a lovely classic or modern classic in stock and this gorgeous manual Ferrari F355 GTB is a great example of the latter.
Comes complete with the owner’s pack, and manuals and excellent service history, but if there’s one key reason why you should look to buy this it’s the sound from that 5-valve V8 engine. There’s truly nothing like.
Jack at Bramley says: “It is a fabulous piece of Italian artwork, with great everyday usability and space for 4 adults. You also can’t forget that it has 602 brake horsepower and oodles of torque, giving the driver and passengers a fantastic thrill. Originally listing at over £240,000 but today at £174,850 with just 950 miles, this is our top value pick.” We couldn’t have put it better ourselves!
|Colour||Azzurro California Blue|
|Engine Capacity||3.9 L|
|Transmission||DCT F1 7 Speed dual Clutch Transmission|
As Ian from Redline states, you’ll “stand out from the crowd in this high specification GT3 RS.” With Ceramic Composite Brakes plus the Sport Chrono Package including Porsche Track Precision App and Laptrigger preparation, this is a trackday weapon that will bring huge smiles to its next owner.
|Transmission||PDK Auto 7Spd|
Incredibly low mileage 12C in arguably its best colour – white with the Stealth Pack. McLaren itself has kept a 12C in this colour combination, and affectionately nicknamed it ‘The Stormtrooper’.
Says Vanrooyen: “not only incredible value for money, but also stunning performance. Supercar go for Range Rover money!”
At £595,000 + VAT this Zagato Shooting Brake is not only under list, but is also believed to be one of only three cars to have the optional bronze front grille fitted. Only 99 Zagato Shooting Brakes were made, and according to Kaaimans it is: “truly one of the best specified Shooting brakes to come out of the factory.”
According to GVE, this is the only delivery mileage VAT qualifying P1 on the market of its age and mileage in the UK that’s under £1.5m. And how many miles is that, you ask? Just 204. Highly collectible, especially in stunning yellow.
|Engine||3.8L Twin-Turbo Engine & McLaren E-Motor|