We’ve all dreamt of cruising along endless Mediterranean coastline in the sun, right? When you’re stuck in standstill traffic, who doesn’t occasionally picture themselves sat behind the wheel of any one of the exotic and iconic cars made immortal by the likes of James Dean, Steve McQueen and six generations of James Bond?
The dream could actually be closer than you think. Well, maybe not the Mediterranean bit, but finding your perfect exotic car online can be surprisingly easy these days. Whether you’re after 007’s classic Aston Martin, the jet engine roar of that imported Ford Mustang or the unrivaled majesty of the Porsche 911, they’re all just a couple of clicks away.
Popular and reputable auction sites like Ebaymotors and Autotrader have been catering to buyers and sellers around the world for years, building a global database unrivaled by other online marketplaces and offering services that can get your dream car to your door, wherever it may be. This means you don’t need to worry about location, letting you focus on the car itself. As well as colour and condition, pay close attention to details of the car’s transmission, mileage and service history. Don’t be afraid to ask the seller for this information and if it’s unusual or even not available, it might be a good idea to move on.
As tempting as it may be to suck it and see when you think you’ve found the one, even the smallest repair jobs and replacement parts on exotic cars can often cost astronomical amounts of money and that’s on top of what you’ve only just paid for the car itself. Fortunately, there are a number of considerably more affordable, and often more reliable, alternatives.
Replica cars retain all of the unmistakable looks of the original but marry them with the contemporary features, reliability and comfort that we’re used to today. Fallen for the trailblazing looks of Porche’s first ever production car, the Speedster 356, but put off by the £100,000 price tag? Grab yourself a barely indistinguishable replica, complete with air conditioning and DAB radio, for less than half the cost of an original. Maybe you just want to relive those defining TV moments from your childhood? Faithfully recreated replicas mean that you can hit the road with K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider, put together a new A-Team with your mates or even travel Back to the Future.
Another affordable option, and one that’ll appeal to your inner petrolhead, is modifying an otherwise standard car. Not only is this a cheaper way to make a statement on the road, when you’re finished you’ll have your very own completely unique, one-of-a-kind vehicle, whether you’ve opted for eye-catching style or something more understated.
If you’re buying your dream car or putting it together yourself, there are a whole host of active and helpful communities online, such as Jalopnik, Torque Cars and Modified Enthusiasts, where you can find inspiration as well as advice on where and when to buy cars and custom parts and how to keep them looking and performing as good as new.