JEREMY CLARKSON is well known for disliking the Porsche 911. He has previously compared the German sports car to Peter Mandelson, mouth ulcers, Greece, marzipan, caravanning holidays and smoking laws.
But after driving the 911 GT2 RS, for his review for The Sunday Times, he declared his love for the fastest, most powerful 911 yet:
“The GT2 RS is a properly brilliant sports car. And this from a man who’s never been a Porsche fan. I truly loved it. Everything about it,” wrote Clarkson of the 691bhp, limited edition model.
However, it would appear that there’s a snag. Clarkson reports that the car is sold out, and because the classic car market is in such rude health, even nearly-new cars are shooting up in value. After a thorough investigation (brief Google search) he reveals that the 3.6-litre, twin-turbo GT2 RS is fetching around £450,000, roughly twice the original price.
He goes on to report that a friend who owns a Ferrari 250 GTO paid £9,000 for the rare road-going race car, in the early Seventies. (No prizes for guessing it’s Nick Mason, of Pink Floyd.) Last month, a similar example sold for £52m. Which is why Clarkson has gone out and treated himself to an Alfa Romeo GTV6.
“Only the other day I bought a one-owner Alfa Romeo GTV6 with 26,000 miles on the clock for £10,000. And unless Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin do something stupid, or a halfwit at a bank pushes the wrong button by mistake, that’s going to be worth four times more in a year or so.”
So, if you were looking for an affordable classic car to spend your saving on, in the hope it will deliver a better return than a pension and be fun to drive too, start browsing those classifieds for Alfa GTV6s.