Modern exotics have become red-hot commodities in the collector car marketplace, and AutoHunter, the online collector car auction website driven by ClassicCars.com, has some great examples of recently minted high-performance sports cars with bidding now under way.
Another thing they have in common aside from being top-drawer driving machines is that each of them has low mileage. In some cases, extremely low. This makes them even more attractive as cars you can buy and drive (fast) rather than just leaving them to sit around in storage, hoping they will gain in value. What a waste!
The youngest of the youngtimers on this list, the Aston Martin is a dramatically beautiful supercar from thr UK finished in Flame Orange with a black convertible top (Volante has become Aston’s code word for convertible; it means ‘flying’ in Italian.) over a Dark Knight leather interior.
This Volante, powered by a 503-horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, has traveled a scant 216 miles in its one-owner existence. Which once again begs the question, why own such a spectacular car and not drive the hell out of it?
The British stalwart was originally priced at $256,531, so somebody might snag a bargain for what’s essentially a brand-new example of one of the world’s coolest supercars.
The final year of Ferrari’s limited-production performance car, this Maranello has gone just 31,000 miles in 21 years – at least somebody enjoyed driving this one. The coupe is powered by a 5.5-liter V12 mounted up front, linked with a 6-speed manual transmission.
The styling is by Pininfarina, and while any color but red might seem wrong for a Ferrari, this bright-yellow hue – named Giallo Modena – is totally appropriate and looks great on this muscular machine from Maranello, Italy, the Ferrari factory town that gave this car its name.
Inside is a full luxury interior encased with leather and featuring most every power and convenience feature available. A true executive transport for some well-off owner.
Another low-mileage exotic, this one from Detroit, the Viper roadster is No. 100 out of 200 Mamba Editions, with special paint and interior treatment. The one-owner car has been driven just 8,231 miles, and it remains in essentially new condition.
While some might argue that a Viper is more of a muscle car than an exotic, all such considerations become moot once the pedal goes down and a mountain of torque from its 8.3-liter V10 engine pushes you back in your seat as it thrusts you ahead. These cars are incredibly fun to drive.
This second-generation Viper is well-equipped with features, finished in black with a black top and a black-leather interior with gray and red inserts. A 6-speed manual transmission helps control the beast, although an unwary driver should still be wary of getting bitten by this black mamba.
Lotus always has been a British sports-car and racecar builder that does things its own way, favoring lightness and agility over raw power. The Esprit, introduced in 1976, carries on in that vein with a fiberglass wedge of a body on a steel frame, and a total weight of just over 3,000 pounds.
Power is provided by a lusty 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with 349 horsepower, fed through a 5-speed manual transaxle, and which should be plenty of gusto for driving this Esprit with brio.
This black beauty looks to be in gorgeous condition, testament to its being driven just 13,662 miles in 24 years – you do the math. OK, I just did and that’s 569 miles per year, hardly enough mileage for irregular trips down to Starbucks. So again, essentially a new car, from which I hope the new owner gets more driving enjoyment than the previous one.
There are plenty more collector cars of many types to see and bid on at AutoHunter.