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Exotics Weekly 4/6: Vintage, Modern, and Modified


This week features a game of opposites played between SUVs, muscle cars, and one crazy exotic.

Welcome to the first ever edition of Exotics Weekly, where we feature some of the most exciting cars currently listed for sale on Exotic Car Trader. This week’s edition is all about opposites: a period-correct muscle car and an all-out restomod, a flashy modern SUV and an original classic, and one exotic supercar that could run circles around all the rest.

Some collectors prefer to drive their cars, others would rather observe them as the rolling masterpieces that they are (aka leave them parked in the garage). And while each car on this list is beautiful in its own right, they all share one quality: they deserve to be driven.

Without further ado, this is Exotics Weekly.

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1

It’s hard to change a first impression, and when you pull up in this Mach 1, you won’t want to.

From its massaged body lines and fat American Racing wheels to its power leather seats and Ridetech air suspension, this ’69 Mustang received a rotisserie restoration at the hands of Dillon’s Rod and Custom in Barnum, Iowa at a total cost of nearly $150,000. The job involved stuffing a 5.0 Coyote engine under the hood and a 6-speed manual transmission into the tunnel. With a custom fuel system, Wilwood brake components, and a full suite of Dakota Digital gauges, no expense was spared in building a one-of-a-kind car out of this original VIN Mustang Mach 1.

And since the first two owners spent more time looking at it than driving it, you could be the lucky one to watch the odometer hit the mythical 1,000-mile mark. Personally, I don’t know two people who wouldn’t drive the wheels off this car, but to each their own.

Svelte showstopper: 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1

1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

With total production numbers for 301 T-top cars totaling just 4,831 in 1979, this Trans Am is truly a rare bird.

Come on, I had to say it.

The ‘79 Trans Am was a major stylistic departure from its predecessors, with four boxy headlights and a relocated grill worked into the ubiquitous F-body shape. It was one of the few muscle cars that maintained its curb appeal past the atrocious impact bumper legislation of the 1970s, and it did so with wide hips and flamboyant hood art intact.

This example wears a few subtle modifications straight out of the 1980s, namely chrome Cragar S/S wheels, white letter BFGoodrich tires, and a B&M ratchet shifter inside the cabin. New paint was applied during the restoration but a healthy helping of patina parts were left intact inside and out. Oh, and there’s a 6.6-liter V8 under the hood with double the power of the stock 301. It’s a period-correct restomod that’s nice enough to show and honest enough to drive.

Subtle mods, big power: 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

2014 Mercedes-Benz G550

Modern G-Wagons are all about luxury and this one is no exception.

With a Designo leather interior and a full suite of AMG body parts professionally installed by RDB Los Angeles, this ’14 G550 manages to be both rugged and swanky at the same time. The 26” Forgiato wheels are wrapped in Toyo mud terrain tires, a subtle reminder that this ultra-lux SUV packs three locking differentials and a 5.5-liter V8 under the hood.

Make no mistake, this ritzy urban prowler is fully capable of running with built off-roaders on wooded trails and muddy fire roads. If you have the machismo to roll down Beachfront Avenue in a G-Wagon with mud on the fenders, this is the one for you.

Baller mud crawler: 2014 Mercedes-Benz G550

1994 Land Rover Range Rover Classic County Long Wheelbase

How about an SUV with a name longer than this sentence?

With more letters to its name than even Porsche can muster, the ’94 Range Rover LWB is one of the rarest youngtimer SUVs in the world. With an extra 8” to boast about over a standard Classic County, this 4.2-liter brick has ample rear legroom even by modern luxury sedan standards. And like the G-Wagon, this Range Rover hails from a strong off-roading heritage. If you can swallow getting mud all over the original Brooklands Green paint – one of the rarest colors of an already rare car – the full-time 4WD and center locking differential will take you wherever you want to go.

Although for once, I might suggest that you don’t. With only three owners and less than 113,000 miles on the clock, this is one of the best original LWBs left in existence.

Rarer than most Lambos: 1994 Land Rover Range Rover Classic County Long Wheelbase

2018 Lamborghini Huracan LP 640-4 Performante Spyder

“Wow” is right.

It might not get the coverage that Bugatti and Koenigsegg do, but nonetheless the Huracan Performante is currently the 5th fastest accelerating production car ever made with a 0-60 time of just 2.4 seconds as recorded by the folks at Car & Driver. Somehow that makes the combined fuel efficiency of 17 MPG seem pretty impressive. But you’re not buying this car for the environment, you’re getting it to wake every animal in a 5-mile radius with the bellowing sound of a 631-horsepower V10.

Whoever bought this Lambo new didn’t hold back on the options. This Huracan was spec’d in Grigio Lynx with Loge wheels, gloss black trim, and a nose lifting system. The cabin is adorned with Nero Cosmus leather and Dark Chrome trim, though most of the attention goes to the sport seats with their carbon fiber frames and embossed logo headrests. The bright red soft top says you aren’t hiding from anyone, and the forged carbon composite wing – famous for its marble-like appearance – will cause confusion in the inevitable crowd that gathers wherever you go.

This one should probably be driven by an extrovert.

Loud and proud: 2018 Lamborghini Huracan LP 640-4 Performante Spyder

Exotics Weekly

Thanks for checking out the first edition of Exotics Weekly, where we share some of the most noteworthy cars currently listed for sale on Exotic Car Trader. If you enjoyed the read, drop us a comment and tell us to keep these coming.

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Words by Justin Dake


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