Drive: For sport-loving dads

2010-06-18 09:39



Top American actor

Nicolas Cage had hearts racing when he starred in the movie Gone in 60 Seconds alongside the dreamy 1967 Ford

Mustang named Eleanor.

Production of the car

came to a halt in 1966 with 35 000 units ­produced, making it a highly

sought-after collector’s item. Eleanor also has star-title credit in the

original 1974 movie.

However, Cage used a

1967 Shelby GT500 in the 2000 ­version of Gone in 60 Seconds.


Martin One-77

The One-77 will

arrive on local shores at the end of this year. Only 77 units are being built –

hence the name – and of those, eight will be owned by South Africans.

Under the bonnet lies

a potent 7.3 litre, naturally aspirated V12 engine which is an extreme evolution

of the 6.0 litre V12 engines fitted to the DBS, DB9 and the new V12 Vantage

models. With more than 520kW of power, its top speed is set to be 320km/h.

The price tag is

R20 million.

Bugatti Veyron

The latest two-door convertible 16.4 Grand Sport model from France

is an all-wheel drive with a seven-speed manual gearbox to match its 16.4 litre


This Veyron comes standard with four turbochargers and 16

cylinders, the perfect combination to deliver more than 730kW of power and

1 250Nm of torque.

One of the most expensive cars in the world is a 1931 ­Bugatti

Royale Kellner Coupe, which sold for $8.7 million (about R67 million) in 1987.


R8 Spyda

This beauty was first seen as a concept design in the movie I,

Robot and then in Iron Man. It was only fitting then that Robert Downey Jnr

drove the R8 Spyda in Iron Man II.

The 5.2 litre FSI has

a top speed of 313km/h and kicks out 384kW of power. The only thing better than

driving the R8, is driving one with the top down.

The V10 costs about

R2 million. If the drop-top does make it here, expect a price of between

R2.5 million and R3 million.



This model was

manufactured in honour of the Italian car maker’s founder, Enzo Ferrari. The

Pininfarina styling of the Enzo model is purposefully different to other

Ferraris. The nose section is predominantly influenced by Formula 1 racing cars

and the entire body is shaped to ensure optimum ­air flow for cooling the engine

and brakes.

Power comes from an

ultra-light 6.0 litre V12 engine with a six-speed gearbox. The Enzo punches out

475kW of power.

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