/ 24 July 2023

Objects of Desire by Jordan Schmidt

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In your dreams: The rare Shelby Daytona, a prized possession among car enthusiasts.

Shelby is no everyday drive

In the world of expensive vehicles, American muscle cars rarely command the same value as multimillion hypercars from European countries. The Shelby Daytona is a particularly special car, though, and its modern-day value is truly mind-boggling.

The Shelby Daytona was designed and built for international racing in 1964 and 1965, spe- cifically to compete in the GT Class at the FIA World Championship for GT Manufacturers. A more streamlined and powerful version of the Shelby Cobra, the Daytona was produced in a limited run of just six units. In 2009, one of the original Daytonas sold for an astonishing R131 426 000. Although I can’t claim the privilege of having driven one of these unique models, we do produce official Shelby replicas in South Africa that are as accurate to the original as they get.

What a spectacular car it is both visually and in terms of pedigree!

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The Nissan R34, a sought-after sports car.

Boy racer revs collectors’ engines

JDM (Japanese domestic market) icons are increasingly being regarded as classics. The Nissan Skyline GTR R34 V-spec 2 Nur Edition is a mouthful but this square-shaped boy racer is one of the most sought-after vehicles on the market.

Its powerful styling and the iconic rear wing are a dream for many enthusiasts, and the car has a cult-like following around the world. However, due to import laws, there are very  few models in South Africa.

However, its looks, which have aged well, and bold wing have little to do with its popularity — it’s what’s under the bonnet that captivates car tuners and JDM enthusiasts.

Its twin-turbocharged 6-cylinder engine, the RB26DETT, is a highly engineered powerplant that can be tinkered with relatively easily to deliver astonishing power boosts. This made it an enticing option for those seeking supercar capability in a practical sports car package.