Bargain of the Week – Buying a Supercar – part one

OK, here’s the scenario. Nine friends all want to own supercars. Nine friends can’t afford to buy a supercar. Late in the summer of 2009 nine friends decide to chip in together and share one supercar. Will they all still be friends left at the end of this?

It sounded like a great idea at the time but there tends to be a lot of testosterone in the air when there’s a supercar involved in the conversation and what would our wives say? Moreover, how do nine men share a big outlay all year round without ending up being involved in perpetual squabbles? Knowing a little about buying cars, albeit two-grand sheds, I went ahead with the idea and was given the task of searching for “the” supercar. Our dream car was still very much just an idea so before opening the laptop, we all had to decide what to go for.

Fast forward four months to November 2009, and a decision had finally been made. It wasn’t easy, especially as so many of us wanted different things and the childhood memories of our bedroom walls covered in Athena car posters only clouded opinion further. Nine are still in yet calling the shots on who has it when is still to be decided, and there’s still one (me) who has to make up the cash outlay. To cut a long story short, many pints later, we’ve all agreed on the Lamborghini Gallardo. With ten-grand each our budget doesn’t sound a lot for a used Gallardo and adding up the maths there could be so many other great supercars to choose from. It wasn’t a clean, nine vote decider either. In fact six of us decided Lamborghini whilst the rest chose either a Ferrari 355 or a Nissan GTR. However, with some insider knowledge on Gallardo’s from one of the group, the running costs, servicing and reliability on one of these just won the vote.

So, where do you start? Buying a cheap run around or writing about our Bargain of the Week is obviously a lot easier than purchasing a £50-grand plus Lamborghini. My first port of call was the Lamborghini owners club. Needless to say there wasn’t much for sale but I was given a few pointers and emails of specialists who might be able to help. Early Gallardo’s are hard to come by but having spoken to several enthusiasts and dealers, our budget wasn’t that far out. The possibility of owning a supercar now seemed to becoming a faint possibility.

January 2010. Back in November nine grown men all decided to chip in five grand each to buy a supercar. Having done some research, nine have now become ten and owning a supercar, albeit for maybe only three or four weekends a year, has become an exciting possibility. Will I regret this or savour every single second?

Stay tuned.

Update – Sadly like a lot of good ideas this one didn’t get off the ground. Once too many people had pulled ou that, we’re afraind, was it. Still it was exciting while it lasted!

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5 Responses to Bargain of the Week – Buying a Supercar – part one

  1. dealaday February 20, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    Have you tried Clive Sutton,i hear he sources unusual lumpy cars for clients,this would probably be an interesting project for him,good luck though i look forward to seeing how this pans out,personally i would go for the prncing horse all day long but i havent got a sack of cash for maintaining it!!

  2. Audrey Phillips May 9, 2010 at 10:38 am #

    My dream car is the Porsche 911 or the new Nissan GTR. those cars are really great.’;”

  3. etype matt May 11, 2010 at 10:59 pm #

    I don’t know, great cars one and all. I always loved the 308 GTS but have fallen hook, line and sinker for that new AUDI R8 Spyder what a car! Superb love it!

  4. Mark September 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    Hi…I read your article and also had the idea of getting some friends to chip in and buy a supercar. You can’t find many sites on the net which discuss this subject nor any websites where like minded people can come together and potentially share the cost of driving a dream for a fraction of the money. Anyway, I could never understand how my friends, all male, could not get excited about owning an Aston DB9 for £5k but would rather have the cash sitting in the bank doing nothing!!! You can get a decent DB9 online for about £35k so all you would need would be 7 of you. So my quest continues and if there are any middle aged men or younger responsible youths out there interested in combining modest outlays for maximum thrills I would love to hear your thoughts.

  5. Clint December 13, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    gotta love the 458 italia or teh Aventador.

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