Rooting in the bargain bin


A 17-year-old base model Rover 45 may not top the list of dream cars for most people, but what if it cost you less than the price of your next bus trip?

HonestJohn’s Craig Cheetham managed to pick up a bog standard 2000 1.4L Rover 45 for just £3.19 (€3.74) courtesy of a recent eBay auction. It’s not the most exciting of cars, with highlights including roll-up windows and plastic wheel trims, but that’s not bad for the cost of a sandwich.

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Don’t bank on driving this 919

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The Porsche 919 Hybrid (2014) Photo: Augusto Tokumori/Flickr

If you’ve just spent over $100,000 on a car, you hope that it will at the very least get you out of the driveway, and preferably down the road as well.

Someone has, however, dropped that large sum of money – $106,110,000 to be exact – on a 1:1 full-sized replica (minus drivetrain) of the Porsche 919 Hybrid (2014 edition), which was recently sold by the company via eBay. With just 13 replicas in existence, it’s the first one of its kind to find its way into private hands – generally speaking these models don’t leave the factory.

According the description: “The model car also includes the original signatures of the six Porsche 919 Hybrid drivers that participated at Le Mans 2014 and the WEC 2014 — Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, Mark Webber, Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb. This is a unique opportunity for a collector, Porsche enthusiast, museum or other public place to obtain this piece.”

The real version of the car features a turbocharged 2.0L V4 engine, paired with a lithium ion battery for energy recovery. Producing around 500hp and with a top speed of 340km/h, it made its competitive debut in the 2014 season at 6 Hours of Silverstone. Proceeds from the auction are going to the SportCares Foundation and Movement, based in Singapore, which was established to improve people’s lives “using sport as a force for social good.”

Although it’s ‘non-functional’, the model does features nifty livery, rotating front wheels and plug in lights. And, if you’ve got a big wall with plenty of free space, it can be wall-mounted. Totally worth it.