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Exotic Sports Cars

In the world of sports cars, the term “exotic” refers to vehicles produced in very limited numbers, often by smaller manufacturers and super high-end vehicles created by some of the better-known car companies outside of the United States.

Many exotics are legendary. The world’s fastest car, the McLaren F1, for instance is a well-known exotic. Although only around one hundred F1s were produced and the manufacturer is not a household name, the McLarens are coveted sports cars. Other exotics are also highly sought after and are often among the sports car world’s most impressive status symbols.

It is easy to be seduced by the allure of owning an exotic sports car. These vehicles are often considered the pinnacle of design and are incredibly tempting cars. When the opportunity to invest in an exotic presents itself, many sports car enthusiasts have a hard time resisting the urge to purchase the vehicle.

One should, however, seek to evaluate the vehicle with a level of objectivity. There are three factors a prospective buyer must consider when evaluating an exotic sports car for purchase.


Even if one can afford the asking price of an exotic, they need to be aware of the probable subsequent expenses and be sure their financial situation allows for quality ownership of the vehicle. Maintenance and repair is certain to be expensive compared to non-exotic vehicles and a buyer should attempt to discover what kind of costs he or she is likely to experience in order to keep the car in running order.

Parts, obviously, are in short supply—if they are available at all. Often the owners of exotic sports cars will need to have some parts custom-fabricated during their ownership of the vehicle. This is especially true of older exotics, some of which have been orphaned after their original manufacturer ceased to exist. This can be a painstaking and extremely expensive venture and one should make sure they are ready to add to their investment as time passes.

One cannot simply take their exotic sports car to the corner mechanic and hope that all repairs and maintenance are appropriately conducted. Specialized mechanical help will be necessary and this can involve great expense when one is not located near a suitable expert.

Too often a sports car buff will purchase an exotic, being quite able to afford the initial investment but being unprepared to handle additional future expenses. An accurate understanding of expenses and a realistic examination of one’s own resources are certainly in order.


Even though an exotic sports car may represent the ultimate in performance, it does not follow that the vehicle will be eminently reliable. High-performance sports cars can be quite delicate and may necessitate regular tinkering and adjustment to stay in operating order. Exotic sports cars are known for being spectacular performers when running well but the flipside of this phenomenon is that they are potentially among the most temperamental vehicles one may encounter.

If a buyer plans to operate their exotic regularly, it is essential to know about its level of reliability. This factor not only adds to the expenses mentioned earlier in some cases, it also can create a frustrating relationship between car and driver when an expensive investment fails to operate according to plan.


For those planning on using their exotic sports car regularly, it is important to understand that performance and drivability do not always go hand in hand. Some exotic sports cars can be “too much car” for some drivers. A certain level of skill is necessary to operate these sports cars safely and comfortably.

Additionally, the pursuit of optimal performance has often required manufacturers to look past considerations of comfort and regular usability. If one plans to do more than display their exotic purchase and hopes to drive it regularly, they must understand whether they can successfully use the vehicle comfortably and safely.

When considering the purchase of an exotic sports car, one must look past the romance and excitement of owning a legendary vehicle. One must also focus their attentions on very real concerns regarding expense, reliability and drivability before investing in an exotic sports car.

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