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Second hand supercars

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Do you dream of owning supercars, or hypercars? Here are some of the best.

For most people the really exotic metal is way out of budget, requiring a lottery win to buy and a successful hedge fund manager's income to keep going. Apart from the difficulty of scraping together the cash, some of these cars are so exclusive that only a very small and rarefied group even get the opportunity to buy one. So if you're budget conscious or don't carry enough clout, the only route into supercar ownership is to buy one second hand.

Pre-loved supercars

Even so it doesn't get much easier. Many owners have a pretty tenacious grip on their precious metal and, even worse, some of these vehicles are so desirable that they suffer from appreciation rather than depreciation. So, what's a millionaire with a taste for exotic automotion to do?

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster

A second hand version could cost you as little (!) as £300,000. It was released in 2007 to surprisingly little fanfare for such a spectacular beast. 617bhp from a supercharged 5.4 litre V8 sees the SLR reach 62mph in only 3.8 seconds and keep going all the way to 208mph. Bought new it would have cost £350,000, so a few years and about 15,000 miles on the clock will save you about £50,000. Bargain.

Koenigsegg CCR

The Swedish supercar manufacturer is known for its ridiculously fast and ultra-exclusive output. Only 14 CCRs left the firm's factory from 2004-2006, each boasting a twin supercharged 4.7 litre V8 which produces 805bhp. The result is 62mph in only 3.2 seconds and an alleged top speed of 242mph. Given those statistics, an asking price of £650,000 sounds relatively reasonable, but bear in mind that if you'd managed to get hold of one new you would only have had to pay £407,000.

Saleen S7

The cheapest car on the list, the Saleen S7 is also the fastest. It's a bit of a beast, and a rare one at that. It's a hand built, joint American and British effort using a 7.0 litre V8 from Ford. With 750bhp to play with and a kerb weight of only 1338kg, the S7 is capable of 0-60mph in a ridiculous 2.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 248mph. In 2005 a band new model would have cost £382,000, but you should be able to pick one up now from £200,000.

Maserati MC12

This is where things start getting really expensive. The MC12 was designed as an endurance racer but is just about road legal. Only 50 units were produced, all in 2004, which makes it a truly rare specimen. By comparison Ferrari made 400 Enzos, which shared a number of components with the MC12. Bearing that in mind, the MC12 starts to look like a bit of a steal at £1.2 million, however it has in fact doubled its list price in the last decade, as those who were able to buy one new only paid £501,000. It's powered by a naturally aspirated V12 with a 623bhp power output, which get the MC12 to 60mph in only 3.8 seconds.

Pagani Zonda F Clubsport

Rarer still, Pagani made just 25 of the Zonda F Clubsport in 2005. More luxurious to ride in than the average speed machine, which tend to have all comfort items stripped out in the interests of weight saving, the Clubsport is also beautiful to listen to. Like the MC12, it eschews a turbo and makes the most of a 641bhp 7.3 litre V12, which sees it hit the 62mph mark in 3.6 seconds. When new, an S7 cost £825,000, but rarity value means the price for a used model has gone up to about £1.5 million, most of which have less than 10,000 miles on the clock.

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