If you’re a fan of THE-LOWDOWN.com, we’re pretty certain you’re all very much like us; you check out the car classifieds as frequent as you do Facebook or Instagram. You’re not even in the market for a car, but you still take a peek at the classifieds quite often. Once in a while, you do the old filter price from ‘HIGH to LOW’ to see who’s topping in Australia (if you’re curious, it’s currently a Koenigsegg CCX at $1.2 AUD million).
This got us asking the question, what’s for sale in the international market? Doing a few searches online, we found a car dealer in Japan that handles only limited and premium cars from around the world; Bingo Sports World.
The cars listed on Bingo Sports World are on a completely different level and we’ve decided to feature our favourite three that they currently have up for sale.
1. Ferrari F40 LM
Yes, that’s right, not just a Ferrari F40, but a Ferrari F40 LM!
The Ferrari F40 was launched to celebrate the manufacturer’s 40th anniversary in 1987, thus the title F40. It wasn’t before too long that Ferrari wanted to turn their F40 into a racer for the track which resulted in the F40 LM.
The differences between the road and racing cars were subtle with the carbon fibre splitter, rear diffusers and adjustable rear wing being the most obvious. The pop-up headlights were replaced by two big perspex covered units and additional ducts for increased cooling.
A new ECU also increased power by an extra 15 kW with the option on running high-boost for a ‘qualifying lap’ which raised the power to 670 kW (150 kW more than a standard F40). The interior was stripped even further with the dashboard replaced by a digital setup.
Only 19 examples of the LM were made between 1989 and 1994. This particular F40 LM has racked up 3,000 kms and has passed the Shaken motor vehicle inspection in Japan meaning that this car can actually be driven on public roads in Japan!
2. BMW M1
Initially a collaboration between Lamborghini and BMW to build a production racing car, conflicts between the two manufacturers promoted BMW to produce the car themselves with the result sold to the public from 1978 to 1981 as the BMW M1.
Equipped with a twin-cam 3.5 litre 6-cylinder petrol engine with mechanical fuel injection, the BMW M1 only boasted 204 kW with a top speed of 260 km/h. Turbocharged racing versions were cable of producing 634 kW!
Only 453 production M1’s were built, making it one of BMW’s rarest models. 20 of those were race versions created for the BMW M1 Procar Championship. The spirit of the M1 lived on in the first-generation M5 which used a modified version of the M1 engine.
This particular model was one of the last builds (built in 1981) and has obviously been enjoyed by the previous owners with 106,000 kms on the clock.
3. TOYOTA 2000GT
Bingo Sports World even has an iconic Toyota 2000GT for sale. Designed by Toyota in collaboration with Yamaha, the 2000GT was first displayed to the public at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1965 and manufactured under contract by Yamaha between 1967 and 1970.
The 2000GT revolutionised the automotive world’s view on Japan which was previously viewed as unoriginal and strictly practical. The 2000GT was compared favorably to the Porsche 911 by Road & Track back in 1967, putting the European sport car manufacturers on notice.
Powered by a 2 litre inline 6-cylinder engine with a cast iron block and double overhead cams, the 2000GT was good for 112 kW and capable to reach 217 km/h. The car was available in both a 5-speed manual or 3-speed automatic.
The Toyota 2000GT is seen as the first seriously collectible Japanese car. With only 351 units produced, the 2000GT sold for $6,800 in 1970. Fast foward 43 years to 2013, a Toyota 2000GT sold for $1.2 USD million. We’re really interested to see what this example will sell for. More information on these cars and many more can be found here.