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You could own an Audi R8 for less than the price of a family hatchback

2008 Audi R8 Quattro Auction

Proving that you really can live a champagne supercar lifestyle on a prosecco budget, say hello to this 2008 Audi R8.

Listed for sale in the H&H Classic Motor Auction, set to be held behind closed doors at the end of this month, this could be a mid-engined bargain.

With an estimated sale price of between £24,000 and £28,000 before fees, this V8-powered sports car could cost less than a new Audi A3 hatchback.

A bargain both then and now

2008 Audi R8 Quattro Auction

Whilst most people are likely to buy that hypothetical A3 using new car finance, it is still a reminder of just how much car is on offer for the money here. 

Launched in 2006, the first-generation Audi R8 was regarded as something of a bargain given the performance on offer. 

This particular 2008 R8, fitted with the 4.2-litre V8 engine, would have cost the original owner in excess of £77,000 before the temptation of the options list. 

Natural aspiration all the way

2008 Audi R8 Quattro Auction

The naturally aspirated V8 engine in the R8 is a relative of the unit found in the contemporary RS 4 model. Audi changed it to a dry-sump configuration, but the power output of 414 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque remained the same. 

Combined with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system, the R8 was capable of accelerating from 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 187 mph. Certainly quicker than a new A3.

This example comes with the six-speed R-Tronic automated manual transmission. Developed from a Lamborghini unit, it was criticised when new for sometimes being jerky when driven in traffic.

Later models gained a newer seven-speed dual-clutch unit instead. 

Practical modern classic

2008 Audi R8 Quattro Auction

Gearbox aside, there is plenty to like about this R8. The combination of Daytona Grey with a lighter ‘sideblade’ detail looks relatively subtle. A red leather interior adds contrast, along with a hint of supercar dramatics.

Having had three owners from new, this R8 has covered a total of 65,000 miles. That does mean the winning bidder will be able to use their supercar without the guilt of adding more miles. 

A full service history is noted as being present, along with all recall work undertaken. The previous three MOTs were passed without issue, with a rear fog light being the only problem noted in 2017.

Stay at home, still buy a supercar

2008 Audi R8 Quattro Auction

As an alternative to the ubiquitous Porsche 911, the original Audi R8 goes a long way towards the usable everyday sports car. Whilst it may be the previous-generation model, this example is still likely to impress on the road. 

The H&H Classic Motorcar Auction will take place on Wednesday 29th April. To comply with Coronavirus precautions, bids can only be placed by telephone or online.

Other lots listed for sale include a 1982 Ford Fiesta XR2 in time-warp condition, along with a 1949 Land Rover Series I, and a breakdown truck first used in the Mersey Tunnel.

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Elvis Presley Ford Roadster Auction

Incredible Elvis Presley hot rod heading to auction for first time

Elvis Presley Ford Roadster AuctionWhilst Elvis Presley’s love for cars is well known, one of the rides associated with his early film career has remained firmly untouchable.

The 1929 Ford Roadster hot rod, used in the 1957 film Loving You, has remained in the possession of its creator.

That is until now, as the widow of the hot rod pioneer John Athan, has decided to allow the Elvis Roadster to find a new home.

Shake, Rattle and Roll

Elvis Presley Ford Roadster AuctionAthan built the Roadster in 1938, fitting the flathead V-8 engine to a 1932 Ford ‘Deuce’ frame, with bodywork taken from a ‘39 Ford Model A.

A 1940 Chrysler donated its rear windscreen, then used by Athan to make the distinctive windshield.

The engined-turned dashboard was a custom creation by Athan, whilst the license plate light and trunk handle came from a 1940 Mercury.

Can’t Help Falling in Love

Elvis Presley Ford Roadster AuctionCapable of 100 mph, the Elvis Roadster was used on-screen by Presley, who played the character of Deke Rivers in Loving You. The film marked the first time Elvis had taken a starring role on the big screen.

Despite the car impressing Presley with its performance, Athan refused to sell the Roadster to him. Instead, it remained in Athan’s own collection, and was regularly used up until the late 1970s.

After two decades in storage, the Roadster underwent a degree of restoration in 1996. The car then went on display at the Wally Parks NHRA Museum in Pomona, California.

A king’s ransom

Elvis Presley Ford Roadster AuctionKruse GWS Auctions will be managing the sale of the Elvis Roadster, which is set to take place Saturday August 31 2019. Taking place at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood, CA seems an apt location for selling this hot rod. 

Also on the auction docket is a white 1973 Lincoln Continental limousine owned by Elvis, along with his GMC pickup and a 1976 Harley Davidson Electra Glide. The Harley is notable for being the last motorcycle ever purchased by Elvis.

Fans of the King will be able to check out the auction automobiles, plus other Elvis memorabilia, as part of a public exhibition being held by the Hard Rock Cafe on Friday August 30.