New Zealand Classic Car - - Feature -

While a big old V12 coupé mightn’t seem much of an in­vest­ment, smile per mile is pretty high in any old SL, let alone one with that big, purring V12 beast un­der the bon­net. The M120 V12 Mercedes uti­lized in the SL600 went on to power the first Pa­gani Zonda, so by rights, own­ers of the 600 can claim hy­per­car prove­nance. If you can find a good car with a com­pre­hen­sive his­tory, pay what you can for it, as I be­lieve these mod­ern clas­sics of­fer a su­perb op­por­tu­nity to join the V12 club with­out pay­ing Fer­rari or Lam­borgh­ini price tags, and they will even­tu­ally be one of the most exclusive cars to own. Of course, it will pay to make sure you’re pay­ing into a high-yield sav­ings ac­count to cover those po­ten­tially mar­riagewreck­ing main­te­nance costs.

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