All revved up about the King of the Road


AT the ten­der age of 24, Steven Dav­i­son is al­ready a vet­eran back­yard im­porter of ex­otic Ja­panese cars.

Af­ter im­port­ing and sell­ing 24 ‘‘rice burn­ers’’ all around Aus­tralia, Dav­i­son has shifted his at­ten­tion to Yank tanks. His first right­hand-drive con­ver­sion ef­fort is a 2009 Ford Shelby GT500 KR.

KR stands for King of the Road and you bet­ter be­lieve it when the fire­breath­ing, 5.4-litre su­per­charged V8 crack­les into life to un­leash a mon­ster 402kW of power.

Dav­i­son has had it con­verted by com­pli­ance busi­ness Shogun Car Com­pany in Bren­dale and hopes to sell it for about $180,000.

The young Bris­bane en- trepreneur be­came a car im­porter by ac­ci­dent.

‘‘When I was 18, I got into Ja­panese cars and wanted to buy one,’’ he says.

‘‘Then I dis­cov­ered im­port­ing was a cheap way to do it and re­alised you could make money out of it.’’

Dav­i­son says he plans to shift from im­port­ing Ja­panese cars to Amer­i­can.

‘‘The age group is a lot younger for Ja­panese cars and they can’t af­ford to pay for ex­otic cars like these, which ap­peal to older peo­ple,’’ he says.

‘‘I’ll take it around to car shows to get peo­ple look­ing at it. This is a bit of a test to see if there is a mar­ket.

‘‘I’ve al­ready got buy­ers in­ter­ested in this one.’’

Dav­i­son bought the Shelby at auc­tion in Texas with just 5000km on the odome­ter. It’s a 40th an­niver­sary model, one of only 1000 in the world, and the only one in Aus­tralia.

It fea­tures a Ford Rac­ing Power Up­grade Pack with re­vised cal­i­bra­tion and cold-air in­take sys­tem, six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion with 3.73:1 rear axle ra­tio, Ford Rac­ing per­for­mance ex­haust sys­tem, per­for­mance sus­pen­sion tun­ing, Shelby Su­per Snake 20-inch wheels and Brembo brakes with front brake cool­ing ducts.

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