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.