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15 Nov 2017

Everybody likes to feel special. A new coat, a bunch of flowers from an admirer – getting hold of something that nobody else has. Such is the lure of a limited edition, we see it with special versions of phones, clothes and more importantly – cars. The four cars we feature this week, chosen by Lee Sibley - Editor of Total911 magazine are all limited, special versions of cars that a very few people will ever own. That makes them far more desirable and of course valuable. Here Lee tells us his thoughts on the four cars:

Mulgari Icon 02 Mini

Hot hatches have been great news for the past few years now as they offer spectacular performance in a tiny package – they’ve make mundane, day-to-day driving fun again. Mulgari’s Icon 02 is a stellar example of this, as they’ve essentially turned a combative Mini Cooper up to 10. Its styling is edgy, with striking accents offsetting any BMW colour you like, and a suspension overhaul, ECU remap and new geo setup gives the Mini massive appeal as a low-numbers driver’s weapon.

Audi RS5 Carbon Edition

As if Audi’s crazy RS5 super-saloon wasn’t enough, its new Carbon Edition derivative should appeal to absolutely every petrolhead out there. Lopping 80kg in weight off the original car – essentially the mass of the average gent – will bring a greater focus to this turbocharged V6 brute, while Audi’s promise of chucking a carbon fibre front spoiler, diffuser and sill extensions into the mix adds visual flare to the RS5’s brawny lines. Sign me up.

Porsche 911 GT3

Few road cars can boast a heady redline of 9,000rpm, and even less can offer the flat six engine’s trademark banshee scream when you reach it, ensuring every single hair on your scalp stands on end. Porsche’s latest GT3 is a mesmerizing automotive achievement: a proper race car with licence plates, it’s palatable around town but get it on a fast road or circuit and its unrivalled in the performance stakes.

Morgan EV3

British made, Morgan’s EV3 is a unique electric car that’s hand crafted with a bespoke design. Even on paper the Morgan EV3 sounds appealing: a mixture of composite carbon and lightweight aluminum panels, weighing less than 500kg, with a futuristic, zero-emissions attitude to motoring in a distinct 1930s shell. The EV3 has a range of 150 miles, which offers plenty of drive time to show this one off to your mates.

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But who is Lee Sibley? We sit down and discuss his love of all things four wheeled:

Lee’s love of cars was very much passed down from father to son.

“My dad always had a keen interest in cars, particularly classics. He’s had a Triumph TR4 which he’s worked on tirelessly for years but it’s still nowhere near finished. I used to help him out from an early age and he was great at getting me involved. His mantra on cars was generally to fix, or restore, or modify, and then drive it.

“In terms of 911s, I remember a friend of dad’s coming round in a red sports car and asking us if we’d like to take it for a ride. It was a 964 Carrera cabriolet and I just remember the sound and the speed…the sound maybe more so because it was strange that it was coming from the back and not the front. That really piqued my interest in the 911.”

From that moment it was clear to Lee that his career lay in journalism, ideally of the motoring variety.

“I did a multimedia and journalism course at university but newspapers was – and still is - a pretty cut-throat industry. I started my own website and a local magazine before eventually joining Fast Car Magazine. A year-and-a-half later I joined Total 911 and the rest is history.

“Naturally a lot of people are envious of jobs like these and I am incredibly fortunate in many respects, although I do believe in making your own luck!” he states.

Like a lot of niche magazines, Lee has managed to retain readership by giving Porsche enthusiasts exactly what they want – content they can’t get anywhere else.

“Each issue of the magazine is an investment because it gives the reader access to a wealth of information that is not freely available anywhere else,” he explains.

“In many respects that’s why niche publications continue to defy the threat of the internet.”

So what treats lie in store for the next issue of Total 911?

“We’ve got a first drive of the new GT2 RS,” he smiles. “We always dedicate lots and lots of pages to new cars because we want to give people the most definitive review of each vehicle. They don’t want a speedy overview, they want to pore over each and every detail. We’ve also got a road trip feature where I took a 991 GT3 RS to the Isle of Man. They’ve de-restricted the roads over there so it was a lot of fun.”

Lee drives a 996 C4S which he adores. “I did a road test in one for the magazine and it was the first 996 I drove which made me jump out of the seat and say ‘I have to have one’.”

As for his other favourite 911s, he pulls three out for discussion.

“The 997 is probably my favourite generation because it was the last of the truly classic shapes, before they got bloated,” Lee explains. “It was the perfect mix of modern performance with that classic, purist styling. I also love the 3.2 Carrera Clubsport which followed Porsche’s mantra of ‘adding lightness’. They removed the passenger sun visor but not the drivers, for example, just to save a little more weight. Finally, the 2.2E is my ultimate early 911 as it’s so underrated compared to the S yet delivers similar performance. ”

And if BOTB were to unveil his dream car, what would that be?

“Most people who buy a 911 tend to stick with them thereafter, and I’d likely do the same, although if pushed for a different marque I’d have to say the Ferrari F40. It’s really the ultimate poster car, with incredible performance, even though it would probably kill you.”

Of course, like most car magazine editors Lee is constantly asked about the next big thing – the car likely to become the next classic.

“Yeah, I have been asked that once or twice,” he laughs. “I’d put my money on the 996 GT3 RS. Other RS prices have already gone through the roof but they only produced 682 of this model instead of at least 1,500 of the others.”

So, if you have a spare £180k you know what to do!

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