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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: February 10, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

    Where are all the Celtic Tiger cars gone?

    Michael McAleer

    Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

    They popped up with alarming consistency in the latter part of the last decade, but where have all the supercars from the self-indulgent Celtic Tiger days gone? Many of them are on sale in various dealerships around the country, especially in the capital. Take this 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder for example. At just €209,950 there is likely to be quite a queue for this one we expect.

    While there might not be many takers for the Gallardo at that price, there are relative bargains to be had on some of the once hugely expensive cars of the rich from this period. There are no less than 20 Bentley Continental’s on sale at the moment from 2004 onwards and that we would guess marks a significant amount of the total bought.

    For the price of a well-specced BMW 5-Series, you can have a 2004 Bentley Continental GT with 55,000 miles on the clock and this is a car that would have cost you the price of the average family home when it was new.

    Bentley Continental: €55,595

    In 2003, a Range Rover 4.4-litre V8 Vogue would have cost you a six-figure sum and to own one you would most likely have been a property developer or a banker. Now, you can have one of these for €11,945 with 90,000 miles on the clock.

    Range Rover V8: For around 10% of its original price

    How about a powerful Italian saloon? You can have the Maserati Quattroporte, which was the choice of those who found the S-Class far too common. We found one on sale in Kerry, which had a Dublin reg and would have been a €100,000+ car at one stage of its life. Today? It can be yours for €34,995 and it has covered less than 40,000 miles.

    Maserati Quattroporte: €34,995

    This Mercedes-Benz CL500 would have cost more than €163,000 in 2007 before you started putting optional extras on, but now just a few years later it is significantly less, losing more than half of its value.

    Mercedes CL500: €59,995

    There are so many of these cars sitting on dealer forecourts that you would wonder if these ghosts of the Celtic Tiger will ever sell?

    • pj says:

      Irish rallying is the same. Much less top spec cars and fewer competitors.

    • Seamus Carroll says:

      Great, a Maserati for €34k.
      I wonder what it’ll cost the first time that ferarri engine needs a service? Or it’s timing chains changed? Or a set of tyres?
      What’s the road tax on something like that?
      Even if they were giving it away for nothing, it’s would still be too expensive for the ordinary second hand buyer

    • Ken Lee-Doyle says:

      I agree with Seamus. The cost of upkeep on these cars would be colossal. I had to give up a ’97 fiesta because i could not afford new tires for an NCT. These cars are all out of the price range of the average buyer.

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