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The National Automobile Museum of Tasmania has just been transformed like never before with a new theme display now showing through until June 24th.
Today they rest, quietly waiting, these marvels of modern automobile engineering, waiting for their time to come, these are the "Sleepers" our future motoring classics.
Eight sensational cars are included in the "Sleepers" display, combined they produce over 2300 kilowatts! (3200 horsepower)
The stunning centerpiece to the display is the 2011 Morgan Aero Supersports. Since 1910 the Morgan Company has been producing its own unique hand built sports cars and the Aero Supersports is currently the epitome.
Beautifully designed reflecting the classic Morgan's of the past this sensational car is powered by a BMW V8 engine providing stunning 0-100 acceleration in the region of 4.5 seconds.
Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) was established in 1987 as a joint partnership between Holden and Tom Walkinshaw Racing, effectively replacing the HDT operation of Peter Brock after the fallout over his Energy Polariser.
Two of the most collectible HSV Holden's are featured as part of the "Sleepers" display.
The HSV W427 sedan was announced in August 2008 and retailed for $155,500. This incredible car featured the 7.0L (427 cu. in.) LS7 V8. Production was originally intended as a limited run of 427 cars. The car displayed is build number 3 of the eventual 137 cars produced.
One of HSV`s most ambitious projects was undoubtedly the Coupe 4. This all wheel drive Coupe utilised the Monaro body with an all wheel drive system developed in house.
The very first car built HSV0001 is featured in the display, this car was taken to Europe to spend development time at various GM engineering facilities. It was also the car featured in much of the initial promotional material for the model.
The Ford Mustang entered its fifth generation in 2005 effectively reviving interest in the automotive icon as it was retro styled to reflect the fondly remembered classic early models. The 2012 Ford Mustang GT500 was offered with the Super Snake option by the Shelby American Company.
This option transformed the car to produce up to an incredible 800hp (588kw) for just over $30000 over the original purchase price. Super Snakes were produced in very limited numbers, the car on display is the fifth one built in 2012.
The Alfa Romeo SZ or ES-30 (Experimental Sportscar 3.0lt) as it is sometimes known was hand built by Zagato, between 1989 and 1991. This unique car is destined to become one of the most collectible Alfa`s of the modern era.
Just 998 SZ's were produced and all were red. The car on display (Number 939) has travelled only 13,000 kms since new, and is one of only 5 SZ's in Australia.
The name Ferrari is synonymous with classic cars with every model released almost guaranteed a future classic. The Ferrari 550 Maranello was introduced in 1996. The car was an upmarket front-engined V12 coupe of the kind not seen since the Daytona.
The 550 Maranello is powered by a naturally aspirated V12 with 4 valves per cylinder and dual overhead cams. A beautiful example of this sensational coupe is featured.
During the 1980s Nissan Australia's involvement in Australian touring car racing saw the establishment of its Special Vehicles Division. Nissan's SVD developed the GTS Skyline in two series first 200 white vehicles followed by 200 red.
Both series were thoroughly engineered and these vehicles were highly respected road cars. An excellent original series 2 car takes its place in "Sleepers".
The Bentley Continental R was released in 1991. It was the first Bentley to feature a body not shared with a Rolls-Royce model since the S3 of 1965. The car featured coachwork by HJ Mulliner Park Ward and was the fastest and most expensive Bentley of its day.
The "Continental" designation recalls the Bentley Continental of the post-war period. The Continental R brings a touch of elegance to the display.
Today these "Sleepers" may be everyday transport for those fortunate enough, or perhaps an occasionally used luxury.
In time their destiny is assured as sort after motoring classics.
See them today at The National Automobile Museum of Tasmania.