Autosport Designs in Long Island, N.Y. offers some of the rarest and most sought after cars to ever hit the road and track. The shop takes cars on consignment and offers other services. You can mainatain and store your car here, whether it’s a million-dollar exotic or high-mileage hatchback.
When we first visited Autosport Designs in Long Island, N.Y., we were given a history of the business by proprietor Tom Papadopoulos. We learned of the work that goes into finding the right car for the right buyer. People collect cars for various reasons and Autosport Designs offers advice and guidance for potentially huge investments. The shop keeps a rotating inventory of vehicles for sale. You can put your car in their hands on consignment or have maintenance, repair, and restoration work done.
Autosport Designs also offers storage services and we caught a glimpse of some rare machines down there. Some were parked for safekeeping while others were for sale. We’d like to take them all home, but instead we’ve gathered some highlights that are available to buy today.
STaSIS Engineering started out in racing in 1999, before moving on to producing and selling high-performance consumer parts for Audi vehicles. The pinnacle of STaSIS builds fall under the Challenge Extreme banner and this 2011 Audi R8 5.2 V-10 coupe is one of them. The factory-authorized STaSIS package included a twin-scroll supercharger, engine software, high-flow exhaust system, and custom 20-inch forged alloy wheels. This specially tuned R8 was put on the dyno and showed over 700 horsepower and close to 600 pound-feet of torque.
All work was done by an Audi technician and STaSIS engineer. The long list of factory options includes the Daytona Gray pearl effect paint, carbon fiber trim inside and out, upgraded sound, upgraded interior, and illuminated door sills. This Audi R8 has a lifetime Ceramic Pro coating and includes factory books and service records indicating all the STaSIS work.
It’s impossible to describe the Lightning Silver paint on this 2009 Aston Martin DBS to someone who hasn’t seen it in person. It has a bluish tint that appears to change as you walk around the car. The Aston Martin DBS has star power beyond this particular car’s gorgeous coat, however. The DBS V-12 made its first big-screen appearance in the 2006 Bond film Casino Royale. This was two years before the model even went on sale. The DBS made its Bond car return in 2008’s Quantum of Solace.
The DBS on offer at Autosport Designs is a rare bird in its own right, with its 6-speed manual transmission. Its 6.0-liter V-12 puts out 510 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. It has been serviced at Aston Martin franchise dealers and has the recorded history to prove it, along with all the factory books, tools, and keys.
For those who wanted the best of both worlds when it came to the 1968 Chevrolet Camaro, there was the RS/SS. The RS (Rally Sport) package included hidden headlights, backup lights under the rear bumper, and special exterior bright trim. The SS (Super Sport) package came with an upgraded suspension, more potent engine, louvered SS hood, and SS striping and badging. Our friend Angelo’s Sequoia Green Camaro is on sale at Autosport Designs. This classic coupe retains its iconic styling while also offering more performance, comfort, convenience, safety, and reliability than the stock original.
A 383 cubic inch/6.3-liter stroker V-8 engine is paired with a Tremec 5-speed manual transmission. Other modifications by Bert Mota of JSS Performance include a Hotchkis Stage 2 suspension kit, rack-and-pinion power steering, Edelbrock E-Street EFI, Chevrolet Corvette C5 disc brakes, custom 18-inch Rennen forged wheels, new rear limited-slip differential, MSD ignition, Be Cool thermostat, Vintage Air A/C and heating, upgraded Alpine sound system with Focal speakers and subwoofer, and a Nardi wooden steering wheel. Full service receipts are included.
To put it plainly, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the fastest quarter-mile production car in the world. It’s the most powerful muscle car ever produced, with a 6.2-liter V-8 engine producing 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque (with race fuel). The Demon will hit 60 mph from a standstill in 2.3 seconds. It’s the first production car to have its front wheels lift off the ground during launch. Autosport Designs is offering a celebrity-owned Demon finished in Plum Crazy Pearl paint with heated and vented leather seats, rear seat, upgraded sound, Painted Black Satin graphics, and navigation, among other factory options. It is one of 3,300 total Demons and and one of 264 finished in Plum Crazy Pearl. This purple monster is fully Ceramic Pro coated with a clear shield.
This evil beast is complete with its original books, keys, and Mopar trickle charger. The remainder of its original Dodge factory warranty is still in effect. The included Demon Crate comes with skinny front wheels and tires, conical performance air filter, extra valve stems, passenger mirror block-off plate, replacement instrument panel switch with high-octane button, and a performance powertrain control module (PCM) with high-octane engine calibration.
The Ferrari 550 Barchetta was introduced in 2000 to celebrate the legendary car design firm Pininfarina’s 70th anniversary. This particular 550 Barchetta is number 365 of 448 total vehicles produced. Like many special-edition models from high-end manufacturers, loyal clientele had first dibs. The 5.5-liter V-12 engine puts out 478 horsepower and 419 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed manual gearbox.
This 550 Barchetta is coated in Blue Pozzi paint with a Pelle Rosso Bordeaux leather interior and blue carpeting. It is Ferrari Classiche Certified and at Concours quality, having been prepped by famed Ferrari specialists Motion Products. This loaded convertible comes equipped with the Fiorano Handling Package, carbon fiber racing seats, Scuderia shields, fire extinguisher, carbon fiber interior trim, modular wheels, and more. This Barchetta is complete with all factory books, tools, keys, accessories, and convertible top.
One of 277 production Jaguar XJ220 examples, this British bullet was the fastest car in the world when it debuted. The Jag topped anything from Lamborghini and Ferrari, and it took the introduction of the legendary McLaren F1 to force the XJ220 to concede the throne. The XJ220 parked at Autosport Designs was imported from Germany to the States in 2004, where it was meticulously maintained until it was shipped to Jaguar in Coventry in 2011 for factory service and an engine rebuild to European specs.
This British supercar’s 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 produces more than 540 horsepower. It is finished in Spa Silver and comes with all the original books and service records. With its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, this XJ220 is among the finest examples of its kind.
What do you do when a Lamborghini V-12 engine just isn’t enough? Drop in a larger, more powerful Lamborghini V-12, of course! The original 3.9-liter 24-valve powerplant in this 1972 Lamborghini Espada was swapped with a 5.2 liter 48-Valve V-12 Countach Downdraft carburetor engine. This raised the horsepower from 375 to 475. Already a rare car — 1,217 Espadas were produced from 1968–1978, with 575 Series II vehicles leaving the factory — the Espada residing at Autosport Designs is in league of its own.
A custom carbon fiber air box cover was added and a custom bonnet bulge was styled to fit with the car’s original lines. Adjustable Sparco racing were installed up front, and the original leather Espada front seats are included. Recent service includes carburetor, alternator, brake, and custom exhaust rebuild, and new plugs, water pump, fuel hoses, and pads. This hot-rodded black-on-beige Espada includes its original jack and tools, and all recent service receipts.