An Australian-built world land speed record contender has come up for sale.
The 1997 Aussie Invader III LSR JET uses an engine from an RAAF Mirage jet fighter to take the custom-built race car to 1000km/h from a standstill in around 16 seconds, according to its Carsales ad.
The jet car was sold by Lloyds in 2019 as part of the Gosford Classic Car Museum auction, with records indicating a sale price of $455,000 (before the auction premium).
Speaking to CarAdvice, the current owners say the Aussie Invader Team which built the vehicle – led by record-holder Rosco McGlashan – had previously offered to fly over from Perth to help get the jet engine going.
If the new owners wanted to take them up on that offer, they'll either need a long driveway or have the vehicle transported to Lake Gairdner – a dry salt flat 440km northwest of Adelaide where speed record trials are run each year.
In March 2021, CarAdvice delivered exclusive images of the latest Aussie Invader 5R rocket car that's expected to begin testing in 2022.