The alternative to airport car hire

There you are, holidaying in the Cote d’Azur. You’re got your Panama hat and linen suit. There’s a copy of Tender is the Night tucked into your back pocket. You’re looking forward to a 4pm highball. The only thing clouding your holiday idyll is the door-dinged rented hatchback with the lawnmower engine and a glove compartment that rattles open at 40 mph.

Fortunately, the good people at car club Type-41 have a glamorous solution to these petty concerns. Type-41 takes its name from the Type 41 Royale, Bugatti’s rarest car (only six were made), and seeks the same level of exclusivity. The club offers holiday-makers the chance to drive rare super-cars – like the Aston Martin DBS UB-2010 Volante, of which only 20 exist, and the Ferrari 599 GTO, the fastest-ever road-going Ferrari.

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Juergen Obermann, founder and owner of Type-41, says: “While supercar clubs are well established in other countries, particularly the UK, Type-41 is the first to extend such a high end experience to the Cote d’Azur. What better way to enhance the glamour and style of a trip to the South of France than having access to some of the world’s most exclusive supercars?”

Prices start at a thrillingly louche €36,000 for 45 days of driving time. The club is invitation-only, though an invitation can be requested at info@type-41.com

Words by Jordan Bassett