Some of our earliest childhood memories are peppered with trips to the newsstand where we'd drop our hard earned coin (from yard chores performed under duress) on a copy of the duPont Registry. It was a special treat, allowing us to begin memorizing all the vitals and prices of the exotics of yesterdecade. Want to know the color combos of a Diablo VT or the exact displacement of an F40 or even the HP figures of the '91 LM002? They're stored somewhere in the dark recesses of our minds.

To be honest, we haven't picked up a copy of the mag for at least 10 years, but that may change when duPont releases their new issue on September 26th. The editors of the exotic sales guide will pick out the eight best exotics for 2007, with the awards focusing on performance, value, style and also the pros and cons of owning and operating these high-powered, high-priced machines.

The award winners are listed after the jump, and although some of the choices are predictable, we're interested in what duPont's learned connoisseurs have to say about each of their selections. Keep an eye out for the upcoming issue, donning a Saleen S7 Twin Turbo on its cover.

[Source: The Auto Channel]

Best Exotic: Lamborghini Murciélago LP640

Best New Exotic: Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano

Best Luxury Sedan: Maybach 57 S

Best Performance Sedan: BMW M5

Best Performance Coupe: Porsche 911 Turbo

Best Luxury Coupe: Aston Martin DBS

Best "Bang for the Buck": Ford Shelby GT500

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