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I've been a car nut from a young age, it's why I got into the motor trade. One advantage of this is that i have had the chance to drive many of the cars I thought were cool as a kid, from muscle cars and Hot Rods to early 911 Turbo's along with newer stuff that I'm supposed to think are cool, Japanese stuff with ridiculous Turbo lag etc.

For the most part I've been left horribly disappointed with nothing really living up to the boyhood expectations. That is apart from two cars. The first was an E type that came in because it kept jumping out of second, I pulled the motor and box and modified the selector to give second gear a detent ball and plunger. Then a road test along a stretch of duel carriage way was called for. Wow, that car had legs like you wouldn't believe, it never felt as if it wanted to change gear you just had to watch for the red line!

The second was earlier this week. I've seen this car every six months for eight years, the owner pulls it from it's barn and brings it down for a WOF test then parks it back in the barn for 6 months. I've never yet had a viable excuse to drive it. It's an M series BMW 635CSI and it's bone stock and mint.

This time it failed it's inspection on a binding rear brake, my chance had finally come, the barn had taken it's tole and I would have to take for a spin to see if the brake free'd up before I thought about tearing apart. Into the black leather bucket seat I jumped and turned the key. It fired right up on four cylinders lumbering and spluttering trying to keep itself alive, I raised the revs a touch above idle and held it a second or two..........five cylinders then six cylinders found their feet, the exhaust note changed into a rasp and I snuck out of the yard trying not to give the game away. Right at the roundabout outside work and I waited till she was straight before planting my foot. 4 grand in second those M Power cams started working their magic and that lovely straight six found it's voice again. My posterior now firmly planted in cushioned hide I let the needle see 6500 before selecting third, clutch up and the old girls response confirmed she was a willing participant in the game. We stirred that gearbox round the ( Long ) block sure in the knowledge that if the Boss had noticed us leave together he would know we were engaging in something elicit.

I've been buzzing for three days after that short squirt around the block, what a machine and what a terrible waste.

Anyways, thought I would share
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You lucky sod! I truly don't understand people who own nice machinery just for the sake of owning it.


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I've been a car guy first, bike guy second. Very few cars anymore impress me in a way that says "I need to have that".
I've experienced the same with a lot of bikes too. I've yet to meet a Japanese bike that excites me. I've tried multiple BMWs and hated them all (but I love their cars...go figure). Spend a day on a Norton Commando though and it's like your E-type Jag story. There needs to be a difficult to define blend of mechanical-ness, cool sounds, balanced handling and a machine that just fits me. 1970s Porsche 911s do that for me where later ('better') SC's bore me to tears.


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My step father had a new car just about every year in the 60's. The best of them was the '62 Jag E type convertible. I never drove any of those cars but I rode in so many different cars and there was nothing like the Jag. Acceleration and handled like it was on rails. He traded it in for a '63 Corvette Sting Ray. He said he knew he made a mistake before he got out of the parking lot.
My best friend's mom had a BMW - no idea what model but it was very early 70's. I figured it was a nice small European quality car, nothing special - until my friend Dean got behind the wheel. That thing took off like a bat out of hell.


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Sounds like fun. The most fun car I ever owned was a bone-stock, all original '72 Datsun 240Z, purchased in 1976. I could leave the service road at 30MPH, hit the freeway ramp, and be doing 100 after shifting into 3rd gear at the top. Never had it sideways, it just HELD THE ROAD.

2nd best was a '69 Triumph GT6+ fastback; VERY similar performance, but in a strangely different way. Suspension was not as nice, and no A/C...

(OK, as I post this photo, I now recall the wheels were not original)

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One of the coolest things about that car was on a cool morning when you'd first sit in it, the steering wheel and shifter knob would be moist with dew and the interior smelled of Rosewood.

My oldest son said his first word sitting on my lap warming the car up - "RPM" he repeated, watching the tach as I blipped the throttle...

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I've had some fun cars over the years ... a '68 Mustang with a 302 and 3 speed, a Honda 600 two-cylinder, an MGA, an MGB, a Morgan 4/4

... the two highest-performance cars were a '72 Ford Thunderbird with a 429 and 4bbl ... it was an oversized luxurious boat, but when you put your foot down at 70 MPH it seemed like it would never stop accelerating, and would cruise at over 100 without even making a sound.

I also had a '69 GTO convertible with a 400, 4-speed Hurst, 4.11 gears, and air conditioning of all things, with a "reverb" AM-FM radio and the tach in the hood. From 0-60 it was hard to beat, but red-lined in top gear at under 100 MPH because of the rear end ratio.

For the last 10 years I've been driving two Ford Festivas, even though I could probably have just about any car I wanted short of Ferraris and like that. With me, I can't stand to have a "play vehicle" that I don't drive everywhere, and the aforementioned Thunderbird and GTO got about 8 miles to the gallon of gas, whereas the Festiva gets 43 MPG. AND is like driving an A-H Sprite with its 5-speed and fishbowl-like visibility all around.

But I just bought a tractor for the farm here last June, and my commercial lawnmower just blew its engine (indirectly my fault, not the Kawasaki FV design), so my next $10,000 of play money is going to end up in grass-cutting land .... Old fixed-income retired guys can have fun in different ways, but not in EVERY way at once!

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A good friend of mine's dad has a. big, touring class BMW 4 door sedan rotting away in his shed.730 something,I think it is.
I got to drive the thing once and it put the fever into my blood for a long legged euro-ride. Best I've done so far tho is my VW Passat!

I call it my ghetto tourer.

Truth. be told tho, I drive pretty fast when I get to going somewhere besides across town. I've had numerous tickets, but few "points" from *actual* speeding tickets. Mostly they give you these "failure to obey signs or devices" tickets that are expensive but carry zero demerit points. No demerit points either for. camera-tickets in Washington DC or Maryland highway construction zones. I got mine on the back side tho- when my insurance went thru the roof! All this to say that I would almost certainly either lose my license or die if I had a super-charged car under my @$$.

An E type Jag would be er, um, FUN tho. Buddy has a few, he went f r omcollcting MGs and MGB GTs to Jags. I guess one might say he went from the frying pan to the fire.


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Too bad that Festiva doesn't look like a bugeye
Unfortunately my MGBGT was crushed by a dead ash tree this winter. Wounded my barn too but no bikes were harmed
My daughter's RV is now my RV as it was also totaled.


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I can be a car guy too and the two coolest cars that I have owned were a 1971 Datsun 240Z and a 1965 Ford Mustang Coupe, C code V-8.

I loved both cars from childhood and I think I was 22 when I bought the 240Z. It was on the test drive and I felt the quickness with how it got able to climb toward a 100 mph and coupled with the looks of the car and the performance, I made it mine. Traded it for a truck a few years later because I needed one...boo.

My 1965 Mustang was another childhood dream car and I traded my 1974 H-D Sportster for it. It needed a lot of work to be road ready and in doing so, shaped my mechanical know how and experience for the future to include bikes. It was my daily transportation and I spent a lot of time underneath that car, sometimes on a daily basis until I got it right. By the time that I stupidly sold it, it was as reliable as a new car and with the go faster goodies I added to it...a real thrill to drive ! There is no feeling like stomping on the pedal of a performance V-8 and feeling that power, the sound and all that comes with it !

I kick myself in the ass everyday for letting it go facepalm


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Years ago I bought and rebuilt mechanically 68 S Type. It was unbelievable blend of comfort and sport for me back then. More than 200 HP with this great handling ( S type had E Type rear suspension and breaks ) in a country frequented by 25 - 70 HP cars was a revelation
Today Subaru Impreza gives me some sporting trills in a snow, however Japanese version of comfort is far away from it's British version.

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I have had two 240z's, probably my most favorite car I ever owned. My dad bought a '72 in '75 (I was 5), I had so many fond memories of that car that I bought a '72 driver, then a '71 and restored it from the ground up when I was 25. Total by a 16 yo girl who had her license for a whole week. I have always had the fun car while my wife had the sensible one. '49 Studebaker truck, several Corvairs, currently a Land Rover series 2a, '29 Rolls Royce Model Twenty and a '67 Citroen 2CV.


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Two different ends of the spectrum today, at one end of the workshop a 2 door Sierra RS Cosworth and down the other on my hoist a Jowett Javelin. What an atrocious little car!

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....yeah but how many people get to work on those Jowetts? If you don’t have the dross then the sparkly stuff doesn’t stand out.

I’m hearing you about the BMW M series. I had a drive of my old boss’ M3. Wow. What a car.

I’d love a 240Z but they’re outside the budget.

We are lucky in NZ. We’ve been exposed to UK, US, Euro and Japan. We’ve got a lot of cool stuff in a very small space geographically speaking.


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I've owned a few, a '78 Transam with the big little block 400 Chev motor was probably the most cubes. The 2 litre Ford Escort [of late '70's rally fame] was probably the surprise packet, I can remember giving several V8's a big scare, and in the twistiess it was dynamite.

This one is my present car, its now 22 years old, I've had it for 19 of them. Best and fastest car I have ever owned tbh.

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Originally Posted by Lannis
I also had a '69 GTO convertible with a 400, 4-speed Hurst, 4.11 gears, and air conditioning of all things, with a "reverb" AM-FM radio and the tach in the hood. From 0-60 it was hard to beat, but red-lined in top gear at under 100 MPH because of the rear end ratio.
Reminds me of my '68 Tempest with '69 GTO 351 all tricked out, rear end tubbed, 4-on-the-floor, completely unuseable except at the drag strip (that never stopped me) (dang, can't find a photo)

Also had a '75 TransAm 400 but it was a dog with the Quadrajet


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I used to be a car guy and did a lot of drag racing at the track and on the street for money.....Then at 25 in 1972 I decided to use my GI benefits and go to college...Sold my muscle car stuff and bought a beat up 66 Corvair for transportation. Had more fun with that lump. Then came a 650 Triumph and cars didn't interest me all that much.I had a variety of bike along the way but always gravitated back to Triumphs..Then around 1990 I got into vintage hot rod trucks. Not the fancy pants stuff but old school builds with lots of home made parts and modified vintage engine...I sold both my Brit bikes, 53 6T and 55 A10. Both were hand build Bob jobs, a really dumb decision to sell them.....Then sold the old trucks and got Jeeps. Then sold the Jeeps and got back into bikes....Now I find myself looking at old Volvo 544 's and thinking about swapping in some sort of V8......Does it ever end?


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William Lyons was a genius, the 1968 Jaguar XJ6 Series 1 was the finest saloon car in the world, twelve month waiting list for buyers. Quality control became dismal in the British Leyland years frown

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A sublime mix of grace, space and pace. I want one.

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I must be the true odd ball here. I've had 3 "toy" cars over the last 14 years. a 1931 Ford A coupe, a 1951 Packard patrician and a 1959 Edsel. None of them were fast or decent handling cars, but I enjoyed them all.


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Is the Model A "non-standard" ?

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Originally Posted by Dibnah
Is the Model A "non-standard" ?

No, it was a stock 31 coupe with roll down rear window and rumble seat


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Originally Posted by MikeG
I must be the true odd ball here. I've had 3 "toy" cars over the last 14 years. a 1931 Ford A coupe, a 1951 Packard patrician and a 1959 Edsel. None of them were fast or decent handling cars, but I enjoyed them all.
I mentioned old trucks...This is my driveway around 2002...I built all of them from over the 6 years, all were licensed...The 37 Chevy truck had a 1954 302 GMC inline 6 with lots of old school modifcations...I sold then one at ttime over the next few years for no particular reason...

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holy [***] i would have loved that wurlitzer chevrolet.

i remember one in california for sale ablout that time for $1500 but i was poor.

i need one now like a hole in the head but if i saw one for sale i'd hit the retirement money in a heartbeat.


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The Wurlitzer is a 1945 Chevy 2 ton short wheelbase flatbed. It has a non synchro gear box....My wife taught herself to double clutch so she could use it daily during good weather...It had a reasonable cruising speed of 45 mph with 50-55 for short bursts...Motoring along ,the howl of straight cut gears, the metallic hiss from the inline 6 ..........


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Originally Posted by Lannis
a '72 Ford Thunderbird with a 429 and 4bbl ... it was an oversized luxurious boat, but when you put your foot down at 70 MPH it seemed like it would never stop accelerating, and would cruise at over 100 without even making a sound.
Dad had a 70 Marquis with that same engine. It would set you back in the seat and topped out at 130.
I remember cruising down I-40 through Arkansas. I could take my hands off the wheel, stretch and scratch, three miles later and I'm still in my lane.
Mom always had Beetles. Big difference, but more fun to drive. Nothing like second gear in the rain with a rear engine. laugh
I always wanted a 911. Closest I got was a 69 Karmann Ghia. Those engines can be built to about twice the horse power, and with suspension upgrades you really have a poor man's Porsche.


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Originally Posted by DavidP
I always wanted a 911. Closest I got was a 69 Karmann Ghia. Those engines can be built to about twice the horse power, and with suspension upgrades you really have a poor man's Porsche.
Yep, that's the way it's done!


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