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Classic Car choice and why

Old 17th Jan 2021, 17:39
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1982 Merc 380SEC
1986 Merc 560SL
both currently licensed and running.

I did like my 1962 Alfa 2600, and was thinking of getting another. But then I remembered that the engine quit whenever I ran through a puddle, and the heater didn't work if it was cold outside.
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Old 17th Jan 2021, 18:22
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I am reminded of an oil commercial from the 70s:

"Do you drive a "G"
A TR4?
Sprite, Spitfire, or something more
Expensive and big-dealy
A Mustang or a Healey?
Or is it even fancier,
An E-Type or a Lancia?
Well if it is, or if it's not,
With Mobil Top Performance,
You get the best from what you've got."
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Old 17th Jan 2021, 18:24
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I would happily give up my wife, 2 children 3 Grandchildren and the dog to get ( back) a Escort Cosworth. ..well maybe not the dog....
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Old 17th Jan 2021, 18:58
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Cannot believe I'm the first to want a Mini Cooper "S" again -- with full Paddy Hopkirk control modifications and some BMC Special Tuning work under the bonnet. Mine also had a works reclining driver's seat and a works (ie heavy) sump-guard for rallies.

Already have a classic motorcycle, a Moto Morini 500 -- in pieces for the last 30 years.

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Old 17th Jan 2021, 19:00
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I'd love an XK150 but I owned a XK140 and it was a truly awful car. Fast, and maybe stylish, for the time but it was a b*tch to drive, over heavy and unreliable.
I love the E Type from outside, again one of the most stylish cars of it's generation, but it was a pain in the wet and there was no room inside compared to its size.
I had several MGBs. I thought they were the bee's knees at the time especially the room inside after the MGA but one of my kids had one about five years ago. Compared to anything today it was so tight for room, (and I am the same weight today I was then,) I was shocked. Its shape is also a bit generic. I think perhaps the MGA is more distinctive.

My best friend had a Jensen Interceptor, about five years old at the time, and the front end hunted so badly he had to slow down when meeting anything except a motor bike on a two lane road for fear of hitting it head on. Apart from that it was nice.

I can't imagine wanting a classic car as a daily driver. MrsVj has had 3 Hondas Civics in the last nine years. None of them have anything more than routine maintenance, never need oil or coolant between services and are far more roomy and comfortable than almost anything from vintage years.

A friend worked for Rolls Royce and drove a Bentley Continental fastback when they were current. It was fabulous at the time but ten years later a Jaguar Mk 10 was just as fast and quieter. Ten years after than so was a mid size Ford.

I never had an XK150, or an Austin Healy 3,000 Mk11 or my then fave, a Maserati Mistrale, I wanted them all so badly back then and so many others but I would only have them now to put in a garage to look at and drive out on sunny Sundays.

One other thing. When I have bought new cars I have each time promised myself this would be the car I would look after, service regularly and maintain like new. It never turns out that way. Perhaps I am not the person who should have a classic car!
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Old 17th Jan 2021, 19:03
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Kiltrash,

Get the Cosworth and maybe your wife will arrange the rest, except the dog.
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Old 17th Jan 2021, 19:15
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Capri 2.8 litre Injection. I used to drool over them in the early eighties.
My stepfather had a wire wheel MGB GT - a beautiful car and my second choice.
A friend had a Triumph Spitfire - bloody awful thing.
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Old 17th Jan 2021, 19:40
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Originally Posted by goofer3 View Post
From Bangers & Cash, series 3 episode 1 I believe. Oct'2020."An Interceptor was the star vehicle as Bangers And Cash (Yesterday) returned. Car dealer Derek Mathewson, whose showroom in Thornton-le-Dale, Yorkshire, is the headquarters for this amiable auto series, found a well-preserved model stored in a barn.

Glamour cars of the Sixties and Seventies have quadrupled in price over the past decade, as investors moved into the vintage car market. Derek reckoned a prime Jensen could fetch 25,000, though this one didn't actually run a bit of a problem with Interceptors, he said, compared to an E-Type Jaguar, for example....

Derek's soft spot for the Interceptor proved his undoing though. Nobody wanted it.

Never mind the 25k price tag who can afford to drive a car that does just 11 miles to the gallon?"
11 mpg? The way things are going, 50 will take me through till Christmas. And think about how good it will look on the drive (and how much time you've got to look at it...)
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Old 17th Jan 2021, 19:47
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I would love tp drive through the autumn of my life in a Bentley Arnage. 25.000 would procure a low mileage example and I have my own personal registration that would hide it's age. It would cost a bomb just for an insurance and annual service but the fuel bills for the driving I would do would not be a problem.

Nowhere to put it. One really need a mansion with a fair amount of ground.
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Old 17th Jan 2021, 19:48
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I once bought an Interceptor for four hundred quid. The owner could only run to third party insurance and he crashed it. It was only the front wing and lamp and I sold it on straight away. I did drive it briefly and was fairly unimpressed with it's performance it didn't seem any quicker than the hot hatches of the day.

I know it's personal but how can anybody prefer the lines of an Interceptor to those of an Austin Healey 3000?
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Old 17th Jan 2021, 19:58
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I’d still go back to the car I passed my driving test in, forty six years ago. A straightforward Morris 1000 Traveller, simply because of its character. My wife won’t consider one though; she owned that same car and it met its untimely end when a front suspension leg swivel popped, the now well documented “broken leg” syndrome. It blocked a busy crossroads and half a dozen lorry drivers decided they’d help her out by dragging it to the side of the road. In the process they ripped off both front wings, putting it behind economic repair as it was already very rusty.

I went to buy a car two years ago and in the lockup the proprietor had a pristine, better than new, restored example in Dove grey. He’d just taken it in part exchange for something more exotic he’d sold. I was very, very keen to buy it instead of the car I’d actually gone to look at. My wife got very annoyed when I showed interest in the Moggy and in any case, it wouldn't have been practical as a daily motorway car. It was also more expensive! So I let it stay.

Although I’m a keen diy mechanic (or possibly because of that) these days I have no desire to own anything more exotic.
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Old 17th Jan 2021, 20:01
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I would not spend any money on a 'classic' in the anti 'ICE' engine climate at the moment.
We do have a sort of a classic LOL
It is a 2005 Suzi Grand Vitara 1.6 Auto (for my kernackered knees).
It is relatively simple,it has a North/South engine with loads of space around it (and no plasticky engine cover).
Hey it even has a viscous coupling engine driven cooling fan
It does classic car mpg (around 30 mpg) but we do not do many miles in it - it is our little toy .

Many moons ago I had a 1964 MGB Ragtop (3 bearing crank 'B' series engine) which was a delight to drive - especially in 1976 with the top down
I never liked the MGB GT quite so much as I thought they were a little noisy inside.
I always loved that MGB 'Burble' exhaust note
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Old 17th Jan 2021, 20:21
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Ford GT 40.

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Old 17th Jan 2021, 21:18
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I did seriously consider buying an Interceptor many years ago, but it would have to have been an FF and by budget simply wouldn’t stretch to it.

I did run a Lotus Europa JPS for about 10 years before I couldn’t justif6 the garage bills an more. Don’t think I could get in and out as easily any more these days...

I wouldn’t refuse a Dodge Vioer and bugger the motor mileage. I turned down the offer to buy one second hand in Dubai back in 1999 because it didn’t have air conditioning. Undoubtedly a wise move at the time but I’ve regretted it ever since.
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Old 17th Jan 2021, 21:34
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Old 17th Jan 2021, 21:35
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There is a company selling newly built E Type Jaguars which might be a better option than something from the 1960s.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/eagle/e-type
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Old 17th Jan 2021, 22:07
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Originally Posted by capngrog View Post
Ford GT 40.
That would be on my short list as well - there was a company in Connecticut that made high quality replica kits, I spent a lot of time dreaming about how I could pull that off.
I've also thought about an MG TD - a buddy of mine when I was an undergrad in college had one and I thought.. it was seriously cool, even in the mid 1970s. Plus I like the name ...

But first on the list would be a 1967 Pontiac GTO - preferably a convertible. My very first car was a 1967 Pontiac Tempest - same body but without the hot powertrain - and I really loved that car. I fixed it up and a lot of people thought it was a GTO. That being said, I had a couple friends that had GTO's from that era and they nightmares to keep running right - so forget one of those number matching originals. I'd want a 'resto mod' - vintage body with modern mechanicals.
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Old 17th Jan 2021, 22:24
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Had a new one in 1966 and then the children appeared. Never did find out how or why - and then 35 years ago got this one and have done over 200k miles in it all over the place. What fun it is.



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Old 17th Jan 2021, 22:44
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Originally Posted by krismiler View Post
There is a company selling newly built E Type Jaguars which might be a better option than something from the 1960s.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/eagle/e-type
Did you notice the price? I'd love a nice E Type, but for a million dollars there are a whole bunch of other cars I'd rather have.
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Old 17th Jan 2021, 22:49
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I always liked the Elan but whenever I see one now I am always amazed at how small it is.
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