Thursday, September 15, 2016

Thursday Twister: Dream Car


This week the Thursday Twister is simple.  What is your dream car?  Any car, any price, anywhere in the world.  Would you get some new hyper car with some whiz-bang gadgetry or some over-inflated classic from the past?


While I'd love to take a Bugatti Chiron out to a Texas standing mile competition, or drive a Ferrari 488 GTO on Monza in anger...but there is something intoxicating about old cars, particularly those that have been re-invigorated with some new tech and a good restoration.  Folks like Singer and Icon will do it for a few hundred thousand, but I think with my fake money I'll buy an E-Type restomod built by Eagle.

What would you buy?



39 comments:

  1. [image src="http://thevettenet.com/corvette-news/wp-content/plugins/wp-o-matic/cache/de0c9_323_1308686919_0.jpg" width="400px"/]
    With this being Daily Turismo, I'd want something I could live with every day. For me, the choice is simple; 1967 Corvette convertible, 327, 350HP (suitably massaged to bring that old gross number up to at least that much to the rear wheels. Options will include a 4spd, 4wheel power disc brakes, electric windows, telescoping steering wheel, AM/FM radio, factory A/C and factory hardtop. Has to be Marina blue, with blue or white interior. The '67 has all the safety bits that were mandated that year as well as a proper 'tween-the-seats' e-brake. The 327 is less fuel thirsty and more balanced than the 427 making it a lot more usable as a daily driver. There are tons of other cars that I would love to own, but for everyday all purpose, do anything with total ease of maintenance, that's the one for me. Finally, a second set of wheels and tires in the garage for occasional cone-dodging sunday fun.
    Then, I would suitably motivated to clean out our garage so that it has a proper place to park in this paint and vinyl killing CA sun.

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  2. good one HB - easy choice for me too - W126 coupe, i don't care which engine or even the color, but i'm going to send it to some old school German mechanic to put a proper stick in the damn thing - then it will truly be the best car ever made

    ok, the blue
    [image src="http://autopult.hu/galeria/1106teszt/560sec/0616_560sec_15_medium.jpg" width="400px"/]

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    1. Got a cheapie for you - http://anchorage.craigslist.org/cto/5763147009.html

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    2. let's see...

      - shipping from Anchorage to Baden-W├╝rttemberg
      - paint job, coz it ain't gonna be mustard
      - wheels look good
      - interior?

      at least it's not all wide-bodied and lowered and whatever, yeesh

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  3. Tough question. I do like your lightweight E-type proclivities. I'm also tempted by a Triumph Italia or Honda S800M Coupe, either in a nice silver for some strange reason.

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  4. That Eagle E-Type could be the most beautiful car ever made. That said, for me, the Singer is perfect because one could drive it all day everyday and leave it in the parking lot without worrying about it too much. The people who don't know won't know and won't care because it's just "another 911." But it is achingly beautiful, and it does everything you would ever want a car to do for you in the classiest way possible. For me, a Singer in Gulf oil blue and orange livery is simply tops.

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    1. Singer... hmm... yep, does everything including fly - doesn't look much like a 911 though
      [image src="http://i.imgur.com/hG6g7o4.jpg" width="400px"/]

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    2. although... the slope-y back, bugeye headlights - yeah, i sorta see it ;)

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  5. If we are dreaming with no limitations, then I will have a Tipo 33 Stradale, please.

    [image src="https://i.wheelsage.org/pictures/a/alfa_romeo/tipo_33/alfa_romeo_tipo_33_stradale_2.jpg" width="400px"/]

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    1. The Alfa Tipo 33 is my usual go to in this type of dream car discussion but since you beat me to it i would also accept this:
      Porsche 904
      [image src="http://www.topcarrating.com/porsche/1963-porsche-904-carrera-gts-5.jpg" width="400px"/]

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  6. Aston Martin DB5. I know it's impractical and probably drives like crap compared to something newer but I watched too much James Bond growing up! :D

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  7. So hard to pick one but I have always been fond of the Lusso

    [image src="https://suwalls.com/cars/ferrari-250-gt-lusso-44981/" width="400px"/]

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    1. If I can't even get the posting correct I will most likely never be smart enough to own one
      [image src="http://upscalelivingmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Ferrari-250-GT-Berlinetta-Lusso-photo-2.jpg" width="400px"/]

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  8. The answer is always Miura.
    Actually an Espada would be more practical, what with there being a seat for ride ride along mechanic.

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  9. So...damn...many...

    Miura is a fantastic choice, as are the Singer and the Eagle. As for KBZ' w126, I think MB has a bespoke restoration division that woukd make it better than new. Stratos, maybe? 507? P4?

    One car to rule them all... Mr. Eddy's w116 from Lost Highway. Mechanical excellence and one thousand four hundred horsepower.

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    1. MB bespoke restoration, you say? - bing says... Mercedes Classic - OK, i'm speechless

      i was familiar with the KWE Jaguars which we have talked about here a couple of times - a "better than new", custom spec XJS is also very appealing

      then there's a Maserati Bora, hmmm...
      [image src="http://tominiclassics.com/contentfiles/collections/left-view_11.jpg" width="500px"/]

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    2. I have a feeling I wouldn't sleep well at night if I was driving Mr. Eddy's car.

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  10. I don't care how horrible of a car it must be to drive or live with, but I want the one car that adorned my bedroom walls as a child:

    [image src="http://thumbs1.picclick.com/d/l400/pict/380938310080_/REVELL-Lamborghini-Diablo-VT-124-Car-Plastic-Model.jpg" width="400px"/]

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  11. Toyota 2000GT, KPGC10 Skyline GT-R and an L10B Mazda Cosmos

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  12. No one said it had to be a street car...I'll take the Mazda please!
    https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--U9Y9qv-U--/18n1xdxpv24unjpg.jpg

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  13. Man, what a question. Hard to answer, but it's a fight for the top spot between these two.

    1969/70 Lamborghini Miura - At every angle, the lines of this car are simply beautiful both inside and out. The story of this car is cool as well. Being a resto mod fan (properly done of course), I would want to modernize some of it so I could drive it A LOT.
    [image src="http://www.lstd.com/images/lamborghini_miura_black_400.jpg" width="500px"/]

    Fighting for the top spot is also the amazingly done, resto modded 1950 Mercury from the Stallone flick "Cobra" and I've loved that car since I first saw it. Yeah, two totally different rides, but ya know......

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  14. I would have to wade in with a Maserati Ghilbi SS Spyder (I think only 25 were made). Lovely car.

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  15. LE50!
    http://www.frontlinedevelopments.com/vehicle/mg-le50/

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  16. Since we're just dreaming, I'd choose Bruce McClaren's original GT mule that he was sorting out/designing when he bit the bullet at Goodwood (not in this car, one of his other creations).

    The M6 GT, known affectionately to McLaren fanatics as "The OBH":

    [image src="http://wordpress.carthrottle.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/5244019-654-0.jpg" width="400px"/]

    PS There were a few copies made from extra bodies (Trajan had them). They are, as can be expected, quite pricey.

    Bodies are fiberglass and they all have racing suspensions (and no mufflers). So not the most practical daily tourismo.

    But what the heck. I just love this car.

    -Stan (the *other* Stan...)

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    1. Bruce in front of his home (the M6 GT was Bruce's daily tourismo):

      [image src="http://gearheads.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/0040007036.jpg" width="400px"/]

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  17. Porsche 550 Spyder, ideally James Dean's Little Bastard.

    Or James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger.

    Yeah, movies. I would go 1000% over-inflated Hollywood.

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  18. When I was a child I would have said The General Lee, which I've had for 20 yrs (not in that paint scheme), so no dream anymore. When I was a kid, just learning to drive I would have said Porsche 928 S4. Very affordable now, but I couldn't afford the mechanic bills. In my 20's I would have said a 1971 Hemi Cuda Convertible 4-speed. Still lusting over that. Later I shifted to the 69 Miura as many have mentioned above, and lately I've started falling for the 69 Alfa Romeo Ghibli. The Ghibli being possibly realistic with a 2nd mortgage or inheritance. The Hemi Cuda & Miura are in the stratosphere, thus actual dream cars.

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  19. Doesn't anyone want to drive a classic Benz with modern AMG power? Mechatronik all the way please

    It's a what?

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  20. For me it would have to be the McClaren F1. Probably no other car in history was so far ahead of the curve for so long. And the centre seating position!i simply can't imagine what it would be like to show up in a vintage car and blow most modern-day supercars away.

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    1. Err.. That should read McLaren of course.

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    2. Err.. That should read McLaren of course.

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    3. Bwahahahaha... I made the same typo w/McLaren. LMAO!

      -Stan (maybe not the other Stan...)

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  21. 1968 Citroen DS with a Subaru 6-cylinder engine, to create the drivetrain it was originally designed to have.

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    1. we need to redo this twister with more specific categories - stock / minimal mods / serious mods / track / la la land

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