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Look what someone did to this poor, defenseless Diablo...
http://www.exoticsportscarz.com/2001_Lamborghini_Diablo_Pompano%20Beach_FL_122177770.veh

Good grief, it looks like someone went to Lowes and bought ABS sewer pipe to craft that "ram air" system.

And who puts a "block rockin' beats" stereo system in a car like that? I wouldn't want to hear 12" subs in a car with a V12 engine in it.....confused_face(1).gif

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Ghetto Diablo, for sure. confused_face_2.gif
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My son & I just got back from the Mullin Museum. Awesome place! It isn't very big, and there really aren't that many cars - but the cars they have are simply unbelievable! Their shtick is European art deco designs from the 30s - Bugatti, Talbot, Delahaye and in a special limited-time display, Avions Voisin. Many of their cars have been multi-time Concours winners at Pebble Beach.

These are truly beautiful cars that also happen to be engineering masterpieces. When you read the descriptions of the cars, it's hard to believe this level of technology was imployed in the 1930s: superchargers, hydraulic brakes, hemi heads, DOHC, independent front suspension, etc, etc - some of these cars were decades ahead of the mainstream auto mfrs.

My son's favorite car - a 1948 Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe. 1 of 36 built. Has an inline 6 Aluminum engine producing 194 bhp.




My favorite car - 1939 Delahye Type 165 Cabriolet. 1 of 6 produced with a V12 engine. It was originally built for display at the 1939 New York World's Fair. It was impounded by US Customs because of some hassle associated with WW II. It was later sold at auction and after changing hands a few times, ended up being owned by a tow truck driver in Fresno, CA!

One of the centerpieces of the museum - 1938 Talbot Lago Tisocs "Goutte D'Eau"


They actually have more Bugatti vehicles than I have ever seen in one location - and then you read the display tags and they say "1 of 10 produced", "1 of 4 produced", etc, etc. Upstairs they have about a dozen Grand Prix race cars from the 20s and 30s. Can you imagine going 150 MPH a couple of feet from another car, with you head & arms 12-18 inches from a spinning rear tire, and no seat belts? eek.gif

If you are ever in Ventura County, CA, and you have 2 hours to kill, I *highly* recommend the Mullin Automotive Museum!

Wow, what a fantastic place ! I've read about it, but I never though that it could be that great...

 

If you like that kind of car you should google "Figoni et Falaschi".

 

So sad though that many of them aren't in their home country anymore.

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1500 miles is a little far to go for a test drive... tongue.gif

Its not too bad :P I would love a 9000 dollar ISF though....... sadly I live in Australia where there is Tax and people on their P plates cant drive anything with 8 cylinders frown.gif

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Its not too bad :P I would love a 9000 dollar ISF though....... sadly I live in Australia where there is Tax and people on their P plates cant drive anything with 8 cylinders frown.gif

As I recall, the traffic around Sydney was fairly heavy - and when I got out of the city, the roads were fairly narrow and a little twisty. I didn't drive a lot while I was there - really just around Sydney and then farther North around Cairns. I would imagine it is quite different away from the tourist areas.

And to a much earlier question - yes, in California a teen can get a driver's permit at 15.5 years old, after passing a written test, that will allow them to drive with someone over the age of 25. At 16, after taking a few hours of driving instruction, they can take a driving test and get their driver's license. This is a restricted license that allows them to drive alone or with parents or an adult over 25, but not with only other teens, for the first 12 months. In practice, this restriction is universally ignored unless you are stopped by a cop for something else (like speeding). There are no special plates for the cars, so there is no way a cop would know whether you are 16 and just got your license or 17 and have been driving for a year.

The idea of having different plates & restrictions for cars that have 8 or more cylinders is ludicrous. Do they really think teens are any safer in a 4 cylinder car than in an 8 cylinder car? I would like to see the accident statistics supporting that conclusion... rolleyes.gif
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Yeah, academics can be nuts.

 

I can't get over people losing their licence for 30 years, and they're still driving on the roads.

 

Do the authorities really believe that taking someone's driving licence will keep them off the roads?

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Yeah, academics can be nuts.

 

I can't get over people losing their licence for 30 years, and they're still driving on the roads.

 

Do the authorities really believe that taking someone's driving licence will keep them off the roads?

16 or 17 years ago, in my youthful stupidity, I got a DWI, and ended up losing my license. For the next ~8 years, when I was not licensed(although my fines and all that were taken care of) I still drove all the time, usually in my bosses' vehicles (not drinking, of course). So no, it doesn't keep people off the roads. 

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As I recall, the traffic around Sydney was fairly heavy - and when I got out of the city, the roads were fairly narrow and a little twisty. I didn't drive a lot while I was there - really just around Sydney and then farther North around Cairns. I would imagine it is quite different away from the tourist areas.

And to a much earlier question - yes, in California a teen can get a driver's permit at 15.5 years old, after passing a written test, that will allow them to drive with someone over the age of 25. At 16, after taking a few hours of driving instruction, they can take a driving test and get their driver's license. This is a restricted license that allows them to drive alone or with parents or an adult over 25, but not with only other teens, for the first 12 months. In practice, this restriction is universally ignored unless you are stopped by a cop for something else (like speeding). There are no special plates for the cars, so there is no way a cop would know whether you are 16 and just got your license or 17 and have been driving for a year.

The idea of having different plates & restrictions for cars that have 8 or more cylinders is ludicrous. Do they really think teens are any safer in a 4 cylinder car than in an 8 cylinder car? I would like to see the accident statistics supporting that conclusion... rolleyes.gif

It gets worse, in most Western countries it's nearly impossible for anyone to have more than just a couple cars, even for a collection, due to the stratospheric taxation on multiple vehicles. My wife and I can only drive 2 cars at a time, why should I pay such a monstrous tax on 30+ vehicles? Here I just pay for my historic/antique car plate and I'm on my way, the Countach now has historic plates: HA86TORO. biggrin.gif

I agree, what does it matter if it has 8cyls? Many modern 8cyl sports cars are more efficient (and have better emissions) than most 10-15 y/o compacts. Sounds like more of the "tax the wealthy into oblivion" garbage. rolleyes.gif
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It gets worse, in most Western countries it's nearly impossible for anyone to have more than just a couple cars, even for a collection, due to the stratospheric taxation on multiple vehicles. My wife and I can only drive 2 cars at a time, why should I pay such a monstrous tax on 30+ vehicles? Here I just pay for my historic/antique car plate and I'm on my way, the Countach now has historic plates: HA86TORO. biggrin.gif

 

I never knew about this. I always figured the insurance coverage would be the biggest drawback of a big collection....lol.

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I never knew about this. I always figured the insurance coverage would be the biggest drawback of a big collection....lol.

I'm self-insured for liability on all my cars with historic/antique plates and I keep insurance on the contents of my private garage, as an extension of my homeowner's policy (to cover possible comprehensive/act of God circumstances), since they aren't driven as often. It's much, much less expensive. If I wreck a classic car while out driving it, God forbid, I can pay for the cost of repairs out of the tax-exempt trust I pay into each month (in lieu of paying those outrageous premiums). Essentially, I'm paying myself for my collection, and by filing it as a NPO I get the same exemptions and benefits as a museum or historic property. This Spring and Summer I'm loaning out a couple of my cars to a local automotive museum for them to show, and I plan on rotating them out every 6 months or so. That way the public can enjoy them too, on a limited basis.
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Insurance is another scam in the Republic of Kalifornia. From the CA DMV web site:

What Are the Minimum Liability Insurance Requirements for Private Passenger Vehicles (California Insurance Code §11580.1b)?

  • $15,000 for injury/death to one person.
  • $30,000 for injury/death to more than one person.
  • $5,000 for damage to property.

Liability insurance compensates a person other than the policy holder for personal injury or property damage. Comprehensive or collision insurance does not meet vehicle financial responsibility requirements.

What Are the Types of Financial Responsibility?
  • Motor vehicle liability insurance policy.
  • Cash deposit of $35,000 with DMV.
  • DMV-issued self-insurance certificate.
  • Surety bond for $35,000 from a company licensed to do business in California.

You have to prove you have insurance whenever you register the vehicle and also whenever you are pulled over by a cop. Failure to show your insurance card is a violation of the vehicle code and you will get a ticket and your vehicle registration will be suspended. Driving a car with a suspended registration will get you a fine AND they can impound your car.

Gee - guess who lobbied to pass this law? Surprise, surprise - it was the big auto insurance companies, who then had to be ordered not to gouge previously uninsured motorists, and who continue to fight to pass laws to remove the the restrictions... rolleyes.gif
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We have to carry POI around too, I printed out some papers with my lawyer's number and details about the "policy", to show that I meet the state requirement.

I wish Obob was still here, he'd get a kick out of what I'm working to get now. frown.gif This guy I know named "Bill Nahorn" (get it? NHRN?) got in touch with me about buying a car, overseas, with a colorfully checkered past.

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It was, at one time, abandoned in Qatar, and before then driven in Beirut:



Well now it's sitting in Abu Dhabi, cleaned up, never been titled, with only 600 miles on it.

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Is that an XJ220?

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Yes it is. Big ol' behemoth.
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Dont think, just buy on this one.

 

I have seen a doco on this very car and the story behind it and how it came to be abandoned,

 

Pretty sure you can get Jaguar to restore it back to factory. This was a right Ol' Monster and every good collection should have one.

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