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Very cool, but out of the ballpark. The limit is $300k or not much more. Now, another to consider, for the same money as a 458 Spider:



Not the typical Ford GT, this is a GTX1 roadster, with the 700bhp engine package. One of 38 built, only 3 were red. Booooiiingg!
post #302 of 7053
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Very cool, but out of the ballpark. The limit is $300k or not much more.

Why not a spyker c8 aileron? about 275K$ new :

 

post #303 of 7053
The episode of Top Gear where they are giving Jeremy cr@p for buying a Ford GT40 is hilarious.

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The episode of Top Gear where they are giving Jeremy cr@p for buying a Ford GT40 is hilarious.

And that looked like a pretty dirty lap too. Wonder what it could have pulled off with some more finesse. 

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BTW, it appears the boys & girls in Beijing have been busy...

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/09/questions-abound-as-china-unveils-another-stealth-jet/

All I will say is that canted tails and a blended body does not automatically equal stealth...
post #306 of 7053
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

BTW, it appears the boys & girls in Beijing have been busy...
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/09/questions-abound-as-china-unveils-another-stealth-jet/
All I will say is that canted tails and a blended body does not automatically equal stealth...

looks alot like the f-22

post #307 of 7053
Ewww, post-Russian TVR. Ewww. Either get the Tuscan like Swordfish, or the Cerbera (not Speed 12 - well then again, you said impractical). Chameleon paint should be assumed. biggrin.gif

Mmmm, gorgeous Ford. I thought you said no Americans though, lol.
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Ewww, post-Russian TVR. Ewww. Either get the Tuscan like Swordfish, or the Cerbera (not Speed 12 - well then again, you said impractical). Chameleon paint should be assumed. biggrin.gif
Mmmm, gorgeous Ford. I thought you said no Americans though, lol.

I loved Swordfish. Watch that movie on a killer surround system with a kickass subwoofer at a volume just below the pain threshold - it's a religious experience...

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I think if you want to stay under $300K and actually *drive* the thing (and not just pay storage fees while you wait for parts) then you need to stick to one of the marquee brands - Aston, Ferrari, Lambo, etc. At least with those there is *some* hope of actually keeping it running down the road - especially when you consider that you also need it to be US street legal. Now, if price is no object and you just want to truck it around to parking lots and look cool, then Pagani, Koenigsegg, Gumpert, Ascari, etc... tongue.gif
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Lol
post #312 of 7053
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Ewww, post-Russian TVR. Ewww. Either get the Tuscan like Swordfish, or the Cerbera (not Speed 12 - well then again, you said impractical). Chameleon paint should be assumed. biggrin.gif
Mmmm, gorgeous Ford. I thought you said no Americans though, lol.

It's sort of American. It has a Ford badge, and a Ford block, but was designed by the British. Then, an Italian had a German take the GT completely apart, go over everything with a fine-tooth comb, rework the body, and rebuild the engine (adding 150hp, taking out 150lbs, and retuning the exhaust). biggrin.gif

So, the candidates are the 458 Spider, the GTX1, and the Saleen S7 w/ comp pack.



The 458 is ahead by leaps and bounds, though, because: warranty, 7 years free maintenance, service place 10 miles from my house... hmm, I think I'm starting to get practical about this. hahaha Oh well, I don't want to get something that's in the shop more than my garage.
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

I think if you want to stay under $300K and actually *drive* the thing (and not just pay storage fees while you wait for parts) then you need to stick to one of the marquee brands - Aston, Ferrari, Lambo, etc. At least with those there is *some* hope of actually keeping it running down the road - especially when you consider that you also need it to be US street legal. Now, if price is no object and you just want to truck it around to parking lots and look cool, then Pagani, Koenigsegg, Gumpert, Ascari, etc... tongue.gif

Here "street legal" just means that it has tags on it. biggrin.gif They'll register practically anything, as long as you have a title of some kind, VIN, and it has wheels on it. If it isn't in their system, they'll write it up manually and give you a plate, they want the tax money. We have no vehicle inspections, the clerk just looks out the window and asks if all your lights work. Insurance is a little more tricky, for that you have to setup a private bond that meets state liability requirements ($50k). That's a great way to go, actually, as long as you don't have teens. Despite my wife's antics in the MGB, she's a safe driver on the roads and hasn't had an accident involving bodily harm (and I've never had one at all, seriously *knock on wood*). One of the fuel stations next to the airport sells racing fuel, and you can just pump it directly into your car. There's a law against it, but the owners and local police couldn't care less. Emissions standards? What are those? Heh.
post #314 of 7053
I'll bet you can also buy any gun you want...

Not quite the same out here in the People's Republic of Kalifornia...
post #315 of 7053
After reading through this thread, i've realized something, something both simple and complicated: I want a girl to spend Saturday evening listening to music with. She doesn't have to give 2 craps about the gear, because I budget fairly well, but she has to love the music.



As for the cars, i'm speechlessly jealous of the choices you have
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