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OK - you confirmed what I have always believed. You need to REALLY love the car if you are paying for the original restoration & mods. I'm positive my neighbor is in exactly that situation. He had wanted a tricked-out '49 Ford since he was 15 years old - so, now in his 60s, he had one built. It's a real beauty - inside, outside & under the hood. I have no doubt he spent a fortune on it - but darn it, if you've waited that long for something, and you can afford it, then I say investment value be d@mned - fulfill your dreams!! cool.gif

It's a thing of passion, not reason. Unless you're dealing with the restoration of a real classic, the money you put into fixing up a car will never be "profitable". That's okay though, not all things like that need to be investments.
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Just watched episode 2 of Top gear Season 20 and I have to say, top gear has grown up......

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The Taxi race was hilarious and entertaining, as an Indian I can attest that the HM Ambassador is built to survive a nuclear blast.
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The Taxi race was hilarious and entertaining, as an Indian I can attest that the HM Ambassador is built to survive a nuclear blast.

Watching this episode made me think of episodes from 5 years ago, when I was really young.....

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top gear has grown up......

Quick, call Ripley.........    You know, Believe-It-Or-Not.........

 

http://www.ripleys.com/

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Got the car business with the dealership wrapped up, now I just have one more to hopefully finish in the morning... then I can go to see my buddy Ahmed in Long Island (where I bought the 458) and check out what he has there. I didn't want to come to New York, I knew this would happen. tongue.gif
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I'll stick to four wheels....blink.gif

 

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Good grief - that's a little like strapping an ICBM to your @ss and lighting the fuse... eek.gif
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Am I the only gearhead in the world who didn't know that the submarine actually functioned?

 

I saw the article Jalopnik posted about the auction last week, and was astounded to learn that the thing was real.

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The movie submarine car (and the Top Gear recreation) look like they are both more practical AND cheaper this thing - which, in addition to being a very stupid video, really makes no bloody sense at all:

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Am I the only gearhead in the world who didn't know that the submarine actually functioned?

I saw the article Jalopnik posted about the auction last week, and was astounded to learn that the thing was real.

That is epicly cool. I'm guessing it'll go for 1.5-2M? Since it actually works, that could be the ultimate movie vehicle to get, right after the original George Barris Batmobile.
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Magick should get an amphibious car and drive to visit Australia biggrin.gif

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Or as a ferry vehicle to cross a moat around his property. Sort of like the River Styx...



Don't forget your penny for the boatman!
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When did I build a moat? We're putting up a big wall, but I'm pretty sure there's no moat. tongue.gif


Heading back home, thank God, New York is okay but it's far too crowded and busy for me. I'm glad I wasn't driving, I let my minion handle it and she got me a car and driver while I was here (a Merc S550), and it wasn't too much more than using cabs (I figured it up) but a hell of alot cleaner and more personable. Beat the hell out of renting a car and driving myself around the city, that's for sure. The driver was a hoot, the young guy worked really hard to anticipate my needs and help me with anything (knew the entire city like the back of his hand), though trying to set me up with a "date" was probably a little too much. He asked if I was married, I told him "sure am", and then he asked if I preferred blondes or redheads. LOL! I said, "I don't fool around with anyone but my wife". Guy shakes his head, "Sir, you have no idea how rare you are." rolleyes.gif Even hooked me up with some great gifts for my wife at a jewelry shop in Greenwich Village, it had the most impressive gothic assortment I've ever seen, it wasn't until we were back in the car and on to my next appointment that I found out that the place was kind of famous/infamous (Catherine Angiel). Oh well, what I bought was nice.

Visiting Ahmed was awesome, he's simply fraking hilarious. For those who didn't read the 458 posts, he loves to hurl insults while you're car shopping. I'm sure it's not for everyone, some have thin skin, but I had a ball. It's as close to haggling in a Middle Eastern bazaar as you can get in the USA. He really appreciated me going along with it.

"What do you know about cars, Lefty, I thought you drove camels?" (Essentially called him a thief and camel jockey in one sentence, I'm proud of that one.)
"May your jewels shrivel and turn green, you ignorant pale devil!"

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