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My Dad taught me that the best way to negotiate is not to negotiate. I see that my Dad was right again... biggrin.gif

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpsYJrGb_yI

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His initial response was "this is a rare car", to wit I replied "only if you consider one of 6000 to be a rarity". It's a lot like those C3 Indy pace car edition `vettes I see at every auction, the ones that people squirreled away thinking they'd be worth a million $ one day (GM made 7500 of them). With those, it's "rare" to find one that's actually been driven more than 100 miles and isn't still wrapped in plastic. rolleyes.gif They're now finally worth as much as their original MSRP! Nice investment. LOL
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Okay. We've been working on the cars that came in from Monterey, some standouts are:

The E30 M3 Sport Evo. Damn that's a sweet car, and it's been so well taken care of it's almost like a time capsule. You'd never guess it's 23 years old because it feels like it's practically new. In modern terms its 235bhp would seem anemic, but it isn't by a long stretch. The shifter is absolute perfection and the pedal box is a heel and toe driver's dream come true. After its checkup I took it out for a quick 10 minute jog and ended up gone for over 2 hours, giving it a workout on the Blue Ridge mountain roads, and it was like an excited puppy wanting to run and play all day long. I can immediately sense the DNA it shares with its bigger brother, the E28 M5. Now that I've driven most of the M cars, with the notable exception of the famous M1, I'm comfortable in saying that those two are the best of the lot. There's a purity and feel to them that places them above their younger family members. They don't need driver aids and governing nannies because they were built with all the mechanical genius and analog precision that they required, then it was the driver's turn to do something with them.

The recent 1M coupe is made from that mold, but it's heavier and a little daft and clumsy in comparison. It's still an amazing car, better than the other recent Ms, but it isn't what they were and I don't think any new car can be, government regulations and the erosion of manual gearbox driving skills have insured that we almost certainly will never see their like again, and that's a sad, sad thing. Go out now, buy an E28 or E30, M or not (depending on your budget), and enjoy the hell out of it, because they truly are a breed apart and soon you won't be able to lay hands on one without selling vital organs or mortgaging your home. redface.gif





[TBC...]
Edited by Magick Man - 9/10/13 at 12:24am
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JesuMaria, pressure from a forum, what next??:)

Meh Im too used to it now..... 

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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

Never is a long time - you're young, there's plenty of time. I have high expectations for you - you might become a continent-hopping business mogul or celebrity that can buy & sell at the snap of your fingers. Try not to disappoint me...

 

:biggrin:

post #4370 of 9498
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

Okay. We've been working on the cars that came in from Monterey, some standouts are:

The E30 M3 Sport Evo. Damn that's a sweet car, and it's been so well taken care of it's almost like a time capsule. You'd never guess it's 23 years old because it feels like it's practically new. In modern terms its 235bhp would seem anemic, but it isn't by a long stretch. The shifter is absolute perfection and the pedal box is a heel and toe driver's dream come true. After its checkup I took it out for a quick 10 minute jog and ended up gone for over 2 hours, giving it a workout on the Blue Ridge mountain roads, and it was like an excited puppy wanting to run and play all day long. I can immediately sense the DNA it shares with its bigger brother, the E28 M5. Now that I've driven most of the M cars, with the notable exception of the famous M1, I'm comfortable in saying that those two are the best of the lot. There's a purity and feel to them that places them above their younger family members. They don't need driver aids and governing nannies because they were built with all the mechanical genius and analog precision that they required, then it was the driver's turn to do something with them.

The recent 1M coupe is made from that mold, but it's heavier and a little daft and clumsy in comparison. It's still an amazing car, better than the other recent Ms, but it isn't what they were and I don't think any new car can be, government regulations and the erosion of manual gearbox driving skills have insured that we almost certainly will never see their like again, and that's a sad, sad thing. Go out now, buy an E28 or E30, M or not (depending on your budget), and enjoy the hell out of it, because they truly are a breed apart and soon you won't be able to lay hands on one without selling vital organs or mortgaging your home. redface.gif





[TBC...]

 

 

How'd you manage to miss out on the M1? There must be one around somewhere that hasn't been flogged to smithereens. Between that and an Esprit, I would consider the M1 a must have.

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How'd you manage to miss out on the M1? There must be one around somewhere that hasn't been flogged to smithereens. Between that and an Esprit, I would consider the M1 a must have.

I know, but I can't find one for under 250k that hasn't been thoroughly abused, and I think that's too much for curiosity (and they're all on the Left coast). I want to drive one first.


Got a... strange call. The cars from the ME will be here later this week, that's the good news, but I really feel sorry for this guy that called (obviously from the ship, and he had a very thick Arabic accent). Apparently the insurance company that I filed a claim with for the value of the cars, in case anything bad happens to them in transit, hired some fella to ride along with the container ship to keep an eye on them. Bugger... that's a month, on a ship that has zero entertainment and only the most basic of necessities, for likely as little pay as the company can get away with. The whole time spent watching a pair of containers. I honestly feel horrible for the guy. eek.gif
Edited by Magick Man - 9/10/13 at 4:49pm
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On the other hand, it might be better than watching goats, or whatever the guy's other career options might have been. I think you might be surprised what amenities that have on those big container ships. Hell, they might have satellite Internet and TV!

I saw "Olympus has Fallen" as the movie on my flight to Dallas. Even setting aside the fact that the hero is Scottish, not American, the movie had holes big enough to drive a truck through. A "feel good" rah-rah movie that fails miserably.
Edited by billybob_jcv - 9/10/13 at 5:25pm
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You're giving Hollywood too much credit billybob.
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I know, but I can't find one for under 250k that hasn't been thoroughly abused, and I think that's too much for curiosity (and they're all on the Left coast). I want to drive one first.

Got a... strange call. The cars from the ME will be here later this week, that's the good news, but I really feel sorry for this guy that called (obviously from the ship, and he had a very thick Arabic accent). Apparently the insurance company that I filed a claim with for the value of the cars, in case anything bad happens to them in transit, hired some fella to ride along with the container ship to keep an eye on them. Bugger... that's a month, on a ship that has zero entertainment and only the most basic of necessities, for likely as little pay as the company can get away with. The whole time spent watching a pair of containers. I honestly feel horrible for the guy. eek.gif

Most M1's found their way onto a track at one time or another and usually at the hands of a terribly inept pilot. I have first hand experience with that and man it makes you cry. Do you see them appreciating in a big way in the future?

 

Poor bugger on the ship. Most likely doesn't drink so cant even get away with the rum ration. I wonder what that job pays and how they get him home?

 

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On the other hand, it might be better than watching goats, or whatever the guy's other career options might have been. I think you might be surprised what amenities that have on those big container ships. Hell, they might have satellite Internet and TV!

I saw "Olympus has Fallen" as the movie on my flight to Dallas. Even setting aside the fact that the hero is Scottish, not American, the movie had holes big enough to drive a truck through. A "feel good" rah-rah movie that fails miserably.

Try a film named "East" Brit Marling co wrote and stars and for a film that could have gotten uber pretentious in the wrong hands it manages to deliver a few decent performances.

post #4375 of 9498
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Okay, new "journal" rule.

You can now use swear words that are allowed during primetime, major network programming. Which leaves out: s***, p***, f***, c***, c*********, m***********, and t***.

Actually, you can say pissed. Be judicious, with great power comes great responsibility. wink.gif
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So "dingleberries" is acceptable? :biggrin:

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Indeed, but if you go over the line in its use and get the banhammer, don't come crying to me. biggrin.gif I'm simply tired of having to type like a 12 y/o all the time.
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Yeah, I shouldn't be up this late, whatever. tongue.gif We were talking about people puting insane money into a "dream" restomod? Well, here is the king of throwing money down the crapper:
http://www.mecum.com/auctions/lot_detail.cfm?LOT_ID=CH1013-167153&entryRow=61&lottype=&startRow=61


- Roadster Shop chassis
- Twin turbo 540 CI all aluminum big block Chevy engine
- Tom Nelson alien intake
- Custom interior by Tracy at Recovery Room
- Isis touch screen system and complete wiring system
- Forgeline wheels
- 3" fully polished stainless exhaust
- Custom gauges by New Vintage USA
- Stereo system by Recovery Room




$250k build, just 2 years ago, likely won't get more than $100-120k for it.
Edited by Magick Man - 9/11/13 at 12:46am
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Yeah, I shouldn't be up this late, whatever. tongue.gif We were talking about people puting insane money into a "dream" restomod? Well, here is the king of throwing money down the crapper:
http://www.mecum.com/auctions/lot_detail.cfm?LOT_ID=CH1013-167153&entryRow=61&lottype=&startRow=61


- Roadster Shop chassis
- Twin turbo 540 CI all aluminum big block Chevy engine
- Tom Nelson alien intake
- Custom interior by Tracy at Recovery Room
- Isis touch screen system and complete wiring system
- Forgeline wheels
- 3" fully polished stainless exhaust
- Custom gauges by New Vintage USA
- Stereo system by Recovery Room




$250k build, just 2 years ago, likely won't get more than $100-120k for it.

 

I don't like that body style as a convertible at all.  So is it safe to say that you won't be bidding on it? 

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My rental car on this trip is a brand new (less than 2000 miles) Chrysler 200. Weird little luxury wanna-be. The interior is pitiful - cloth seats and all plastic, yet it has a fancy Chrysler analog clock. Is the 200 built on the new Dodge Dart platform? It looks about the same size. It's an OK car to drive - but completely bland. It neither excites you nor makes you mad - it generates no emotion whatsoever. I guess it would make a good car for Grandma after Gandpa passes... redface.gif
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