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No more gifs of the Hoff's crotch, please. rolleyes.gif


Spent today hanging out, relaxing while the ladies went shopping, it was nice (and quiet). We've been talking about muscle cars and I don't think we've ever discussed the first ones from England, the Aston V8 and before that the DBS V8:






I've really wanted one, they're gorgeous, but haven't found the right car yet (the one on the bottom is for sale, BTW). Despite being a whole lot more expensive at the time, I'd definitely call them a Pony car, a luxury Mustang. With all the talk about the Equus (not the Kia) this started to get me thinking about maybe taking a salvaged AM V8 (70s) and making a modern Pro Touring version with a lot more power, 6-spd M/T, updated interior, new electronics, modern brakes, etc, the whole thing. Give it the Singer and Outlaw treatment.
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No more gifs of the Hoff's crotch, please. rolleyes.gif


Spent today hanging out, relaxing while the ladies went shopping, it was nice (and quiet). We've been talking about muscle cars and I don't think we've ever discussed the first ones from England, the Aston V8 and before that the DBS V8:






I've really wanted one, they're gorgeous, but haven't found the right car yet (the one on the bottom is for sale, BTW). Despite being a whole lot more expensive at the time, I'd definitely call them a Pony car, a luxury Mustang. With all the talk about the Equus (not the Kia) this started to get me thinking about maybe taking a salvaged AM V8 (70s) and making a modern Pro Touring version with a lot more power, 6-spd M/T, updated interior, new electronics, modern brakes, etc, the whole thing. Give it the Singer and Outlaw treatment.

Such an awesome car; I'd love to have one someday, though muscle cars aren't really my thing.

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I've really wanted one, they're gorgeous, but haven't found the right car yet

A bright yellow one, like Brett Sinclair? :cool:

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No more gifs of the Hoff's crotch, please. rolleyes.gif


Spent today hanging out, relaxing while the ladies went shopping, it was nice (and quiet). We've been talking about muscle cars and I don't think we've ever discussed the first ones from England, the Aston V8 and before that the DBS V8:






I've really wanted one, they're gorgeous, but haven't found the right car yet (the one on the bottom is for sale, BTW). Despite being a whole lot more expensive at the time, I'd definitely call them a Pony car, a luxury Mustang. With all the talk about the Equus (not the Kia) this started to get me thinking about maybe taking a salvaged AM V8 (70s) and making a modern Pro Touring version with a lot more power, 6-spd M/T, updated interior, new electronics, modern brakes, etc, the whole thing. Give it the Singer and Outlaw treatment.


I almost bought one for 28 thousand back in 1992. By the time I factored cost of ownership, I managed to dissuade myself. The last of the David Brown Astons, it was no slouch in power or braking, 0-100-0 in about 12 seconds. What more do you want from the worlds fastest 4 seater:) Damn near 4000 lbs of high velocity touring.

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A bright yellow one, like Brett Sinclair? :cool:


His was the 6.

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His was the 6.


Dressed up to look like a V8, they tricked me - I was  young and gullible.

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I almost bought one for 28 thousand back in 1992. By the time I factored cost of ownership, I managed to dissuade myself. The last of the David Brown Astons, it was no slouch in power or braking, 0-100-0 in about 12 seconds. What more do you want from the worlds fastest 4 seater:) Damn near 4000 lbs of high velocity touring.

That would have been a great buy. They're fairly easy to find, even in LHD, but the problem is that they're nearly all autos (Oscar India variety) and I don't want to do a conversion. That DBS is incredibly tempting, he doesn't want too much ($60k) and its problems aren't too onerous; bad repaint, a few tears in the seats, needs new clutch, and a bad front CV joint. Of course, there could be more, but those are the most obvious. The engine sounds great.
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So today we got a `78 Puma and an Opel GT, no idea why. They were smalls and both are surprisingly clean, we'll do something with them. smily_headphones1.gif We left early because the second half of the day was motorcycles.
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That would have been a great buy. They're fairly easy to find, even in LHD, but the problem is that they're nearly all autos (Oscar India variety) and I don't want to do a conversion. That DBS is incredibly tempting, he doesn't want too much ($60k) and its problems aren't too onerous; bad repaint, a few tears in the seats, needs new clutch, and a bad front CV joint. Of course, there could be more, but those are the most obvious. The engine sounds great.

It would have. A dealership that was closing had it. I figured at the time it was a seven figure income car and I was shy a few. The maintenance up here would have killed me. The only other local who knew how to work on them was a fairly notorious dealership. She was a beautiful brute though. Still remember the scream of the dismal Avon tyres it was wearing. (P7's, anyone??).

 

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So today we got a `78 Puma and an Opel GT, no idea why. They were smalls and both are surprisingly clean, we'll do something with them. smily_headphones1.gif We left early because the second half of the day was motorcycles.

Good shape for a Puma. An aquaintance of mine was the Service manager for LADA up here who imported the Puma as well. Dunno if those will ever be a collectable though.

 

The Opel you bought, of course, because it was just sitting there crying for a 13 B mod.:D

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I had a question I guess mostly for magick. it always takes 3 hours or so to buy a supercar. they won't prep the car until I am there,paper work,contact bank etc. it seems to me they would understand someone buying that does not have 3 hours to waste. I was just wondering if this happens to everyone.

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People who can buy multiple supercars typically have people who do the waiting for them.
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So today we got a `78 Puma and an Opel GT, no idea why. They were smalls and both are surprisingly clean, we'll do something with them. smily_headphones1.gif We left early because the second half of the day was motorcycles.

I'm thinking you have entered a "yellow period"...
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It would have. A dealership that was closing had it. I figured at the time it was a seven figure income car and I was shy a few. The maintenance up here would have killed me. The only other local who knew how to work on them was a fairly notorious dealership. She was a beautiful brute though. Still remember the scream of the dismal Avon tyres it was wearing. (P7's, anyone??).

Good shape for a Puma. An aquaintance of mine was the Service manager for LADA up here who imported the Puma as well. Dunno if those will ever be a collectable though.

The Opel you bought, of course, because it was just sitting there crying for a 13 B mod.biggrin.gif

I don't know yet about the Opel, the values on those have doubled in the last 24 months, so we may just do a light restoration and leave it alone. Unmolested examples that haven't rusted out are getting kind of scarce. One of the garage mechanics seems very interested in the Puma
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I had a question I guess mostly for magick. it always takes 3 hours or so to buy a supercar. they won't prep the car until I am there,paper work,contact bank etc. it seems to me they would understand someone buying that does not have 3 hours to waste. I was just wondering if this happens to everyone.

That's quite... vague. Which marque, what dealership? Is it new or used? I've never walked into a dealership and simply bought a "supercar", the markup is excessive, on average 20-40%. What few exotic cars I've bought new were ordered from the factory, built, and then home delivered (with a 4-8 month wait). That not only avoids most of the markup, but also allows me to get the exact options, color, and personalization features I want. A new 2014 12C Spider off a "boutique" floor is going to run $300-350k depending on options, while one that's ordered will cost 260-290k.
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I don't know yet about the Opel, the values on those have doubled in the last 24 months, so we may just do a light restoration and leave it alone. Unmolested examples that haven't rusted out are getting kind of scarce. One of the garage mechanics seems very interested in the Puma
That's quite... vague. Which marque, what dealership? Is it new or used? I've never walked into a dealership and simply bought a "supercar", the markup is excessive, on average 20-40%. What few exotic cars I've bought new were ordered from the factory, built, and then home delivered (with a 4-8 month wait). That not only avoids most of the markup, but also allows me to get the exact options, color, and personalization features I want. A new 2014 12C Spider off a "boutique" floor is going to run $300-350k depending on options, while one that's ordered will cost 260-290k.


I didn't know  Opel GT's were escalating like that. I wonder where the sudden interest is coming from. Depletion of other collectables perhaps.

 

What year and engine in the Puma? They are readily modifiable due to the VW powertrain. You can make a mini monster out of one fairly economically. They are cheap fun done up properly.

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People who can buy multiple supercars typically have people who do the waiting for them.

Usually they pick it out and have it delivered, but only if they must have the one off the sales floor. Insurance is tricky too, since many companies require very specific information to cover such a vehicle, and the bond can take 24-72 hours to clear. So it's quite uncommon for anyone to go in, buy, and drive it off the lot on the same day. You really wouldn't want to anyway, given the questionability of whether you're properly insured. Because if you do have an accident, which is all too common with excited people driving a very powerful car, you're totally screwed. Like this poor sod. Didn't even have plates on it yet. redface.gif





This is good reading, too.

http://oppositelock.jalopnik.com/so-you-want-a-supercar-part-1-the-basics-1278358452
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I'm thinking you have entered a "yellow period"...

Good catch, maybe you're right. confused.gif
Edited by Magick Man - 1/22/14 at 12:51pm
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