Originally Posted by cheapfi
Beautiful cars. You are a lucky man.
What's your list of super-cars now?
Thanks. It's in my profile, at the bottom.
Originally Posted by obobskivich
Magick - have you gotten the James Bond style wardrobe, to match the James Bond car, yet?
On the dealer thing - nice to hear that at least some people out there try to be honest.
Indeed, I have a nice Armani tuxedo and many British and Continental style suits.
They even called today to make sure everything was fine. I'd say, though, given all that's happened and how much profit they lost, they're happy to see us gone. Heh.
Originally Posted by billybob_jcv
That is a MUCH better buy than the Vanquish - it's gorgeous! And, congratulations on filling in another country in your collection - Italy? Check!
Yeah, it is the first Italian "thoroughbred", but not my first Italian car, I used to own a Fiat 850 for a few months (PoS). This is most certainly her car, though. It's even in her name. She's hilarious, strutting through the house, "I've got a Ferraaaari". If I'd known that it would make her this excited, I would have taken her shopping for one sooner.
I gotta say, though I really like the Vanquish S, it's one helluva mean ride and I'm glad I bought it, that 360 is pure magic to drive. The handling and feel are uncanny, very precise and balanced. The entirely analog steering allows for amazing feedback from the road surface, without being a b**ch to turn at low speeds. Also, there are no weird "supercar" hangups, other than rear visibility being crappy (and poor economy). The clutch is reasonably light, but not mushy, and shifting is as easy as almost anything else. Ride comfort isn't the greatest, I blame the Recaro seats and stiffer suspension, but it isn't awful and the seats hold you snugly. It's not the type of car you take on long journeys, anyway.
It may not be as powerful as more modern Euro sports cars, but it isn't lacking for grunt. For such a small, light car, 400hp is plenty. Fiddling around today, I did 0-60 in 4.2s without much effort (and both of us in the car), and it's a rocket in the mid-range, up to 120mph (the top of 4th gear). I reminded her that it's wonderful car, but it can and will bite. It requires respect, otherwise it can mangle or kill faster than you can react. In a lot of ways it's like having a "tame" leopard. Although she likes to ride with me when I'm driving fast, she's much slower/more cautious, and very rarely goes more than 5mph over the posted limits (unlike me), so I don't think it'll be an issue.
They were quite a value. We paid around the upper end of the Aston's retail, for both cars
. In a way, it was almost like a BOGO. hahaha
Edit: Oh, and pic of the day:Edited by Magick Man - 11/7/12 at 5:46pm