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Magick: I know you've got the Caddy - but I think you need some classic American power in your collection. That Caddy is just GM's version of a European saloon car. I vote for some classic muscle - something between 1965 - 1974 and enough displacement to rattle the windows. I would take just about any of the old favorites: Challenger, Charger, GTO, Chevelle, Mustang, Cougar, etc, etc. Extra points for something interesting under the hood like a Tri-Power, 440 Six-Pack or Cobra Jet. I mean c'mon - even if you have always been a European sports car nut, I *know* you must still like the sound of the big V8's thumping pistons and the whoosh of the intake gulping air in giant bucketfuls.
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

lol - these guys are based not too far from where I live, and they are absolutely nuts. I'm not sure there is any point to having a street car with so much horsepower and torque that you can't touch the throttle without your tires going up in smoke and the torque throwing you sideways - but it does look like fun!
obob - if you want to drop a 1600 HP motor in that coffin carrier, these are the guys to talk to!
Video at this link...
http://www.nelsonracingengines.com/videos/proof/A-Day-in-the-Life-at-NRE.html

Maybe they would build a set of their mirror image turbos to spruce up your commuter car! biggrin.gif

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There's not enough gas stations between my house and my office to let me drive a 1000 HP car between those two points!
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

Magick: I know you've got the Caddy - but I think you need some classic American power in your collection. That Caddy is just GM's version of a European saloon car. I vote for some classic muscle - something between 1965 - 1974 and enough displacement to rattle the windows. I would take just about any of the old favorites: Challenger, Charger, GTO, Chevelle, Mustang, Cougar, etc, etc. Extra points for something interesting under the hood like a Tri-Power, 440 Six-Pack or Cobra Jet. I mean c'mon - even if you have always been a European sports car nut, I *know* you must still like the sound of the big V8's thumping pistons and the whoosh of the intake gulping air in giant bucketfuls.

I have to admit that I've never been a big American muscle car fan, except for the Shelby GT350s and 500s, I prefer the styling and handling of British and Euro cars. How about a Saleen S7, Ford GT-X1, or even a Shelby Cobra? wink.gif There's an Atom 3 up for sale on their site, and an Atom V8 on JamesList. $56k and $290k, respectively.



Edit: How about a nice Elanor replica with all the tricks and toys selling for $60,000, but with modern brakes, ind. suspension, and LSD?
Edited by Magick Man - 11/12/12 at 2:24am
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I thought you voted the Saleen down a while ago? confused_face.gif

Elanor replica would be cool though. Or a Vector (the old ones).
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I'm just bouncing ideas, due to the "windfall". Also, with prices are kind of down across the board still, so it's a good time to buy some things.
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Didn't see you'd mentioned Cobra before - those are sweet cars. Grew up around a few of them. Loud, fast, insane.

Sort of unrelated, found this gorgeous image on Wikipedia:
(I think that is a one-off)
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Here's the FS 427 "Elanor".



That Mas is cool, I noticed this up for sale at the coming Gooding auction too, `72 Mas Ghibli SS:



IMO, one of the 5 most beautiful autos of all time.
Edited by Magick Man - 11/12/12 at 5:59am
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My very first thought on the muscle cars was an Eleanor or GT350, and I have also ALWAYS loved the styling of the Maseratae - so I suspect our tastes are very similar!

Hmm - let me guess another car that is in your top 5 most beautiful list:

Ferrari Daytona? Possibly the Spyder? (Maybe not, you don't seem to favor convertibles as much as I do)


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So - here's a question. To me, the styling of the most beautiful cars tend to be very simple - the sweeping arcs of the roof line, hood, fenders and rear are very balanced and just make sense. Why is that so hard?? Why do some cars get it soooooo right and then there are those other cars that simply look horrible? Why are some of the most beautiful cars in the world 40 years old???
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Here's the FS 427 "Elanor".

 

That would definitely turn my head!

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I don't quite follow your question, but I do know we differ pretty seriously in our definition of awesome looking cars. So maybe that's part of it (that you get different generations of designers who have different philosophies).
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AMX 3

 

 

Hakasuka Skyline GT-R

 

 

 

DDR Motorsports Miami GT

 

 

1958 Buick Roadmaster

 

 

Aston Martins are perhaps some of the prettiest cars on earth but here are a few different beauties for your gawking pleasure.

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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

So - here's a question. To me, the styling of the most beautiful cars tend to be very simple - the sweeping arcs of the roof line, hood, fenders and rear are very balanced and just make sense. Why is that so hard?? Why do some cars get it soooooo right and then there are those other cars that simply look horrible? Why are some of the most beautiful cars in the world 40 years old???

It's true, Piniferina tends to do it right, and a handful of others, but that's about it.
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That would definitely turn my head!

I'm going to get in on the auction for it, we'll see what it gets to.
Edited by Magick Man - 11/12/12 at 1:26pm
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

My very first thought on the muscle cars was an Eleanor or GT350, and I have also ALWAYS loved the styling of the Maseratae - so I suspect our tastes are very similar!
Hmm - let me guess another car that is in your top 5 most beautiful list:
Ferrari Daytona? Possibly the Spyder? (Maybe not, you don't seem to favor convertibles as much as I do)




Indeed, but the values on them are skyrocketing. If there's one vintage Ferrari I'd buy, that's it. I still might do the "buy a wreck and restore" thing, though. That does 2 things; I get a nice car and it puts another beauty on the road. wink.gif

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AMX 3

That, right there. It reminds me of the DT Pantera, my favorite 70s muscle car, which is on my list.


Edited by Magick Man - 11/12/12 at 1:33pm
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