I'm not talking 1973 Ferrari Daytona or Porsche Carrera GT. I am talking about the obtainable here.
Very early in 2015 I started looking for possibly my last personal vehicle. My go to work and everything else car. My first semi cool car was a 1966 Olds Cutlass convertible with a 330 cu. in. V8 with 310 hp. gross. In the winter of 1971 I thought it was pretty cool. It was until September 1972 when I headed back to college and past this fly-by-night used car dealership called Nutter's Motors. Right out at the street where everyone could see it was this beautiful ugly maroon colored 1969 Pontiac GTO. The beautiful lines were there, the color wasn't. The black vinyl roof helped though. Black interior with bucket seats. BUCKET SEATS!, I would be riding in style. It did not matter that the automatic transmission was slipping clean into next week. Well, $1,500 dollars later I was the proud owner of a 1960 muscle car that needed a $278 dollar transmission. That was 1972, and it was a great car for the time. It had a 400 cu. in. ram air III engine of 366 hp. (to this day I believe most of that was net horse power). I had it repainted in dark corvette metallic blue (absolutely gorgeous).
(Taking a deep breath), I thoroughly love the car then, BUT NOT NOW. It got 10-11.5 mpg. and had a range of about 200 miles. Uh, no thanks.
I also owned such things a 1968 Corvette 327 cu. in. / 350 hp. convertible and 1969 Buick GS 400 witch also had ram air (10-11 mpg.). Uh, no thanks.
Ok, so that is most of my past (cool) vehicles. I also owned a 1967 Renault Dauphine. 845 cc. and about 33 hp. It was robin egg blue and cool.
There was the 1983 sport-car-cop-come-get-me-red Datsun 280ZX, 19-26 mpg. I owned that for six years. Got hit in the rear end 5 times and was stopped by the law 6 times in that period. I replaced the heater core that lasted one year. I think I am going to pass on that one today also.
OK, now that I have rambled on way past any semblance of intelligence, what is my dream car today? As I said, in 2015 I started looking for my last (fun) personal vehicle. I had become accustom to light vehicles. For the last ten years my go to work car had been a Honda Del Sol. It has the 1.5L / 103 hp. 31-45 mpg. engine. So I was looking for something fairly light (3,100 lbs. or less).
I spent one whole year researching. The candidates came down to the following:
Mitsubishi Eclipse GT-S convertible (my wife was constantly reminding me that I wouldn't be happy with anything that wasn't an open air vehicle.) She was right by the way. 27 mpg was acceptable but the quality of Mitsubishi used cars was not. My son owned a 1995 Eclipse that he could never keep running. A 1991 3000 GT that had constant problems. And now he owns a Mirage that he had to put twice as much as it was worth into it, however it has been a great vehicle for him since.
WOW am I rambling on or what? I believe my second pick would definitely have been the Toyota Celica GT-S. BUT, it did not come in a convertible or T-tops. I drove one though and it handled like a dream.
All the car reviews I read said THE small performance car to go to was the Acura RSX type S. No open top and it just plain looks like - well judge for yourself.
So what do you do? This could be your last chance. You are 63 years old and probably won't live to see ... how do I know. Everything kept pointing to one vehicle. There was no escaping the obvious.
Light weight (a must), convertible or T-tops (also a must) and fun (great bang-for-the-buck). That was that for me. 2005 supercharged Mini Cooper S convertible!. 24-29.5 mph. and an absolute blast to drive. It doesn't ride like a Mercedes Bens, yeah so? It does tell any corners what and how they will be conquered.
Wow, I have really rambled on. Did I mention that in 1968 I thoroughly enjoyed driving my mothers 1962 VW Bug? It was red and a blast to drive. It only went about 10 mph. in first gear and didn't even have a gas gauge.
That's it. Time for you all to fill us in on your dream cars past, present and future, Jeff
Edited by CORSNING, 28 January 2016 - 10:25 AM.