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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-20-2019, 03:19 PM
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I've always had a predilection for small sports coupes. Not muscle cars. I think they're great, but I just don't care to own one. I like smallish, nimble, and fun cars. Manual Transmissions are mandatory or, in my humble and jaded opinion, it's not a sports cars. (No flappy paddles, either <img src="https://www.hondashadow.net/forum/images/smilies/icon_razz.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Razz" class="inlineimg" /> )

A selection of three that I wish I still had.
1964 Ford Mustang
1972 Volvo 1800E (Yeah, Volvo made a sports car...a pretty neat one, too. The Saint drove one.)
2006 Hyundai Tiburon.

The Mustang: Let's face it, by today's standards, a lot of these cars needed constant maintenance. Fix or Repair Daily. We still miss 'em, though.

The Volvo: Like the Mustang, it was a drive-fix-drive. Still, it was probably the easiest to maintain car I've ever owned. I could change out all the brake pads (all the wheels were disc brakes) in about 20 minutes on the side of the road if I wanted to with no special tools...seriously. I used to carry spare fuel injectors in case one would clog...also repairable on the fly.)
The doors tended to fly open if you cornered to fast. All part of the fun. <img src="https://www.hondashadow.net/forum/images/smilies/icon_eek.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Shocked" class="inlineimg" />
In a street race the fan spun right off the shaft and into the radiator. (I still won...Yay!)
I hammered the fan back on, put in a junk yard radiator from a Pinto, and drove it for years after.
I sold it for $700.00. I hear they're going for around $50K these days. [IMG class=inlineimg]/forum/images/HondaShadow_net_2015/smilies/tango_face_crying.png[/IMG]

The Tiburon: Fun, fast enough, and minimal maintenance...extremely reliable. I wanted it to last 200K miles and it almost did. I was hoping to keep it until this October when I retire and won't need two cars in the house anymore. I was gonna buy an Indian Scout instead.
It didn't quite make it.
The cost of keeping it running until I retired was more than I was willing to invest. So...Bye bye.

I traded (almost towed) it in for a used clean 2011 Nissan Versa to get me to the big day. Not a sports cars, but at least the one I found had a manual transmission. I can make the vroom vroom noises myself in the meanwhile. I was going to sell it off when I retired, but I'm now on the fence. Anyway, Mrs. Menhir likes having the other car to herself.

The Versa is actually a nice little car for my purposes so, We'll see.

2009 Suzuki C50 "Sonya"
(My Honda 2005 VLX "Saya" was retired in 2018. She will be missed.)

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Over the years I've owned a 69 mach l, 77 cobra ll, 85 and a 90. Gt mustangs and 2 CJ5 rock bashers. The garage is full of bikes my 92 suburban and my wife's 11 Murano live outside.

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heres some of mine. My 85 vette. My 65 impala. My late sisters 65 mustang. And my 61 chevy truck im redoing

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I was born into a motorsport family so I was pretty much doomed.
I've had lots of cars both street and various forms of motorsport.
I've taken angle grinders to gut what would be collectors items today.
I'm not into making a list.

These days I have two cars in my driveway a Ford Fiesta and a Subaru Impreza.
The Subaru is my wife's car and not my idea of fun, it has a paddle shifted CVT which is pretty goofy, but she likes the car and it looks fashionable with the wheels and tires. On the other hand the Fiesta is a stick shift and is plain simple fun to drive, it's hard to find cheap fun cars with manual transmissions these days.

I don't like the nanny monsters that cars have become and I miss simple trucks that aren't seven feet wide with the floors three feet in the air, but I'm just a grumpy old man with a Honda Shadow.
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My 93 C4. Thinking about selling and looking for a newer Miata vert.
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My Vette is a 2007 C6 Coupe. My truck is a 2015 GMC Sierra quad cab with the 6-foot box.
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