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Old 04-27-2013, 07:29   #1
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Collector/Sports car between 20 and 45K?

I am ready to buy a sports car. I want this car to be timeless and be proud to drive it for many years. This will be driven very seldom, so I wont be adding many miles on it.

I am having a hard time trying to decide. I was leaning towards a vette, but then considered a Camaro ZL1....I think I might even consider a GT500 (sounds like its a better car then the ZL1) I might just get a Camaro SS...but I also like older stuff also......please give me some ideas...I am open to anything
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:55   #2
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That budget can get you into some much nicer older cars. For exapmle, around here the C3 Corvette (68 to 82) is a hot entry collector market. You can get into a nice one for $15k or less and get a taste of the culture to see if it's for you.

If I were looking to jump into that hobby I would stay away from new or late model cars. Much less collectible and much more expensive. I would also stay away from project cars (to start with) because of the time and expense required to get them on the road.

Good luck deciding, have fun looking!
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:00   #3
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I am ready to buy a sports car. I want this car to be timeless and be proud to drive it for many years. This will be driven very seldom, so I wont be adding many miles on it.

I am having a hard time trying to decide. I was leaning towards a vette, but then considered a Camaro ZL1....I think I might even consider a GT500 (sounds like its a better car then the ZL1) I might just get a Camaro SS...but I also like older stuff also......please give me some ideas...I am open to anything
You say "sports car" but you mention some muscle cars.

Timeless + Sports Car = Porsche in my book, there is no substitute.

Some flavor of 911 perchance.

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Old 04-27-2013, 08:17   #4
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Lot's of options in that price range. I would love a Lotus Elise. The higher end of your budget would get a Morgan 3 wheeler. Those look like huge fun.
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There are Ferraris you can get in that price range. You want to go fast, or look cool, or both?

I know it's not totally correct but when I think sports car I think 2 seat convertible, roadster, or coupe.
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:59   #6
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get something older that doesn't need any work. If it were my money I'd be looking for a 68 mustang fastback before they all get bastardized in to knock offs of a GT350
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:03   #7
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Low Mileage 2000-2003 Honda S2000. Only produced for 9 years and many are being wrecked by kids who can now afford them. A pure drivers car. 2 seat roadster, direct connection to the road and a 9k rpm redline in a little 4 banger. Timeless design too.

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Old 04-27-2013, 09:07   #8
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I would start off deciding --

You want something that is a collector - all original - all factory.

Or

Something that is just really cool to drive - puts a smile on your face - and if it happens to be a 1969 vehicle with a 2012 engine & transmission you don't care.
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:14   #9
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You can be be diffrent from everyone else, Ferrari 308 or 328, for a little more you can get a Testarossa.

Cameros, Vettes, and Muskrats. The engine is in the wrong place, too American and they're everywhere.
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The Ferrari 308 Dino is front engine, 4 pass car, just like a Camaro.
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The Ferrari 308 Dino is front engine, 4 pass car, just like a Camaro.
Did I say anything about a Dino? I should have say Magnum PI. so everyone would understand.
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:42   #12
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:46   #13
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:48   #14
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Don't get nothing you wont wanna kill someone over when they ding it if you drive it. One reason I will never have a cherry 1969 Chevelle SS.......it's not worth the prison time to me.
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Don't get nothing you wont wanna kill someone over when they ding it if you drive it. One reason I will never have a cherry 1969 Chevelle SS.......it's not worth the prison time to me.
I bought my 69 Chevelle SS 396 when I was a Jr in high school - cost me $1,400 -

Sold it 6 years later - for $400 - it was in need of a lot of small stuff and needed another engine rebuild -

I wish I would have just stuck it in storage.

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Old 04-27-2013, 12:43   #16
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collector: DeLorean or other odd-ball types. DeLorean was only in production for two years.

real sports car: used Cobra kit car. Should be able to get a nice one for close to $45K. Older corvette, maybe get an anniversary edition for more collector value.

One is'nt a real sports car, the other will never be a collector. The corvette could be collectable if it's all stock. For both in one vehicle I'd agree with an older Porshe or Ferrari in that price range.
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Old 04-27-2013, 12:46   #17
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A lot of you guys are recommending cars that a few years worth of maintenance would cost more than the car itself. How much would a tune up on a Ferrari be by chance?
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Old 04-27-2013, 12:57   #18
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a lot of you guys are recommending cars that a few years worth of maintenance would cost more than the car itself. How much would a tune up on a ferrari be by chance?
~$2500.
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Old 04-27-2013, 13:10   #19
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I have always liked the 1970 Buick Stage-1 455 (Sleeper)

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Old 04-27-2013, 13:14   #20
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I bought my 69 Chevelle SS 396 when I was a Jr in high school - cost me $1,400 -

Sold it 6 years later - for $400 - it was in need of a lot of small stuff and needed another engine rebuild -

I wish I would have just stuck in in storage.
I have essentially the same story involving a '67 Mustang. What was I thinking.
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I just looked today at an overbored '79 MGB. I actually like the big RBB bumper. Alas I no longer bend to fit such a car.
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I'm very happy with my Honda S2000.

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Old 04-27-2013, 13:23   #23
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Lotus Elise I really want one, i hear its like driving a street legal go kart.

If your looking for a pure straight line fast car for a decent price an aftermarket super charger on a C6 corvette is hard to beat.

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Old 04-27-2013, 13:31   #24
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If you are going to make a lifestyle/toy choice like this...before you do anything, why not find the car you are passionate about? (whatever that may be)

It sounds like you can see yourself doing this but dont know how. Spend some time developing the "how" before you spend the money.

Each car has its own flavor and attracts certain kinds of attention and opportunities. What do you want the car for? To enjoy weekend drives? To be a part of that kind of car club? To fix up? To race? To show off? To have something to look at in the garage?

For example, maybe you wont like Ferrari people. Maybe you wont like Muscle car people. (whatever kind of car people) Those considerations are important if you want the community benefits that come with owning a type of car.

Some cars draw a lot of negative/strange attention for the general public. People get @#%& strange and flat out ass holish when they see certain cars and rush to involved their opinions in your life. As an anecdote, it seems that older cars draw less of this and newer sports type cars draw more of this...and cheaper, older high end brand name cars draw the most negative attention....like the cheap older Ferrari, it seems like people are on a mission to insert their opinions of your "wannabe" status...even if they have never even sat in a Ferrari.

Dont just pick a car, decide on what you want from a car and/or what car you are passionate about.
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A lot of you guys are recommending cars that a few years worth of maintenance would cost more than the car itself. How much would a tune up on a Ferrari be by chance?
To change a belt on my Testarossa was $8000.00, luckily the previous owner had it done before he sold me the car. I heard that it could cost up to $11,000. They have to remove the engine to change the belt.
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