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    Top five favorite cars

    Something similar like this may have been done here before but since I can't remember, I thought it would be fun if you list your top five favorite cars of all time. Maybe it's a classic, or something new, or a combination of both. Value, while it is a consideration, should not be the driving factor, more so, just what you really like. Here are mine:
    1. Z8 "of course"!
    2. Mercedes Benz 300SL gullwing. The 300SL roadster also fits in here too.
    3. Ferrari 275GTB4 NART spyder.
    4. Aston Martin DB4 convertible.
    5. Mercedes Benz 280SE 3.5 cabriolet.

    Looks like other than the Z8, my list consists of only classic cars. One day I have no doubt the Z8 will be considered a classic.
    Marty

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    My only change would be #5, I'd like that grey / red 507 from the BMW museum instead.
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    IMHO the Z8 is a modern classic right now

    Its so hard to list only 5 especially if were not going to separate out vintage/ classic from modern.

    1. Z8
    2. Ill take your 275 GTB4 NART Spyder- I love that car.
    3. 250 GTO
    4. 250 LM
    5. McLaren F1- to represent some modern supercars.

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    Forgot about the 507. OK, Six!
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    Z8 of course
    507
    Any late 30s Talbot lago teardrop coupe
    Cord 810 convertable either roadster or phaeton
    63-67 corvette roadsters
    2002 Silver Black/Red

    Dinan stage 4 software
    Dinan low restriction carbon fiber airboxes
    Dinan high flow air mass meters
    Hamann headers
    Supersprint exhaust
    performance package
    custom short shift linkage
    cdv modifacation
    Quaiffe differential/military grade gear polishing
    19 inch 3 piece HRE mags/Toyo tires
    Custom crossdrilled/slotted rotors
    ceramic brake pads
    stainless brake lines
    Dinan caster plates
    Dinan duel mass flywheel
    custom Sachs clutch /pressure plate
    Dinan pedal set

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    This is a car I sold several years ago that I wish I would have kept. 1965 396/425HP. Original California black plate car. Window sticker, protect-o-plate, original sales invoice, service records, everything. Nassau blue with a black interior. Also had a hardtop. Was a survivor that the guy I bought it from did a frame off restoration to and then showed it. It was regionally and nationally top flighted, Blooming Gold with judging sheets, and also won the Triple Spinner award. Off the charts perfect. When I bought it I pulled up in my truck with Cashier's Check in hand. He asked me where my car trailer was. I told him I was driving it home! he lived about thirty miles away from me. The expression on his face was priceless. I was at a car show with it on Rodeo Dr. in Beverly Hills when a guy walked up to me and said I wasn't going home with my car. A ton of money later, he was right.
             
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    Well my list does not include a single Ferrari or Mercedes. They're ok, but my taste seems run BMW, Porsche or walking:

    1. Z8
    2. Porsche Carrera GT
    3. BMW M1
    4. Porsche Spyder (1957)
    5. BMW 503 (1957)

    On the bubble
    - 1957 BMW 507 - but I already have a Z8 so it's kind of redundant
    - 2005-2006 Ford GT
    - 1970 Pontiac Trans AM Ram Air IV (white/blue) - had one of those as a kid
    - 1988 BMW M6 - still have one bought new
    - 1989 Porsche Speedster
    - 2004 Aston Martin DB9 Volante - Z8 spiritual cousin, of course
    C.A. Cardenas (AKA Dan)
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    -- Others --
    1988 M6 - 32K mi. - Original Owner
    1989 DINAN 750iL - 73K mi. - Original Owner
    1998 M3 - 63K mi. - Original Owner
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    Top Five Fave Cars

    1. Bmw Z8
    2. Lamborghini Miura
    3. 250 GTO
    4. Gullwing Mercedes
    5. Carrera GT

    Difficult to not mention the Aston DB5, 993 Turbo S, Audi ur quattro, Moretti, the Big Heeley and the Porsche Speedster.

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    So many cars, so little time.
    Marty

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    Truth.

    Id like a (I think) 58 Vette- the kind with the side scallop and the 4 headlights. Classic.

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    sorry, but you're all wrong:

    250 GT TdF
    250 GT Lusso
    D50
    DBR3
    DB4 GT
    Silver/black
    Dinan S2 package: headers, throttle bodies, oversized MAFs, airfilters, anti-roll bars, lightweight flywheel
    Dinan by Brembo brake kit and monoball control arm bushings
    BBS forged individual wheels
    Quaife differential, 3.64:1 final drive
    Meisterschaft GT titanium mufflers
    K&W 3 way adjustable competition monotube dampers and monoball adjustable mounts
    CDV delete

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    250 GTO (has to be first!)
    275 GTS (beautiful spyder - poorly built however)
    275 GTB (I got to put quite a few miles on one of these in the early 70's)
    Jaguar D type (with out the fin)
    1960 Morgan (spent a lot of time in this one too)
    Original Testarossa (late 50's)

    Not hard to figure why I have a Z8!

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    72' Miura SV
    1959 SWB 250 California with open headlights
    Ford GT
    73' Daytona Spyder
    Z8



    Oh Yeah Aston Martin One-77

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    Top 5

    Here's my list with the colors I want (exterior/interior)
    Porsche 959 (Silver/Black)
    Amazing leap forward in performance in its day

    BMW Z8 (Black/Red)
    No explanation required on this site

    Dino 246 (Red/Tan)
    Beautiful car, and a father's lasting tribute to his son

    67 Corvette Stingray convertible (Blue/White)
    Gotta have the free revving 327 small block, symbolic of Detroit's golden age

    Ford GT (Gulf blue/black)
    Head turning beauty with fastest car on the block attitude
    My Best,

    Ed

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    My favorite that sadly never was..............
               
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    OK... 13 and counting, and this isn't even the obscure stuff!
    Top-of-my-head....

    Italy:
    250 GTO
    Birdcage
    Muira S

    England:
    DBR1
    Long nose D-Type

    Germany:
    BMW 328mm
    SLR Monoposto
    Porsche RS60
    997RSR
    Carrera GT
    Veyron

    USA:
    GT40
    Daytona coupe
    63 corvette Grand Sport

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    Man, after seeing everyone's list five ain't gonna cut it!
    Marty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norcal View Post
    Muira S
    Just curious why not the "SV"?

    Should we add the 288GTO and 512BB?

    Are we car guys or what?

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    What strikes about these lists is that not many (any?) picked the 1900-1940 classics like Dusenbergs, Hispano-Suizas, Bugattis, etc. Most everything here is 1950s+. Since we are the type of people that would be buying those cars now, what will happen in 10 to 20 years. Will there be any demand for them?
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    -- Others --
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    1989 DINAN 750iL - 73K mi. - Original Owner
    1998 M3 - 63K mi. - Original Owner
    2015 X5 (F15) Diesel - Daily Driver

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    In art and classic cars this is always the case, the cherished machines or art of our youth are what we aspire to own as we grow and succeed. There is a common wave form of around 50 years between creation and peak value that you see at work in both. As a kid I remember Bugatti being the gold standard of investing, but now the racing Ferrari's of the 50's have completely eclipsed the masterpieces of the 20' & 30's.

    I grew up in a car museum and even for me going to collections like the Mullins, Blackhawk and Nethercutt is a voyage into the unknown. No matter how stunning those cars are if they didn't set a fire in your heart as a boy they'll be unlikely to inspire your spending as a man.
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    Andrew you are correct but in my case, while I was into cars like any young man, I didn't really realize it until later in life so now I see things and they are influenced by the teenager in me, but the teenager is constantly being talked to by the wise old man (if thats possible!)

    I forgot to mention these guys

    1938 Bugatti type 57SC Atlantic



    OMG OMG OMG if a car ever deserved some "OMG"s its this one and the 1930 MBZ SSK (this gets OMGs too)



    I think the Ferraris in particular are in a huge bubble; but all these vintage cars are really appreciating too quickly.

    Now, while I love these cars, and if I had a collection I'd have these, but Im not at a place where I can afford to go there, so my first rule for any car is: will I drive it? These 30's cars- theres no way I'd drive them. So thats out. What I like about a car like the 275 GTB, and I have driven one so I know of what I speak, is they really didn't make a car that was this good to drive until the mid 90s with the 550. So while you don't have modern car safety in the 275, you do have some pretty good and even friendly dynamics. Without pushing it, the car reminded me a lot of my old E36 M3 in terms of its attitude: "hey dude, Im your friend, Ill talk to you and lets drive together". The synchros are slower than modern so theres a pause between shifts and the brakes and tires are not at all modern so you need a lot more room for slowing down, but, to me, that 275 GTB, especially the 4 cam, represents the most advanced Enzo ever got in a street car before the outsiders got involved. If I win the powerball and if its big enough (every now and then I buy tickets for me and those in my employ), Ill grab one of these- because I love it, AND, Id drive it sometimes.

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    Yup... 288 GTO too, but I didn't want to be greedy! And I totally forgot the early Bugattis. Was talking with Rifle today and thought of the type 35! One of my "got to have/drive". And those two Jerry posted OMG! I did notice, most all of my cars are race cars? Most of these cars are a mile from my house at the Blackhawk collection. Heist anyone?

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    Its not a heist if youre just "borrowing"

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    Im in!! :-)

    We really could drive 'em like we stole 'em!

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    My father bought a 1967 275GTB 4 long nose coupe new from Hollywood Sport Cars. It was silver with a black interior. I think it was something like $14,000, a huge amount of money for a car in 1967. He only had a five mile drive to work and that big twelve cylinder engine never was properly warmed up by the time he got to work. The six Weber carbs were therefore temperamental so he sold it in 1969 for $10,500 and bought a new Mercedes 280SL. God I wish he had kept that car.
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    I know of several stories like that- and at the time those were good sales to get and people thought these cars would never be worth anything. Its so easy to look back now but impossible to know at the time. The lesson I take away is you make the best decision you can at the time with the information you have. Information is almost always imperfect. But yeah, I feel your pain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z8Mania View Post
    I know of several stories like that-
    Or like the Los Angeles Times weekend ad for the Miura SV for $14,000.

    I read about it (I think they had a copy of the ad) in Road and track a couple years ago as this very subject came up.
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    Fun with numbers

    I found a website that determines the US inflation rate over select time periods and $14k in 1967 equates to $98k today (i.e., about the price of a 10 year old 360).
    My Best,

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    Amazing isnt it.

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    Top 5+

    I have been fortunate enough to own or have owned:
    - 2002 Z8 (of course and looking for another now)
    - 2006 Ford GT
    - 2006 Ferrari 430 Spyder
    - 2009 Aston Martin DBS
    - 2009 Aston Martin Vantage 'vert
    - Two '67 Vettes (still have a BB, 427/435hp 'vert now)
    - Several other C2-C6 Vettes, including the current ZO6
    - Two Audi R8's. 2009 V8 coupe and still have an '11 V10 Spyder
    - An RT10 Viper
    - A couple BMW M cars
    - A couple Porsches (911, 928 and Cayenne Turbo)
    - '61 Austin Healy 3000
    - Superformance Cobra
    - At least one GM F body car from each series made
    - '71 Datsun 240Z
    - '76 Jag XJS (a real dog)
    - About 80 cars in all, and still counting as long as I can safely drive..........
    So many cars - so little time! Drive on friends.

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    Thats a pretty amazing and sweet collection.

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    Top 5

    Hey Marty, belated Happy Birthday!

    2003 Z8

    55 Porsche Speedster

    67 E Type OTS

    66 Austin Healey 3000

    BMW 507

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    Although its not quite in my top 5, the Porsche 959 deserves a mention. As does the Ferrari 288 GTO.

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    Follow up questions...

    Quote Originally Posted by StuM View Post
    I have been fortunate enough to own or have owned:
    - 2002 Z8 (of course and looking for another now)
    - 2006 Ford GT
    - 2006 Ferrari 430 Spyder
    - 2009 Aston Martin DBS
    - 2009 Aston Martin Vantage 'vert
    - Two '67 Vettes (still have a BB, 427/435hp 'vert now)
    - Several other C2-C6 Vettes, including the current ZO6
    - Two Audi R8's. 2009 V8 coupe and still have an '11 V10 Spyder
    - An RT10 Viper
    - A couple BMW M cars
    - A couple Porsches (911, 928 and Cayenne Turbo)
    - '61 Austin Healy 3000
    - Superformance Cobra
    - At least one GM F body car from each series made
    - '71 Datsun 240Z
    - '76 Jag XJS (a real dog)
    - About 80 cars in all, and still counting as long as I can safely drive..........
    So many cars - so little time! Drive on friends.
    That is an amazing collection of cars! I couldn't help but ask:
    1. What vehicle would you drive on your favorite backroads?
    2. What car would you consider taking to your high school reunion?
    3. What automobile would you select for the track?
    My Best,

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    Cars for every purpose

    Sorry, I forgot I posted the earlier list.

    Per Ed's questions,
    1. Back road - probably the Z8 and R8's
    2. HS Reunion - the DBS
    3. Track - probably the 997 or maybe the 430

    Happy Motoring,
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    "hey dude, Im your friend, Ill talk to you and lets drive together"

    Just getting to this post. Jerry's quote is about as perfect as you can get with a car. Whether a top 5 or not, if she speaks to you like this, you are a lucky driver.
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    Among other things, that is my test for whether or not I will buy or keep a car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuM View Post
    Sorry, I forgot I posted the earlier list.

    Per Ed's questions,
    1. Back road - probably the Z8 and R8's
    2. HS Reunion - the DBS
    3. Track - probably the 997 or maybe the 430

    Happy Motoring,
    StuM
    I am suprised that you didn't pick the GT for the Track! I agree with your other choices.

    Joe

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    Auto comparisions

    Thanks Joe. The Ford GT was very solid, but at 9-10/10's, it could bite and surprise you, if you were not careful. I feel that the F430 and 911 were more balanced and predictable at high rates.

    Having said that, the '06 ZO6 was a holy terror, especially on anything the slightest bit wet. That plastic Chevy scared the hell out of me and we dumped it after about 1.5 years. Hopefully they will engineer out some of the drama and build in more (some) quality into the Vette interior when then new version comes out next year.

    Happy Motoring, Stum
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    Ive spoken with several Ford GT owners who all told me if you are not careful she will bite. Apparently the layout of the masses in the car, most notably the engine placement, helps to contribute to snap oversteer.

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    A lot of the issues with the Ford GT were Directly due to the OEM Goodyear F1s.

    A change to Bridgestone or Michelin (or Hoosiers on the track) makes a monumental change the problem of the tires breaking loose and the rear end coming around.
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    I changed to Bridgestone and I'm glad I did.

    Joe

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    Moving' on, 67 Vette

    Well, as I hopefully get closer to another Z8, I'm planning to sell my 67 BB Vette Convt. Just got a new M3 coupe too, so must make room. If anyone's interested in a beautiful red/blk/blk mid-year 435hp tri-carb Vette, pls drop a PM.

    Happy Motoring,
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