I’ve been an Alfa Romeo fan back in the day. I’ve owned several of them, 3 x Guilietta, 2000 Super Executive (very nice), GTV 2000 and a 1971 1750 GTV. The Alfas of the 70’s and early 80’s were particularly well engineered cars. The Alfetta series (Guilietta, GTV and 2000) had the gearbox at the back in the same housing as the diff. This gave them the best weight distribution possible and their handling was outstanding - typical of Italian cars. Furthermore, all aluminuim engine block, gearbox housing etc, made them beautifull under the bonnet too. Twin overhead cams, twin side draught carbs, hemispherical combustion chambers…I can bore you with a lot more details, as I’ve rebuilt and restored them at one stage
Some of the other performance orientated cars I’ve owned; Jaguar XJ 4.2l, Ford Capri 3l and a Porsche 944 turbo. Needles to say, the Porsche was the best performing car, very light, fast and good handling, but also the most unreliable.
Sadly, I have lost all my interest in cars. My VW Jetta is reliable, light on feul and cheap on maintanance.
If I had an unlimmited budget, I’d get me a Bugatti Type 35. Propably the most expensive collector’s car out there. A prime example of form follows function design. It looks like it wants to move, even when its standing still. Even untill today, Bugattis have won more races then any other marque in the world.
I’ll be honest trak wrecka, that roadster isnt doing for me… it looks like a block of wood with wheels and a windshield.
yes, you can, an M6! I am NOT sold on those dame edna headlights, but you’re right, the M5’s are amazing cars.
as a potentially attainable car, I’d pick the Audi RS 4. I’ve always enjoyed audi’s refined styling, and I think the RS 4 hits the market at a very nice sweet spot of (albiet extreme) fuctionality with grace and form.
But if I’m going the more affordable route, I’ll pick the mazda 6 (or atenza, depending where you live) sport. but those clear tail lights are going.
traitor: Indeed, an M6 would be my next choice. As for the Mazda 6, it is a great car. Drove one about a year ago. Goes like stink and with the tiptronic shifter, really nice to drive. Get the Mazda Speed 6 though. More HP, for not much more money.
I am seriously leaning towards a Lexus IS250 for my next ride though. Very attainable for me next year.
I currently own a very French Peugeot 206 SW, which has a very annoying driving position and is really too small and lacking in HP. So despite owning it for less than 6 months it’ll be getting traded in soon.
Unfortunately, though, you’ll then be a BM driver. And we all know what they are like… [/sweeping generalisations]
Hmm, my choice is tricky. Step one would be to rule out all American cars.
Now, either an Aston (vantage… drool), or a TVR. Yeah, yeah, first time I drive it I’ll end up in a tree, but fuck me I’ll have a smile on my face when I die.
TVRs: Chimaera, because you can get one for about £10 grand now. Not the best looking, but it’s quite a beast.
Tuscan, a beaut. About 20 grand now, so slightly more expensive (heheh)
Sagaris, 35-40 grand, and insanely nice. Apparently, it’s been built after the makers heard of cornering, too.
Shame TVR isn’t fully British now, but it’s about as close as you can get nowadays.
Saw an Atom the other day, man can that thing accelerate!