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Posted by Noel [Email] (#876) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Noel) on Fri, 15 Jan 2016 07:23:33 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Will there ever be another basic sports car?, GFW3pedals [Profile/Gallery] , Thu, 14 Jan 2016 08:08:16
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About the only way to go for a "bare bones sports car is to go with something old ('60s-'70s) that you can have as a rolling restoration or get a clean older Miata and do a restoration on that. Or if it's good, just drive it. The first two generations of Miata can be had without a lot of bells and whistles.

But there are issues, like for me, at 6'2", I don't fit especially well in a Miata. It works OK, but it's not a car I could do a long drive in and be comfortable. Then again, when I get into a new Corvette, the top of the windshield is jut a couple inches above my eyes, so that's not a great fit, either.

At the urging of a MG-addicted pal, I have looked at various MGBs. Had one once, and I do fit, but clean ones at an affordable price are hard to come by. But again, I'm not sure a B is a car I want to do a lot of miles in, say to get to our second home (12 hours) where it would be really nice to have an open top car.

So I keep coming back to a Saab vert. For similar money to buying a used "true" sports car, a Saab vert could fill the bill. And a later model 9-3 with some mods would handle well, too. Can't do it right away, but it's on the agenda.

But the days of basic, bare bones sports car are gone for good. Which is one reason the oldies can go for so much money. People want them as toys and life style accessories.

_______________________________________ Noel 1999 9-3 SE auto (daily driver) 1996 9000 CSE 5 speed (soon to leave) 2003 9-5 Linear SportWagon (wife's) 1984 C900 4 door Base model (RIP) 1995 9000 CS (sold) 1996 9000 CS (RIP) 2000 9-3 SE (RIP)


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