Thanks for replies - I've been scouting the classifieds. My conclusions so far are:
- it's time to own some yankee muscle car. Seems a shame to come all the way over here to the land of cheap "gas" and buy a European car.
- Camaro, not convinced by styling. Monster power version is a ragtop.
- Mustang, only the Shelby GT500 will do, but it really is a 2+2. I have 3 kids, and the Challenger does actually have room for 3 in the back.
- Challenger, the SRT8 models with the 6.4 litre V8 would be hard to say no to, particularly as it comes with a manual gearbox.
- Caddie CTS V - my neighbour has one. I liked the huge central exhausts hanging out the back of it and did a bit of research. Apart from it's appetite for gas (all of my choices will guzzle anyway), owners complained about nasty, shunty transmission. Looks are bit too angular for me.
- older muscle - my brother had a '66 Mustang when he lived in Houston. I think the word I'm looking for is between agricultural and rustic - let's say rusticultural. But that Bullit look is cool....
- budget, could stretch to $50k easily enough, so European cars used, US cars would have the option of new.
- am living in Coconut Grove in Miami and would prefer tintop to convertible due to extraordinary heat in summer and tropical rainstorms, no garage, etc.
Funny thing over here is that people are telling me to lease to build up my credit history. I'm maybe a bit old school, but have always preferred to buy the things that I want outright rather than on credit, the exception being houses of course. Maybe will have to overcome my stubborn principles as if we want to buy a house (to stop paying EXORBITANT rental rates) then a credit rating might be handy.
Thanks for the replies - you've given me plenty of food for thought unlike my wife. I asked her what sort of car she wants and she said "A yellow one..."
Welcome to FL - hope you settle in well.
Couple of points: ZL1 Camaro is available in coupe - just a bit cramped in the back.
The Tremec manual trans in the 392 Challenger is just as recalcitrant and the Caddy's, unfortunately.
Building credit is a challenge, though not helped with an auto lease. It would help your credit to finance a car purchase, which is do-able, assuming you have a visa that is current for the duration of the loan, or you are a LPR.