PH BLOG: NEW YEAR, NEW CARS...
Two weeks into 2013 Harris is getting an itchy trigger finger when it comes to temptations in the classifieds
But a new year is mostly about car decisions. What to keep, what to sell, what to ignore, what to pretend is quietly appreciating but is actually lurking and hiding some shattering bill. I’d like to think that 2013 will mostly be a year of acquisitions, because there are numerous things I’d like to own, and one rather expensive thing which I will sell – the 599.
But it has to go. What to have instead?
I need some more French tat. A proper 205 Rallye would be perfect, a ripple-bonnet 2CV is high on the list and I still need a Mehari in my life even though prices are spiraling out of control.
There are further complications: Mike Musto’s show on Drive has reignited the need to own a Dodge Charger. Preferably a 1969 440 RT, but I might need to manage my expectations on that front.
There is something fascinating about those early AMG machines. We now get factory warranted thugs from most manufacturers with absurd engine sizes, but what AMG was doing in the 80s and 90s still resonates today. A widebody W124 Hammer Coupe might be too much to resist. Then again so might a 964 Turbo II 3.6. Or an R32 Skyline, or perhaps an R33. But then you’d wonder if you should have hunted down a minty Evo VI GSR.
What would one do with a Merc 600 Grosser? I don’t know, but would rather enjoy trying. Would a 300 SEL 6.3 be a little more amusing? They’re both an itch I feel the need to dig my nails into. I could plonk the family in them too, but isn’t that what the E28 M5 is for? In which case none of this makes any sense and I should just buy a 512 TR, but even such extreme behaviour leaves the quintessential car question unanswered: namely, would Porsche Finance lend against a 959?
So 2013 is just like 2012 – which was the same as the previous 10 new years. I wouldn’t have it any other way.