Suggestions please for a 50K weeked car

Suggestions please for a 50K weeked car

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Shnozz

20,645 posts

215 months

Tuesday 23rd July
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Taffy66 said:
^ if buying new...no brainer.. If you want a couple of back seats for your kids then i'd get a nice 997.2 Coupe...Astons, Maseratis can be a risky buy if you get a dud although i do love both brands due to the racing heritage.
Yeah, 997 is known for being a great non-risky buy when it comes to a second hand sports car. No risk at all, no Sir.,

Taffy66

2,615 posts

46 months

Tuesday 23rd July
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Shnozz said:
Yeah, 997 is known for being a great non-risky buy when it comes to a second hand sports car. No risk at all, no Sir.,
997.1 is a risk due to Bore scoring and IMS failure...997.2 whole different proposition altogether with no major engine issues

Nerdherder

1,203 posts

41 months

Wednesday 24th July
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Taffy66 said:
Shnozz said:
Yeah, 997 is known for being a great non-risky buy when it comes to a second hand sports car. No risk at all, no Sir.,
997.1 is a risk due to Bore scoring and IMS failure...997.2 whole different proposition altogether with no major engine issues
The OP is after a 997 Turbo, which has the ‘Mezger’ engine that is not affected by the mentioned issues!

Nerdherder

1,203 posts

41 months

Wednesday 24th July
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200Plus Club said:
Old man's leggy Ferrari or R8 V10 with larini type exhaust for £10k less... hmmmm
6 speed manual hi spec R8 V10 for the win. 20k mile servicing, 100k miles no troubles. Stunning Looks in the right colour with carbon blades.
Servicing is a fair point as is the comparison..

blueg33

21,528 posts

168 months

Wednesday 24th July
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Nerdherder said:
200Plus Club said:
Old man's leggy Ferrari or R8 V10 with larini type exhaust for £10k less... hmmmm
6 speed manual hi spec R8 V10 for the win. 20k mile servicing, 100k miles no troubles. Stunning Looks in the right colour with carbon blades.
Servicing is a fair point as is the comparison..
Only one of those is a Ferrari though. R8 feels heavy compared with a 360.

blueg33

21,528 posts

168 months

Wednesday 24th July
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For a 12 year old, I suspect this



has more wow factor than this



although in my view they are close, until you sit in the R8 which is pretty much identical inside to my 2007 A6

The R8 was taken from the PH ands, and there is an Orange Evora 400 for sale on PH.

For a 12 year old I think colour will play a big part. My storm titanium Evora got a bit of attention, my bright blue one gets loads of attention, more so than any 997 (bar GT3 I guess) and much more than the black R8 I had.

julian64

12,808 posts

198 months

Wednesday 24th July
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murphyaj said:
julian64 said:
All the cars above would be very boring to a 12 year old. They might interest an older child but not at the age of 12. At that age they want a space rocket with wheels, preferable on fire with lasers pointed out the front.

My son at that age wanted the Cobra, because it made his friends go 'wow', and they marvels at the fact they couldn't hear each other talking when it was nearby. Nowadays 17 he wouldn't be seen dead in it, and only wants to talk about TVR's, Motorcycles, and old Ford cars

I'm afraid you picked a list of cars only a middle aged man would be interested in.
I appreciate that may have been your experience, but I was recently at an event offering passenger drives in various cars and there were young boys and girls of this age that were literally queuing up to have a go in Porsches, Maseratis and Aston Martins. They might not interest some children, but not all children are the same.
That being said the Lambo Huracan Roadster and Ford GT were the ones they really went nuts for, so they definitely appreciate something more extreme and over the top.
Everyone's experience is different. My boys went to a private school, every second car queuing up to drop the children off was a Porsche. The Porsche is everything from a shopping trolley to a race car In the same boring shape, and while very accomplished, is nothing I've ever seen a twelve year old draw on paper as their ideal car.

However as stated above take the child when you go to do the test drives and I'm sure the child will be happy to help you pick. All children are different.

Trev450

5,751 posts

116 months

Wednesday 24th July
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Is the op buying the car for himself or his son? A good number of suggestions above would point to the latter.

blueg33

21,528 posts

168 months

Wednesday 24th July
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Trev450 said:
Is the op buying the car for himself or his son? A good number of suggestions above would point to the latter.
IMO something that appeals to a 12 year old should also appeal to a 40 year old petrolhead as long as it goes and handles well.

I am 50, but its my inner 12 year old that says wow when I see a supercar.

If it was money no object, people would be suggesting things like Aventadors and 488 Pistas etc, So think about what gives those cars the wow factor. Its a given that they are fast, so the wow factor is coming from looks ie road prescence. These wow cars are not shrinking violets that keep their beauty low key and hidden, they are shouty and brash.

Not many people of any age say wow if the see a 997 or a V8 Vantage, but they do when they see an R8 (in a good colour like Sepang), or a Ferrari 360 or an Evora.

WillB

156 posts

205 months

Wednesday 24th July
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Yep, can't get much more fun than a Lotus! smile

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GG33

1,006 posts

145 months

Wednesday 24th July
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blueg33 said:
Exige - quite a raw driving experience
Evora - mine is definitely liked by 10 year olds (lots of wow's, pointing, silly grins etc)
Alfa 4c
Maybe a V10 R8 (bit common in my view)
Ferrari 360 (maybe a bit old for a 10 year old to get a buzz out of, it would be twice his age)

How much is a TVr Sagaris these days? Or a Tuscan in a reflex colour?

If some kids are anything to go by the number of USB ports and access to a mobile hotspot will be more important than anything else.
Sagaris is definately 'out of range', however 50k would get a nice Tuscan 2 which should hold it's value well over 2 years. They are real head turners and make a great noise. It's what I would choose with your budget. (I have owned 3 TVR's, A Ferrari F430 spider and now a 991.2 GTS Cab) The TVR attracted as much attention as the 430 but it was a special colour.

blueg33

21,528 posts

168 months

Wednesday 24th July
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GG33 said:
Sagaris is definately 'out of range', however 50k would get a nice Tuscan 2 which should hold it's value well over 2 years. They are real head turners and make a great noise. It's what I would choose with your budget. (I have owned 3 TVR's, A Ferrari F430 spider and now a 991.2 GTS Cab) The TVR attracted as much attention as the 430 but it was a special colour.
Yes I think a TVR would need to be a T car in a special colour. Mine was reflex purple and attracted a lot of attention, the Evora generates at least as much.

130R

5,978 posts

150 months

Wednesday 24th July
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A Lotus Elise or Exige would be a far better choice than anything on your short-list as a weekend car IMO. No way would I buy something like a 997 Turbo as a weekend car (as a daily driver then it's a different story)

supercommuter

2,001 posts

46 months

Wednesday 24th July
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R8 V10 all day long

Davel

8,610 posts

202 months

Wednesday 24th July
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Hope you take him with you as you try these cars out.

Sure he'd love to go in these cars if you can squeeze him in...

AC123

666 posts

98 months

Wednesday 24th July
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Ferrari 360 or a very leggy Gallardo.

12 years olds want Italian supercars, not impressive MPG and service intervals

Olivera

3,458 posts

183 months

Wednesday 24th July
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R8 V8

WCZ

6,832 posts

138 months

Wednesday 24th July
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/283515101968

can't get much more dramatic than this, absolutely rapid too.

The Surveyor

6,776 posts

181 months

Wednesday 24th July
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AC123 said:
Ferrari 360 or a very leggy Gallardo.

12 years olds want Italian supercars, not impressive MPG and service intervals
Not any more, they're fed a diet of climate change and personal safety these days. …"Daddy, why have you bought a car that will kill the polar bears?"

The answer is the i8, or bludgeon him into submission with that awesome Ultima laugh

julian64

12,808 posts

198 months

Wednesday 24th July
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Olivera said:
R8 V8
This is possibly a good shout if he watches any Marvel films My son used to be able to spot one of these about a mile away because iron man drives one.