There is no car I want to buy next.

There is no car I want to buy next.

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priley

473 posts

154 months

Tuesday 2nd February
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I had a two GTV V6's, coupe and spider, so I can relate. Beautiful but flawed. Also had a Cayman GTS and Alfa 4C; I won't have another paddle shift fun car.

I think a well sorted V8, from 308 to perhaps 360, would do it-a 550 is a good shout too. However they are all old and with associated maintenance costs/reliability considerations.

Putting my Ferrari bias to one side the Lotus, I think it's an Elise V6 (430?) could be interesting? I had a close look at one at Goodwood a couple of years back, it looked great and it sounded fantastic.

Superleg48

1,329 posts

99 months

Tuesday 2nd February
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The Alfa 4c is also a good shout.

7GJR

124 posts

63 months

Tuesday 2nd February
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I had a 599 for 15 months or so. I loved that car so much as it had been the culmination of a dream I'd had since reading Evo CoTY 2006. I took it to the Scottish Highlands for a driving trip with some mates. The car was so (so!) wide I really struggled with the overtakes on the narrow roads, especially vans or motorhomes. I was so disheartened by the car after that trip I traded it in.

The other cars on that trip were pretty diverse, a 991.2 GT3RS Weissach, a 981 GT4, an e46 M3 and a 355 GTS. the 'car to have' for that trip was almost unanimously declared to be the GT4. It was more than powerful enough, it was light, nimble, agile but still felt 'premium'. I was surprised that even the GT3 driver said he would have preferred to be in the GT4.

So .. that's a long-winded way of saying you should consider a Cayman GT4 to add to the garage. The 599 for the schlep to the south of France with exquisite luggage and a happy passenger; the Cayman GT4 for red-line hunting on the twisties.


Leftfootwonder

1,042 posts

24 months

Tuesday 2nd February
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Sounds to me like you've fallen out of love with driving. Understandable given we haven't been able to do much for over 10 months. I feel the same but I have spent some time recently plotting routes for a few road trips once restrictions are eased and now I can't wait!

Jumpingjackflash

Original Poster:

451 posts

145 months

Tuesday 2nd February
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I am not criticising anyones choices. I am criticising the car manufactures. I thought about a Caymen/Spyder GT4 but the gearing is too tall and for the money I would probably buy a GT3. I gave not fallen out of love with driving. I am just frustrated that the cars are available are too fast, too big, too wide and not manuals.

How about this idea a Mk1 elise built by Porsche with Honda s2000 engine and Mazda Mx5 gearbox that looks like a baby ferrari.

Superleg48

1,329 posts

99 months

Tuesday 2nd February
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Leftfootwonder said:
Sounds to me like you've fallen out of love with driving. Understandable given we haven't been able to do much for over 10 months. I feel the same but I have spent some time recently plotting routes for a few road trips once restrictions are eased and now I can't wait!
I am not the only one then!

1. Round trip around the UK. Norfolk to John O’Groats via West Coast of UK and Scotland, Along North Coast of Scotland, down East Coast of Scotland, through Wales (North and East coast) down to Lands End back to Norfolk...around 2200 miles over 5/6 days or so.
2. Round trip to Auschwitz. Always wanted to visit there.
3. Round trip to Southern Spain, taking in 4/5 days in Estapona

I’d better stop planning soon!


andrew

9,263 posts

158 months

Tuesday 2nd February
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lotus 131
hth thumbup

Leftfootwonder

1,042 posts

24 months

Tuesday 2nd February
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Superleg48 said:
Leftfootwonder said:
Sounds to me like you've fallen out of love with driving. Understandable given we haven't been able to do much for over 10 months. I feel the same but I have spent some time recently plotting routes for a few road trips once restrictions are eased and now I can't wait!
I am not the only one then!

1. Round trip around the UK. Norfolk to John O’Groats via West Coast of UK and Scotland, Along North Coast of Scotland, down East Coast of Scotland, through Wales (North and East coast) down to Lands End back to Norfolk...around 2200 miles over 5/6 days or so.
2. Round trip to Auschwitz. Always wanted to visit there.
3. Round trip to Southern Spain, taking in 4/5 days in Estapona

I’d better stop planning soon!
Fine work, Sir! thumbup

Jumpingjackflash

Original Poster:

451 posts

145 months

Tuesday 2nd February
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I was thinking what about a Mclaren 570gt with manual box and no turbos.

BurtonLazars

579 posts

10 months

Tuesday 2nd February
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OP why don’t you customise something eg tuthill/ retropower/ Litchfield, et al

GT4 gears are too long? Shorten them. Etc.

cptsideways

13,222 posts

218 months

Tuesday 2nd February
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Caterham 160 for the days it's not raining wink

Just brilliant trust me

markiii

1,757 posts

160 months

Tuesday 2nd February
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718 GT Boxster and drop a light flywheel and new final drive in?

ghost83

4,553 posts

156 months

Tuesday 2nd February
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Jumpingjackflash said:
I was thinking what about a Mclaren 570gt with manual box and no turbos.
They don’t do a manual,


ghost83

4,553 posts

156 months

Tuesday 2nd February
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Cayman gt4?

Jumpingjackflash

Original Poster:

451 posts

145 months

Tuesday 2nd February
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ghost83 said:
They don’t do a manual,
I know mate. They do not do N/A Engines either. It was a wish list.

TTmonkey

17,014 posts

213 months

Tuesday 2nd February
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All this power the OP wants to use..... where exactly? You’d be insane to wring the neck out of any modern super car on the U.K. roads.

PH answer = MX5.


F-type ?

Harry Flashman

15,285 posts

208 months

Tuesday 2nd February
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This ennui is what the Morgan Plus 8 was made for. Special at any speed, including a 20mph burble around town.

I had Aero 8s. Flawed. Badly built. Impractical. I miss them both - a greater sense of occasion for the money was hard to find. The V8 Vantage that replaced them was never as dear to me.

Jumpingjackflash

Original Poster:

451 posts

145 months

Tuesday 2nd February
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I have even looked at Morgans too. I owned a MK1 mx5 harvard edition. It was great for money but steering was slow compared to modern cars and you do miss a little more power and engine noise. I hope Gordon Murray is reading this post.

Harry Flashman

15,285 posts

208 months

Tuesday 2nd February
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Jumpingjackflash said:
I have even looked at Morgans too. I owned a MK1 mx5 harvard edition. It was great for money but steering was slow compared to modern cars and you do miss a little more power and engine noise. I hope Gordon Murray is reading this post.
The newer V8s are a very different ballgame. Night and day. Try one.

ElanS

83 posts

37 months

Tuesday 2nd February
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I have a manual Gallardo LP560 and love this package. Gallardos feels compact compared to newer cars and more power than I will need. Still feels special (at least for me) and reliable. The 4WD means I don’t worry about grip. I have a couple of other toys for RWD. I toyed with the idea of Huracan Performante too but I think I will miss the gated manual too much.

Maybe a manual Porsche 997 GTS or M3 CSL with manual conversion?