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Cam
January 17th, 2014, 08:28 AM
I saw a Dodge Omni today... on the road... moving... under it's own power.

Random
January 17th, 2014, 09:04 AM
Saw a new Cherokee in the wild--not a fan of the rear end styling. :|

thesameguy
January 17th, 2014, 09:24 AM
You are not alone, but I'm not in the camp. I really like the new Cherokee from all angles. It's different but still clearly a Jeep.

I've been seeing the same matte red NSX all over town. Kinda neat looking - I'd never considered a matte color for a car.

Random
January 17th, 2014, 09:32 AM
I think if Jeep had put the license plate in the hatch instead of the bumper I'd like it more. There's too much space: http://www.autoweek.com/galleryimage/CW/20130327/NEWYORK/327009995/PH/0/4/ny-jeep-cherokee-rear.jpg

Taimar
January 17th, 2014, 11:16 AM
Last night on Aurora Avenue: A beautiful cobalt blue 1971 Lincoln four-door hardtop with a dark blue vinyl top. Absolutely immaculate.

thesameguy
January 17th, 2014, 01:13 PM
I think if Jeep had put the license plate in the hatch instead of the bumper I'd like it more. There's too much space

They probably did it because the cost of molding multiple bumpers is cheaper than stamping multiple hatches, and this way it can accommodate a variety of license plate sizes.

Comically, I think the new Cherokee may be the first instance of someone copying Kia's styling -

http://image.trucktrend.com/f/roadtests/suv/163_1303_2013_kia_sportage_ex_first_test/43443044/2013-Kia-Sportage-rear.jpg

thesameguy
January 17th, 2014, 01:22 PM
Oh yeah...

I had the Fiero up to 95mph today, the fastest it's gone since I've had it. It's surprisingly solid at those speeds, though the low spring rates really start to display their inadequacies. I'm not going to do anything about that as they are on the edge of tolerable for daily driver duty. Anyway, while hauling ass down the freeway, I got passed by a W124 500E. I don't know how fast he was going, but he got in front of me right quick and then proceeded to exit the freeway from the left lane, jetting across four lanes of traffic. I didn't mind, because in a car like that he deserves such privileges. :lol: Still a fine, fine looking car. Maybe I'll pursue one when I'm done with the XJR.

Random
January 17th, 2014, 04:37 PM
I was thinking about those, too. :D.

I was behind a Tribeca today ; Subaru put the plate in the middle of the hatch.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/6d/Subaru_Tribeca_rear_20090418.jpg/320px-Subaru_Tribeca_rear_20090418.jpg

IMOA
January 17th, 2014, 10:47 PM
Ruf RT35 parked out the front of my local Porsche shop today. The looks match the performance

Fast As Possible
January 21st, 2014, 12:44 AM
I saw a Porsche 924 S2 or something in the parking lot of canadian tire last night, it had really dark tinted windows and I think the guy was just parking there to smoke crack or something. Toronto is a world class city.

Mr Wonder
January 21st, 2014, 04:36 AM
It's been slim pickings in NYC this weekend. Only a very attention starved guy revving the tits off a Maserati Granturismo in heavy times square traffic. A similar story was told on fifth avenue as some minor celeb or other got into a ferocious sounding mate grey Gallardo. Both sightings beaten only by the six four lmpala cruising down sixth ave.

IMOA
January 21st, 2014, 07:33 AM
Aston, Aston, Aston, Ferrari FF, Aston, Aston, Rolls Royce Ghost, Aston, Aston, Aston, Aston, Spyker, Aston, Aston

I never thought I'd get so sick of Aston's but it's like they/re every second car here

Taimar
January 21st, 2014, 08:41 AM
Yesterday:

1973 Chevelle Laguna S-3 - mint condition, green-gold metallic with a black vinyl top.
Buick Reatta - red.

Today:

1964 Ford Falcon Ranchero - copper/bronze with a black vinyl top.
Buick Reatta - white.

Two Reattas in two days!

JoshInKC
January 21st, 2014, 02:34 PM
Wow, I haven't seen a Laguna S-3 in years.
Reattas seem oddly common around here for some reason- I see them on a really regular basis. What a weird vehicle, I'm sure the development is a strange story. I can't believe anybody at gm thought they would sell enough to make their money back.

thesameguy
January 21st, 2014, 02:51 PM
Buick is going to be GM's upscale sporty brand!

Wait, nevermind.

retsmah
January 21st, 2014, 04:04 PM
A little while ago, but saw a Porsche 918 back in August in southern Germany. At the time it must have been some kind of pre production car, I guess there are probably some production models on the road now.

Random
January 28th, 2014, 09:10 AM
An MG-T* in downtown Davis on Sunday--top down and everything. :)

I don't know enough about MGs to tell the difference between a TA/B/C/D/F without looking them up. :p

Freude am Fahren
January 28th, 2014, 09:19 AM
Haven't seen it yet but one of the Venenos has arrived in Miami. I'm on the lookout.

speedpimp
January 28th, 2014, 10:56 AM
Quite a few Osh Kosh plow trucks. Those only seem to come out when the weather has been really bad, like it has been around here. There is just something about the Osh Koshi that makes them seem way more intimidating than the normal plow truck.

drew
January 28th, 2014, 03:34 PM
At the Starbucks 1/4 mile from where I am now, I've seen an FF, AMG Black, GT-R (all three at the same time), and a 458. I've only been here a week.

The FF and GT-R Seem to be regulars, as I see them every time I drive by.

Saw a DB9 on my travels today, and a GT3. Apparently people here like toys.

TheBenior
January 28th, 2014, 04:41 PM
My sister told me that in her neighborhood in Irvine, CA, one of her neighbors apparently has a rich friend who drops by in a SLR McLaren from time to time.

I told her, "If only I could have such well monied gentleman callers."

Freude am Fahren
January 28th, 2014, 05:45 PM
Saw an F12 in Giallo Modena last night too.

Dicknose
January 29th, 2014, 04:06 AM
Delorean
Never seen one in Oz before. When I told my mate he said he thinks it might Matthew Reilly, the author.
He has one and lives near where I saw him.

speedpimp
February 6th, 2014, 04:05 PM
Eagle Summit 3 dr LRV, stick shift rusted to hell, still moving under its own power.

Mid 80's Nissan Maxima Wagon is very good condition.

Cam
February 7th, 2014, 10:38 AM
My sister told me that in her neighborhood in Irvine, CA, one of her neighbors apparently has a rich friend who drops by in a SLR McLaren from time to time.

I told her, "If only I could have such well monied gentleman callers."
:lol: There's loads of wildly interesting/wildly expensive cars in Irvine every Saturday morning at the local Cars and Coffee. Crazy rare/odd cars and different ones every week. The most expensive I've seen being a Jaguar D-Type... driving... under it's own power... driven into the parking lot like it was a daily driver. :eek:

thesameguy
February 7th, 2014, 10:49 AM
I miss Irvine. :(

Alan P
February 7th, 2014, 10:52 AM
Pulled up behind some Ferrari earlier today. 612 or California I think. Sorry to say while it sounded fabulous I really didn't like the arse end. Looked absolutely massive and the lights looked cheap and tacky.

matt s
February 8th, 2014, 07:14 AM
I saw a red Toyota Paseo convertible coming home from work yesterday, not exactly something one sees everyday. Maybe they hang out with the people who own the early 90s Celica and Mitsubishi 3000GT convertibles running around town.

Mr Wonder
February 11th, 2014, 06:51 AM
I followed a BMW i3 on the M25 for a while yesterday. It's a strange looking thing, especially from the rear, and being kind of orange and black does it no favours. It was keeping up with most of the traffic at usual motorway speeds (85ish mph). The guy driving it looked a little uncomfortable but he seemed pretty tall and was sort of hunched over the wheel a little.

Random
February 11th, 2014, 07:47 AM
Saw an FD yesterday. First one seen outside of an autocross in a while.

Taimar
February 11th, 2014, 08:30 AM
This morning: An immaculate 1980s 2-door short-wheelbase Gelandewagen with nice rally lights. Forest green. There's actually a couple of these running around in North Seattle.

tigeraid
February 11th, 2014, 10:20 AM
Not sure who the owner is, but one of my best customers currently has a McLaren MP4-12C in the body shop. Nothing wrong with it, I assume it must be in for detailing or something. Wicked purple-looking colour. :hard:

Random
February 11th, 2014, 11:03 AM
Buick Reatta - red.
Buick Reatta - white.


Must be Reatta weather--I saw one today in white. :D

SkylineObsession
February 11th, 2014, 11:24 PM
Saw a green TVR Chimera convertible the other day. Think there is also a black/dark TVR T350 in town too.

thesameguy
February 15th, 2014, 01:42 PM
On Friday I tailed a car I haven't seen much less thought about in near 20 years... an E36-based AC Schnitzer S3. I don't think it was the later-variety CLS as it didn't have the semi-boxed rear flanks, but still a pretty special car.

speedpimp
February 24th, 2014, 03:44 PM
Later model Dodge Daytona(blue over silver) in excellent condition driving around. It had a rear window louver to boot. Can't remember the last time I saw one on the road in average to terrible condition, let alone one in this good of condition.

JoshInKC
February 24th, 2014, 04:37 PM
There's one of those somewhere near my neighborhood in half-decent shape. I saw it on craigslist a few years where the owner wanted something like $8 grand for it which was a complete pipedream.
Pretty sure he didn't get his price, cause I saw him driving around again like a year later.

speedpimp
February 25th, 2014, 04:00 PM
One of the common sights on my Saturday route is a late 60's Ranchero and a '77-'79 Ranchero GT.

Random
February 27th, 2014, 09:51 AM
An STS-V on my commute this morning with a "fat chicks" mud-flap decal centered on the rear bumper.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31bmFQtpLNL._SY300_.jpg

*snort*

Rikadyn
February 27th, 2014, 02:31 PM
Porsche Cayenne, Now this would not be normally a notable car sighting, except this one is rocking a giant skull and cross bones across the hood, which makes it an oddity

speedpimp
February 27th, 2014, 02:58 PM
Yesterday was another Dodge Daytona(flip-up headlights, rear window louvers) and today was a Chrysler Laser.

Freude am Fahren
February 28th, 2014, 03:47 PM
Saw my first 991 Turbo today. In black. Then literally seconds later a Turbo S passed in the opposite direction. Also in black :lol:

matt s
February 28th, 2014, 06:40 PM
On Wednesday I was out looking for apartments and was surprised to see a green Mazda REPU in one of the lots at one complex.

Dicknose
March 1st, 2014, 01:23 AM
I saw a Porsche Panamera
Hmm what's that on the side...
http://passion.porsche.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Gallery/images/au/Police-pana_0.jpg

Wasn't sure to believe my eyes until Google found the above image.

LHutton
March 1st, 2014, 05:01 AM
^Seacrest County?

Dicknose
March 1st, 2014, 12:14 PM
They sometimes get a loaner and use it mostly for "public relations"
Ie park it and have people come to look at it.

I doubt it's cleared to do a chase.

Porsche or othe car companies are happy to loan the cars for free just to get there cars seen.

IMOA
March 2nd, 2014, 12:58 AM
Saw my first 991 Turbo today. In black. Then literally seconds later a Turbo S passed in the opposite direction. Also in black :lol:

Saw my first one last night as well, kinda looked a bit odd to be honest. Also had a McLaren 12c drive past, I think thats the first time I've seen one of them on the road.

Dicknose
March 2nd, 2014, 11:34 PM
"Holden" Volt.
Had plates HIVLTG

Yw-slayer
March 3rd, 2014, 12:03 AM
The 991 Turbo does look rather odd. There's one in our car park which I always have to narrowly avoid hitting when reversing out. I think the rims are too big for it.

Freude am Fahren
March 4th, 2014, 07:02 PM
Yeah, it looks a bit too bling/luxurious for a Turbo. But then that's the 991 in general. I think the rims are too big even on the standard model.

Also, kinda related to this topic, I was watching "National Security", a Martin Lawrence/Steve Zahn movie from last decade that takes place in LA. At one point they try to commandeer a vehicle. That vehicle: Opel Speedster!/Vauxhall VX220! WTF?

Yw-slayer
March 5th, 2014, 02:44 AM
Now that's a sweet car. It's a pity that they're so rare.

thesameguy
March 6th, 2014, 02:26 PM
I saw a white (!!!) DeLorean today. What pissed me off, aside from the fact it was painted, was that I got no love from the driver. Two dudes driving mid-engined '80s cars both powered by shitty V6s should share some sort of a bond, dammit.

speedpimp
March 6th, 2014, 02:43 PM
Probably too full of himself and caught up in his own little world.

Alan P
March 6th, 2014, 07:05 PM
Probably couldn't decide when to go next.

thesameguy
March 6th, 2014, 07:18 PM
:lol:

I started thinking maybe it was some OHC snobbery or something.

Freude am Fahren
March 7th, 2014, 05:11 PM
Saw an M1 sitting in a parking garage down the street while walking the dog. Right next to a mint El Camino SS

speedpimp
March 8th, 2014, 04:12 PM
Around here I see RV transporters every single day. Most of them are just a run of the mill one ton pick up, but today I saw a Ford E-350 on a wheelbase that was long enough for a Peterbilt sleeper and a Dodge pickup bed. The cab was white, sleeper was black and the bed was red.

Mr Wonder
March 9th, 2014, 11:42 AM
Lime green Tesla Roadster acting as a mobile chicane by doing 50mph in the middle lane of the M3.
Scimitar GTC SE8
My first Audi RS7 - Pretty swish.
A beater silver F355 GTS being used like it was designed to be.
VW Golf Mk1 Caddy

Godson
March 9th, 2014, 03:12 PM
Annnnnnnnnnnd another Model S in a dark blueish gray color.



I still like them

IMOA
March 10th, 2014, 10:36 AM
Had a McLaren SLR drive past the other day. C'mon P1, you're next

Yw-slayer
March 10th, 2014, 02:02 PM
I'm still waiting to see a Model S on the road.

The only two original-gen RS4s are now on sale in HK. Very tempted despite servicing from the official Audi dealer being famously expensive and shit.

Sad, little man
March 10th, 2014, 02:08 PM
B...But... An Audi RS4 looks nothing like an Elise. :erm:

Sad, little man
March 10th, 2014, 02:11 PM
I saw a white (!!!) DeLorean today. What pissed me off, aside from the fact it was painted, was that I got no love from the driver. Two dudes driving mid-engined '80s cars both powered by shitty V6s should share some sort of a bond, dammit.
If you weren't already aware, Deloreans are often painted as a result of previous body damage. Even if you straighten out the body panels after they get hit, you will always be able to see stress marks in the bare metal where it was bent, so sometimes the only option short of a new panel is to paint the car.

thesameguy
March 10th, 2014, 08:19 PM
Yeah, but this white Delorean had black racing stripes. I get the feeling the owner had a plan.

Yw-slayer
March 10th, 2014, 11:06 PM
B...But... An Audi RS4 looks nothing like an Elise. :erm:

Nor does an E60 M5 wagon, imported from the UK. Mmm...

Kchrpm
March 11th, 2014, 05:36 AM
I saw a Model S on the road in Chicago near Ross's place.

TheBenior
March 11th, 2014, 10:29 AM
I was surprised that I didn't see any more Tesla Model S on the road in Southern California than I do in Chicago. I did see some California only electric models like the 1 Series and Fiat 500e, though.

Freude am Fahren
March 11th, 2014, 04:04 PM
Man, you guys should come to south florida. They're about as common as an S-Class. I think I see more of them than I do Audi A7/S7. And way more than the Audi A/S8's

Godson
March 16th, 2014, 07:01 AM
Saw a red zr1 yesterday about 3 blocks from mi casa when I left for a ride.

Those things must be a hoot to drive.

LHutton
March 16th, 2014, 08:37 AM
Red E-Type this afternoon.

SportWagon
March 19th, 2014, 04:10 AM
In an Ontario grocery store parking lot in early winter, I think the following qualifies as notable.
Interesting how JPEG algorithms remove falling snow from pictures.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v494/SportWagon/gtx-2012-05-18/Samba-1m_zpsb950194a.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/SportWagon/media/gtx-2012-05-18/Samba-1_zpsf4ca3fbb.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v494/SportWagon/gtx-2012-05-18t/Samba-4t_zps8e935cd5.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/SportWagon/media/gtx-2012-05-18/Samba-4_zpsfdf8669c.jpg.html) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v494/SportWagon/gtx-2012-05-18t/Samba-3t_zps72ffe9a6.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/SportWagon/media/gtx-2012-05-18/Samba-3_zpsc51e873e.jpg.html) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v494/SportWagon/gtx-2012-05-18t/Samba-2t_zps3f50de6a.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/SportWagon/media/gtx-2012-05-18/Samba-2_zps8fa981ce.jpg.html)
Rear picture could possibly go in \m/ METAL \m/ thread too.

And so I will tag on the following less notable sighting, seen at "that garage".
Sorry, someone appeared while I was using my cellphone, so the quality is especially bad.

"The name's Templar, Simon Templar"...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v494/SportWagon/gtx-2012-05-18/Saint-1m_zps3760a886.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/SportWagon/media/gtx-2012-05-18/Saint-1_zps980fb415.jpg.html)

Removed hot links to images because, you know, the PhotoBucket saga.

Godson
March 19th, 2014, 12:12 PM
I love the P1800.


But I have sworn off Volvo.

thesameguy
March 19th, 2014, 01:31 PM
ROFL!

speedpimp
March 19th, 2014, 03:42 PM
But this one has a /6 swapped in, so you just know its gotta be bulletproof, right?

Godson
March 19th, 2014, 03:45 PM
Choke on an elephant cock.

speedpimp
March 19th, 2014, 03:49 PM
Dude, you really need to quit peeking. It's getting a bit creepy.

speedpimp
March 24th, 2014, 02:29 PM
Spotted this FJ55 at a Meijer's.

neanderthal
March 24th, 2014, 03:12 PM
Jay Leno.

In some obscure 1930s thing.

thesameguy
March 26th, 2014, 10:36 AM
Quite the morning... spotted a new SS and an FF about a mile from each other. The SS is pretty really nice looking while also quite generic. Solid styling, but nothing about it screams high performance sedan.

KillerB
March 27th, 2014, 10:38 AM
BMW 2-series in camouflage on the 405.

Mr Wonder
March 27th, 2014, 11:00 AM
I saw a Renault 21 Turbo today. Not only was it immaculate but it was moving under it's own power!

LHutton
March 27th, 2014, 11:53 AM
Silver MP4-12C last Saturday.

speedpimp
March 27th, 2014, 01:35 PM
Car hauler loaded with various Ferraris, Lambos and other exotics.

Rob
March 28th, 2014, 03:46 AM
I saw a Renault 21 Turbo today. Not only was it immaculate but it was moving under it's own power!

I thought they were fully extinct.

Not particularly notable, special or rare, I saw a new Z4 in metallic orange with the folding metal top in black. Highly unusual scheme around here, it made me think of a certain Bengals fan...

Mr Wonder
March 29th, 2014, 05:32 AM
I saw the 21 Turbo again yesterday. The guy clearly uses it everyday, which is very impressive.

samoht
March 29th, 2014, 01:15 PM
In Notting Hill today:
Dino targa-top in red
Jag XKSS (two-seat roadgoing D-type) in white

Taimar
April 11th, 2014, 09:30 AM
Over the last few days:

1988 Mitsubishi Sigma (always liked these, very rare now)
1991 Isuzu Impulse (non turbo)
1950 Jaguar XK120 DHC (on the move in downtown Seattle no less)
1970 Ford Maverick (complete with California black plate)
1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner retractable hardtop
1955 Ford Customline sedan
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Mercury Marquis two-door hardtop

thesameguy
April 11th, 2014, 10:04 AM
Check out this rarity:

http://sacsaabs.org/sacsaabs.org/othercars/forddurango.jpg

Yeah, that's right. A Ford Durango.

Godson
April 12th, 2014, 03:49 AM
Bright yellow Lamborghini Gallardo rolling through my hood.

speedpimp
April 16th, 2014, 05:01 PM
Not a car but an engine I had to pick up today. V10 from an M5. Paperwork said the weight was north of 600 lbs.
437438

speedpimp
April 16th, 2014, 05:03 PM
Not a car but an engine I had to pick up today. V10 from an M5. Paperwork said the weight was north of 600 lbs.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v709/speedpimp/V10side2.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/speedpimp/media/V10side2.png.html)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v709/speedpimp/V10front.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/speedpimp/media/V10front.jpg.html)

thesameguy
April 17th, 2014, 09:19 AM
That is a heavy engine!

Freude am Fahren
April 17th, 2014, 09:29 AM
Does that include the pallate and some extras? That does seem heavy. Aluminum engine too, right?

speedpimp
April 17th, 2014, 11:29 AM
Yes that includes the pallet weight. It also had the headers. Only thing major I noticed missing was the intake. I'm not sure how good the paper towels shoved into the cylinders works at keeping things out though.

Kchrpm
April 19th, 2014, 08:35 PM
Family reunion: C7, C6 Z06, C5

447

448

speedpimp
April 21st, 2014, 01:09 PM
Ferrari 458 Italia in Silver. Silver can turn any car into a Buick.
450

Godson
April 21st, 2014, 01:30 PM
Why the fuck would you buy a silver Fezza?

thesameguy
April 21st, 2014, 01:40 PM
Yeah, that seems completely nuts. I can't believe they even make that color.

Random
April 21st, 2014, 01:44 PM
Nice white/pearl CTS-V Wagon up around Marconi/Howe today.

Nice ass, but a tiny rear window.

speedpimp
April 21st, 2014, 01:57 PM
Why the fuck would you buy a silver Fezza?

Because taupe wasn't available?

thesameguy
April 21st, 2014, 02:01 PM
"I'm interested in one of those, oh, what are they called? Ferraris? But, tell me, do they come in ultrabeige? No? Perhaps silver?"

thesameguy
April 21st, 2014, 02:02 PM
Nice white/pearl CTS-V Wagon up around Marconi/Howe today.

Nice ass, but a tiny rear window.

Visibility is arse, but the backup camera is totally adequate. Better than a Magnum, though.

Random
April 21st, 2014, 02:13 PM
"I'm interested in one of those, oh, what are they called? Ferraris? But, tell me, do they come in ultrabeige? No? Perhaps silver?"

Your fictional owner cheaped out!

Beige 458 Italia:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeQIoYdk4r8

speedpimp
April 21st, 2014, 02:51 PM
:up:

KillerB
April 27th, 2014, 08:45 PM
That kinda looks a bit like Honda's Championship White, doesn't it?

Last night I went to a bar in a neighborhood in Costa Mesa that is in the process of going from an industrial area to art galleries, hipster bars, and the like... anyway, it's not a car sighting, per se, but I saw an auto repair business that specialized in "Honda, Acura & Sterling." I wonder how long it's been since someone actually brought a damn Sterling to them? :lol:

Kchrpm
April 28th, 2014, 05:27 AM
I cheated.

https://plus.google.com/photos/116674493483634194038/albums/6007210152746306993

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-JPoX1DjF42Q/U13lzgMqXeI/AAAAAAADodA/JBHQSiGTDfU/w1044-h587-no/DSC_0095.JPG

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-mbJnFRMZjbE/U13lzjDbZ9I/AAAAAAADodo/HfQlqnMraJU/w332-h590-no/DSC_0098.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-LIj0l5lVE7k/U13lzrmJwQI/AAAAAAADodA/iBfMTjHzTkQ/w1044-h587-no/DSC_0077.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-e9QEsKMG018/U13lzjqrEEI/AAAAAAADodA/o8oR67WHops/w1044-h587-no/DSC_0069.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7qDvD75jhbI/U13lzsx_RaI/AAAAAAADoeU/_9xI3NOVQ8k/w1044-h587-no/DSC_0058.JPG

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-ek5Zj7RfW2k/U13lzmNmbtI/AAAAAAADoc8/vPhqdwQgbtw/w1044-h587-no/DSC_0041.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-M43FqefoML4/U13lztl_SpI/AAAAAAADodA/nrlume3ZFaA/w1044-h587-no/DSC_0033.JPG

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-d6mlWPR1lzE/U13lzgKGzVI/AAAAAAADodA/uJBTryTwIQU/w1044-h587-no/DSC_0027.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Ftx6FMkdNjY/U13lzsp95XI/AAAAAAADodA/2mQZME8s13g/w1044-h587-no/DSC_0102.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-rLmP0_kLevs/U13lzpxiR-I/AAAAAAADodA/H88GaIfDHi0/w1044-h587-no/DSC_0116.JPG

Mirage
April 28th, 2014, 07:08 AM
Saw a Fisker Karma with georgia plates when we were towing the car home the other day, had to google that one.

Freude am Fahren
April 28th, 2014, 09:32 PM
F-Type Coupe at the mall here. I was in such a hurry to get in and out of that hell-hole though, I didn't get a picture.

XHawkeye
May 2nd, 2014, 07:23 AM
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmagyIcCIAAR1DO.jpg

“@FerrariOwnersGB: Ummmmmmm!!! pic.twitter.com/J9DJy4vr7d” And that's what makes the Ferrari FF different to every other Ferrari.. #coolpic

link (https://twitter.com/harrym_evo/status/461933324119048192)

JoshInKC
May 2nd, 2014, 07:34 AM
Ought to have a flag on that.

thesameguy
May 2nd, 2014, 09:37 AM
I was thinking the same thing. What a great accident that would be!

:D

Random
May 3rd, 2014, 06:11 PM
The operator at Pit 5 (http://shastacountyhistory.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/Pit_5_dam_with_reflection_8-07.111191929.JPG) showed up in a stock (not "bone stock") EG Civic VX (http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/1/1865/1281/4660640004_large.jpg). :eek: I said, "it's a unicorn!" and he knew exactly what I was talking about. :D

Mr Wonder
May 4th, 2014, 03:47 AM
The sun is out on a bank holiday weekend in west London, which means amongst the sea of reliable upmarket German coupés is the occasional "I bought this because I love it" car.

Mini Moke - Absolutely showroom fresh. Two young guys blatting around Chiswick. Passenger looked a bit worried - no seatbelts and nothing to hold on to round the corners!
Two Merc SLSs
Capri 280i Brooklands, again minter than a mint thing.
Three new Maser Quattroportes in the supermarket car park. One Granturismo. Upmarket family cars but you've got to give props for not choosing a black BimmerMerc like the rest of the Jones'.
A Renault Twizzy. In the electric charging bay at the same car park. Makes a nice change to see an electric vehicle in there rather than the same prick's M6 vert over and over. :rolleyes:
Triumph Herald

Godson
May 4th, 2014, 05:32 PM
That FF is awesome....



But yeah, needs a flag on it.

21Kid
May 5th, 2014, 10:05 AM
We can't see the end of it... There could be a flag hiding behind the SUV. :D

The359
May 5th, 2014, 10:12 PM
OK, so I need help with a sighting today. I was behind an older 60s European roadster that I could not identify. The rear had angled fenders and tail lights that slanted downward as they moved toward the center of the car, before going horizontal for the trunk lid. There was a circle badge on the trunk lid, and the rear bodywork had a badge saying "2000". My initial guess was a Triumph or Lancia, but it doesn't seem to match the model I was thinking of.

EDIT: I figured it out just now: Fiat 124 Spyder. It was not in great condition, but it was being driven.

Random
May 6th, 2014, 07:43 AM
Fiat 124 Spyder. It was not in great condition, but it was being driven.

Must have been freshly restored to "as-sold!"

:D

Kchrpm
May 6th, 2014, 10:26 AM
A 2000s Pontiac GTO with a Holden Monaro front clip.

stephenb
May 6th, 2014, 01:15 PM
Yesterday, a Lamborghini Aventador (in yellow peril) as I was driving out of Bognor :eek: To say I was stunned to see a car like that driving into Bognor is something of an understatement, must have been lost!

CudaMan
May 6th, 2014, 02:27 PM
Speaking of Aventadors, there was one staying at the LaQuinta Inn last weekend, instead of the Embassy Suites around the corner. Bit of an odd one I thought!

Random
May 6th, 2014, 02:30 PM
Gotta save money for gas!

Godson
May 6th, 2014, 03:23 PM
The only car more lighter and crazier than SLM's Elise.



Ariel Atom.

speedpimp
May 17th, 2014, 12:32 PM
Late 70's Ford Fiesta and similar era VW Rabbit within a few minutes of each other.

Godson
May 19th, 2014, 06:16 AM
Not cars, but bikes.

A mint 999R # 300 of 500
pretty much brand new (600 miles) Ducati MH900e Evoluzione #40 of 2000
MV Agusta F4 1000 in Silver and blue
Aprilia RS50

SportWagon
May 19th, 2014, 12:12 PM
While bicycling today, a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow convertible, black, going in the opposite direction, and a little while later, in Conestogo, I was passed by a red Alfa Romeo spider.

Cam
May 27th, 2014, 03:23 AM
Saw a Dodge Viper with a bright orange metallic paint job and a RIDICULOUS rear wing. It was at least six inches higher than the roof and kind of haphazardly rattled side-to-side as it rolled down the highway. :rolleyes: :lol: Looked like it might fall off any second.

SportWagon
May 27th, 2014, 03:52 AM
While bicycling last Sunday, May 25, between Winterbourne and my turn-off at Hunsberger Road, I must have been passed by most of the Corvette Owners' Club of Kitchener-Waterloo, or something. All mostly following one another, except for the occasional interloper.

Mostly C5's and C6's, but I did see one split-window C2, and a couple of others without the split.

A few C3's, including a silver one which caused me to wonder whether it was the one which had been given as a graduation present to the rich kid in my high school class.

I didn't spot any C1's, however, but I don't think I saw all of them.

thesameguy
May 27th, 2014, 10:43 AM
Went to a party on Sunday, thought I'd be cool and bring the 1962 Falcon.

Arrived and found somebody had already brought a 1963 Falcon.

:sadbanana:

Random
May 27th, 2014, 10:46 AM
But did it have a tap handle for a shifter?

thesameguy
May 27th, 2014, 11:07 AM
It didn't but it did have a 302 and a 9" 4:10 rear.

Godson
May 27th, 2014, 11:27 AM
:lol:

Yw-slayer
May 27th, 2014, 01:50 PM
Burgundy XK8 with the number plate CUM BOY in London.

Sad, little man
May 27th, 2014, 05:03 PM
Maybe he's just really into fraternities.

Saw a Krypton Green Elise on the highway driving right near an early Viper convertible in yellow. Sadly I was not driving the Elise, so I was unable to initiate the obligatory Lotus circle jerk that must ensure whenever two previously unacquainted Lotus owners encounter one another.

Interestingly though, the car didn't seem that small just seeing it pass by on the highway. At least no smaller than the Viper. I'm not sure if the color is just that loud, or if the styling seems to make it look bigger than it is. Or maybe the Viper is smaller than I imagine it being.

speedpimp
May 28th, 2014, 05:13 PM
Late 90's/early 00's S-class with severe rust on the bottom of all four doors and the rear of the trunk lid. I don't think I've ever seen an MB that rusty before, especially an S-class.

thesameguy
May 29th, 2014, 08:34 AM
I saw a Typhoon. I haven't seen one of those on the road in probably 15 years.

Random
May 29th, 2014, 09:00 AM
:up:

My spot wasn't quite so cool, but made up for it in obscurity: a "Trek Edition" Jetta. Which reminded me that a "Kona Edition" Focus (complete with MTB tread side moldings) used to park near my office--neat car.

Godson
May 29th, 2014, 09:33 AM
I saw a cyclone the other day while out riding.

thesameguy
May 29th, 2014, 11:41 AM
There are two Syclones in Sac that I see with some degree of regularity. One is pretty nice, one is pretty wrecked - but running. Much like a Bandit-style T/A I see a couple mornings a week on the way to work... beat, but apparently daily driven. Typhoons were pretty rare when they were new - I wonder how many are still around?

Also, Random, don't forget about the Gary Fisher 9-5

http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k475/Bimdapogs/Merlin%20Extralight/DSC_9542.jpg

And I think MB had a cross-promotion too. A friend of mine bought a nice bike from a MB dealer that was on clearance - like a $4k bike for under $2k.

Edit: I guess MB used to sell bikes, it wasn't a cross-promotion.

Edit 2: And the K2 Edition Jetta!

pl8ster
May 29th, 2014, 12:26 PM
Saw one of those Murano convertible things yesterday, first one ever... Ug. Lee.

Godson
May 29th, 2014, 07:59 PM
You are too kind.

JoshInKC
May 30th, 2014, 04:09 AM
There are several of those awful things in the neighborhood by my wife's office so I've been seeing them pretty regularly.
I still wince when I see them. What an awful idea that was. I'd love to know the story behind the design and release- It has to be hilarious.

Kchrpm
May 30th, 2014, 04:24 AM
FWIU the story is that the wife of one of the executives wanted one.

Sad, little man
May 30th, 2014, 06:19 AM
I have seen exactly one of those as well. What cracks me up is that they actually made it a four seater compared to the normal Murano's five seats. It's almost like they had a design goal of sucking every last ounce of practicality out of the standard Murano.

JoshInKC
May 30th, 2014, 07:27 AM
That executive needs either a divorce or a firing badly.

Godson
May 30th, 2014, 11:12 AM
Both, as he obviously doesn't wear the pants in that relationship.

thesameguy
May 30th, 2014, 09:57 PM
Seems like it already happened. The CrossCab has been discontinued.

Godson
May 31st, 2014, 12:24 AM
I saw another one of those terrible monstrosities today...like 5 blocks from my house.

JoshInKC
May 31st, 2014, 05:22 AM
If I saw one that close to my place, I'd probably move.
:lol:

TheBenior
May 31st, 2014, 06:37 AM
I actually look at the Murano CC and the Juke as good signs from Nissan that they're still willing to do weird shit now and again in spite of doing things like putting CVTs in everything.

Alan P
May 31st, 2014, 03:00 PM
Very nice Red and White Ford GT in Edinburgh on Friday.

KillerB
May 31st, 2014, 05:30 PM
Not all that unusual, but every time I see the mid-2000s Maserati Coupes, I question whether the manual versions are actually reasonable ownership propositions.

thesameguy
May 31st, 2014, 07:34 PM
Let me know what you find out. I don't think they're all that great looking, but they definitely aren't bad and they sound pretty super. They certainly are affordable to buy - I'd drive one!

Cam
May 31st, 2014, 08:04 PM
A newish Miata with ridiculous fake eyelashes above the headlights. I don't mean just painted on either, I mean like big fake eyelashes. :twitch:

A nice, unmolested Nissan 240SX driven by an old lady. :lol: Very rare to see them unmodified.

KillerB
May 31st, 2014, 10:37 PM
Let me know what you find out. I don't think they're all that great looking, but they definitely aren't bad and they sound pretty super. They certainly are affordable to buy - I'd drive one!

Yeah, it's not the looks, it's the sound... also in the right colors, the interiors are super nice.

This (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Maserati-Coupe-GT-2003-Maserati-Coupe-w-6-speed-manual-stick-shift-fabspeed-exhaust-new-wheels-/251542584301?forcerrptr=true&hash=item3a911b3bed&item=251542584301&pt=US_Cars_Trucks) would be the one to have, except for the lame color combo. Silver with a black interior in one of these? Really?!! But if I was in the market at the moment, I'd buy this one anyway as it's got all the right care from the previous owner.

Yw-slayer
May 31st, 2014, 11:24 PM
There is a gen 1 Cayenne in HK with eyelashes. It's horrific.

thesameguy
June 2nd, 2014, 08:54 AM
Wow, silver really makes a bland car look blander! I'd be looking for one of the blue ones, probably - but you're right, once you're on the inside who cares about the outside?

pl8ster
June 2nd, 2014, 12:42 PM
I saw a last-gen Camry with eyelashes yesterday, and I shed a tear for the human race.

KillerB
June 2nd, 2014, 03:48 PM
Wow, silver really makes a bland car look blander! I'd be looking for one of the blue ones, probably - but you're right, once you're on the inside who cares about the outside?

Yeah, the Mercedes color combo is just gross. If it had that lovely biscuit interior, I could forgive any exterior color.

Did you look at the headliner? :drool:

thesameguy
June 2nd, 2014, 03:59 PM
Yeah... the Italians sure know how to deck a car out. My coworker's GT GTS is similarly "nice" inside.

I simply cannot imagine these cars being anything approaching affordable to maintain. The 1000 mile inspection on the GTS was $1200 - and it's literally nothing more than an inspection. I don't even want to know what an actual service costs - especially because, being Italian, it probably has scheduled maintenance every 5,000 miles or so.

KillerB
June 2nd, 2014, 06:08 PM
Well there is an independent Ferrari/Maserati shop literally two blocks from my apartment...

Godson
June 2nd, 2014, 09:25 PM
1k mile service, eff that. Ferraris aren't that crazy from what I have seen...

KillerB
June 2nd, 2014, 09:59 PM
You know what are ridiculously cheap? Ferrari Mondials. I know they're rubbish. But nice ones seem to go for not much over $20,000, and I can't imagine them depreciating any further.

Seems the one to have is the 3.2. The early cars are slow, and the Mondial t requires the engine to come out for the timing belt replacement. The 3.2 has the 260 hp engine from the 328, and all the servicing can be done with the engine in the car.

Yw-slayer
June 2nd, 2014, 11:37 PM
I saw a last-gen Camry with eyelashes yesterday, and I shed a tear for the human race.

Well, you noticed it, unlike most of the Camrys you see, AMIRITE

Leon
June 3rd, 2014, 01:06 AM
You know what are ridiculously cheap? Ferrari Mondials.

Cheap to buy .... betcha not cheap to own.

That said, you're on good money, single, why the heck not have the toys?

Yw-slayer
June 3rd, 2014, 03:01 AM
If he can afford it after the boring stuff like investments, then yeah, why not. You have to treat yourself sometimes.

SportWagon
June 3rd, 2014, 03:39 AM
Saw the beautiful pea green MGB-GT at that garage again. Must have been in the refuge I noted it before.

Of course it always reminds me of "The Owl and the Pussycat".

Godson
June 3rd, 2014, 06:47 AM
Cheap to buy .... betcha not cheap to own.

That said, you're on good money, single, why the heck not have the toys?

Kinda depends. I have talked with alot of Ferrari Owners in the last few years on cost of ownership etc.


Most seem to say the Major costs 3.5-5k on the Mondial. Interestingly enough, after adding the receipts up for the M3....I'll just let that die.


Pretty much anything David Helms says in this thread (http://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/mondial/365314-poll-major-service-costs-mondial-2012-a-2.html) is spot on. That guy has one of the top companies and is probably one of the most knowledgeable Ferrari guys in the US.




I say go for it!

Kchrpm
June 3rd, 2014, 07:48 AM
If I'm getting a $20k toy, it's not going to be a 30 year old Ferrari.

http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/vehicledetails.xhtml?listingId=368930763&Log=0

Godson
June 3rd, 2014, 08:47 AM
say it with me.


Fer ' rari



Chevrolet doesn't do the same thing.

speedpimp
June 3rd, 2014, 04:58 PM
Beige VW Dasher 5 door in excellent shape. I honked at the driver and gave him a thumbs up.

CudaMan
June 4th, 2014, 06:50 AM
I'm with Keith in principle (though the Z06 would be only one car on my list). I place the driving experience far higher than brand. There are actually not that many Ferraris I would like to own if I had the cash.

Yw-slayer
June 4th, 2014, 07:38 AM
Ferraris are way overrated anyway.

pl8ster
June 4th, 2014, 07:50 AM
I'm glad I'm not the only one that feels that way...aside from the 512BB. I've always wanted one of those...along with a trailer full of cash to pull behind it so I can keep it on the road.

KillerB
June 4th, 2014, 08:20 AM
Considering I'm not anywhere near the driver Bryan is, the driving experience for me is the sights, the sounds, and the smells, along with the driver interface. I wouldn't win an autocross even if you gave me a cheater car.

The one issue I'd have with the Mondial would be the floppy chassis in the cabrio; I definitely notice that sort of thing. But lowish horsepower by modern standards would actually be a good thing; I could wind it out longer and listen to that glorious exhaust note without worrying about losing my license.

As I've gotten older, I've realized that what matters to me in the driving experience no longer coincides with the auto-journo or racer set. I do still really enjoy communicative steering, a pleasant gear change, and a firm brake pedal, but nothing other than the maintenance costs would put me off an old school Ferrari.

The Challenger is, unless Mazda ever introduces a new RX-7, likely to be the newest car I ever buy. In a lot of aspects of my life, I've learned to take it easy, and cars are no exception. I still prefer a manual transmission, but for the connection to the machine; automatics are usually faster and more fuel efficient on new cars.

At this point, my next vehicle purchase is as likely to be a Hudson Hornet, straight-8 Buick, or 61-62 Cadillac as it is to be an FC Turbo II, FD, or S2000. There are a lot of different ways to enjoy an automobile. My days of hooning on the streets are over (aside from the occasional burnout or 100+ open road run in the desert in the Challenger), and I ain't shit on the track.

Nothing a Mondial or Ferrari 308 does wrong would be a hinderance to me - other than horrific maintenance costs. Even the purchase price is starting to look like a bargain compared to air-cooled 911s. They're the latest classic car bubble. When a nice 911SC was under $20k, a $40k 308 seemed a bit much, but those SCs are pulling high $20ks and the Carrera 3.2s are well into the $30ks, while 308 and Mondial values are flat.

thesameguy
June 4th, 2014, 08:38 AM
I wouldn't expect any great deal from an indy shop in this class of car. IME, they are every bit as expensive as the dealer and sometimes more.

thesameguy
June 4th, 2014, 09:13 AM
I saw my 164Q. How nice.

thesameguy
June 4th, 2014, 09:22 AM
Nothing a Mondial or Ferrari 308 does wrong would be a hinderance to me - other than horrific maintenance costs. Even the purchase price is starting to look like a bargain compared to air-cooled 911s. They're the latest classic car bubble. When a nice 911SC was under $20k, a $40k 308 seemed a bit much, but those SCs are pulling high $20ks and the Carrera 3.2s are well into the $30ks, while 308 and Mondial values are flat.

I haven't yet learned to slow down (and probably never will), but I do know I can't afford to drive an expensive car fast. Had I a Ferrari, it would see <2,000 pretty easy miles a year and I would be stretching out those service intervals for DECADES. I guess that means Ferrari ownership just isn't that important to me. I'd like one, but I wouldn't sacrifice Fiero or XR4Ti ownership for one. Late '90s Ferraris are also starting to get cheap - into the $40s for sure. If I was looking for a Ferrari, I'd probably stretch to something from that era - modern, relatively reliable cars. But I really don't see myself ever truly wanting a Ferrari. I'd take that new Maserati any day. Really, the only cars in that class (old and expensive) I'd own would be an air-cooled Porsche or an Esprit, and I have no explanation for why. :)

Random
June 4th, 2014, 09:47 AM
I saw my 164Q. How nice.

Driving serenely down the boulevard, I hope, rather than backwards in a ditch or on a rollback?

Random
June 4th, 2014, 09:49 AM
Once against proving the maxim that you always see more of what you're looking for, I saw another Trek-edition Jetta. This one appeared to be in pretty good shape and even still had the bike rack on teh roof. :up:

Kchrpm
June 4th, 2014, 10:13 AM
The other day I saw some kind of "track edition" diesel Jetta. I looked it up, but have forgotten what it was...

thesameguy
June 4th, 2014, 10:21 AM
Driving serenely down the boulevard, I hope, rather than backwards in a ditch or on a rollback?

Yep, doing the speed limit down Sunrise. I saw it go by in cross traffic, so when my light turned green I began not driving serenely down the boulevard, but rather tempting fate by doing the exact same thing I was doing last time I got a speeding ticket... Derp. Despite my best efforts, I did not catch up.

Random
June 4th, 2014, 10:22 AM
The other day I saw some kind of "track edition" diesel Jetta. I looked it up, but have forgotten what it was...

Jetta TDI Cup Edition?

http://media.ed.edmunds-media.com/volkswagen/jetta/2010/ot/2010_volkswagen_jetta_actf34_ot_81110_600.jpg

KillerB
June 4th, 2014, 10:54 AM
My understanding from reading around the Ferrari forums, most of the issues on the old cars come from age and disuse, and that the higher mileage cars actually seem to hold up better.

The issue with the later Ferraris, including the 355, of which I'm a huge fan, is that the drivetrain has to be dropped to do the timing belt. The earlier V8 cars avoid this, and they fixed it with the 360, which is priced accordingly.

In my time consulting I briefly looked into 355s and the combination of the engine drop for servicing and the five vale cylinder heads not holding up scared me away.

thesameguy
June 4th, 2014, 11:15 AM
Can't argue with that... although I couldn't afford a timing belt anyway, so I'd need to find one that had it done and plan only to own it between service intervals. I certainly wouldn't want to own an also-ran exotic for the long haul anyway, so a couple year/few thousand mile engagement suits me fine. :)

456s are pretty cheap. Mid engined cars might be cooler, but nobody who is going to be impressed by a 20 year old Ferrari is going to know and/or care which end the engine is in anyway. Plus, what's not to love about a V12?

thesameguy
June 4th, 2014, 11:17 AM
Ugh.

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/cto/4499361695.html

Random
June 4th, 2014, 11:23 AM
I like the 400i. That one has clearly seen better days, though. :lol: Might be a fun project?

456 would also be on my "want" list. Ferrari really got their GTs right in the 90s.

thesameguy
June 4th, 2014, 11:24 AM
I like the 400i too - maybe too much.

Did you look at the last picture?

http://images.craigslist.org/00b0b_4liIEIIHsNV_600x450.jpg

:sadbanana:

Random
June 4th, 2014, 11:32 AM
Yeah, dubyateeeff.

CudaMan
June 4th, 2014, 11:33 AM
One doesn't have to be a competitive, fast driver to enjoy great driving dynamics. This goes back to an argument I've made on some previous iteration of our forums, that even the below average driver (not that Joe is one) will appreciate, on some level, direct/linear controls and precision. You can have that without necessarily driving something h4rdc0r3. Several cars from the last few decades blend comfort and involvement in a great way.

I haven't driven a Mondial of course but I don't imagine it's exactly the pinnacle of good feel. It's probably more cumbersome if anything, if I had to guess. The noise and the slightly weird Italian-ness of it are probably its most endearing qualities. To me the Mondial is just too homely to even think about. I could see a 400 or a Dino 308 GT4 or something - inexpensive Ferraris that have some sense of style.

Car love can be completely irrational sometimes, so don't let me stop you. :) I get it. For some reasons that make no sense at all, I desire a Lamborghini Espada. Go figure.

Kchrpm
June 4th, 2014, 11:35 AM
Jetta TDI Cup Edition?

http://media.ed.edmunds-media.com/volkswagen/jetta/2010/ot/2010_volkswagen_jetta_actf34_ot_81110_600.jpg

That's the one!

Godson
June 4th, 2014, 03:12 PM
My understanding from reading around the Ferrari forums, most of the issues on the old cars come from age and disuse, and that the higher mileage cars actually seem to hold up better.

The issue with the later Ferraris, including the 355, of which I'm a huge fan, is that the drivetrain has to be dropped to do the timing belt. The earlier V8 cars avoid this, and they fixed it with the 360, which is priced accordingly.

In my time consulting I briefly looked into 355s and the combination of the engine drop for servicing and the five vale cylinder heads not holding up scared me away.


360 is still a belt engine, so that must be factored in for cost of ownership. F430 is probably the best overall Ferrari on the market in terms of reliability, etc.

The valve guide failures was limited to a very narrow group of early 355s. Most have already been handled and fixed, I wouldn't buy a lower mileage early model if I was in the market. I would also recommend a leakdown test and a PPI to prevent walking in on that issue right off the bat. These are still on my radar if I ever need to walk away from the motorcycles.



Can't argue with that... although I couldn't afford a timing belt anyway, so I'd need to find one that had it done and plan only to own it between service intervals. I certainly wouldn't want to own an also-ran exotic for the long haul anyway, so a couple year/few thousand mile engagement suits me fine. :)

456s are pretty cheap. Mid engined cars might be cooler, but nobody who is going to be impressed by a 20 year old Ferrari is going to know and/or care which end the engine is in anyway. Plus, what's not to love about a V12?

I don't think you give yourself much credit on what can be had to service the Fezzas...

http://www.ricambiamerica.com/index.php?cPath=40

I also can show you the factory service manuals for most of the Ferraris produced, save the F40, 288 GTO, etc.


456s are considered by a lot of current Ferrari owners to be a great intro into the Ferrari World. Great vehicle all around without crazy expensive ownership (for a Ferrari)




Ugh.

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/cto/4499361695.html

I'd avoid the 400i from what some owners have said about keeping them running, yet here I am dreaming over a Testarossa.

KillerB
June 4th, 2014, 10:01 PM
It surprises me that the 456 is reasonable to own, being one of the V12 cars. But I wouldn't argue - they were one of the hot shit cars in my formative early teenage years and I'd love to have one.

Yes, the 360 is a belt engine but the difference between it and the 355 is that, at least from what I read a few years ago, the belt can be done in the car, whereas the 355 needs the drivetrain dropped to do it.

KillerB
June 4th, 2014, 10:06 PM
One doesn't have to be a competitive, fast driver to enjoy great driving dynamics. This goes back to an argument I've made on some previous iteration of our forums, that even the below average driver (not that Joe is one) will appreciate, on some level, direct/linear controls and precision. You can have that without necessarily driving something h4rdc0r3. Several cars from the last few decades blend comfort and involvement in a great way.

I haven't driven a Mondial of course but I don't imagine it's exactly the pinnacle of good feel. It's probably more cumbersome if anything, if I had to guess. The noise and the slightly weird Italian-ness of it are probably its most endearing qualities. To me the Mondial is just too homely to even think about. I could see a 400 or a Dino 308 GT4 or something - inexpensive Ferraris that have some sense of style.

Car love can be completely irrational sometimes, so don't let me stop you. :) I get it. For some reasons that make no sense at all, I desire a Lamborghini Espada. Go figure.

Trust me, I'm with you. But then my favorite cars to drive, of the ones I've owned, have been the FC RX-7s, the EM1 Civic Si, the RX-8, and, call me crazy, the Mazda B-series trucks. I do really enjoy my Challenger but it's not engaging like those cars have been. Even the Country Squire and the Roadmaster had their charms. I love good control inputs but sometimes it's more than that. I've been charmed by cars that aren't truly "good" cars.

And I would rather have a Dino 308 GT4 than a Mondial, but some CARB nonsense probably makes that a non-starter.

pl8ster
June 5th, 2014, 05:04 AM
I'd forgotten about the 400i (as have most people); I actually really like the looks of it. But the last picture in that group...besides WTF, I'm wondering what the far right plate is. Looks like the one next to it is a 70s Florida plate.

But if we're talking about irrational car lust, I would have to place the Alfa Romeo Montreal right up there...and I know Phil can also appreciate that.

As for sightings, I saw my former co-worker's '71 Karmann Ghia that I got to ride in, and that I sourced the YOM plates for. While riding in that, I saw a Mustang II Cobra with a giant blower and equally outrageous rear tires...guessing it was tubbed for the strip. Can't remember the last time I saw one of those in any trim.

Godson
June 5th, 2014, 06:25 AM
It surprises me that the 456 is reasonable to own, being one of the V12 cars. But I wouldn't argue - they were one of the hot shit cars in my formative early teenage years and I'd love to have one.

Yes, the 360 is a belt engine but the difference between it and the 355 is that, at least from what I read a few years ago, the belt can be done in the car, whereas the 355 needs the drivetrain dropped to do it.

Yeah, the 30k service on the 360 can still be done in car. You just aren't getting away from the timing belt was all I was trying to say.


On that note, rant to follow.

I HATE timing belts. Nothing like have a highly tuned engine running something that controls valve train that is NEVER static in stretching and loading.

Kchrpm
June 21st, 2014, 02:38 PM
Today on the road I saw:
~50 motorcycles riding together w/police motorcycle escorts at the front
Rossion Q1

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-pUpZuuwmQV8/U6XR6eX-jCI/AAAAAAAD8MA/x8QvnH-ZPig/w480-h270-no/14+-+2 https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-dKrsowkF2MY/U6XR6eJ8JxI/AAAAAAAD8MA/UWtS12taqlE/w480-h270-no/14+-+1

Jaguar F-Type Roadster (in a lovely shade of orange)
Ferrari 458 Spyder

Mr Wonder
June 22nd, 2014, 04:20 AM
Yesterday I saw;

New (F10) BMW M5
New F-Type Coupe
E39 BMW M5
Ferrari FF
New Aston Vanquish
Gallardo SE
Evobishi V
Merc E63 AMG Wagon
Aston DB5 in Silver Birch next to
A new DB9 with the plate AML 1

In Lyndhurst last weekend;
288 GTO
458 Italia Speciale
360 Stradale
A few F12s
Some 599s
An Aston DB5/6 volante
New Quottroporte
New Ghibli
Granturismo MC
Plymouth Road Runner
AC Cobra
Old school 911 - 80s style.
A drag style second gen Camaro axle hopping round a corner. Said 454 on the hood.
Morris Marina Coupe!

SportWagon
June 25th, 2014, 04:23 AM
From inside a Taco Bell yesterday, near the end of a thunder shower, I saw a large SUV, probably a Nissan, drive up. It had been painted a sort of toy-like shiny chrome metallic gold. It had gone away when I got outside, but it was still cloudy and raining lightly, and I probably wouldn't have taken a picture anyway.

thesameguy
July 1st, 2014, 10:00 PM
Spotted this sitting on some crap used car lot:

http://sacsaabs.org/sacsaabs.org/othercars/poorbentley.jpg

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Yw-slayer
July 1st, 2014, 10:07 PM
Old Bentleys aren't cheap to maintain. That's probably why.

I did see a chrome gold Aventador with a customised plate the other day. I'm actually quite surprised that it's the first time I've seen one.

Having said that, I did think about putting a dark grey chrome wrap on the BRZ. Then I realised I'd look like a dick.

speedpimp
July 2nd, 2014, 04:54 PM
677
Studebaker Transtar.

thesameguy
July 2nd, 2014, 05:20 PM
Man, I'd kill for some weather like that right now.

IMOA
July 5th, 2014, 10:48 PM
Was out for a drive yesterday and saw a Messerschmitt 3 wheeler driving along. This was a reasonably out in the sticks as well, about 100km from the city so kind of quite odd really.

Yw-slayer
July 5th, 2014, 11:34 PM
In Oz? That is odd.

thesameguy
July 6th, 2014, 11:38 PM
Had to make another trip to SF, and spotted a beige LS460 with a pair of surf boards on the top. I couldn't reconcile that, but I spent a lot of time thinking. Until some asshat on 80 was doing 55mph holding up traffic. After spending 20 minutes weaving through traffic with the intent of passing the asshat, I discovered the holdup was a sweet orange Datsun 510 wagon towing a small tent trailer. Not sure it was a recommended configuration, but it made me smile seeing it. All sins forgiven.

Random
July 7th, 2014, 08:04 AM
:up:

speedpimp
July 7th, 2014, 03:39 PM
Silver Ferrari 400, sitting on a car lot in Laporte, Indiana.

JoshInKC
July 8th, 2014, 05:27 AM
First gen Plymouth Voyager with faux wood panelling - In really good shape.
That's another one of those vehicles that used to be ubiquitous but can't hardly be found anymore.

Freude am Fahren
July 8th, 2014, 07:05 AM
I've seen this thing far in the distance and at night, and wasn't sure if it was an F12 until I saw it up close today:

http://www.freudeamfoto.com/gtx/f12.jpg

pl8ster
July 8th, 2014, 09:42 AM
Damn, that's nice. Looks like a regular plate, too...I'm always super impressed to see a vehicle like that without a stupid vanity plate. As tolerant as I am in general, I would totally pass judgement on the owner of that car if it had a plate that said "ITS FAST" :lol:

Random
July 9th, 2014, 08:00 AM
This wasn't really a notable sighting, but kinda cool anyway...

One of the neat things about driving a convertible with the top down is that you can hear all around you, which lets you hear the C30 T5 behind you spool up its turbo as we both launched out of the metering lights this morning. :rawk:

SportWagon
July 9th, 2014, 08:30 AM
Saw the rear end of an MG convertible at that garage this morning. It was a slightly orangey off-red colour.
Reporting for pl8ster because its Ontario plate was something like YYAABABY.

It was probably an MG-B, but could have been a Midget.

pl8ster
July 9th, 2014, 10:42 AM
Ha, nice.

Saw a BMW I3 outside the local baseball park, on display for a local dealership. Pretty ugly and $55k...definitely not anything I'd be interested in.

Yw-slayer
July 10th, 2014, 01:06 AM
A Megane R26 was on my rear for most of "a run" last night (I pulled over to let him overtake when I could). It wasn't surprising given that I was in the Legacy - which even with its minor upgrades is not a match for something like that. I very much doubt that the BRZ would have gone any faster, although my friend's bugeye STI probably would have. A handsome car, although I wouldn't have gotten it in red. Nice driver too, we exchanged "the wave" later.


Ruf RT35 parked out the front of my local Porsche shop today. The looks match the performance

"Extraordinary" and "mind-blowing", then.

Mr Wonder
July 10th, 2014, 07:10 AM
McLaren 650S in the seemingly obligatory white.

CudaMan
July 12th, 2014, 09:29 AM
This:

https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3420/5725895987_aa54b30f8d_z.jpg

thesameguy
July 12th, 2014, 08:36 PM
WHAT.

Yw-slayer
July 13th, 2014, 05:48 AM
McLaren 650s in green.

RHD Tesla Model S on a test drive.

Taimar
July 14th, 2014, 06:44 AM
Among many car sightings on my trip Saturday to the Olympic Peninsula there were many typical nice day cars - tri-5 chevies, hot rods, a variety of forties thru sixties Americana, some British roadsters, one really nice 1968 Opel Kadett, and one real rarity. A 1967 Toyota 2000GT, on the road, in the wild, and booking it around the big corner at Snug Harbor.

Godson
July 14th, 2014, 03:06 PM
That's an awesome sighting :twisted:



I finally saw an SLR McLaren out in the wild in a red metallic color. Beautiful car, but I'd rather have something Italian or an Aston.

Random
July 18th, 2014, 09:05 AM
Got a fair amount of windshield time last week and saw some random stuff...

A non-diesel Pug 505 sedan--daily driver quality.
A bunch of Del Sols, for no apparent reason.
A none-more-black C7 Vette--only the second C7 I've seen on the street. GM may be selling a bunch of them, but the happy owners apparently don't live in the Bay Area. :?

Godson
July 18th, 2014, 08:14 PM
Yeah, they live in KC...

Yw-slayer
July 18th, 2014, 08:22 PM
Bunch of fully-optioned, brand-new 991s (convertible, turbo, etc.) sitting in lunchtime downtown traffic, driven by single occupant drivers, late on Saturday morning.

Wait, that's not notable at all.

speedpimp
July 19th, 2014, 11:51 AM
Ford Transit on a dealer's lot. Good bye Econoline.

JoshInKC
July 19th, 2014, 01:25 PM
Yeah, they live in KC... You're not kidding. KC is lousy with c7s.

Random
July 19th, 2014, 06:15 PM
A 2015 Fit in the wild. :up:

speedpimp
July 20th, 2014, 05:08 AM
AMC Concord. Being used for rural mail delivery.

Phil_SS
July 20th, 2014, 04:29 PM
F40.....what do I win?

Freude am Fahren
July 20th, 2014, 04:37 PM
The internets. All of them.

Oh, wait, no pics?

Sorry, no internets for you!


I saw a Ferrari California today. Not notable in it's own right, but it was abandoned on the side of I-95 under an overpass. Shoe-polish writing on the rear window like it had been there for a while and all.

Phil_SS
July 20th, 2014, 04:40 PM
This other guy I was with took pictures. :D


http://instagram.com/p/qrsi5KK1-o/?modal=true

Freude am Fahren
July 20th, 2014, 05:21 PM
http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/XPZb8HoQgH8/maxresdefault.jpg

Godson
July 20th, 2014, 05:32 PM
White Aston Vert.


I couldn't get close enough to tell the model.

Mr Wonder
July 20th, 2014, 10:00 PM
Ferrari 512BB. Metallic blue with saddle interior. It followed me out of London and sounded glorious.
A Bristol Blenheim in black
Audi R8 GT
A MkII Fiesta XR2i - don't see these very often any more!
458 Italia

Also found myself in a street in Mayfair last night were every single parked car was a Bentley. Around twenty of them, which was kind of weird.

pl8ster
July 21st, 2014, 11:59 AM
Saw this presumed Factory Five replica near my workplace this past Friday.

717

Random
July 21st, 2014, 12:11 PM
Yeah, the OG coupes didn't have hatches, just fixed back glass, IIRC.

FF or Superformance coupe is on my lottery list. :drool:

speedpimp
July 21st, 2014, 02:46 PM
Jaguar Mk V.
721

Godson
July 22nd, 2014, 05:45 AM
They are quite fun to build and drive

thesameguy
July 22nd, 2014, 06:47 AM
A 2015 Fit in the wild. :up:

Saw one this AM. I broadly like it, but the lower trim/rub strip is pretty awful, and the door handles aren't doing it any favors. Kinda looks like someone mashed up a bunch of Toyota products (notably a Prius and a Yaris) and then wrapped it up with a CRV. It's weird that it works, and even weirder that I like it, but I do.

Kchrpm
July 22nd, 2014, 06:54 AM
Saw several C7s, an F-Type or two, the Roush Yates shops, a Cobra of some sort and other classics on the family reunion roadtrip over the weekend.

Random
July 22nd, 2014, 02:37 PM
A Caddy ELR in the wild. :up:

I know the ownership math doesn't work for the ELR (for most people), but we need more cool cars like it on the road.

thesameguy
July 22nd, 2014, 04:03 PM
I agree. I pass by a couple of them sitting on the dealer's lot most days - the ELR having displaced a couple CTS coupes - and try to produce a scenario in my head where I can consider thinking about trying to justify one.

The359
July 25th, 2014, 12:35 AM
Passed an M100 Lotus Elan the other day.

The359
August 5th, 2014, 04:56 PM
While on a drive down the Delaware River today, I was behind a Caterham CSR from Montana for a good long while. Also passed a bright red Lotus Exige.

thesameguy
August 7th, 2014, 12:05 PM
An increasing number of really shitty motorhomes. This afternoon I saw three heading towards the freeway. One of them didn't make the left turn because it stalled in the middle of the road. Strong suspicion where they are all going. :D

Godson
August 7th, 2014, 01:54 PM
:lol:

SportWagon
August 13th, 2014, 04:46 AM
A mid-1960's Pontiac large station wagon. Grand Prix?

Random
August 13th, 2014, 09:27 AM
An increasing number of really shitty motorhomes. This afternoon I saw three heading towards the freeway. One of them didn't make the left turn because it stalled in the middle of the road. Strong suspicion where they are all going. :D

I saw something Winnebago Rialta-like (VW based), but with German plates (!) on Business 80 yesterday. Hmmm.

Mr Wonder
August 13th, 2014, 09:44 AM
My notable cars from my California visit. It's straight from my notes on my phone and is a bit of a stream of consciousness type mess.

SLS roadster Black- 405 rocketing off to Beverly hills
Yellow lotus elise
Awesome thirdgen firebird in traffic on the 405
Three Tesla model S. Charging station at Harris Ranch. Actually there are lots of these around here. They're everywhere! Scratch these as rare.
Another SLS roadster, red.
Modern Shelby GT500
65/66 Shelby GT 350
VW camper splittie
VW bug, California style. Wooden roof rack, half moons, and lots of chrome.
A metric fuckton of old pickup trucks. Every make, every decade.
Caddy CTS V. Coupe. And sedan with fantastically loud pipes. Plate "Horific"
Audi quattro. White. German style front plate IN-UR 4.
Fezza 458 in a stunning blue colour. Heading into infineon raceway.
Torch blue C5 Z06
Mgb yellow. Plastic bumpers.
Blown 64 vette
Ford falcon.
Shelby cobra
68 camaro.
C5 vette. Black with purple flames.
Business coupe.
Huge coupe. Six rear lights chrome bumper.
Ford Ranchero.
70 chevelle ss red black stripes.
2013 camaro ss in blue.
Triunph gt6
Vw camper pickup.
32 Ford roadster rat rod being led by a late 30s coupe on the PCH.
Orange MK1 Ford Fiesta.
A baja'd Beetle. Looked exactly like a BF Injection.

SLS AMG posing in Beverly Hills, outdone by the SLS Black heading the other way. - There's always a bigger fish!
Black 458 followed by a matte black Aventador with a huge rear wing. Both followed at speed by a Ferrari 599.

BMW i8 German plates on a car transporter - I think this was the one in the commercial for the i8.


I saw this beast in town on Monday evening.
751

That'll be not just any limited edition Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6, but the Brabus tuned B63S-700. I never thought I'd get to see a 6x6 let alone the Brabus version.

Random
August 14th, 2014, 01:27 PM
Saw an F40 followed closely by an F50 on SB680 this morning. :erm: :up: :D

edit: oh, it's the Historics this weekend at Laguna Seca--duh.

thesameguy
August 14th, 2014, 02:57 PM
Heh. At least those guys have the good sense to drive them there! ;)

Last weekend I finally had an opportunity to snap a picture of the garage at the Y in Tahoe. It's come up a few times - usually in connection with someone selling an XR4Ti. From where I was mostly the older stuff was visible, but you can see a hint of the row of XR4tis on the other side. ;)

http://www.sacsaabs.org/sacsaabs.org/misc/tahoecars.jpg