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My favourite car - what's your choice?
« on: May 21, 2009, 01:34:03 pm »
This is my favourite one: Alfa Romeo 159. I especially like the lamps, just cute  ;D







I still can't afford it :( but already started to save money for it. So maybe some day...

How about you?
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Re: My favourite car - what's your choice?
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2009, 07:04:37 pm »
Nice, very nice choice... the black looks cool.

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Re: My favourite car - what's your choice?
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2009, 09:42:59 am »
Well my favourite car has always been the Chevrolet corvette, and they just got a Z07 model with 650bhp!
Hopefully they will still make them when I am 25 or so, they aren't too expensive and look very nice:

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Re: My favourite car - what's your choice?
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2009, 09:19:27 am »
nice orange one  :)
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Re: My favourite car - what's your choice?
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2009, 10:07:09 pm »
I take it that whoever wants the corvette is american but i would have a Lotus Exige
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Re: My favourite car - what's your choice?
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2009, 11:28:46 pm »
BORING! These cars (except perhaps the 159, but I doubt it) have the same problem. Unless you have access to a race track they are dull, dull, dull. You simply cannot drive them fast enough on public roads (at least in the UK anyway) to enjoy the power and handling potential these cars have. OK, you can out accelerate most things, but that only lasts a few seconds before you have to start worrying about holding on to your driving license. This is why I'm an old car fan, and when I say old I don't mean 1990's either. I'm talking 1950's-1970's. I don't have a single favourite car. When you get back to this age the cars have so many different things on offer you don't get today. Look at modern cars and pretty much everything is either an understeering front drive saloon/hatch, a lunatic rear drive sportster or a chunky 4 wheel drive soft roader. Back in the '60s the choice was much wider. Ordinary cars came with front wheen drive or rear wheel drive, some even came with the engine at the back. Sports cars came as slow cruisers as well as straight line high performance or twisty road demon varieties, and 4 wheel drives were definitely not soft or chunky. Here are a couple of my favourites.

Series 2 Land Rover. Perhaps a surprising choice, but only someone who has driven something similar would understand the sense of achievement you get driving a vehicle of this type. How many people today could cope with a 4 wheel drive on knobbly crossply tyres that wander around and have limited grip, cope with a mere 77bhp in something weighing almost a ton and a half, live with small drum brakes all round with no servo and a gearbox with syncromesh on 3rd and top only? The soft top versions also have the added bonus of having all the fun of open top motoring without the pressure you get to drive fast in a sports car. There is also such a wide variety to choose from. I once started to count the different combinations of body style, engine and wheelbase for the 1968 model year and gave up at 114! I am fortunate enough to own a few of these old Land Rovers including the ones pictured below.

Another of my favourites is the Hillman Imp. For those who have not heard of it, this car was Hillman's answer to the Mini, but it could not have been more different. It is a small saloon powered by a rear mounted 875cc all alloy overhead camshaft engine developing 39bhp in standard trim or 51bhp in sport trim with twin carburettors. By modern standards it isn't fast, but back when it first appeared in 1963 it was a very quick little car, and that coupled with go cart like handling make it real fun, even at the relatively low speeds possible on modern roads - this car actually gets to be a handfull well within the speed limits! Unfortunately mechanical problems early on gave it a bad reputation it never recovered from, and it was put out of production in 1976. I am lucky enough to own a 1973 Imp Super with the twin carb engine that is awaiting a rebuild, but in the mean time I can satisfy my Imp cravings with a 1966 Singer Chamois, which was to all intents and purposes the luxury version of the Imp.

I am also fond of the Rover P5 and P6 ranges, Jaguar XK120, 5 cylinder Audis (especially the original 80 Coupe), Mk1 Ford Escort and even the Allegro and Marina. In fact, if its not modern its unlikely I won't like it at least a little bit.

One big advantage I do have liking these older cars is that I can afford to buy and drive them, unlike those of you dreaming about supercars. Also, if I did win the lottery it wouldn't be a case of which car to buy, its more a case of how many different ones could I get :D

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Re: My favourite car - what's your choice?
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2009, 08:14:05 pm »
What!,I dont believe what I'm reading. Supercars then old cars,especially old landrovers. Where you ever in the military? Topgear meets dads army,that's what I think! In the real world my favorite car would be one I could afford to buy and to run. Say like a Golf gt tdi.Now there's a modern car that looks good and has a bit of performance with reasonable economy and "green" too.Unfortunately I dont own one and am presently driving an astra.It does not have the same designer look or the same interior quality feel as the golf and does not accelerate as fast through the gears as the golf does. aaaaaargh! I hate people who drive and can afford to run a golf! Just pulling your leg guys. Dreaming of supercars,searching through car auctions for that mint classic car( my choice would be a chevrolet impala soft top,colour red,so dream on me). Sorry no pic's. ;)

Re: My favourite car - what's your choice?
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2009, 08:37:11 pm »
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In the real world my favorite car would be one I could afford to buy and to run.
Which is one of the reasons I own and drive old Land Rovers. You would be hard pressed to find anything much cheaper if you don't do huge mileages. Insurance is under £100 a year, the tax disc is free, parts are ridiculously cheap (I can buy everything I need to rebuild the engine for what it would cost to get a Golf serviced!) and they don't depreciate. The only downside is the fuel consumption, but there are ways to deal with that too. One of ours runs on LPG which means it costs about the same to run as a medium sized petrol saloon.

As for the military thing, no I've not been in the military and have no desire to be in the military or pretend to be military. Of the Land Rovers I own with my brother only one has military origins, and we only have it because its one of the most unusual and unlikely military variants produced. It is only 2 wheel drive. Yes, believe it or nor the British Army ordered Land Rovers without 4 wheel drive for specific duties.

I have a modern car for everyday use (company car in fact), a Fiat Bravo Multijet 150, which is fast, economical and reliable, but I find it pretty dull to drive. There's no sense of achievement, no excitement even with 150bhp under my right foot, and no character to it. This is why I prefer driving the Land Rovers.  They might be slow, noisy and not the last word in comfort, but there is a charm there you simply can't from a modern car. Whislt the Impala isn't a car I'd want, I would imagine its also a car with character that puts the sort of grin on your face whilst driving modern cars simply can't manage.

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Re: My favourite car - what's your choice?
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2009, 08:09:18 pm »
My favorite car of all time is the mk2 RS 2000. I owned one of these some time ago and still have fond memories of driving that car.I felt just at one with it and the handling for a car made in 1980 was fantastic.There were no turbo's or superchargers,just plain honest engineering, carburettors,webber twin downdraughts, janspeed 4 branch s/s exhaust,bilstein gas shocks,quick steering rack,limited slip differential.I better not go on or some of the younger boys will lose interest("whats he talking about? limited slip- what?). Anyhow thats one that I could afford to own,once upon a time.Yes modern cars are bland and all seem to look the same,at least the ones I could afford to buy. :)

Re: My favourite car - what's your choice?
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2009, 08:25:28 pm »
Rear drive escorts, now you're talking. Even the mk2 1300 estate my brother had was a fun car, as was the mk1 1100 and the mk1 1300 Sport I had for a short time. Mind you, I'd probably give my right arm for a drive of the mk1 RS1600. You simply don't get cars like that today. The twin cam 16 valve 1601cc engine might seem tame by modern standards (I think it produced around 100bhp), but it was fed by twin side draugt Webers and was a real firecracker of a car for its day. This was very much a racing saloon for the road with minimal frills, no refinements to speak of, and an engine that delivered raw power. The RS2000 that followed was undoubtedly good, but I doubt it quite had the sporting edge of the RS1600.

 

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