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Old 03-28-2013, 07:13 PM   #1
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Mid-life crisis cage

OK, I now have enough saved up to buy a mid-life crisis car. But... so many options, that is where you come in. None of my close friends care about cars I have a narrowed list, trying to keep around 40Kish max. I want something different/unique - not a vette, muscle car, etc. I see them all the time. Here is the list so far:
1. Morgan 3 wheeler (new)
2. Caterham 7 or any of the copies (used of course)
3. Lotus Elise or Extige (used)
4. M3 (used) - not so unique
5. Porsche speedster replica
6. Ford Model T speedster chop?
7. Anything else

Looking for some input - pros/cons you see. I probably won't bring the thing to the track because I would want to baby the thing - sad I know. I understand the "Don't get the Caterham R500 because you don't go to the track. But - that would be a really wild ride to "have" Get my drift? Just a play thing. Ready, set, discuss
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:41 PM   #2
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I have a friend who had a Lotus Elise for quite a while - for him anyway - and he thought it was one of the most fun cars he ever had. He had other wheels so practicality was not critical to him. A Toyota drive train is a real advantage in my mind.

Hell, whatever you can afford!


Did'nt Toyota come out with a new MR2 or a new Supra?

On a maybe more practical bent - WRX?

Shoot, for not much money you can get a good 911 in the '70's....heck, I know one in a barn....air cooled, 25th anniv.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:44 PM   #3
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:17 PM   #4
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OK, just kidding. How about a Subaru BRZ?
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:47 PM   #5
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I'd go with the Caterham. So far as the Morgan, my dad should be taking delivery of his in mid April. He had his mid-life crisis a few decades ago but, what the hell. He's wanted a Morgan for as long as I can remember.

Here he is driving the demo.
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:58 PM   #6
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:00 PM   #7
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:23 PM   #8
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How about a Porsche 550 Spyder replica?
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:34 PM   #9
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OK, I now have enough saved up to buy a mid-life crisis car. But... so many options, that is where you come in. None of my close friends care about cars I have a narrowed list, trying to keep around 40Kish max. I want something different/unique - not a vette, muscle car, etc. I see them all the time. Here is the list so far:
1. Morgan 3 wheeler (new)
2. Caterham 7 or any of the copies (used of course)
3. Lotus Elise or Extige (used)
4. M3 (used) - not so unique
5. Porsche speedster replica
6. Ford Model T speedster chop?
7. Anything else

Looking for some input - pros/cons you see. I probably won't bring the thing to the track because I would want to baby the thing - sad I know. I understand the "Don't get the Caterham R500 because you don't go to the track. But - that would be a really wild ride to "have" Get my drift? Just a play thing. Ready, set, discuss
7.- Ferrari 328GTS.
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Or a 308gts

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1982-...#ht_500wt_1021
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:37 PM   #10
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Do you live in an area where you can have fun with any of these things on the road? For me, it would be the caterham hands down as a play car. The M3 is far too common and practical. So is the WRX (I have one, and love it). I can see how a old porsche rep would be fun. And there's always the attraction of something semi custom. . . . . I've always wanted a karmann ghia with a modern sportbike motor in it, a hayabusa or k1200r or zx-14 motor would make that car a lot of fun.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:04 PM   #11
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I'd go the Morgan,always loved the look and they look like a hell of a lot of fun to drive,absolutely no electrical aids, just raw driving the way it should be.
But it's your money, enjoy whatever it is you go for mate!
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:22 PM   #12
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I like your choices - I have a lotus exige and a Caterham superlight. Those are both amazing cars and are perhaps the best handling cars you can buy- but they are a tight fit and not super comfortable. Getting in and out can be an act of human origami. If you want a performance car these would be great options. If your looking more for a fun car to leisurely cruise around in then the Morgan would be a cool car ( a morgan plus 8 would be even better). I really like the Caterham - nobody but car geeks know what it is, it has scenery blurring performance and always puts a smile on my face. If you have specific questions about the cars just ask or shoot me a pm - I'm pretty familiar with the lotus and Caterham offerings.
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:02 AM   #13
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I like these too, the Elise on the list is a cool choice as well.
You can also get a nice NSX for under 40k these days.

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Old 03-29-2013, 12:39 AM   #14
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I would go for the Morgan, but don't rule out a four wheeled Morgan, second hand of course unless you want to wait.
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:51 AM   #15
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