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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by dkmw, Jul 9, 2019.
In British Racing Green with tan seats! perfection!!!
I don't own a car, but this morning I walked past a red XKE parked on Madison Avenue with its top down, and I may have drooled a bit.
Oh my, that is lovely!
The Boxster is an homage to the 550 Spyder, a purpose-built racer that was street legal. They only made about 90 of them back in the mid 50s.
James Dean traded in his 356 for a new 550. He lived nine more days. When I got to day 10 with the Boxster, I told my wife I was doing better than JD.
Look at that car.
I’ve seen it numerous times before.
But look at it.
Look at the freaking windshield !
And I am such a sucker for plain, functional stamped wheels.
Some beautiful cars but this is really the only roadster I’ve ever loved.
A couple of my faves:
Norm Grabowski's "Kookie" car
Jamie Musselman Boyd-built 33 Ford
I know a guy who has one, not a first-run but not a copy either. Exactly the color you have posted - that could be his car! It's one of the Shelby-built ones from the ''leftover'' chassis; I think there were like 37 of them. He owns an auto repair shop, just a regular guy...
He also has a monster Camaro SS, I'm pretty sure it's a 69. We were talking about me finding insurance for the Boxster without being raped. He said he has the Cobra insured for $100K value. I would have thought it would be more than that.
In my dreams, I own a ‘67 ‘vert, same color. It’s a basket case right now but I’m working on it. 1835 engine, dual 40mm Dellortos, a freeway flier tranny. Interior for now will be Mexican blankets so I can drive it this year!
I always thought the only color for an XKE was British Racing Green. Then I saw a red one and went hmmmmm. Then, at the Sebring Historic Race event one year, I saw this impeccable black example and swooned.
These cars were hidden gems in their day - or any day for that matter. Good on you for having the taste to get one
But the frame, that would be proper for a truck, saved you. I had a 2000 that I built as an SCCA production racer and I worked on a 1600 that was a Canadian national champion. Strong, fragile, rough, sophisticated, quirky, fun cars.
I miss my NB Miata but it was rusting to hell. Nothing like taking a drive at night in the summer with the top down.
Last week, I Googled "Fiat Spider" and checked out prices, reviews, and specs. Now it's all over my computer. Whenever I turn on my computer, I'm inundated with ads for Spiders, Seymour Duncan mini humbuckers, Squier Teles, and a stupid floppy straw "lifeguard" hat I considered buy a split second for gardening.
I rode shotgun in a Lotus 7 America with its little 948 CC BMC screaming its brains out on the highway at 65 MPH. Open car, no doors, and eye level with the lug nuts on semis was genuinely scary stuff. If a semi didn’t see us down there below its mirrors, and changed lanes, we were as good as dead.
There’s a Fiat 124 Spyder that’s been in the family for years. We have first option on the car when our cousin gets sick of maintaining it.
Very cool car. I had a ‘66 Spit Mark II in pale blue. It was a ton of fun as long as you realized it was a sports car body on a sedan rolling chassis. It hit its handling limits early and tried to kill you beyond that.
He should be sick of it in short order, so get ready
Only thing worse would be an Alfa, and I had a friend (RIP) who did just that, traded a Fiat for an Alfa, for his wife. Actually he wrecked the Fiat and had to buy her another car, but that’s just a detail. Then he had to work on the Alfa, which was a challenge to say the least. German cars look like models of reliability in comparison