It’s Roadster Time! Post yours or your faves!

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  1. drlucky

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    My 67 Austin Healey Sprite on the day I got it. It's in a million pieces in the garage...the little guy standing next to it is now taller than me...

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  2. chris m.

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    dkmw, I agree the Z8 "reissus" are incredibly beautiful cars. I've seen a few in person, and I put it right up there with the Jaguar E type and
    Austin Healey 3000. drlucky, My Dad and I had an MG Midget and AH version of it around the exact same vintage, back in the late 70s.
    So they were much younger then, but still already rusting and cursed with Lucas electronics. But I did love how they drove
    and how they sounded when they were running. In a way it was a blessing that they were broken a lot of the time because
    my Dad and I would wrench on it and that's how I developed whatever mechanical skills I have to this day.

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    The original Bugeye Sprites were cool, too:

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    One can find some great used cars in FL with so many part-time and retired residents that can afford nice wheels but son't drive that much.
     
  4. dkmw

    dkmw Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Chris, you’re in the right neighborhood to see a Z8:cool: Where I live ain’t too shabby, but we don’t have a Montecito next door.

    Only time I got up close on one was at a dealership in Orlando - and it was the Alpina boulevard cruiser version. A little too foofoo for my taste; I’d rather have that silver one in the pics we posted:)

    Thanks for getting in the Healey 3000. I was hoping someone here had one. Awesome car!
     
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    My cousin's ride at Good Guy's Nationals last week. 20190710_130757.jpg
     
  6. dkmw

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    True. I started looking in March and saw a lot of low mile cars that obviously were third or fourth or fifth cars of rich people. Boxsters are cheap fun cars for those folks. My car had an MSRP, when new, of about $60K - pocket change...

    I had help in my search, from an old friend who owns a dealership specializing in medium to high end used vehicles. He shops the auctions every week and agreed to get a car for me. He found one 2005 Boxster S that was optioned to the hilt, MSRP was $79K in 2005! I almost bought it but it was green:(

    Then there was a silver 2007, gray leather, that was very cheap. It was cheap because it had a vague history - no service records etc. But it was cheap and I was ready to bite until it failed an inspection.

    I continued to shop the web just to keep an idea of the market. The car I bought showed up in May at an MB dealer in Daytona. Once I saw that interior with Terracotta leather everywhere, I began to lust heavily. But the dealership wanted waaay too much coin.

    I guess they weren’t getting much interest at their price; after about a month the car was listed at auction. My buddy notified me and I told him I’d already been looking at it. He put a buy on it pronto. It passed all the inspections and we went up and picked it up. He added $500 to the auction price and I got a very reasonable price.

    Also should mention that he had me drive one of his cars on the way to Daytona so he could run his empire off his phone while in transit. The car was a Maserati Ghibli, pretty nice highway car and I got to add it to my “I drove one of those” list.
     
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    Ive posted this before, but the Jaguar D Type has been my favourite car ever since I first saw one as a child. Probably not worth the £5 million plus price tag though.
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    This is the closest I've got. Sure is a fun weekend ride :)

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    Digging back through some of my race photos... Someone mentioned the bug eye Sprite.

    They can be very pretty:

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    Or they can be a little whimsical. Note the smiley on roll cage.

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    The one, and only drop top I’ve ever owned. It was my wife’s. We had a lot of fun in it!
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    Mine needs paint, interior and top but for now it's OK. She's a blast to drive.
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    Someone gave me a TR3 parts car, back in the 70s. It was brush painted dark blue, had a big, hand painted, broken heart on the driver's door, and FOOL in tall, gothic lettering on the driver side front quarter.

    I sold it, intact, to a kid who wanted it for the frame. Somehow he had bent the frame on his own TR3. Given that a TR3 sits on a frame that would be appropriate for a pickup truck, I don't know how he bent the frame without getting killed in the process.
     
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    My '66 Mark II was that color.
     
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    67 drop top Stang, dark blue... my favorite of the breed and that looks like a good one!
     
  16. DesmoDog

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    Here's my roadster the day I brought it home.
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    After a while in my shop.
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    It needs some work
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    But I'm getting there. Slowly.
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    1927 body
    1931 frame
    1939 transmission
    1950-ish engine (backdated parts though)

    You get the idea.
     
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    Make mine a 356 Speedster, please

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    I've always liked the '63 T-Bird sport roadster. :cool:


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    If it had a flattie (my opinion, of course), this one could be the photo in the dictionary under "roadster"... The 315 Hemi is pretty cool by itself!
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    Yeah, the roadster was all about style over convenience but those side curtains were a pain. And if you weren't careful, damage came easy. It got pretty damn cold (late fall) before i put 'em on for good. But man, i loved that old TR3. :)
     
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