When I was thirteen years old this was my dream car.

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  1. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    I had a '66 Mark II. Quick and fun, as long as you remembered it was a sports car body on a Herald sedan chassis. It hit its handling limits early and suddenly.

    You sure about the Mk II? A '68 should be a Mk III.
     
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    Seventies Mini Cooper. I really liked the funny look of them.
     
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    Riviera was a RWD car until 1979.


    ...edit - someone beat me to it, sorry...
     
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    Me too, except mine was a '68 SS/RS instead of a '67. Wish I still had it!
     
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    I'm stuck in the '80s.

    :rolleyes:
     
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    Nostalgia has quite a price tag
     
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    We had the Sunbeam knock-offs over this side of the pond! Screenshot_2020-03-13-18-35-28-01.jpeg
     
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    Beep beep.

     
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    [​IMG] Saab tried, and to some degree failed, to capture the excitement of the design you have shown. I sure like Saabs but I willingly admit the Italian product is more sexy.
     
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    Buying our latest car, the Nissan dealership in an NYC suburb was situated exactly between Lamborghini, McLaren, and Maserati dealerships.

    Kind of put things in perspective...

    BUT - my childhood dreams were sweet ones and a lot of them have come true.
     
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    I visualized the Raymond Loewy design, then tried to say "Sunbeam Knock Off" but the words caused me to choke.

    :^) Britons made some super cool looking cars in those days. This, sadly, wasn't one of them.
     
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    Had a '63. It was as close as I got to owning an XKE. It was a nice saloon though. The burl wood accents were very posh. I sure liked the look of that beautiful engine... the rest of it too. Sold it for twice what I paid. Still lament letting it go.
     
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    Back then I really wanted a van.

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    Since the XKE keeps coming up (and understandably so), I gotta tell this story.

    My wife’s family spent six or seven years in Belgium back in the sixties. When they were set to return to the US, dad told mom she could bring back one expensive item from Europe.

    She really wanted an XKE convertible, and very nearly pulled the trigger. But instead, she chose a beautiful teak dining room set.

    The XKE, in our coastal salt bath environment, would have rusted away to nothing by 1980. We have the teak in our house now.

    But my wife still talks about how disappointed the kids were, because they wanted to learn to drive in the Jag:)
     
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    I saw a pattern, over and over.

    Friend, or older brother of a friend, had a beautiful XKE. And dating, instead of the girl getting away, she let herself be caught. And pretty soon she was expecting and wedding was planned and a baby was born and the XKE had to be sold.

    I think it was better to borrow the XKE or Corvette, than to own it. Once the girl figured out the cool car wasn't yours, she'd move along and you could start over with the next pretty girl. Etc.

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    Now, if you had these, the young lady would be most careful. Funny how that works.
     
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    my first car was a 66 ford falcon (pos);
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    My first decent car was a 68 Cougar (bad pic). Loved that car but had some money issues & needed to sell it. Guy I sold it to wrapped it around a tree not soon after;

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    I am embarrassed to say I lusted after Plymouth Prowlers...
     
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    My first was a bright yellow 1980 fiesta. The passenger door was brown though. It had a tape deck that belted out the stone roses first album constantly..
     
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    My first car:
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    with electric transmission! (HubaHuba!)
    Could fit: 1 Fender Bandmaster head with 2 12 cabinet, 1 ES 175 in case, music stand and a crappy stool plus 1 companion. but it was a tricky load. It had to be done in a certain order.
    Made for some cold driving in the winter. 65mph top speed down hill or level ground only.
     
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