Wow, that was an 80sgasm. I want all four of those, all at once. The 930 slant note *with* the side strakes *and* the burl wood interior trim is particularly…er, evocative. I'd love to meet the first owner.

Can someone un-grey me? Between my hair and my comments, I'm feeling old. :-) » 10/28/14 2:07pm Tuesday 2:07pm

My experience is that they're quite the opposite - if you see one 1800, there will be others not far away. It's definitely a blue-tarp hoarder car here in NorCal. I know a bearded Boomer who has about 8 of them slowly decaying in a lot near the Russian River, all projects on their way to restoration, or so he says. If… » 10/25/14 2:42pm Saturday 2:42pm

I suspect that the seller could find a dreamer, blinded by the badge, to buy this thing even without service records. That endlessly recycling group of not-entirely-rational buyers is one of the reasons that Ferraris hold their value so well. » 10/24/14 9:05am 10/24/14 9:05am

They sold over 40k MR2s a year in the era of the first-generation! They were an ideal tool for SCCA Showroom Stock racing or Solo autocross, and just like a Boxster, they had cargo space in the front and in the rear. The 2nd generation model made the same mistake as the Supra: They aimed at (and hit) big performance… » 10/24/14 12:18am 10/24/14 12:18am

+1. Wrenching on them yourself can also be important because mechanics can't / won't work on them. AMG and V-12 Mercedes still have parts and special tools available, but at this point it's getting difficult to find a mechanic who has the shop computer to deal with the ECUs on a BMW 850. There's a limited number of… » 10/23/14 11:01pm 10/23/14 11:01pm

Well, it was certainly considered a supercar at the time. From '86 to '90 no car mag could go a year without conjuring up some excuse to do a top-speed shootout or track battle that pitted Testarossa vs. Countach. This thing was 5.0 - 5.5 seconds 0-60 and had a top end over 175 in a day when Corvettes would do "only"… » 10/23/14 8:55pm 10/23/14 8:55pm

In a sense, every air-cooled 911 is a homologation special. There's something fairly wonderful about a car that had essentially the same engine, transmission, and suspension components off the showroom floor as it did on grid at the 24 Hours of Lemans.

The consequence here is that on a running-cost basis these are -… » 10/22/14 4:10am 10/22/14 4:10am

A Citation X already has an operating cost of about $10k an hour, and the charter cost is a healthy multiple of that. A G650 has ops costs of about $25k/hour. Both of those sell just fine. I'm sure there is a market for a supersonic business jet, but I don't know how big that market is.

Isn't Bernie Ecclestone… » 10/21/14 6:37pm 10/21/14 6:37pm

I'd make a case for the E36 M3 over the E46. You see *lots* more E36s at track days / BMWCCA races / NASA races here in NorCal, too, so I think I'm not alone here. The E36 is cheaper to run and much cheaper to buy. There's also more hard-part commonality with the ubiquitous 328s, so if you blow a motor or transmission… » 10/20/14 2:03pm 10/20/14 2:03pm

Good luck! I've raced 944s for years and I'd note a couple of things:
1) You really, really should run with the rear hatch and *rear spoiler* on. There will be lots of aerodynamic lift in the rear with the big open hole left by the hatch, as well as drag. Porsche put that big tea-tray spoiler on the 944 for a reason,… » 10/19/14 8:09pm 10/19/14 8:09pm

I'd add that men still *do* have an internal, never-ending shame if they don't make enough money and have a certain status among their male friends, so as a guy, any minute that you're spending dusting the mantel or whatever instead of doing the thing that will make your company successful or your boss love you feels… » 10/19/14 4:53pm 10/19/14 4:53pm

2nd-gen Cadillac CTS V-6. I'd grown up around Baby Boomers who clung to wallowy, wheezy, prematurely rusting Cadillacs of the late 70s and early 80s. I'd had a series of Eurotrash cars, including an E90 BMW that was acting flinty in the electrical department. I went and test-drove a CTS (not a V and not a manual,… » 10/16/14 9:49pm 10/16/14 9:49pm

This is dorky looking - *if* you're into cars. If you think of cars as evil and bikes / electric skateboards / scooters / Pruises as signs of a forward-thinking dude who cares about the environment, this thing is sexual chocolate. And outside of our little Jalop-bubble, there's a lot of that. Here in the Bay Area I am… » 10/16/14 5:29pm 10/16/14 5:29pm