Have just done a couple of track laps in a Gallardo and found this as well - it had significant understeer if trail-braked and also throttle-on understeer. The trick seemed to be to hit a very late apex with a lot of throttle early but not too much steering lock. It will pivot as the power feeds in. It's certainly… » 8/23/14 6:39am 8/23/14 6:39am

You need to rent out more than a small apartment to pay for care and feeding on that Spica-injected V-8. Those things are like having a girlfriend with a coke habit (both the highs and the lows). Having said that, I still want a Montreal, either in Kermit Green or Sunkist Orange. » 8/22/14 6:55pm 8/22/14 6:55pm

+1. The only Ferrari 2+2 I've driven is the 456. It's not perfect but it's really, really good. And it's beautiful in an understated way, perfect for a gentleman's GT. Ferraristi tell me that the 365 GTC/4 is actually lower maintenance than the 456 and that it's a great high-speed cruiser.

I know one guy with a 612 who… » 8/22/14 1:00pm 8/22/14 1:00pm

NP, and here's why: This is actually one of the iconic cars of the 1980s. Straman's shop was *the* convertible conversion shop of the 1980s and was known to do factory-quality work. I just spent some time in a warehouse that was holding a Straman-converted Ferrari 400i convertible, a 1-of-3 build that was… » 8/22/14 11:23am 8/22/14 11:23am

In concept, this could have been awesome, like the Shelby Cobra of beach buggies or the super-luxury version of the Rally Fighter. In execution it's horrible, of course, but *somebody* should do an ultra-luxury 4-seat off-road convertible. Done right, it could be legendary. They'd sell hundreds in LA and Miami. » 8/22/14 5:16am 8/22/14 5:16am

Schumacher's technique is amazing, and nobody else seems to do it the same way: He hugs the right-side wall much further down, enters later but actually seems to destabilize the car into oversteer on the entry. It's heart-stopping, but that sets him up for a later apex on the uphill right hander, and it looks like… » 8/22/14 4:53am 8/22/14 4:53am

I bought my 240 off of a 16-year-old in a very wealthy neighborhood who had gotten the well-maintained hand-me-down from Mom and Dad, then promptly pronged it into an immovable object. The damage was just cosmetic, but it was besmirching their high-class driveway and presumably getting the hairy eyeball from… » 8/22/14 3:06am 8/22/14 3:06am

Wait, what is this mythical 5-speed manual with bell housing and clutch that mates to a Lexus V-8? Because if this detail-oriented guy can build me a 1st-gen Lexus SC400 with a real stick, *that* would be super interesting.

As it stands, this Miata is 2/3 of the horsepower of an LS1 swap for about 20% more money. Point… » 8/21/14 12:05pm 8/21/14 12:05pm

I know I'm supposed to hate this guy because dangerous, selfish, think-of-the-children blah blah blah. And maybe because I'm supposed to hate F-body Camaros. But actually, I think this guy is a friggin hero. Hey is among the showiest of showmen, and unlike most forms of entertainment, which just requires boobs and/or… » 8/21/14 1:55am 8/21/14 1:55am

The Countach is probably just starting the parabolic part of its appreciation curve, so if you're thinking in investment terms, it's the better choice. I've sat in both and they're both painful and wonderful at the same time. No bad choices here - both are fine art. » 8/19/14 1:37pm 8/19/14 1:37pm

My college roomate's girlfriend (now wife) had one of these and we would drive it injudiciously around Chicago at night. My memory says it deserves way more than 57 points: It handled extremely well and rode well enough to make you think it was much more expensive than it was. The door pulls were kind of a big deal in… » 8/18/14 9:55pm 8/18/14 9:55pm

OK Jalops, raise your hand if you give a damn about a new BMW. Yup, didn't think so.

Spammerbot: If you have a pyramid scheme that lets me buy a Spyker C8 Laviolette, or better yet a Pagani Huayra, then email me off list. » 8/18/14 2:42pm 8/18/14 2:42pm

Time will tell, but I think these are the modern-day equivalent of the Figoni et Falaschi-rebodied Bugattis and Talbot-Lagos, or the Zagato-rebodied Aston DB4. Just "modified," sure, but in a way that elevates them into pieces of art. Even if you're not into cars, the craftsmanship at work in a Singer is jaw-dropping.

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In a world where Isettas and Goggomobiles are $30k cars, this thing is NP all day long. There's an Italian merchant in SF who got an S-Cargo of similar vintage into the United States somehow, and even plated it in California. When I asked him how he possibly got it registered he just shook his head and said, in broken… » 8/15/14 9:59pm 8/15/14 9:59pm

Well, if there's a hole in the overflow tank, that's pretty much sufficient to explain what's going on. The system wants to be pressurized and if it's not sealed, it won't be. There's always the possibility of more problems at the same time, but fix the obvious! » 8/15/14 3:52pm 8/15/14 3:52pm

If Kinja would let us post pictures I'd post a picture of mine. White w/ black and green interior, S52. Yes, an E36 coupe has a better rear suspension. But the M Coupe with semi-trailing arms is *all* the lulz - a really clear example of how the less sophisticated technology results in a more funhouse ride. » 8/15/14 3:09pm 8/15/14 3:09pm