Mid-life crisis cage

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Watasnake, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. Watasnake

    Watasnake n00b

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2011
    Oddometer:
    9
    OK, I now have enough saved up to buy a mid-life crisis car. But... so many options, that is where you come in. None of my close friends care about cars :(: I have a narrowed list, trying to keep around 40Kish max. I want something different/unique - not a vette, muscle car, etc. I see them all the time. Here is the list so far:
    1. Morgan 3 wheeler (new)
    2. Caterham 7 or any of the copies (used of course)
    3. Lotus Elise or Extige (used)
    4. M3 (used) - not so unique
    5. Porsche speedster replica
    6. Ford Model T speedster chop?
    7. Anything else

    Looking for some input - pros/cons you see. I probably won't bring the thing to the track because I would want to baby the thing - sad I know. I understand the "Don't get the Caterham R500 because you don't go to the track. But - that would be a really wild ride to "have" Get my drift? Just a play thing. Ready, set, discuss
    #1
  2. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2004
    Oddometer:
    13,671
    Location:
    Central Colorado Rockies
    I have a friend who had a Lotus Elise for quite a while - for him anyway - and he thought it was one of the most fun cars he ever had. He had other wheels so practicality was not critical to him. A Toyota drive train is a real advantage in my mind.

    Hell, whatever you can afford!


    Did'nt Toyota come out with a new MR2 or a new Supra?

    On a maybe more practical bent - WRX?

    Shoot, for not much money you can get a good 911 in the '70's....heck, I know one in a barn....air cooled, 25th anniv.
    #2
  3. BillsR100

    BillsR100 Happy Paleoflatus

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2006
    Oddometer:
    3,302
    Location:
    Edmond, Oklahoma
    1997 Miata.
    #3
  4. SJSharkfan

    SJSharkfan Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2010
    Oddometer:
    749
    Location:
    NorCal
    VW TDI!!!:rofl

    OK, just kidding. How about a Subaru BRZ?
    #4
  5. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2004
    Oddometer:
    34,839
    Location:
    OAK
    I'd go with the Caterham. So far as the Morgan, my dad should be taking delivery of his in mid April. He had his mid-life crisis a few decades ago but, what the hell. He's wanted a Morgan for as long as I can remember.

    Here he is driving the demo.
    [​IMG]
    #5
  6. mike25

    mike25 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2005
    Oddometer:
    316
    Location:
    the slums of detroit
    A Factory 5 Hot Rod would be fun.
    #6
  7. JamesG

    JamesG Rabid Poster

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2006
    Oddometer:
    10,946
    Location:
    Columbus, GA
    I know of a guy with a Fiat 500 he'll sell you cheap. :deal
    #7
  8. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2004
    Oddometer:
    34,839
    Location:
    OAK
    How about a Porsche 550 Spyder replica?
    #8
  9. Venteuri

    Venteuri I don't give a shit

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2007
    Oddometer:
    15,791
    Location:
    Queretaro , Mexico
    7.- Ferrari 328GTS. :deal
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1987...ars_Trucks&hash=item3a7fc3fbfb#ht_12335wt_948

    [​IMG]


    Or a 308gts

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1982...Cars_Trucks&hash=item20d085089f#ht_500wt_1021
    #9
  10. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2007
    Oddometer:
    3,181
    Location:
    Berzerkeley, CA
    Do you live in an area where you can have fun with any of these things on the road? For me, it would be the caterham hands down as a play car. The M3 is far too common and practical. So is the WRX (I have one, and love it). I can see how a old porsche rep would be fun. And there's always the attraction of something semi custom. . . . . I've always wanted a karmann ghia with a modern sportbike motor in it, a hayabusa or k1200r or zx-14 motor would make that car a lot of fun.
    #10
  11. gunnabuild1

    gunnabuild1 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2008
    Oddometer:
    906
    Location:
    Ipswich Queensland
    I'd go the Morgan,always loved the look and they look like a hell of a lot of fun to drive,absolutely no electrical aids, just raw driving the way it should be.
    But it's your money, enjoy whatever it is you go for mate!
    #11
  12. Dave.0

    Dave.0 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    May 17, 2011
    Oddometer:
    833
    Location:
    north texas for now, sedona when I can get away
    I like your choices - I have a lotus exige and a Caterham superlight. Those are both amazing cars and are perhaps the best handling cars you can buy- but they are a tight fit and not super comfortable. Getting in and out can be an act of human origami. If you want a performance car these would be great options. If your looking more for a fun car to leisurely cruise around in then the Morgan would be a cool car ( a morgan plus 8 would be even better). I really like the Caterham - nobody but car geeks know what it is, it has scenery blurring performance and always puts a smile on my face. If you have specific questions about the cars just ask or shoot me a pm - I'm pretty familiar with the lotus and Caterham offerings.
    #12
  13. dirtypumpkin

    dirtypumpkin "Monster Truck Bike"

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2005
    Oddometer:
    14,000
    Location:
    Northern California
    #13
  14. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley On my way

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2010
    Oddometer:
    805
    Location:
    Back home in the UK
    I would go for the Morgan, but don't rule out a four wheeled Morgan, second hand of course unless you want to wait.
    #14
  15. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2005
    Oddometer:
    5,823
    Location:
    Turning expensive metal into scrap
    Noble m400
    #15
  16. dlearl476

    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2005
    Oddometer:
    25,324
    Location:
    Between Here and There
    Or it's younger brother: http://www.beck904.com/


    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tBBKDpFG2bQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
    #16
  17. NCGS

    NCGS De Oppresso Liber

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2005
    Oddometer:
    1,186
    Location:
    Eastern NC
    That works for me!~
    #17
  18. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2004
    Oddometer:
    16,214
    Location:
    The Trans-Mississippi
    Beck 550 Spyder
    #18
  19. 12ARX

    12ARX Long timer

    Joined:
    May 24, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,502
    Location:
    QLD, AUSTRALIA
    [​IMG]
    #19
  20. Crocodile Tears

    Crocodile Tears Anti-Semantic

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2008
    Oddometer:
    3,527
    Location:
    Toledo, OH ; Houghton, MI
    Any idea if the atom will be available in the u.s.? :evil
    #20