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How I'm seeing things

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I'm thinking that it will be at least a few more years before GM builds anything that I just can't resist. So, after I clear the decks and unload my current fleet of projects, I'm guessing that I'll go after at least one more "fun" car of recent vintage before a new one is likely.

The thing is, I have no idea what it will be. I'm not talking about a classic or project car - just something fairly new and low-mileage that I will enjoy driving when I don't have to drive the truck.

Another GTO might work, but I'm not married to that idea.

So what do you think would make me grin from the used market in about a year and a half from now?

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used mustangs are cheap and generally fun to drive. CTS?

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A Mustang would be a real departure for me, but I suspect a bargain.

No on the CTS.

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A first draft of possibilities:

GTO

Mustang

Challenger

G8 GXP

Camaro

Vette?

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Other than the cars you mentioned (which I probably would have listed anyway), what about an SSR?

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It will be an odd sort of purchase for me, I usually buy either brand new or really old.

Any thoughts on how the pricing might shake out for the list in about a year and a half?

(All candidates would be low-mile, high option, and manual)

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If the right one came along, I might even consider a Solstice GXP coupe.

Too small for my tastes, but oh so cool.

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Challenger

Magnum (get an `08 and you've got yourself a rare car)

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No, but of you think about it, the Challenger uses the same engines as teh Magnum, same platform, etc. I bet you could make a manual out of it. Now there's a project!

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No, but of you think about it, the Challenger uses the same engines as teh Magnum, same platform, etc. I bet you could make a manual out of it. Now there's a project!

If I'm doing a project that new it will be a G8 Ute.

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Ideas I would have...

Mustang Mach 1, the 2002-2003 bodystyle Mach's. Neat, kind of retro interior, shaker, one of the few modern Mustangs that I like.

An 80's El Camino, High option, with a manual conversion. Not modern, but would be cool.

Not your thing, but you could get an RX-8. Not much tourque, but priced right and a real drivers car. You may want to drive one just for the heck of it.

Get a C5 Z06. An animal of a car, affordable, almost guaranteed not to drop in value.

Of the above, my choice for you would be the stang. The Mustang interior is a huge letdown over the GTO, but it is also more involving than the GTO to drive. Plus, lots of aftermarket stuff available for the 'stang.

Plus the Mustang Mach is another limited production car like the Z06 that will probably not go down to zero value.

Only other thing I would reccomend, please don't be offended...would be an Impala SS from the 90's. Mind bendlingly comfortable, plenty of performance potential, bargain priced, great resale, lots of things can be done with the LT-1, great highway fuel economy, etc.

Oh, and when you get a Mach or a C5 Z06, be sure to check out the Philly region of the SCCA. Lots of fun ways to actually make those go fast and have fun...

Chris

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Oh, and another car to consider, priced right and fast-LT1 C4 Corvette.

Lots of aftermarket stuff, run great at local autocrosses and track days, affordable, decent looking. Interior tends to be a little (or a lot) on the cheap side, but a very responsive touring car.

Buying a car like that for say 9K could free up a lot of funds for New Hamshire.

Beating on that car like a red headed step child could free up a lot of the Camino blahs.

The view through the windscreen at 130 MPH is impressive. These cars look great as Corvette Cheallenge cars at Vintage races. (although the challenge cars were not the LT-1 cars.)

Also...Buick Grand National. Prices are way back down, a 100k mile decent car could be had for about 6K-7K if you look, and...can be beaten on like nothing doing 1/4 mile at a time.

But I like the Mustang and the vette best for you.

Best buy-one of the limited edition 96 Grand Sport Coupes. Affordable, and John Heinricey thinks enough of it to have one in his personal fleet. In fact it is one of his fav. cars.

Chris

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...and while your out looking at cars, also check out an E-36 BMW M3. (1990'1 stylke M3) Not as much of a pure animal as the E-30 M3, but a very involving and fast car to dirve. And cheap. And did I mention cheap?

But you have a lot of projects and ideas, so I still like the Stang and Vette best.

Chris

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...and while your out looking at cars, also check out an E-36 BMW M3. (1990'1 stylke M3) Not as much of a pure animal as the E-30 M3, but a very involving and fast car to dirve. And cheap. And did I mention cheap?

But you have a lot of projects and ideas, so I still like the Stang and Vette best.

Chris

This would be a post-project item down the road a ways.

An LT-4 Vette would be a decent option, but I hate the Gran Sport look.

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If I'm dipping into the 90s, this would work: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Polo-Green-...d=p4506.c0.m245

Camino...good looking car but wrong car IMHO.

You want a 94-96 Manual LT-1 car with 50,000 miles or so. Your buying this car to drive hard, right??? Drive it like you stole it from a rental company, preferably IMHO at a track event.

Think of this car as a GT car...in terms of "grand touring" In essence your buying this thing to use up, not to show off to your buddies or feel good about it's rarity.

Your going to drive this car all over the place and when you sell it it's going to have 150K on the Odo, and a fair number of those miles are going to be 1/4 of a mile at a time or over 100 MPH.

Just my two cents.

Chris

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Well, it would be an evenings and weekends sort of car - a driver, but not super long term and not too many miles per year. Not a garage queen, but a nice days and open roads kinda thing.

Not sure about track or strip: that might change my thinking more toward what you describe.

I was seeing it like a saw the GTO: driven pretty hard to put the big smile on my face, but not every day.

I think the daily driver will always be a truck.

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...and while your out looking at cars, also check out an E-36 BMW M3. (1990'1 style M3) Not as much of a pure animal as the E-30 M3, but a very involving and fast car to dirve. And cheap. And did I mention cheap?

Chris

+1

I still miss mine..it was a lot of fun while I had it..I unloaded it as it was getting to point where it was going to start being pricey to maintain and I didn't want it sitting outside or sitting too much period. Wouldn't mind having another M3 someday, probably an E46--last of the 6 cylinder M3s.

Rob

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Pre-Bangle M5?

Nah, too many doors and a maintenance hassle.

But oh-so-sweet!

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If you go the SSR route hit up a 2006 model. stupid low numbers for that year. i think around 8000, closer to 6500 i think though.

95 ZR-1 would be sweet but just like chris said, the breed of the car is what thats for but you wouldnt want to flog one routinely... especially when it comes to engine repair on the LT5 yikes...

if you are looking project car i always like looking here and wondering

huge potential, other than no resale value, a possible cheap custom ride could be the future.

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