Sunday, September 13, 2009

"I Want One Of Those" Cars

No Sunday videos this week... A few more Weekend Quickies instead.

This time last week I was at the Vintage Fall Festival at Lime Rock Park. As I walked around the car show I would stop and look at a car and sometimes say "I want one of those". I didn't realize how often I was doing that until the friend I was with finally said, "You want one of every car, don't you?"
Uh, yeah, pretty much.

Here is a very small sampling of some of the types of cars that caught my attention...

2007 Jaguar X-Type 3.0 Station Wagon - Some of the best cars are not in the show, but in the parking lot.

I had never seen a Jaguar X-Type station wagon in person before. There was one in the parking lot as we were leaving.

These cars look a lot better in person than they do in pictures. The X-Type will never be thought of as one of Jaguar's great cars, but with AWD and a powerful 3.0 liter 6, it's an alternative to an Audi Avant.

This one is located at a dealership in Cockeysville, MD. Click here to see the AutoTrader.com listing.

2000 Qvale Mangusta - I've written about the Qvale Mangusta in the past. You can find my post here.

I don't know why I'm so attracted to these cars... Maybe it's the legendary names (Qvale and Detomaso) that were involved with this car, maybe it's its scarcity (less than 300 built), maybe it's the easy to find parts for the Ford drivetrain...

The asking price for this Qvale is top dollar (maybe way above). It's in very nice condition. There are a ton of good clear pictures in the eBay listing. Click here to see it.

1984 Renault R5 Turbo 2 - Another car I wrote about in the past. These are just plain outrageous. All R5s in the US are gray market imports. Most, like this one, were imported and certified by a company called Sun. By all accounts Sun did everything correct and to the letter of the law.

This R5 appears to be in very, very nice condition. Click here to see the eBay listing.

2001 BMW M Coupe - The person I went to Lime Rock with last weekend knows as much about cars as anyone I know. But she's architecturally inclined and things like symmetry, flow of lines, etc. etc., mean a lot to her. So when I spotted an M Coupe and once again said "I want one of those", she said she didn't like it. "It's not proportionate."

I went home at looked at a bunch of pictures of older M Coupes on the internet. I see her point. The nose is low, the tail is high. Its lines don't flow smoothly. It's not a pretty car.

You know what? I don't care... It's an amazing car to drive. I still want one.

The car pictured above is being offered by a dealer in Houston, Texas. Click here to see the AutoTrader.com listing.

3 comments:

Ron said...

I agree with both you and your friend regarding the BMW. The new ones look much better.

Max Power said...

Every so often, a car comes out that is so proportionately wrong yet there is something about it that after the shock of seeing it, has me loving it. The first generation M Coupe does that to me. And I also think that the most recent one was 'not right' but it did not hold me like the first generation. I have begun to feel the same 'my god it's ugly but I love it' feeling for the Porsche Panamera

Quantum Joe said...

The jag is NOT an alternative to an Audi.

An Audi will start and run everyday. It will cost little to maintain.

The Jag will not.