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    Sports/Muscle Car Market

    I'm young, single, have a good job, and need a toy to spend some money on. I'm not talking about a woman here, although women and automobiles share one common denominator: money pit.

    Anyways... I would like to have a nice ride. What I'm struggling with inside is what do I really want. I do know that whatever I decide on, it's going to have some "get-up-and-go" to it. FYI, I am a GM guy at heart.

    I like the new Chevy Camaros. I like the look and the 426 HP V8 with a 6-speed manual transmission sounds like a blast to drive. A new car like this would have many more creature features than an older one. The $35-40k sticker for an SS model isn't too bad for what you get. The 2012 ZL1 will probably be $50k, but is going to be sweeet. I like the idea of being the first and only owner of my first muscle car by buying new.



    Another contender is a Corvette, but not a brand new one (but maybe a Z06 from the mid to early 2000's). There are a wide variety of years of this model that I like, and the price range varies quite a bit too. I like the idea of buying a used car that is in great condition for a lower price and using leftover money for upgrades, and I think there are a lot of possibilities in this category.



    Going along with the idea for the Corvette, I also really like old muscle cars from the 60's and early 70's. Chevelle's, Camaro's, GTO's, and even 67-72 C10 pickups. Again, lots of possibilities here to buy cheap and build up, but time in the shop is time not on the road or track enjoying it.






    Sooo... I'm just kind of throwing this out there to get some people's suggestions who have been through this before. PLEASE tell me about your ride's to give me inspiration. I don't care if it's not GM. And this thread is worthless without PICS!



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    Re: Sports/Muscle Car Market

    I'm married with kids (ultimate money pit). This is the only toy car I can afford:



    That's right. A 1967 Galaxie 500 inherited from Grandpa. Watch out, it's a street sleeper with 289 cubic inches of pure power
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    Re: Sports/Muscle Car Market

    Quote Originally Posted by cstrunk View Post
    I'm young, single, have a good job, and need a toy to spend some money on. I'm not talking about a woman here, although women and automobiles share one common denominator: money pit.

    Anyways... I would like to have a nice ride. What I'm struggling with inside is what do I really want. I do know that whatever I decide on, it's going to have some "get-up-and-go" to it. FYI, I am a GM guy at heart.

    I like the new Chevy Camaros. I like the look and the 426 HP V8 with a 6-speed manual transmission sounds like a blast to drive. A new car like this would have many more creature features than an older one. The $35-40k sticker for an SS model isn't too bad for what you get. The 2012 ZL1 will probably be $50k, but is going to be sweeet. I like the idea of being the first and only owner of my first muscle car by buying new.



    Another contender is a Corvette, but not a brand new one (but maybe a Z06 from the mid to early 2000's). There are a wide variety of years of this model that I like, and the price range varies quite a bit too. I like the idea of buying a used car that is in great condition for a lower price and using leftover money for upgrades, and I think there are a lot of possibilities in this category.



    Going along with the idea for the Corvette, I also really like old muscle cars from the 60's and early 70's. Chevelle's, Camaro's, GTO's, and even 67-72 C10 pickups. Again, lots of possibilities here to buy cheap and build up, but time in the shop is time not on the road or track enjoying it.






    Sooo... I'm just kind of throwing this out there to get some people's suggestions who have been through this before. PLEASE tell me about your ride's to give me inspiration. I don't care if it's not GM. And this thread is worthless without PICS!


    BMW ZM! Used or new.......doesn't matter. It's a little higher priced than the cars you mentioned but IMHO...once you drive one of these...it's difficult to be satified with anything else. Sorry....no pics. Looks like a Z4....with the guts of an M.


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    Re: Sports/Muscle Car Market

    A used Subaru STI + being able to retire at age 50 sounds good to me.



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    Re: Sports/Muscle Car Market

    Realistically... for this first purchase I would like to stay below $50k.

    CYEATHAWK are you talking about a Z4 M?



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    Re: Sports/Muscle Car Market

    Toy car only? Go vintage. Will be a headache at times, but somehow that makes the experience better.

    Daily driver? Newer the better. Don't want headaches on way to work, nor the upkeep.



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    Re: Sports/Muscle Car Market

    Quote Originally Posted by herbicide View Post
    Toy car only? Go vintage. Will be a headache at times, but somehow that makes the experience better.

    Daily driver? Newer the better. Don't want headaches on way to work, nor the upkeep.
    No, definitely not toy car only. I want to drive it, but it will not be a daily driver for sure. I am lucky enough to have a work truck that I drove home, and I will keep my old pickup because well... it is handy to have a truck (can't use work truck for personal use).



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    Re: Sports/Muscle Car Market

    Quote Originally Posted by cstrunk View Post
    No, definitely not toy car only. I want to drive it, but it will not be a daily driver for sure. I am lucky enough to have a work truck that I drove home, and I will keep my old pickup because well... it is handy to have a truck (can't use work truck for personal use).
    If you plan on driving it in winter and rainy weather, relying on it for transportation, I would advise something newer. You gotta remember the old stuff is likely not to have air and will be less comfortable to drive.

    I don't have a vintage car, but I own two vintage motorcycles, as well as knowing several that have vintage cars. For the "toy" effect I find the older stuff a lot more fun, even though the performance isn't up to par with the newer stuff.



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    Re: Sports/Muscle Car Market

    Go vintage.



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    Re: Sports/Muscle Car Market

    Quote Originally Posted by herbicide View Post
    If you plan on driving it in winter and rainy weather, relying on it for transportation, I would advise something newer. You gotta remember the old stuff is likely not to have air and will be less comfortable to drive.

    I don't have a vintage car, but I own two vintage motorcycles, as well as knowing several that have vintage cars. For the "toy" effect I find the older stuff a lot more fun, even though the performance isn't up to par with the newer stuff.
    Great point. It is HOT in Texas in summer and it lasts a lot longer down here. So A/C is definitely a must if I look into older vehicles, even if it an aftermarket add-on... by Golly we will have A/C!!



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    Re: Sports/Muscle Car Market

    See you really like GM, have you considered the dodge challanger, I don't have one myself but I really like the way it looks and with up to a 470 hp V8, it could be a lot of fun to drive.
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    Re: Sports/Muscle Car Market

    I'd go with the Z06, the years you referenced are freaking beautiful.


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    Re: Sports/Muscle Car Market

    Get a daily driver and than add a used toy. The toy cars just aren't for winter in the midwest but I guess you are in Texas so nevermind that point. I have an Audi A4 Quattro for basic transportation and an '02 Boxster and picked by an '87 Porsche 924S for around $4800 this winter (only 36K miles but with timing belt/tires/fluids flush/air conditioning and more it sucked up a quick $3K). BTW, the Boxster was a Texas car.






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    Re: Sports/Muscle Car Market

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUStrEngr View Post
    I'm married with kids (ultimate money pit). This is the only toy car I can afford:



    That's right. A 1967 Galaxie 500 inherited from Grandpa. Watch out, it's a street sleeper with 289 cubic inches of pure power
    Looks like grandpa took care of that old Ford. Very cool and red to boot!



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    Re: Sports/Muscle Car Market

    You're not a Ford guy, but it seems to me a person from Shenandoah needs to driver a Mustang.

    Quote Originally Posted by cstrunk View Post
    I'm young, single, have a good job, and need a toy to spend some money on. I'm not talking about a woman here, although women and automobiles share one common denominator: money pit.

    Anyways... I would like to have a nice ride. What I'm struggling with inside is what do I really want. I do know that whatever I decide on, it's going to have some "get-up-and-go" to it. FYI, I am a GM guy at heart.

    I like the new Chevy Camaros. I like the look and the 426 HP V8 with a 6-speed manual transmission sounds like a blast to drive. A new car like this would have many more creature features than an older one. The $35-40k sticker for an SS model isn't too bad for what you get. The 2012 ZL1 will probably be $50k, but is going to be sweeet. I like the idea of being the first and only owner of my first muscle car by buying new.



    Another contender is a Corvette, but not a brand new one (but maybe a Z06 from the mid to early 2000's). There are a wide variety of years of this model that I like, and the price range varies quite a bit too. I like the idea of buying a used car that is in great condition for a lower price and using leftover money for upgrades, and I think there are a lot of possibilities in this category.



    Going along with the idea for the Corvette, I also really like old muscle cars from the 60's and early 70's. Chevelle's, Camaro's, GTO's, and even 67-72 C10 pickups. Again, lots of possibilities here to buy cheap and build up, but time in the shop is time not on the road or track enjoying it.






    Sooo... I'm just kind of throwing this out there to get some people's suggestions who have been through this before. PLEASE tell me about your ride's to give me inspiration. I don't care if it's not GM. And this thread is worthless without PICS!



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