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American Muscle Cars

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by qtlaw, Aug 29, 2019.

  1. Chef2

    Chef2 Well-Known Member

    Let's just say you go to the mailbox today, and a long-lost uncle or whatever sent you a check for $100,000 and the express purpose of this was to buy a car.
    Not a $15,000 car and pocket the rest.
    Nope.
    You've got $100,000 and you're spending it all on a car.

    What are you buying?

    Me:

     
  2. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

  3. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Well-Known Member

    Datsun was always Nissan. That never changed.

    The reason it was labeled a "Datsun" was to protect the brand name. When they sold the 240Z in this country 50 years ago, they honestly did not know how it would go. They wanted to be able to say it was "Datsun" that failed to protect Nissan.

    The Z obviously did NOT fail. But it took Nissan another decade before they called Datsun vehicles Nissans in the West.
     
  4. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Well-Known Member

  5. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    The return of Alfa-Romeo to the American market gives me joy.

    Even the base model Giulia is a beautiful car.
     
  6. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Well-Known Member

    Alfa-Romeo, like the other Italian manufacturers, knows how to make an attractive car. Plenty of showroom and kid's room poster appeal. No argument there.

    But there are still major mechanical issues. I hear they are working on those issues, but it has been 30 years. Surely, you can engineer something dependable in that time frame. The Japanese R&D and engineers have to be laughing at the water cooler.

    If it spends more time on the hoists of the dealers and your favorite independent mechanic than your driveway or garage, something is wrong.
     
  7. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    I'm certain the build quality and the reliability are as awful as they have always been.*

    That said, the $75000 hot rod Giulia - a 505 horsepower twin-turbo V-6 - is a head turner.

    Build and Price Your New Alfa Romeo | Alfa Romeo USA



    *even their website is balky.
     
  8. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    When I was a kid, I coveted the Alfa GT / Sprint / Giulia. Another world rally star with a twin-cam 4. These are circa 1970.

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  9. misterbc

    misterbc Active Member

    Lots of cars to choose from for a 100k car but I’m partial to a recent Maserati GranTurismo. I’d just shop until finding the right one. Maserati’s are luxury race cars and incredibly underrated. They have built some of the most famous sports cars in racing history, not to mention the famed 250F Formula 1 car driven by the likes of Fangio, Moss et al. They have all the racing history along with unmatched luxury and, believe me, nothing sounds like a Maserati. I spent an afternoon in Modena, Italy last year at the finest private collection in existence and there were quite a few in the parking lot, too. Memorable experience seeing F1 and sports cars that made history all in one place.
     
  10. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    This is my choice:

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  11. swingline

    swingline Well-Known Member

    Joe Walsh approves.
     
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  12. Chef2

    Chef2 Well-Known Member

    As long as it does 185.
     
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