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    Life after 40....what car?

    So, looking like my 40 is going in the next week or so, assuming deposit comes through. Which means what do I go for now in my life after 40?

    Need/want to put a fair bit of coin back into mortgage. Also don't have the time now to build or fully rebuild a car either. I've had a full race car with rego, and to be honest it's not enjoyable driving on the road slowly. But it was an absolute weapon on the track, which is exactly how how planned and built it.

    So now I need a car that is/can be not scared of a race track, yet still civilised enough to enjoy on the road a bit. But it won't be a daily. More an occassional weekender and hillclimb/circuit sprinter.

    Also ideally want a car that is close to the bottom of the depreciation curve, so that rules out new cars.

    Options I can come up with are:

    1) Lotus Exige/Elise - keen as on one of these but expensive to buy. 40 -60k, so not saving much money here. Cheap to run I assume but I worry about hurting the chassis one day and how to fix it. I know first hand how well these go having competed against them many times. 900 kg and toyota mechanicals appeals to me. Driven those motors in celicas and corrolas. Very nice, just needed a supercharger and less weight, like a Lotus!

    2) FD RX-7. These are not going to get cheaper I think. Series 8 around 2000 for about 30k? I've driven a mates one 10 years ago and it was just 'right'. Still look amazing, don't think they've been beaten for an all round package yet. Suspension and brakes very good and just need tweaking. Only problem is that I had an old 82 RX-7 turbo that modified and competed with for 10 years before the 40. So I know how to rebuild a rotary... But not sure I want to go back there. No, don't want to LS one either. I've got an LS daily already thanks. I'd love a 20B in one just for the sound, but that aint cheap, and a 13B on E85 with EFR turbo makes 400 RWHP easy nowadays.

    3) BMW 135 N54 twin turbo manual. Only discovered how cheap these were last night poking around on carsales. 400 RWHP with a couple of tweaks and bolt ons. Big brakes and great chassis standard. Bit fat at 1450 kg, and more luxury rather than sports, but for 20k for a stocker through to 30k for fully modified they make a compelling argument. Again, I've competed against these and similar 3 series with same driveline (same car underneath) and I know how fast they go. But they don't sound very exciting. Also worry about fixup costs if something goes bang.

    4) Porsche Cayman S. I looked a these a while back. With a turbo kit they are giant killers. But $50k starting before mods is a bit much. And then the IMS may go bang.

    Left field is old corvette/mustang/camaro. 60's model. But don't think I have the time and all will end up over 60k.

    Help me waste my money. Assuming it comes through...

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    40.

    Forty.

    Forty.

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    40.

    It writes itself.

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    Fucker - was about to post that haha

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    RX7 too old and busted
    BMW too noddy
    Lotus for bias towards track
    Porsche for bias towards road

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    Everyone on PF is buying Lambos these days.

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    I just set myself a goal to buy a Lambo next year.

    Gallardo or F355
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    The porsche is good for road and track, but whatever you do, don't drive the 981 Cayman because it's so much better than the later model
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Rust View Post
    I just set myself a goal to buy a Lambo next year.

    Gallardo or F355
    Better get over here for a test drive* first.


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    Yeah, great, but the idea is to save some money. In other words, to put back into the mortgage money I've already spent!

    Forgot to add to the list as my cheapie option:

    NB MX5 turbo. Have driven a stock one and was dull. But I know they have all the aftermarket support for suspension and brakes etc to make them good in theory. But is 300 RWHP out of a turboed 1.8L reasonable expectation? I'm guessing it should do it easy with a rod/piston rebuild. Lightyear help? I really need to find one that has been done already to see if I like it, cause I hated the stocker NA and NB's I've driven. But 5-7k to purchase a clean one, then that leaves me 15k on mods to make it sort of useful and all under 20k.

    Oh, I need RWD also. And manual trans.

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    If you're shopping for Porsches and Lotuses and end up in an MX5, I have bad news for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9triton View Post
    Gt40

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    I didnít realise until just now early 135is came with the twin turbo N54. There you go.
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    or a vt clubbie lol.
    .... because every driver experiences the destructive potential of the effortless surge of power available through the smallest of body movements.

    Dr Hoon
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    DrNick is king!!!! No, Mark Webber is now! Long live the king!... hold on a minute mate, Ricci is in charge now

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    I found getting into my 40's an age for sentimental cars from my youth.

    Nothing your dad had that interests you now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by StanM3 View Post
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    I see what you did there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lowrrryyy View Post
    Lols.
    It Places the lotion in the basket!

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    32 GTR with a fresh sensible built motor based around longevity and usability.
    It Places the lotion in the basket!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTREA View Post
    I found getting into my 40's an age for sentimental cars from my youth.

    Nothing your dad had that interests you now?
    Notsureifserious.jpeg

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    40, anything you can get into and out of without groaning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9triton View Post
    Gt40
    What he's selling.

    http://www.performanceforums.com/for...?67311948-Gt40
    It Places the lotion in the basket!

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    40'ish is the so called midlife crisis, suggest going to your childhood hero cars.

    Track stuff rules out a lot of cars
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lowrrryyy View Post
    Better get over here for a test drive* first.


    *Drink heap of beer.
    Shit yea sounds good. Iím figuring Racewars March. Run 200mph with NOS. Sell xw April. Fly to Syd, drink beer. Buy Lambo.
    xw Falcon 393 full race cam, NGK spark plugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigshipengine.jpg View Post
    32 GTR with a fresh sensible built motor based around longevity and usability.
    This. Or Supra.
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    The fact they want to ban cash makes me want to go out and use it full time again now .


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    How comfortable does this new car have to be on the street??? Something Caterham/Lotus 7 like?

    http://www.my105.com/ListingDetails/...d/619/id/18856

    http://www.my105.com/ListingDetails/...d/619/id/18602


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