Any thoughts on the new NSX?
What about the NSX compared to the second generation R8?
I had a Hyundai once - a Coupe, '97, first car I ever bought new. It was cheap, looked great, fantastically equipped for the money and handled like it was on rails. But the four banger was a bit weedy. Korean cars have really come along in the last few years - modern Kias and Hyundais have really stepped up the design game, and I think the Kia saloons now look fantastic. But they still seem to be a generation behind in engines imho: takes a long time to catch up to US/Euro/Japan levels of expertise in that fundamental matter. Then again, go back to the 70s and the same was said about Japanese cars. Now it's Chinese who have awful engines but they'll get there. On which note, I had something called a "Luxgen" as a courtesy from a client for a couple of months, made in Taiwan. The weakest turbo car I've ever driven, and an ill-handling plastic-fumed tinfoil deathtrap at that.
My tinfoil award goes to a British car, though - and my only proper car crash: company Rover, just before I bought the Hyundai in '97:
Off topic, please check out my good friend Neil's highly-acclaimed series Twisted Dark. I've done a tiny bit of editing on a couple of the volumes. Also, meet @TheWraith - our very own forum-fellow and comic book writing celebrity.
I'm curious if he's downsizing or just making room for new additions, dat R etc.
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Seinfeld is a well known collector, but I'm not think his owning a car carries the same kind of weight as a car that was owned by Steve McQueen. That is when celebrity ownership has a tremendous effect...say its Lusso selling for about $1.8 mil when Lusso's were changing hands for $600-800K or his 930 Turbo Carrera selling for $1.9 mil when the best examples sell for $300K
I think one that maybe got strong celebrity boost was the 997 Speedster. Dealers couldn't give those things away. I can recall a dealer near me had one sitting in their showroom for nearly 2 years with a sticker of around $212K, and they were advertising it for sale for $160K. I just saw one with 7,500 miles listed for $175K (not sure the mileage/condition on Seinfeld's car)
I didn't know other Flachbaus had sold for more...I always thought they were sort of ugly compared to the 911 Turbo Slantnoses of the 1980s, so I haven't followed that model very closely. Most of the cars did sell within the estimates. I think where the cars fell way short of the estimates (by a $1 million or more) were the racing cars...which although cool, may have a limited appeal because they can only be used on the track.
Definitely, a great collection! I saw some of them on display years ago when some were on exhibit at Boston Museum of fine arts. I believe the book RL Speed, Style and Beauty was based on the exhibit. In addition to Ferraris, he as a Jag D Type, a 300SL Gullwing, the 1930s MB "Count Trossi" SSK, a Bugatti Atlantic Coupe, a Porsche 959, and several others.
He is also very particular about his cars. He is currently having a Ferrari 250 SWB stripped down to the bare metal and correctly restored (because whoever restored it previously did not have all of the details correct). The place doing the restoration has a starting price of $650K to do nut and bolt restoration and it goes up swiftly from there. I had also read that when he buys modern cars, he often buys 3 of the same model but in different colors (one for each of his kids when he is gone).