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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by VMan, Feb 5, 2004.

  1. Ranjeev

    Ranjeev Senior Member

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    Valmont, not sure if you know this or not but the term Paki is highly offensive. I'm sort of surprised that no one else mentioned this.
     


  2. kalra2411

    kalra2411 Senior Member

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    Not to an Indian, maybe to a Pakistani...
     


  3. LabelKing

    LabelKing Stylish Dinosaur

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    Not to say that current Bugatti's are not fine offerings but I still prefer the vintage Bugattis, namely the 1931 Bugatti Royale. It got sold to a Japanese buyer for $17,000,000. It is a magnificent 14 ft 4 ton specimen with a 13 liter engine, and coachwork by Kellner of Paris I believe.

    As well as a 1936 Hispano Suiza J12, and a Isotta Frachini town car like the leopard skin owned by Norma Desmond. I have a distinct penchant for prewar vehicles of decadence.
     


  4. kalra2411

    kalra2411 Senior Member

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    That's a totaly diffrent ball park, they are very diffrent to the new ones.
     


  5. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim In Time Out

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    I just bought a off-lease 2004 Dodge Stratus, and I'm fairly happy with it. It's not fast by sports car standards, but it has enough power to pass people on the freeway if I deem it to be appropriate. The interior appointments are acceptable; leather wrapped steering wheel, shifter, and dash, white guages, comfortable seats, and easily reached and pleasantly formed buttons and knobs. The only thing that really screams "american car" on the interior is the 'cab forward' winshield slope- which places the base of the windshield two feet forward from the steering wheel. My buddy drives a late model 325I and I realized one day that he has about eight inches of dashboard, which seemed odd in comparison. Aside from that, its much nicer than my last car (Subaru) was, and its under a 7 year bumper to bumper warantee...which is great. Now, if I could just make the damn payments with my miserable paycheck, I'd be set.

    The stock stereo isnt too bad either.

    I have had one minor problem with the car, which is the fan control knob no longer turns on the fan at setting 1 or 2. 3 and 4 still work, which is puzzling - but not a big deal. I am going to have it fixed soon, but its not really that big of a problem. I hear that happens fairly frequently with a number of different cars. Time for my first oil change... I'm so excited.
     


  6. imageWIS

    imageWIS Stylish Dinosaur

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    Quite.

    But of course, who can forget the ultimate Bugatti coupe: the Type 57SC Atlantic? Mr. Lauren, if you can read this, my birthday is coming up in a few months.

    My ultimate dream toy is the ex-Jack Warner ex-Bud Lyons 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540k Special Roadster with long-tail covered spare wheel (also known as duck billed platypus tail). The gorgeous body of the car was bodied in Sindelfingen, by MB's own in-house karosserie. Many cars can turn heads; this one can stop traffic.

    It came up for auction a few years back, and if I ever get to the point in my life where I am financially accommodated enough to spend that much money on a car, I will buy it (hopefully it will be up for sale by then).

    Jon.
     


  7. Kai

    Kai Distinguished Member

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    I was at Rockefeller Center today in NYC. There is a display of some truly marvelous Ferraris.

    Among the hightlights:

    1962 250 GTO (Has to be one of the most wonderful cars ever made by anyone anywhere. Just wish I could have heard the engine.)

    F50 (the last Ferrari super car with real stick shift.)

    A "new" GTO. (Magnum PI's car, only more beautiful and much faster. One of the rarest modern Ferrari Supercars.)

    There were other "lesser" cars, (if any Ferrari can be termed "lesser") and 3 or 4 Maseratis, including the Enzo clone. I have to say, after seeing both in person, I think I prefer the Maserati styling to the Enzo.

    Altogether a wonderful experience for a car enthusiast, and a welcome bonus on my business trip.
     


  8. kalra2411

    kalra2411 Senior Member

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    The F50 was amazing, I used to have one, I made a profit when I sold it....
     


  9. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim In Time Out

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    One of the neighbors down the street from where I live used to tear around the area in a F40, and I asked him about it one day when I ran into him at the local supermarket. He said that if you are a fist time ferrarri buyer, you had to pass a driving "test" in the car you wanted, or they wouldnt sell it to you. I think thats a great idea, and I wish I could implement it somehow at my job.

    Has anyone ever heard of this "Ferrarri driving test"? Or was this dude just yanking my chain?
     


  10. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim In Time Out

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    Sweet Bugatti by the way. I'd drive that. (if I could afford the gas/insurance/speeding tickets/etc.) Anyone have any (or is a fan of) classic Detroit musclecars? Below you will see a picture of the toughest car ever to come out of Detroit (in my own humble opinion) The 1968 Dodge Charger. 383 cubic inches of engine, putting out 358 hp and 376 lb/ft of torque at the wheels. Meant to go in a straight line very quickly... It was also available in a R/T trim that year with a 440 cubic inch engine. Someday this car will be MINE. [​IMG]
     


  11. Mike

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    Beautiful Charger. I was born into a Mopar family. I've lusted after many a muscle car. One of my favorites is the '71 Cuda, either standard or with the Hemi. Loud as s#.t, fast, beautiful looking. If I ever can afford one I'm buying it.
     


  12. Kai

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    My very first car I ever owned was a 1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible. Â That car rocked. Â It was very fast in a straight line. You can click here to see a picture of my Challenger right when I first bought it. Â Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures from when I had worked on it and made it look really nice. Â http://www.larsonweb.com/family/Dad/dodge.jpg I love Mopars. Â I toy with the idea of buying another Challenger convertible and shoehorning a 505 Viper engine into it. Â Would be a lot of fun. Â Â That Charger in the picture looks a lot like the bad guys' car in Bullit (before it ran into the gas station and blew up.) Â My particular preference is the Chalenger/Cuda e-body, but the Charger is undoubtedly a classic. Â Kalra: Â The F50 is truly sweet. Â I envy you that you got to drive one. Â It is thought by many to be the ultimate "drivers" Ferrari, even surpassing the Enzo, F40 etc. in sheer driving fun. (I wouldn't know from personal experience, just from reading magazines.) Â At about $500K, it's actually a decent value as far as Ferrari supercars go.
     


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    kalra2411 Senior Member

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    He's talking crap Tokyo..
     


  14. kalra2411

    kalra2411 Senior Member

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    The latest buy - as you guys seem so interested Bentley Continental GT [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


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    Want to adopt me, bhai? Or as most would say(and considering my age), "Uncle?"
     


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