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OK Gang, we all just moved into the high rent district.

Last week, BringaTrailer.Com listed a Ferrari 308 - pretty decent looking car.  Bid topped out at $68,000.

This week  on BaT, a `70 240Z sold for $68,000.

Time to have our insurance appraisals updated?

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2 hours ago, 240260280 said:

Z is better

The parts are cheaper for sure and no dread about timing belt grenades

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3 hours ago, Patcon said:

The parts are cheaper for sure and no dread about timing belt grenades

And, with the Z, you don't need a factory trained mechanic on retainer for most maintenance and repairs.

Dennis

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hmm, is there a car you would rather have than your Z, lets say it just fall in your lap. Now the qualifier is you have to keep it, no selling to buy a bunch of Z's its going to be something you actually drive, maintain and insure.

I go to car shows now and then, and never see anything I would want more than my Z for a driver (gas mileage/insurance/maintenance and fun).

I kinda like E types, but cost of maintenance becomes an issue. No to  American muscle (mustangs/vets/chevelles) mainly do to poor gas mileage, again I like to go on long trips..

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46 minutes ago, Dave WM said:

hmm, is there a car you would rather have than your Z, lets say it just fall in your lap. Now the qualifier is you have to keep it, no selling to buy a bunch of Z's its going to be something you actually drive, maintain and insure.

Lotus Elise

Ford GT

Lancia Stratos

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240260280,

Well, a 240Z with a hot-rodded BMW engine, and a faux GTO body - who knows, it might beat a real GTO at LeMans.  And a lot cheaper to insure, as the most recent GTO sale I'm aware of was in August at RM Sotheby's Monterey auction:  $48 mill + buyer's premium.  Hot-rod Zs have a way to go to catch that. 

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Well, my neighbor has a Ferrari 430. The service costs are astronomical. He had its annual service which was $1,250. God help him if something actually breaks. While the car is nice it’s just too expensive to enjoy.
I have a 1977 Z that I’m about to begin restoring and to me it something I’d rather have over the Ferrari. There is some nostalgic about the Z. I guess I like the fact that you can make it into what you want without taking out a second mortgage. Classic American muscle cars fall into this category too but they are far more common. I see classic Cameros, Chevelles, Vettes almost daily. I’ve never ever seen a S30 Z where I live on the road. In fact I’ve seen one 280z in the road in Montana when I was on a trip. Before that I cannot recall. I saw 1964 Vette yesterday, but never a Z. They just aren’t out there. Many rusted away and the years they were dirt cheap people trashed them, teenagers ratted them out and when they died people just dumped them. No many were interested in restoring these cars until the past decade. The body style is still a thing of beauty today and that’s why these cars are special.

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They're still an inexpensive sports car that surpassed all the bars without all the price.  I bought a fuel filter from O'reilly's the other day, $3.99 off the shelf.

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I was thinking it would be nice to have a vette, early 90's but after watching wheeler dealers and seeing what a clutch takes to replace (torque tube) I decided my Z is way better. Again you have to keep the car and maintain it. Maybe for me its a age thing, but new cars look like toys to me. The new supra is a classic example looks like a plastic toy. I also don't need a car that can go 200 mph. Anyway curious to see what others would give up their Z to own. Agree that its prob more a nostalgia thing since I tend to like car styles that were popular in my youth.

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Agree that is very much nostalgia driven.  That's what drives the collector car market.  Guys in their peak earning years can now go out and buy the cars they lusted for as 18 year olds.  It's a market that comes and goes.  Model A Fords used to be worth a lot more than they are today just because that demographic is past their wrenching, tinkering, and show'n' shining days.  

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6 hours ago, 240260280 said:

Lotus Elise

Ford GT

Lancia Stratos

The Lotus is too small and I won't fit

The Ford GT is too expensive to insure or to leave in a parking lot

the Lancia would be expensive to maintain too.

I want a car I can actually park somewhere and not feel like it's going to be gone or trashed when I get back. At one point Ferrari 328's were not unreasonable but where can you park it and leave it? You can't... if you go out for a drive you have to bring it home or park it somewhere safe.

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Also the Z is as fast or faster 0-60 than all the 308's other than the Quattrovalvole. It's also cheaper to pick up some horsepower than a Ferrari would be. For a little more than a timing belt service you can get a Rebello or Datsun Spirit motor!

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2 hours ago, Dave WM said:

Anyway curious to see what others would give up their Z to own.

Oh, I have to give up the Z to get this other car?  No thanks. In addition to the Z,  sure I'd like a BMW  Z8 or one of the newer Ford GT40

Corvettes have never done it for me but that new mid engine Vette looks very promising. 

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3 hours ago, Patcon said:

The Lotus is too small and I won't fit

The Ford GT is too expensive to insure or to leave in a parking lot

the Lancia would be expensive to maintain too.

I want a car I can actually park somewhere and not feel like it's going to be gone or trashed when I get back. At one point Ferrari 328's were not unreasonable but where can you park it and leave it? You can't... if you go out for a drive you have to bring it home or park it somewhere safe.

The cool thing about any exotic car with a manual transmission is that you eliminate a lot of younger car thieves who only know how to shift an automatic.  All is good unless they bring a trailer.

Dennis

 

 

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Only 18% of Americans know how to drive a manual transmission. I have 2002 Xterra as my airport car when in Memphis. It’s a manual and anyone who gets in the car comments on it. I them them it’s my anti-theft device.




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20 hours ago, Dave WM said:

hmm, is there a car you would rather have than your Z, lets say it just fall in your lap. Now the qualifier is you have to keep it, no selling to buy a bunch of Z's its going to be something you actually drive, maintain and insure.

Mine would be a Porsche 911 Carrera S...  😉

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