OK – so I need (“need”) a new (old) car.
What to get?
Well, here are the rules. Ideally, the car should be a convertible. I like smaller cars and am inclined to European models, but my budget (sadly, always an important consideration) is not the sort that would readily allow me to consider E Types, 300SLs or even a Maserati Mistral convertible…. No, I will be limited to searching for cars in the $15,000 to $25,000 category. This is worsened by the fact that the dollars mentioned are “Canadian” dollars, which have taken a beating in the last several months.
The car MUST be manual (there are exceptions, but they are “exceptional”)
The car should be manufactured between 1959 and 1976. Again – for the right car, these dates are malleable, but this is my preferred vintage – and I should be clear that the dollars mentioned are Canadian dollars, which in the current global context makes my task less enviable.
The cars I am primarily interested in are as follows (and you will note that some of these are not convertibles… well – ttthpbt!):
- Datsun 240Z/1600/2000
- Alfa Romeo Spider (1971 to 1974)
- Honda S600/S800
- Toyota Sports 800
- Jaguar MkII
- Jaguar XJC
- Lotus Elan (original)
- Fiat Spider
- Porsche 914 or 914/6
- Porsche 912
- Mercedes 230/250/280sl
- Mazda RX7
I know that many of these won’t easily fit into the $25k category, and some of them are not spiders (spyders) – but one must keep an open mind. 🙂
Lastly, and most difficult, any car I purchase must be a good driving example, or better expressed, “the best I can afford”. I live in a condo and it is a wonderful place to live – it even has its own underground car wash bay! It does not, however, allow tenants to put their classics up on blocks and wrench them – so any car I buy will have to be serviced/repaired/recovered offsite by someone other than myself with the financial consequences one would expect.