Summer is officially here, and there's no better way to enjoy the weather while social distancing is to get out and drive. Of course, a convertible is the obvious choice for the perfect summer cruiser. If your garage is lacking that perfect driver for those warm summer days, Barrett-Jackson has you covered.
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It's hard to beat the style of an XK150 both outside of and under the hood. However,I used to work at a British car dealership and even the British-born mechanics used to pull their hair out trying to keep the darn things tuned properly.
Vintage British cars have a class that is quite unique...but if you are looking for reliability, you could do a lot better.I remember in 60's 70's and 80's so many Jags or Rolls or Triumphs that had their internals changed to American engines and drivetrains....that was not really there with say German cars or even Italian cars. Owners would love the looks of the Brits but they would get fed up with the never ending issues...and even when they would get the mechanicals changed the electrical issues were still another challenge...but to me some of the classiest cars made are British...even though I never owned a British car
If I had the $$, I would jump on Viper. When it came out in 90's I was in my late 20's and I was drooling all over it! I even went to a Dodge dealership and sat in a red one that was cordoned off in their showroom. The car is truly a work of art, inside and out.
As the owner of a 1965 Big Block (396 cu in) Red Corvette convertible, I can unequivocally say there are fewer cars out there that can attract more attraction that a big block corvette. And a convertible is just icing on the cake. My car had a great frame off restoration and it gets driven regularly. Awesome sounding with the original factory side pipes and a really great cruiser. (very popular at car show, as well). Any mid-year Corvette (Coupe or Convertible) in good to great condition is most sought after by collectors. Personally, I am partial to the convertibles and feel the convertible just enhances the driving experience. Just my 2 cents worth...JAB
The String Ray Corvettes (1963-67) are the most iconic classic, timeless automobile designs of the ages. They hold their value like gold and get attention and waves wherever one is driven or shown. I've owned several and the biggest mistakes I've made were selling or trading them.
All very lovely; the problem with the low mileage sub-1000 mile garage queens (the Viper and the VW) is that you can't drive them without destroying value. If you cannot drive them, I don't see the point in having them, personally.
I’ve owned many British cars — Aston Martin, Morgan and Jaguar — over many years, and I’ve gotten excellent service from them. I never understood the point of replacing the engine with a Ford or Chevy V8 — the British engines weren’t the problem, it was the electrics, most of which remained after an engine swap. Jaguar’s XK straight-6 is one of the world’s great engines, and I never had any problems with mine, or with the V12 in my E-type. They didn’t run hot, either. Actually, I’ve had little trouble with Lucas electrics in general. I’d love a Chevy V8 — in a C2 Corvette.
Vipers are unbelievably crude machines. Early models backfired when driven at less than 35mph, and later models were only slightly better. Fit and finish was non-existent, creature comfort was lacking and they were dangerous in the hands of an inexperienced driver. They were brutally fast, but only got 10-11mpg. Most people were better off in a Corvette. British cars were another story: poor build quality and high maintenance, some of which persists to this day. I love the looks of E-Types and Bentley Continental GTs, but owning one is an exercise in frustration -- not to mention a constant drain on your wallet.
Many of these comments show just how hard it is to change a bad reputation. British cars earned a reputation for unreliability decades ago. In addition to my earlier post, here are some comments based on my experience. I have a 2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage that I bought new. Its build quality is superb and the materials quality is exquisite. It has been extremely reliable — here’s the list of failures in almost 11 years: the radio’s AM band quit when it was 2 years old, so the radio was replaced under warranty. That’s the entire list. Absolutely wonderful car. My 2007 Jaguar XJ8 has over 140,000 miles. It looks great, the interior shows very little wear (though the headliner has started to sag), nothing squeaks or rattles, and it has not needed any significant repairs. I haven’t just been very lucky, as I know many people with similar cars who have had similar experiences. And yet, people — even car people — think British cars new and old are simply terrible. My experience says otherwise.
I respectfully call "BS" I've owned a '93 Viper since abt 1996. 53k miles. Utterly reliable. Abt 14mpg around town. 17 or so on highway. Agree on crude top and curtains. Tonbeau cover works. Probably equivalent to a Cobra or late 60s Brit car in creature comfort. No electronic nannies.
I think one of the funniest examples of the unreliability of British cars was on the TV series "Mad Men" a show about advertising executives. On of the executives had been caught embezzling and decided to commit suicide in a new XKE Jaguar, for which the agency had the advertising contract. After running a hose from the exhaust pipe into the cabin, you guessed it, the Jag wouldn't start!
Jaguars when properly sorted make excellent vehicles for long road trips. I speak from experience several of my Jaguars on road trips in excess of 1,000 miles round trip with nary a problem.
Agree with speedraser-I've had the pleasure of owning 4 Jaguars. I carefully followed recommended maintenance schedule and was rewarded by great reliability-3 of the 4 well over 100K each...no regrets only driving pleasure. jaysjaunt
My dad always said the most beautiful cars on the road are Jags but you always need about 3 or 4 of them so you've got something to drive while the others are being fixed.
I wonder how a 6'0" 220 lb man would fit into a 67 vette. I've always wanted one for their beauty (and sound) but have never driven one. I have driven a Jag XKE, another beautiful car, and found it to be an impossible fit. Anyone care to comment?