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Community Question: Cars with equal parts Pleasure and Pain?

Community Manager

No I'm not talking about a Mustang or a Chevy Truck that was particularly difficult to restore.  This post is for everyone who's owned a car made of unobtainum technology, for cars of limited production and/or limited appeal (i.e. they are all crushed by now, probably for good reason) and for cars that are extremely difficult to diagnose/repair. 

 

Here's mine: 1989 Lincoln Continental Signature Series.  The last owner actually paid my local mechanic to rebuild the awful transmission, replace the head gaskets + deck the block/heads, convert the air suspension to coils...so I paid $900 for it and "invested" over 10 times more to make it where it is today. I love the stupid Taurus-Continental, can't stop driving it. 

 

At least it wins awards for being the nuttiest thing in a car show. 😂

 

There's no need to be as insane as me, but tell us what car you'd own if you had the love, the motivation, and most importantly the 💰💰💰to keep it running. 

 

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Re: Community Question: Cars with equal parts Pleasure and Pain?

Detailer

A Citroen DS. So bizarre and amazing from a North American car perspective.

 

A 70s/80s Peugot with the bubbled-over headlights. Not as wild as the Citroen but still super rare where I live.

 

A Tatra.

 

I can appreciate full classics, modern exotics and so on but the above short list seems like it would be more fun (if one had the money and patience) for me.

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Re: Community Question: Cars with equal parts Pleasure and Pain?

Community Manager

French cars in America are probably the epitome of what we are going for here.  Thanks for this! 

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Re: Community Question: Cars with equal parts Pleasure and Pain?

Moderator

I think just about anything vintage is a balance of pleasure and pain. However, in my limited ownership of a motorcycle built in Italy, I would say those owners have to be damn near masochists to truly enjoy their machines.

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Re: Community Question: Cars with equal parts Pleasure and Pain?

Pit Crew
I'm with you on the Tatra. One of the last ones, like the red one that Lane Motor Museum has.
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Re: Community Question: Cars with equal parts Pleasure and Pain?

New Driver

A 1974 Jaguar XKE in British Racing Green with a Saddle Interior.

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Re: Community Question: Cars with equal parts Pleasure and Pain?

Pit Crew

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 My 1980 Ferrari 400i twin turbo charged Columbo V-12 Straman cabriolet. Given the over $200,000 worth of receipts to restore, modify and maintain my unique, “Family Car,” it truly is a labor of love.

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Re: Community Question: Cars with equal parts Pleasure and Pain?

Community Manager

Twin turbos in a 400!!! Wow!  What type of fuel injection setup do you run to keep that beast running? 

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Pit Crew

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 Norwood built it for me, and it has an extreme rush of torque that comes quite suddenly.

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Re: Community Question: Cars with equal parts Pleasure and Pain?

Community Manager

Norwood really was the master back then, that's very cool.  Odds are he used a MoTec setup, that was the best you could get back then.