This car is amazing (the occupants are amazing too)... We drive the AIOB in a let's say "SPIRITED" fashion. This ultra high mileage attention grabber (you might get more attention if you dressed up like Ronald McDonald and drove around in an Oscar Meyer Wiener-Mobile) had no problem keeping up with the fleet of Porsches and various other sports cars on the twistiest of twisties. It was a riot to ride behind them through the little towns of Appalachia and watch people do double takes and spit takes. All for a great cause as well. Parkinson's hits home for me: My friend Kerry Sinclair died from complications of Parkinson's Disease. The Michael J Fox Foundation wants to go out of business... That will mean Parkinson's Disease is defeated.
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I was on board with the Firebird... 6 Cylinder Pony Cars are a bargain in any generation of make and model out there, and if you can find one that hasn't been abused you will have the perfect bargain classic. Cheap to buy, cheap to fix, cheap to own. If you can answer "yes" to those three things (I would dare to say if you can anwser "yes" to two out of three), it is easy to pull the trigger on buying a car. A vintage Saab? The answers would be YES, NO, NO... The same goes for Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Maserati, Alfa... I could go on. If the cost to fix things is high, then you have to ask yourself: why did you start off with a shoestring budget to begin with? If the cost of ownership is high (lots of things breaking often, high insurance, gas guzzler, etc), How are you going to keep it on the road? It would be easy to make a list of bargain classics that are cheap to buy, fix, and own.... Just not sure a Saab 9000 would be on it.
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