These are great driving cars. While they are “momentum cars” (read, slow), they’re fun, easy to drive, and they’re nicely composed on the highway, increasingly settling in at higher speeds. While I can’t point to any one thing about my ‘74 GTV 2000 that particularly moves me, the whole of the car has won me over. Just a really nice car to own and drive regularly. All old cars have their quirks. If you’re considering buying a GTV, I’ll point out two of its more significant quirks: 1) Leg room is at a premium for taller drivers. I wear a 36” inseam, and when the car is in second gear, the gear shift knob, steering wheel, and my right knee are in spatial conflict. Fortunately, my car doesn’t spend much time in second; and 2) Due to the pedal configuration, it’s physically impossible for me to heel-and-toe to match revs on downshifts going into turns. It requires a different driving style . . . or the price of reconfiguring the pedal box. For those two reasons, I’ve never had my car on the track out of consideration for safety, and I never will. I don’t buy cars as investments. I buy to drive. I was fortunate to have bought mine 12 years ago, however, because my (unintended) investment in the car since has kept pace with market value increases. That continued investment has made it a great driver GTV, which is the most important factor for me, but the market increase does help me feel better about that investment. The point is that I’m living proof of what the article said, that in today’s market, be sure to buy the best you can find, because you can’t afford to buy a “cheap” one anymore.
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Fun driving. Stops below. Sorry for the selfies, but didn't have a co-pilot for this one. At a forest preserve. In front of an historic building. In front of my kids' favorite small business. In front of public/graffiti art. In front of a raised Metra stop. On a bridge over the North Shore Channel. In front of our favorite (local) pizza place. At an exotic car dealership (I still associate Maserati with being exotic from the days of yore). In front of a theater. Parallel parked (and in good company).
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