If one could graph my enthusiasm for a quarter-million car in relation to my financial situation, they would find that I am less and less enthusiastic of _actually_ dropping said 250Ks for a car whose manufacturer was in a serious money crush just months before, their charismatic (well...) manager left the company, and they are plagued with well-publicized reliability issues, only to be distracted from by the awfulness of their dealer network. So the question really is, are you willing to put up with all of that just to be able to drive a McLaren, or just do what everybody else does when they get a load of cash to spend on an outrageous vehicle: buy a Lamborghini. Or a GT-anything Porsche if you're a bore like me. A bore that cares about his money.
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I bet there were more than a handful of people saddened when Bristol closed the curtains. I've seen their most outlandish, Viper-powered "Fighter" torn down to chassis in a workshop. The quality of the frame was akin to a first-generation Miura. Hand welded, out of random pieces of tubing and plates, die-stamped speed holes and all. I'm not sure if it still had interchangeable parts with prewar BMWs. I bet it did. Like all Bristols before. I'd also buy any of their cars in any shape, because I am sure I can fix them on the side of the road if need to be. Luckily for me, LHD examples are few and far between. The same fact keeps me out of TVR S2 ownership, by the way.
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