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Old 03-09-2019, 05:34 AM   #21
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Pictures of my Stable, a couple of years ago.





I only have space for three (3) hobby cars in my garage.

Since this picture was taken:

1) Sold the X1/9 (I bought this car new in 1978) and replaced it with the Boxster S.

2) Sold the Abarth and replaced it with an Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti AWD (which is a wonderful daily driver, by the way)

And prior to this picture being taken:

3) Sold my 1979 Fiat Spider and bought the 308.

So, currently I've got the 308, the Boxster, and the Alfa.

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Old 03-09-2019, 06:28 AM   #22
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I had a 1978 X1/9 from 80 to 85 when I lived in Edmonton. Drove it year round for those years. I had it serviced when still in warranty at Devonian Motors, the Ferrari/Fiat dealer just off the downtown, not sure if they still exist. Anyway I found it comforting that the electrical switchgear in my $7,000 CDN X1/9 was the same as that in the $70,000 CDN 308 (both 1978 prices). Not sure if it cheapened the 308 or upped the value X 1/9. The electricals were the achilles heal of the little FIAT. That and rust. But what a joy to drive!
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Old 03-09-2019, 06:40 AM   #23
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Well I think I told y'all the story of my boxster being the "consolation prize" to the F355 I had made an offer on, but didn't get.

I've been a fiat guy my whole life. I've owned British cars (classic and modern) American muscle, other Italians (Maserati), lots of German cars.... etc.

The boxster is car #74 for me. And we own 6 right now.

And this morning im going to look at a '69 stingray roadster. Don't tell my wife.

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Old 03-09-2019, 08:02 AM   #24
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amazing hey - the 308 looks lower than the fiat. pre-75 stingray convertible is also on the list - price hasn't gone sky-high on them yet. been trying to convince the gf to trade the audi in on a giulia as a way to round-out the eu trio.
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Old 03-09-2019, 08:38 AM   #25
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This one's fun. My "abarth tribute" spider.

I was trying to sort the oil pressure gauge... so ignore that. Watch the tach. And hear those carbs. Hehe. Carbs were louder than the exhaust. I had ear plugs in the glovebox.

My wife wouldn't ride in it.

Edit: forgot the link! Haha

https://youtu.be/n9k_AOmCLZ8


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Old 03-09-2019, 09:02 AM   #26
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that does sound fantastic. all the cool kids go to triple webers on the gt6, but i can't quite get my head around going un-british on the car. currently has two big su's; thinking of adding a third if it will fit under the hood.

how about a tatuus formula continental?
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Poor man's garage... ha!
If you lined up all my previous sports cars, thats about what you'd have:
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Old 03-09-2019, 04:07 PM   #28
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Growing up, my father had 1964 Jaguar E-type and XK140DHC (lets see who knows what that means )
I did not, so (naturally!) I googled it. Oh my gosh, those are absolutely gorgeous!!
And? Utterly reliable, I have no doubt!!!
(I still want one!)
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Old 03-10-2019, 09:36 AM   #29
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I did not, so (naturally!) I googled it. Oh my gosh, those are absolutely gorgeous!!
And? Utterly reliable, I have no doubt!!!
(I still want one!)
The XK140 was actually very reliable. My father raced it with HMSA and CSRG plus he took it to car shows. The only thing I remember is it ate up brakes likely yearly. But it is big and heavy.

The E-type..... er not so much... never raced it. And it was always in and out of the shop for oil leaks. This was not the cars fault though.... The shop owed my dad LOTS of money, and I doubt he was putting his best efforts into the E

I remember taking the E to a car show, and it died in a city called Stockton here in CA. For those that do not know Stockton... Think of the worst city for car theft, violence etc.... The gas station I pulled into made me put it into a garage and cover it. I was able to get a friend to drive three hours with a trailer to come get me.
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I only have space for three (3) hobby cars in my garage.

Since this picture was taken:

1) Sold the X1/9 (I bought this car new in 1978) and replaced it with the Boxster S.

2) Sold the Abarth and replaced it with an Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti AWD (which is a wonderful daily driver, by the way)

And prior to this picture being taken:

3) Sold my 1979 Fiat Spider and bought the 308.

So, currently I've got the 308, the Boxster, and the Alfa.

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Nice looking 308, I have a friend with one here. I drove it once, couldnt really fit in it well enough. Still nice lines though.
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Old 03-12-2019, 01:24 PM   #31
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I bought my first X1//9 fresh out of college all the way back in '78 and always had at least one until after I bought my Boxster in '16. With their razor sharp handling and rev happy (if weak) engines they were always a joy to drive. I've found my Boxster also has these positive qualities as well as a more comfortable ride, air conditioning, cruse control, and about triple the power!

Oh, the bike in the photo is an Bianchi - does that count as a poor man's Italian vehicle??

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This picture was taken in front of my office about 15 years ago

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I rented a Ferrari 308 GTS in Hawaii in 1986. I was not impressed in the least.

Slower than my '71 Firebird, much less comfortable, A/C was barely noticeable, the shift gate is pretty awkward.
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I'm normally adverse to pictures of myself in forums like this..... 'cuz now I can't keep pretending to be the best-looking and fittest man on the forum.....

BUT:

My wife and I Spent an Epic 3-weeks in France two years ago..... and I insisted on "the best".
I'll admit that while this is not my FAVORITE Ferrari, it is as near-to-perfect as any car I've ever driven.
Yes, it's the "T".
And yes.... I did. Whatever it is you want to ask me: the answer is "Yes, I did".



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The T is a great car!
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Old 03-14-2019, 11:05 AM   #36
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I'm normally adverse to pictures of myself in forums like this..... 'cuz now I can't keep pretending to be the best-looking and fittest man on the forum.....
Ok, ok, the question here is...

How do you manage to fit on the Boxter..??

Ha, ha, ha.. just kidding! Sorry but I could not help myself
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Old 03-14-2019, 11:23 AM   #37
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Ok, ok, the question here is...

How do you manage to fit on the Boxter..??

Ha, ha, ha.. just kidding! Sorry but I could not help myself
pfft.. have you SEEN this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYB3Fx0a8-4
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Old 03-14-2019, 02:28 PM   #38
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The answer is always yes? So you actually wore socks with sandals?
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Old 03-14-2019, 03:41 PM   #39
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The answer is always yes? So you actually wore socks with sandals?
Yes.... I do, actually, wear socks with sandals. My kids hate it.... but my wife prefers it to the odiferous alternative.

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