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What car did you want in high school but couldn't afford?

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  1. Rifledriver

    Rifledriver Two Time F1 World Champ

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    69 Charger 500. The NASCAR homologation car before the Charger Daytona came out.
     
  2. Eric R

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    I went through jr high and high school 80-86. During that time, living in Tennessee, Nascar booming with Earnhardt/vs everyone rivalry it was all about American cars to the people I went to school with and myself. Loved the new F-body when it came out. Loved the G-body platform too. A Cutlass 442 with t-tops and aftermarket wheels and stereo was hot. Who can forget the gold 79 TA's? Not the Bandit but the gold ones. Another hot one. Not here to debate what was better but just going back and remembering what was in the parking lots. As for myself, first car was a '74 Impala that we stuffed 11 guys in and a case of toilet paper in the trunk. Now mine was a 350ci but if you had the 400ci it had some balls.

    Of course we loved the cars on Cannonball Run and Magnum but they did not register as well. When the C4 came out it was pretty much exotic in my old home town.
     
  3. TheMayor

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    #53 TheMayor, May 26, 2017
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    No question:

    E type jag convertible. British racing green. Covered headlights. Wire wheels.

    Funny my first love was British sports cars. Then I bought an MGB and that cured me! :)
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  4. Bradwilliams

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    My dad's favorite car and seems to be the #1 of his generation. I keep telling him he should get one before he dies.
     
  5. Wade

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    #55 Wade, May 27, 2017
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    During high school in the mid 70s, I wanted a black '66 GTO really bad. My two best friends had Goats, one was a 64 and the other a 65, both were black Coupes (no post). Till this day, I still prefer the '66 out of all other GTOs.

    I did find a gray-primer 66 Coupe for sale during that time, and was going to look at it. With cash in hand, I called the owner just before stopping by. Turned out he slid off the road the night before and broadsided a tree. Fortunately he was okay but the car was totaled. :(

    And "mine" probably would have looked exactly like this since jacking up the car was the only way to put N50s on it (on a high-shooler's income).
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  6. fastback33

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    Excellent choice sir! My dad had a 1/18 model of one that he kept in a China cabinet when I was a kid. I never knew what it was and didnt appreciate until recently!

    Fast and the furious came out when I was in highschool so a Toyota supra or subaru rs 2.5 were my dream cars. I was also a fan of Bullitt back then somehow and really wanted a 67-68 mustang fastback. Hence my handle on here.
     
  7. willrace

    willrace F1 World Champ
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    Was already DEEEEP into car-nut territory before high school, so by then it was a little more distilled down to:
    911 Turbo
    512BB
    Countach
    917

    Of those:
    Sentimental, first car driven (still in fear of that gf's Dad ever founding out...), just never quite happened, and then a DP version scared/excited the hell out of me, so that a normal one would pale.
    Now have owned a BBi for over a decade.
    The Countach is indeed a show car that ran (too much race car for the street, not enough for the track, as I used to say), once I'd driven a few.
    The few (Kremer?) 917 conversions are still just wonderfully outlandish, if totally impractical (even compared to the Countach).
     
  8. msdesignltd

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  9. 550Maranello575

    550Maranello575 Formula 3

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    When I was growing up I always wanted a C5 Corvette. I remember seeing it on the road back in 1997 (I was 7 or 8) and have wanted one ever since. But if all goes well tomorrow, I'll be the proud new owner of a 2000 millenium yellow 6 speed convertible! My dream of owning a Corvette is becoming a reality 20 years later.
     
  10. Texas Forever

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    Cool. Someday I'll have to buy a Vette too.
     
  11. KM1959

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    Good luck today! Post some pics!

    I've owned 4 or 5 of those. Super solid, fun and reliable except for the very expensive ABS modules on pre-2000 cars.
     
  12. rob

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    My high school days were 84 to 87 the car that I wanted oh so baaad was a then new or relatively new fox body mustang gt.
     
  13. Hoodude

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  14. Hoodude

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    #64 Hoodude, Jun 24, 2017
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    And this was a close second..maybe not as old mannish as an SL,in fact the E was pretty cool.
    It took a long time to close the deals...but gratified to pull them off.
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  15. Texas Forever

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    Nice, does it run? :)
     
  16. Hoodude

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  17. BMW.SauberF1Team

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    WS6 Trans Am in black. It was over $30k out the door iirc at the time.

    A guy in my high school had a Daytona 500 pace car version (white convertible)...it was pretty nice, but imo didn't age as well as the regular black coupe WS6.
     
  18. tundraphile

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    Unrealistic fantasy cars? Ferrari 308 or Lotus Esprit

    Realistic car I couldn't ever reasonably afford at that age? Alfa Romeo Graduate Quadro Foglio (insurance was insane)
     
  19. JOEA2

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  20. leead1

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    I just bought a 2017 Acura NSX and I love the car. I traded in my Ferrari 458. The NSX is a much better drivers car. Not the name that Ferrari rnjoys but better never the less.

    Best

    Lee
     
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  21. leead1

    leead1 F1 Rookie

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    I owned a BMW 2002 Tii what a magnificent car. Not a stylized car but a awesome drivers car.

    Great

    Memories

    Lee
     
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  23. Eric R

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    When the Iroc Z and the Trans Am came out with their '85/'86 updates to the then new platform blew me away. What great looking (and sounding) cars for that time. Then reading about Callaway and what he was doing with the Corvette for '87 was mind blowing. All of them were sadly out of reach for this teenager then.
     
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  24. southnc

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    Growing up in the '80s, my favorite was the Lambo Countach. I saw one in person on main street in downtown Annapolis (MD); in front of the old Fran O'Brien's restaurant.

    That car just blew me away with how low & cool it looked. Always happy to see one at car shows, but would never own one. As they say, never own any car you coveted; as it will never live up to your long-standing expectations.
     
  25. Eric R

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    I too loved the Lambos from the Cannonball movie but knew then that it was not to be. I took this post as what was somewhat realistic to maybe achieve but just out of reach. But yes, the Lambo would be at the top here too.
     

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