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Old 04-12-24, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by tomato coupe
Miata?
Manual Miata has to be special ordered; almost no dealers stock them.
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Old 04-12-24, 11:56 AM
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If I had the money (for the complete rebuild/restoration/whatever) I could buy any car from the past ..... A Dino 246, and Porsche 916/6, a Miata or a a boattail Alfa, or whatever I could imagine .... I could find a Tipo 61 Maserati Birdcage and have it built for street use .... the registration hassles would cost more than most modern cars and the insurance more than most houses ... and parts and labor?

I could buy any old Chevron sports racer and have it made streetable ... or I could have a little car built to order ... sort of a D-Sports Racer tuned for street use .... I dreamed of (and drew up in whatever detail i could) a rotary-enigned mid-engined car like that ... or an old MR2 .... The cheapest and most reliable might be one of those modern Lotus 7 clones .... but at my age in (lack of) income level, and the need for reliability more than excitement ... buying a modern factory-built automobile is all that makes sense.

Of course, if I can keep my wife from setting fire to it, I might keep my 2004 Civic alive for another decade. Any major systems breakdown there, though, and I have to question whether that beautiful 5-speed would be worth the fight with my wife.
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Old 04-12-24, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by squirtdad
or any car with a manual for that matter or being able to lock with a small key that you can take surfing or kayaking. Keeping my 2014 A4 6 speed as long as i can for those features
Itís all about demand. There are still loads of new manual cars available in Europe.
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Originally Posted by Maelochs
If I had the money (for the complete rebuild/restoration/whatever) I could buy any car from the past ..... A Dino 246, and Porsche 916/6, a Miata or a a boattail Alfa, or whatever I could imagine .... I could find a Tipo 61 Maserati Birdcage and have it built for street use .... the registration hassles would cost more than most modern cars and the insurance more than most houses ... and parts and labor?

I could buy any old Chevron sports racer and have it made streetable ... or I could have a little car built to order ... sort of a D-Sports Racer tuned for street use .... I dreamed of (and drew up in whatever detail i could) a rotary-enigned mid-engined car like that ... or an old MR2 .... The cheapest and most reliable might be one of those modern Lotus 7 clones .... but at my age in (lack of) income level, and the need for reliability more than excitement ... buying a modern factory-built automobile is all that makes sense.

Of course, if I can keep my wife from setting fire to it, I might keep my 2004 Civic alive for another decade. Any major systems breakdown there, though, and I have to question whether that beautiful 5-speed would be worth the fight with my wife.
Replace with a civic r (six speed) https://automobiles.honda.com/civic-type-r

honey I am just replacing the civic with a civic. Cost...cough cough....so not bad
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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir
Manual Miata has to be special ordered; almost no dealers stock them.
Makes sense, since the demand is low.
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Old 04-12-24, 03:38 PM
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Originally Posted by squirtdad
Replace with a civic r (six speed) https://automobiles.honda.com/civic-type-r

honey I am just replacing the civic with a civic. Cost...cough cough....so not bad
Wow ... It is exceedingly ugly but "practical" ... "Look, wife, it is a four-door sedan for carrying more people!" Going now to scope out auto magazine performance test data.
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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir
Manual Miata has to be special ordered; almost no dealers stock them.
Sad. But, my daughter got a screaming deal on a Subaru with a manual transmission because it had sat on the lot for so long.

Someday she will be the proud owner of a 1966 Alfa Romeo Guila Super with a 5-speed transmission.
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Okay since this is now a car thread, I'm closing this.
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