"best" everyday-use classic sport car

Ok we have one - here's an opportunity to have one - if you got a point of view about something and want to share it - here's where you do it.
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Post by vblanche » Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:55 pm

Chas wrote:Good to see an Alpina make it onto this thread :shock:

Here's another...

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Whether you consider it a classic is subjective but it's over 15 years old, a similar vintage to the 993 mentioned earlier; it's useable every day; it's reliable, in a different league to the lotus; it's certainly fast (indeed faster than the 993)... and you can get two of them for the budget in question. I'd take a coupe and a touring in matching colour schemes, assuming a convertible wasn't available :wink:
ah, that's what I was thinking...a "classic" alpina...that would be nice. should I p/x my D3 then? :wink:
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Post by Chas » Mon Mar 07, 2011 3:16 pm

vblanche wrote:ah, that's what I was thinking...a "classic" alpina...that would be nice. should I p/x my D3 then? :wink:
You wouldn't be disappointed. :D

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Post by vblanche » Mon Mar 07, 2011 3:23 pm

Chas wrote:
vblanche wrote:ah, that's what I was thinking...a "classic" alpina...that would be nice. should I p/x my D3 then? :wink:
You wouldn't be disappointed. :D
what about running costs?
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Post by Chas » Mon Mar 07, 2011 3:39 pm

Clearly the fuel is more expensive than a D3 but I suspect running costs would be less than half of what you could expect from the Porker or the Lotus - due to a combination of reliability and cheaper parts/labour. Bring depreciation into the equation and total life costs would be less than the D3 :shock:

Mpg is going to average around 23-25 but you can get nearer 35 on a long trip with a light foot.

Chrislux is your man for this discussion - he uses his as a daily car and it has clocked up over 200,000km; not a realistic figure for a lotus, I'd suggest!

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Post by ade and liz flint » Mon Mar 07, 2011 4:07 pm

Chas wrote:..... clocked up over 200,000km; not a realistic figure for a lotus, I'd suggest!
Changes the km to m...may be more realistic!
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Post by Chas » Mon Mar 07, 2011 4:15 pm

ade and liz flint wrote:Changes the km to m...may be more realistic!
I was about to question your conviction but I've just realised you're talking metres rather than miles :lol:
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Post by chrisbin » Mon Mar 07, 2011 4:15 pm

ade and liz flint wrote:
Joe wrote:well, ok nearly everyday other than the days when it doesn't start :roll: :roll:
So, in your opinion they done't quite live up to their usual acronym:-

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then? :lol:

What about the gearbox? Does it work very often :roll:
Oi! Don't expect that from a petrolhead....average bloke on the street who reads the Sun, maybe.....

You'll be saying that TVR's are unreliable next......worst thing that happened in my 2 years ownership was the boot wouldnt open....easily fixed.
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Post by ade and liz flint » Mon Mar 07, 2011 4:19 pm

Chas wrote:
ade and liz flint wrote:Changes the km to m...may be more realistic!
I was about to question your conviction but I've just realised you're talking metres rather than miles :lol:
Yep, we're metric these days, apparently! :lol:
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Post by ade and liz flint » Mon Mar 07, 2011 4:21 pm

chrisbin wrote:Oi! Don't expect that from a petrolhead....average bloke on the street who reads the Sun, maybe.....

You'll be saying that TVR's are unreliable next......worst thing that happened in my 2 years ownership was the boot wouldnt open....easily fixed.
:lol: :lol: I like Lotuses....not sure I'd enjoy the ownership 'experience' though. Prefer to look at tham :D I knew someone who worked at TVR...I'm saying nothing 8), except who wants a car named after a bloke called Trevor. No offence meant to Trevors out there...it's just the brand name that makes me wince.
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Post by Joe » Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:04 pm

well I like my Lotus so leave it alone you lot :dance2: :wink:
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