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My next toy

Posted by ifitsgotanengine on April 28, 2007

Lately I’ve been putting a lot of thought into what car I will buy next. I don’t really need another car, so this would be just for fun.

In my mind, I’ve laid out some requirements:

  • Fun – This could mean convertible, fast, unique, whatever. Just not a Taurus.
  • $15,000 or less – There is an amazing variety of cars available in this price range, as long as you aren’t dead-set on a new car.
  • Reliable – Who wants a car that you can’t drive. I don’t know if my next car will be a daily driver, but I want that option available to me.

Some options so far:
1997-1999 Corvette
!993-1995 Mazda RX-7
1977-1981 Trans Am (Nice ones are getting expensive)


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I’ve never considered myself much of a Corvette person. . .

Posted by ifitsgotanengine on April 4, 2007

But I think I have changed my mind.

A friend of mine (yes, that friend) has a 1997 Corvette. He’s done a bit of work to it, exhaust and intake, etc. I’ve driven it a few times before, and been impressed. He offered to sell it to me, and loaned it to me for a few days.

I think I have to buy this car.

Not only is it silly-fast, but during the time I was driving it, I averaged 26.5 mpg.

As much as I drive, it will almost pay for itself in gas savings over my BMW. (I just did the math. It’ll take a little over nine years to pay for itself. Oh well)

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The Automotive X Prize – A competition after my own heart

Posted by ifitsgotanengine on April 3, 2007

From their website:

The goal of the Automotive X PRIZE (AXP) is to inspire a new generation of super-efficient vehicles that help break our addiction to oil and stem the effects of climate change.

Briefly, there will be two classes of vehicles, both of which must be mass producible and achieve 100 miles per gallon of gasoline. One class will have at least four wheels and carry at least four passengers. The other class will carry at least two passengers and has no minimum number of wheels. (I’d like to see zero!)

All teams that create vehicles meeting these criteria will enter said vehicles in a race (races?). The fastest of these will be crowned the winner and collect the prize.

The full guidelines (open for a 60 day public discussion) can be found here.

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