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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard EVO View Post
    How may times do I have to say I am looking for a 4-door sedan, not a low-slung sports car. By the way, I'm barely middle-aged anymore. A lot of businesses give senior discounts to people 55 and over . . . That's kind of stupid, since you are in your prime earning years when you are 55.
    Just get the 550... even if it's just for a year... then you'll be able to brag to people when you're really old and can't drive anymore about how you used to own a Ferrari... Don't you want to be able to say you owned a Ferrari?
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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewdruiz View Post
    Just get the 550... even if it's just for a year... then you'll be able to brag to people when you're really old and can't drive anymore about how you used to own a Ferrari... Don't you want to be able to say you owned a Ferrari?
    . . . and they all seem have such low miles (but 2 doors too few?)

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    Wow, had no idea that 575M's were in the $70-80k range. Ferrari V12 or anything else? Seems like an easy decision.

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    If you wanna drive your age, I think you need to stock up on gold chains and Tommy Bahama shirts and get on board with the new Z06 for 80k.

    2015 Corvette Z06 Priced at $78,995

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    Quote Originally Posted by hakeem View Post
    Wow, had no idea that 575M's were in the $70-80k range. Ferrari V12 or anything else? Seems like an easy decision.
    You could get a salvage title 575M maybe... but probably not since it would be worth more in parts. Ferrari parts are stupid money. When I converted my 348 to a racecar I sold anything that did not make the car go faster. Even after I got wrecked I sold the remains and my racing for those years was almost a breakeven + disposables. Yes Ferrari parts are that expensive. In contrast by the time I am finished with my C5Z06 I expect to have flushed close to $100k right down the drain.

    Oh and being able to afford to buy a Ferrari is the easy part. It is living with it and maintaining it that will make you think you have just acquired an x-wife. Luckily, being an old DIY'er from the carburetor era, I can fix my Ferraris for no more than 20% of retail parts and labor charges. If you can't do that keep your Ferrari only until the warrantee expires or prepare to open your wallet.
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    Richard,

    I got a nice booklet called Maserati 1914-2014 produced by autoweek. If you want it let me know. I will be in torrance on monday PV the weekend.

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    Carl -

    Thanks, but I am an AutoWeek subscriber and got that brochure too.
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    Have you driven any cars yet Richard?
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    No. But my interest in the current M3 with manual has been piqued. Or maybe M4 (which I like better) if there is enough room in the backseat for my younger son, who is almost 17 and getting pretty tall.
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    Here you go Richard, Eric Richter and I saw this one at Cars and Coffee this morning. Even had a 6 speed manual trans.
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    Today I saw an M4 on the street for the first time. Very nice. It was white, but I don't know if it had the 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual clutch transmission. Giving this some serious thought . . .

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    Richard, I've given this a lot of thought and I believe this car is what you need:

    **2013 Ford Mustang BOSS 302**

    You'll be able to escape those pesky Miatas with ease.

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    I am not sure if I like the M3 V8 or the M3 turbo 6 better. I really like the sedans over the coupes. You can stick your race tires in the back seat! I like white too with carbon roofs and the special leather that looks like carbon in the interior. There will most likely be one in my future soon.

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    ^^^ I have absolutely no interest in a Mustang . . .
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    Don't be a sheep.

    There is a "sleeper" out their for those who do not crave the prestige factor. Excerpts per J. Lieberman of Motor Trend Mag:

    "Chevrolet SS
    I love the Cadillac CTS Vsport. Light, great handling, turbo power, sexy sedan shape -- all that. But for $15,000 less, there's another four-door family schlepper made by GM that I like better.

    The reworked Holden Commodore is simply badass. There are all sorts of engines I like, but naturally aspirated, large displacement V-8s are at the top of the list.

    At 415 hp the amount of power is excellent when it's mated to a sweet driving chassis. The transmission's pretty good, too. Though, of course, there will be a manual transmission version of the SS soon, along with magnetic shocks.

    Bottom line, I'd take the Chevy SS over any other midsize, RWD sedan on the market -- and that's including the Jaguar XF, a car I also love. Go buy one before GM takes Holden out behind the barn."


    Read more: Short Shrift: Cars I Should Be Talking About - Motor Trend
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    I found your car.

    $99k (one in Youtube is $110k) for a brand new Aston Vantage GT.
    I am guessing this is to your taste ? British car, not common, fits your budget, relatively cheap to maintain (Ford/Volvo/Jag parts), beautiful car, GT version, manual transmission. go to 7:40 mark to hear the exhaust !!

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    Wow,hundred grand for Aston I might get one someday

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