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    I'll start. Jaguar E-type roadster (commonly called "XKE") circa 1962. Also known as "the greatest Crumpet catcher known to man." You young fellahs might want to look that up.

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    Mine was definitely the Lamborghini Countach when I was just a few years old in the early '90s. I think my mom still has a picture of me standing next to one we saw in Monterrey when I was 5 or 6.

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    Countach also a favorite of mine, but I was drawn to the original 1974 LP400. Have you ever seen a Countach owner back up his car? It's hilarious. You can't see out of the rear of the car at all from the driver's seat, so all lane changes are accomplished by stabbing the throttle and jumping in front of the guy in the next lane. To back up, you get in and start the car, then you open the door and sit on the sill, reaching as far as you can with your feet to touch the gas pedal and clutch. Then you look back over your left shoulder while still sitting on the door sill, and back it up.
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    No I haven't, but that's funny. The rear window does look way small. What about the side mirrors though?

    The only memory I have of the XKE is the kid wished for one in the movie Kazaam where Shaquille Oneal is a genie.

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    ^^^ Not sure about the side mirror question. My description of backing up a Countach comes from a guy I met at an exotic car dealership in the 1970s who had one, and he showed me the technique. It was an early car and the mirrors probably weren't good for much. I remember it was a light blue metallic color. This is a car that would benefit from a rear-view camera.
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    Countach was my favorite until I got to drive (actually it is moving it across a parking lot), then I discovered it is a biggest POS I've ever sat in. No ergonomic, Yugo interior quality, can't see a thing...
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    I still think my favorite of all time is the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 coupe. This is not an especially good pic, but you get the idea. In a Top Gear show from a few years ago, they said that compared to a modern sports car, it drives like a truck. Oh well, still wish I owned one.

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    Lotus Espirit. I mean, James Bond drove one, and you just can't get any cooler than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveLevin View Post
    Lotus Espirit. I mean, James Bond drove one, and you just can't get any cooler than that.

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    And it doubles as a submarine. Richard Gere drove one, very poorly, in "Pretty Woman." I never got why people think Julia Roberts is attractive. She looks like a scrawny bird to me. Just free associating now . . .

    I had a buddy back around 1979 who had a Lotus Europa when I had my 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II. I still remember a canyon run we did in Malibu at about that time. Great memories . . .

    Another great Bond car was the Aston-Martin DB5. At the time I was considering my purchase of the Austin-Healey for $2,500, I had a chance to buy a DB5 for $5,000. The only thing wrong with it was that it was missing the driver's door window, which was going to be hard to source. I didn't have the extra money, so I bought the Austin-Healey. What a mistake.
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    Another good thread. I can't remember which came first, but these two are the first cars that really signaled I had a problem.

    A silver 1965 Riviera used to park two doors down from my grandparents' house in Wildwood Crest, N.J., where we spent a good portion of our summers when I was a kid.

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    Another was the DeTomaso Pantera. My dad and I were at the car show at the convention center in center city Philadelphia, and I remember they fired it up on the show floor, revved a it a couple of times, then shut it down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard EVO View Post
    In a Top Gear show from a few years ago, they said that compared to a modern sports car, it drives like a truck.
    I understand they drive better with the steering wheel on the left.

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    Late '70s or so 911 Turbo. I remember going for a run around the block in the rural PA neighborhood I grew up in and saw a burgandy/maroonish color car with black trim and wheels. I was in love. I remember the Turbo badge so clearly below the whale tail. Beautiful car that you just didn't see parked on the street in my neighborhood.
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    All of the TC - TF "cracker boxes" looked so nice. Even if they had Lucas electrics and a "tractor like", long stroke motor.
    One of the coolest guys in town shoehorned a small block Chevy V8 into a beefed up chassis of this car and ran real strong at the local drag strip.

    Plus, my first experience of going fast in a sport car was (as a passenger) in the next (not as attractive) model MGA - a twenty mile downhill race from the local ski area against a Jaguar 150. Foolish, but unforgettable. "We" won, which was good because the driver in the Jag wore a tweed hat and smoked a curved, Meerschaum pipe. What a douche. Brakes on both cars were toast.
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    I'm a 90's kid. Therefore, my first car love was the Dodge Viper GTS. Excess incarnate.

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    ive always been into crumpet catchers but the best car that was around when i was a kid was the xr4,otherwise known as the ford sierra cosworth,took the BTCC series by storm and was basically the audi quattro of the tuner crowd in the UK,infinitely tunable and very cool,a bit like the evo
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    my other first love,as you might have guessed im from the UK
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    Mclaren F1, to this day. Doubt anything will ever top that car for me.
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    mclaren f1, I had this top 100 super cars book when I was a kid and fell in love with this car. Between its obvious performance, good looks and center drive it had me in aww back then and it still does to this day.

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