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    Cool Letís talk about convertibles.

    As many of you know already, me riding bikes again is probably not going to happen. I still have the desire to feel the wind in my face though. I was thinking about in the distant future getting a rag-top Jeep. I donít need anything fancy, just the wind in my hair.

    Years ago they used to have tons of those old land yachts in the Mardi Gras parades. Iím not looking for something like that. Small, cheap, fairly reliable and easy on gas for the most part is all I need.

    Miataís seem cool. Name some makes and models. Iíve never really paid much attention to convertibles before.
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    I miss my old Jeeps...used to love ripping around in the summer, top off, doors off, left leg hanging out where the drivers door was....sorta resting on the side nerf bar, wind coming at ya from all sides.
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    VOLKSWAGEN CABRIOLET



    I have driven these before, and gas is very GOOD!! not to mention the perfect wind-hair ratio!! You can get them in good shape for around 1500$$






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    Quote Originally Posted by YeOldeStonecat View Post
    I miss my old Jeeps...used to love ripping around in the summer, top off, doors off, left leg hanging out where the drivers door was....sorta resting on the side nerf bar, wind coming at ya from all sides.
    I've forgotten all about solid doors. If my wife takes a turn too fast and Iím not holding on, Iím liable to roll out of there at this point in time. Given the right circumstances she might do that on propose.

    That Volkswagen peaks my interest. Kind of squareish but I do like Volkswagen products. Some of them are very utilitarian and virtually indestructible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoundEye View Post
    That Volkswagen peaks my interest. Kind of squareish but I do like Volkswagen products. Some of them are very utilitarian and virtually indestructible.

    Yea I worked for a guy who owned a number of mid - late 80's and early - mid 90's Volkswagens.. some of them had nearly 200,000 miles on them, and still ran and drove like a champion The ladies enjoyed the top down... i bet your wifey will to!!

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    Is that six cylinder stock, or did that guy shoehorn that in there aftermarket?
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    The Miata experience will recreate a motorcycle. My buddy who is a little over six feet would have his head sticking a few inches over the windshield. I think the later years they made them a little more ergonomic for the taller folks.

    Don't forget MGs, Triumph, and Austin Healey. Just know they are going to take some work if you drive them hard, or regularly. They can be bought fairly cheaply though

    There is always my current dream machine, a 914 with a Subie motor in it

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    I think I'll tend to shy away from British cars, mostly because of the Lucas electrical systems.

    Why do the English drink warm beer? Lucas made their refrigerators, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by De Plano View Post
    The Miata experience will recreate a motorcycle. My buddy who is a little over six feet would have his head sticking a few inches over the windshield. I think the later years they made them a little more ergonomic for the taller folks.
    A little better...I've driven the early years, and the later years. Top-o-windshield kinda in line of site for me...feel like a giraffe driving a gokart.

    I've dated a couple of girls who had those VW cabrios. Cute things.
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    There was a nice writeup in the paper today about the Bentley Continental GTC Speed. At 250 grand it might fit under the fancy category though.

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    The S2000 is a sweet car but they are pricey. Some old Celica convertibles are probably pretty cheap.

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    I had this one in the late 70's until it got stolen. I miss this car.

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    My ultimate wet dream of a convertible would be a Shelby 427, but lord knows thatíll never happen.




    Sorry about you losing your car Debbie
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    That's my ultimate favorite RE...the Cobra. So many kit cars of them available now, some of the kit companies actually use some good reproduction parts now.
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    The tell you on the TV commercial ďif you maintain an erection for more then four hours, see a doctorĒ. Driving that car around would put my ass in the emergency room.
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    Some say an erection for more than 4 hours is a problem? Man...I'd be packing my bags and heading for a month long vacation at some hedonism resort.
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    Some say an erection for more than 4 hours is a problem? Man...i'd be packing my bags and heading for a month long vacation at some hedonism resort.
    freak!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debbie View Post
    freak!

    Daddy likes a freak



    But Iíll tell you this, if that freak has something swinging between its legs it would be better for all involved if it turned around walked away.
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    I think I would like a pumped up 289 Cobra over a 427. Can still get stupid fast and I think it would make the twisties a bit funner. Than again maybe you could make up for the lack of balance with blunt acceleration

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    Quote Originally Posted by De Plano View Post
    I think I would like a pumped up 289 Cobra over a 427.
    The 289 was faster doing 0-60 (in the mid 3 seconds), and if I remember correctly...was also faster 0-100 and back to 0 again (under 10 seconds). Those were tests done back then...with 1960s tire technology. With todays tire tech...and some really beefy fat rear tires...could probably get the 427 to hook up better and beat the results.
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