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You Never Need To Grow Up If You Love Cars: COTD

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If you’ve loved crappy cars for long enough, you’ve almost certainly come across someone telling you to grow up. Why are you making yourself suffer by driving clapped-out cars when you could buy something classy and sensical? You might have even heard this, as I have when you work in a more serious professional setting. I used to drive a school bus to an old Java programming job!

You could lease a new sensible Toyota or something, but why do that when you could choose between a 1984 Chevrolet Corvette and a 1983 Porsche 944? Thomas calls these cars an entire life crisis, COTD-winner the Duke of Kent says these are the kinds of cars for people who don’t think about the consequences of buying an old fun car:

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These are not entire-life crisis cars, mid-life crisis cars, or even quarter-life crisis cars. These are the sorts of cars one buys when one is in the phase (or, crisis, I suppose) of life where you think: “Hey, my brain isn’t fully developed yet, and I can’t believe I can afford a ‘Vette or a Parsch with the money I saved from my after-school job! How am I going to afford insurance? What am I going to do if when it breaks? Why is it so inexpensive in the first place? These are all questions for later. I want it now!”

I’ll let you know when I grow out of that phase. I’ll take the Porsche, please.

We pretty much live this here. “Buy first, think later” is probably our unofficial motto! It’s a wonder how we all somehow have cars that could probably make a drive across the country.

Second COTD win today goes to Cerberus, who gave the best answer to Jason’s Cold Start:

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Have a great evening, everyone!

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Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
8 months ago

“If you’ve loved crappy cars for long enough, you’ve almost certainly come across someone telling you to grow up. Why are you making yourself suffer by driving clapped-out cars when you could buy something classy and sensical?”

Because frankly boss you don’t pay me nearly enough for that.

Now let’s talk about the oh so generous raise you’re going to lavish on me so I don’t embarrass your misplaced sensibilities anymore. Oh, you can’t/won’t afford that? Well I guess I’ll keep driving my crapcan while I look for a better paying job.

A. Barth
A. Barth
8 months ago

“Buy first, think later” is probably our unofficial motto!

So… merch?

Or make it the official motto and then merch? 🙂

CoastieLenn
CoastieLenn
8 months ago

That Vette looks like its one no-start away from sitting on blocks behind a single wide in Alabama.

Last edited 8 months ago by CoastieLenn
Dodsworth
Dodsworth
8 months ago
Reply to  CoastieLenn

You’re right The poor thing doesn’t even rate a double wide.

CoastieLenn
CoastieLenn
8 months ago
Reply to  Dodsworth

I know many people lament early C4’s just as much as the late C3’s, but I’d do diiiiirty things to own a nice teal green or blue 96, doesn’t even have to be a ZR1. Can even be an auto. I don’t care. I love late C4’s.

Dodsworth
Dodsworth
8 months ago
Reply to  CoastieLenn

Right there with you. My heart goes out to this poor car.

Cerberus
Cerberus
8 months ago
Reply to  CoastieLenn

I’d rather a Callaway C4 than most other ‘Vettes. I saw one in person for the first time only a few years ago (don’t know how I never saw one earlier) street parked and it looked far, far more exotic than a C4 with a body kit like it seemed in pictures without that plasticky body look of the stock car. I’m sure it would be kind of a nightmare to keep running, but everything has a downside.

05Mil Machine
05Mil Machine
8 months ago
Reply to  CoastieLenn

I never understood the hate for the late C3. My 82 was awesome. Even if it wasn’t fast and had brakes and chassis design from 1963….. it sure was fun. It turned more heads than my 2008 Atomic Orange C6 ever did.

Ben
Ben
8 months ago
Reply to  05Mil Machine

The C3 is still probably my favorite generation of Corvette from a styling perspective.

Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
8 months ago
Reply to  Ben

Early C3 > late C3

IMO anyway.

Spikedlemon
Spikedlemon
8 months ago
Reply to  05Mil Machine

The C3 is pretty. In a way that no subsequent Corvette would or could ever be.

Nic Periton
Nic Periton
8 months ago
Reply to  CoastieLenn

I still have a (not brilliant, but sort of do-able) Jaguar v12 engine in my shed. I will donate it to the purchaser of the corvette.

TOSSABL
TOSSABL
8 months ago
Reply to  Nic Periton

That sounds like an absolutely great horrible plan! Someone* should make it so.

*not me: I’m too damn lazy these days

Mike Harrell
Mike Harrell
8 months ago
Reply to  Nic Periton

I have a disassembled Taunus V4 in my shed that I’d be happy to donate to this project, or indeed to pretty much any other project that involves it leaving my property.

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