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Old 01-31-2017, 01:49 PM   #1
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After 12 years the mind wanders...thinking of buying a Grand Sport

I STILL love my RX8, as it sits all warm on its 4 post lift. But I never owned a car for this long, and with 50 approaching next year I'm thinking - is it time? I've since bought a truck and a convertible, but is it finally time for... a new sports car?

I feel especially sleazy that I'm considering a Vette, with all the a-hole old guy stereotypes, but the C7 was the first Vette to peak my interest, the Grand Sport especially.

So this summer, one of the last original owners could be gone! Who does that leave on here?
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Do it. You only live once.
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Do it. You only live once.
I second that emotion. Screw the stereotypes. Follow your heart.
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I STILL love my RX8, as it sits all warm on its 4 post lift. But I never owned a car for this long, and with 50 approaching next year I'm thinking - is it time? I've since bought a truck and a convertible, but is it finally time for... a new sports car?

I feel especially sleazy that I'm considering a Vette, with all the a-hole old guy stereotypes, but the C7 was the first Vette to peak my interest, the Grand Sport especially.

So this summer, one of the last original owners could be gone! Who does that leave on here?
I still have my 2004 RX-8, purchased in October 2003, and I will soon be buying a new F-150 as it will allow me to tow our motorcycles to longer-distance destinations/rides as well as tow our '69 Plymouth GTX to shows around the country, but my wife also would like to see us own a C7........ and for the same reason you cited; although I have not been a huge 'Vette fan the new design looks like a four-wheeled version of my 2007 Yamaha R1, with the angular body lines and such, and it is hard to deny it is a nice car. :-)

You and I are also close in age, too.
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Took my son to a motor show when he was about 12, and he had a great time sitting in the sporty models and rowing through the gears.

Eventually we reached the Vette stand and he waited for all the 'oldguyswithhats' to have their sit, then he jumped in.

I'll never forget his face, or his tone as he realized that this sportyest-of-sportys was an automatic!

"Yes son, that's what the old guys with hats like to drive....."
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Still here 9291150.... I've been wanting the C7 for awhile now, but in the end, other financial priorities too over.. i.e.. wedding... honeymoon... house... and now kid.....
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I still have my 2004 RX-8, purchased in October 2003, and I will soon be buying a new F-150 as it will allow me to tow our motorcycles to longer-distance destinations/rides as well as tow our '69 Plymouth GTX to shows around the country, but my wife also would like to see us own a C7........ and for the same reason you cited; although I have not been a huge 'Vette fan the new design looks like a four-wheeled version of my 2007 Yamaha R1, with the angular body lines and such, and it is hard to deny it is a nice car. :-)

You and I are also close in age, too.
Charles, we got too many similarities (but my p-up is a Ram, Fireblade vs. R1, had a Roadrunner)! Wife prefers a 911 though vs. the C7 (though way too much $$ for me).

Maybe the learning here is that the 8 has satisfied our sportscar desires while allowing other frivolities...which is always a good thing.
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Still here 9291150.... I've been wanting the C7 for awhile now, but in the end, other financial priorities too over.. i.e.. wedding... honeymoon... house... and now kid.....
Hey Footman, good to hear!

With one kid at UofT and another to go this stuff's always an issue, but if I were to wait any longer I'd be rolling out of sportscars while loosing my hairpiece
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Thanks all for the replies and encouragement.

Shame mazda isn't serious about a replacement. Otherwise if it's not the C7 I'll be looking closely at the rumored S2000 replacement or new Supra as well. Or if they put a manual, LSD and larger engine in the 4C, then that would be a sure thing.
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Maybe the learning here is that the 8 has satisfied our sportscar desires while allowing other frivolities...which is always a good thing.
I came into the 8 after spending most of my formative years at the drag strip. I test-drove the 8 and it seemed a little room for improvement was available and, over time, I was glad I bought the car (for obvious reasons, as well as less-obvious reasons) as it introduced me to track-racing and having a car that was every bit as quick as my old bracket racer (once I installed the nitrous system, that is) but with great brakes, handling, and everything else.

Thus, when I had the cash, my wife and I bought the GTX as a bit of a fixer-upper as the car is pretty mint but I am returning it to date-matching status as finding the original block and rear axle will be nearly impossible. Thus, next week I will be receiving the proper 440 block and 3.54-equipped Dana 60. After I build the 440 and install the axle, I will drive the car for a bit and then do a "Graveyard Carz" type restoration on it.

The C7 will serve as the sports car I simply want to keep stock and enjoy driving....... on the other hand, I have a pretty sweet connection who owns a pair of '70 Superbirds that I would love to get my hands on........ :-)

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Do it - I would have picked a corvette if it had 4 seats. The stingr

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if you don't mind waving to to all the other corvettes you see on the road then yes, gotta do what makes you happy.

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if you don't mind waving to to all the other corvettes you on the road see then yes, gotta do what makes you happy.
It happens on motorcycles already (which many of us ride), so why not? LOL
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It happens on motorcycles already (which many of us ride), so why not? LOL
That's why I have 3 - a sport tourer, a dual sport, and a city bike.
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That's why I have 3 - a sport tourer, a dual sport, and a city bike.
Dammit! Trumped again by The ******! LOL
My wife and I only have sport bikes (R1 and R6). :-)
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Very nice. Mine are older: ST1100, KLR650, and a 1981 CX500 (city "rat" bike).
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Very nice. Mine are older: ST1100, KLR650, and a 1981 CX500 (city "rat" bike).
Any one in particular a favorite?
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Wow - hard question. The KLR650 - Jack of all trades, master of fun.
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Well, it's official, ordered a white Grand Sport - should be here in 8 weeks

After 12 years, it's time to sell the 8 - best car I ever owned. It's funny, I should be more excited, but I still really enjoy driving the 8. I'd keep it but it's not really possible, sad...

Now to start working on my patience in selling it ..."it's a rotary - that's a type of engine, no you can't drive it if you "kinda" know stick"...
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congrats 9291150, please make sure to post pics of the Vette when she arrives.
Don't worry, some of us OG members will still hold down the fort in your absence. I've owned my 8 since Sept of '05 and though I don't drive it as much as before, I still enjoy the hell out of it every time I do.
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Well, it's official, ordered a white Grand Sport - should be here in 8 weeks

After 12 years, it's time to sell the 8 - best car I ever owned. It's funny, I should be more excited, but I still really enjoy driving the 8. I'd keep it but it's not really possible, sad...

Now to start working on my patience in selling it ..."it's a rotary - that's a type of engine, no you can't drive it if you "kinda" know stick"...

9291150, you are officially one of my heroes now!!! Congratulations!!
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No way I'd trade my 8 for a Corvette. But yes, if that's what your heart desires, good for you!
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Well, it's official, ordered a white Grand Sport - should be here in 8 weeks

After 12 years, it's time to sell the 8 - best car I ever owned. It's funny, I should be more excited, but I still really enjoy driving the 8. I'd keep it but it's not really possible, sad...

Now to start working on my patience in selling it ..."it's a rotary - that's a type of engine, no you can't drive it if you "kinda" know stick"...
Please post pics - sports cars in white are my favorite color. Couldn't find a Series 2 in White that was priced right and had good records.
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I still have my 04Rx8 and bought a C5 Z51 Vert 3 years ago. I autocross both of them. I love them both. Just cannot beat the 4 seats in the RX8 when company comes.

The new vettes are totally awesome.
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