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'70 Fiat 124 Spyder from a friend of my Dad's. I was 16. Drive it 1/2 mile before the timing belt disintegrated. It was then Italian scrap metal.
 
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'70 Fiat 124 Spyder from a friend of my Dad's. I was 16. Drive it 1/2 mile before the timing belt disintegrated. It was then Italian scrap metal.
Oh, forgot about my 81 X1/9, those engines were good for 40k miles, damn good looking car, but it was poorly engineered. Had it 3 months, drove it off the showroom floor and had to have it towed back, not really sure how long it was actually in my possession, but it was not more than a week or two.
 
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Porsche 928 S4. Absolute horrendous electronics reliability and paper mache interior plastics.
 
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For two weeks it was the 07 V8 Vantage

I bought it new in Palm Desert. Drove it home to Monterey. In that short drive 11 different items either fell off or loosened up. After 40 years of driving Porsches mainly Turbos I thought I had died and gone to car hell.
After a long letter to the then CEO of AM USA they gave me a 5 year unltd mileage warranty. The car was bullet proof after that. Maybe a Friday build?
 
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My first car was a 1969 TRIUMPH GT6+. a rubber donut with cast yokes replacing the u joint on the outside end of the half shaft requiring the shocks to be mounted to the body. Seeing it is truly a WTF moment."
WTF is an understatement Somebody got really drunk the night before they designed this.

 
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Originally Posted by Adrian928 View Post
'70 Fiat 124 Spyder from a friend of my Dad's. I was 16. Drive it 1/2 mile before the timing belt disintegrated. It was then Italian scrap metal.
lol my first car was a 124 sport spider, it was a pos but fun to drive when it was running. i learned everything i know about working on cars with that one.
 
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Being one of the older members of this forum, I have owned a remarkable collection of cars.
Except for the 1997 Suzuki X-90 that I bought as a joke (and to teach my son the skills of a standard transmission) I have never owned a car that couldn't perform as expected.
That list includes:
eleven 911s from 1972 to 2008
Two Boxster Ss
Four Jaguar E-Types
Five vintage Ferraris including two Dinos and a GTC
BMW Z8, 3.0CSi
Alfa Spider-1974
Triumph TR4A and MGB-both better than you might think
Fiat X 1/9: actually this was a terrible car; body flex was unacceptable, paint flaked, etc
Current cars include a new 2015 R8 V8 with MT and of course my new 2014 Volcano Red V8V with MT. Both really perfect for this stage of my life.
I also have a new Macan S and new X5
The Fiat X 1/9 was really a miserable piece of junk
 

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Being one of the older members of this forum, I have owned a remarkable collection of cars.
Except for the 1997 Suzuki X-90 that I bought as a joke (and to teach my son the skills of a standard transmission) I have never owned a car that couldn't perform as expected.
That list includes:
eleven 911s from 1972 to 2008
Two Boxster Ss
Four Jaguar E-Types
Five vintage Ferraris including two Dinos and a GTC
BMW Z8, 3.0CSi
Alfa Spider-1974
Triumph TR4A and MGB-both better than you might think
Fiat X 1/9: actually this was a terrible car; body flex was unacceptable, paint flaked, etc
Current cars include a new 2015 R8 V8 with MT and of course my new 2014 Volcano Red V8V with MT. Both really perfect for this stage of my life.
I also have a new Macan S and new X5
The Fiat X 1/9 was really a miserable piece of junk
Oh boy Larry, what a cool list of cars. My dad owned a 330 GTC (that l leaned to drive on). What a great car, he bought it in 1970 from the original owner for $10,500. When he sold it in 1975 it was for the same amount. He also had a Dino on order when they were first announced in 1971, the price was $14,000, by the time the car actually came in it was $18,000. Sadly he passed on it because it would have been an additional $8500 over what they offered him for his 330 on trade. How I wish that I still owned his 330 today. Alter he sold the 330, he purchased one of the last 1974 2000 ALFA spiders that the dealer had on his lot. He keeped the ALFA for 4 years. He also owned two Jaguar E-Type FHC's new.One a 3.8, the other a 4.2. I was able to buy a 1965 E-Type FHC for myself back in 2003. I have fully restored it, and still have it today.
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I would have to say a '73 Fiat 850 Spyder. I assert that it counts as a sports car because of its roadster layout, it's poor fit with any practical transport need, and, here's the clincher, the fact that mine was the "sport" model, with a rear badge to that effect, and the big motor: 0.9 liters. That's right, nearly a full liter of displacement. It was just a weird, flawed little car, but of course I sort of loved it. We called it the coffee house car, because that was as far as it would go. To the coffee house, then you'd let it rest an hour, then maybe it would go all the way home. We pushed it a lot. Strictly a one zip code car. I got it up to 50 mph once, and it was shuddering so violently I could barely steer it. It had tires narrower than the ones on the motorcycles I've owned. It had a mechanical fuel pump that was driven by a cam on the crankshaft, and which was prone to leaking on these cars, and which was located DIRECTLY ABOVE THE EXHAUST MANIFOLD. Most of these cars died in fires. It weighed 1700 pounds. Note bumpers.






 
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That's funny you say that. I liked my 2003 Cobra more than my 2005 DB9.
+1, this thing was one of my best hot rods. I had 315's in the back and it was pure fun!



I never owned a sports car that I disliked, mainly because I researched every hot rod I've purchased, I've talked to owners of the cars I wanted, then I test drove them. On the other hand, if I can nominate my wife's previously driven 2011 Audi A4 in there I would...that was a POS, no dipstick, always needed oil, they then had a recall and replaced the short block. We not longer have that "performance sedan"...
 
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WTF is an understatement Somebody got really drunk the night before they designed this.

That's classic British Engineering. Cheap, simple, almost works. They used the o-ring axle on the Lotus Elan. Worked fine with limited power output as long as the rubber was pliable.
 
 
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