By on August 11, 2012

The concept behind the Year of Your Birth Rally is simple: you must drive a vehicle with a model year the same as your own. Nick Pon, Assistant Perp of the 24 Hours of LeMons, created the idea and swears he’s going to organize such a rally someday. He was born in 1980, which means he has a vast array of terrible-yet-great Malaise Era machinery to choose from. I was born in 1966, which means I could drive my ’66 Dodge A100… or a ’66 Beaumont. What would you drive?
I asked this question at another site a couple of years back and got some good responses… and a whole bunch of lame ones. I think this group of readers can do better.

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224 Comments on “Question: What Car Would You Drive In the Year of Your Birth Rally?...”


  • avatar
    crm114

    1980 Brat.

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    Astigmatism

    Does 1980 allow me to fudge and say the Audi Quattro, which was first delivered (in Europe) in 1980? Because after that, my options get a lot less tempting.

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    Les

    I was born in 1975; the first year of mandated Catalytic converters, back when the technology was ‘New and Exciting![TM]‘

    I.. think I’ll just curl up in a corner and have a cry.

    • 0 avatar
      I've got a Jaaaaag

      I’m in the same boat, so avoiding something European, I would have to say a 75 Plymouth Gold Duster just because I really like the name.

    • 0 avatar

      You kidding? What about the Cordoba? The Celica? Back then, there were no emission tests, so you could just remove all the smog gear.

    • 0 avatar
      Sam P

      Gray market 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7.

      210 hp, under 2500 pounds. Have fun!

    • 0 avatar
      MarionCobretti

      Yes, 1975ers, especially if we have to run the cars with their emissions gear, we’re screwed. But there are bright spots…

      A Pinto with the full Pangra-spec body and turbo motor, for example.
      http://www.hemmings.com/mus/stories/2005/04/01/hmn_feature16.html

      Or the 1975 Sterling GT!
      http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/03/automobiles/collectibles/03EGO.html

      A MK III Jensen Interceptor (or FF) would be a hot ticket as well.

      As for me, I have a soft spot for the 1975 Plymouth Fury sedan. These things were ubiquitous as police cars when I was a kid, both on the roads and on TV. One with the full Blues Brother upgrade package (cop brakes, cop suspension, cop motor) would be the ride for me, even though I’d still be a moving chicane while whippersnappers born in the 90′s zipped by me in ZR-1′s and Supras. Kids. In my day we had landau roofs, automatics on the column, and 150-horse V8s and we liked it!

    • 0 avatar
      Dukeboy01

      Uggh. I’m with Les. 1975 sucks for this game. A year later there would at least be all of the Bicentennial specials to choose from on the domestic side of things. I guess I’ll go with a Ferrari 308 GTB.

    • 0 avatar
      Les

      http://bringatrailer.com/2012/03/04/james-garner-baja-rig-1970-oldsmobile-442/

      If Only I’d been born a handful of years sooner.

    • 0 avatar
      dutch45810

      1976 here. The first things I though of were the Pontiac Firebird (my first Matchbox car was a blue 76 ‘bird) or the Chrysler Cordoba with soft Corinthian Leather. If I were born in 77, I might have to go for the giant boat T-bird…it was kind of a crapbox, but I loved the vacuum-actuated headlight doors back when I was but a small child. Pretty sure I wore out the vacuum seals on one of my mother’s friend’s T-Bird by asking her to turn the headlights on and off so I could watch the doors open.

      http://static.ddmcdn.com/gif/1976-firebird-transam1.jpg

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    twotone

    1953 Corvette.

  • avatar
    JaySeis

    ’55 T-Bird.

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    AC

    1972 Mercury Capri

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    Japanese Buick

    1965 Mustang, because when I started googling my birth year to find car models from then , as soon as I had 1965 typed in, the second google suggestion was 1965 Mustang, and it was the only car in the suggested list. Clearly a vehicle and year that are closely associated.

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    Mark_Miata

    Depends on the rules of the rally. If it is an open competition, then a 1961 Mercedes 220SE (the type of car that won the 1960 Monte Carlo Rally).

    However, if the rally rules are the ones based on index of performance used in 1961, then I’ll take a 1961 Panhard PL 17, the Monte Carlo winner that year.

    Actually, I’d just take the Panhard regardless – something about a weird French car like that appeals to me. If I wanted a bit more comfort, I’d take a Citroen DS – it won Monte Carlo podium in 1959 (though as the downmarket ID model).

  • avatar
    Boff

    1969 Dodge Charger Daytona

  • avatar
    Maymar

    Being born in ’86 (firmly in the Turbo Era), I have no choice but to pick something with forced induction. I know I should say the Starion, but I have a serious weakness for the Merkur XR4Ti. Because I’ve never drive one, probably. Gray market Sierra Cossie, maybe, to skip the Americanized mediocrity.

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    Domestic Hearse

    Can’t decide. AC Cobra or GT 350. Staying with the Ford theme, maybe a GT 40 (but technically, it was then only available in race car form and may not count in this fantasy). Oh, 1965 btw. Gosh, good question. So many awesomely good cars from this year to choose from.

  • avatar
    Firestorm 500

    1955 Chevrolet Nomad

  • avatar
    PunisherBass

    Easy, 84 Buick GN. Course I’d need to upgrade the suspension, brakes, and up the horsepower to be really happy with it.

  • avatar
    LBJs Love Child

    1950 Jaguar XK120

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    Hank

    Hmm, since this is a rally that’s the idea of someone connect to the LeMons, I’m going to set aside a ’71 Olds Cutlass fastback in red, and go for either a 1971 Rover 2000 TC or a Rover P5b Saloon.

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    Hi Murilee,

    Funny you ask this today as today is my birthday. So, let’s see 1971 in Brazil Brazil, I’d go with 4. Can I pick 4?

    In no articular order of preference:
    Ford Galaxie (luxury sedan)
    FNM 2000ti (Alfa Romeo lux sedan made in Brazil by FNM-a state-run concern)
    Puma GTB
    Karmann Ghia Coupe or Convertible

    A Ford Corcel (a weird Ford based on the Renault 12 as Ford had acquired Renault’s-operations-via-Willys in Brazil). Just for the strangeness it would be an excellent buy, a Renault built by Willys and badged as Ford. On the other hand it would take too much explaining, LOL!

    Whatch think?

  • avatar
    zekele

    Easy: 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS :)

  • avatar
    mrw55

    Ferrari 857 S

  • avatar
    amac

    1968 Riviera

  • avatar
    FuzzyPlushroom

    1991 gives me several good options, but I’m thinking 940 Turbo or Galant VR-4.

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    raph

    Hmmmm…. 69 Boss 302

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    I’m assuming we’re talking a realistic choice and not some one-off concept car, right? I’d have to choose a 1954 Studebaker Commander Starliner Coupe. There was no better looking car for the year.

    BTW, this was a pretty sneaky way to get your reader age demographic information!

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    LeadHead

    Hmm…’93. Maybe a Typhoon? I think that may have been the last of the crazier turbo era cars.

    • 0 avatar
      raph

      Yeah a good choice, to bad it wasn’t 1989 though, you could go with a 89 anniversary Trans-Am, it had the 1 gallon hair dried bent six from the Grand National and I remember one going deep into the 12s (then blowing a hed gasket in spectacular fashion at the big end of the track).

      Pretty exciting stuff when a 12 second car wasn’t considered an abysmally slow grandma grocery getter (well according to all the cool dudes and their hayabusas)

      • 0 avatar
        dolorean

        Better would’ve been the ’91 GMC Syclone, 0-60 in 5.1 secs. However, ’93 was a the year of the rebirth of Horsepower:

        Ford Mustang SVT Cobra (the original)
        Ford Taurus SHO
        Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo
        Toyota Supra
        Chevy Corvette 40th Anniversary package w/ 5.7L LT5 V8
        Dodge Viper
        Mazda RX-7 Turbo
        Acura NSX Type R

  • avatar
    threeer

    1970 BMW 2800CS (actually owned one for a short time…loved the lines of this car)…or my fallback standard of a 1970 BMW 2002.

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    1967: Ferrari 275GTB/4, Aston DB6, or maybe an Eldorado if it’s a cruise-all-day-with-the-a/c-cranked kind of event. A nice clean ’67 Mustang fastback with a 390 and a 4 speed and dark green paint like the one my aunt had back in the day might be a compelling choice, too.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    1977? Chevy Corvette. Look good, handle well, T-tops… and then when hp starts to swing back upward the engine swaps and hot rodding options would be limitless.

  • avatar
    Nostrathomas

    1981 DeLorean DMC-12 of course.

    A time machine was built in with every model….by the time you got to 60mph it was 1982.

  • avatar

    1992 911 C4 Targa. In white. With a navy interior. And Fuchs wheels, in white. Yeah… That sounds about right.

  • avatar
    Lorenzo

    I’ll have to go with the 1948 Lincoln Continental V-12 coupe. The advantage of that year was lots of classics: the Cadillac fastback coupe (with fins!), the Hudson Commodore Brougham straight eight and the Chrysler Town and Country “woodie” convertible. And that was just the American manufacturers. Mercedes offered the A320 Cabriolet, MG offered the TC, and Alfa had the 2500B Panoramica Zagato long before the Jaguar Type E. Not a Cimarron or Versailles to be found.

  • avatar

    I envy those born in 1956. Ferrari 410 Superfast! It’s like a Studebaker virus colonized Italy.

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    Do we have to keep it stock?

    1977 was a dismal year for the auto industry everywhere. I suppose I’d take a manual 240D. Slow as dirt, but I’d have a good chance of finishing the rally without stopping for repairs or killing myself in despair.

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    durr…1967 Volvo 1800 S. Do I need to wait for the rally, though, because I would realy enjoy this now.

  • avatar
    Wally Vance

    1941 Cadillac Series 62 convertible

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    forzablu

    1990 here, if it doesn’t have to be US Legal I’d have to go w/ Il Mostro (Alfa SZ), otherwise if cost is no object a Testarossa, or to be rational and proudly represent the Lincoln star — Mark VII LSC.

  • avatar
    theonlydt

    1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth. 1985 was not a great year for cars, but this is when the German brands were producing massively over-engineered luxury.

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    Spanish Inquisition

    Depends. If it’s a tarmac rally, then absolutely I’d choose a 1990 E30 M3 for the Manx Rally.

    If we’re saying the WRC… Probably the Mazda 323 along side Salonen. Mostly because I have a Mazda boner, and Salonen’s pretty cool.

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    Sam P

    1981 Porsche 911SC sunroof coupe with the original 5-spoke Fuchs alloys. No Targas; they leak.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9e/Porsche911sc.jpg

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    EEGeek

    Since I like a clutch I’d start with the ’62 Corvette or 400 Superamerica. But I’d be pulled back to a Lincoln Continental with the suicide doors and iconic status. Hardtop for a real rally, convertible if it’s more of a parade.

  • avatar
    Crabspirits

    1978 Bandit T/A with whip antenna!

    You’re jealous!

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    mr_muttonchops

    I actually owned a car from my birth year: 1990 Prelude Si 4WS. God I miss it.

    • 0 avatar
      Sam P

      Young pup. Those ‘Ludes were great Japanese sport coupes.

      • 0 avatar
        dolorean

        Almost bought a 2000 Prelude Si with the AWS, sunroof, and buttery soft leather Recaros. Chirped the tires through three gears and moved like a cat’s ass on fire but decided that I couldn’t afford it and have regretted it ever since.

    • 0 avatar
      Demetri

      I adore Preludes, and I plan to own one someday. Not big on the styling of the ’85 model though, which is the year I have to choose from. Actually, I don’t think I care for much of anything from 1985, as far as the styling goes. Things started looking a lot better in the later 80s.

      I’d probably go with a 1985 CRX Si.

    • 0 avatar
      seanx37

      There were 4 Preludes in the family. The last was a black
      ’90 S 4WS. I was pissed when my dad traded it for an Accord. I wanted to buy it. Instead I drove the wheels off the 87 SI. After driving a few hundred thousand in the ’82. Which for some reason I can’t recall…I still own.It runs fine. It gets loaned out to family and friend in need of a car for a little while. They laugh when they get it, but all seem to like the little old girl.

  • avatar

    A 1954 Nash Healey. It came about because of 3D photography. Donald Healey was on a boat coming to the US in 1949, hoping to buy some of Cadillac’s new OHV V8s. On board he saw a large, heavy man using a 3D camera. Healy, a photography buff, approached him and the man turned out to be George Mason, who headed Nash. Healey told him of his plans and Mason told him to call him in Kenosha if things didn’t work out in Detroit. Cadillac was selling every engine it made so Healey called Mason, who offered him a deal he couldn’t turn down, engines, transmissions and rear ends on credit and Nash’s dealer network to sell the finished cars.

    http://ateupwithmotor.com/sports-cars-and-muscle-cars/293-nash-healey.html

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    James Courteau

    Seems I’m the youngest person here (I guess Derek is right… Kids these days don’t want cars!), and for the purpose of the rally, thats a darn good thing. I’d take a 1991 Ford SHO Plus. Eats my dust, boys!

    • 0 avatar

      Also 1991 here. Lots of good options, so it’s kind of hard to choose. Topping off the list: Saab 900 turbo (in Edwardian Grey), Thunderbird SC (ideally with the 5 spd), Mercury Colony Park (last year they were available!), a 6-cylinder XJS, or a Pontiac Bonneville SSE. The Taurus SHO would be up there too.

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    jimmyy

    280Z, coupe, in orange. The late 70s 911 in yellow is another beauty.

    But, if I could step back into the decade before my birth, I would love a 66 or 67 Ford Fairlane GT with a 4 speed. I am on the hunt for one of these now. I am willing to pay top dollar for an original low mileage … if you know of one … please send it my way. Those 60s Ford were just too cool.

  • avatar
    TexasAg03

    1970 Chevelle LS 454 LS6 with the Muncie “Rock Crusher” 4 speed

    Easy choice.

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    Dimwit

    Ahhh, 1960.

    Quite frankly almost all of the domestics sucked. Except for a very few standouts like the T-Bird most of them were holdovers from the excessive 50′s.
    I’d have to go with the imports.
    Ferrari 250GT Pinifarina
    MB 300SL coupe or convertible
    Jag 150XK drophead
    Austin Healy 3000

    Oh woe is me! (mind you, most of the time these things would be stuck at the mechanics… gorgeous but fragile! sigh)

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    solracer

    Having been born in 1958 my choices, at least for American cars, are pretty limited. My favorite cars of the era like the 2-seat Thunderbird, the Lincoln Mark II and the Chevy Nomad all stopped production in 1957, Studebakers and Chryslers had grown giant fins by then and my favorites from the ’60s like the Avanti and Corvair are a couple of years into the future. So instead I think I’ll skip across the pond and go for a Jaguar XK150 instead. It’s one of the most beautiful cars of all time IMHO so how can you go wrong?

  • avatar
    alexcassidy

    I’d probably go with a 1988 Merc 560 SEL. I had a W126 Merc and I LOVED it– when it was running, anyway. A well-kept model still looks stunning today; very imposing.

  • avatar
    Gigidad1

    I like the idea of a 1950 Kurtis. Indy champcar chassis, Cadillac V8. Fast & probably scary!

  • avatar
    bigoak

    ’71 240Z…replace the SU’s with Webers…beef up the cam…depending on the rally rules, perhaps a stroker from a 280z…already have a few of these in the stable

    Or…

    ’71 Maserati Ghibli…just love that car…need to get one in the stable…

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    Buster Brew

    Ah 1958, the GM vs Chrysler fin wars were at their peak, Packard was bleeding out on Studebaker’s operating table, the T-Bird had just gone all ugly and added a back seat.

    If I was being driven The answer would be an Imperial Crown Ghia Limousine. I would however much prefer driving, so my choice today – not sure what it was back when you posed the question at that other site – would be either a Chrysler 300B, a Corvette, MG-A, Austin Healey 100/6, or the supercharged goodness of a Studebaker Golden Hawk. All are beautiful cars and drive reasonably well, but today I think the Golden Hawk would be the most rally-capable daily driver of the bunch.

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    wmba

    I’d want a 1947 Volvo PV444. Wouldn’t surprise me if it were the best car being made in those days. 1947 cars were generally not great, made as they were from pre-war bits and pieces. Shortages of raw materials were still rife and cars were just cobbled together to try and meet demand. Quality be damned, gotta have wheels.

    But Sweden stayed out of WW2, hence my choice.

  • avatar
    Sammy B

    1981:
    realistically: Corolla wagon 5MT
    more fun: Celica (not celica supra)
    more utility: toyota truck
    more fun: DeLorean
    way more fun and probably totally out of the realm of possibility: Ferrari 308 GTB

    • 0 avatar
      carbiz

      It’s funny: you and I are from two completely different worlds. To me and mine, the Japanese products were a joke – oddities, at best. At the time, they truly were.
      While everyone loves to pile on Detroit for the J-cars, Pintos, Omnis, whatever – they were no worse than most of the stuff coming over from Japan.
      I was a car jockey at a major hotel in late ’81. I had occasion to drive everything from an E-Type Jag, to Rolls Camargue, to the first K-cars that came off the line. Nothing imported floated my boat. Sure, the 280Z with its digital wizardry was Star Wars cool, but I preferred the ’81 Imperial. At twenty years old. Go figure.

  • avatar
    oldwheelsnewyork

    1978 AMC Eagle – rally equipped FTW! Or a nice Euro-spec hi-po Bimmer…

  • avatar
    Caboose

    1976 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9
    Since it didn’t come to the U.S. until ’77, I’d have to grey-market one in. It was a real dreadnaught. Anti-lock brakes (one of the first), three(!)-speed slushbox, super-comfy, and PDQ to boot.

    Failing that, I’d have a last-year W114-body 280CE. The Paul Bracq design was truly one of the great-looking cars of the mid-’70s.

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    APaGttH

    ’67 Mustang fastback.

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    CJinSD

    1969 Lamborghini Miura P400S. Anyone else remember when the Italians could make beautiful cars?

  • avatar
    gcwieser

    1986 Saab 900 Turbo of course.

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    dartman

    1957 Corvette “Fuelie” or 1957 Chrysler 300-C

    • 0 avatar
      SilverCoupe

      Yes, Corvette is no doubt the right answer for 1957. A ’57 T-bird would be a good second choice, and a ’57 Chevy would be just fine, too. Personally, I’ve always had a thing for the ’57 Cadillac (the first Matchbox car I ever got when I was a kid!), but it would not be the best choice for a rally car.

    • 0 avatar
      carbiz

      Gotta be the Chrysler. Fine examples fetch a $100k today. 1957 was the one year that Chrysler engineering rose from the grave and shook its fist at GM and Ford. Too bad they over-reached themselves….

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    Jetstar 88

    Well, being from 1992, I’m going to have to go with a Mercedes 190E Cosworth. I was thinking about a XJ220, but it may be too expensive.

  • avatar
    Jeff Weimer

    1970 LS6 Chevelle SS.

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    BobAsh

    Since I love that car from since I was a child, I think I have no other choice. It absolutely has to be 1984 Ford Capri 2.8 Turbo Technics… European pony car, with Recaro seats, turbocharged V6 and 220 horsepower, leaf springs and live axle in the back.

    One hell of a cool way to die.

  • avatar
    Truckducken

    62 Valiant wagon, with 440/727 transplant of course.

  • avatar
    nickoo

    There is only 1 correct answer: ’82 Trans Am with KITT!

    I’ll pass on the Hoff accessory package…

  • avatar
    readallover

    1961…first year for the classic Continental or maybe the Loewy Stude Hawk, possible a Corvette with the Fual Injected 283, most likely a Pontiac bubble-top Ventura with the 389 tri-power or the 421.

  • avatar
    BMWnut

    I will have a 1962 Mercedes-Benz 180 Ponton (W120). My first choice would have been the 1960 190 (W121) that I learned to drive in, but I probably would get disqualified for driving a car older than me. Besides, the W121 went out of production in 1961, so the W120 it will have to be. The W110/1/2 Fintail that replaced the Ponton just doesn’t do it for me.

    The other problem is that isn’t in the family anymore. In the late 80′s it wasn’t moving under it’s own power anymore – the gear linkage was in need of some TLC. All the kids considered it deeply uncool and my folks sold it. Oh, how I regret that now!

  • avatar
    Spartan

    1984 Mitsu Starion Turbo!

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    monomille

    How about an option for us really old guys to pick from the year we got our driving license?

  • avatar
    dolorean

    1972 Aston Martin DBS V-8, in “Bahama Yellow”
    just like what Roger Moore drove in the Persuaders.

    or, 1972 “Lusso” Ford Pantera L w/ 250 HP Cleveland mill.

  • avatar
    cdotson

    1979 Dodge Lil’ Red Express. I believe it was the fastest American-made vehicle when it was built (trucks weren’t as smog-strangled as Corvettes at the time).

  • avatar
    oldyak

    1951 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Coupe!

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    toadroller

    I’ll just borrow my Uncle Terry’s 1968 Roadrunner 383 with four on the floor and factory tach.

    Meep-meep-zip-bang!

    • 0 avatar
      carbiz

      I could cry when I think back to the summer of ’71 and our neighbors across the highway had a long driveway that was stuffed with kids from town and their ‘beaters,’ mostly Challengers, Barracudas, Roadrunners. Those cars were dirt cheap, easy to fix (and modify.) Those babies would fetch big coin at Barrett Jackson today, but they were just weekend wrecks for those kids.

      • 0 avatar
        Flipper35

        I had a Coronet convertable with a 383. Wasn’t a bad car, but the rear subframe was getting pretty bad.

        Depending on the rally I would take either a Datsun 510 or a 911 on a tight autocross type rally. Coast to coast I would go with a hemi powered Mopar or a 365 GTB-4. I would rather take a 365 GTS but the spyder wasn’t built intil ’71 :(

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    racebeer

    I’m really torn on this one … can I choose a domestic and an import???

    Domestic: Hudson Hornet 2-dr coupe with the “Twin H-Power” option
    Import: Alfa Romeo Disco Volante

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      If I had been born in those years it would be Twin H Power all the way! I always love something unique and different. (Sorry Dad, my father would get a 1954 Pontiac Star Chief if you gave him a time machine and this challenge.)

  • avatar
    FrankTheCat

    1993 Saab 900 Turbo (two years too late for the SPG/Aero…)

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    Brian P

    1967 Chevrolet Camaro.

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    BobinPgh

    1958 had Christine, the 1958 Plymouth Fury. I would be driving it, and I would probably live forever like she did.

    • 0 avatar
      carbiz

      My first (sort of) car was a ’58 Fury. My father owned a tire shop/gas station (B&A if anyone in Canada remembers those from back in the day) and used to bring beaters home. We had 80 acres and behind the barn started to look like a demolition derby (but – oh, if I had taken pictures of those beauties!) On a dare, 5 year old me started Christine and drove her through a fence beside our house. I guess Dad didn’t think I knew what those push buttons were for!
      My friends and I used to jump on the roof, slide down the windshield and stomp on the hood. Try doing that to a modern car, even if you only weigh 60 lbs! I can remember a ’59 Lincoln out back and an Olds. I was too young to appreciate what I was seeing.

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    krhodes1

    ’69 Ferrari 365 GTS, if someone else it writing the check. ’69 Saab Sonett if I have to pony up myself – I’ve owned two of them.

  • avatar
    fredtal

    1952 Cunningham C3 more realistically probably a MG TD

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    71charger_fan

    1958 Dodge Super D500 convertible

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    bill mcgee

    1953 Hudson Hornet with the Twin H-Power . Or maybe a 1953 Studebaker Starliner Hardtop in that wierd salmon / coral color they came out with . It definitely wouldn’t be the 1953 Pontiac coupe the old man had . Even as a three year old kid I thought it was totally frumpy compared to the next door neighbor ‘s 1950 bullet-nosed Studebaker Starlight coupe .

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    ByTheLake

    1963 Corvette Stingray split-window. 1963 was a great year :-)

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    orchestradirector

    1963 – almost too many great cars.
    C2 split-window Sting Ray coupe
    or
    Studebaker Avanti

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    Lightspeed

    1960 Jaguar MKII

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    el scotto

    A 1962 Pontiac with the biggest engine I could get

  • avatar

    I was born in 1945. Was anything produced that year, other than Jeeps?

    • 0 avatar
      el scotto

      A Packard staff car, in OD of course

    • 0 avatar
      carbiz

      Gee, your parents couldn’t wait, eh?

      According to my Very Big Book, the War Production Board announced the reinstitution of civilian vehicle production for July 1, 1945. Parts restrictions were lifted on May 22. Gasoline rationing ended August 15. Henry Ford II himself drove the first civilian production Ford off the line July 3.
      I am sure they would have been warmed over ’42s, so take a look at what they built in the very short production year of 1942 and take your pick: by September or October of ’45 they were very likely back in production, until the sheet metal shortages and wildcat strikes caught up with them… ah, those were the days!

    • 0 avatar
      MadHungarian

      Kubelwagens.

    • 0 avatar
      wstarvingteacher

      1943 here. Just picture whatever you wanted with Army Olive Drab or Navy Blue. You could go with a tank but really we have to think staff car.

  • avatar
    Theophilus138

    If it’s Gumball Rally-style, a late-production 1988 Peugeot 505. Classically French ride comfort and cabin appointments in a reasonably spacious car that proved wildly popular in Africa, where it had to contend with absolutely awful roads and sharply limited access to factory-approved parts and service. This would also be my daily-driver choice.

    If it’s WRC-style, I’d take a first-year-in-North-America 1988 Toyota Celica All-Trac. Fast enough to be fun, with four driven wheels to slightly reduce the chance of death or dismemberment.

    If it’s LeMons-style, I’d be sorely tempted by a 1988 Ford Mustang LX 5.0, but my driving skills probably warrant something less likely to oversteer, so I’d probably default to the Celica. I’d be tempted by the Fiero, too, given that it was reportedly perfected in 1988, but at six foot five I doubt I’d fit into the thing, and I’d still probably spin the car into oblivion.

  • avatar
    andreroy55

    Easy, 1955 Chrysler 300.

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    gumbypiz

    1967 Pontiac GTO.

  • avatar
    Geekcarlover

    1966. An obscene blessing of choices. Reflexive choice was Shelby Mustang. But for a rally/road course? Studebaker Lark with the R3 supercharged 289 option. (Was it ever available in the Avanti? I’d also have to give a long look at the Toyota 2000GT, painted out in full Racer X kit.

  • avatar
    Phil Coconis

    In spite, or maybe because of my present and future revelations on cars from the U.K. (see “Memoirs of an Independent Repair Shop Owner” in the TTAC “Editorials” section), make mine a 1959 Jaguar D-Type! It was good enough for Steve McQueen, and it’s good enough for me! Sometimes age does have privileges…

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    MisterIkester

    ’86 Ford Mustang SVO (the year Ford gave it the composite headlamps it was designed for…then promptly killed it off).

    ’86 Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2 (of course I’m gonna replace that 305).

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      fredtal

      Good choice on the SVO, it was my first new car. More important than the headlamps was the increase of hp to 200 from 175. Ford had to kill it, as there were too few us willing to pay the extra money for it compared to the V8 GT.

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    MrGreenMan

    Curved Dash.

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    geofcol

    53′ Nash-Healey

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    Guildenstern

    1979 Lancia Stratos.

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    ranwhenparked

    1985 Avanti Touring Coupe. Not a the most rational choice, but I always really liked the looks of Avantis from that era, thought they did a nice job modernizing the design a bit for the 1980s while keeping it recognizable. The ride and handling would be stuck in the 60s (if not older), but the GM drivetrain should be reliable and the Recaro bucks comfortable enough.

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    obsolete

    Easy, I already own it. 1987 Chrysler Conquest TSi. Red with black leather, widebody turbo.

    Tell Nick to organize this rally already! I can’t wait to cruise across the country in this car, without air conditioning, only to have it strand me somewhere.

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    Neb

    1980 Saab 900. High pressure turbo, 5spd, hatchback.

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    GeologyRocks

    1972 Lancia Stratos. Or, if that was “off limits”, I’ll just go for that vehicles engine donor: 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

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    Felis Concolor

    1965? Woo, Corvair Corsa!

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    pgcooldad

    1965 Ferrari 275 GTS Spyder

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    levi

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    50merc

    You smart-alec kids! Where am I gonna get a 1943 M4 Sherman tank?

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    daviel

    I was born in 1943 – I got to drive a 1943 WWII U.S. Army Jeep.

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    28-Cars-Later

    1981 – tough. Can I drive a ’79 instead? At least then I could tolerate a downsized Cadillac and it would actually, um work.

    • 0 avatar
      carbiz

      I’d take the Imperial for ’81. I, too, watched in horror through the late ’70s as cars shrank, bumpers got bigger and plastic oozed cheapness. To my eye, Chrysler had some of the few cars of that era that looked as though someone as least tried to make the car pretty. The ‘bustle-back’ Sevilles sold like crazy, but Chrysler actually made that style look good.

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    carbiz

    1961. By any estimate, a great year for cars: fins were still around for those that liked’em (I did) and Ford/GM had suddenly become long low and sleek, without the glitz. Heck, if you liked cars so ugly they were beautiful, it’s hard to top the ’61 Plymouth! I had the opportunity to drive a ’61 in ’83 – without power steering! Ugh. (Of course, Chrysler really saved the ugly stick for Dodge that year. The Dart/Phoenix designers must have gone on to do the entire AMC line up 15 years later… hmm, I should look that up.)
    The Desotos were a tad bizarre, but then they were on their way out anyway. The ’61 Impala – gorgeous. Buicks were a bit boring in ’61, but nothing came close to the sheer blandness of Rambler and Ambassador – truly the Toyotas of their day. It seemed that clipped of its wings, Buick didn’t seem to know what to do. It’s surprising that Chevrolet for ’61 were so balanced and fresh. I liked the ’60 Fords, but not the ’61 through ’64. It seems that Plymouth, Dodge and Ford lost their way for a few years just as GM got back into the game. (Pontiac’s renaissance in the mid-60s was breathtaking even at the time.)
    Oh, but I do digress….If I had to pick one for ’61, it would be the T-Bird. I’ve always had a soft spot for that car, and the ’61s seems so clean, after the overwrought square birds before it.

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    Zackman

    Well, I’d have to say a 1951 Chevy DeLuxe coupe. My first car was off by a year: a 1952 Chevy DeLuxe! 75 bucks in 1968.

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    donutguy

    1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder

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    piffpaff

    From 1971 I would wan to drive the Saab 96, preferably the wagon.

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    modelt1918

    1950 Oldsmobile Rocket 88, 1950 Cadillac convertible with the new OHV V-8, Jaguar 120XK. Or a 1950 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith sedan. How about a 1950 J2X Allard?

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    paxman356

    http://www.autoservice-vogt.de/images/saab_sonettIII_front_1970_600.jpg

    1970 Saab 97 Sonnet III. I’ll take mine with the Soccer Ball wheels, though.

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    Broo

    1977

    Pontiac Trans-Am
    Porsche 911 Turbo
    Toyota Celica GT fastback

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    gosteelerz

    Hard to go wrong in 1968, so I will go with cheap, fast and practical. It would have to be a Dart GTS 340 with 4 speed.

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    seanx37

    1969 Corvette ZL1. I win.

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    Variant

    1973 911 2.7 RS

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    Commodore P

    For 1969, how about an Olds 4-4-2 Holiday Coupe adorned with wide-boot red-stripe tires?

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    RayH

    1977 El Camino with de-smogged 454 V8, TH350 automatic. Business in the front, party in the back.

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    TerraNova

    Love the Beaumont! Drove a ’68. But I’ll show up in a 1951 Buick XP-300.

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    Anchorman33

    1976
    Grand Torino (Starsky and Hutch FTW)
    Pontiac Trans-Am (Screamin’ chicken FTW)
    Ford Bronco (Off road mods FTW)

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    Lemmy-powered

    1970 Manic GT. Gonna rock an optimistic, bell-bottomed relic from a turbulent time in Quebec.

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    1966 Moskvich 408, I suppose. Fear the thundering 50 horse-powers.

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    LJD

    I owned a 79 Celica for about three days before I wrecked it. Got it off a mechanic who had it painted a deep blue with sparkly flecks. It was a great car for the few days I had it.
    Wish I had it longer. Got replaced by an 86 Merkur XR4Ti with the wonderful three speed automatic.
    Oh how I wish both were manuals.
    If I had a choice I’d go with a 79 911.

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    MrNiceGuy998

    Would be choosing between a Chevrolet 454SS and GMC Syclone.
    Definitely would go with the Syclone, its specs are still impressive given that it pretty much matched the 454SS for HP & torque, and has claim to a whole bunch of firsts for a production pick-up, while the 454SS would have a tough time taking many modern V8 trucks at a stop light.

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    xantia10000

    1978 saab 99 turbo!

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    peekay

    1952 Porsche 356.

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    Steve65

    First-gen Triumph Spitfire, in white with red interior.

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    Athos Nobile

    Of the ones present in Venezuela (mostly through CKD) during 1978:
    Chevrolet Caprice 2dr, the one with the curved window.
    A VW Brasilia would be cool
    A Renault R30 or R18 would also be nice
    Range Rover
    Jeep CJ7 Renegado

    From the US:
    Chevrolet Corvette L88
    Bandit T/A, screaming chicken FTW!!!11!!
    Chevy C-10, fleetside, long box, Custom DeLuxe trim.
    +1 on the Saab 99 turbo

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    JimsTR3

    Triumph TR3 – Let the Lucas jokes begin!

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    majeskyb

    I was born in 1984…

    …and so far, have only found two cars that I’d really enjoy owning.

    BMW M635CSI- 258hp in a 3400lb luxury coupe with a proper transmission, and it has a fridge between the rear seats. Plus the shark nose just looks so good.

    Porsche 911 Turbo slant nose- 330hp in 1984. What more can I say?

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      Slowtege

      1984 here as well!

      After initial consideration of a MKII Supra (because they look fantastic and are cheap, HP bump that year), I realized that I should think about whatever was available then with money not being an issue.

      Your choice of the M635CSI was one of mine. The 930-gen 911 Turbo was also (you can have the slant nose, I dig the round headlights. Widebody FTW) a one. So two solid options so far…but then I thought…

      Ferrari 288 GTO hands down. Gorgeous. Fast. Red.

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    kjb911

    Hmmm 1990 was certainly an interesting year…my top three would be:
    Nissan 300zx
    Pontiac Trans AM
    Dodge Daytona Shelby

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    musicalmcs8706

    How appropriate as today is my birthday… I’d go with a 1987 560 SEL, 1987 AMG Hammer, or 1987 Mustang 5.0.

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    red60r

    Hmmm… 1942 means Jeep, half-track, Sherman tank, all the same color.

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    Juniper

    Wow 1947. Not much to choose from beyond warmed over pre WWII models. I guess I’d go for a 47 Ford Convertible. With all the options of course. Like a heater and a radio, maybe those cool beauty rings on the wheels. Woo Hoo. SFA ( solid front axle) for the win!!

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    Dockonk

    Apparently I’m a tad older than most (if not all) of the respondents. having been born in 1945, I’m pretty much stuck with a Jeep – or woukld a Sherman tank qualify?

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    Zarba

    1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible.

    2nd Choice? There IS no 2nd choice.

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    daveainchina

    I have too many great options. I was born in 1970, can I just say anything that sparks any interest at all?

    From muscle cars to MB 2 door coupes to Aston Martin, etc etc.. 1970 was a great year and to try to limit myself to one vehicle is rather difficult.

    On a side note, does it have to be a 1970 model year? or a vehicle that was sold as new in 1970?

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    redseca2

    Definitely a 1953 Ferrari 375MM Spider.

    But after the rally I would no doubt sell it and get something more reliable like a 1953 Mercedes Benz
    300S Cabriolet and invest the change.

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    pdq

    1961 Lincoln Continental convertible
    http://static.cargurus.com/images/site/2008/06/10/23/40/1961_lincoln_continental-pic-52097.jpeg

    Or….

    1961 Bentley S2 Drop Head Coupe – HJ Mulliner
    http://files.conceptcarz.com/img/Bentley/61-Bentley-S2-HJ_Mulliner-DV-10-AI_02.jpg

    The reason I like them is that they’re both so elegant. With a Ferrari, or an XKE the car screams “look at me”. With the Bentley and the Continental, they’re more understated (to me anyway)

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    Pig_Iron

    Ford Galaxie Lightweight 427, or SAAB 96 (maybe a Cortina GT) depending on the course for the horse.
    ;-)

    PS I like this game. All excellent choices by those above so far. You folks are impressive.

  • avatar
    billyjoejimbob

    My fellow 1972 babies have disappointed me deeply, the correct answer is:

    1972 Pontiac Trans Am 455 High Output

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    Maverick74

    Born in ’87, so either a Volvo 242, Saab 900 Turbo hatchback, AMC Eagle wagon, or a Peugeot 505 wagon.

  • avatar
    MadHungarian

    1959 Chrysler 300E. Power swivel seats FTW.

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    Wolfy

    Hard choice if it needs to be relatively cheap and practical i’d pick a ’95 crown vic p71. If it’s unrestricted id pick a supra.

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    AnsonYu

    1997 70 series LandCruiser Subaru Impreza, F-150 or Defender

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    juicy sushi

    As another child of 1980, I think I’ve got three decent choices. I would either go with a Lancia Montecarlo, a C210 Nissan Skyline or as the default choice, “fire up the Quattro.”

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    DC Bruce

    1949 Ford Coupe with the 100 hp flathead V-8, of course! http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/29/1949_Ford_Coupe.jpg

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    Redshift

    As a child of the mid-70s, I’m spoiled for choice from a “LeMons” perspective, and I’m even more spoiled for choice on my own personal passion.

    WRC-style rally choice: Mazda RX-3 coupe as a giant-killer tarmac racer.
    Gumball-style rally choice: Mazda Cosmo (RX5)
    LeMons-style: Mazda REPU (Rotary Engine Pick Up)

    If I had to narrow it down, probably the REPU.

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    vegasgti

    A 1941 Lincoln…

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    cls12vg30

    Born at the tail end of 1976, so I’ll go for a ’76 Celica Liftback.

  • avatar
    ToyotaSlave

    Since so many people have 1977 Lancia Stratos listed, I’ll go with a different Italian flavor. No wonderful Alfa Romeo around that time, so I’ll go with…..
    Lemons – 1977 Autobianchi Abarth A112
    Plenty of spareparts (production up to 1980s) to work with
    5 Speed manual with 70+ HP and 800 Kg weight.

    For the Toyota choice – 1977 Toyota Celica
    Domestic choice – Corvette (I’m not too familiar with domestic brands around this time period – so I can only copy PrincipalDan’s idea)

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    th009

    1962 was still pretty early in the recovery of the European auto industry, so the pickings are fairly slim. I was tempted by the Big Healey — and Austin Healey 3000 Mk2 — provided that I could bring a mechanic along for the rally.

    But in the end, the classic choice for 1962 vintage is the BMW 3200 CS: a Bertone-bodied coupe special, and the first production BMW with the Hofmeister kink.

    From the other side of the pond, I’ll grant an honourable mention to the 1962 Corvair Monza Spyder. It definitely holds some appeal but the Mk2 styling (a few years later) was much more to my liking.

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    centennian

    1964 Mercedes-Benz 220SE. Heckflossen uber alles, yeah.

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    mx6er2587

    wow such a tough choice. Being born in the middle of the turbo era and having such a fond liking for them gives me so many options

    Charger GLHS?
    Celica All Trac?(one slightly older then the one in my driveway)
    Merkur XR4Ti?
    Starquest?
    GNX?
    rx7 Turbo II?

    I’m just not sure I can pick just one

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    nikita

    The only 1953 model Ive driven was a Chevy pickup. I’ll take a 1953 Corvette.

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    GoesLikeStink

    Just sold my birth year car. 65 Dodge Dart Wagon. It could have been set up for just about any rally. Turbo the slant or drop a 440 in there. Or just a built 318 for reliability. Luggage rack, and cargo room for sleeping if needed. And all the parts I could ever want. Or I could take the easy way out and get a 65 Mustang Fastback. I will have to think about this a little more. Are there any details on what type of race we are talking about? Maybe I would need a Scout or a Jeep, or maybe a Vette?

  • avatar
    Nick

    I’d also go for a 66 Beaumont, especially if you get one of the ones built with the 360hp 396. Of course, a Cheetah Beaumont with a 427 would be even better but slim chance.

  • avatar
    mcg

    1981 BMW M1, in ‘M’ livery of course.

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    silverkris

    1963 Cadillac Sedan de Ville.

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    caltemus

    I think I’m the youngest here, 1995 Lotus Esprit Turbo

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    ArBee

    1952 Lincoln, in Mexican Road race trim.

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    Mr. Bill

    A 1961 Lincoln Continental and go ahead and make it a burgundy convertible with a beige top and air conditioning.

    Mr. Bill

  • avatar
    Panther Platform

    1957 Lincoln Continental Mark II. My dream car.


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