Question of the Day: What's the Last Car That Took Your Breath Away?

Jonny Lieberman
by Jonny Lieberman

If you like cars, it’s happened to you. There you are, minding your own business when suddenly a car rolls up and you start gasping. You’re suddenly 8-years-old and screaming, “DADDY! FERRARI!” Now, living in Los Angeles like I do, this happens to me fairly frequently. I mean, make an errant left hand turn and you’re next to a fully restored Jaguar Series I E-Type. In fact my girl and I were cruising through Malibu in the 1981 Corvette when at a single red light there was a burgundy E-type, a BMW 850 and a Dodge Viper. Though, the E-type was orders of magnitude more breathtaking. But, this is by no means a Southern California occurrence. I remember years ago walking out of a meeting in Montreal and there was a glossy red Ferrari 360 parked on the street. It was stunning. Just… I couldn’t believe the curves. Then, on the way to dinner I came across an orange 1975 (or so) Lamborghini Countach. Probably an LP400 .You know, the OG design before the wings and strakes made it into a Miami coke dealer stereotype. It was just perfect, especially sitting on the cobblestones of Côte Saint-Luc. The other day I was driving through Beverly Hills (don’t ask) and facing me, trying to make a left turn, was a white Maserati GranTurismo. It was as if time slowed down and there were mutli-colored refrigerators zooming all around this piece of fine art. But, the last car to totally disarm me attacked this very morning. I was exchanging a 2009 WRX for my 2006 WRX and there was a 1970 Porsche 911S. Completely stock. Black with a black interior. I even got to open the door and smell the leather. Magnificent. And check this out — the 911S used to belong to none other than Freeman Thomas. And he went over it with a very fine toothed comb. You?

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  • Ricky Spanish Ricky Spanish on Oct 07, 2008

    I saw one of those brand new A5s on the road holy macaroni - pictures don't do it justice to seeing that thing in motion. And I hate Audis but this thing was just gorgeous.

  • Oldlt43 Oldlt43 on Oct 08, 2008

    While I have to agree with the several writers who mentioned the beautiful E-Jag, a car that always makes my worn old heart beat faster, one of the world's greatest "crumpet catchers", as an old "Car & Driver" article put it, there are two vehicles I recall from back in the Sixties that seriously impressed me just with their two totally different visual impacts alone.One was one of the first 427 Cobras sitting on the showroom in one of the few Ford dealers in the Dallas area authorized to distribute them. I believe this was '65 or '66. It was silver with a black interior. I remember it looked so brutal with a 'take no prisoners" look, that while other super cars or high-priced exotics may look sleeker, have a higher top end, etc., the Cobra would not only beat 'em up but take their lunch money. I now know that if Darth Vader ever drove a car,it would be a 427 Cobra, in black, of course. The other car that emotionally hit me between the eyes....and I'm actually a lot suprised at this since this is not a type of car I've ever been attracted to, perferring small sports cars and hot coupes....was a '65 Cadillac Eldorado convertible seen under night-time street lights in downtown Dallas. It was a sea foam green with white leather with the top down and, apparently, brand new since the white interior was spotless. It just seemed to glow with its own internal aura and with its huge length and a "King of the Interstate" appearance, looked like you could cruise coast-to-coast across America while lesser vehicles moved out of its way and you were enclosed in a bubble of serenity and graceful class such that peasants along side the road would tug their forelocks when you slid smoothly and majesticall past. The closest I've ever been able to come to either the visual impact and size of the Caddy or the power and fearsomeness of the Cobra current SE-R specV.

  • Bkojote Allright, actual person who knows trucks here, the article gets it a bit wrong.First off, the Maverick is not at all comparable to a Tacoma just because they're both Hybrids. Or lemme be blunt, the butch-est non-hybrid Maverick Tremor is suitable for 2/10 difficulty trails, a Trailhunter is for about 5/10 or maybe 6/10, just about the upper end of any stock vehicle you're buying from the factory. Aside from a Sasquatch Bronco or Rubicon Jeep Wrangler you're looking at something you're towing back if you want more capability (or perhaps something you /wish/ you were towing back.)Now, where the real world difference should play out is on the trail, where a lot of low speed crawling usually saps efficiency, especially when loaded to the gills. Real world MPG from a 4Runner is about 12-13mpg, So if this loaded-with-overlander-catalog Trailhunter is still pulling in the 20's - or even 18-19, that's a massive improvement.
  • Lou_BC "That’s expensive for a midsize pickup" All of the "offroad" midsize trucks fall in that 65k USD range. The ZR2 is probably the cheapest ( without Bison option).
  • Lou_BC There are a few in my town. They come out on sunny days. I'd rather spend $29k on a square body Chevy
  • Lou_BC I had a 2010 Ford F150 and 2010 Toyota Sienna. The F150 went through 3 sets of brakes and Sienna 2 sets. Similar mileage and 10 year span.4 sets tires on F150. Truck needed a set of rear shocks and front axle seals. The solenoid in the T-case was replaced under warranty. I replaced a "blend door motor" on heater. Sienna needed a water pump and heater blower both on warranty. One TSB then recall on spare tire cable. Has a limp mode due to an engine sensor failure. At 11 years old I had to replace clutch pack in rear diff F150. My ZR2 diesel at 55,000 km. Needs new tires. Duratrac's worn and chewed up. Needed front end alignment (1st time ever on any truck I've owned).Rear brakes worn out. Left pads were to metal. Chevy rear brakes don't like offroad. Weird "inside out" dents in a few spots rear fenders. Typically GM can't really build an offroad truck issue. They won't warranty. Has fender-well liners. Tore off one rear shock protector. Was cheaper to order from GM warehouse through parts supplier than through Chevy dealer. Lots of squeaks and rattles. Infotainment has crashed a few times. Seat heater modual was on recall. One of those post sale retrofit.Local dealer is horrific. If my son can't service or repair it, I'll drive 120 km to the next town. 1st and last Chevy. Love the drivetrain and suspension. Fit and finish mediocre. Dealer sucks.
  • MaintenanceCosts You expect everything on Amazon and eBay to be fake, but it's a shame to see fake stuff on Summit Racing. Glad they pulled it.