By on April 7, 2011

Good news! Warner Bros. Jazz, still smarting from their loss of Pat Metheny to Nonesuch Records, has written me an enormous advance check for the rights to my newly-completed album. It’s titled The Most Beautiful Feeling: A Bossa Nova Tribute To Philip Michael Thomas, the buzz I’m hearing around the industry means I’m gonna have f*&%-you money before you know it.

I’ve decided to do something for you, my favorite TTAC reader. I’m willing to buy you any manufactured object which can be found on the market. Car, watch, musical instrument, plane, train, you name it. You want a Bugatti Sang Whatever? It’s yours. Got a hankering for a G6? I’ll meet you at the Gulfstream dealer or used Pontiac lot, cash in hand.

But there’s just one little catch…

I’m not good at maintaining relationships. So anything I buy you has to be within your capacity to run. Fuel, service, repair. It’s all your problem. Nor am I gonna let you just turn around and sell it. It’s yours to keep. So if I buy you the 928 GTS pictured above, you’d better understand what it takes to do the sparkplugs or you’re going to have a German lawn gnome before you know it.

Choose carefully. The cost of purchase is not the cost of ownership. As for me, I’m taking the money I don’t spend on you and taking a trip to my local aircraft salvage yard. Each fillup of Jet-A will cost me about seven grand, plus a little peroxide for the rockets. I can take two flights a year to the troposphere for same price as a season of club racing. I’m inclined to make the trade, so without further ado, the Lockheed NF-104a:

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105 Comments on “Question Of The Day: When The Price Of Purchase Is Not The Price Of Ownership…...”


  • avatar
    TEXN3

    CTS-V wagon (6MT) please. Nothing more needed from this relationship.

    • 0 avatar
      Felis Concolor

      The same for me, thank you very much. As they move in such small quantities to be effectively bespoke, may I have mine in a dark metallic gunmetal pink, please? Nothing better than to really piss off the proles with a fantasy car painted a shade that’s not resale safe.

      • 0 avatar
        Jack Baruth

        You may not. My explicit request to purchase a CTS-V coupe, sedan, or wagon in Synergy Green, with a pre-delivery deposit to be determined by GM, was met with a chuckle by the GM flacks.

        I’d kind of hoped that Cadillac, in their zeal to chase Audi and BMW, might be prepared to offer a similar custom service… but the time it took for me to get over my annoyance and consider buying one in a standard color made me realize I simply didn’t need, or really want, one. So that saved me $1200 a month.

      • 0 avatar
        Felis Concolor

        That is sad news indeed. Time to direct a Pythonesque “you’re no fun anymore” at Cadillac’s color selectors. Luxury goes beyond cockpit pampering and the knowledge you have more power in 2 cylinders than the guy next to you has in his entire engine. Something as simple as color selection should be a given and not a repeat of that iconic scene from Oliver.

    • 0 avatar
      william442

      In the late 60s, early 70s stockholders, and employes (sic) got a new model book each year. I am 90% sure one of the options offered was to paint your Cadillac any color you chose.

  • avatar
    Omnifan

    I’ll take a Daewoo please.

  • avatar
    honfatboy

    One gold mine, please. If that’s cheating, then one apartment complex.
    If both of those are cheating, then maybe a pair of mbl 101s.

  • avatar
    Educator(of teachers)Dan

    1996 Corvette 6-speed manual.  Mechanical parts are not hard to find I can have an LT4 and OBDII to read codes off of.  It’s the last model before they got more complicated with rear mounted transmission and I’d love to learn a few wrenching jobs on a beauty like that.  Plus I graduated high school in 1995 and the C4 has been one of my dream cars for as long as I can remember.  I believe Bud’s Chevrolet in St. Mary’s Ohio should be able to help you find one Jack.  I’ll even let you drive out to me to deliver it.  (Though I’m picturing a Blues Brothers style chase approaching my house as Jack tries to deliver.)

    • 0 avatar
      Motorhead10

      EdotDan – An excellent choice – I have a line on one collecting dust – belonged to my neighbor who sold it to my best friend who then bought a C5 convertible and garaged it. The “black car” as we call it – is obviously not a Grand Sport – black with gray – coupe. 4.11s, “tastefully modded” dyno’d at 378hp at the wheels and sounds like a very angry machine – As you may have guessed – needs tires. I’ve babysat (babysitted?) the car for him on occasion and the thing is like mechanical giggle gas. I’ve literally turned around and gone home because I was having so much irresponsible fun I feared I was about to kill someone (myself included). My personal third-highest illegal speed (138 mph) was achieved in that car. Then I went straight home. 

  • avatar
    JKC

    Mid-sixties 4WD Chevy or GMC pickup with the rare 8′ flareside bed. With a 4-speed manual.

  • avatar
    N Number

    +1 on the F-104, but I think I’d take a Pitts S-2 or a Stearman biplane.

  • avatar
    Detroit-Iron

    For insane recurring costs (non-vehicle category) it’s tough to beat a Dillon Aero M-134.

  • avatar
    Davekaybsc

    I’ll take a Bryston amplifier. If it’s your dime, a pair of 7B SST2 monoblocks. Bryston settled on 20 years for their warranties because they felt that sounded like a good number. They don’t break.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    A Goldwood yellow 1964 Chevy Impala SS convertible. Black top, black interior, 283 2 bbl. powerglide, PS, PN, Am radio, padded dash, no A/C, pretty please! I’ll let you drive it any time you wish to go down I-71 100 miles to my neck of the woods! Free! I’ll even pay for gas! Did I say “Pretty Please”?

    • 0 avatar
      Zackman

      Stupid selective-working edit function!

      “PN” should be “PB”.

      Why do I want a car like I used to own? My wife and I both owned 1964 Chevy Impala YELLOW convertibles before we knew each other! Very special.

  • avatar
    Domestic Hearse

    I shall start with the Hublot, Bunter SA Big Bang Chronograph for the wrist.
     
    For the garage, a 1974 Porsche 911 Carerra RS 3.0.
     
    For the music room, Hyperion Loudspeakers by Rockport Technologies, Ongaku amplifier, and Clearaudio Statement turntable.
     
    Because I will want to shed my old Stanley Clarke and Jamaaladeen Tacuma albums, I will need an Alembic Stanley Clarke Deluxe in Cocobolo, please.
     
    Too much?

  • avatar

    Thanks for kickstarting my F-104 lust, Jack! Sadly, it would completely blow my maintenance budget.
    This might boggle a few minds, but I’ll take a Tesla Roadster. High upfront cost, (hopefully) low maintenance and running costs.

    • 0 avatar
      Zackman

      Just don’t cut yourself on the leading edge of the wings!

    • 0 avatar
      Slow_Joe_Crow

      I would be careful of F104s, back in the day, when it was a front line NATO aircraft and the Germans used them for ground attack and there was a joke that went …
      Q: What do you call a Luftwaffe F104 pilot who gives up smoking for his health?
      A: An optimist.
       
      The Jeremy Clarkson quote about bears and TVRs is also relevant. But I would still want a TVR Cerbera Speed 8, imported in pieces and registered as a kit car so I can drive it everywhere.

  • avatar
    PartsUnknown

    Alfa 8C

    I’ll sell my extensive antique shower curtain ring collection to pay for maintenance.

  • avatar
    eggsalad

    I’m a simple guy. May I please have a 1968 Volvo 122 station wagon?

  • avatar
    geozinger

    A Lancia powered Yugo.
    or
    the Aztek from Hell (google it. you’ll see what it is)…
    or
    the A Klasse that AMG stuffed the V8 into…
    or
    HHR Panel Wagon mit Turbo. Seriously.

  • avatar
    talkstoanimals

    I’ll take a Hinckley SW51 with full rig, full electronics, and a few extra sets of Haarstick sails and see you again on the French Riveria in a few decades.

  • avatar
    R.Fortier1796

    TiAg E46 M3 with Cinnamon interior, HPF stage 3 set up, BBS RS-GTs in hyper black with a square set up, SMG II transmission, and a few other bolt ons of my choice.  Nothing to fancy, I can fix it all up myself if I want to.  Will run on 93 octane which I already put in the Z.  Tires may be a cost issue, other wise nohing more expensive then owning a regular E46 M3.

    Wouldn’t mind a Breitling to go along with it, as well as an H&K USP CT. And my dream garage set up. If it has to be a plane, then nothing fancy, just a Mooney Bravo. Emotional reasons and all.

  • avatar
    Flipper35

    You may want to get a few pointers from Mr. Yeager about the proper attitude of your aircraft on return from the troposphere.  As I recall he had a bit of an issue not being able to windmill the engines to get them restarted as well as a little training in recovering from unusual attitudes that resulted in he and the aircraft landing separately.

    Give me a professionally completed Lancair IVP with the V8 conversion and I would be happy.  Or I would take an aircraft carrier and I could rent it out.

  • avatar
    gessvt

    1965 GT350 in minty fresh condition, please.  I’ll just wrench on it myself.
     

  • avatar
    twotone

    Mercedes Benz E63 AMG
    Philippe Dufour Simplicity
    Wilson MAXX 3 Speakers
    Krell electronics
    Netjets membership

    PS: My Porsche 928S4 was not that bad to maintain.

  • avatar
    Acubra

    Nice red SAAB 9000 Aero from the SAAB museum in Trollhatten. By the look of things they will be selling out rather soon.
    I do not mind paying the freight to Canada too.

  • avatar

    Do prototypes and concept cars count? I’ll take that Mazda MX-5 Superlight Speedster concept from a few years ago.
    If not, I’ll take a late-’80s 323 GTX. You’ll have to find me a low-mileage unmodified one in perfect condition. Yeah, THAT’s the expensive part — if one such example even exists.
    Cheap to maintain? You bet your tuchus they are.

    • 0 avatar
      Educator(of teachers)Dan

      Hey I know, lets take the body of a Miata and dip it in acid like Dan Gurney did with his Camaro.  That will be superlight.

    • 0 avatar
      Felis Concolor

      I was lucky enough to have a friend with one of the “one of everything” Mazdas, as part of a group of island drivers who ended up focusing on each of the hot hatchbacks of that era. Weekend cruises were great fun and a rolling advert for Mazda-Toyota-Volkswagen-Dodge-Honda wherever we parked.

  • avatar
    Steven Lang

    Great minds think alike…

    https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/hammer-time-choose-your-20-year-sentence/

    Make mine a Lexus LFA. I am always willing to tackle a new adventure for the good of all (well, mostly me.) 

  • avatar
    william442

    I’ll take a flat in Mayfair, and an unlimited Oyster Card.

  • avatar

    1994 Saab 9000 CSE Aero, 5 speed, in dark blue please.  If you’re providing, can you make sure it’s got a freshly rebuilt engine and transmission, the A/C and Cruise work, and the seat heaters are functioning?  Thanks JB!

    • 0 avatar
      PartsUnknown

      …and the washer fluid tank isn’t leaking, and the heater core has been replaced, and the gauge cluster bulbs have been replaced, and…

      Ask me how I know. I scold because I love.

    • 0 avatar
      Acubra

      Old bore’s note: 94 was not the best year due to SAAB’s first experiments with water-based paint – can start flaking. I’d bet either on pre-B234 2.0L, or a M95+ non-TCS unit.
      Also, first 2.3T TCS version (91-22) went like stink, much more flexible and faster than a later Aero, but the whole throttle assembly was way too temperamental. I had one.

  • avatar
    jkross22

    Practicality above all else, I say.
     
    Audi RS6…. wagon.
     
    http://www.insideline.com/audi/rs-6/2008/first-drive-2008-audi-rs6-avant.html

  • avatar
    tallnikita

    1975 3.0csi.  thank you.

  • avatar
    ARacer

    Komet Concorde amplifier with 2×12 Komet cabinet.  Please.

  • avatar

    Jack should like this one:
    Seven Axiom SLX
    http://www.sevencycles.com/road/axiom-slx.php

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      Good choice Ronnie! Sevens and their crosstown rivals Parlee are manufactured near where I live in Massachusetts. We have a fair number of them near where I live and they’re great bikes. 

      In the spirit of the article, there is one caveat. I have DuraAce 7800 components and maintenance can be pretty steep on a per mile basis. The killer is the titanium cogs and the cassette that are expensive and last maybe 1200 miles with obsessive maintenance. The price for the current 7900 cassette is $300.00 although sometimes you can get a better deal. Add the chain and it’s $370 per 1200 miles or about 30 cents per mile. I ended up ditching the Dura-Ace cassette for a steel SRAM cassette and saved some money.

  • avatar
    JT

    Why thank you! I’ll have a mint Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III, please, BRG with a saddle interior and wire wheels. Oh, and a late-model NSX on the side, too, if that’s OK.

  • avatar
    michal1980

    current m3 gts. orange. if it has to be something i can get here, current m3.

  • avatar
    Conslaw

    My first reaction would be to indulge my aviation lust and choose an F6F Hellcat fighter (more forgiving to a novice pilot than an F4U Corsair or P-51 Mustang).  But, of course, I couldn’t afford the maintenance, so it wouldn’t fit within the rules.
    My final choice would be a mint condition Yamaha GX-1 synthesizer (big brother to the CS-80).
     
     
     

  • avatar
    ClutchCarGo

    I would consider Vodka McBigbra’s sister were it not for the upkeep caveat.

    • 0 avatar
      Jack Baruth

      Vodka McBigbra’s sister is a Mormon housewife in Utah with four children. They were both adopted by their parents as infants, however. Makes a strong argument for nature vs. nurture, as they were brought up identically. The sister probably thinks a Spearmint Rhino is an energy drink.

      • 0 avatar
        ClutchCarGo

        I must be a crypto-Mormon myself because I had to Google Spearmint Rhino to understand your response. Images definitely NSFW. And that’s my point; not all upkeep is monetary.

      • 0 avatar
        VolandoBajo

        Now I understand why Elvis Costello sang: “Alison, my aim is true.”

        But now you have me wondering why Jan didn’t come back from Deadman’s Curve.

  • avatar
    musicalmcs8706

    Even though my 2005 Impala LS isn’t the fanciest, it still runs and I can afford to keep it running.  What I really want is a 1928 Mason & Hamlin fully restored grand piano.
    And if you’re gonna give me a car, how about a brand new white Ford Flex Limited Ecoboost?

    • 0 avatar
      gottacook

      Didn’t expect to see 80-year-old Mason & Hamlins mentioned here! I have an unrestored 1929 Model AA (6’1″), bought via Craigslist about 5 years ago; everything works and the pin block is original and good, but at some point the entire action will have to be replaced, which will be complicated given that I’d like to retain the ivory key covers.
       
      [For the uninitiated: The Mason & Hamlin grand piano, the most desirable of which were made in the 1920s, not only has a more massive case than competitors but uses a Tension Resonator patented in 1900 (and still installed today by today’s successor company of the same name) that consists of a hub-and-spoke arrangement of metal rods underneath the sounding board; google for more info.]

  • avatar
    jaybird124

    I’m going with my knee jerk:
    2011 BMW M3 Coupe: BMW Individual Dakar Yellow, Carbon roof, Dual clutch, Comp pack.
     
    Maybe one of these days BMW will get some love around here. :o)
     

    • 0 avatar
      CraigSu

      Ha!  You have it easy.  Try being a Saab enthusiast in this place, then you’ll know pain.

      • 0 avatar
        Acubra

        After owning a few older SAABs you really stop noticing the sneer… Because these ownership teaches you stoicism, patience, ability to focus only on things (and sounds) that  really matter, and other worthy qualities and habits.  Heck, you can even see a future a lil bit. (Who said “spare DI cassette in the trunk”?!)

    • 0 avatar
      R.Fortier1796

      But all BMWs are driven by douches (translation: people we are jealous of) so I wouldn’t expect it soon.  It is nice to see some Dakar Yellow love, it was such a nice color, muh better than pheonix yellow.

  • avatar
    DasFast

    Easy, Singer 911 for me please.  Built to DasFast spec of course.

  • avatar
    dswilly

    1st gen M5 fully sorted and ready for its next 100k.  By the time something breaks I’ll have saved up the 5-10k to fix it.

  • avatar

    Were you gonna top off both the internal as well as external tanks?  with every region of the country averaging more than $5/gallon for jet, its gonna be a little more than your $7k budget.

  • avatar
    Jedchev

    Thanks for the offer, Jack. I will walk straight into the bear trap and ask for a Jaguar XJ6 Series II. Preferably a 77-78. The Series III has that unfortunate Italian roofline, along with it’s somewhat improved quality and I am a major glutton for punishment. I want the Jag that Jag fanatics are afraid of. I feel like my 69 Lincoln has prepared me for repairing the heavy stuff, and re-wiring and troubleshooting the fuel injection on my 80 Seville has given me the courage to take on the re-enactment of WWII that occurs under the hood, with the Prince of Darkness on the Allied side, always ready for an air raid with his ability to black out at will versus Bosch and his Jetronic flamethrower representing the Axis powers.
    So make mine British Racing Green with a biscuit leather interior. I will be the only one to scrape his knuckles on it, I promise.

    • 0 avatar

      Heresy!!!!
      The Series III roof by Pininfarina is arguably the best greenhouse ever for a sedan. Light and airy. It looks great. All XJs look good but the Series III is the best (the XJ40 is probably the worst mechancially, and a lot of XJ lovers don’t like the modern look,  but I think it was a successful take on the XJ in a then current idiom.

      • 0 avatar
        Jedchev

        I’m a fan of yours, Ronnie, but I am going to have to respectfully disagree. Pininfarina raised the roofline on the XJ too much on the rear, giving the trunk a droopy look and making the entire car look too narrow. They also added the Rambler-esque kink in the C-Pillar (the ’52 Rambler was also designed by Mr. Farina). I’ll take my XJ6 the way God and Sir William intended, thank you.
        Maybe I’m the only one who doesn’t automatically approve of the work of Pininfarina, but somebody is going to spend some time in styling purgatory for the uglier-than-sin Allante. Yes, I said it, the Allante is an ugly block of beige that puts the Cadillac name to shame.

  • avatar
    MoppyMop

    Surprised nobody has mentioned the NSX yet.  Supercar performance, Honda reliability, and immunity to the rust monster?  Sign me up.

  • avatar
    swaq

    I’ll take a used Gulfstream or Cessna Citation VII and leave it in the hands of a charter/management company. That should be good enough to offset the fixed costs and possibly even generate some revenue such that I can use it myself every now and then.
    For cars I’d pick a Rossion Q1.

  • avatar
    The Walking Eye

    I’ll be boring and ask for a new Prius with all the bells and whistles (but no sun/moon roof). Since that’s what I’m leaning towards for the next car anyway, may as well get it free.

    For fun, I’d take the difficult to find Legacy GT Wagon 5-speed, and if one’s not available a new Legacy GT will do me just fine.

  • avatar
    kkt

    Omega Speedmaster, caliber 321, pre-moon, with a leather strap.
    and a 2008 TSX.
     
     

  • avatar
    Neb

    How about a nice Honda S2000? Alternately, a “new” Merc E55 has been a kind of a dream of mine.

  • avatar
    majo8

    A 1979 Honda CBX1000 for me, please — with a 1960 Les Paul strapped to the side.

  • avatar
    rocketrodeo

    I’m having a hard time deciding between a 1940 Crocker, a 1967 Egli-Vincent (later Godet Egli-Vincent acceptable), or a 1975 MV Agusta 750 America.  I’ll let you pick. Labor will always be free. if something breaks that I can’t afford or find, I’ll turn it into a cocktail table until I can. Will fit in nicely with my decor.

  • avatar
    roamer

    I’ll make it easy – I’ll just take that Laguna Seca Mustang you test drove.

  • avatar
    geggamoya

    An intact spinal cord and a Ducati MH900E, please. And vintage Dainese gear. I would keep the watch simple, Omega Railmaster. I’ll get back to you once i decide on a turntable..

    • 0 avatar
      rocketrodeo

      As someone who has slung a leg over an MH900E on more than one occasion, I can tell you that it loses its considerable curb appeal appeal very, very quickly in motion. Possibly the most useless Ducati ever, and that’s saying a lot. I think Hailwood would have been horrified.

      It does afford a lovely view of your upper arms in the mirrors, though, so maybe you can adjust them to admire the Dainese logos on your leathers. Unless you’re going with my idea of turning the bike into an expensive but low-maintenance cocktail table, I think you’ll be much more satisfied with your watch.

      • 0 avatar
        geggamoya

        Thanks, currently i would settle for the expensive but low-maintencance cocktail table idea as i could not ride it anyway, unless Jack also pays for an intact spinal cord… ;)  Snapped it in half and crushed a few vertebrae ten years ago in an accident. If he fixes that then i would settle for pretty much anything on two wheels :)

  • avatar
    ajla

    Isn’t maintaining a vehicle part of the fun of owning it?

  • avatar
    mazder3

    I’ll have one Spearmint Rhino franchise, please!

  • avatar
    BillySeward

    I would go with the following with this, because who wouldn’t doesn’t love boating? And you would never have to worry about pirates. Of course you could go with an old armored Jag, or a APC if you somehow end up in Detroit. Or if you smuggled it in (Not that anything else they sell on that site is legal here), a Land Rover that we Americans weren’t good enough to play with for very long.

  • avatar
    Dimwit

    I’m simple and poor. I’ll take a Leica M9 with a 35mm 1.4 and 50mm 1.4. Just something to play with during my downtime.

  • avatar
    V-Strom rider

    Omega Constellation 160 Years Steel-on-Steel

    Canon EOS-1Ds MarkIII

    Ducati 1198 SP

    The watch and camera would like a service every now and then, but would work fine for years without attention. The bike will cost about as much to fuel and maintain as a Corolla but will outrun a Ferrari 458 Italia. Insurance may cost more than the Toyota :)

    Thanks Jack.

  • avatar
    MadHungarian

    Make mine a 1965-66 Chevy Belair wagon with a six, Powerglide and nothing else by way of options.  Saw one of these at a car show recently and I think there is enough daylight around the engine that you could climb in there and STAND on the ground next to the engine and work on any part you need to, they’re all visible, no hidden bolts anywhere . . .

  • avatar
    A D H

    92 Volvo 740 wagon w/ the 5.0 V8 swap. Roger Penske edition. My current car payment of $350/month set aside should be more than enough to keep it running tip top with some left over for tinkering. Or rear tires.

  • avatar
    akitadog

    I’ll take the new Golf R in that awesome blue color with 4 doors, 6-speed manual and APR’s Stage 3 tuning. Thanks.

  • avatar
    Mericet

    I’ll be brave and ask for a 928 GTS in Continental Orange please.

  • avatar
    djn

    Why would anyone want a SAAB Aero 9000 when they could have an Alfa 164?

    • 0 avatar
      Acubra

      ’cause Mr. JB will not cover timing belt changes every 20K miles and all the tow truck expenses.
      Besides we want a car to drive, not a pretty piece of garage furniture.

  • avatar
    Tinker

    I’ll take a 1985 BMW R80 airhead, not a whole lot of power, but reliable as can be.  Fun, too.

  • avatar
    Geeky1

    Well, since both a Gullwing and a 993 911 Turbo S are slightly beyond my maintenance budget, I’ll take a pristine, low-mileage 1994 Mercedes E500, thanks. As late in the production run as possible. One that’s been gone through by the MB Classic center to be brought back to showroom condition, and perhaps had some AMG attention and a LSD. Black paint, custom white leather/black-stained birdseye maple interior, on Evolution 2 rims.

    There are lots of cars that I want, but there are very few cars that I’d only let go over my dead body. The 500E/E500 is very, very high on that list. They’re one of the last “engineering costs be damned” Mercedes, they’re effectively the world’s first 4 door Porsche, even by today’s standards they’re respectably quick and they’re basically bulletproof. Parts availability will be largely a non-issue for the foreseeable future, parts are pricey but not prohibitively so (especially given how infrequently these things break), if push comes to shove most of the non-cosmetic bits interchange with one MB model or another, and they’re not so complicated that you can’t work on them yourself if the need arises. They’re also stunningly good looking cars. There’s one around here in silver with anthracite painted AMG Monoblocks that I can’t help staring at. It appears to get driven every day (I see it a few times a week) and it’s clean enough to eat off of.

    Barring that, I’d be equally happy complete, cost-no-object ground up restoration/restomod (AMG-massaged 6.0L M117 swap, anyone?) to my specs by the Classic Center on my 4spd 350SE. :D

  • avatar
    thekid

    For those who can’t make up their mind whether Jack should buy them a Breitling or a F-104…

    Up to last year, it looked like this:
    http://modelingmadness.com/research/pop/paboillatF-104Breitling.jpg

    Now, it looks like this:
    http://images3.jetphotos.net/img/1/3/6/8/37021_1299591863_tb.jpg

    Similar options available here in town for those who can’t decide between a Supermarine Spitfire or a Sukhoi Su-26M and a Breitling.

  • avatar
    Japanese Buick

    Cirrus SR22.

    I’ve often remarked that I think I could afford the operating costs if I got one for free, not 100% that’s the case, but I’m willing to give it a try.

  • avatar
    Kendahl

    Baruth is right about the difference between purchase price and cost of ownership. That’s why my retirement toy is an Infiniti G37 rather than something comparable from a German manufacturer. Since, I plan to keep it until all I can drive is a wheelchair, the cost of maintenance after the warranty expires was a major consideration.

    If I had to wrench on it myself, I would want a mid 1960s MGB roadster. Granted that they are not very reliable. However, they are very simple to work on and parts are readily available.

  • avatar
    zeus01

    Since you’re buying: A pristine Vans RV7 sport plane powered by a normally-aspirated Mazda 13B (pre-Renesis) rotary engine producing 180 to 200 hp, and driving an electric in-flight-adjustable 3-blade prop via an RWS planetary reduction drive. Dark metallic blue in color with silver “Starsky and Hutch”-style stripe, silver-grey leather upholstery, electric trim, full-IFR glass cockpit and a 20-mm cannon under each wing. No pressure…

  • avatar
    Bimmer

    One ‘batmobile’, please, with the same war paint and some driving lessons from Jack: http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR1eM78Fmm22f2bilLDynLlDGKpyE-TjNf8Pm8RRlv1-9Xw80ev

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