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Old 03-21-2010, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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if I had to pick one 80's super car it would be just on the brink of the cutoff date it would be a 1989/90 corvette ZR-1 with it's 400HP all aluminum DOHC V8 tagged "LT5."

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Old 03-21-2010, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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For me I have to have a Porsche 944. When I finally get some garage space that is what is going in it. I like the E30 BMW M3's but the prices are probably getting a bit much now.

I owned a 1988 5.0 LX Mustang and I'd own one again. If I could find my old one, I'd probably buy it back. I sold it in 2001 cause I was spending a fortune on maintenance and it was literally falling apart. It's probably sitting in someones front yard with grass growing up around it.
I had a 924S. It got annoying having every rice-twerp who pulled up next to me in their stupid little Civic sounding like a pissed-off wasp revving their engine at me -- and knowing that if I took them up on the offer and they had halfway-competently tuned their car, they stood a good chance of taking me. Nice switchback-carver though. Too bad there's nothing approximating a switchback within hundreds of miles of here. If I got another one it would have to be at least a 944S, if not an S2 or maybe even a 968.

I had a Mustang GT as well, only mine was a 2.3 turbo instead of the 5.0. I wouldn't want another one of those even with a 5.0. Awful chassis and driving dynamics.

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Old 03-21-2010, 10:15 PM
 
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I had a 924S. It got annoying having every rice-twerp who pulled up next to me in their stupid little Civic sounding like a pissed-off wasp revving their engine at me -- and knowing that if I took them up on the offer and they had halfway-competently tuned their car, they stood a good chance of taking me. Nice switchback-carver though. Too bad there's nothing approximating a switchback within hundreds of miles of here. If I got another one it would have to be at least a 944S, if not an S2 or maybe even a 968.

I had a Mustang GT as well, only mine was a 2.3 turbo instead of the 5.0. I wouldn't want another one of those even with a 5.0. Awful chassis and driving dynamics.
Yeah the fox chassis mustang was an ox cart and they certainly were not built to last. I spent so much just trying to keep mine together and just couldn't do it anymore. While I say I might want one again there are probably many other cars I'd like to give a go to first.

Preferably I'd want a S2 or 968 but those are harder to find and I'd settle for a regular 944. I've seen some nice ones at around $7500 that I'd consider.
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Old 03-21-2010, 10:25 PM
 
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I really liked these. I would even buy one if I could actually find one for sale in good shape.


Its funny - that car was styled after the RX-7, which was styled after the 944. It was sold as a Chrysler Conquest in the States.



Personally, I'd go with the 944 Turbo of RX-7 as I prefer the more fluid lines and the unique engines. Starting in 1986, the 944 Turbo got the new nose.




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Old 03-21-2010, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Preferably I'd want a S2 or 968 but those are harder to find and I'd settle for a regular 944. I've seen some nice ones at around $7500 that I'd consider.
If you're serious about a 944, consider a 924S. Find one in decent condition and it will run about 2 grand less than a 944 in identical condition just because of the 924 stigma, but you'd give up virtually nothing in performance.

I did some pricing of 968s after I made my previous post and I can't believe how (relatively) expensive they still are. They went through some rapid depreciation a few years after they were discontinued but their prices have apparently stabilized sometime since then. Plus I forgot how hard it is to find one in coupe form. And on top of that, I'd estimate at least half came with the infernal Tiptronic transmission. Tiptronic or not, you can't find a 968 coupe with less than 100K miles for less than 12 grand. That's a lot of scratch for a 15-year-old sports car with 100K that will get outrun by your average modern-day V6 family sedan.
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Old 03-22-2010, 10:29 AM
 
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I guess we all dream differently as the 1980's were actually a low point for production car engineering !
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Old 03-22-2010, 01:44 PM
 
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I don't know about that - I think it depends on what cars you were looking at. There were a lot of great technical engineering exercises in the 80s (mostly the Japanese), and some stalling for sure (mostly GM, Chrysler and Ford). More sophisticated suspensions, forced induction advances, abs, air bags, Co.d design, engine power output recovering from being neutered in the 70s, etc.
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Old 03-22-2010, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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I guess we all dream differently as the 1980's were actually a low point for production car engineering !
Where do you come off with that? What country are you thinking about, if the US I can't see how you can back that up with any facts.

The mid 80's brought EFI cars without the complications of OBD-II, etc. And I really like the old K-Jetronic like on my Scirocco, similar age Testarossas have a similar system - you get it in tune, it stays in tune, at least with respect to the mixture. Simple and robust, it gives about as much power and MPG as the current generation systems.
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Old 03-22-2010, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Terramaria
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I'm surprised the Pontiac Fiero (especially the GT) didn't make this list! The 1988 model is especially hard to find.
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Old 03-22-2010, 01:56 PM
 
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If you're serious about a 944, consider a 924S. Find one in decent condition and it will run about 2 grand less than a 944 in identical condition just because of the 924 stigma, but you'd give up virtually nothing in performance.

I did some pricing of 968s after I made my previous post and I can't believe how (relatively) expensive they still are. They went through some rapid depreciation a few years after they were discontinued but their prices have apparently stabilized sometime since then. Plus I forgot how hard it is to find one in coupe form. And on top of that, I'd estimate at least half came with the infernal Tiptronic transmission. Tiptronic or not, you can't find a 968 coupe with less than 100K miles for less than 12 grand. That's a lot of scratch for a 15-year-old sports car with 100K that will get outrun by your average modern-day V6 family sedan.
I have thought about the 87-88 924S but I like the looks of the 944 so I'd probably go for that.

The 968 I've watched for 10 years and once they settled around $15000 or so, the prices have just stayed there and for what the car is, I think it's a bit pricey, especially when the mileage is well over $100K. Part of it may be they just never really made that many of them to begin with. I guess one way to go about it is buy a nice one, drive it for 2 years, then sell and probably you'd come close to even.

I've had my eye on 944's since high school and have never been in a position to buy one with my traveling lifestyle, but hopefully soon. One thing I am seeing with many of them is that quite a few need to be stripped down to the bare chassis and rebuilt as they have so many little maintenance problems. I remember about 10 years it was still pretty common that you could find some nice examples rather easily. Now you might find the odd gem driven 3000 miles a year and pampered, but even the "nice" ones now have a long list of maintenance issues to correct. And to me once you need to fix a long list of stuff you may as well rebuild the car.
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