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Inspired by B3nn3tts post, and also a thread I saw on another forum, Here's a thread for whatever random hunk of metal is turning your head on any given day

Here's mine this week...A kit:
I wouldn't put all the racing stickers on it, I would stick with a straight black or red paint job and I'm undecided about the stripes. Maybe for black, almost definitely not for red.

 

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A good choice.

I've always kicked around the thought of a Shelby replica for autocross duty. I know I'm going to need a new race car eventually, and I don't want to show up in another WRX or 86 or Golf or what have you. One of these would be a perfect thing, though...
 

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A very nice 818 kit could be built for under $20k. It wouldnt have the tire shredding raw power of a good cobra build, but it would be a hell of a lot of fun as an amateur race car.
 

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Man, that's sexy. Not a fan of the Subaru boxer, but maybe...
 

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Man, that's sexy. Not a fan of the Subaru boxer, but maybe...
Duratec it. It would probably add a year to the build time for all the customization, but it would be awesome when it was done, and you wouldnt have to throw away all your Cougar knowledge. We already know the Duratec is capable of generating plenty of power if built right.

Edit: Maybe not. The engine bay is pretty tiny
 

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andy if you went with a cobra replica youd have to get one from the company that makes that wider and longer. you cant tell from looking at them though. I dont fit in a superformance cobra, but i do this other company which i cant remember the name of
 

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If we're talking project cars, the wife has been bitten by the car bug slightly and loves Porsches. So finding something in the $20k or less range would be fun (hoping this downturn is going to knock the wind out of the a/c gen market).

For me, the Fusion is about 7 years old and getting long in the tooth. I miss a coupe/hatchback and have always wanted a V8 so that leaves me with exactly two options. A 2015 Jaguar XK or same gen Audi S7. Both are looking to hit the sub $30k range soon for relatively low miles.
 

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XK's are sexy beasts
 

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Depends on the cars purpose really. For a fun car, the wife and I both love the Cayman (any gen really, kind of hoping that the 718 tanks in used value in the future with the turbo 4) for ready to drive. However we also both like the idea of resto-modding a classic British roadster, like an MG or sprite, as a fun project.

However we also are needing to replace our 03 Mazda 6 that rolled over 400K miles a few weeks ago but have several requirements that pretty much force us to the used European luxury small sedan market (one of which is AWD with 30+ hwy MPG). As such we have been eyeing a CLA (250 or AMG45 if the price comes down some more) or an XE (probably the 20D but would love the 25T or 30T but the gas engines are only 2 years old and still out of our budget at the moment).
 

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Boxsters can be had for 5k. So tempted to get one just to beat on...
 

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We have different tastes. She loves the shape of the 90's+ models that you know today. I actually like the 914, 928, 944 and find them to be fun and attainable. Of course I pick the bastard models because here I am on a forum for Mercury Cougars.

I'm lucky in that she doesn't care about the engine. So that 911 spec isn't a requirement (she hasn't driven/been in both to compare tho) we did rent a '13 911 Carrera S in Vegas a couple years ago and loved it. That's what changed my tune on Porsche in general as I was never into them. The Boxsters aren't bad to step into that world. I don't like the first gen but the later ones are sharp. She hates them for some reason.

Figured once it came time and we had the space I'd find one on CoPart or something (well spec'd Caymen or base 911 with the all important Sport Chrono package).
 

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However we also are needing to replace our 03 Mazda 6 that rolled over 400K miles a few weeks ago but have several requirements that pretty much force us to the used European luxury small sedan market (one of which is AWD with 30+ hwy MPG).
TDI Audi's are pretty great cars and easy to find. I wouldnt want one out of warranty...but thats true of pretty much any modern car now I guess.
 

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TDI Audi's are pretty great cars and easy to find. I wouldnt want one out of warranty...but thats true of pretty much any modern car now I guess.
AWD is a requirement for us and they didnt make an AWD TDI A3/4/5 (right size category, need <185" length to fit reasonably well in the garage with walking space on one end) from what I can tell anyways. Honestly we would prefer a petrol engine anyways but the XE 25T/30T didnt come with AWD until 2018 and are still out of our budget range being so new. The 20D is a bit of a compromise (2017 available and nobody wants a used diesel so they are much closer to our budget) since we both really like how the XE drives, and we have been looking at moving farther into the mountains away from town so the extra MPG would be nice but not necessary (would be nice for our multiple road-trip vacations per year as well).

Also, neither of us like the styling of the Audis, both exterior and interior, partially because they all look identical and partially because they are just boring aesthetically (they are so conservative German it hurts). I dont mind the lack of warranty on most cars (note the 400K miles on the 6 and 300K on my heavily modded VR4), and either the CLA or XE would be out of warranty anyways. We have driven an A3 and A4/5 and while they were fine, they very much felt (and looked) like 15ft of just some car (and every other Audi on the road). It would certainly get the job done, but ultimately didnt interest us. Both the CLA and XE look better all around (especially with the sport/R-sport package) in our opinion.
 

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Because I'm bored...Here's the car that made me love driving.
I wish I had been in a different place in life when I had it. Not enough that I would subject myself to that pain again though
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I've been increasingly interested in getting one of these once the absurd 25 year import limit expires. It would look great next to a Cougar at a car show. I saw one once years ago in England and the similarities are striking, especially from the front and rear.
If I don't get a Racing model, I might even look at slapping some Visteon parts on there to amplify the similarities.
The 1.7l engine would be a PITA to find parts for on this continent, but 2.0l swaps have been done, so again, that might be on the table if I dont get a racing model.
 

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Here's a great build read that ive been watching for a few years that's getting close to a finished product. This guy is a real artist.
 

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I would love to meet the person that special ordered a Country Squire wagon with a 428 and a 4 speed manual:

 

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If I could buy one and drive it here. I would already own one.

When it's released if I can fuel it here...
 

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If I could buy one and drive it here. I would already own one.
Thats pretty sexy

When it's released if I can fuel it here...
Would love to see H2 fuel cells gain some traction.
 
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