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Old 10-07-2012, 06:02 PM   #31
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Hey if that's what turns your crank, so be it. I worked for Fiat back in the 70's.
Loved the 128 Spider, hated the rust problems they all had. Heck even had a set of Spider seats in my CJ5.

The Coopers, heck yeah, at least the originals, those things were little terrors on the track.

Just me, but today's cars have no soul, at least these little econo boxes.
Give me my old Cobra anytime over one of them. Beautiful curves, and powertrain that meant business. And sound, come on, I'd put up with the sound of a big block hammering through a set of sewer sized side pipes any day, that's pure god fearing music. Not some mosquito like buzzing.
Funny you mention that. My father's friend is a big car guy. He has a 427 Shelby (kit car obviously) and a Lotus Elise (among others, but those are the two relevant to this discussion.) While he LOVES the 427, and like you said, the sound and the presence is second to none, they just don't compare in terms of DRIVING enjoyment. The flicking shifter, the feeling you get when you take a corner just right, the feedback, etc, are just no present in older cars. I love American muscle as much as the next guy, but they all (including Jeeps) have their place. I don't think anyone here would call a Jeep a drivers car. It isn't. It is a vehicle with a very specific purpose. A Lotus sucks everywhere except a twisty road. All vehicles (not counting the appliances like Accords and Camrys) of interest have a specific purpose in mind. If you consider yourself a car guy, you must appreciate these "purposes" in them all...in Jeeps, in point and squirt econoboxes, in monster Lambos, in 57 Bel Air's, etc. I don't compare a 427 Cobra to an Abarth. A car guy would want them both. Sometimes you need to forget the badge, the price, the past company history, and just pay attention to one thing, and one thing only...how the car makes you feel when you are driving it. The smile on your face should be all that matters. When my friend had a YJ, it was rusty, ran like crap, had an interior less comfortable than a Turkish prison in December and I made fun of him for it. Later on, as I got older, I finally understood, and now have a Jeep of my own. The smile that get's plastered on your face when you are mudding in a Jeep, or tearing an Abarth a new one on a twisty mountain road is all that matters when talking about cars.

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Old 10-07-2012, 06:57 PM   #32
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People don't get the 500 Abarth.. That thing is a blast turbo charged tiny little FWD monster.. Its not a fast car like a GT500, the 500 is meant to grab a gap in traffic and zip around civics and smart cars.. It is meant for tightly packed streets and easy to park since space is tight.. Rev the crap out of it and have fun with it.. You then get into your GT500 when you want to make a run from Seattle to LA for In & Out over the weekend..

The Abarth I will have it in black with all outside markings deleted please.. Sleeper FTW!

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Old 10-07-2012, 08:37 PM   #33
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Funny you mention that. My father's friend is a big car guy. He has a 427 Shelby (kit car obviously) and a Lotus Elise (among others, but those are the two relevant to this discussion.) While he LOVES the 427, and like you said, the sound and the presence is second to none, they just don't compare in terms of DRIVING enjoyment. The flicking shifter, the feeling you get when you take a corner just right, the feedback, etc, are just no present in older cars. I love American muscle as much as the next guy, but they all (including Jeeps) have their place. I don't think anyone here would call a Jeep a drivers car. It isn't. It is a vehicle with a very specific purpose. A Lotus sucks everywhere except a twisty road. All vehicles (not counting the appliances like Accords and Camrys) of interest have a specific purpose in mind. If you consider yourself a car guy, you must appreciate these "purposes" in them all...in Jeeps, in point and squirt econoboxes, in monster Lambos, in 57 Bel Air's, etc. I don't compare a 427 Cobra to an Abarth. A car guy would want them both. Sometimes you need to forget the badge, the price, the past company history, and just pay attention to one thing, and one thing only...how the car makes you feel when you are driving it. The smile on your face should be all that matters. When my friend had a YJ, it was rusty, ran like crap, had an interior less comfortable than a Turkish prison in December and I made fun of him for it. Later on, as I got older, I finally understood, and now have a Jeep of my own. The smile that get's plastered on your face when you are mudding in a Jeep, or tearing an Abarth a new one on a twisty mountain road is all that matters when talking about cars.
While I don't share your enthusiasm for that little Fiat, I totally agree with your statement. It's all about how you feel when you drive your vehicle. And don't kid yourself for even a second that YOU pick the vehicle. IT picks you.

I say get that Fiat, and post some vids of it ripping up some curves. I'd happily watch those videos even though I don't really like those cars.

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