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Posted: 2/7/2006 5:16:24 PM EST
My only qualifier is that you spent a considerable amount of time in it. If you own it, you are in assuming it isn't sitting in your private showroom and never drive it. Spent at least a half an hour driving it? That works too. Not necessarily performance cars either.

By exotic, I dont mean only late model cars.

60's muscle cars
Aston Martin
Rolls Royce


I suppose the '78 Camaro that you or your buddy built up well would qualify as well. Let's not focus on just the positive aspects either...give a complete review. What annoyed you about the car as well? Own or have experience with a 100k+ car and some things about it make you hate it?

We have one hell of a diverse crowd here. I'd be willing to bet there are owners of many examples of what I have listed here.

Thank you for your time.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:29:02 PM EST
Does riding in it scared shitless count? Because a friend of mine has a Maserati with the SMG tranny and that thing is scary fast. Damn comfortable seats too!

We got up to well over 100 MPH in less time than it takes most cars to get to 60! The SMG shifts so damn fast you never lose that seatback pressure on your back.

I have driven and ridden in fast cars but this machine is a BEAST!
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:38:44 PM EST
Viper GTS
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:43:56 PM EST
I drove a 1972 (IIRC) right-hand-drive mini around in a big parking lot. I nearly hit a curb with it, would have totalled the car. It was such a weird experience, I just didn't even see the curb coming. That thing was weird as hell.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 7:02:09 PM EST
66 Chevelle SS with engine work.

All I can say is god damn
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 7:11:37 PM EST
Ferrari Testarossa, owned by a friend of mine in San Francisco.

Impressions? Well, I didn't flog it (not my car). Interior was cheap, it rattled a bit, the ride was rough, it wasn't particuarly fast around town (sorry, but it was kind of a dog off the line). I'm pretty sure I could've picked up damn near any chick I wanted with it, though.

Cool car, but not worth anywhere near $140,000. My buddy picked his up for $80,000 used, so I guess he did good. I dig it, but my stang will take it in the quarter.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 7:14:10 PM EST
Viper ACR+ GTS w/ nitrous (Factory racecar) Fast and a looker

1986 Ferrari 288 GTO (Factory turbo car, <40 in USA) Awesome $350k car at the time. I drove it to a ghetto 7-11 to get a coke.

01 Turbo 911 - Great factory car.

I have had a lot faster cars than all these but they were pretty much stock (ex the N20 on the viper)- These were all special cars.

Link Posted: 2/7/2006 7:29:27 PM EST
Three different 2000 Corvette Hardtops. The engine, suspension, and transmission are world-class. The ride is very nice which you really don't expect given the performance, and they get good gas mileage. Everything else about the car is junk. Lot's of interior rattles, loose seats, crap foam in the seats, worst headlights on a modern car, dangerous electronic steering lock, and an absolute crap stereo. The only thing I can say is that for the $38k invoice price at the time, they're great cars where it counts. Now you'll pay twice that much for the new one.

A good friend has a Mercedes AMG E55, but I haven't gotten to drive it yet since it's been in the shop about 18 of the 20 weeks he's had it. He must love the car since he's paying over $1,800 a month on his loan and doesn't get to drive it.z
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 7:32:18 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/7/2006 7:32:34 PM EST by samsong]
I owned an '84 'Vette, which was the first year of the newer (post-Stingray) body style. It had a Doug Nash 4+3 tranny in it ( but), and had dual throttle-bodies.

It was fast. I got it up to 145 mph once, and it still had a tiny bit left. I also got a lot of tickets in it, and it had foot wide tires that were incredibly expensive. The '84 model was the only year that had some kind of really tweaked up suspension in it, that could exceed 1G of lateral force. It had a bitchy ride that would heave upwards on Florida's concrete slabs, and this would cause agita on long trips. It also would turn only like 1800 RPM at 80 mph (owing to the ultra-high 4th-overdrive, or "7th" gear), and would pull 25.5 MPG on the highway, with 19 in town.

Should have never sold it.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 7:59:06 PM EST
02 911 turbo. cars should not be able to out run 1k + cc motorcyles is all i can say.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 8:00:25 PM EST
1999 Honda Accord

Reliable, good gas mileage, not much else
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 8:38:46 PM EST
The French Army version of one of these. Long story. Lousy ride, lousy steering, lousy everything.

Link Posted: 2/7/2006 8:51:16 PM EST

Kawasaki ZX-9R

oh wait ...

Bentley GT. Telepathic accelerator. Super Tourer is a very good phrase for it.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 8:56:00 PM EST
Corvette: rice for breakfast, spaghetti for lunch, and saurkraut for dinner.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 8:57:49 PM EST
Nothing fancy
I did drive a brand new BMW 760 from Vienna to Berlin about 7-8 years ago as a favor for a friend's parents.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 9:10:53 PM EST
1984 Ferrari 308GTSI .....Scary fast
1996 Porsche 911 Twin Turbo ........scary and mess your pants fast

on the Luxury side,
2000 Armored Mercedes S500
1999 Armored Audi A8

Both drove like dream
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 9:25:40 PM EST
1997 AM General Hummer turbo diesel.

Had it for a weekend.

So much fun! The thing is a beast, and the looks of hippies when you drive it around Berkeley and rev it to create a nice black cloud from the exhaust, are priceless!
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 9:33:04 PM EST
2003 Z06.....550 horsepower. It was awesome. I could break traction with a twitch of my ankle (in the rain though) in sixth gear at 1,000 rpms. Someday I WILL own one!

I saw a C6 Z06 today. I almost crashed while I gawked at it.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 10:50:57 PM EST
Triumph Herald -mid sixties
Ford Anglia - mid sixties
Ford Cortina- late sixties
Sunbeam Alpine- mid sixties

None of these models lasted long on the American market.
Nothing about any of them stands out in my memory, except that
they were oddities on the road back then; certainly "exotic" today.

Also had a '63 Austin Healy Sprite with an MG-B engine. Horrible handling
car because of the big engine that had been shoehorned in. It was considered
exotic in my home town. I was dating the police chief's daughter at the time.
He asked me to either stop driving it to his house or get a muffler. He was
getting complaints about the noise from his neighbors.

Link Posted: 2/7/2006 11:27:11 PM EST
I don't know how "exotic" it is, but I used to own a slightly tuned '87 Grand National.

Super quick from a stoplight, lots and lots of torque, no top end whatsoever. Governed to 124mph, maybe could have got to 140 or so without it.

The turbo started to wear out at about 135K, so I sold it.

Would have been infinitely cooler with a stickshift, but GM had done away with them by then.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 11:45:46 PM EST
A 2003 Hummer. perhaps only exotic to me. My impression was that I was not impressed. Oversized with very little interior room/comfort. It's fine if you are working at a strip mine or logging camp or out in the bush. It doesn't belong in suburbia.
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 12:10:27 AM EST
Uh... 2003 Lincoln LS. I dont drive exotic cars. Cars are nothing to me besides transportation.
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 12:14:52 AM EST
Porsche 959. My neighbor in Germany owned one.
Most of the inovations that made it special in 1987-88 can be found on late model 911 turbos though.
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 12:55:41 AM EST
Nothing special...

1983 Mercedes 380 SEL (in MB lingo its a w126). Still own it. Decent pick-up for a 3.8L V8 in a 3600lb car, handles like a dream. 110 feels like 70 in anything else. Rear reclining seats in a 22yr old car. And this was the cheap model of the S-class back then, which in todays dollars only sold for $86,000 ($36-39k back then). It drives like it too. Hoping to step up to a 1991 560 SEL or SEC (oooh) someday. Or someday, when I get rich, I will get me a E55 AMG. Oooooh...

Being a Benz snob, they dont make them like they used to. Accountants took over the company in 1994 from the engineers who built things to last. The 1992-1999 W140 S-class were the last of the greats, yet they are plagued with problems to this day (replacement of AC evaporators every 2-3 years at $2000 a pop). W126's really dont have that sort of problem. And for uber-reliability, go for an old diesel D-class. 200,000 miles means it just got broken in. 750k miles are almost standard, and 1mil is not out of the question at all.
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 1:02:53 AM EST
Does this count?

Link Posted: 2/8/2006 1:14:42 AM EST
Drove 2 fairly exotic cars...

1. 1983 Lambroughini Countach. BIL owned it, very nice, fast and responsive. Very smooth power curve and tons of top end. It didn't set you back in the seat at take off, but up around 100mph it felt like you had 300mph more left in the pedal (which wasn't far from the truth). Never got to really unwind it, but it was a sweet car.

2. Detomaso Pantera. Cool as shit, unrefined compared to the Countach, but fun. It didn't corner nearly as well, but it had a ton of bottom end speed and sounded great.
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 2:00:51 AM EST
A friend of mine's '69 Chevelle with a fairly tuned 396 making about 450hp or so.
Totally redid the interior, which is why he got it so cheap.
Awesome car, definitely one of the reasons why I love old muscle cars.

Also, havent driven but ridden in numerous times, same buddies but his brothers '70 Olds 350 Rallye.
That car is freaking badass for only having a Ram Air HO 350 in it. Car got hurt in a storm about 3-5years ago though and a tree branch fell on the back window/quarter panel and hasnt been able to be fixed yet.
Car still holds the record for fastest time in the town I live in on Main St. from a water tower to downtown and that was back in early 70's.
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 2:05:54 AM EST
I've driven dozens of muscle cars and drag cars, but I wouldn't call them exotic. I mean, all a muscle car is is a normal American car with a ridiculously huge engine.

The two "exotic" cars I've driven were a mid 1970's Bricklen GT and a 1998 Viper GTS. The Viper was BADASS!
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 2:12:38 AM EST
90s Porsche 911. Pretty fast, got it up to 157 on the shoulder of a road before (yound and dumb too many cars on the road), it still had plenty more. Can't do a burnout worth shit. Plenty of power, just hopped side to side. Great interior, horn, radio, etc. Great car IMO.

Ford F350 6.0L Turbo Diesel With a few modifications.
Fun to drive. Stiff ride. Can tow a hell of a lot. Needs aftermarket radio. Got it up to 125+ on I83. Surprises the hell out of a lot of cars.

Link Posted: 2/8/2006 2:18:12 AM EST
[Last Edit: 2/8/2006 3:09:40 AM EST by jvic]
I guess my father's LS-6 Corvette (188 made). It sounds mean, and is pretty quick. Typical early 70's Corvette flaws...
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 2:22:33 AM EST
[Last Edit: 2/8/2006 2:23:22 AM EST by TomJefferson]
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 3:00:37 AM EST
My old '67 Chevelle SS 396 (402). Motor was built to maybe 480hp.


- The sound and feel of big block horsepower. There really is nothing like it. Big cam, Edelbrock heads and full 3" virtually straight pipes. It really was a monster.

- The look of the car. IMHO, it had the definitive '60 muscle car look.

- Taking it to car cruises and checking out all the fine cars was a blast.


- With the way it was built, it really was just made to take the motor to 6k rpm, drop the clutch and drive for about a 1/4 mile with your hair on fire. Driving it around town took work.

- $$$$ YOU NEVER STOPPED SPENDING MONEY ON THE FUCKIN THING. There was always more horsepower, something to fix, something to upgrade. And I never even got around to painting the car!

- A little too much attention for me. Pulling into a car cruise with this thing was like you were on stage, and I didn't like it.

All in all a fine automobile, and I do miss it.

(just put the radiator in when this photo was taken, hence no coolant hose)

Link Posted: 2/8/2006 3:03:42 AM EST
[Last Edit: 2/8/2006 3:04:34 AM EST by TheOtherDave]
Used to own this Bimota SB8R.... Very special bike indeed.

Not a lot of people know what a Bimota is, but Ducati is to Ferrari what Bimota is to Lamborghini. This particular bike was serial number 8, there were fewer than 20 in the USA when Bimota closed their doors in 2000. They have since reopened, but the bike isn't made anymore.

Wet weight is 393lbs, makes about 134hp at the rear wheel-not fast like today's 4 cylinders, but this twin could show a tail-light to any bike made back in 2000. Great V-Twin sound and power delivery, and seriously High-Tech. The frame was a composite of Aluminum and Carbon Fiber. The tail section and bodywork were also carbon, with the tail being self supporting. In other words, the tail had no frame under it.. It bolted to the main frain, the pipes bolted to it, and it supported your weight without any other help. The bike had top-end Ohlins and Paoli suspension as standard and actual honest to god Brembo GP brakes, with WSB-spec cast iron discs. It absolutely RAILED around corners..

Then the economy took a shit and I lost my job. 3 times. And the bike had to go. It was my dream bike..

I got a job 2 weeks after the bike was gone.

Link Posted: 2/8/2006 3:20:07 AM EST
550 Maranello - unimpressed. Nice body lines but not worth anything close to $250k
360 Modena - beautiful. Voluptuous exhaust note, wonderful handling. Not worth $160k
E55 - the ultimate daily driver. Almost 600 ftlbs of torque. Nothing can out accelerate it less than $150k
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 3:36:42 AM EST
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 426 Hemi w/ 4 speed manual in white. It was badass.

BTW the movie Challengers were all 440s.
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 3:45:13 AM EST
1968 Skoda

Link Posted: 2/8/2006 3:50:10 AM EST
Ton of cars.
my favorite:
My own '74 MG B GT with 220HP Rover 3.5L V8 with 5 speed.
That thing ate BMW's for breakfast! Had it at 150mph on the autobahn

Lola T360.
Now that is about the most fun you can have with your pants on
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 4:58:18 AM EST
1997 Pontiac Formula WS6. Fun, loud, fast, great top end, unrefined, too big, poor visability, poor quality control.
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 5:21:50 AM EST
Lambo Countache (sp?): Lots of power and smooth gearing, but it had all the subtlety of a go-cart.

Ferarri Red Head: This was my cousins, got to drive it in Europe an the 'bahn. It is actually scary to drive that fast that long. Same experience: Finicky bitch in some respects, but really a hell of a car.

I've driven some pro-stock race cars, and the above to examples sort of fit their mold.

My preference is the Porche for overall package, comfort and poshness and ballz.
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 5:36:25 AM EST

Originally Posted By STG77:
I don't know how "exotic" it is, but I used to own a slightly tuned '87 Grand National.

Super quick from a stoplight, lots and lots of torque, no top end whatsoever. Governed to 124mph, maybe could have got to 140 or so without it.

The turbo started to wear out at about 135K, so I sold it.

Would have been infinitely cooler with a stickshift, but GM had done away with them by then.

I had an 87 GN for a while before I got married. It had a few tweaks, and it must have had the govenor removed because it would still pull hard at 135. It also had a tweaked speedo. The auto tranny wasa wise choice for that car. A stick would have made it much slower due to loss of rpms in the turbocharger when shifting with a manual. I sure miss that car!

The most exotic I've driven was my grandmother's 64 Jaguar XKE roadster. Everything about that car was beautiful. Not great performance, but what eye candy.
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 5:44:07 AM EST

Originally Posted By swingset:
Drove 2 fairly exotic cars...

1. 1983 Lambroughini Countach. BIL owned it, very nice, fast and responsive. Very smooth power curve and tons of top end. It didn't set you back in the seat at take off, but up around 100mph it felt like you had 300mph more left in the pedal (which wasn't far from the truth). Never got to really unwind it, but it was a sweet car.

2. Detomaso Pantera. Cool as shit, unrefined compared to the Countach, but fun. It didn't corner nearly as well, but it had a ton of bottom end speed and sounded great.

No offense, but if you look up the Car&Driver review of the 84 Countach you will see that it was only good for about 150mph (although it looked slick the areodynamics really sucked) The spoiler that looked so cool added so much drag that it dropped the top speed by about 10 mph. It is probably one of the most exotic cars in history, but an ungoverned 89 turbo trans-am would run circles around it.
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 5:44:53 AM EST
I had a 1957 Chevy Pickup with the thriftmaster straight six with 3 on the tree! The motor and trany screamed at 65MPH. It had the original floor starter on it.
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 5:46:39 AM EST
Curiously enough, I own a '78 Camaro. Have owned a 1968 Coronet 440 Wedge.

I worked at an auto sales lot for a year in High School. Was driving a 1973 Detomaso Pantera back and forth to school/work intermittantly for about 3 months. Not sure that qualifies. It was Yellow with a black leather interior. Fun...

Link Posted: 2/8/2006 5:50:49 AM EST
Just got up close and personal with a 2006 Saleen recently.

That thing SMOKES!

455HP? lawd!
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 5:53:37 AM EST
99 Corvette Coupe, 12.59 in the 1/4 and a 180 on the long end, 25 mpg, 25K at purchase, 3k in mods. Smokin most other cars ,especially the Ferrari at my class reunion, priceless. Jeff
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 5:55:35 AM EST
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 6:31:42 AM EST
As mentioned earlier, not really exotic but oh so fun.

Owned multitudes of Mopars. I used to restore and race ChryCo. cars.

'67 Hemi GTX race car.
'69 Hemi Road Runner. Drove from CA to NH
'70 Hemi R.R.
'70 440/6 Cuda
'70 440 tunnel ram 'Cuda race car.
'69 Daytona 440/4 restoration
'63 Max Wedge Polara, later Hemi Powered race car
'70 TA Challenger
'67 Hemi GTX restoration
'70 Hemi Cuda restoration

Countless others. Literally makes me sick to watch a Barrett Jackson auction now and see, for example, the '70 Hemi Cuda go for 350k when I sold it for 42k

Friend of mine had a couple of Countach's. Absolutely nothing special other than looks.
Jag XKE. Sold due to overheating. The guy who bought it opened some "hidden limey vent" somewhere and never overheated again. Doh.
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 6:53:14 AM EST
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 7:01:31 AM EST
drove my cousins 87 Grand National that was a street driven and taken to the stip on the weekends. That was a scary ride. Normal up to about 37mph or so until that turbo kicks in...blink and you are at 60, blink again and its at 80...I was only 19 at the time, so it was fun but scary..
Driven in a Testerossa...fast, sexy, but lots of rattles. Then again its an old car.
Drove in a 01 Lamborghini Diablo, red, sexy, fast fast fast... we would get crowds gather around us at the gas station. Even had CHP pull us over once just to look at her.
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 4:26:35 PM EST
57 chevy belair california edition, fuel injected. as far as rare goes APR TT quatro R&D testmule. the TT was almost as fast as the 911 turbo.
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 4:38:04 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/8/2006 4:39:46 PM EST by fla556guy]
Yamaha R1. Not really exotic, but it's faster than a whore running to money. Scared the holy hell out of me each time I got onto it for about 5 minutes till I got used to it. That bike was wayyy too much for me, and I'm glad I got rid of it. I do want another bike, but nothing like that for a while (or ever).

Would LOVE to get behind the wheel of a viper. Ferrari's are nice and all, but I would like the viper better...nothing better than sitting behind a big ass V-10. I bet that thing has more low end torque than a firetruck.
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