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#31 of 40 Re: Some misguided souls... [lemko]
Apr 27, 2010 (12:18 pm)
Those cars are all about "because I can afford it". It's that point where money and taste diverge. Old ones were better in that regard, they at least had some class. I don't see the Phantom as particularly classy.
#33 of 40 Re: Some misguided souls... [fintail]
Apr 27, 2010 (12:26 pm)
The only guys I see in today's Phantoms are NBA players and very successful rappers. Old RRs may have been extremely unreliable white elephants, but they had an aura of elegance that bespoke royalty or old money. Today's RRs are all about the bling.
#34 of 40 Re: Some misguided souls... [lemko]
Apr 27, 2010 (12:34 pm)
Bling might be where RR leads today. It's kind of an old money vs new money idea.
I've always thought the earlier Phantom V was strikingly elegant:
#35 of 40 Re: Some misguided souls... [fintail]
Apr 27, 2010 (12:36 pm)
Very nice car, but I thought this was more your taste?
#36 of 40 Re: Some misguided souls... [lemko]
Apr 27, 2010 (12:40 pm)
That car was probably the period leader for technological complexity and excess.
I wouldn't want a pullman model though, rather an early SWB version, like this nicely-tired example from a 1965 road test:
#37 of 40 Something like this...
Apr 27, 2010 (12:40 pm)
...would be my personal luxury dream ride:
#38 of 40 My Dream Luxo-Boat
Apr 27, 2010 (1:21 pm)
The Alpina B7. I drove one for ten days and several thousand miles- including some hot laps at Motorsport Ranch in Texas.
It's big and comfortable, but it still handles great and runs 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and the quarter mile in 12.8114 mph. It also has amazing stopping power; the brakes haul the 4,700 pound sled from 70-0 in just 165 feet(only four feet longer than my MS3, which weighs 1,500 pounds less). Top speed? 186 mph.
I want it back!!!
#40 of 40 Post WWII British Sports Cars
Apr 28, 2010 (8:08 am)
For all their deficiencies, I'd categorize the MGs (TD and A, especially), Triumphs TR2, TR3, and TR4), Austin Healeys and Jaguars (XK120 and XKE, especially) as real trend setters. These gave a category of American car enthusiasts that might not have been into hot rods something to get excited about. Would there even have been Corvettes, Thunderbirds or Datsun/Nissan Zs without the British sports cars of the late '40s and '50s? Unlikely.
Unfortunately, the advanced and relatively reasonably priced '61 XKE was the last competitive British model of that genre.