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Just moved to NSW, looking to buy a fun car

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Gle8, Sep 6, 2021.

  1. Gle8

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    Hi all. New to the area, will be living in NSW (Nelson Bay area). My wife has a few SUVs, but I am currently without a fun car. Looking for something to rip around the countryside.

    No real criteria, although I'd like to stay under $100K. Things I like:

    Triumph TR3
    Austin Healey
    TVR
    Kei Cars
    Old holdens
    Basically anything fun and interesting.

    Want something turn-key, no projects. Any help is appreciated. Thanks all!
     
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  3. Ferraridoc

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    TR3 - a bit slow
    Austin Healey: Frogeye a bit slow, but cute; MkII Sprite in 1275 can be a bit of fun; Big Healey 3000 getting a bit expensive, but can be made to go.
    TVR - if you've got big, hairy balls; a Chimaera 4.5 is probably the sweet spot, although the later in-line sixes sound awesome and are more resolved
    Kei cars - there are a few Cappuccinos kicking around, if you like that sort of thing
    Old Holdens - too expensive

    Buy a Porsche 911
     
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  4. Gle8

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    I've had my fair share of 911s across the years/range. I prefer to drive a slow car fast.
     
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    355?
     
  6. Ferraridoc

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  8. Gle8

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    Perhaps, but what do they trade for around these parts? I'm used to USA prices heh.
     
  9. Ferraridoc

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    Prepare yourself for a shock...
     
  10. Gle8

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    That's why I'm looking at Healeys. I saw a nice B1 for sale, but looks like it just sold.
     
  11. 575

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    Get yourself a 996 Porsche . Buckets of fun at bargain prices or a e92 M3 . quick enough , lots of fun and affordable.
     
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  13. Maranello550

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    Good MK1 or MK2 Cooper S is a lot of fun!….
     
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  14. Ferraridoc

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    Don't stir up the market! I'm still sniffing about for a Mk II...
     
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  16. Gle8

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    Been driving a 996 RUF 550 Rturbo in the states for the last few months. Looking for something new (to me) :)
     
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  17. 575

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    Lol that's gunna be a big comedown..
     
  18. moretti

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    Death trap
     
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  19. monza75

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    Something old…… Alfa 105 series

    Something new….. Alfa 4C

    It’s scary that they’re actually quite similar in price too…
     
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  20. carl888

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    Dan I was thinking the same thing, 105 Alfa Romeo, spider or coupe.

    What about a BMW 635 CSI, Porsche 928?

    The advantage of the Healey is there are plenty of marque experts here and excellent parts availability. A well sorted one is a delight IMO.
     
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    Hang on a minute, here we are waxing lyrical about OHOS, what’s going on?

    on that note what about a Plus 8 MOG, the Simon bought was a cracker
     
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  22. Gle8

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  23. Gle8

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    Hrm, just reached out to the Vanderhall dealer. They anticipate finishing reg testing in the next 6 months and will begin sales. Reasonably priced too. May be a fun option.
     
  24. simon klein

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    It's in Western Aussie ie + $3-4K ln getting it to you.
    If you are properly keen I can make some enquiries through the club as to where there is a good one.
    There are some out there with issues.
    Mine:


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  25. Gle8

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  26. simon klein

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    Most of us in Aussie are on a first name basis.....

    The 8's are stonking in both value and performance,the 4's are a lot of slower fun...you will always have folk come up and ask you about the car.
    I will contact the NSW club and phone my mate in the Qld club.

    There have been a number of different brands and body styles mentioned here.
    Have you decided on a body style as that will eliminate a bunch of vehicles.

    As has been touched upon:
    US-Aussie prices are a lot different!
    Parts can be an issue with some brands both in pricing and accessibility.

    On here you have a lot of very knowledgeable folk who will be able to help you.

    EDIT re the +8's...DON'T GET A 4 SPEED!!!...they are an awful 'box!
     
  27. Gle8

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    Best I can tell there are 2 seat and 4 seat. Is there a resource for me to research body styles further? What brands are there other than Morgan?

    I'd prefer an 8, as I'm sure I'd be sorry later if I went with a 4.

    Really prefer something well sorted. I've owned old MGs and Triumphs, and know what it's like to have something sit being wrenched on instead of driving it.

    Thanks!

    -Richie
     
  28. Gleggy

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    England is humid!
     

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