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What was the first "exotic" you saw as a kid that started your passion?

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by Prugna 328, Jan 11, 2004.

  1. Prugna 328

    Prugna 328 Formula 3

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    I think the first for me was a Lotus Europa. I know its not a F, but when I was younger there were very few cars with the motor behind the driver. I guess I was fascinated by this.
     
  2. allanlambo

    allanlambo F1 Rookie

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    1983 issue of Car and Driver with a Black Lamborghini Countach on the cover. Still have the magazine, still love the car. Didint finally see one in the flesh till a year or 2 later.
     
  3. 96impalaSS

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    the first time i went to new york i think i was around 8 or somehting and i saw this red low lying car in front of this club i didnt know what it was then but for soem reason once i started getting into Ferrari and i saw a 308 for the first time it reminded me of that car. maybe it was or maybe it wasnt.fomr my memory it reminds me of one alot.
     
  4. Prugna 328

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    Saw a guy autocrossing it. Thought it was the coolest car I ever saw. I was just a kid, what did I know.
     
  5. Prugna 328

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    Allan any problems getting that beautiful Diablo servived on Maui? Any room to let it "breathe"? I was out there years ago I dont really remember the roads?
     
  6. KMS

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    I first saw a yellow Pantera broken down on the side of the road in Bethesda Maryland. Not too much later I saw a black Lamborghini Countach.
     
  7. 96impalaSS

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    the first "exotic" i saw and actually knew what it was when i saw it was a black countach getting serviced at a dealership here.got pics of it and everything.
     
  8. bostonmini

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    Diablo, saw it in a car dealership when lexus hunting for my mother with my father. Was a surprise for her, I didnt care, wanted the red diablo (1992ish).
     
  9. TigerAce

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    First time I saw exotic cars was at "Super Car Race" in Japan during mid 70's. It wasn't really a race, but owners gather around as these cars were popular back then. Saw Ferrari Dino, Lotus Europe, Lambo Miura, and others. These 3 cars gave me strong impression, then few years later, I saw Lambo Countach. It looked like a toy! Too cool to be a car! Back then, a car to me was Corolla, Blue Bird, etc (sedans)

    I still like Ferrari, Lambo, and Lotus till this day.
     
  10. jason 1979

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    Thie first exotic i had seen was a countach back in sicially where i was born and lived till i was ten also my father took me to the lamborghini and ferrari factories before comming to the U.S. for my birthday.
     
  11. wax

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    Define: "Exotic"
    For some, it might be a Jag XKE, Ferrari 330 GTC, Shelby Cobra, Lotus Europa, Mercedes Gullwing...

    (That's the order of post '50 cars I saw that made me say - yeahhhhh - saw all of above by 1972)

    Others may disagree on some of those being called "Exotic"
     
  12. JaguarXJ6

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    NSX a year and a half ago!
     
  13. Dr C

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    I think it was 1955. My uncle took me for a ride in his new gullwing Mercedes. I think it was a 300? When you sat in it, you had to get over the frame rails (or whatever you called them) by kind of falling into it behind first. The sound was incredible - still remember how noisy (beautiful noisy) it was.

    I don't believe he ever sold it -- kept it as long as he lived.
     
  14. benedict

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    Anyone remember this?- Bricklin SV1, gullwing doors, didn't last very long.
     
  15. abavai

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    Jaguar e type roadster, first serie, british racing green.
    Ferrari 308 black and maserati biturbo.
     
  16. kizdan

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    I still have that very same issue, I believe there was a hot looking redhead posing with it. For me, it was the Countach as well. When I saw it in real life, it just blew me away.
     
  17. Wildwarrior

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    Back in 70 or 71 ,my moms boss in NY owned a new black DeTomasa Mangusta, she was a far cry from you'r Stangs,GTOs and Road runners of the day which where everywhere.At the time I was in awe,what a sweet car, now some 30 years later my Fly Yellow 512TR has similar lines.
     
  18. spyderman33

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    For me it was the Vector... Not sure if those are still around but saw it in the Dupont Registry back in the 80's then saw one on the road once..

    That and the Countach did it for me.
     
  19. Liquid

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    Saw a red TR sometime around the late 80's.
     
  20. JH

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    Well, my passion started back in the 80's when I saw a 288 GTO in Italy passing us on the highways. I have been hooked on the red thoroughbred since :)
     
  21. ralfabco

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    I bought a auto magazine in the 70's at a supermarket. It had a top
    view of a maroon or yellow C/T. I did'nt think much of finding the car
    on the road. In Houston your choices were pretty much limited to
    Corvettes, Porsches, and the rare 308.
     
  22. Exotic_Car_Guy

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    The Lamborghini Miura. I saw it first in a Teen magazine that featured Dino Martin and Desi Arnaz Jr. I thought that was the most beautiful car with all the styling details (the curves of the body, eyelashes, air scoops, etc.). This prompted me to start reading car magazines, and the rest is history. Over 30 years later I finally bought my dream car.
    Gil
     
  23. FerrariFrank1

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    When I was 8,(1968) one of my neighbor's sons just got back from Viet Nam. I believe that they gave soldiers a few grand after their Tour of Duty was over. Most guys got Boss Mustangs or Camaro's. He got a Silver '68 'Vette Convertible.I would stare at that car all day,every day. No,Not really an 'exotic'. But,I was hooked on Vettes. But...first Exotic? When I turned 16,saw a Red Ferrari 308. Fell in love with it instantly. Then,saw posters,or on Magnum P.I.,movies,etc... Rarely saw one in person. But,I got my first,(of 7) Corvettes when I was 25. then,my Ferrari 308 3 years ago when I was 40. Now,looking to add a Testarossa this year. (Miami Vice?)
     
  24. BigAl

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    When I was in high school a doctor in the small town in which I lived had a white Pantera. I'll never forget when he fired it up one time when I was going by his house. Man, it was like thunder.
     
  25. ccr2002

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    When I was 7 or 8 yrs old our family drove from Utah to CA and made a stop in Las Vegas. We went over to Caesers Palace where my parents and brothers wanted to go walk around and see Circus Circus etc...I saw red 246 Dino drive up to valet and then scanned a few Rolls lined up...a yellow pantera, maserati bora (black)....well i spent the rest of the night talking to the valet guys and my family picked me up when it was time to drive back to our hotel. It's been an obsession ever since. Recently my wife and i were again discussing my affliction...and she soon thereafter found an old box...my 10th grade history class. My notebook was full of the R&T spec sheets on the Dino, 275 GTB, Daytona, 300sl, Bora etc...about 50 of them that i had copied from the library. Amid my scattered notes were drawings of all of them. She cried, "i give up."
     

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