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  1. Oh no! Better get mine before this comes out. If it's a hit even the body shells will go up with people building replicas of the car. But then again it has a 50/50 chance of flopping. It's already quite unpopular with fans of the anime and since it's made for the mainstream chances are the story will be watered down. The visuals seem to match quite well though. But the whole thing has a been there done that feeling all over it. Mainly because the anime already ripped off Blade Runner a lot and then The Matrix ripped off what was left of original in the anime way back in 1999. Sin
  2. There are not many contemporaries to the Giugiaro Esprit which would make me look at them while driving an Esprit. The only ones which come to mind are the Countach, Pantera and GTO. Definitely no Porsche, BMW (no, not even the M1) or any Testarossa. Let alone a 308 or 328. But as much of a fan as I am I must admit. The Ferraris probably should be worth more money. If for nothing else just for the simple fact Ferrari worked hard for it. Lotus, not really. It’s true Ferrari has used Fiat parts many times. From switches to taillights. But that’s very different from just taking the cheape
  3. Yep, sold! Maybe you should have private messaged me the link. So the good places to look for in the U.S. are bring a trailer and craig's list? Because the usual channels, just like in Europe, are all expensive cars.
  4. Yeah that makes sense. It's easy to forget how huge the U.S. is and that most states there are larger than any given European country. Although with Esprits which have the galvanized chassis, rust is not much of a worry at all is it, since the body itself is glassfiber? That would be great if you could ask him about the shipping costs. Thanks.
  5. What shanagins are those? Like I said, eventually I may have to gravitate to a Stevens. But I have not lost hope yet. We will see.
  6. Could anybody who has driven both, a S3 and a Stevens 4 pot comment on the differences in handling and driving experience between them? Thanks.
  7. This is the first I have heard of cars not rusting in California. It surprises me. I know they don't need salt on the streets but they have an ocean and that normally means rust as well. What is the catch? Do you have any idea of shipping costs? Thanks Andy.
  8. Hey, thanks for the link. How do you chaps dig up this stuff? Like I suspected Stevens much more common in the U.S. You are absolutely right. Price is pretty good. If it was a S1-S3 I would have to just buy it I guess! But I'm not at the point where I'm ready to give up on a Giugiaro and going with a Stevens just yet. Although given the hardships of finding a Giugiaro project I'm getting more and more used to the thought of a Stevens to start with. And that is the perfect Stevens for me. An earlier one without the wing and without the more boxy ground effects. Although I h
  9. I bet they handle pretty different. Would you say the TVR is more Corvette or more BMW M3 when it comes to the handling? No wheel spin with 550HP and no computer aids in such a light car as the Elise is amusing. Do you know the weight with the Audi engine?
  10. You know, those don't even look that bad. I think the over coloring on the yellow one might be what makes it a bit harsh to look at. I also think that Stevens open top sketch looks nicer than the G cars open top. I guess the Stevens lines are more suitable for a convertible, I don't know.
  11. Life sized Hot Wheels car.
  12. Yep. And if we want to talk about fun, in the fun department the 4C is a lot more fun than the Cayman. But that is not a hard task.
  13. Barry, you are arguing with physics. I don't understand you. I don't know what your point is. Fun to drive? What does that have to do with the proven effect of larger displacement, which you contested? It can be as fun as it gets. It doesn't change science. You are comparing turbo engines, speaking of fun to drive, all things I have already pointed out do not play into the importance of larger displacement or lack of importance debate. All the while ignoring sheer hard science to stick to your personal view. If this is what you want to do, then fine. But then there is no point in furtheri
  14. I know. But for different reasons, right? When they wanted to maximize power, they increased the displacement. I really don't understand the point of arguing with physics though.
  15. Ok. But if bringing Esprits from the U.S is a viable proposition, because they sell for less there, why not just buy a LHD Esprit from the U.S. instead of buying a RHD from the UK and going through the trouble of a DIY conversion?
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