I've always had utilitarian tastes in cars, with an emphasis on sporty practicality, that's why I drove a mid 80's Saab 900 from 1991 to 2018, built super sturdy by Swedish strength complete with oddball quirkiness. Before that it was 2 1979 Honda Accords which were also sensible. Now, this MINI is hilariously impractical but I can overlook the shortcomings due to perma-grin fun factor, but as my only vehicle it has some pretty severe limitations in real world usefulness --- it begs to be driven hard, I constantly rev it up to 7k and toss it into corners at crazy speeds.
It makes me feel like a dumb teenager really LOL perhaps it is my midlife crisis car?
And now veering,
in my life I've had several opportunities to buy an Alfa Romeo GTV, one of my alltime favorites, I came very very close to getting a '69 which is a more rare year to find. I ended up not getting any of them because I didn't think they could handle daily driving duties and would also likely require fastidious upkeep --- but dammit, back then, around 20 years ago now I reckon, we were talkin' like $5,500 for a good rust-free running example, and now they're through the roof!
Unobtainable by me.
That BaT auction site is interesting, or is it obscene?
I'm conflicted about it all in the materialist sense.
Although I love cool old rides, the money being spent nowadays on such stuff is pretty insane.
The air-cooled vintage Porsche market has reached levels of absurdity.