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    If you could drive any car in the world...

    ...what would it be?! It's such a pertinent question for those of us for whom oil flows in our veins and our minds addled with gasoline fumes. Of course, it is all subject to change, as is the nature of the enthusiast. I must insist no Studebakers are allowed for this one. I am going to go ahead and list mine.


    No. 1: TVR Tuscan. It is a triumph of insanity, a temple to creativity, and a big F-U to convention. More succinctly, it’s like a Lotus for unhinged people.



    No. 2: Nash Ambassador (post-war). If I could get my hands on one of these wonders that brought the concepts of unibody construction and ultra-low drag coefficients over to our shores, I would be only too giddy to drive one in the day and snooze in those Airliner reclining seats during the night!



    No 3: ANY Facel-Vega. My dad told me stories about how these Parisian sculptures used to dot the area around his parent's house in Palm Beach when he was a child and I was captivated more effectively than one of Anouk Aimee's performances. I would love to drive one if only to get it out of my system.



    Don't be shy now! List your own!
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    Oh.... You said world..Our world.


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    Easy-peasy - An R3 Avanti!

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    Narrow it down to just one is tough. A 308 Ferrari could be fun, but so could a Austin Healy 100/4 or 100/6 with the windshield tilted back. A '32 Ford roadster with no fenders and good sized American V-8 under the hood. Of course some kind of a blown Studebaker would be in the mix as well. Naturally there are many more but that might take up much to much room here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VtMike View Post
    Easy-peasy - An R3 Avanti!
    No Studebakers allowed for this one! Das ist streng verboten!
    Jake Kaywell: Shoo-wops and doo-wops galore to the background of some fine Studes. I'm eager and ready to go!

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    An early 60's Citroen DS. Dad and I got a ride in one about '73 across a very wet and bumpy road. It provided an incredible ride, we could hear the tires crossing bumps, but couldn't feel them. Right now all the roads near me are cobblestone, which may color my thoughts, but Citroens have a panache that was lost in the transportation world when Studebaker ceased production.

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    A Novi Indy Roadster.



    starting about 1:20 you hear it down the backstretch, and 30 seconds later down the front.

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    Hmm, any Cord would be a pleasure (or Auburn or Duesenberg for that matter), a Ford GT, and Kate Middleton...oh, sorry, I forgot you said car.

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    Pretty hard to pick. The Novi is an interesting choice. I assume this is to just drive once not own. Or perhaps the STP lotus from 1968. Lovely design.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colgate Studebaker View Post
    #3 at Daytona in 1998
    I agree with this one, 1998.
    But I would not want to have been driving it in 2001. The saddest day in NASCAR history. Just thinking about that day brings tears.
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    Having been a fan of endurance sports car racing for a long time , I think a Bob Tullius Group 44 Jaguar XJR-5 would fit the bill , There is nothing like the scream of that 12 cylinder engine , Ed
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    Quote Originally Posted by Champ51 View Post
    An early 60's Citroen DS. Dad and I got a ride in one about '73 across a very wet and bumpy road. It provided an incredible ride, we could hear the tires crossing bumps, but couldn't feel them. Right now all the roads near me are cobblestone, which may color my thoughts, but Citroens have a panache that was lost in the transportation world when Studebaker ceased production.
    I will agree with that, having ridden in an SM many years ago, as I stated here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...uestion-((((((

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Forrester View Post
    I agree with this one, 1998.
    But I would not want to have been driving it in 2001. The saddest day in NASCAR history. Just thinking about that day brings tears.
    Dale died the way he raced.....with his right foot nailed to the floor.
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    any M8 McLaren will do it for me...the baddest-ass racecar ever IMO. This vid is titled an M8D...I'm thinking its and M8F but makes difference to me...just give me some seat time.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfpHDJCPESQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8E45E View Post
    I will agree with that, having ridden in an SM many years ago, as I stated here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...uestion-((((((

    Craig
    I've driven an ID19, DS21, Pallas and the blue '73 SM that was featured in many magazines, M/T, R/T and etc.

    I took that car (with permission) blasted over the San Diego Freeway from Westwood to the valley, then back again, then I drove to Pacific Palisades to visit a pal and on the way home, got a speeding ticket on Sunset Blvd. for doing 55 in a 35. I told the cop, an hour ago you could have written me up for doing 135 on the 405.

    I also drove it 3 laps at Riverside Raceway with the pedal to the metal.

    Another time I drove an ID19 wagon over to Frost & French. A block before I got there, took the right rear wheel off, drove into F&F and said...with the car sitting level...the wheel came off!

    Ah yes, the things one could do, my dad ran the west coast operations of Citroen Cars Inc.
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    This is a hard one, but guess I'll go with my 1st "instant thought', an original 60's era GT 40....big block or small block, no matter.

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    Plymouth Super Bird or Dodge Daytona with a hemi. Maybe a Hell Cat in full mode.

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    This!

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    I think I'll stick with my daily driver that's my Avatar...

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    Cool Any car

    Drive and own my fathers 57 buick special
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    Cool Drive

    Or my dad's 37 Nash ambassador 8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Commander Eddie View Post
    This!

    1937 Packard.
    You have to hand it to these gals, they drove and parked these tubs without Power Steering.

    This is a "Junior" probably a 120. The Super 8's and 12's were much larger.

    First car with P/S was the 1951 Chrysler, and it was "full time" P/S

    I recall at the 1951 Los Angeles Auto Show, that Chrysler had a P/S display. I turned the steering wheel with a pinkie finger.

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    Go big or go home... Type 41 Bugatti


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    Quote Originally Posted by 62champ View Post
    Go big or go home... Type 41 Bugatti

    Bugatti Royale, formerly in the Harrah Collection. There a liquor bottle of it, I had one, but don't recall who made it. Might have been Jim Beam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WinM1895 View Post
    Bugatti Royale, formerly in the Harrah Collection. There a liquor bottle of it, I had one, but don't recall who made it. Might have been Jim Beam.
    There was also an Avon after-shave bottle patterned after it.

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    lll make mine do-able:

    1) a Ford Model T roadster. Any will do, but a 1911 Torpedo roadster with wire wheels would be nice.

    2) a Polaris Slingshot.

    3) a Citroen 2CV across a plowed field with a dozen eggs.
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    I'd like to drive a Delorean from time to time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Studedude View Post
    I'd like to drive a Delorean from time to time.
    I wonder if you have driven one. I turned my new one down after waiting for many months for it arrive. One drive was all that it took for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by studegary View Post
    I wonder if you have driven one. I turned my new one down after waiting for many months for it arrive. One drive was all that it took for me.
    Delorean..., driven from "time to time"... it was a pun, a play on words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Champ51 View Post
    An early 60's Citroen DS. Dad and I got a ride in one about '73 across a very wet and bumpy road. It provided an incredible ride, we could hear the tires crossing bumps, but couldn't feel them. Right now all the roads near me are cobblestone, which may color my thoughts, but Citroens have a panache that was lost in the transportation world when Studebaker ceased production.
    I looked at a 19 once. It was a design marvel! It had a little hemi head four cylinder which resembled half a Hemi. Lovely cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Studedude View Post
    Delorean..., driven from "time to time"... it was a pun, a play on words.
    Thanks! I didn't get this pun. Perhaps a smiley would have helped to convey your emotion, that we do not get without face-to-face interaction.
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    There's really two cars I would want to drive...an Aston Martin DB5...with modifications and the 1966 Batmobile.

    My wife with a DB5 at the International Spy Museum dressed to look like the original...


    Here she is with one of the Batmobiles from the tv show...
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    My choice would be a 1937 Cord 812 Sportsman. Certainly an automobile that would deliver a unique and memorable driving experience. The automobile I have lusted for since the age 12 is the rare 1941 Graham Hollywood, have only spotted three on the road in 70 years.

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