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Aston Vantage and Patek... Hmmmmm! [nt]

 
 By: amanico : July 15th, 2019-23:52
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I know, I know

 
 By: sham1 : July 16th, 2019-00:44
Aston and RW Smith wouid have been better but my RW Smith will only arrive in 2022  smile

So you have 3 years to find your AM. ;) [nt]

 
 By: amanico : July 16th, 2019-01:46
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Ha! Ha!

 
 By: sham1 : July 16th, 2019-09:12
The price of an Aston in Malaysia is the same as a Patek minute repeater and the Patek would win every day!!!  smile

Crazy! [nt]

 
 By: amanico : July 16th, 2019-09:14
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CRAZY???!!!!! Your 200.000th post and all you write is “Crazy!”

 
 By: ChristianDK : July 16th, 2019-10:10
I had expected something spectacular. Anyway- huge congratulations dear, dear friend!



Don't worry, my friend. I will post something quite great tomorrow. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : July 16th, 2019-10:35
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Your 200,000th post was to me??!!

 
 By: sham1 : July 16th, 2019-10:24
That I am truly honoured and shall always cherish. You are a legend Nico!! smile

It seems so! ;) [nt]

 
 By: amanico : July 16th, 2019-10:35
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I am a vintage guy.

 
 By: Bill : July 16th, 2019-02:15






Nice angle for the photo of your 'rod

 
 By: cazalea : July 16th, 2019-08:24
I like the "upskirt" look with that chrome and paint detailing
Mike

One is spectacular, the other is uber lovely. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : July 16th, 2019-08:25
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Both?

 
 By: VMM : July 16th, 2019-02:48
Yes, both. 



Vte 

Vintage !

 
 By: bimbeano : July 16th, 2019-03:23
Because these days futuristic means electric soulless devaluing elephants .... .
There are some exceptions off course like the A110.

Bim

Yes the A 110! I could see a few on the road... Terrific. Really tempting. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : July 16th, 2019-04:59
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"Electric Soulless Devaluing Elephants"

 
 By: cazalea : July 16th, 2019-07:00
I am trying to get to a reasonable, sustainable transportation machine without losing my soul or taking on an elephant.

FIRST TRY
Honda Insight - small, light, excellent economy & emissions performance. We got ours shortly after they went out of production. Now sitting at about 110,000 miles.

SECOND TRY 
The Fiat 500e was a brilliant choice. Devaluing being the exception - its value sank like a lead weight on a fishing line - but we leased so it wasn't our problem. 

The usual Fiat body but wonderful trim, colors, and performance, for a bargain price (it was $150 a month lease, no cash down) thanks to brainless California regulators forcing auto companies to make and sell cars most people don't want.



OK, white interior is silly on a lease car but we are old and careful and had plenty of other cars to do "the dirty work"






GETTING RID OF THE DINOSAURS
Some of you know that I gave my Volvo to the auto museum as a donation and they resold it. The Jaguar was miraculously turned into a fraction of a U-N Perpetual and resides in the garage of a pal. The Honda Insight also started out as a swap-over -- I converted an FP Journe CS into cash by handing it over for the pink slip of the Honda.

ONE STEP FORWARD, ONE STEP BACK
But for this generation of vehicles I paid real money. The first move, after becoming discouraged by the lack of station wagons and the tidal wave of SUVs, was to buy a Kind-of-a-Pickup. Honda Ridgeline is not too big, not too heavy, plenty of V6 normally aspirated power, not a CVT transmission but a real shifting automatic, 4WD for off-roading and towing, folding back seat for extra utility, and a trunk in the pickup bed. It's okay to drive but the User Interface of the controls is terrible, alas. 

THIRD TRY IS A CHARM? (I hope)
Now comes the new Electric Non-Elephant. 

Question: How do you know when GM (or any manufacturer) gets a car right? They discontinue it! 

So I got a Chevrolet Volt (Opel Ampera) a couple months after discontinuation but before stocks ran out. This gem is powered by 2 electric motors, an 18 kWh battery pack and a 1.5L all-alloy 4 cylinder ICE. Thanks to clever buttons on the console you can force it to electric, gas, or computer-control. It will do at 100 km on (plug-in) electric and 600 km on 8.5 gallons of gas. So no range anxiety whatsoever.

The shape and curves are nice too, even (or especially) in white / black livery; the aerodynamic tuning is far more complex than the Fiat was.







The color is not nearly as exciting too look at but the overall experience so far is quite nice. Interiors are normally boring black but I was able to find a rare grey (Light and Dark Ash is the marketing name) leather interior.



It seats 4 real people and 1 dwarf, and because the batteries are in the central tunnel, not under the floor like the Fiat, there's actually room for your feet.



and a very spacious boot / hatchback area with separately-folding seatbacks.


It's no featherweight midget like the A110 but then I have two Lotuses and a Honda Insight in my fleet to fill that role.

How is it performing so far? The dealer gave us the first tankful, and I had to drive home 100 miles, but including that we've now done 550 miles - 100m on $5 gas and 450m on $15 electricity.

Cazalea

First Gen Insight ...

 
 By: bimbeano : July 17th, 2019-07:22
.. was a truthful, with good intention, built economical car. The looks are actually supercool, it was light, cut through air like nothing else .... after that it slowly started to get awkward with most EV and hybrids ... why oh why do you need a so called 2200+ kilo Tesla that goes to 62 in 3 seconds .... blowing out all the hard earned electricity like it was for free ... oh wait ! It is for free (taxpayers pay). These past couple of weeks we suddenly see lots of German EV's entering our roads ... sorry i meant dinosaurs ... i think my 205 fits 6 times in the latest Q7 LOL. If you want to go green you have to start with lightness and low powered (+/- 100 KW) engines ... and if you want to have fun you have to go ICE ;-) If you want both you have to go A110. Both share the same engine, 1800 cc turbo. Megane 1460 kilos 280 hp can get you easily while obeying the rules at 7,5 l/100 km A110 1080 kilos 252 hp and small frontal surface can get you at less than 6 l /100 km .... and it probably only costs as much as the Fiat 500 EV smile.



This message has been edited by cazalea on 2019-07-17 07:27:51

What does this A 110 do in your parking, my friend? Something you are hiding to us? :)))) [nt]

 
 By: amanico : July 17th, 2019-07:54
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Mine ....

 
 By: bimbeano : July 18th, 2019-02:46
.. only for a couple of days. Would i put my money on it ? Yes but only on one condition ... The problem right now is that i live in a region where all the houses are build alongside the roads, speed camera land we call it here. Flanders has the highest density of speeding cameras worldwide (wonder if that was caused by my driving style). I have to travel around 45 minutes (at idiotic slow speeds) to get anywhere near a fun road, sure there are some stretches where i live where you can go berserk, but not with a car like this A110 or even my Megane because they are simply too fast. The real problem is that i don't have the money for this car, it costs 60,000 € (that's peanuts, even for me) but the real cost lays in the house i want to buy in the south of France (800K+) and the fact i have to make a living (my little business is based on the flanders/Brussels market). And even if i had the means then i still would not be moving to the South of France ;-) ... you know what i mean ééé Schlomo ? Padre Bim



So, what are your feelings on that one? [nt]

 
 By: amanico : July 18th, 2019-02:52
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;-)

 
 By: bimbeano : July 18th, 2019-04:43

I just saw! ;) [nt]

 
 By: amanico : July 18th, 2019-04:49
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It is a fine little machine (emphasis on little)

 
 By: cazalea : July 17th, 2019-07:57
and at 1800 lbs (838 kg) it was almost 1000 lbs lighter than any car tested for fuel economy in the USA. The EPA had to come up with a new test regimen because on their standard lap around SoCal freeways the Insight didn't use enough fuel that they could make an accurate measurement.












Below is the 8kWh battery which cost me $1900 to replace after 11 years and 90,000 miles.









You convinced me !

 
 By: bimbeano : July 18th, 2019-02:39
Well, actually only about your Honda that is smile . Love that first picture !

Both!

 
 By: patrick_y : July 16th, 2019-12:42
Looking good Cazalea! 

Both for me.. my dream car not looking at supercars would be a 300SL Goldwing [nt]

 
 By: FRAMII : July 18th, 2019-03:54
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Hmmmmm! The Gull wing! [nt]

 
 By: amanico : July 18th, 2019-04:44
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Typo [nt]

 
 By: FRAMII : July 18th, 2019-05:00
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the BMW

 
 By: Weems@8 : July 18th, 2019-11:51
The duck i know every screw of it. But horses ran away, and taking a mountin road is return down the road.
The car have charm, but performance like a turtle.
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