In the movie The Family Man, Nicholas Cage is a successful, wealthy mergers and acquisitions wonk. During a Christmas season he is magically transported – with the help (?) of Don Cheadle – from his cushy Manhattan penthouse lifestyle of $2500.00 suits, hostile takeovers and tawdry call girls to a suburban New Jersey world of kids, minivans and bowling. The one bright spot is he’s married to Téa Leoni.
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In sum the TTS team has owned four Miatas, and while each has had a distinct personality of its own (believe it or not), they all had one failing in common: their horns. Miatas came from the factory with a weak little “meep-meep” horn that car barely be heard over the radio of any car, including the Miata whose horn it is. So despite the fact that there is still a cockpit brace sitting in my garage waiting to be installed, today’s Garage Corner is all about being heard – in the interest of both ego and safety.
For my money, the American automobile industry has produced very little that is unique or interesting since about 1969. Sure, that new Cadillac CTS-V Wagon is a little different, but beyond that..? If you look back, American cars had the stronghold on brute muscle. We weren’t refined, but we could power our way through everything. Hmm.. I guess you could say that about pretty much our whole culture, but I digress. In 1992 Chrysler, to just about everybody’s surprise, introduced what many considered to be a modern-day Cobra complete with participation from none other than Carroll Shelby himself in its development: the Dodge Viper. That the Viper ever made it past the show car stage was a testament to the fact that the Big Three can deliver, when the mood strikes them.
This low-mileage red example
here on eBay in Chesaning, Michigan with a buy-it-now price $28,495 could very well represent an increasingly rare opportunity to get an “as new” Viper for less than the price of a new Camry. We think they’ll only go up in value from here.
I have owned the 1993 Miata for exactly a week, and I am pleased to report that so far is so good with it – that is to say there have been no surprises so far, knock on wood. The unseasonably warm weather has made it especially easy to get some seat time in the Miata as God intended: with the top down. I’ve logged about 300 miles in the last five days, which is definitely some good car-driver bonding time.
I turned forty earlier this year, and it struck me as a long time Beatles and John Lennon fan that through chance, luck, or some sort of cosmic intervention, I’d lived to the same age as Lennon was when he died. It was a little strange, because being more or less my parents’ age, I’d always thought of Lennon as much older. I guess the fact that years of drug and alcohol abuse made him look even older than he was may have contributed to that perception. In any case, apart from the music and martyrdom, we don’t often hear about John’s cars.
Collector car price guides place the Maserati Ghibli Spyder in the $150,000 – $300,000 range, and with only 125 produced including both the 4.7 litre and the 4.9 liter SS models, they really don’t come to market very often. That’s precisely what makes this car compelling. While it may be a conversion, it looks to the layman every bit like the real deal, and in an attractive color combination to boot.
Find it here on eBay in Miami, Florida with no reserve and bidding at a shade under $9,000 as of this writing.