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1985 Ferrari Testarossa: Has the Redhead Hit Rock Bottom?

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As pre-driver’s licensed teenagers in the 1980s, one of the places we scratched our automotive itch, as it were, was in the video game arcade. You remember those, right? Dark, noisy rooms reeking of old popcorn, sweat, and cleaning solution with brown industrial carpeting smothered in used chewing gum and other nastiness, where the youth of our generation gathered to take our minds off of school, overbearing parents and girl (or guy) troubles. The best games would rob you of a pocket full of quarters and hours – if not days or weeks – of your life. It was heaven on Earth. These days we have the XBox, PlayStation, and Wii. The best games for Car Geeks like me were the sit-down shift-and-steer games. Pole Position taught us the basics, but Outrun was where it was at in terms of cool cars, music, and you even got a hottie in a bikini to ride along. And that was the closest I thought I’d ever come to driving a Ferrari Testarossa.
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1987 Callaway Twin-Turbo Corvette: Mid-80s American Muscle

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Old Lyme, Connecticut, is a sleepy seaside community in the Southeastern part of the state populated mostly by retirees and seasonal visitors from the greater New York area who can’t quite afford their homes in the Hamptons just yet. It is just about the least likely place you would expect to find an outfit like Reeves Callaway’s which has for decades taken ordinary street cars and made them, well, go. Yesterday’s post about Alfa GTV-6s reminded me of the super-cool Callaway versions of those cars, which got me looking for Callaway cars in general, and untimately led me here, to this pristine 1987 Callaway twin-turbo Corvette available on eBay in Springfield, Missouri with a Buy-it-Now price of $34,900.

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1986 Toyota MR2: Disposable Sports Car #6

It’s been a while since we added a new “disposable sports car” to the blog, so today we bring you an 80s-style oldie but goodie: the original Toyota MR2. It was the 80s, and every teenage boy worth his salt lusted after exotic, mid-engined supercars like the Ferrari 308GTSi and the Lamborghini Countach. These teenage boys, again if worth their salt, also influenced their family car-buying decisions. So Toyota (and separately Pontiac with their similarly-timed and themed Fiero), decided to take advantage of that supercar lust by introducing a mid-engined sports car for the masses. Enter Mister Two. Find this clean and surprisingly rust-free example here on Craigslist in Daly City, California, for just $3,500.
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Bond Car (Submarine) Bargain: 22K Mile 1985 Lotus Esprit Turbo

If you were a budding Car Geek in the 1970s and/or 1980s, exotic supercars were all wedge-shaped – Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Maseratis, and perhaps the most wedge-shaped of them all was the Lotus Esprit. These wedges were all meant to embody speed with their ultra-raked windshields, mid-engine layout, and a seating position about three inches off the ground. All of these cars were part of the “Justification for Higher Education” garage, but the Lotus had the added distinction of being a Bond car, which meant we wanted it. This low mileage example looks fantastic in silver on black leather, and is a supercar bargain at just $22,900 or best offer. Find it here on eBay in Ontario, Canada.

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Fleet Update: Bonding with the 1993 MX-5 Miata

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.

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