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    I kinda want to buy a cheap older convertible that won't live in the shop and is fun to drive. Beat to hell but mechanically sound. Or sound-ish at least. Suggestions welcomed. Maybe an older Miata? What could I get for like 10 grand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ötzi View Post
    I kinda want to buy a cheap older convertible that won't live in the shop and is fun to drive. Beat to hell but mechanically sound. Or sound-ish at least. Suggestions welcomed. Maybe an older Miata? What could I get for like 10 grand?
    Can you move budget to S2000 level? Would hold value indefinitely

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    You already have the answer: Miata.

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    Datsun 2000, as long as it's rust free.

    https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds...0/2460963.html
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    Miata with denim interior.

    Bulletproof. Fun. And cheap.

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    But were those Canadian market only?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CascadeLuke View Post
    Yah I wonder what can be done to them for motor? His sounds more rowdy than you would expect even knowing those pipes are there.
    in classic period racing trim 130hp



    Or you can mate it with a Celica GT4 engine trans and running gear (if they ever finish it)



    Or Twinis with front and rear engines
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    Quote Originally Posted by ötzi View Post
    I kinda want to buy a cheap older convertible that won't live in the shop and is fun to drive. Beat to hell but mechanically sound. Or sound-ish at least. Suggestions welcomed. Maybe an older Miata? What could I get for like 10 grand?
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    Toyota MR2 Spyder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ötzi View Post
    I kinda want to buy a cheap older convertible that won't live in the shop and is fun to drive. Beat to hell but mechanically sound. Or sound-ish at least. Suggestions welcomed. Maybe an older Miata? What could I get for like 10 grand?
    Buy a fiat for $1k and have someone convert it to electric.

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    S2000 are great! Hard to find clean examples that aren't riced out. Great driving cars.
    I'll reiterate, the e30 convertible. You can find a very nice example for $8-10k. Super fun to drive, quite reliable if properly maintained. There is a reason so many e30 were turned into race cars and are sought after budget enthusiast cars. They handle well, and the straight six is incredibly smooth, has a nice linear torque curve, and it makes a glorious sound zipping around town 20-50mph. Pedals are perfectly setup for easy heel toe down shifts. I have a 944turbo and a 540i/6speed, and if the weather is decent, and I am running around town, it's always the e30 convertible. Highest smile/mile in the fleet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ötzi View Post
    I kinda want to buy a cheap older convertible that won't live in the shop and is fun to drive. Beat to hell but mechanically sound. Or sound-ish at least. Suggestions welcomed. Maybe an older Miata? What could I get for like 10 grand?

    Gen 1 Boxster should be considered. IMS bearing issues are overblown IMHO but keeps the cost down... '99 is a good year from my research when buying mine used a few years ago. One with some miles would be good because if it was going to blow, it probably would have already. Mine has 155,000.Also sounds dumb but it has great luggage space with the front and rear trunks. Great for running errands around town... I can do a full two week grocery shop for our family of 4 and fit it all in the car, but also nice for weekend/camping trips with my wife. I've driven friends Miatas and S2000 and am always like "Where do I put my shit?"

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    Cool thanks I'll look into it and report back in the ~near future.

    I might pass on the electric Fiat but I appreciate the out of the box thinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PNWbrit View Post
    in classic period racing trim 130hp



    Or you can mate it with a Celica GT4 engine trans and running gear (if they ever finish it)



    Or Twinis with front and rear engines
    Whoa. Amazing how anything with Harris can be entertaining.
    Have Andy over finishing- so thanks for the reco! He’s sold and well priced. Send me a pm if you want me to tell him you referred etc

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    Glad it worked out - I was really impressed with him and his crew. PM sent.
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    Wan't looking for it but what do we think about this thing? https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/pt...319471052.html

    What's the best way to search for old cars? I put "Boxster" into cars.com and the oldest car that came up was a 2013 and the rest were 2017 and newer.

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    Unless you're Edd China, I'd run the other way.

    Try typing in Miata or MX-5 instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ötzi View Post
    Wan't looking for it but what do we think about this thing? https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/pt...319471052.html
    Get him to throw an AMG gear knob into the deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Highmen View Post
    Toyota MR2 Spyder.
    Seconded. We've had a Miata and an older Mr2 and the Spyder is alike an eerie combination. Mostly in good ways. Miata and MR2 Spyder both deserve consideration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ötzi View Post
    What's the best way to search for old cars? I put "Boxster" into cars.com and the oldest car that came up was a 2013 and the rest were 2017 and newer.
    Try autotrader and CarGurus, pretty good search & sorting. I like the Boxster idea and some have proactively dealt with the IMS. And once you have one Pcar the entry to the next is super easy and customary. So I’ve heard

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    Quote Originally Posted by ötzi View Post
    Wan't looking for it but what do we think about this thing? https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/pt...319471052.html

    What's the best way to search for old cars? I put "Boxster" into cars.com and the oldest car that came up was a 2013 and the rest were 2017 and newer.
    you said live in shop right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CascadeLuke View Post
    Try autotrader and CarGurus, pretty good search & sorting. I like the Boxster idea and some have proactively dealt with the IMS. And once you have one Pcar the entry to the next is super easy and customary. So I’ve heard
    That's the rumor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aldo View Post
    you said live in shop right?
    ha k k I just saw it and thought I'd ask

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    I guess I suck at this link stuff

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