The Automotive Bucket List: What's on Yours?
Mine held a real Shelby Cobra. Yes, held: past tense. You ever have one of those days that just changes your life?
The Cobra I drove is what Shelby guys call a "narrow-hip" car, one of just 32 built without flared rear fenders. It is owned by one of the most generous people I know, and I am still shocked that he was nice enough to let me drive it. It has never been restored, only repainted once. It is damn near the most perfect thing on God's green earth.
Sam Smith is a journalist, a Southerner and a reformed Alfa Romeo mechanic who spends most of his time mooning over ancient racing cars and small-batch bourbon. A multiple International Automotive Media award-winner, he has written for Automobile Magazine, Car and Driver, and Esquire, among other publications. He once drove 4,000 miles in a weekend for a hamburger and has been threatened by the German police only twice.
I remember VIVIDLY getting a ride for a "gun lap" around Newport Beach in an original 427 Cobra in about 1968. While it certainly accelerated hard, what really impressed was its brakes which tried to strain my body through the 4-point seatbelt.
Porsche 930 Turbo
Ferarri (any mid-engine model)
Porsche 356 Speedster
My Dream Garage goes as such...Ahem
Koennisegg Agera R
I think that's it
awww SAM. Two weeks ago the GT 500 now this.....bask in that glow.
My LIST, constantly revised yet there is a core of originals that have been too slippery as yet.
Significantly unaltered originals are definitely worth the added bonus, yet even the mere model counts as a drive if for no other reason to experience the physical "being in it" such as the sightlines/driving position.
I am older than you, and I only have two cars on that list. Just two. One has a prototype, the other is currently produced, but not with the kind of engine I want. Can you guess which ones they are?
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