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Old 14th February 2017, 06:06 PM
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Default The ones that got away

Thought this might make an interesting discussion .....

Cars that you VERY NEARLY bought but were dissuaded at the last moment for whatever reason, or because you found something better or more suitable.





Before I bought my first '8 (about 12 years ago), I was looking for something a little different, something perhaps on a par with the quirkiness and rarity of the Citroen XMs I had previously owned.

A couple of cars I very nearly bought:


Subaru SVX:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subaru_Alcyone_SVX

One in particular I almost bought was a maroon coloured SVX, very much like this:

http://www.carscoops.com/2014/06/how...46k-miles.html (more photos in the link).










Another car I came very close to buying was a bright red Mitsubishi GTO (3L twin turbo I think it was), looked very much like this:




I found the GTO a bit of a disappointment; looked great but not so great to drive.

After further research I eventually started looking at A8s, which seemed to tick all the boxes. The sight of the big V8 engines lured me away from the Japanese beasties I'd been considering and I soon bought my first D2 A8 (a blue 4.2 non-sport). And thus began my Deutsche journey ...
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The Audi Era: '97 A8 4.2 (Ming Blue) --> '96 A8 4.2 QS (Dark Green) --> '02 FE S8 (present)
The Citroen Era: '84 BX 1.6 RS --> '89 BX 1.9 DTR Turbo --> '94 XM 2.0L Turbo --> '96 XM 2.0L Turbo Exclusive --> '00 Xantia Activa 2.0L Turbo
The Banger Era: '76 1.2L Lada VAZ-2101 (Ruski Fiat 124) --> '80 1.7L Morris Ital HL, finished in Ermine White and Rust

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Old 14th February 2017, 06:45 PM
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Default As Brucie would say..

Good game, good game Mark, great idea, great fun.


...so here's mine, the key being: What I Wanted >> What I Got (with explanation/excuses) - pics may follow, if I get time later...

(1) Golf GTi>> Beetle/Toyota Corolla (nae money... )

(2) Fiat Uno Turbo>> Fiat Uno (new family )

(3) Mazda Miata >> Peugeot 405 (growing family )

(4) TVR Tuscan >> Peugeot 405 SRi (still growing family, but 7 year petrolhead itch.. )

(5) Alfa 164 >>> Volvo 850 Estate (to avoid dying in yet another car crash - no regrets though, fabulous car, I want mine back again!... )

(6) Alfa GTV >>>Fiat Coupe (though not really a regret! )

(7) Audi S8 >> Audi S8 (the one that didn't get away! )

(6) Tesla Roadster >> Tesla Model S (not much of a regret either, really )
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(3) Fiat Coupe 20v Turbo: Scots Green. Fragile, but beautiful.

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Old 14th February 2017, 07:29 PM
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I looked at both the SVO and the 3000GT in the past
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Old 14th February 2017, 07:59 PM
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TVR Tuscan >> Peugeot 405 SRi
Ouch!


The 405 SRi was no looker but it was a surprisingly nice car to drive. I drove a company-owned 405 SRi frequently in the early 90's, about the same time as I owned my own Citroen BXs. The 405 shared a lot of parts with the BX but I think it actually drove better.
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Cars Owned:

The Audi Era: '97 A8 4.2 (Ming Blue) --> '96 A8 4.2 QS (Dark Green) --> '02 FE S8 (present)
The Citroen Era: '84 BX 1.6 RS --> '89 BX 1.9 DTR Turbo --> '94 XM 2.0L Turbo --> '96 XM 2.0L Turbo Exclusive --> '00 Xantia Activa 2.0L Turbo
The Banger Era: '76 1.2L Lada VAZ-2101 (Ruski Fiat 124) --> '80 1.7L Morris Ital HL, finished in Ermine White and Rust
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Old 15th February 2017, 01:02 AM
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The facelift D4 S8 in Mystic Blue that sold 2 days before I was able to buy it lat month
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Old 15th February 2017, 05:14 AM
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This is probably sacrilegious being an Audi based forum......

A6 Allroad 3.0TDI >>>> Infiniti FX30d. Two different vehicles but the attitude of the audi salesman killed the deal.

RS4 Avant >>>>> Subaru Legacy 3.0R Car sold about 10 minutes before I arrived at the dealership

I'll end up with an Audi as a daily drive someday!
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Old 15th February 2017, 06:38 AM
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Porsche 996 C4S > Audi S8 D3

Not strictly one after the other, but I had two cars in my sights and I was looking at the C4S first, came really close, but paths crossed with Porsche specialists Fensport and they said to avoid all 996 except the Mezger engined turbos, if I couldnt afford that, buy the S8, so I did.
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