On the topic of "fun" cars

OK bear with me, I’m half seeking advice and half just rambling.

Part of the reason I’ve never picked up a second car is that I would have nowhere to keep it. I only have one parking spot available to me. That will be changing in a few months, and if I’m good about saving I can probably budget $3-4k for a second car by the time I get my next tax return. So that begs the question, what the hell do I shop for???

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Many of you know my DD is a manual E39 528i, which is possibly one of the best-driving “regular” cars out there. If I’m looking for something better to drive that means picking up an out-and-out sports car. My concern is that anything more engaging to drive than my DD is going to be out of my price range.

So rather than searching for a better driving experience, how about a different one? My options for that would be:

  • 4x4
  • Traditional Luxury
  • Convertible
  • Classic American
  • Classic Euro

4X4: This is the most practical option as it gives me a snow vehicle. If I go this rout imma do it right and get something with solid axles and low range. Ideally I’d want a Wrangler for the top-down experience but a good one of those in my price range is a hard ask. If I end up with a fixed roof 4X4 then I’m not going to get much driving pleasure and it’ll be solely a utilitarian purchase.

Traditional Luxury: I’m thinking like an old Jaaaaag or something similarly cushy with an automatic trans that I can cruise around town in, but ultimately it might be too similar to the car I already have and I wouldn’t get much out of owning it.

Convertible: Kind of a broad category but I’d consider anything other than a VW Cabrio. I may be gay but I’m not that gay. I live in a perfect place to own a ‘vert and if I could pick up a 1G Sebring or C70 for cheap I probably wouldn’t even touch my BMW all summer.

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Classic American: Doesn’t have to be a muscle car, as long as it has a burbly carbureted V8. Bonus points if I can score a classic convertible. Problem is most classics in my price range need rust repair and that’s not something I know how to do.

Classic Euro: I don’t want anything too similar to my E39 to drive and own, so that cuts out a lot of German options. It would be awesome if I could find myself a Merc R107 or a Volvo P1800 within my budget but it’s not likely. Downsides are the same as with Classic American but with worse parts availability.

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So what would you go for if you were me?

P.S. Before you all start chanting “MIATA! MIATA!”, just know that I am a big guy and I would not fit comfortably in one. That also means many classic euro cars like an MG or Fiat 124 are out of the question.

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