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Assuming that you do not employee a fully time professional mechanic, what is the ideal number of cars to have in a collection? Key criteria here is none of the cars will be garage queens and you will use all on a semi regular basis. Then how should the cars be split between modern (post 1990, classic 1970-1990, and Vintage pre 1970)? Finally which models would you put in the garage?
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Interesting question Boxer, which I can't answer, but I think it would ultimately depend on other circumstances. I find it difficult to find time to drive the 4 cars/3 bikes I own. But in different circumstances where I didn't have to spend 40-60 hours a week earning a living and had no wife/children to spend time with (which is not a complaint!), and where money was not a limiting factor I think I could quite happily have 3 if not 4 times that number of vehicles and still get to drive them all on a semi regular basis... But thems not the cards I've been dealt, and that's no complaint either!

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Without being specific at this time, suffice to say that I would select different layouts, concepts, and of course, usage. In other words, frontV12, mid12, midV8 and midV6 just to enjoy and appreciate the differences. Personally, absolute power is not the top criteria. Absolute power without driver skill and scene to enjoy results in frustration.

Shall wait for others to make their comments. w/ smiles Jimmy
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Boxer,

I had always wanted 10, but don't know how or why I settled on that number. Probably because at the time I could name ten cars I wanted. At the peak, I had 9 cars and 1 motorcycle. And that proved definitely close to my limit. Cars are as follows:
1958 Jag XK-150S Raodster
1964 Land Rover 109 Pickup
1964 Jag MKII
1967 Triumph TR4A
1974 Jensen Healy
1995 Jag XJ6
1995 Jag XJS
1996 Ducati 916
1989 Jag XJS Convertible
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2004 360 Spider

The middle-aged cars are now leaving the collection as they are the highest in maintenance costs and seem to have the least enjoyment per mile quotient.
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I had always wanted 10, but don't know how or why I settled on that number. Probably because at the time I could name ten cars I wanted. At the peak, I had 9 cars and 1 motorcycle. And that proved definitely close to my limit. Cars are as follows:
1958 Jag XK-150S Raodster
1964 Land Rover 109 Pickup
1964 Jag MKII
1967 Triumph TR4A
1974 Jensen Healy
1995 Jag XJ6
1995 Jag XJS
1996 Ducati 916
1989 Jag XJS Convertible
and
2004 360 Spider

The middle-aged cars are now leaving the collection as they are the highest in maintenance costs and seem to have the least enjoyment per mile quotient.
You seem to have a significant preference for British engineering. Nothing from Aston or Bristol though? Have you considered a Oscar India V8?
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Dear Jimmy,
I cannot imagine why you left out the layout of "front in line 4" from your consideration!

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Boxer,

I wanted an Aston from the moment I first saw one, which coincidentally was an Oscar India! Unfortunately, they were always a bit out of reach pricewise.

It may still happen one day, especially now that the "middle" cars are leaving the garage.

But I think a Quatroporte or 456 are next in line.
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I wanted an Aston from the moment I first saw one, which coincidentally was an Oscar India! Unfortunately, they were always a bit out of reach pricewise.

It may still happen one day, especially now that the "middle" cars are leaving the garage.

But I think a Quatroporte or 456 are next in line.
Have driven the QP a few times and been quite impressed. Lots of room and it moves well.
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Have driven the QP a few times and been quite impressed. Lots of room and it moves well.
A QP with aftermarket compressor is bingo! That engine is bullet proof.

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Dear Jimmy,
I cannot imagine why you left out the layout of "front in line 4" from your consideration!

Best regards,

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Robert ! Stupid, stupid me. My deepest apologies for my ignorance. One pic like that speaks a thousand. Simply so beautiful and poetic. I still have some ways to cross to reach your plateau, Robert. Thanx for banging my head with that gorgeous pic. Anymore ? w/ smiles Jimmy
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Any of the pre 360 cars with the 348 being the exception.(Not keen on its handling abilities)

E30 BMW M3
MGB V8 (Costello)
Sunbeam Tiger (Ford 260 V8)
AC Cobra (427)
Shelby GT500

I think I suffer from a severe case of v8itis.

(Although a question of this nature coming from you Boxer is somewhat out of the ordinary given that all your cars cannot be owned unless you are a mean spanner hand or have one available to you as the need arises.)
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Without being specific at this time, suffice to say that I would select different layouts, concepts, and of course, usage. In other words, frontV12, mid12, midV8 and midV6 just to enjoy and appreciate the differences. Personally, absolute power is not the top criteria. Absolute power without driver skill and scene to enjoy results in frustration.

Shall wait for others to make their comments. w/ smiles Jimmy

I'm in this camp. Especially the V6 or V4 area. Hoping the new F1 engine requirements relate into a great new Ferrari down the road in terms of smaller engine.

As for the 'older' I would absolutly want a 250 GTE 2+2, but I'm strange in that way.

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Assuming that you do not employee a fully time professional mechanic, what is the ideal number of cars to have in a collection? Key criteria here is none of the cars will be garage queens and you will use all on a semi regular basis. Then how should the cars be split between modern (post 1990, classic 1970-1990, and Vintage pre 1970)? Finally which models would you put in the garage?
8 cars
3 DD
5 Specials

1. 4WD - Range Rover TDV8 or G-Klasse
2. One German Uber Saloon either A8 or S-Klasse
3. One small car maybe Audi A3 or a VW Polo
4. 250 GT California / 275 GTS / 250 GT Lusso (60s)
5. 458 Italia (00s)
6. 288 GTO (80s)
7. F50 (90s)
8. V12 front engined (575/599/?)


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A QP with aftermarket compressor is bingo! That engine is bullet proof.
Wouldn't you be better off just buying a 612?
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Assuming that you do not employee a fully time professional mechanic, what is the ideal number of cars to have in a collection? Key criteria here is none of the cars will be garage queens and you will use all on a semi regular basis. Then how should the cars be split between modern (post 1990, classic 1970-1990, and Vintage pre 1970)? Finally which models would you put in the garage?
10 Cars for me - need to add a 3 car garage with a 2 car vault below.

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4 or 5 in no real order
911 SC
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DD: RS6 Avant (great danes need luxury too)
DD for the wife: Mazda MX5 (miata)
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250 GT (Cali or Lusso)
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8 car garage, 2 DDs and 6 weekend drivers. Though really, I doubt I could drive them all regularly, so would probably drop it to 2+4, which 4? no idea rather not choose
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