Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - stunorthants
It may sound like a funny thing to ask, but although ive had a few good ideas over the last few months about what second car I want, its come down to this.

What 1970/80's car can I get that trully is a car for a guy? The sort of thing Madmax would drive on sundays :)

It cant be too in your face and certainly not a convertible. 4-door is a no no generally although im sure there can be exceptions. It really comes down to whether or not 99% of women would want one - if they do, I dont want it.
Reasonable power is a must, preferably from a largish engine.

I have a few ideas so far:

Ford Capri 2.8
Rover 3500 Vitesse
BMW 635i
Merc 280CE? not sure about this one..
Mitsubishi Starion
Toyota Celica Supra 2.8
Toyota Supra 3.0

Any other suggestions?
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - LeePower
If you can find one how about a Ford Capri 3100 RS or a mk 2 Escort RS2000?
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - Altea Ego
A butch macho car?

Westbound and down, eighteen wheels a-rollin?
Ah we gonna do what they say can't be done
We've got a long way to go, and a short time to get there
I'm westbound, just watch old Bandit run

Keep your foot hard on the pedal
Son, never mind them brakes
Let it all hang out cause we got a run to make
The boys are thirsty in Atlanta
and there's beer in Texarkana
We'll bring it back no matter what it takes


Ergo, A Black transam with the eagle...... Dont forget the face fuzz.

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TourVanMan TM < Ex RF >
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - Adam {P}
Agree with the Trans Am idea. Although didn't Sally Fields drive it? Thus making it a girls car.

However, The Burtster is the manliest man ever.

Trans Am all the way.
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - Thommo
Much as a love Supras its got to be the Capri.

Expensive now though as recognised as a classic.

Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - nortones2
Capri a classic? It was always hairdresserish. That coke-bottle derivatative of American tinware was out of date before it was sold to the gullible. Like the Viva of unhappy memory.
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - mrmender
Capri a classic? It was always hairdresserish. That coke-bottle derivatative
of American tinware was out of date before it was sold
to the gullible. Like the Viva of unhappy memory.

Capri Hairdressers car? in 3.0L & 2.8 never
stunorthants you mention Rover 3.5 Vitesse good but i always prefer the old P6 3.5 S a bit more classy
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - Pugugly {P}
A mustard Ford Mustang.
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - stunorthants
I like the P6 too, but it was bought by old men and Im not really looking to age myself too much - the car doesnt so much need to be classy, just a car designed along the lines of a hammer - blunt, but does its job with sheer brute force :)

If I could have anything id have an american muscle car, but they are too pricey for me.
I like the Capri, but its a little common isnt it?

Im leaning towards the Celica Supra as I like the shape of the early cars and the 2.8 should be able to do some miles.

I think both the Capri and the Vitesse are attracting over-the-odds prices as they get classic status and the BMW is going that way too.


I should explain why I want a mans car - my mum drives a Hyundai Coupe 2.7 V6 - it should be a blokey car because it looks good and drives really nice, but my mum drives one for goodness sake - I want a car my mum will NEVER want drive. Is that so much to ask?
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - Altea Ego
Nortones you are a peasant.

The Capri(1) was the 70's equivalent of the cave mans club.
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TourVanMan TM < Ex RF >
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - nick
What's your budget? Have a look at the Rover SD1 club www.roversd1club.net They have a cars for sale section. Last year I bought an SD1 with a 4.6, manual box, 4 barrel carb etc etc yet looks standard and can highly recommend them. Big smiles every time I fire it up. Just watch out for the usual rust! Autos are cheapest, vitesse twin plenum the dearest. It isn't too difficult to fit a manual box to an auto car (so I'm told) so that could be the cheapest way to go.
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - nortones2
TVM: you are correct! In the 70's though, it was still Triumph Bonneville territory for the truly hirsute. Cars: too slow, too comfortable for a true caveman.....
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - johnny
More like :



Wish I had a grey Cortina
Whiplash aerial, racing trim
Cortina owner - no one meaner
Wish that I could be like him

Twin exhaust and rusty bumper
Chewing gum at traffic light
Stop at red but leave on amber
Grey Cortina outa sight

Wish I had a grey Cortina
Whiplash aerial, racing trim
Cortina owner - no one meaner
Wish that I could be like him

Furlined seats and lettered windscreen
Elbow on the windowsill
Eight track blazing Brucie Springsteen
Bomber jacket, dressed to kill

Wish I had a grey Cortina
Whiplash aerial, racing trim
Cortina owner - no one meaner
Wish that I could be like him

Never cop a parking ticket
Never seem to show its age

Speed police too slow to nick it
Grey Cortina got it made

Wish I had a grey Cortina
Whiplash aerial, racing trim
Cortina owner - no one meaner
Wish that I could be like him



Tom Robinson Band er I'll get me coat....
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - davros
What about an '80's vintage Alfa GTV6?

I had one for a while and my then-girlfriend was physically unable to drive it because the clutch was so heavy . . . A riot to drive on the right road - and a fabulous noise!

Cheers

Davros

Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - stunorthants
Too delicate, italian cars are full of soul but not really raw enough for me. Agree on the engine though.
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - Adam {P}
I don't know your budget but what about something American?

Sounds silly but think about it. A nice Lincoln Town car (80's box shape of course).

A Cadillac Seville - beautiful cars.

The list goes on...
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - Nsar
Lotus Carlton?

I was once driven in one round the Harewood hill climbing course by a pro driver from JCT600.

I asked him (as we were approaching 90 degree bend with a wall facing us at what seemed like 90mph) how many of these the dealership owned and he took the fag out of his mouth, turned to me and said none - this was off the forecourt and would be back up for sale as soon as he got back there.

Then he calmly turned back to the job in hand of scaring the bejeesus out of us. Something he seemed rather good at.

www.lotus-carlton.co.uk/

A bit of info here
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - blue_haddock
Nice idea Nsar but i somehow think it could well be out of budget - your not even going to get aLHD snotter for less than £10k whereas the others mentioned are nearer £1k.

I'd say get a V6 Capri - plenty of manliness, lots of tail out action and a good parts supply.
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - Lud
Very expensive looking motors, and I'm sure worth every penny.

I particularly liked the underbonnet photo with a pointer to the engine saying 'engine'.

Don't Lotus Carlton buyers know what an inlet tract looks like?
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - Waino
Well, if you want a MAN'S car, it's got to be a Mondeo. Have you ever heard of Fiesta Man, CLK Man, A8 Man, 530i Man or 'Anything else' Man?

Come to think of it, did I once hear of Cortina Man? Maybe I did!
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - Pugugly {P}
Well forget all previous suggestions. Vauxhall Monaro. That is a true Q car, and almost exactly what Mad Max would have driven.
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - stunorthants
Im not much for cars post 1990, too complex, I like barndoor technology. The Capri does appeal, maybe in black :) hmm
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - adverse camber
Holden?

not up on models but they always seemed macho+fast. And as aussie made def the stuff of mad max.

Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - blue_haddock
Mark99 - the Vauxhall Monaro as suggested by PU is just a rebadged Holden Monaro although we never got the seriously full on HSV version like they have down under.
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - adverse camber
OK,

I didnt recognise the monaro name - I thought it sounded like one of those vans. I assumed it was a van/pick up.

HSV - thats what I was thinking of - isnt that their equiv of ford's SVO ?

Didnt someone import holdens a couple of years ago? I thought I remembered a feature in one of the mags.
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - blue_haddock
Holdens were imported briefly as holden Commodores in 4dr form and then vauxhall decided to bring the monaro over and badge it as a vauxhall. The pickup is known as a Maloo and they can be equally potent.

HSV are similar to SVO in that they take the standard models and tweak them further in a similar sort of way cosworth did with the sierra and escort.

www.hsv.com.au/index_new.html
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - Chad.R
... although we never got the seriously full on HSV version like they have down under.


Isn't the "full-on" HSV version the same as the Vx Monaro VXR?
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - Screwloose


A real man's car has got to have a V8; so the P6 - with PAS [got to be the 3500S though - greatest wheeltrims ever and ex-Met Traffic car street-cred] would be my first choice. Pre 9/74 cars had 180bhp [10.5:1CR 5-star engine, so use octane booster] and quite a good investment now too.

However; if that's out, then there's only one thing Mad Max would drive at the weekend. A jacked-up de-silled Classic Range-Rover with BIG knobblies and a 3/4 ton bull-bar hung on the front [to keep those squishy cyclists out of the arches] c/w mean winch and a [very thick and muddy] tow-rope wrapped in a figure-of-eight.
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - BogStandard
Saab 900 Turbo 16S. Two-door model. It has 175 bhp and does 0-60 in 7.5 seconds. £500 - £1500 ish. I sold mine after 205000 miles. Here's one:

www.pjgh.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/saab/specials/pages/...l
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - mrmender
A real man's car has got to have a V8; so
the P6 - with PAS [got to be the 3500S though


I agree with you on the p6 i can remember seeing one a 2000 model 1 of the very 1st ones, i would have been about 4 or 5 it was fantastic, looked like no other car a 4 door 4 seater that looked proper sporty, it certaily did not look a oldmans car as stunorthants says it does
And remember this BMW had just stopped making bubble cars at the time!
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - antonios gubba
I have just two words for you: FORD MUSTANG

Here's mine:

hometown.aol.co.uk/Antonios%20Gubba/images/mustang...g
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - George Porge
Opel Monza?
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - Bagpuss
Old model Jeep Grand Cherokee with 5.7 litre V8 and bull bars.

It's a 4-door but unlikely to be confused with a family car due to negligible space in the back seat. Very demanding to drive on anything but the smoothest roads but you can get them fixed anywhere and the engine makes a lovely noise. If you don't do too many miles, the fuel consumption shouldn't be a big problem.
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - stunorthants
My budget is £1500 I think, its only a second car afterall.

The P6 just isnt for me, its too much of an old mans car and good ones dont fall within my budget anyway. Same goes for the Mustang which is also a bit obvious.
If I have anything american, it would have to be something less obvious although I want something my local mechanic wont be afraid of and american would prob scare him a little ( he's cheap so its worth considering him in my choice! )

Im still thinking that something Ford with the 2.8 - maybe a Sierra XR 4x4? Could put a decent exhaust on it and it would sound great. Might be cheaper than the Capri and could put a 2000E interior in it?
Im just thinking that as it looks fairly standard and theres lots of bits around for them, I could have a fairly standard looking 'sleeper'. Anyone know if they take Unleaded? I think the 2.9 did.
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - BazzaBear {P}
Could put a decent exhaust on
it and it would sound great.


You want a 'sleeper' but you're planning on whacking a chav-pipe on it?
Actually, that might work, people will just assume you're an upgraded Novaboy with a 1.4 and a 'phat' exhaust.
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - stunorthants
Er, no. I have no intention of putting a drainpipe on any car I own. It is possible to get tasteful aftermarket exhausts, it doesnt have to be silly. Open the mind a little.
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - apm
How about a Datsun 240Z?
Or MGB V8?

Poss both out of price range- start at about 3500.

This month's practical classics has a bit on cheap yank classics- mustang, Dodge Dart & Camaro- worth a look?

Alex.


--
Dr Alex Mears
MG BGT 1971
If you are in a hole stop digging...unless
you are a miner.
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - stunorthants
I read that article you mention and the Dart looks good, but my budget is £1500 so would be a stretch.

Id like to get a really nice example of whatever I get, not a ropey one that Im paying for the 'classic status' of.

I know I could get a really nice XR4x4 at £1500. Only other car that springs to mind is an early BMW 535i as I like the earlier shape ones.
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - mrmender
no no no not a beemer or you'l undergo a personality change!
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - Altea Ego
Northants stu, it seems you cant make your mind up, so you may be in touch with your feminine side. Therefore a macho car is wholly inapropriate.

Can I therefore suggest a change of tack and go for a girly car?

I will start the ball rolling by suggesting a lipstick red micra.

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TourVanMan TM < Ex RF >
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - Adam {P}
Vauxhall Tigra
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - BazzaBear {P}
Vauxhall Tigra

...convertible.
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - mrmender
Northants stu, it seems you cant make your mind up, so
you may be in touch with your feminine side. Therefore a
macho car is wholly inapropriate.
Can I therefore suggest a change of tack and go for
a girly car?
I will start the ball rolling by suggesting a lipstick red
micra.

Triumph snag!
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - Tomo
Do not rule out the '90s. Supra JZA 80 (Mk IV or TT) makes those preceding a little "peely-wally"! But, given an unrusted car (and be VERY careful) go for the Celica Supra 2.8 rather than the 3.0 - nicer to drive and no blown gaskets.

I have had all three under my hand for extended periods, and if I had a proper motor house and unlimited funds I'd have all three.

Admittedly along with the F40!

Otherwise the 635i, again with caution on rust.
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - Wally Zebon
635CSi all the way for me. I had an '81 model for a year and it was a fantastic car. 220 BHP makes it nippy in the extreme.

If you can push the boat out then try for an M635CSi. 276BHP and a manual box makes it a flyer!

Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - stunorthants
I just had a thought as I was cleaning one of the new M-class mercs. How about a G-Wagon? Not brilliant to drive bout not pretty either which makes it a blokes choice lol. Anyone had experience of them? I drove a 350 TD import once and I thought it was superb.
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - Altea Ego
Stu, listen mate, a word of advice.

Women like Gay men. They find them unthreatening, amusingly bitchy, and secretly find them a challenge (as in "I am such an alluring female I am sure I could turn him straight")

So why not get an in your face gay car?


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TourVanMan TM < Ex RF >
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - stunorthants
I used to own a Reliant Rialto which had such an effect, but perhaps it was pity?

What your forgetting is get a gay car, you get the gay men too!

I just want a car that no girlfriend will want to ride in and will certainly not steal the keys.
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - Kevin
>I just want a car that no girlfriend will want to ride in..

Ahhh, that's easy.

An Escort XR3i convertible in white. (Unless you live in Essex)?

Kevin...
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - NowWheels
Women like Gay men. They find them unthreatening, amusingly bitchy, and
secretly find them a challenge (as in "I am such an
alluring female I am sure I could turn him straight")
So why not get an in your face gay car?


best advice so far this thread
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - stunorthants
The best advice on which car I should get in order to keep women away from it is to buy a 'gay' car which would challenge a woman to turn me back? What kinda logic is that?
I want a car that a girl wont go near and I can have to myself - you sure your on the right thread?
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - Adam {P}
>>I want a car that a girl wont go near and I can have to myself - you sure your on the right thread?<<

She gets asked that question all the time ;-)
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - wjh
Porsche 928


If the budget doesnt go that high, 944.
Help to decide what 'mans' car for me? - NowWheels
The best advice on which car I should get in order
to keep women away from it is to buy a 'gay'
car which would challenge a woman to turn me back? What
kinda logic is that?
I want a car that a girl wont go near and
I can have to myself - you sure your on the
right thread?


Then get a gay car, an appropriate haircut and a set of leatherman clothes. The women will leave you in peace then :)
 

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