Like it or not, as car enthusiasts we often serve as the go-to people among our normie friends and family for advice on cars. Some people do follow our recommendations, but others, after picking our brains for hours and asking zillions of questions, end up overpaying at the mechanic or buying a car no person in their right mind would pick.
Do friends and family actually take your advice?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “How would you spend $10,000 on a car in the year you were born?“.
We saw an amazing constellation of choices. Older readers definitely got the best deals, as $10,000 bought a lot more the further back in time you went. There may not have been many Japanese cars available, but Jim Daniels could’ve bought a split-window Corvette and BlitzPig could’ve had a Ferrari 250 Europa, both excellent cars and solid investments. steve n could’ve even bought AJ Foyt’s Offenhauser Indy racer. Crown takes the collector car cake though with a brand-new gull-wing Mercedes 300SL worth over $6 million today.
Those born in prime Japanese car times had some great choices as well. Taylor C. and f31roger had their pick of Datsun 280Z from the dealer lot. Alan could’ve had a plaid-seat SA22C Mazda RX-7. Bryan Kitsune would be rolling in an A60 Celica with plenty of aftermarket parts. M.R. and エーイダン could’ve had brand new AE86s decades before US drifters discovered them.
Once you get into the late 90s, $10,000 doesn’t go quite as far. Jonathan P.‘s impressively researched list landed him in a Geo Metro LSi. The Toyota Tercel, Dodge Neon, and Hyundai Accent were also contenders.
The winner this week is JJ, who took us along on a journey to the local dealerships:
I thought this was going to be a limited choice, as after doing a little research I found that the most popular car in North America in 1977 was a Chevrolet Caprice Classic. Seriously? In my mind, there’s only one clear choice.
SAAB – 99 Turbo, if I was fortunate enough to find one of the limited run cars they made in 1977. I’ll assume that I wouldn’t be, so let’s keep looking.
Honda – Big Honda fan but the Civic and Accord in my mind are decidedly ‘meh’ compared to the rest of the Japanese automakers.
Mazda – The Savanna/RX-3 looks interesting…
Nissan – 280Z… ok, now we’re talking. Not very practical, but god is it good-looking.
Toyota – Celica… ooooh, we have a contender for the 280Z…
But what’s this? One of my all-time favorites is available, the FJ40 for $6,078. Comes with the 2F inline 6 engine, and the cost leaves close to $4,000 for accessories and off-road goodies? SOLD!
With the way collectible car prices are going, mind games like these are the closest I’m ever going to get to owning one.
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!