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My July issue isn't here yet! Now I can't wait!

I always wanted a 911. I bought a 996 a few years ago (and you would think THAT was the Yugo of 911's based on the bad rep it got in the looks dept, until you drove one). I enjoyed having it for 2 years. I liked driving it - sorta. Once I got used to driving it like a boat (power and steering seemed to both come from the back and it kind of handled like it was on water, precise with full throttle, but floaty all other times). But every time I got out of that and into the GT350, I said THIS is how a car should drive! Powerful, front engine, rear drive, powerful, great brakes, powerful, sounds incredible (I really do not like the sound of a Porsche engine), and most of all, you guessed it, it is powerful! VoooooDooooo black magic. The PCA community has some great people that I'm still friends with, so there is that.

So I sold the Porsche and bought a Cobra replica. THAT is sick! A 347cid with 450hp in 2,200lbs... SICK. Hopping out of that and into the GT350 is, well, it teaches me a lot about differences in life, I'll tell you that. But I do love having two Shelby-inspired cars as stablemates.

I'm much happier now.
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That Lead Foot Gray looks so good. It was a really tough choice between Avalanche and Lead Foot. Absolutely gorgeous.





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That Lead Foot Gray looks so good. It was a really tough choice between Avalanche and Lead Foot. Absolutely gorgeous.
Thanks. I love that it was a one year only color for 2018 (and BTW, no Avalanche that year). They made 639 in LFG, (429 w/stripes, 396 with Electronics, so my car is 1 of 396 for whatever that's worth). But not only do I really like the color, but when I pulled into a very large Cars & Coffee Sunday (maybe 1,000 cars) and there were about 6 GT350's, there was ONLY ONE in LFG. It gets a lot of compliments. And that I do enjoy. After all, it's not like I restored the car or built it. I just bought it, so it's nice to still attract attention in a huge C&C like that.
 

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I’ve got 18 LFG with stripe delete and electronics package and leather seats, so it’s 1 of 300 or so. I also get lots of compliments on it.
 

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Well, LFG without a stripe is 1 of 167. I don't know how many of the 167 had leather seats... but you win ;-)
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I have 2019 Oxford white with cona blue stripes, electronic package and leather seats one of thousands. But all this is not what make it unique. What makes her unique is a small stone left on the rear fender and painted over it in the Ford factory. I don't think any other car in the world regardless of make have it. Great QC Ford, 117 years in the car business.
 
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What’s odd is that Koons also had a LFG with no stripes but with the Recaros and electronic package in the showroom with the one I bought, at the same time. Given that for 18, the leather seats option was hard to find, I suppose my build is probably 1 of 40 or so then.
 
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was there a ranking to the 20 cars?
where on the list did it fall?
what was #1?
Nope, they didn't rank any of the cars. They just listed them. I think the list was organized by how well each car's write-up fit rather than by a ranking.

The GT350 was listed towards the back of the article, though.
 

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At least it wasn't the car listed on the last page... The only unanimously voted on car: YUGO! (for the worst car of all time! hehehe)

Oh, btw, look at the blue car in my signature and note that it was also on the list :-D
 

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At least it wasn't the car listed on the last page... The only unanimously voted on car: YUGO! (for the worst car of all time! hehehe)

Oh, btw, look at the blue car in my signature and note that it was also on the list :-D
Since we are straying slightly off topic...I would say Yugo had some competition...
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Oh no way. The AMC's were at least real cars, not to mention had cool options like the Gremlin X. The Pacer, well, at least you could fit a Maverick inside of it! LOL

What did the Yugo have? THREE LUG NUTS!

 

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Oh no way. The AMC's were at least real cars, not to mention had cool options like the Gremlin X. The Pacer, well, at least you could fit a Maverick inside of it! LOL

What did the Yugo have? THREE LUG NUTS!

Yugo has an excuse since it was a communist nation's early attempt at capitalism. No excuse for AMC :).

I remember the Gremlin commercial where a woman pulled up to the gas pump and the attendant said, "Hey lady, where is the rest of your car?" Thought it was hilarious at the time.

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Had a Gremlin. No uglier then a Pinto to me. Seen a few cool ones, an X in green. Its no Shelby but I think no worse then other econo boxes
 

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I wouldn't compare gremlin to yugo.
 

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The ugly genre included my ‘84 Omni glh. The Shelby help did nothing for the looks. My college roommate rolled two Pintos and lived to talk about it. The insurance co replaced his first one with another one so he could destroy that also. Man, I miss those days...
 

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