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300ZX TT without a doubt.
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Hate to beat the same drum, but the Nissan is the one.
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Three very similar cars, all appreciating, but cannot decide...

1. '90 Nissan 300ZX TT, 30k miles, 5spd.
Do not fall asleep while driving this car. A friend had one and made that mistake (assisted by copious amounts of beer). Forward progress ceased abruptly. Only the passenger door was not ripped off the car. It should be a fun car to have, though.


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2. '84 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight Regency Brougham, 150 miles, yes 150 miles.
A couple years early but this car was featured in the 1980 movie and song, "Middle Age Crazy" with Bruce Dern. He traded it for a Porsche, as I recall.

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3. '72 Ford F250, very, very, nice and original with 460, C6, Air, 2wd.
Arguably, the most handsome of the F class Fords, ever. Not too sure about the 460 though. I think it took a lot of massaging to wake it up.

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Couldn't find a good pic of a '72 F250 and this '71 F150 is pretty shabby but it gives you the general idea.



What's up with the other Ford? Selling it?

With your bent for these older GMs, I'm surprised you haven't obtained a "Professional Car" such as a hearse or ambulance. There was a meeting not too far from mcbear last year. It would hve been interesting to seethe shape they are in.

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I would go with the 300ZX TT. The motor/tranny alone is appreciating in value, the car could be a bucket of bolts.

On the other hand a 500E with 21K miles [199 Black Pearl] just came up in Medford Oregon and a 60K one in Silver in Iowa. The 199 car is asking $39 but I think that can be worked down. The Silver car is setting at $30. Only 1505 brought into the US in the three years it was here.
Fantastic cars, those original 500E's, but I buy as much on appeal and resale as I do on intial purchase price. For every car I get I miss at least 15. I love all types of cars, even mean spirited English cars. So I look across the board and do the research before I buy. Still got burned one time.
It is very difficult to get a good deal on a 500E due to the rarity of the item, mix it with genuine low mileage, the only kind of cars I mess with, and you can never find one at less than retail+++. The only bargain it seems right now on late model benz's is the V12 variants, especially desirable 5 spd automatics of the late 90's.
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The 300ZX Twin Turbo was my first dream car. They still look cool, and go like bats out of hell.

I'm not fey enough to appreciate why anyone would purposely buy the other two though, so take that for what it's worth.
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^Gosh QBN, we sure seem to have alot in common, maybe you are confused? My ol' SLK32...

and CL...

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Fantastic cars, those original 500E's, but I buy as much on appeal and resale as I do on intial purchase price. For every car I get I miss at least 15. I love all types of cars, even mean spirited English cars. So I look across the board and do the research before I buy. Still got burned one time.
It is very difficult to get a good deal on a 500E due to the rarity of the item, mix it with genuine low mileage, the only kind of cars I mess with, and you can never find one at less than retail+++. The only bargain it seems right now on late model benz's is the V12 variants, especially desirable 5 spd automatics of the late 90's.
I know what you mean on the low mileage 500Es. Not for the faint of heart when it comes to writing the check.

About the 90s V12s, the reason they are dropping like a stone in price is the rear main seals go bad at about 50K miles as do the seals under the Throttle Body. Add a couple of other motor problems that seem to be resident with those lovely motors and you need to add $12K to purchase price if the work has not already been done. They are great when they work but it is the times in between that is the ball breaker.

I bought a S600 V12 motor w/tranny and electronics and it is setting in the shop. At some point we are going to dive into it and make it ready for another 50K miles and stuff it in the third 500E [the Katrina Project that I rescued from Hurricane Katrina]

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'84 Oldsmobiles and you

The 1984 Olds 98 Regency was one of they very last BOF cast iron push rod V8 cars, Oldsmobile made. 1985 was the last year for those that had that set up,
(except for a handful of Cutlass Supremes that went to about 1988 or so), so an original time capsule 1984 version would be pretty interesting, though no guaranteed investment.

Back in those days GM was really pushing the FWD cars, like the Cutlass Cierra, and these were on the way out.

Also GM quality control was really bad in those years, so you have a REAL good chance that sany of them would be a real lemon. I know personally.

I kind of like them, though, having had a '77 Olds 88 Royale for a long time and a '79 Coupe de Ville for a short time (lots of problem with it)

The mouse fur velour seats, the 85 mph Joan Claybrook speedometers, monolithic cat converters on them, and enormous dimensions were very representative of an era that will not be seen again.

Problem with a 150 mile one, is that every mile driven depreciates it.

Buy it and you could put it away and store it, or stick a Cyndi Lauper cassette in it and pretend you are back in 1984 again, and you just drove it off the lot of "Popp" Gunn Olds or David McDavid Olds in Texas, and enjoy it.

Up to you.

Owning a brand new time capsule example of one would be very interesting.

Time was not kind to them, most of them were neglected by 2nd and 3rd tier owners, and got junked or trashed. The diesels did not last at all. Plenty of problems after 100,000 miles, electric ones especially

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Nissan .... but why do you own so many cars? are you a collector? do you flip them?

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