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the definition of a classic sports car #668972
25/10/20 04:14 PM
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howard Offline OP
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This is mine - I wonder what yours is.

1/ 2 seats and open top with eception made for 911 on basis that its rear seats arent useable.
2/ no ecu or turbo
3/ small volume production appreciated as something special in its day
4/ manual gearbox
5/ capable of a club sprint or hillclimb without modification

So in British terms, a big Healey is a classic sports car but a Triumph Stag is not. And certainly an RS 2000 isnt a sports car full stop.

Re: the definition of a classic sports car [Re: howard] #668973
25/10/20 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by howard
This is mine - I wonder what yours is.

1/ 2 seats and open top with eception made for 911 on basis that its rear seats arent useable.


That's my Morgan out then......


1972 4/4 4 seater
Too many ratty motorbikes
Re: the definition of a classic sports car [Re: howard] #668978
25/10/20 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by howard
This is mine - I wonder what yours is.

1/ 2 seats and open top with eception made for 911 on basis that its rear seats arent useable. TICK once the roof is removed.
2/ no ecu or turbo HALF A TICK
3/ small volume production appreciated as something special in its day TICK
4/ manual gearbox TICK
5/ capable of a club sprint or hillclimb without modification TICK

So in British terms, a big Healey is a classic sports car but a Triumph Stag is not. And certainly an RS 2000 isnt a sports car full stop.


Lotus Exige 410 Sport - 4 & 1/2 out of five, pretty close innocent

Re: the definition of a classic sports car [Re: howard] #668984
25/10/20 04:48 PM
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Mine is:

1) Was it originally sold as a 'sports car'?

2) Is it more than 40yrs old?

I therefore get 2/2 smile


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Too many ratty motorbikes
Re: the definition of a classic sports car [Re: howard] #668993
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There's no answer, it's in the eye of the beholder.

I would go for no driver aids, manual box, convertible. No heater is a benchmark.


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Re: the definition of a classic sports car [Re: howard] #668997
25/10/20 05:35 PM
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Lotus 7 or Caterham 7


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Re: the definition of a classic sports car [Re: howard] #668998
25/10/20 05:38 PM
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"A sports car is a motor car designed primarily for the driver to enjoy going fast"

So said "The Motor" magazine pre-WW2.

Re: the definition of a classic sports car [Re: mph] #669004
25/10/20 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by mph

"A sports car is a motor car designed primarily for the driver to enjoy going fast"

So said "The Motor" magazine pre-WW2.



Spot on.


Giles. Mogless in Paris.
Re: the definition of a classic sports car [Re: howard] #669007
25/10/20 06:22 PM
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It's whatever puts a smile on your face and raises your heartbeat smile
tbh I don't really care what anyone else's definition is hide grin2 due to the above..


Regards Richard

1999 Indigo Blue +8
2009 4/4 Sport Green prev
1994 Connaught Green +8 prev





Re: the definition of a classic sports car [Re: howard] #669008
25/10/20 06:31 PM
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This is mine -
1/ 2 seats and open top with exception made for 911 on basis that its rear seats arent useable.
2/ must have BIG TURBO
3/ small volume production appreciated as something special in its day
4/ manual gearbox
5/ school boys bedroom poster car

I've included in the Gallery my former 1988 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet (having fun with pictures at moment) they only made 68 in RHD form .......great car, made even better when they introduced the G50 gearbox in the final 1989 year of production. Roof down at over 160mph is something to be savoured.



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regards

Last edited by JohnHarris; 25/10/20 08:35 PM.

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