Well, SIZE is one reason. Not offering right hand drive in many models is
another. And those awful, bloody, import and engine-size taxes are a killer.
Not to mention that the parts pipelines are awfully awfully long. They
become the "foreign" car once outside the US - not to mention the computer
I have friends in the UK that put up with the inconvenience and drive
Corvettes, Cadillacs, Camaros and Firebirds.
I know one thing for sure: would LOVE to have a new Z06 in Europe and watch
that "ancient" push rod technology run alongside the Ferraris, Lamborghinis,
etc., at 1/3rd the price. I can also see driving up in a red Z06 at an AGIP
in Italy, a TOTAL in France -- take half an hour to pry the people off the
car. And park at a decent restaurant along the Amalfitana - wow!
Commerce, Texas/Naples, Italy
Who the hell in his/her right mind would import most US cars into Europe?
I've lived in Europe off an on for the past 25 years, so you "ain't" talking
with the "average" Yank.
There are many Euro cars we don't import here into the US. Getting spares
for a Renault, TVR, Peugeot, even Fiats do not make it sensible to do so.
And then, finding a tech to work on them is another story entirely as well.
In Europe I found ONE guy who could do the diagnostics on a Corvette while
living in Southern Italy and he had the equipment to work on them because he
owned both a ZR-1, and a convertible.
If this weren't so silly it would be laughable.
Multi-overhead camshaft cars have inherent problems as well, so it's a
matter of choice and construction. Each has some inherent problems, each has
some distinct advantages. One advantage of a push-rod engine is getting
very high performance for a very low cost.
I've owned Jags, MGs, MBs, BMWs, Porsches, Audis, Minis, etc. so I'm
familiar with both systems.
My lanky old push-rod-driven C4 Corvette with 124,000 miles on the clock
will still nudge the 165 mph mark, cut 0-60 in 5.2 seconds, and gives me
better than 25mpg cruising at 75mph with the AC on. And everything on the
car works! which is far more than one can say about the normal British cars.
UK build quality has a horrid reputation here in the US, has had for years -
and the reputation was/is well deserved. Even those of us who loved your
cars grew to detest them because of the faulty carbs, electricals, and poor
workmanship. I'm very much a fan of the UK, having spent a great deal of
time there for both business and pleasure. And, to be sure you have some
cars that I still love. Do us all a favor, don't be an ass and alienate
those of us who are fond of both you and your country, as well as your
cars - faults and all.
They must not follow the Lemans series then because Ferrari and the rest in
their class must be getting sick of being lapped by the pushrod Corvettes
and seeing their tail-lights fade in the distance! ;-)
Finally admitting you long to live in a trailer park rather than on a
smelly mattress in your breaker yard? If you weren't a low class
loser and an Ecstasy junkie you might be able to afford a Mustang or
Corvette one day instead of racking up more negative feedback on ebay
for being a deadbeat.
I'm still * ASTOUNDED* our teenager still carry more pocket change
than you can collect in two weeks.
"An uneven lot can be turned into an asset with only a few cement blocks.
Notice the strategic placement of blocks holding up the back end of this
fine example of "trailer bending." Placing more blocks in the center of the
home would destroy its gentle curve and completely spoil the striking effect.
Trailer bending is also practical; spills flow to the lowest point in the
This not only saves clean-up time but also makes it easy to feed the dogs.
As a side note, the beer can and cigarette carton yard ornaments add colorful
AAAHAAAAHAAAAA!!! YOU'RE KILLING ME !!!
Homo AmericAnus :
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