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17 hours ago, cltbwimob said:

Can we get some representation of classic American muscle cars here?  I mean all these euro vehicles are nice, but nothing beats the classic American muscle car sporting a screaming V8.  
 

70 Chevelle SS 454 LS6...yes please

1967 GTO...one of my favorites.

1970 Dodge Charger with a blower sticking out of the hood...also one of my favorites

An Eleanor...perhaps the greatest looking car ever built.

 

Cars of the QC encompasses ALL cars, so feel free to post anything interesting that you see around! 

My aunt and uncle used to have a dark green 1969 Mustang GT Convertible.  Unfortunately they sold it a few years ago, but it was in great condition and was fun to ride around in.  I grew up mainly around European cars, so my favorite cars generally come from that part of the world.  However there are a number of American cars that I would love to have including a C7 Corvette Grand Sport, Camaro ZL1 1LE, Mustang GT350/GT350R, previous-gen Ford GT, and final-gen Viper.

Edit - there are a ton of nice classic cars around Charlotte - both American and European - but they are rarely ever driven.  Most of my favorite sightings are of modern exotic cars, especially Lamborghinis and McLarens.

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Oh American muscle cars are well represented in the Charlotte suburbs for sure think Lake Norman and Cabarrus County.    There is a huge car culture that is related to the NASCAR business that is based here.  I know someone in Harrisburg who had 12 garages at his home and a classic American car in each of them! 

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Not to mention the Food Lion Auto Fair showing off that culture. I grew up going to it. 

 

This isn't very expensive (yes but not by supercar standards) or really that rare, but it was cool seeing my first AEV Prospector XL in Charlotte. 

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I guess my speed is a little different than others...

 

P.S. Though I'm not a Ford guy, that new Bronco, right?! Can't wait to see my first here in the QC.

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25 minutes ago, KJHburg said:

Oh American muscle cars are well represented in the Charlotte suburbs for sure think Lake Norman and Cabarrus County.    There is a huge car culture that is related to the NASCAR business that is based here.  I know someone in Harrisburg who had 12 garages at his home and a classic American car in each of them! 

But do they ever drive them?!?  

At least I can say the Ferrari/Lambo/Mclaren guys at least drive them around S CLT.   I can say I am never up by the lake so I can't speak to up there tho.  I know the Nascar guys typically have a lot of classics...but part of that is because those guys sponsors aren't to keen to seeing photos of them driving something other than a Chevy/Ford/Toyota.   I have seen Jimmie Johnson driving one of his classic pickup and it's freaking sweet!

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12 minutes ago, InSouthPark said:

But do they ever drive them?!?  

At least I can say the Ferrari/Lambo/Mclaren guys at least drive them around S CLT.   I can say I am never up by the lake so I can't speak to up there tho.  I know the Nascar guys typically have a lot of classics...but part of that is because those guys sponsors aren't to keen to seeing photos of them driving something other than a Chevy/Ford/Toyota.   I have seen Jimmie Johnson driving one of his classic pickup and it's freaking sweet!

More show cars for sure.  But head out to the Auto Fair at the speedway and you will see plenty.  Here is a popular place for storage in Concord https://www.autobarnclassiccars.com/storage

and another place for car storage in Concord https://www.streetsideclassics.com/locations/nc   but believe me plenty of people have classics in this area they don't show them off as much. 

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5 hours ago, InSouthPark said:

But do they ever drive them?!?  

At least I can say the Ferrari/Lambo/Mclaren guys at least drive them around S CLT.   I can say I am never up by the lake so I can't speak to up there tho.  I know the Nascar guys typically have a lot of classics...but part of that is because those guys sponsors aren't to keen to seeing photos of them driving something other than a Chevy/Ford/Toyota.   I have seen Jimmie Johnson driving one of his classic pickup and it's freaking sweet!

Classic cars in general are much rarer to see driving around than modern ones, and it doesn't matter whether we're talking about American muscle or European performance.  I think that too many people are overly fixated on their cars' values than actually driving and enjoying their cars, and since classics are getting harder and harder to come by, it creates a viscous cycle of not driving their cars due to fear of something bad happening, which causes the value to stay high, which makes them hesitant to drive their cars....which continues the cycle. 

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caught this Porsche SUV and I know these are expensive.  I will leave the model and base price to the experts.  My friend had one in Charleston and they are nice! 

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15 hours ago, KJHburg said:

caught this Porsche SUV and I know these are expensive.  I will leave the model and base price to the experts.  My friend had one in Charleston and they are nice! 

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Cayenne of some sort, probably the base model because it has the basic exhaust tips.

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trying to get some American muscle cars but don't see them parked but on the road.  Some Dodge Chargers in Concord and along I-485 today. 

also saw plenty of Highway Patrol and Sheriffs Deputies pulling people over on I-77 including the express lanes, I-485 and I-85 today. 

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3 hours ago, KJHburg said:

trying to get some American muscle cars but don't see them parked but on the road.  Some Dodge Chargers in Concord and along I-485 today. 

also saw plenty of Highway Patrol and Sheriffs Deputies pulling people over on I-77 including the express lanes, I-485 and I-85 today. 

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Challenger with the Widebody option, nice :shades: Can't tell if that's just a Scat Pack or Hellcat, or possibly a Demon, but I'm sure it's plenty fast.  One of my uncles has a 2015 Challenger R/T with a six speed manual, and it is a blast to drive!

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2 hours ago, KJHburg said:

Cars of the QC,  QC edition.

all today.  and I have no idea what the red one is uptown .  @nicholas

 

Looks like a Mercedes-AMG C63S Coupe, Meyers Manx Kick-Out SS (rare sighting around Charlotte), and Porsche Boxster. 

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this muscle car would surely get attention if speeding. spotted in Southend.  Don't think that is a legal parking spot either LOL

 

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@nicholas need your help on identifying the first one seen on Hawkins.  I was looking up the cranes at the Portman tower site then this came by and I barely got a photo of it.

for the truck lovers like me parked on Hawkins as well. 

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^OMG!!!!! That is a Bugatti Veyron, a car I've never ever seen in person. When it came out in the mid-00s, it was the fastest, most-powerful, and most expensive car ever produced by a huge margin with a 0-60 time of under 3 seconds, just over 1,000 horsepower, and a price tag of $1.25M.  Simply incredible to see a picture of one roaming the streets of Charlotte! Check your sofas and see if you happen to have $1.4M lost in there, as it's for sale at McLaren of Charlotte.

Also nice Raptor.

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11 minutes ago, nicholas said:

^OMG!!!!! That is a Bugatti Veyron, a car I've never ever seen in person. When it came out in the mid-00s, it was the fastest, most-powerful, and most expensive car ever produced by a huge margin with a 0-60 time of under 3 seconds, just over 1,000 horsepower, and a price tag of $1.25M.  Simply incredible to see a picture of one roaming the streets of Charlotte! Check your sofas and see if you happen to have $1.4M lost in there, as it's for sale at McLaren of Charlotte.

Also nice Raptor.

No wonder someone was following it with his head out of the window taking a video or photo.  I would have gotten a better shot if not for all the construction at the Portman Hawkins tower LOL  Must have been a test drive then with a follow car in case someone tries to drive off.  

well here is webpage about the above referenced car.

https://www.bugatti.com/models/veyron-models/

even my salary as a CEO of a major sweet doughnut company makes this car unaffordable for me. Might have to do some real estate on the side as a side hustle. 

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19 hours ago, KJHburg said:

this has to be the most expensive used car on a  Charlotte lot or in this case in a showroom that you can drive off the lot today (with the right amount of money)

https://www.charlottemclaren.com/2008-bugatti-veyron-16.4-c-917.htm

Actually no, not by a long shot! There is a 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta that apparently has never been owned by anyone who knows how to drive it for sale at Formula One Imports on Independence Blvd for $4.69M!!!  The same dealership also has a 1988 Porsche 959 for sale for $1.425M, which fortunately has been driven at least a little bit.  The McLaren dealership also has three (!!!!) McLaren Sennas which are not priced, but are all likely in the $1.4M-$1.6M range.

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I just not up on cars that cost over $1 M I guess.  My friend from Charleston knows all these cars and wants to tour some of high end dealerships I will tag along for the test drive. 

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20 minutes ago, KJHburg said:

I just not up on cars that cost over $1 M I guess.  My friend from Charleston knows all these cars and wants to tour some of high end dealerships I will tag along for the test drive. 

I think they're cool, but sadly a lot of them are bought up by "collectors" who then lock away the cars in their collections and never ever drive them.  I mean the full carbon-fiber Senna for sale at the McLaren dealership was locally owned for most of last year, but the owners just trailered it to car shows and whatnot, and never ever actually drove it on the road.  And personally, I think that's a shame because at the end of the day, it's just a car, and it's meant to be driven.  Maybe it's because I put a lot of miles on my car, but I just do not get the point of buying a really cool car and then literally never ever driving it.

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Not the rarest cars but not that common either: dueling Porsches in my building's garage yesterday. The green one is a 911 GT3 Touring (no fixed spoiler on the back is how to know it's a Touring, apparently) and the white one looks like a 718 Cayman.

 

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