Jim...first of all..."WELCOME HOME!!!" Secondly,.."Thank you!" Thirdly, the VVA is one of the most worthwhile "efforts of dignity" on this entire planet. Everyone's family should see their loved ones depart with the highest form of dignity imaginable!
Yes, it was previously owned by Tom Petty, I have all of the paperwork and the complete documentation on it, so that does add some intrinsic value to it. But, aside from that, I just simply love the car and that what's it all about! These cars are personal, and either you're into them, OR YOU'RE NOT! I've been in love with these cars since "JR" use to drive that silver one on "DALLAS!!!" :)
Well, for whatever it is worth I will throw in the short version of my "auto" biography. That, and $2.79 may get you a latte at McDonald's!
Born 1946. Graduated H.S. 1964. Graduated college 1969, and had to take immediate steps to avoid the draft. My solution, joined the USMC!
Began turning wrenches before I was old enough to drive. Never owned a Jag-U-ar. Probably one of the best cars I ever owned was a 1960 Oldsmobile Super 88 SceniCoupe (2 dr. hdtp.) What made her unique was, most teens (I was 17 at the time) were not driving an Olds. But, more than that, she had a 3-on-the-tree from the factory; a bit of an oddity, if not an outright rarity. She would, and did, haul. Even though a 2-door, during our time together I had to put 4 doors on her. The only sheet metal not ever worked on was the roof!
It is nice to hear that I am not alone in terms of enjoying "just looking at the car." My wife said, just yesterday, every time she enters, or leaves the garage and sees the Allante, it brings a smile to her face.
And to all, a goodnight ... .
I really, and I do mean really, like the look of the top on Heartbreaker. I may have to give that consideration for mine when it comes time to put a new one on. That is sharp!
Thanks Dave, most appreciated! It was celebrity owned and one of about 75 "Special Order" Allantes made in 1993. The interior is all neutral single-tone, including the dash, doors and door tops, steering wheel, and convertible boot cover. It also has has rare factory wood and analog gauges, which I was only looking for. Nothing is two-toned in it, even the stripe down the side is a custom tan color, with a matching pin stripe. It's a beauty, and I truly love it!
Reflections??? What I noticed was that women would comment on my Allantes more often than men. I dont think its because its "cute" but because they are more vocal regarding something beautiful. Yes, I've tried owning a car that didnt require me turning around after I parked it, and I've soon sold those cars! I also graduated from high school in 1965, stayed 1 year in junior college then got a job with a military deferment only to get drafted 1 year later when the contract was lost. Was sent to Fort Bliss Tx then to Germany where I ended up driving a General all over Germany at 80 KPH! while everyone else was going 220 KPH. Was in charge of 3 vehicles in the motor pool assigned to the General. I met the Sergeant Major of the Army, General Westmoreland at a social get together and flew (in an Army helicopter ) with the commanding General of the Air Force when his helicopter woudn't start!! Spent many days with the German Army as my General spoke to the German forces alot. Drag raced on old Luftwaffe air strips alot as well. All this as a coroporal then a buck sergeant. Visited all the places my Dad was stationed in WWII and posed for the same pictures he had sent home. Found his carved initials in a bar his company took over. I've also, I'm sure, owned over 50 cars, some for days, some for years.
CarNut, I gotta agree with you that women are more vocal about their reactions to the Allante; but, to a man, each guy I've shown my Allante to has been very complimentary. They find it difficult to believe it's nearly 20 years old.
My oldest brother was in the Army stationed for his two-year hitch with the 5th Amored Division in Kaiserlautern, Deutschland. He has some pretty interesting stories about his time there. (Elvis was stationed either right before or right after my brother was.)
Webster Groves, MO
My experience has been just the opposite, men have a stronger reaction to my car and remeber when "JR Ewing" drove the silver one on the TV show "DALLAS!" They always tell me that this is one of the cars that they always wished that they had owned!