I worked at Chrysler many years back. I had the honor and the pleasure of being allowed to drive a Dodge Viper. It was one of the most thrilling driving experiences of my life. The car belonged to the owner of the car dealership I worked for. He over heard me complaining of how the newer cars were basically made for pussies that didn't know how to drive. The new cars protected the driver from actually driving the car. ABS, Traction control, Auto Trans that shifted for you. Launch control, cars that had brake control to keep you from getting too close to other objects......on and on. Pussy cars. That's all he needed to hear. At lunch time he pulled me outside and told me to take his Dodge Viper out for a run. Oh my God. It was an actual drivers car. I could actually control this car the way it was intended. Lots of fucking horse power and torque. No traction control, no abs, no launch control, a good manual transmission......no rev limiter.....just a real car begging to be spanked.
Well I took that bitch out. The boss saw how much I liked it and let me keep it for the weekend. He and I took it to the track. Oh man, I was out in her for over two hours that Saturday on the track. 0-60.......3 seconds. 1/4 mile..........10 seconds. Every shift made my heart pound hard in my chest. I could feel the power coursing thru her and right thru me. She rattled me and challenged me. Yes! A real car. And yeah she would brake loose on ya especially hanging her tight thru turns. Just what I like. No safeties, just you and your wits. I am a by the seat of my pants driver. I couldn't afford to buy one but I am so grateful to my ex-boss and friend for giving me the thrill of my life. I'm sorry that I burned up a full set of his tires that weekend.(NOT)
I could actually control this car the way it was intended. Lots of fucking horse power and torque. No traction control, no abs, no launch control, a good manual transmission......no rev limiter.....just a real car begging to be spanked.
Good tire grip. How to handle strong horse powers is a mystery.
The new cars protected the driver from actually driving the car. ABS, Traction control, Auto Trans that shifted for you. Launch control, cars that had brake control to keep you from getting too close to other objects......on and on
I drove some 20 years with vehicles that did not really have any safety features like modern cars have.
Rear wheel driven car during winter, during dark&day gave some good lessons. It taught some butt feel
And to keep eyes on the road, compared to many things that now eases / distract driving too much, IMO
These cars were never meant for winter driving that is for sure. On wet pavement a very light touch on accelerator, brakes and steering. Although I would never take one out on wet pavement if it could be helped. But then when winter comes around here and the most vehicles found in ditches are 4 wheel drive suvs/pickups. People feel like they are invincible because of all that so called safety equipment and either forget all there driving skills or they just never had skills to begin with and wipe out expensive cars. Last winter there was a Mercedes SUV upside down in the middle of the street. I really would have liked to have been there when that happened.
I know. It's sweet. You always see turned 350s in these. They are a dime a dozen. But a seriously tuned straight 6 like this is very uncommon. I like this better I think. Quite surprising when that hood is popped and you see that sweet little thing in there.
Todays cars just don't have it. My brother had one of these in the garage when I was a kid. It belonged to one of his customers and he was tuning it. God I loved it when he would take me for a ride. You would not believe how smooth the ride was. Todays cars just don't have that feel of quality and workmanship.
This brings back a lot of memories. I was 12 years old when this car came out. My big brother was a wrench at a performance shop and would bring home customers cars all the time. One day my Brother comes home from work in a '70 Super Bird. Oh my God that was the coolest car I had ever seen. The way it sounded when he came down the street in it. My brother had my dream job. It's a shame this is now a bygone era.
When I was 16 years old, I fell in love with a 1968 Buick Riviera I saw sitting in a car lot on Mannheim Road in Melrose Park, Il. (My old neighborhood). I road my bike up to the dealership and told the salesman I wanted to buy the car. He looked at me and said "kid, go home and get your marbles before you come in to talk business with a man". I told him I had my driver's license; I could pay my own insurance and I could pay cash for the car. He laughed at me and told me to go get my Daddy. So....I did.
I waited for my Dad to come home from work and I told him what had happened. He looked at me with that tough Dad look and just said "Get in the fuckin' car, we're gonna go look at that Buick". He drove us up to the dealership. I immediately start walking around the car. My Dad saw the car salesman and took him around to the back of the building. After what seemed like an eternity they came walking back to the car and the car salesman was looking very pale. LOL.
The owner of the lot comes out and looks at me and says, "Kid you just bought yourself a car".
This is almost exactly the car I bought. This brings back so many memories.