Bit harsh on the ants and the dog..............
Indeed....just like any real motorcyclist agrees you must have a kickstart....I think 31 years in sports cars qualifies me as an enthusiast. It is just bullshit to say all enthusiasts prefer manuals. What next, you're not an enthusiast unless the car has a starting handle?
As to more fun? That is purely subjective. I went to buy a manual, but curiosity had me test drive the PDK and my decision was made.
I’m not sure if anyone has to worry about trading in their Spyder on the new vette this year. Rumor has it that next years allocation has already been sold out. Not sure how true it is but I can see scalpers trying to get a ton of cash (No were near 60k) for their spot in line. As I said before vette fans have been waiting decades for this car. That being said, no one in their right would turn down trading in a 2001 to 2005 Toyota Spyder for a mid engine monster capable of 2.7 seconds zero to sixty car. Come on guys Really???? I get the chance to pick up a new mid engine vette the Spyder is gone, my truck is gone, my pet dog, the turtle and my ant farm are outta here!!
When customizing, one should think of the long term....my objective is to build a "timeless" machine. Something that can be appreciated both performance wise and aestheticlly, indefinitely. A car that is simple, neutral and mature enough for daily use, yet still sporty/aggressive .Project cars are interesting as an expression of a persons style and personality, but nothing is static. They are "perfect" for just a relatively short period, and then time takes over and normal wear steps in, desires change, or technology makes them obsolete.
I thought the first car I modified as a project was perfect. Years later, I look back and see it wasn't nearly as good as I thought at the time. It was "hot stuff" in the era, but times change.
We love our Spyder, but we are realists. We intend to keep it as long as possible, and it may be set up exactly as we want it, but it is getting older, mileage is adding up, and some parts are getting hard to get. Even consumables like tires are problematic. There is a limit to how long it can be enjoyed before it becomes very challenging to just keep on the road. Our main goal is to enjoy driving the car, not having it as a "look at me" car.
At the same time, technology marches on. The capabilities of new cars are amazing. A Spyder may be unique and a fun car, but many new cars are more capable driving machines. No only will many run rings around a Spyder, but they can still be used every day to go get the groceries without fear that some unobtainium or custom part will break and put the car out of service.