What "James-Bond-worthy" car should I buy?


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Brian R.

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 16, 2015
316
536
Toronto, Canada
#1
It's cold and depressing at this time of year up here in Canada. It's usually the time of year I get bored with the car I'm driving and start dreaming of something else. I used to have what I called my James Bond theory of car ownership, meaning that any car I owned had to be something that James Bond would have driven, even if it's just from the airport to his hotel, ha ha. I used to have a 1988 Mazda RX-7 convertible, one of the sexiest things on wheels ever. Later I had a 2002 Saab 9-3, 5-door hatch. Sleek Swedish design, special edition with higher boost turbo, leather, sunroof. When you put the pedal on the floor it felt like you were in a jet plane taking off. I loved that car. ...Then I owned a 2004 BMW 325 AWD wagon. I justified the wagon part of it by thinking that James Bond would have put his jet-pack with fold-up wings contraption in the back. It was great to drive but one of the worst cars I've ever owned. When you put the tranny in Drive, it had to think about it for a bit before deciding to engage. If it wasn't in the right mood (or too cold out?), it would slip and the car would sit there. The engine leaked oil all over the street. We have three kids and currently own a Dodge Grand Caravan which is awesome for transporting vintage bikes and kids at the same time, and a Chevy Aveo 5-door, which isn't really a Chevy but a South-Korean Daewoo designed car that GM picked up at Daewoo's bankruptcy yard sale. For practicality, it's a very good car but.... James Bond wouldn't drive it, I need a better stereo, and I miss the Saab's turbo acceleration.

So, the problem is I don't think that the James-Bond-worthy car I want/need right now exists. Since my garage is full of old bicycles I have to fight for parking on the downtown street in front of my house. In this situation a small car often makes the difference between parking and getting home for that martini, or circling the block. With three kids and a mother-in-law, 4 doors and 5 seat-belts is the most practical. A hatchback would be good for the occasional pick up of an old bicycle when the wife is not looking and off driving somewhere in the van. Those requirements are ideal but not mandatory. I could manage with a 2 door, or a 4 seater, or a sedan, (or a convertible?) given that we have the Dodge van available.

So to summarize, what's small, family friendly, has James-bond-worthy styling, handling and acceleration, and a kick-ass stereo? Does such a machine exist?

Please help!

P.s. it has to be a used car since I spend all my money on bicycles! Something 1995-2015.
 
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vincev

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 2, 2008
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crown point<indiana
#2
If you do find this kick ass car with a kick ass sound system and park it on the street it will probably get stolen.Dump some bikes and use your garage.
 
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2jakes

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 1, 2010
6,507
4,415
Elysium Fields
#4
You will have to sell the garage, dog and all your bikes...
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But...it's worth it!

Bond Bentley!
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4½ Litre "Blower Bentley"
Vehicle information
Model

4½ Litre "Blower Bentley"
Manufacturer
Bentley
Production
1929-1931
Engine
4.4 L supercharged I4
Transmission
4-speed manual
Power
175 hp (130 kW) at 3,500 rpm
Top Speed
137.96 mph (222.03 km/h)
0-60 mph ~ 8 s
 

Brian R.

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 16, 2015
316
536
Toronto, Canada
#5
Is that Bond in the photo? Why is he in his underwear? Usually they save that for the bedroom scenes. ...would be a little chilly driving to work in January in that Bentley, in my underwear! Lol.
 

bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
20,171
4,495
Chicago area west
#6
Is that Bond in the photo? Why is he in his underwear? Usually they save that for the bedroom scenes. ...would be a little chilly driving to work in January in that Bentley, in my underwear! Lol.
think they swim trunks...
 

2jakes

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 1, 2010
6,507
4,415
Elysium Fields
#9
Is that Bond in the photo? Why is he in his underwear? Usually they save that for the bedroom scenes. ...would be a little chilly driving to work in January in that Bentley, in my underwear! Lol.
think they're swim trunks...
Bricycle is right...those are swim trunks.

Bond film, "From Russia With Love", was made in 1963...
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When men's swim trunks looked like underwear!

Actually Bond had no problem staying warm...
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This is just a small sample of what kept him warm on a chilly day in Jan. :D
 
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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
15,087
14,808
Evans, GA
#11
The 2004-5 Bentley Continental GTs are actually affordable now-high 30s. 500 hp and British! V/r Shawn
 

Brian R.

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 16, 2015
316
536
Toronto, Canada
#13
All out of my price range so far! Do you think Bond would drive a VW Golf GTI?

The Audi A3 would be a good candidate but I can't stand that ugly grill Audi has used for the past 10+ years.
Look familiar?:
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2jakes

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 1, 2010
6,507
4,415
Elysium Fields
#14
Affordable & great on gas!
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(Bond images added by the other jake)

The only drawback is the gas pedal assembly.
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Around the city driving....great!
Long-distance....not so great!
You need gas pedal on the floorboard otherwise cramping will result
from the
hanging gas pedal over long period of driving.
 
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hashbrown

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 17, 2014
119
57
Rochelle, United States
#17
I have my 85 first Gen rx7 myself and will never not have it. ... I'm only 28 but have had a first Gen since I was 15. Rolled my first car but still have the one that replaced it. ... Love the simplicity and rawness of it. I had a rx8 a few years ago and it was the best feeling car I've ever owned or driven and as long as you stick with the latter years of production you would avoid all the early year hiccups. What about going back to Mazda? You can get an 8 for pretty cheap these days.
https://goo.gl/images/Dya5wY
 
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