Bah - first ever post here and it disappeared!
This is the second try...
Imagine someone missed out buying a restorable Mazda 600 Carol, and was cranky about it.
Imagine that incident was enough to re-kindle a desire to buy a Fiat 850 coupe, or R8/10 or similar.
Imagine that someone stumbled across a picture and some basic details on Dauphines while Googling for R8/10 info, and it pushed all of the right emotional buttons for him.
What would he need to know before looking for one to buy?
I've searched around on these forums and gotten a lot of useful stuff, but there's not a "big picture" view of the cars and their good points and bad points. Prices seem fairly low, although the supply is obviously very small.
I am mechanically competent, and am used to living with old cars, so I don't need to be sat down and given the "Y'see son, it's not like buying a new Corolla" talk, but things like:
Parts availabilty and interchangability?
Any real weaknesses?
What's different between a Gordini and a 'cookie cutter' one?
Anyone driven both a Dauphine and Fiat 850? What's the comparison like?
How slow are they? (Not expecting anything special, more just wondering if they're tolerably or intolerably slow).
Anything else I should know?
My apologies for the long post!
PS: Ben, if you tell Jen - or anyone we both know, for that matter - that this post exists, or even that I'm registered here, I'll have to kill you with my bare hands!
PPS: If I've asked a stupid question or seven, or questions that have already been asked and answered a million times, then feel free to flame me, while pointing me in the right direction... It's only fair - I do it to newbies on AusRotary all the time...