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The original 880 JAP motor was fast in it's era, but was very fragile. Believing you can improve on the design, probably does not take into account the value analysis which has already been done. These days, materials are better, but turbocharging the motor would be a big leap of faith.
 
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Which won’t matter to anyone who ever buys one. It will go into a show room indoors, never to be seen again. A friend of mine with a large exotic car collection has a friend who has a glass panelled room/garage, whatever, in his house, and once a year the local Ferrari dealership rolls up to his house, unloads this years model Ferrari and takes away the one delivered last year. Brand new, no miles, it’s simply an ornament. To some people money is just a way to express how sad they are.
 
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Thing is thatif you are in the blessed position of having serious wedge in the bank, it will slowly or not so slowly get eaten by inflation.You might as well have the pleasure of looking at a vehicular instantiation as digits on a computer generated statement.
 
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Thing is thatif you are in the blessed position of having serious wedge in the bank, it will slowly or not so slowly get eaten by inflation.You might as well have the pleasure of looking at a vehicular instantiation as digits on a computer generated statement.
Only works if you have a serious wod of money, with somewhere to store said vehicle safety, and you are stewed enought to buy something that will inflate in price faster than inflation, you really need your head screwed on and are able to stay aheard of the ball game.
 
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Only works if you have a serious wod of money, with somewhere to store said vehicle safety, and you are stewed enought to buy something that will inflate in price faster than inflation, you really need your head screwed on and are able to stay aheard of the ball game.
Money in bank loses at about 2-3% per year... Yes you need storage but I was thinking that I might as well have a Morgan sitting in my garage at roughly the same cost as having the money in the bank.. Makes it easier to swallow the price tag which otherwise would seem quite outragous..
What would work as investment proper not sure , easy to come unstuck trying to be clever.
 

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If he's on the 'preferred' list and is buying the latest rare and hard to get Ferrari, he my well be making a profit each time...
 
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Aren't some of us of an age where 'profit' means little? I intend to buy a 'classic' car on retirement, which along with my Norton and various other 'toys' will probably end up as part of my 'estate'. As for the 'millionaires' out there, many will die with their fortunes hardly touched, and as: 'A thing of beauty is a joy forever', why not have a few beautiful vehicles as ornaments??
 
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Money in bank loses at about 2-3% per year... Yes you need storage but I was thinking that I might as well have a Morgan sitting in my garage at roughly the same cost as having the money in the bank.. Makes it easier to swallow the price tag which otherwise would seem quite outragous..
What would work as investment proper not sure , easy to come unstuck trying to be clever.
As a cautionary tale of 'investing' in classic cars (as opposed to new), the figures here are eye watering:

 
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Yes eye watering... earlier this century pulled into a filling station down in Devon and saw an obviously loved and cared for early Mustang on the forecourt... Yours ? I asked the man in the kiosk? The motor trade is funny like that , the most surprising people finish up with the most surprising cars.. No he said you couldnt give them away a few yearsago!.. Couple of days later pull into car park and notice a Bently LeMans ... an original not a replica,... to my amazement there were other exotic cars
parked... Probably several millions of quids worth.. They could not have been driven too far not with brakes like those in todays traffic..and yet it stretched my credulitty that there could be so many drug dealers or bankers living in the area
 
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I don't begrudge anyone having a large collection of classic vehicles as long as they have the ability to work on them and drive them in the way God intended. Jay Leno seems to be OK. But most of the rich guys are just show-ponies. To them buying a classic vehicle is the same as buying a painting - and just as useless.
 
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One of my friends has always had money. The last time I saw him, he had a Cord and a 300SL Mercedes and a 750 MV Agusta. He used to race a Manx many years ago and was hopeless. Another of my friend said 'he has just got too much money' . Money cannot buy you ability, but it can give you a very good start. Mike Hailwood did not start by racing rubbish, and he probably did not even know how to hold a spanner.
 
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One of my friends has always had money. The last time I saw him, he had a Cord and a 300SL Mercedes and a 750 MV Agusta. He used to race a Manx many years ago and was hopeless. Another of my friend said 'he has just got too much money' . Money cannot buy you ability, but it can give you a very good start. Mike Hailwood did not start by racing rubbish, and he probably did not even know how to hold a spanner.
Your description of Mike the bike holds true, but wouldn't we all like to have his talent?
 
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I helped fix the Dunsters' Manx which Mike rode at Winton in the 70s. I watched him race. He was most unimpressive - all he was, was super smooth and extremely fast. He obviously knew how fast he could get around the corners and simply went that fast. I'm fairly certain he never raced a shit-heap. A good bike makes a good rider better. The kids who are starting today and buy the Moto3 spec. bike, will be the best ever.
 
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