I understand your expertise, so maybe my lack of experience is preventing the concept from passing through my thick skull. Here's my take on it. If I shop carefully (it took me 10 months to find a 9 year old 300ZX I approved of) I could get an exec. condition old roadster of some type for $6,000 to $14,000 and then put more money in it over time for maintenance. What's the cost difference between that and buying a new $26,000 mustang, celica, miata, or whatever brand new? Am I missing something?