Growing up I really liked the BMW 3 series, specifically the sedan. I also liked the 5 series and while walking home from school everyday in 7th grade, which was around 2001, I would pass a BMW M5 that was parked in front of a local furniture store. A Volvo S60 was also parked there on the days the M5 wasn’t there and I’ll have another blog with reference to that in the future. But, the styling of the BMW with the four headlights, muscular and toned panels, and accurate proportions appealed to me as the utmost perfection in sedan design. It was also and incredible performing vehicle and as their slogan said back then, it was the “ultimate driving machine.”
I have mentioned a few cars, sedans specifically, that I grew up with a keen eye for. Knowing I probably couldn’t afford a BMW, which I couldn’t, I tried to reason with myself that maybe I could get my parents to buy me something that looked like it. The Mitsubishi Diamante was one of those cars. It has the four headlights up front, stylish body work, and great proportions.
The second car around 2001 that fit the bill was a Lincoln LS. Again, four headlights, luxurious yet sporty looking, and it had a complementing stance with proper ratios. Someone who attended the church my family went to had one, and it was always a delight pulling into the parking lot on Sunday morning and seeing that awesome silver sedan.
I was never able to convince my parents to get me any of those cars by the time I was able to drive. I was never able to save up to buy anything myself either. But, it these cars were iconic to me and to this day, I believe they fit my personality very well. They are still some of the most wonderfully designed cars in my opinion.
Thinking back to my last blog about the Porsche 944 got me thinking of the car that I really wanted back in high school. I’ll never forget the first time I saw the most memorable diamond ever; a first-generation Mitsubishi Diamante. (Diamante means diamond) It was owned by a popular upperclassman who I never really spoke to. He never knew how cool I thought he was in that loaded, black Diamante with 5 spoke rims.
Back in 2005, BMW’s were out of my price range, and they still are. While I still couldn’t afford a Diamante, it was cheaper and gave me hope with looks similar to a BMW. Sedans have always been the vehicle that I believe suits me best, especially performance sedans. While the Diamante is not exactly a performer, it looks great and was quite luxurious for its time.
Currently, the interest in Diamantes is growing. I seem to be more than a decade ahead of my time in cars that are part of the in-crowd. I’m alright with that though. Eventually I might be able to buy a car before it gets popular. If my memory serves me correctly, the exact Diamante that the upperclassman had was for sale a few years after he graduated. I still wasn’t able to purchase it but I really am curious to know what happened to it. It is still one of the most memorable cars of all time to me.
Being an automotive enthusiast, I know I should have some crazy obsession with Porsche, but I have never found them to be appealing. It is not that I dislike them, and no, I have not driven one. Their styling has never caught my eye and I tend to like things that everyone else doesn’t. Porsche doesn’t fit that mold. I have sat in a few. My 6’4″ height makes the ergonomics of the ones I’ve sat in less comfortable than a shorter person might find.
However, there is one Porsche that I have always had a fascination with ever since high school, and that was back in 2007. That Porsche is a 944. It has not always had the love and admiration as other models. The front-engine layout does not give it the performance capabilities that the most iconic Porsche cars have either. Those are exactly the qualities that drew me to it. That and the price, especially over 13 years ago. Although, I couldn’t afford one then and sadly, I can’t yet now either, even though I wish I could. It would be a good investment and a great car, especially and entry Porsche, to drive.
Now, in 2020, the 944 is becoming a star. The prices are going up, the popularity is increasing, and it is finally becoming a Porsche that people appreciate. One of the coolest ways to acquire one at the moment without breaking the bank is by buying the new casting for 2020 by Hot Wheels. I currently have one in red, which is the launch color for the casting and a gold one is on the way. While it would be nice to own one in real life, I can at least be satisfied in this one for the time being.