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Porsche 944 na or Lotus 7

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Hi to fellow petrol heads and auto aficionados, 

My name is Brian and I am new to the forum. Really dig the topics and the useful banter.

The question I wanted to ask: Buying a properly sorted 83 Porsche 944 n/a or a replica Lotus 7 (2.0 Lt) Ford engine.

I am kinda of torn between the two... can't afford both at this point in time and the 944 Turbo's are scarce and very expensive in South Africa. This would purely be a weekend ride. 

I am more interested in the vehicle's handling than outright straight line speed. I'd appreciate any advise and opinions.

Thanks everyone.


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944s, as all good Porsches, handle great. But the Lotus 7 is in another league entirely. You sit so low and exposed that even slow speeds feel like F1 speeds and the cornering forces in such a light car are tremendous. If you have the chance to get one instead of the 944, do it. You will not be disappointed.

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Hi Chris,

A big thank you for taking the time and for your advise. I should be going on a breakfast run with the Lotus 7 club in Johannesburg on the 18th of Feb.

So things are slowly coming together.

Warm regards


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