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January 2004 Issue
 
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The Exotics
By Robert McLellan
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You are not likely to have forgotten the sight of the first car that stirred your blood. As it drove past you may not have known what it was, but you wanted to find out. When you did, you wanted to learn more about the car of your dreams. A car "nut" is born!

We recently took a trip from Houston to Corpus Christi, Texas, and, as always, go out of our way to travel on the back roads. Not only is it more scenic and less patrolled by police cars, there is less traffic along the winding and hilly roads. As we drove our Porsche past a farmhouse there was a young boy and his dog near the side of the road. The exhaust noise must have tipped him off that something different was coming because we caught his attention as I downshifted for a corner. With the top down, we waved as he gingerly acknowledged our presence. He had his eyes glued on us until we were out of sight. I remember being him.

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A 10-year-old boy in search of a brochure does not have much of a chance of getting a dealer's brochure. Even an adult walking into the showroom now, or decades ago, had no guarantee that he could walk out with a nice catalog. The appearance of a potential buyer is sized up by the salesman. What did he drive to the dealership? How is he dressed? Wear a Rolex — they will spot it and show you more than average interest. The prestige catalogs are not passed out without a careful evaluation of the client. If you pass muster you are rewarded with a deluxe catalog that, undoubtedly, will increase in value with time and can actually be sold new, sometimes for quite a bit.

 
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If you cannot go back in time to pick up a 20 or 30 year old brochure of your favorite exotic car, or driving the family minivan to a dealership for a new one didn't work out, try McLellan's Automotive History for a wide selection of your favorite and probably some you have forgotten, or never even heard of.

Another approach to obtaining information on these high performance machines is out-of-print books. Whether you want to concentrate on one particular make, or wish to compare the virtues, history and performance of a selection of makes, there are many to choose from. When it is cold outside a good car book in a comfortable chair is hard to beat.

 
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