@Gordon Nichols posted:
Yeah, I've been wondering why the "IM Faithful" (no slight intended, folks) hadn't chimed in on this. While I don't know if Intermeccanicas are totally leak free, they do seem to be a lot drier inside than the average Speedster replica and electric roll-up windows are the bomb, for sure. They may sell at a premium over the other brands, but they seem to be worth it for the dry interior and a lot of other popular features.
Something also to consider, is when something goes amiss or you need a replacement part, pretty much anything on an IM can be quickly identified and a source found, while on the SAS you first have to identify the part, figure out if it's a Porsche, VW, Subaru or custom Hot Rod part, then find a source and see if you can get a replacement. Lawing had a habit of either using eccentric Hot Rod or Custom parts (he comes from the Hot Rod world, remember) or something he fabs up from other stuff. And when THAT fails you're in deep doo-doo.
Looking at Intermeccanicas, to me, seems like the most intelligent option.
Why don't the IM faithful chime in on this? Because nobody wants to be "that guy". Some of us are still a bit salty and reluctant to tout the virtues of IM, after being called shills for the company a few (well, many now) years back.
A new build is really, really long money now, but Gordon is right - looking at used ones is where I'd be headed if I was in the market.