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My car took longer than 6 months to deliver, largely because IM received several new orders with deposits just days before they got my deposit check, so I went to the end of the line.

In retrospect that was a GOOD thing. There was plenty of time to review, change, or select additional options, and insert afterthoughts for some custom features into the build process (like locking front and rear deck lid releases). It also gave me time to research and make changes to the engine build to get the desired BHP/torque with reasonable reliability from the 2,110cc engine.

Color choice for the car was simple for me (Porsce 356 silver), but I probably spent two months deciding on the color for the leather interior, and even had some custom dyed samples made by IM's leather supplier (Conneaut) to help me select a color (a medium-dark blue).

The message I'm trying to impart here if you want to order a new turnkey Speedster or convertible "D" (regardless of the builder you select) is take your time, think about how you will drive the car and how long you will probably keep it. Within budget constraints make option choices that will enhance the ownership experience, like reasonable power, transmission ratios, and comfort.
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My car took longer than 6 months to deliver, largely because IM received several new orders with deposits just days before they got my deposit check, so I went to the end of the line.

In retrospect that was a GOOD thing. There was plenty of time to review, change, or select additional options, and insert afterthoughts for some custom features into the build process (like locking front and rear deck lid releases). It also gave me time to research and make changes to the engine build to get the desired BHP/torque with reasonable reliability from the 2,110cc engine.

Color choice for the car was simple for me (Porsce 356 silver), but I probably spent two months deciding on the color for the leather interior, and even had some custom dyed samples made by IM's leather supplier (Conneaut) to help me select a color (a medium-dark blue).

The message I'm trying to impart here if you want to order a new turnkey Speedster or convertible "D" (regardless of the builder you select) is take your time, think about how you will drive the car and how long you will probably keep it. Within budget constraints make option choices that will enhance the ownership experience, like reasonable power, transmission ratios, and comfort.
I agree 100% with this post... especially evaluate your engine choice, and the weather conditions you live in. I am able to use my car ,many days here in OK, but not quite as much as the SoCal and FL contingents. George, I noticed a reply to your "why do people sell?" thread from a guy up north that sold his VS/JPS/CMC? for weather (way too cold)reasons that interfered with pleasant driving and the true Speedster experience. He now has a 911. Nice choice, but maybe an IM optioned out may have worked too... something for you Canadian border state purchasers to ponder on, eh?

My VS fits the bill 80% of the days around here... but if I lived further north than Kansas... I would have popped the bucks and gone with IM. I may do it someday anyway... who knows. My VS is great tho. Again, potential customers might re-read George's advice... engine, body height (I'm 6'2" and adjusted my rails for a cool fit) and climate...... those are the real keys on your selection. Don't get into a rush. If you want great examples of people taking their time in planning, ordering, purchasing, look at John Leader's JPS Speedster through the Registry, and George's cool 59 Vert D Replica from IM... I think George's post production/Vancouver pics may still be on that "other" site. It's worth looking at, I like his choices. What a nice car! And I like my choices with VS.. Excellent post George.

Jim Okc (waiting to be kicked out of STL)

(Message Edited 9/4/2002 8:00:54 PM)
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