Yeah, there are MANY roadsters in my area for sale at very good prices. It's definitely a buyer's market. At first, the plan was to go out and buy a higher mileage (lower cost) roadster and then strip and cage it and use it as a fun, dedicated track car. With this in mind we test-drove a couple of local roadsters for sale. The first one was terrible. It had a very buzzy drivetrain - especially the gear shifter. Although a GXP, it didn't feel very powerful. (We drove to go see it in a new Focus ST w/255 HP, and I know the Focus would have stomped on that ill-running GXP.) When we left that dealership we began to re-think the whole Solstice idea with that first drive putting a black eye on the entire model. We then drove a used S2000. Simply a wonderful car, instantly fun and a great connection between car and driver that's immediatly recognizeable. BUT... there's just no torque! Love that motor and I know they're good on the track when you can keep the R's high but not really my cup of tea. Nevertheless, we probably still favored the S2000 over the GXP we drove. The next day we set out to go test drive another GXP for sale at another dealership. As my son was driving over, I was texting yet another dealership 300 miles away about an S2000 that they had for sale and we were going back and forth on price. Arriving at the dealership with the second GXP, my son went for a test drive with the salesman while I continued to text the dealership with the S2000. I had instructed my son to NOT talk favorably about the GXP in front of the salesperson - regardless of his opinion. He was doing just that when he got back from the test drive. So, I'm thinking maybe I can close this deal on the S2000 up North of us as we hop in the Focus for the 30 minute drive home. I finally can ask him what he really thought of the GXP and he tells me that it was COMPLETELY different from the first one. No buzziness from the shifter and much more respectable power. Steering precision not comparable to the S2000. But, the bottom line is that we should really be considering the Solstice. Somewhere between these few days of research and driving, I had stumbled upon this forum and also the Coupe for sale. I began to immerse myself in the site and did a lot of research on the Coupe and how they were a little hard to come by - especially the manual transmission which was a must for us. One thing led to another and now the Coupe is ours.... well, almost!
Around us here in SoCal, everyone and their brother has a track-modified S2000. For good reason - they're a great car. But, I have never been one to want to do the same as everyone else. The rarity/exclusivity of the coupe really began to grow on me and simultaneously I was discovering that there really was a reasonable aftermarket for them. That sealed the deal.
That's my story and I'm stick'en to it!