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Thread: Type S up for auction at Silverstone

  1. #21


    Quote Originally Posted by markc View Post
    It's an incredible machine and I absolutely love it. I've had it 3 1/2yrs, only covered 5000 miles in it (total of 25,000) but it's been almost faultless.

    I did a tour of Northern Spain shortly after the 2016 NSX Eurotour and it was a revelation. Superbike fast as a Spanish Fireblade pilot found out up in the mountains (we stopped and had a nice chat about our 20min dice) but amazingly comfy while returning 33mpg on the motorways.

    There seems to be a lot of "hate" for McLaren with some issues and failures being exaggerated and mis-represented on various forums. The McLaren forum on PistonHeads in particular has descended into a farse with the same old mis-information being posted over and over dragging almost every thread off topic and into the depreciation weeds Servicing is expensive at McLaren dealers (1400 for an inspection and oil change!) but a couple of specialist options have opened up recently (e.g. Thorey Motorsport). I've run with out a warranty for 2 yrs and am therefore quids in despite the trolls insisting that every McLaren will rust, it's gearbox will fall out and it will catch fire... very day!!!
    They're unbelievably good value now and not nearly as troublesome as the internet would have you believe. IF big things do go wrong repair will cost a small fortune but that's no different to similar machinery from Aston, Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini etc.

    Waaaaay back, before the GenII NSX appeared, we had a long discussion here on the spiritual successor to the original NSX. We thought the original R8 V8 and then rumoured new McLaren best fitted the brief and I think we were right. The original NSX was a different take on the standard "supercar" recipe and so was the 12C I love both cars for exactly that reason and both are keepers. Guess I'll have to decide which one to be buried in as the Jag will probably have rotted away by then

    After press feedback that the 12C wasn't as supercar'y as the Ferrari 458, McLaren rather lost their nerve and newer models have converged toward that standard supercar recipe with pointy'er/flashier styling, noisier theatrical engine/exhaust notes and slide'ier handling :yawn: ... which is just not for me.

    Steve/Ollie here has or had a 12C Spider and quite a few owners in the USA have both an NSX and 12C in their garages

    Here's a pic of mine trying the garage for size...
    Excellent write-up and I am in full agreement about your car choice. My second car would definitely be the 12C but I could not justify it and my NSX. (I used to own a Series 1 OTS 'E' Type but it has long gone, unfortunately.) And I totally concur with your comments on these forums. People are entitled to make subjective opinions on styling and the like - we all see things differently - but when you get morons who have never been nearer these cars than a magazine photograph trolling utter rubbish about handling, driveability etc you quickly lose interest. My personal opinion is that they are sad people who drive around in a bog standard 10 year old Ford with go-fast stripes and a loud exhaust and hate the fact that there are people out there owning and driving proper cars like the NSX and the 12C.
    1999 3.2 Manual NA2 Targa in Formula Red

  2. #22


    Quote Originally Posted by NSX 2000 View Post
    Hi Mark, hope you are well. I'm very much liking your double garage and it looks like something that would be cheaper than the standard oak type garages you see for sale in the back of car mags. Can you tell us a little bit about them please.

    In the first picture is that a mountfield lawnmower?
    No it's a BMW Paul Yep it's an old Mountfield rotary, complete with a hole rusted through the deck, still works OK though

    I debated between an OAK frame or Log Cabin style building for ages. If you search around the non premium suppliers who advertise in the car mags there isn't much difference in total cost and I preferred the thicker walls (warmer) of the Log Cabin style. Log cabins are also better if you want windows and personnel doors.

    I upgraded to 70mm (thickness) walls and had it custom sized to fit the 30m (square) permitted development rules. Got it from a company called "Quick Garden" who make them to order in Holland (I think). I also upgraded the roof to one by Metrotile which uses large metal tiles treated and coated to look like slate/clay ones but which are much lighter and tougher. Total cost was about 13K which includes the slab, 12mm porcelain floor tiles and Rollerdor (model RD55) doors. The new and extended driveway to get to the new garage was another 20K though!

    Really pleased with the result, just need a parking lift now to 3 cars in there

    The garage came in a REALLY big kit, here a few pics of it mid build and of the roof tiles and doors...
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    Last edited by markc; 25-07-2019 at 01:49 PM. Reason: typo
    The older I get, the faster I was

  3. 25-07-2019, 01:48 PM

    Double post!

  4. #23


    12C it is then!

    Just wait for my Crypto-Asset to moon

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    Black/black 95 NSX NA with mk1 Ary exhaust....Now sold
    Red/Black 91 NSX treasure.....FI No more NA
    Silver/Pearl White/Black 1993 NSX 3.0 5 MT NSX ZAZ R-GT Twin Scroll Turbo

  5. #24
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    Aug 2009
    Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand


    Type S sold for 81,000

    About right, I'd guess, as it would cost 5-15k for the correct wheels (if you can secure them) with the pound in the state it is in...
    Last edited by NZNick; 29-07-2019 at 09:00 PM.
    December '99 GH-NA2 110 series - 6AS62 Type S in Monte Carlo Blue Pearl

  6. #25
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    Aug 2009
    Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand


    December '99 GH-NA2 110 series - 6AS62 Type S in Monte Carlo Blue Pearl

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    Hi Mark - thank you for taking time to post your thoughts on the 12C though I must say that has done absolutely nothing to dampen my interest!!!

    I thought I was the only one when preferred the (more subdued) styling of the 12C to McLaren's more recent products...though I am quite taken with the Speedtail!

    When you were looking for your car what were your 'must have's' (later production car with more power / early gremlins ironed out? extras? McLaren service history etc etc?)

  8. #27
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    Aug 2009
    Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand


    Going back to the silver Type S, is this the same car a couple of years later? :
    December '99 GH-NA2 110 series - 6AS62 Type S in Monte Carlo Blue Pearl

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    I think it previously sold at Silverstone for around 80k - I know a couple of people who were interested but no idea who bought it - if it ws that one then they had a good investment.

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