Helping With My Dad’s Mid-Life Crisis
If your Dad is getting to the age where he should be having a mid-life crisis, this post is for him. I have split my suggestions into five budget brackets; on a budget, sporty but cheap, high end, super high end and ridiculous.
On a Budget, up to £10,000
In this bracket you should be looking at things like MX5s, Vauxhall VX 220s, Audi TTs and ford KAs. Things like Peugeot RCZ might be available and if you look at the higher end of the budget you’d find a high milage Mercedes C220, E46 and perhaps an M3 or a Z4.
The advantages of this bracket are that they are cheap and cheerful with a low maintenance overhead but lack the performance and character that you will get in the other brackets.
I would take a second generation MX5 (1999 - 2005).
This is a great little car. The chassis is almost perfectly balanced, Mazda even put the battery in the boot to get a perfect weight distribution. It looks better than the first generation with a much more sloping body and is more aerodynamic. The 1.8 litre engine is more powerful and torquey than it’s predecessor, but it also has a monumental aftermarket capacity. If you feel like you want stiffer suspension, wider tyres or more power you can.
Finally if you get an MX5 you get a great bang for your buck project or just an astonishing midlife crisis machine
MX5 by Richard Kimble BY-SA 3.0, from Wikimedia Commons
Sporty But Cheap, up to £30,000
In this bracket the low end you get diesel Jags and diesel e-class Mercs that people want to get rid of after everyone fell out of love with diesel last year, also some nicely kept 3rd generation MX5s.
In the middle of this bracket you’ll find 4th generation MX5s, 6th generation Ford Mustangs and some mid range diesel German saloons.
At the top end I found a few 2006 Bentley Continental GTs, a lot of Maserati Ghiblis also (surprisingly) some Aston martin V8 Vantages.
The positives of this bracket are the fact that they don’t break the bank and are quite cool. If you are the kind of person who likes a nice luxury car at an amazing price knock yourself out.
In this bracket I would take the Vantage. The baby Aston looks elegant has plenty of power to be getting on with, also my Dad loves it (and my Great Uncle Dom has one). The car rides amazingly well, I’ve been told it builds power nicely and the manual actually shifts well.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage by ilikewaffles11 CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
High End, up to £70,000
This bracket you will find (used) Lamborghini Gallardos or Audi R8s and a lot of YouTuber cars (Nissan GTRs, Lamborghini Huracans). You could also be looking at 2017 BMW M3s and Alfa Giulias, maybe even an I8.
At the bottom of this bracket you are getting hi spec mid - late 3000 911’s ~210 Bentleys high end SUVs like a Mercedes GLC or a BMW X6M. If you want something sporty but more exclusive a Lotus Exige could be the way to go.
At the high end more modern Audi R8s and AMG GTs also some Ferrari 360s and 430s. Also in this bracket you have the stereotypical American mid-life crisis the Chevrolet Corvette. the thing I like about this bracket is you get high performance cars at an amazing price.
Now this group is chock full of clichés and stereotypes however there is one car nearer the bottom of this bracket that surprised even the harshest of critics. The Alfa Romeo Giulia is a stunning car. Good Fiat build quality but still has that Italian flare you want from an Alfa. It has an amazing turbo charged V6 (a V8 California minus 2 cylinders) giving you a saloon car that can topple the giants from BMW M division and Mercedes AMG. It’s the one I would go for.
Alfa Romeo GIULIA Quadrifoglio by Tokumeigakarinoaoshima CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons
Super High End, up to £250,000
In this bracket you’d find a twelve year old’s dream garage of supercars and if you can afford it then go for it. If you are into Aston Martins or McLarens there are plenty of used ones in the midrange of this bracket if you can get one of those you will not regret it.
You will find well kept YouTuber cars near the bottom range but no one is interested in that, as near the middle you’ll get an Aston Martin DBS, Vanquish and V12 Vantage, Mclaren 570s/12Cs and relatively new Porsche 911 GT3s. I also also found a Mercedes SLR and a McLaren 675.
From this bracket there is no contest it’s the McMerc. the McLaren Mercedes SLR is powerful yet comfortable, soft yet spunky. It has an amazing formula and stops on a dime. It’s V8 delivers power and torque like a god and sounds like the devils rock concert.
Mercedes Benz McLaren SLR by Zölle GFDL or CC BY 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons
Ridiculous £250,000 +
If you came to this post just for this bracket why are you on my blog and not playing football, Christiano Ronaldo?
Here you have the general lot of super cars. McLarens, Lamborghinis, Ferraris and a few luxury toys, or Rolls Royces as they are more commonly called. If you look at the middle of this group (about £1m) you’re getting Koenigseggs, Porsche 918s and McLaren P1s. I even found a McLaren Senna at a cool £1.4m
You could also be looking at classic Astons and Lamborghini Miuras.
Did I forget to mention the Bugatti Veyron?
Looking at the top of this class (£2m) you are getting Ferrar Enzos, Aston Martin Vulcans and even Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. (The Convertible)
Now the advantages of this bracket are exclusivity and performance, you get the fastest of the fastest, however you do sacrifice some practicality. For a Ferrari Enzo my dad would sacrifice luggage space.
Now, knowing my dad he would have been fine with the last bracket so I’m just going to go with what I would get for myself. That’s the Enzo. Simply it is one of the truly great cars produced by the prancing horse as it just goes, it turns, it stops.
Enzo Ferrari by Thomas doerfer GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0 from Wikimedia Commons
Really Ferrari got it perfect and named it after their founder.
I hope that helped your Dad pick his mid life crisis car. Just remember, men (all men) look silly in convertibles.