Formula One car for sale online? “Add to cart!”
Given any amount of free time near a computer, you might be inclined to do a little online browsing.
Hey, it’s still free to dream, right?
Better still, you don’t have to get off your butt and the entire world is at your fingertips. You have access to stuff now that no one could find 20 years ago. Back then if you wanted to know what was new in the world of coffee makers, for example, you drove to the store to look. Now, you Google “coffee maker” and spend, like, the next 482 sleepless weeks researching . . . coffee makers.
On a much grander scale, you might be researching a dream trip to Europe, or maybe even real estate in Europe. Or maybe dream cars that cost as much as real estate in Europe.
Hey, if you want a new Honda or a Kia, it’s usually best to shop local, but if your tastes are more complicated — or just plain strange — the Internet is just the right place for you. There might not be a 1963 Corvette for sale in your immediate area, but type that into Google and you’ll be spending the next 482 sleepless weeks researching . . . 1963 Corvettes. And that’s exactly how we got our ’63. It was a bit of an impulse buy, honestly, but the price and timing happened to be right.
I’ve bought a number of weird and wonderful machines this way. There was a 1968 Plymouth GTX, a lowmiles 2001 Ford Lightning SVT pickup, a 1955 Chevy, a 1969 Plymouth and a rare 2003 Jaguar S-Type R, in green, of course. None of these vehicles were available locally, yet I found them all in a matter of minutes online, none closer than 1,000 miles.
And I’ve sold most of them the same way, to strangers no closer than 1,000 miles, although the Jag was bought by my neighbor who lives precislely two doors down.
I liked that Jag A LOT, so it’s perhaps not surprising that I found another one on the screen in front of me after entering the following dimwitted search into Google . . . “Formula One racing cars for sale.”
One of the reasons I?sold the Jag S-Type R is because it couldn’t be driven on winter roads. Then why would I be looking at another green Jag that can’t be driven on any road at all? Because I’m a car guy, of course, and logic and practicality are out the window when a shiny piece of useless machinery is involved, especially a 2001 Jaguar F1 R2 for about $150,000. Oh, did I mention that there’s no engine? And that it’s in England? NO problem!
As foolish as it sounds, I’ve always wanted to own an open-wheel racecar, even if it was only driven on the track once a year. And as steep as 150 grand is, sans engine, it’s a car that cost, literally, tens of millions of dollars to engineer. Seems like a deal, right? Of course not. You’re a sane person who shops for coffee makers and vacations and I am clearly not that.
I’ll keep this new Jag as my screen saver for a couple of weeks until I regain my senses and go on my next online shopping binge for who knows what. Hey, it’s still free to dream, right? — Jeff
Jeff Melnychuk is Wheelbase Media’s Managing Editor. He can be reached on the Web at www.theoctanelounge.com by using the contact link. Wheelbase supplies automotive news and features to newspapers across North America.