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    Roadster vs Coupe

    Who's got insight into this question? Driven both..... What are your thoughts? Given similar engines etc. how different do they handle? What would you prefer? I love the idea of a coupe but the roadster has had me smitten since I saw it in the middle of some skin mag as a kid. To be honest I couldn't tell you what mag, nor any of the girls in it but that center spread of two snakes........ I've been hooked ever since. So.... Discuss!

    Daniel

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    Daniel,

    I think that for most people, it's a choice of what they have wanted for a long time, not which is better than the other. I prefer the Coupe, as it has a very distinct personality, and a very limited number were produced. Aerodynamically it's superior to the Roaster with like drive trains, and Pete Brock, who I hold in high regard designed the car. You can have AC, and some creature comforts that do not perform well in the Roadster. For me, its the history and the very distinctive looks that drove me to select the Coupe over the Roadster.

    Hank
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    Daniel,

    I have owned and driven both coupe and roadster. The coupe is going to handle better in most cases because of the 5" longer wheelbase. My coupe has IRS and my roadster had the 4 link suspension ... the coupe has a nicer ride and handles better than the roadster did. However, I haven't driven an FFR roadster with IRS so it's kind of "apples vs. oranges." I love the coupe for a number of reasons ... they are relatively rare, compared to the roadster ... I have loved the unique aerodynamic shape ever since I first saw a picture of one in the mid '60's ... you do have protection from the weather, to a certain extent ... and I love driving it!

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    i have both and enjoy both, like having 2 completely diferent girlfriends, if I had to choose between the 2......................probably the roadster.
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    It's just whatever excites you personally. I love them both, but one major decision maker for me was the sheer number of replica roadsters, versus coupes. How many coupes have you ever seen on the road? Very Very rare... I like to be different.

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    John is right, That was a large factor forme to everybody and there uncle has a roadster ( just look in E-Bay you will see 100 roadster and maybe one coupe) also when it is hot I will have A/C but when is cools off at night coupe is much better.

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    I own both, I built a mk1 in 1998 and still have it and it still brings a smile to my face everytime I drive it. When I built the coupe I took lessons learned and added power steering, power brakes and IRS. Not because they were needed but because I could. I wanted a car that was comfortable on long trips, one that once you arrived you didn't have to sit in a chair for 15 minuets until your ears stopped ringing. You might be able to have a sound system you could actually hear so the many miles would pass by quicker. This is where it gets personal. I have never been a long distance driver, I get bored easily and music would help pass the time, I just do not know how guys like Ralph Button stay awake! :-) I love the coupe but if i could keep just one it would be the roadster, why? Well because I'm lazy and the roadster is easy to just jump in and go, universally people love it and it's simple.
    My coupe is more comfortable to drive and I love the power steering and power brakes. Getting into it is harder but is pretty simple now that I have refined my method. Just so you get a perspective , I have a hardtop for my roadster and the opening for getting in and out of the car is only 1/2" different between the two.
    The coupe is still too loud with the stock ffr exhaust so that is something I still need to deal with but should be doable to get the tunes I'd like. On the freeway you can talk to your passenger in the coupe.
    The coupe is harder and more expensive to build. I guess the best answer is do what I did and build and keep BOTH, problem solved! :-)

    It boils down to what you want, both are fun cars but totally different !

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    Build both eh? HMMMM OK how's this sound.

    Build a roadster. Put a 5.0 in it. Drive it. Save pennies and get both a coupe and a 427..... Build the coupe swap the 5.0 into said coupe. Drive it. Put 427 in Roadster...... Now I have a 427 roadster and a 5.0 Coupe. KEEP BOTH!!!

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