honestly? because the Altezza was
cheap. and i have recently become a father. so my R33gtst 2 door got sacrificed as a trade-in to a dealer. the benefit? my Altezza was only $2,400. with new tires, a service,timing belt,and a 6 month warrranty. apart from the previous owners neglect, it is a sound car. that will hold a baby chair in the back with easy access. a 4-door was what the doctor (re:wife)ordered. and against popular belief, really clean, desirable cars are worth dollars here.
I had a cheap TourerV in mind=sold, looked at Celsior's-too large, Legacy RSK- more upfront drivetrain repairs than i want to pay for, (subaru's are awesome, but need constant maintenance)besides, i'm a rwd driver. EVO6? too expensive, and awd. R34 4-door? rusted to the core, (a common drama with skylines)the choices were drying up. it came down to a choice between an AT mazda RX8 with no trade-in,no service, or warranty. for $3,500. or throw my rusty skyline under the bus for a sweet deal on a sound car. The Altezza. i got lucky.
Now if i have to drive a slower car than i'm used to, and a 4-door?
i am going to make damned sure it's the baddest Altezza it can be. the engine mods are because i am really going to miss having the 350+hp on tap, and buckets of torque. the rest? because this car has potential to be fun, and turn some heads. i like it a lot.- even it it's slow.
it's a new toy, and the wife likes it. thats a win, right?
let the customizing commence!