Coffee Brake: How Much Is Too Much?

Here at the Daily Turismo, we take pride in being frugal.  Why waste your money on an old Porsche when you can have just as much fun in a Renault Fuego…but sometimes a car shows up with a hefty price tag, but still tugs at one’s heartstrings.  Like this 1970 Dodge Challenger with Viper V10 power found here on eBay currently bidding for $39,100 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go, located in Rio Linda, CA.

Even a blind man would be a fool to not love the original (1969-1974) Dodge Challenger.  It was Chrysler’s approach to the pony car and slightly larger than it’s E-body sibling, the Plymouth Barracuda.  This Challenger has a 2004 Viper 505 cubic inch V10 engine rated at 550 horsepower mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.  Not sure if I buy that the car “drives and handles like a new viper, but better” …but…I still want it.

What do you think?  Is this crazy money?  Or is $50k an acceptable amount of money to spend on your mid-life crisis car?  Comments below.