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|Posted: 06-16-2016 07:48 pm||
|Ok, here's my list. Some of these weren't classics when I had them, but may be by now... These were a mixture of practicality and necessity (at least in the early days).
As an Expat Brit, some of these are UK models. A while ago I set out to see if I had pictures of all of them, and nearly succeeded, save for the first car! They can be seen here:
1984 Vauxhall Astra L. 1.3L 4 Cylinder. 4 speed manual box. First car, so saw some youthful hi-jinks (like getting her up to 115mph...). Traded for...
1990 Ford Escort L. 1.3L 4 Cylinder. 5 speed manual box. First brand new car, and I basically thrashed it. Made several trips to South of France in her. Traded for...
1975 Triumph Spitfire 1500. 1.5L 4 Cylinder. 4 speed manual box with Overdrive. First car I really worked on (new diff, overhauled air intakes, exhaust replaced, etc.). Barrel rolled her in France avoiding a drunk French Farmer, and totaled her.
1990 Daihatsu Sportrak L. 1.6L 4 Cylinder. 5 speed manual box. Bought to replace the Spitfire. Had the bounciest ride ever. Traded for...
1992 Daihatsu Fourtrak TDX. 2.8L 4 Cylinder. 5 speed manual box. TurboDiesel, so an absolute sloth until the Turbo's spooled up. Used to haul the wine an champagne for my wedding back from France. Sold when I moved to the US. Apparently still in use as a farm vehicle...
1995 Chevrolet Camaro Z28. 5.7L V8. 4 speed Auto. First US Car. Engine to die for, build quality to cry for. Traded for the S2000.
1997 Ford Explorer XLT. 3.8L V6. 4 speed Auto. Wife's first US Car. Rear view mirror had a tendency to fall off. Traded for the Escalade.
2003 Honda S2000. 2.0L 4 Cylinder. Six speed manual. 240hp before I fitted the K&N Typhoon Air Intake. Redlined at 9,000rpm and could do 65mph in second gear. Should have kept her, but the arrival of a daughter meant she was traded for the Genesis.
2003 Cadillac Escalade. 6.2L V8. 5 speed Auto. 345hp and a thirst to match. Quite a crappy interior all things considered. Traded for the R350.
2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. 3.8L V6. 6 speed Auto. A blend of the Camaro and S2000. 314hp before I fitted an Injen Air Intake. Current car, and I see no reason to get rid of her.
2008 Mercedes R350. 3.5L V6. 6 speed auto. Replaced the Escalade. All the toys (power headrests anyone?). Mercedes maintenance and repair bills are a bit of a shocker though... Traded for the LR4.
2011 Land Rover LR4 HSE Lux. 5.0L V8. 6 speed auto. Bought second hand, but more or less spotless. 375hp in sport mode is a bit of a handful.
2002 Subaru Forester L. 2.0L 4 Cylinder Boxer. 4 speed auto. Bought when our aging labrador couldn't get into the LR4. 132k miles, absolutely everything works. Now used for dog, building & garden supply hauling. Unbelievably good in the snow.
1974 Jensen Healey. 2.0L 4 Cylinder. 4 speed manual. Just gone past 88,800 miles and the reason I am on this forum. The engine makes it feel like an ancestor of the S2000...
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