NFR Forget Gun Posts? Nostalgic Cars You've Owned

#16
I wish I still had my 1956 Porsche 356A that I bought for $1200 in 1963. I raced a Pontiac Grand Prix northbound on the old 4-lane between Arlington, WA and Mt. Vernon and ended up a dead heat... he could take me on the straights but had to slow way down for any curve. Not bad for a 90hp 4-banger.

My next memorable car was my brand new 1965 Chevrolet Impala hardtop coupe with a 327 and 4-on-the-floor. I bought it brand new for $2500. That was the first car I had that I put Michelin radial tires on and what a difference those made!!!

Now I have a Jeep Wrangler TJ with a soft top and a 4-cylinder engine that's lifted 4" and has 33" tires on it. Barely gets up to 65 on the freeway but will go anywhere I point it. I was on a call yesterday to a customer with a security fence who told me they'd open the gate... I said, "don't bother, I'll just drive through it". We all laughed.

The Jeep is noisy as all getout but it doesn't bother me; I just turn off my hearing aid. :p

Craig
 

Brian Miller

Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout
#17
I wish I still had my 1956 Porsche 356A that I bought for $1200 in 1963. I raced a Pontiac Grand Prix northbound on the old 4-lane between Arlington, WA and Mt. Vernon and ended up a dead heat... he could take me on the straights but had to slow way down for any curve. Not bad for a 90hp 4-banger...]/quote]
Crappy picture, fun to drive, 1965 Porsche 912, wood steering wheel. Corvettes always wanted to race, same story. The hood would dip noticeably lower when getting hard on the gas improving the ground effects and this thing would stay completely level through tight corners.
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GAT

Dumbfounded
#18
Craig, you jeep guys are a strange lot. Really dedicated to a very basic vehicle. I worked at a VW/Mazda dealership before working now at the Ford/Chrysler dealership. The old air cooled VW folks are just as passionate about their rigs.

BTW: if you are interested in a new Jeep, DO NOT buy one with a Freedom Top... unless you don't mind water leaks. The design of the roof is insane and eventually will begin to leak. The engineers designed the roof with two panels but the marketing people told them to redesign it with three panels so women wouldn't have a difficult time removing the front panels.

There is no center support for the front two panels and as the designers tried to tell the marketing guys the panels will eventually shift and they will leak.... and do.

Remember the T-Tops? They leaked like a seave... Same problem with the Freedom Top.
 

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
#19
Red '65 Volvo 122S coupe. Black interior. That was the first car I bought after moving back to the states from Hawaii. Great cruiser for heading out to the coast and back. Looked good with surf racks.
Then I picked up a '62 VW camper that had a recently overhauled '67 1600 engine in it. That became the surf rig, except for when I was heading to the coast and back in one day. It had a 6-volt electrical system, which made jumper cables almost useless, so I'd park it on a hill whenever possible. It had several annoying quirks.
I'll see if I can find some pics to scan.
 

dryflylarry

"Chasing Riseforms"
#20
1979 MG midget - Drove it for a summer. I had to replace the alternator about 3 times. I guess I helped keep Lucas in business. Paid one dollar per CC.


1984 Fiat X19 - not fast, but it handled like a baby Ferrari. The engine sits right behind the seats so when you're driving it also sounds like a Ferrari. $2000 in 1991.


Ah, I also had an X-19. I ran it up to a 100 mph one day. That was the fastest I ever drove a car.
 
#21
Crappy picture, fun to drive, 1967 Porsche 912. Corvettes always wanted to race, same story. The hood wood dip noticeably lower when getting hard on the gas improving the ground effects and this thing would stay completely level through tight corners.
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I've always wanted a 356 or 912. Those little engines don't have much grunt, but they also don't weigh anything so the handling is great. My Fiat mechanic (who I got to know all to well) had a nice 912 and let me take it for a drive. It was really fun, but If I remember correctly the gearbox didn't have syncromesh and I couldn't get the hang of double clutching.
 

Brian Miller

Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout
#23
...I picked up a '62 VW camper that had a recently overhauled '67 1600 engine in it.
My parent's red '62 Kombi was my first car. I drove the wheels off of it until the transaxle disintegrated shortly before I enlisted. I pulled the rear seats and covered the walls with 1/4" plywood and carpet squares, then laid vinyl flooring leaving cutouts for the seats that I never put back in. Lined the sides and back with pillows. No radio but I had a 4 track, then later 8 track tape players with 10" guitar speakers for tunes. I was a card-carrying Bow Wow Auto Parts member for the V-dub and the Porsche, and needed it often for both :eek: .

Between the VW and the Porsche, I had a two-door 57 Chevy Panel Truck, a 66 Ford PU, and a green 67 Peugeot 404 4 door sedan just like the one in this pic. Nice car but it had some issues.


It wasn't until I started buying Toyata, Nissan, and Infiniti that I learned what a reliable car was. One thing I liked about the old American cars was they were easy to do routine maintenance on.
 
#24
Craig, you jeep guys are a strange lot. Really dedicated to a very basic vehicle. I worked at a VW/Mazda dealership before working now at the Ford/Chrysler dealership. The old air cooled VW folks are just as passionate about their rigs.
Eastern Washington is heaven-made for a Jeep. Old trails everywhere, lots of BLM and otherwise public land, sand dunes within 15 minutes of my driveway, towable by my motor home 4-down, able to carry a mountain bike on a rack (but I need something for the kayak).

And the budding teenager (she's 11 but you know how *that* goes) says that her stock goes up when I pick her up at school in the Jeep. (I'll try the Harley in the spring.)

BTW: if you are interested in a new Jeep.......
No more "new" cars for me I think. I bought this one (a 1999 model advertised on craigslist for $4,000) right after another guy turned it down because it was "too rough". I didn't even try to beat him down on price... just counted out the money. I wanted a car I could weld on and this is it. The state wanted me to pay sales tax on $7k!!! I managed to find enough on-line to convince 'em to lower it to only $500 more than I actually paid for it.

And, I can actually SEE the spark plugs. On my wife's Kia I can't even see the engine.
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o mykiss

Active Member
#27
The first car I bought was a cherry red 1972 BMW 2002tii. That was the manually fuel-injected version of the classic 2002 coupe. I loved that car! Only one I owned until '94, when my wife and I decided we needed something a little safer and more reliable to tote our daughter around in. Kept it until around 2000 when I could no longer justify keeping a car that needed an owner with more free cash flow to give it the love it needed. (Sold it to a gear fisherman from Startup, if I recall - wonder whatever happened to it?) Sadly, that was the only non-practical vehicle I owned. I've always pined for an old Landcruiser like Chris's. Where I grew up, all the cool dudes drove those in high school.
 

dryflylarry

"Chasing Riseforms"
#28
You guys are making me cry now. I loved my 57" MGA. I use to drive it back and forth from WSU to see my girlfriend/wife to be. I remember screaming across the dessert, past Washtucna, Dusty, hair blowing in the wind (none left now!), anxious to see the honey! Those were the days! Loved that car.....:):(
 

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