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otherone

(973 posts)
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 08:00 AM Dec 2013

I'm curious - what is your favorite vehicle? Is there a vehicle that captures your essence?

Last edited Thu Jan 2, 2014, 12:49 AM - Edit history (1)

For me it is the VW Microbus -

I love all the bus varieties -
The Westfalia

the vanagon

and the 2014


Lets have a picture thread to close out 2013. What is your favorite vehicle brand?

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I'm curious - what is your favorite vehicle? Is there a vehicle that captures your essence? (Original Post) otherone Dec 2013 OP
Late '60s Fiat 500 Gamine "Noddy Car" by Vignale. dipsydoodle Dec 2013 #1
I'm a Fiat freak... I have my eye on a new 500 Abarth. tridim Dec 2013 #35
Had a friend back in 1963 who had a 500 Abarth with roll back rag top. dipsydoodle Dec 2013 #45
I have one! Lizzie Poppet Dec 2013 #95
The only thing stopping me is the MPG's tridim Dec 2013 #99
Yeah, not nearly what the regular 500 gets. Lizzie Poppet Dec 2013 #105
I had a VW bus back in my hippy days. What B Calm Dec 2013 #2
lol, laugh out loud! otherone Dec 2013 #72
1959 Cadillac Eldorado. Brigid Jan 2014 #139
Yes, that was one of my favorite cars. RebelOne Jan 2014 #149
I had an 85 Westy that I bought in college with 60,000 miles on it. I drove it until the head gasket adirondacker Jan 2014 #185
I remember the ad for when they restarted the Beetle: Benton D Struckcheon Jan 2014 #151
OMG...yes! Lugnut Jan 2014 #200
My best friend in high school had a bus. lumberjack_jeff Jan 2014 #155
Shoeleather Express My Good Babushka Dec 2013 #3
The last time I felt truly one with a vehicle. canoeist52 Dec 2013 #4
Miata. zoom zoom RedCappedBandit Dec 2013 #5
'68 Camaro convertible Atman Dec 2013 #6
I can relate. narnian60 Dec 2013 #66
saab 93-96 madrchsod Dec 2013 #7
Thse cars were awesome! 2naSalit Dec 2013 #40
Toyota Corolla all the way malaise Dec 2013 #8
economical and reliable freefaller62 Jan 2014 #154
Agreed malaise Jan 2014 #160
Tumbler Katashi_itto Dec 2013 #9
doesn't look very aerodynamic! yodermon Dec 2013 #31
True! But its great at rush hour Katashi_itto Dec 2013 #32
more like 2naSalit Dec 2013 #42
yup, it's what Batman drives Katashi_itto Dec 2013 #44
Looks like it 2naSalit Dec 2013 #46
:) Katashi_itto Dec 2013 #47
It did drive/work in the movie sakabatou Dec 2013 #81
Most likely 2naSalit Dec 2013 #100
Moto Guzzi Quota cloudbase Dec 2013 #10
Saturn V cherokeeprogressive Dec 2013 #11
Love it! Agschmid Dec 2013 #96
Mustang. Jokerman Dec 2013 #12
EEEEEEEEEEIIIIIIII The red one, the red one!!!!!! pangaia Dec 2013 #53
My first car was a '67, too! mwdem Jan 2014 #150
What a beauty that red one is! CrispyQ Jan 2014 #182
that red ragtop is quite similar to ours reddread Jan 2014 #196
Thats mine RazzleCat Jan 2014 #209
style, just the right speed, feel the breeze and sun on your face, cannot be beat magical thyme Dec 2013 #13
Yep, as my siblings will attest, thats always been my dream vehicle. canoeist52 Dec 2013 #14
The breeze and sun might not be all you feel on your face. pangaia Dec 2013 #54
Another vote for a Mustang. lob1 Jan 2014 #207
81 AMC Jeep CJ 7 ileus Dec 2013 #15
1984 Renault 4 Hatchback... SidDithers Dec 2013 #16
ROFL snooper2 Dec 2013 #26
I once rode from Lyon to Paris in one of those that was missing the floor in the back. FSogol Dec 2013 #69
Not really FreeJoe Dec 2013 #17
My post war 40's cars and my mid 70's Dodge & Plymouth... Historic NY Dec 2013 #18
1983 Nissan 280ZX 2+2 Turbo Waiting For Everyman Dec 2013 #19
Almost finished with the restoration on my '86 300ZX. Egalitarian Thug Jan 2014 #141
Ah, another Z person. Waiting For Everyman Jan 2014 #144
F-150 4x4 MO_Moderate Dec 2013 #20
yup ConcernedCanuk Dec 2013 #25
I have a 2003. former9thward Dec 2013 #64
2014 Ford Focus madokie Dec 2013 #21
There is one, and I once owned one. MineralMan Dec 2013 #22
Tesla. lonestarnot Dec 2013 #23
Jaguar XJ220 the last Jaguar with a V12 Arcanetrance Dec 2013 #24
I'm pretty sure the XJ220 had a TT V6 and not a V12. EOTE Jan 2014 #172
That may be either way it's a sweet car Arcanetrance Jan 2014 #175
Always a good choice. Glassunion Dec 2013 #27
I loved my 1965 Chevy Malibu SS convertible, sold it for $100.00 in 1973. B Calm Dec 2013 #28
So pretty! CrispyQ Jan 2014 #183
back in the early 80s d_r Dec 2013 #29
Did you know that the Daytona Spider Sonny drove were actually rebodied Corvettes? bluesbassman Dec 2013 #88
yeah d_r Dec 2013 #118
How can a vehicle "capture your essence"? Did no one have an "essence" before the automobile? PassingFair Dec 2013 #30
Here, "essence" means "brand identification." nt ZombieHorde Dec 2013 #101
Ford Pinto Jackpine Radical Dec 2013 #33
Nice FreeJoe Dec 2013 #38
That's a HOT car...especially from the rear! nt Walk away Dec 2013 #86
LOL tridim Dec 2013 #109
Check out these links: Jackpine Radical Dec 2013 #115
my1st car handmade34 Jan 2014 #152
anything for a buck. reddread Jan 2014 #197
This one: marmar Dec 2013 #34
Exactly. enlightenment Dec 2013 #84
The vehicle that captured my imagination the most edhopper Dec 2013 #36
I had a 21 window ragtop VW.....(the surfer van is my car though) Bennyboy Dec 2013 #37
That guy has some great rides. raouldukelives Dec 2013 #62
He is my oldest friend..... since we were 3.... Bennyboy Dec 2013 #68
Cool! What an interesting guy! raouldukelives Jan 2014 #167
He's not with her anymore... Bennyboy Jan 2014 #169
My favorite was my 'Truck of Science' Tyrs WolfDaemon Dec 2013 #39
1965 Chevelle Deluxe 300 KansDem Dec 2013 #41
Repo Man! n/t lumberjack_jeff Dec 2013 #51
c'mon let's go get a drink! frylock Dec 2013 #117
this one: unblock Dec 2013 #43
I'm sorry, but I like F-250 4X4 diesels ..... oldhippie Dec 2013 #48
My '96 F250 4x4 PSD is still truckin'! appal_jack Dec 2013 #91
Ah, the 57 Cadillac El Dorado… was there ever a car made more fantastically fun/beautiful? KittyWampus Dec 2013 #49
Absolutely LOVE IT! A HERETIC I AM Jan 2014 #153
What "captures my essence" is the fact that I can't pick one. lumberjack_jeff Dec 2013 #50
I love to travel, so this Zorra Dec 2013 #52
I'm trying to save up for one of those, or one with the van front end... Ghost in the Machine Dec 2013 #61
It's hard to find a decent one at a reasonable price these days. Zorra Dec 2013 #67
Thanks for the tip about the rear-end, Zorra... and this part here: Ghost in the Machine Dec 2013 #75
I hope you can too. Zorra Dec 2013 #76
Suburu SVX OneBlueDotBama Dec 2013 #55
1960~1962 Plymouth Valiant..2 door/slant 6/3 on the tree.. Tikki Dec 2013 #56
I loved owning this car: Aristus Dec 2013 #57
61 daffodil...the ORIGINAL boxer engine and cvt...of course the cvt was a bunch of Rubber bands but Drew Richards Dec 2013 #58
I have a couple NJCher Dec 2013 #59
1967 Oldsmobile 442 Throd Dec 2013 #60
Oooh! dats a good one Egnever Jan 2014 #129
My first "love" was my '69 Camaro 396 SS I had in high school. I've owned many cars since then, Ghost in the Machine Dec 2013 #63
The POS Sky Blue Cadillac from 48 Hours. rrneck Dec 2013 #65
Big Mini tosh Dec 2013 #70
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang n/t KurtNYC Dec 2013 #71
That has to have a pic Egnever Jan 2014 #127
I loved my '61 TR3 (when it ran) but I really like my Toyota Rav4. Tierra_y_Libertad Dec 2013 #73
Triumphs drove my dad mad. I loved them though. tridim Dec 2013 #106
Prius... have had two of them... Bigmack Dec 2013 #74
I love my Prius, also. We have been able to do so much more with the grandchildren... Tikki Dec 2013 #77
I always wanted to own a VW Beetle. Smarmie Doofus Dec 2013 #78
A car ive always wanted but never got to even drive one darkangel218 Dec 2013 #79
Here ya go... a two-fer. cherokeeprogressive Jan 2014 #134
Corvette or jeep wrangler. Packerowner740 Dec 2013 #80
Message auto-removed Name removed Dec 2013 #82
hello. hrmjustin Dec 2013 #85
one of these hfojvt Dec 2013 #83
Ultimately, I'm not one to care about cars TlalocW Dec 2013 #87
Honda's new jet solarhydrocan Dec 2013 #89
nice! Eddie Haskell Dec 2013 #94
estimated $4.5 million USD solarhydrocan Dec 2013 #108
looks, awfully nice - but I have a feeling that some of my lefty friends would accuse me of Douglas Carpenter Jan 2014 #162
The Ford Mustang Motown_Johnny Dec 2013 #90
'70 Chevelle SS 454 Iggo Dec 2013 #92
THE - 1987 Toyota Land Cruiser Eddie Haskell Dec 2013 #93
Starship Enterprise. DavidDvorkin Dec 2013 #97
Which model... Agschmid Dec 2013 #98
There's only one real one DavidDvorkin Dec 2013 #102
1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Go Vols Dec 2013 #103
Duesenberg, of course. kwassa Dec 2013 #104
this is my favorite vehicle SummerSnow Dec 2013 #107
Old Homer - had him goi'n on 29 years Mopar151 Dec 2013 #110
I've always liked Spirochete Dec 2013 #111
Honda Civic Hybrid ananda Dec 2013 #112
I guess I should be ashamed to say it... theHandpuppet Dec 2013 #113
Cadillac. I have had a couple of them but never new. RebelOne Dec 2013 #114
rather odd stance on that vanagon.. frylock Dec 2013 #116
The 1957 Ford Thunderbird: femmocrat Dec 2013 #119
I have an '02 Thunderbird Ohio Joe Jan 2014 #145
Very cool. femmocrat Jan 2014 #148
The is the car I've wanted for as long as I've wanted a car.... nt abakan Jan 2014 #158
1966 Pontiac GTO... GReedDiamond Dec 2013 #120
Right now I'd settle for one that starts in the cold BainsBane Dec 2013 #121
Sweet! CrispyQ Jan 2014 #188
mad max interceptor or a romulan warbird. loli phabay Dec 2013 #122
SSC Ultimate Aero and the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon flvegan Dec 2013 #123
'69 Super Bee pintobean Jan 2014 #124
Hands down the car that spins my wheels is Egnever Jan 2014 #125
Probably a wooden cart drawn by goats. The Velveteen Ocelot Jan 2014 #126
Chevy Volt Archaic Jan 2014 #128
One of these days has been on hold Mopar151 Jan 2014 #204
Two *entirely* different things Fumesucker Jan 2014 #130
sweet, right down to the minilites! reddread Jan 2014 #198
The wheel barrow. Any make. Any model. WheelWalker Jan 2014 #131
... El_Johns Jan 2014 #132
Any vehicle that starts every time I turn the key Codeine Jan 2014 #133
Subaru. truebluegreen Jan 2014 #184
A turquoise 1960 MGA Auntie Bush Jan 2014 #135
Dahon Speed 8 Shankapotomus Jan 2014 #136
Any American brand. nt demosincebirth Jan 2014 #137
'65 mustang. liberal_at_heart Jan 2014 #138
My '06 Wrangler Unlimited (LJ) is my essential vehicle. bluedigger Jan 2014 #140
I have a '66 El Camino and I love it beyond reason. LeftyMom Jan 2014 #142
Well, I was a fan of the short-lived Chevy SSR X_Digger Jan 2014 #143
Another favorite vehicle, the zeppelin. kwassa Jan 2014 #146
My adult tricycle. CK_John Jan 2014 #147
Hard to decide. xfundy Jan 2014 #156
Here it has to be something four-wheel drive Blue_In_AK Jan 2014 #157
thanks for checking in otherone Jan 2014 #164
Some people joke Blue_In_AK Jan 2014 #166
Message auto-removed Name removed Jan 2014 #159
Don't fence me in, I have many tastes, but this one fits for now... Vespa me b zola Jan 2014 #161
Chevy NOMAD! econoclast Jan 2014 #163
A bandit trams am for essence.... rppper Jan 2014 #165
1972 240Z rusty fender Jan 2014 #168
nice pic otherone Jan 2014 #170
For schnizzle rusty fender Jan 2014 #171
Always wanted one of these... sibelian Jan 2014 #173
This is what I'd like to think captures "my essence": bhikkhu Jan 2014 #174
Bentley Continental GTC CFLDem Jan 2014 #176
I love the reimagined school bus..... Bennyboy Jan 2014 #177
Cord 810 Proud Public Servant Jan 2014 #178
Kymco Kaleva Jan 2014 #179
'02 Toyota Tacoma 4-door 4WD pickyup. truebluegreen Jan 2014 #180
Volvo P1800 CrispyQ Jan 2014 #181
It depends on the context. LWolf Jan 2014 #186
++++++ for the Horse !! fadedrose Jan 2014 #194
My favorite... NeoGreen Jan 2014 #187
I like the original volkswagon beetle. We had a red one when I was a kid. applegrove Jan 2014 #189
My dad restored a 71 convertable bug.. otherone Jan 2014 #190
my essence BelgianMadCow Jan 2014 #191
Ummmmm... ScreamingMeemie Jan 2014 #192
A train with a club car ..... fadedrose Jan 2014 #193
67/6 big block Fairlanes reddread Jan 2014 #195
'55 Thunderbird HarveyDarkey Jan 2014 #199
i drive a '05 mazda miata. DesertFlower Jan 2014 #201
It would be this.... VanillaRhapsody Jan 2014 #202
Volvo 122! longship Jan 2014 #203
VW XL1 250-300 Miles/Gallon. democratisphere Jan 2014 #205
From my 8th birthday until the time I was forced to sell it at 13, Art_from_Ark Jan 2014 #206
One of the vehicles that captures my essence jmowreader Jan 2014 #208

dipsydoodle

(42,239 posts)
1. Late '60s Fiat 500 Gamine "Noddy Car" by Vignale.
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 08:15 AM
Dec 2013

Totally impractical other than for shopping but cute.

tridim

(45,358 posts)
35. I'm a Fiat freak... I have my eye on a new 500 Abarth.
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 11:13 AM
Dec 2013

My first two cars were Fiat X1/9's and I owned a Spider later. I loved them all.

The best part was proving to the doubters (Fix it again Tony, ha ha ha) that Fiats were actually good cars despite the myths.

dipsydoodle

(42,239 posts)
45. Had a friend back in 1963 who had a 500 Abarth with roll back rag top.
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 11:46 AM
Dec 2013

He was of the opinion you couldn't turn one over so he zipped it down a slope and turned sharp right at the bottom. The car rolled three times and he climbed out through the roof. He was wrong.

I thought it was the Dino's which were sought after ?

Aside from the Noddy car I'd really like one these : repro Auburn Speedster Boattail.



An acquaintance had one shipped to the UK last year - needed to rent a large garage to cope with its length. Only ever comes out for posing - nothing wrong with that.

 

Lizzie Poppet

(10,164 posts)
95. I have one!
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 03:47 PM
Dec 2013

Can't say enough good about my Abarth, either. It has the body of a microhatch...but the soul (and feel) of a sports car. The sound alone will quicken your pulse.

 

Lizzie Poppet

(10,164 posts)
105. Yeah, not nearly what the regular 500 gets.
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 04:19 PM
Dec 2013

Low 30's for me (and I actually manage not to have the Sport mode engaged all the time!). Fortunately, I don't use it for commuting...I do that by bicycle), so it's not as big a concern as it might be.

And if you have any misgivings, definitely do not take a test drive. Trust me, it's like heroin ("it only takes once&quot .

 

B Calm

(28,762 posts)
2. I had a VW bus back in my hippy days. What
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 08:26 AM
Dec 2013

a piece of crap. The heater in those damn things sucked! It felt like you were driving an airplane.

otherone

(973 posts)
72. lol, laugh out loud!
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 02:34 PM
Dec 2013

I had a 76 bus that left me for broke over and over again..
then I had a 86 that did the same..

RebelOne

(30,947 posts)
149. Yes, that was one of my favorite cars.
Wed Jan 1, 2014, 11:14 PM
Jan 2014

My mother had a 59 Cadillac, but I think it was a Deville. I took my first driving test in it. Almost failed because those fins made it hard to see in the back to park.

adirondacker

(2,921 posts)
185. I had an 85 Westy that I bought in college with 60,000 miles on it. I drove it until the head gasket
Fri Jan 3, 2014, 01:06 PM
Jan 2014

leaked which was 230,000. The only thing I repaired was a leaking radiator hose the whole time.

I paid 3500.00 for it and sold it for 1600.00. It was the best vehicle I've ever owned.

I bought a 2000 Eurovan about ten years ago. The $1000.00 service bills were like owning a Mercedes. I got rid of it after a couple of years...

Benton D Struckcheon

(2,347 posts)
151. I remember the ad for when they restarted the Beetle:
Wed Jan 1, 2014, 11:30 PM
Jan 2014

"Comes with options", they said, "like heat."
Read it to my wife, who'd rode more than a few in her youth. Brought back memories. Cold ones.

Lugnut

(9,791 posts)
200. OMG...yes!
Sun Jan 5, 2014, 02:33 AM
Jan 2014

I had a '59 beetle that was really barebones. It had heat when it was moving but none otherwise. It had no gas gauge so I used the tire iron to see how much gas was in the tank. The headlights worked most of the time but once in a while they flickered and didn't work. I loved that funky little car.

My Good Babushka

(2,710 posts)
3. Shoeleather Express
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 08:27 AM
Dec 2013

I find walking preferable to driving. It gives me time to think and look at things. It is just the right pace. I only wish that more things I need to get to were within walking distance.

Atman

(31,464 posts)
6. '68 Camaro convertible
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 08:57 AM
Dec 2013

Fire-engine red. No pin stripes, no scoops, no dams, no race car b.s. Plain, showroom floor stock. (Yes, my first car).



http://www.auto-addiction.com/68-78.htm

madrchsod

(58,162 posts)
7. saab 93-96
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 08:58 AM
Dec 2013

i`ve owned close to 25 of these over the years....i really miss driving these cars in the winter.

2naSalit

(88,089 posts)
40. Thse cars were awesome!
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 11:28 AM
Dec 2013

I had use of one a long time ago in New England and it got me through snow in the mountains and was so wonderful to drive on dry pavement... sigh, thanks for the memories! There are a few others I really enjoyed but that was one of my early car loves.

freefaller62

(30 posts)
154. economical and reliable
Thu Jan 2, 2014, 12:21 AM
Jan 2014

I've owned several Corollas. At times I've left them for a Saab, Ford, Mercedes or VW, only to return to the trusty Toyota. You cannot beat a Corolla.

2naSalit

(88,089 posts)
46. Looks like it
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 11:47 AM
Dec 2013

could be a lot of fun. I can think of how much fun it would be for getting around any large city in California for starters! I used to hate driving in that state, especially the cities whether I was in a semi or a regular car or p/u truck. That would have been the ticket right there!

Jokerman

(3,525 posts)
12. Mustang.
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 09:25 AM
Dec 2013

My first one was a '67:



Followed by a '66, another '67, a '79, an '87 and an '05 sitting in the garage right now:

pangaia

(24,324 posts)
53. EEEEEEEEEEIIIIIIII The red one, the red one!!!!!!
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 12:23 PM
Dec 2013

That's what I was going to post.. but with a cream interior!!
I want one !! I do I do I do!!!!

I saw one this summer in a winery parking lot-- a 1966 I think- and almost stole it....!!

mwdem

(4,031 posts)
150. My first car was a '67, too!
Wed Jan 1, 2014, 11:20 PM
Jan 2014

Wimbledon White with a black vinyl top. I will always love that car....my son drives the 40th anniversary GT, solid black.

 

reddread

(6,896 posts)
196. that red ragtop is quite similar to ours
Sat Jan 4, 2014, 10:06 PM
Jan 2014

although it was (and will be again) a factory springtime and black with rocker moldings.
and the crucial 390 badges.
that there is a real beauty.
Clinton would be proud!

RazzleCat

(732 posts)
209. Thats mine
Sun Jan 5, 2014, 09:14 AM
Jan 2014

Now that I am older I went out and got me the 2013 candy apple red rag top. Yes it is a useless car, no traction in snow, bad gas mileage, but I love it. I spent the majority of my life driving the economy car, practical, great for moving the kiddos around but no fun. Its my turn.

FSogol

(45,701 posts)
69. I once rode from Lyon to Paris in one of those that was missing the floor in the back.
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 02:22 PM
Dec 2013

I sat with my legs and backpack stretched across the back seat watching the road zoom by under me.

FreeJoe

(1,039 posts)
17. Not really
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 10:01 AM
Dec 2013

Several years ago, I would have said the Lotus Super Seven.



Now that I'm older and can afford one, I'm not really all that interested. The idea seems cool, but it is so completely impractical, uncomfortable, and expensive, that it just doesn't make sense to me.

I guess the car that best suits me now is the Honda Odyssey. We bought a new one this summer. Unlike the picture, we bought a white one because it is very hot where we live so we get the lightest colored cars possible for thermal reasons.

Historic NY

(37,505 posts)
18. My post war 40's cars and my mid 70's Dodge & Plymouth...
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 10:13 AM
Dec 2013

I'm holding out for a 37-38 Ford touring car.

Waiting For Everyman

(9,385 posts)
19. 1983 Nissan 280ZX 2+2 Turbo
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 10:28 AM
Dec 2013

Mine was a white T-top with red leather and suede interior, limited edition much like the one below except it was longer in the back, having the back seat. I bought it new, and kept it until 2 years ago, putting over 200K miles on it. Loved that car, so much fun to drive. The two-seater was surprisingly practical too -- I moved a set of floor to ceiling bookshelves in it once.



I don't like the new rounded body styles though, I like the ones that look like baby Jags. The 83/84 was the last year for that body style.



My (late) husband used to rebuild/restore Z's, and so he owned/crewchiefed a showroom stock race team for promotion purposes. His car beat Paul Newman at Charles Town in 1983 (as second, Newman was third, and I forget who won). It was a rainy mess, everybody was muddy.

 

Egalitarian Thug

(12,448 posts)
141. Almost finished with the restoration on my '86 300ZX.
Wed Jan 1, 2014, 03:24 PM
Jan 2014

Red, T-Tops, 5-spd, N/A.

Love those cars.

Happy New Year!

Waiting For Everyman

(9,385 posts)
144. Ah, another Z person.
Wed Jan 1, 2014, 07:25 PM
Jan 2014

I'll bet you can't wait for it to be done, right? Happy New Year to you too, and have a great time driving your Z in 2014!

madokie

(51,076 posts)
21. 2014 Ford Focus
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 10:41 AM
Dec 2013

[IMG][/IMG]

We now have 4500 miles on it and we love it. 32+ mpg
160 HP, 6 speed dual clutch automatic
Room for 4 full sized adults in riding in confort

MineralMan

(146,440 posts)
22. There is one, and I once owned one.
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 10:44 AM
Dec 2013

It's the British Standard 10, known briefly in the USA as the Triumph 10. I had a 1958. Woefully underpowered, it had an ineffable "cute factor," that suited me very well in the early 1970s. Mine was two-tone, in baby blue with a white top. It was much admired by the young women I was courting in those days. Four doors, and a beveled-glass rear view mirror.

Sadly, few were imported into the United States, and parts were difficult to obtain, so I was only able to keep it for a couple of years. Perhaps I'll find another one some day and lovingly restore it to its original loveliness.

Arcanetrance

(2,670 posts)
24. Jaguar XJ220 the last Jaguar with a V12
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 10:56 AM
Dec 2013

<a href=".html" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt=" photo jaguar-xj220_black_16.jpg"/></a>

EOTE

(13,409 posts)
172. I'm pretty sure the XJ220 had a TT V6 and not a V12.
Fri Jan 3, 2014, 12:24 PM
Jan 2014

They had originally planned on a V12, but went with a TT V6 to save weight. I believe the last Jag V12s were in the mid 90s XJSs/XJ12s. The Jag V12 was one hell of an engine. In spite of so many advances in technology, I still think they were about as smooth as engines get.

 

B Calm

(28,762 posts)
28. I loved my 1965 Chevy Malibu SS convertible, sold it for $100.00 in 1973.
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 11:05 AM
Dec 2013

The 327 engine needed overhauled, but the body was rust free. Should have saved it. It looked like this, same color but with a black top.



d_r

(6,907 posts)
29. back in the early 80s
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 11:06 AM
Dec 2013

when I was an undercover cop in Miami I had this ferrari that was just great


Actually that wasn't really me. I had a pontiac sunbird that if it came to a complete stop would overheat and stop running so I had to time my coasting in to stop lights so that i could keep going.

bluesbassman

(19,440 posts)
88. Did you know that the Daytona Spider Sonny drove were actually rebodied Corvettes?
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 03:08 PM
Dec 2013

The only time they used a real Daytona was in the pilot episode where Sonny could be seen sitting in it for about 10 seconds.

Very cool, sexy car.

d_r

(6,907 posts)
118. yeah
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 10:56 PM
Dec 2013

if you look at that picture you can tell the windshield is a corvette, if you ever get a chance to see a real daytona the windshield was more curved and not straight like that, it looks better. But I didn't even have a fake one. It is a great looking car though.

PassingFair

(22,434 posts)
30. How can a vehicle "capture your essence"? Did no one have an "essence" before the automobile?
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 11:06 AM
Dec 2013

My car gets me and my family from point a to point b with reliability
and low gas mileage.

I guess that's my "essence".

Here's what I'm driving now:



Here is my "essence" from 4 years ago:



The car came from my deceased Republican grandmother and Uncle and cousins (in a round-about way).

When my boss at the time saw me pull up to the office in it, he said "Hey, you look like a Republican
in that car!"...LOL ... I told him "If you only knew how many Republicans had to die to put me behind
the wheel of this car!"

Jackpine Radical

(45,274 posts)
115. Check out these links:
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 04:54 PM
Dec 2013
http://users.wfu.edu/palmitar/Law&Valuation/Papers/1999/Leggett-pinto.html

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1977/09/pinto-madness

An extensive investigation by Mother Jones over the past six months has found these answers:

Fighting strong competition from Volkswagen for the lucrative small-car market, the Ford Motor Company rushed the Pinto into production in much less than the usual time.
Ford engineers discovered in pre-production crash tests that rear-end collisions would rupture the Pinto's fuel system extremely easily.
Because assembly-line machinery was already tooled when engineers found this defect, top Ford officials decided to manufacture the car anyway—exploding gas tank and all—even though Ford owned the patent on a much safer gas tank.
For more than eight years afterwards, Ford successfully lobbied, with extraordinary vigor and some blatant lies, against a key government safety standard that would have forced the company to change the Pinto's fire-prone gas tank.

handmade34

(22,761 posts)
152. my1st car
Wed Jan 1, 2014, 11:48 PM
Jan 2014

driving my Pinto... was crushed in a pile-up in Houston ('73).. luckily didn't explode wasn't sorry to see it go

 

reddread

(6,896 posts)
197. anything for a buck.
Sat Jan 4, 2014, 10:16 PM
Jan 2014

Ford's criminal greed was a result of their slight oversight on what happens when you rear end a car with a cheap, light duty rear end right in front of a low hanging gas tank. the dangerous inspection cover bolts of that base model housing would rip the gas tank upon contact. Cars with the V6 used an 8" housing like early Mustangs had, with no rear inspection cover/bolts to do the damage with.
Fortunately, my candyapple 72 wagon has a 9" to protect me and transfer the V8 oomph safely and soundly to the ground.
Early Pintos with small blocks are cool as hell.
Ford Motor Company? Not nearly as much.

 

Bennyboy

(10,440 posts)
37. I had a 21 window ragtop VW.....(the surfer van is my car though)
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 11:19 AM
Dec 2013

Yep. I have a forty niner colored one right now. Can sleep in it stealthily, load it full of crap, pack stuff on the top and is comfy as hell. Not to mention the bed in the back for picking up female hitchhikers. (that joke<<<<< creepy now, I know, would have killed in the seventies)......

One of my first cars was a 60 VW Van with the rag top and the curved back window. Took that car to Yellowstone. Thanks to that car I learned to hate VW's at a very early age though.

Here's a cool VW for ya though:

 

Bennyboy

(10,440 posts)
68. He is my oldest friend..... since we were 3....
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 02:11 PM
Dec 2013

Lived on my block when we were toddlers, and the VW I referenced above I bought from his parents.

Still a good friend. Car guy though so i only see him a few times a year.

he's got a mess of cars that's for sure.

raouldukelives

(5,178 posts)
167. Cool! What an interesting guy!
Thu Jan 2, 2014, 04:09 PM
Jan 2014

He was showing a Messerschmitt car that I found incredible. Got to talking and he showed me a photo album full of other great cars and his pad. Being a fan of tiki and Ed Roth stuff it looked like heaven to me! Heck, the guy is a walking museum piece to boot!
Then he started showing some of the Amelia Earhart items his SO is into. I think went into awesomeness shock.

 

Bennyboy

(10,440 posts)
169. He's not with her anymore...
Thu Jan 2, 2014, 04:22 PM
Jan 2014

he is with Roxanne now and she is pretty awesome. The pilot I never met.

I remember his first tat. he put "Wendy" on his shoulder (15) and she took one look at it and dumped him. he's been trying to cover it up since.

He was always about a foot taller than everyone. Even in Kindergarten.

Tyrs WolfDaemon

(2,289 posts)
39. My favorite was my 'Truck of Science'
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 11:27 AM
Dec 2013

GMC Suburban that I had set up to do various soil tests with.


I had two 55gal drums (front to back along the center line) that I could use to carry my own water for when I wasn't near a source. Those were on stands that a friend helped me build. Where ever I parked, I could level the drums so as to use the markings I put on them to measure outflow. I had tons of fun stuff to take soil samples with and to install small 'wells' (piezometers) with which to test the subsurface hydraulic conductivity. I had a ring infiltrometer and a Guelph permeameter ( http://www.soilmoisture.com/prod_details.asp?prod_id=292 ) to play with. Fun Times

I used to call her my 'Forest Wraith'. I just loved the dark green color.

Unfortunately my health got bad and I couldn't keep working. I had drawn up plans for more stuff to add to her to make her more useful. (I also wanted to see if I could mount a PVC pipe that I could launch those tiny Estes Rockets with. That was to be more for fun )


The Truck of Science is brought to you by the:



 

oldhippie

(3,249 posts)
48. I'm sorry, but I like F-250 4X4 diesels .....
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 11:55 AM
Dec 2013

I know they are not very environmentally friendly, but ......

[IMG][/IMG]

[IMG][/IMG]

 

appal_jack

(3,813 posts)
91. My '96 F250 4x4 PSD is still truckin'!
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 03:23 PM
Dec 2013

My '96 F250 4x4 PSD is still truckin'! Bought it in about 2007 or so. Great truck, though rusty as hell now.

-app

 

KittyWampus

(55,894 posts)
49. Ah, the 57 Cadillac El Dorado… was there ever a car made more fantastically fun/beautiful?
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 11:59 AM
Dec 2013

Too young to have owned one at the time and wouldn't own one now due to price and fear of getting a scratch… but back when they used real chrome:

A HERETIC I AM

(24,415 posts)
153. Absolutely LOVE IT!
Thu Jan 2, 2014, 12:17 AM
Jan 2014

I'll take two!

OK, I'll have one '57 and one '78;



Red with a white interior, even though that one is red on red.

Zorra

(27,670 posts)
52. I love to travel, so this
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 12:19 PM
Dec 2013


I've had one of these for 15 years, he's named Chief Joe. after Chief Joseph, (Hinmaton-Yalaktit real name in Nez Perce), because he leads me to escape and freedom. Joe is a lot funkier (has more "unique character" lol) than the rig in the photo.

It's a rolling motel room, except better, solar power, shower, toilet, fridge, stove, bed, sound system. I have it rigged for comfort and entertainment.I've lived in it, used it to travel and stay in for road work, traveled around the west a bunch of times, traveled in Mexico in it for a year, and I use it for storage when not traveling. Get's 18 mpg, and it's small enough to park on the street if necessary. It's underpowered, so it's slow going up hills, but I don't care about that.

I also had a '66 Westfalia, the first vehicle I traveled around the US and lived in. He was named "Zippy", and was anything but. I loved that bus, our old hippie wagon. *sigh*



Ghost in the Machine

(14,912 posts)
61. I'm trying to save up for one of those, or one with the van front end...
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 12:55 PM
Dec 2013

I'd LOVE to take few months and travel some of the country in one, staying in National Parks that allow camping for free, or very cheap rates. I hope I can get one soon, and enjoy it as much as it sounds like you've enjoyed yours!

Peace,

Ghost

Zorra

(27,670 posts)
67. It's hard to find a decent one at a reasonable price these days.
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 02:05 PM
Dec 2013

I bought mine for $3,000 in 1998, and it needed a bit of work.

Be sure that, if you buy one, it has the rear axle changed out to an aftermarket axle, or was manufactured with a safe axle.

(pdf)
http://www.toyotamotorhomes.com/files/Axle_FAQ.pdf

With one of these, no matter what happens, you always have a decent little place to live, and can pack up and go quickly and easily when necessary.

Ghost in the Machine

(14,912 posts)
75. Thanks for the tip about the rear-end, Zorra... and this part here:
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 02:43 PM
Dec 2013
With one of these, no matter what happens, you always have a decent little place to live, and can pack up and go quickly and easily when necessary.


Truer words have never been spoken! I used to live like that before I settled down and had kids. My youngest just turned 20, but still lives at home. I'm disabled, and he has chosen to help take care of me, when I need it. That's why I mentioned a little bit bigger one, with the van front end. He would be with me, doing most of the driving, as sitting for long periods, and driving, are two of the worst things for me. I'm lucky to be walking, having suffered a broken neck and back along with major nerve damage throughout my body.

Hopefully we can do this in a year or two....

Peace,

Ghost

Drew Richards

(1,558 posts)
58. 61 daffodil...the ORIGINAL boxer engine and cvt...of course the cvt was a bunch of Rubber bands but
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 12:35 PM
Dec 2013

it was a great hippie car...40 mpg...peace out man...that traverler vw was the shizzle back then too...

NJCher

(36,172 posts)
59. I have a couple
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 12:44 PM
Dec 2013

Here's one. Gramps had one of these and I'd love to drive one to school and get the reaction of my students.





Cher

Ghost in the Machine

(14,912 posts)
63. My first "love" was my '69 Camaro 396 SS I had in high school. I've owned many cars since then,
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 01:22 PM
Dec 2013

Two other favorites were my '73 Camaro SS and my current 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited with the 5.2 Litre (318 Magnum) V-8, fulltime 4 wheel drive & heavy duty tow package. I bought it used in 2006, with only 120,000 miles on it. I've put another 120,000 on it, and it still runs like a champ! I was really surprised at the gas milege, too. At 75mph on the interstate with the cruise control set, I average 24mpg.... I've gotten up to 30mpg while "drafting" an 18 wheeler.

I've always had an eye for the Dodge Challenger, too. I love the old ones, and the new models are really sharp too!

I'm almost 51 years old and have owned close to, if not over, 100 cars since I was 16. One time I traded cars 3 times in one week! Out of all of them, only 4 were foreign vehicles: A Mazda B-2000 truck (everything interchangeable with a Ford Ranger) and 3 Honda Accords. I loved the Hondas and would have no qualms about owning another one.

Peace,

Ghost

rrneck

(17,671 posts)
65. The POS Sky Blue Cadillac from 48 Hours.
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 01:31 PM
Dec 2013


But I had one of these and really enjoyed it

Honda V45 Sabre

 

Tierra_y_Libertad

(50,414 posts)
73. I loved my '61 TR3 (when it ran) but I really like my Toyota Rav4.
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 02:36 PM
Dec 2013

Love may be blind, but a TR3 with a Lucas (Prince of Darkness) electrical system will bring light...and a flood of profanity.

tridim

(45,358 posts)
106. Triumphs drove my dad mad. I loved them though.
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 04:20 PM
Dec 2013

Just kidding about my dad, but I do remember he had a hell of a time keeping them running.

His TR-4 was my favorite. My first memory of a "car".

 

Bigmack

(8,020 posts)
74. Prius... have had two of them...
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 02:37 PM
Dec 2013

I know, I know...

Foreign built, eco-freak, elitist...

Best all-round vehicle I've ever had.

Not great for every application, but very useful as an all-round vehicle.

Nice gas mileage, too....

Tikki

(14,592 posts)
77. I love my Prius, also. We have been able to do so much more with the grandchildren...
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 02:51 PM
Dec 2013

because we can budget in the gasoline expense better with the Prius.

We still keep a Ranger truck around for a work truck*..being retired it mostly hauls
equipment and building materials as we up grade around here.

The Tikkis
* three families share the truck on call, as needed…

 

Smarmie Doofus

(14,498 posts)
78. I always wanted to own a VW Beetle.
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 02:53 PM
Dec 2013

But was always dissuaded as an adult by it's reputed lack of reliability.

Response to otherone (Original post)

TlalocW

(15,420 posts)
87. Ultimately, I'm not one to care about cars
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 03:02 PM
Dec 2013

I refuse to pay over $15,000 for a vehicle and don't care what they look like, etc. as long as they work and are reliable. However, I do miss this guy - 1994 Nisan Sentra. This is it right before it was taken away to a junkyard when I moved from Tulsa to Kansas City in December 2011. Bought it new in 1995 for around $8000, and it was an incredibly reliable, cheap car. I went through my records after getting rid of it and aside from routine maintenance (oil changes, new tires, etc), it cost me less than $3000 in repairs all the time I had it... Mostly the starters kept crapping out on me. And until the final year, it was still getting low 30s in mpg.



TlalocW

solarhydrocan

(551 posts)
108. estimated $4.5 million USD
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 04:36 PM
Dec 2013

I was just kidding, I'm not really buying one. If next year is like this year I'll be lucky to keep a roof over my head!

I did once date the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (briefly).

Douglas Carpenter

(20,226 posts)
162. looks, awfully nice - but I have a feeling that some of my lefty friends would accuse me of
Thu Jan 2, 2014, 06:27 AM
Jan 2014

bourgeois self-indulgence - And with cutbacks in my overtime at work - it might be a little hard to swing it this year anyway.

 

Motown_Johnny

(22,308 posts)
90. The Ford Mustang
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 03:11 PM
Dec 2013

I learned to drive on a '73 with a 351 CL. It is part of who I am and who I will always be.

Some years later I owned a different '73 (the first one was my parent's) and later still I had a '90.



DavidDvorkin

(19,582 posts)
102. There's only one real one
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 04:16 PM
Dec 2013

The one in TOS, which is the only real Star Trek.

(I admit to enjoying the two recent movies, though.)

SummerSnow

(12,608 posts)
107. this is my favorite vehicle
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 04:28 PM
Dec 2013



oops wrong one. that was over 30 years ago...its this one now

jeep grand cherokee

theHandpuppet

(19,964 posts)
113. I guess I should be ashamed to say it...
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 04:42 PM
Dec 2013

But my dream is a taxi cab yellow, Dodge Ram truck. Fortunately I can't afford one so I won't have to feel guilty for driving such a gas guzzler. <sigh>

RebelOne

(30,947 posts)
114. Cadillac. I have had a couple of them but never new.
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 04:45 PM
Dec 2013

My mother always owned Cadillacs. And I had a couple of ex-boyfriends who always owned Cadillacs. At times, I was able to borrow their cars. But the Cadillac has always been my favorite car. Right now, I am driving a Ford Taurus because in my old age, I can't afford a Cadillac.

frylock

(34,825 posts)
116. rather odd stance on that vanagon..
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 05:00 PM
Dec 2013

my favorite vehicle is the Porsche GT3 RS. I will never have the means to own one.

Ohio Joe

(21,815 posts)
145. I have an '02 Thunderbird
Wed Jan 1, 2014, 07:38 PM
Jan 2014

[URL=.html][IMG][/IMG][/URL]

First year of the new ones they did... I love it.

BainsBane

(53,180 posts)
121. Right now I'd settle for one that starts in the cold
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 11:16 PM
Dec 2013

and doesn't handle like a toboggan on winter roads.


But if we're basing it on aesthetics rather than practicality, a purple Karmann Ghia.

flvegan

(64,449 posts)
123. SSC Ultimate Aero and the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 11:45 PM
Dec 2013

Need them both because I have dogs. One of which is quite large.

1300 horsepower when it's just me. 550 when I have dogs/need space/have to drive in the rain.

Pagani Zonda, I love you, but I have to go bigger/faster/better/American.

 

Egnever

(21,506 posts)
125. Hands down the car that spins my wheels is
Wed Jan 1, 2014, 12:39 AM
Jan 2014

This gorgeous piece of machinery


But my every day love is this thing



I wanted to cry when they stopped making them. Ugly as hell but does anything and drives like a civic. I will be so sad when mine eventually dies.

Archaic

(273 posts)
128. Chevy Volt
Wed Jan 1, 2014, 12:44 AM
Jan 2014

209 mpg now on 12000 miles.

Electric at almost all times, but can still drive 100 miles round trip to see my folks.

Best
Car
Ever


PS: Screw big oil. Small oil. And all oil in between. One of these days, battery pricing is going to plummet and density will skyrocket. And I'll be able to drive a month on a single charge. And never buy a drop of oil again.

Mopar151

(10,057 posts)
204. One of these days has been on hold
Sun Jan 5, 2014, 03:39 AM
Jan 2014

For about 75 years now. Will continue to be. Fact of life, having to do with the physics of energy storage.

Fumesucker

(45,851 posts)
130. Two *entirely* different things
Wed Jan 1, 2014, 12:47 AM
Jan 2014

Favorite vehicle; 1966 Sunbeam Tiger



The vehicle that captures my essense;



 

reddread

(6,896 posts)
198. sweet, right down to the minilites!
Sat Jan 4, 2014, 10:30 PM
Jan 2014

nice fellow wanted to trade us one for our convertible Mustang, but the Mustang is a little too cool to part with.
Those darn Tigers sure are neat though!

 

Codeine

(25,586 posts)
133. Any vehicle that starts every time I turn the key
Wed Jan 1, 2014, 12:50 AM
Jan 2014

and has never been smoked in is pretty much all I need.


And AC. Gotta have AC.

And automatic. I totally can't drive stick.

 

truebluegreen

(9,033 posts)
184. Subaru.
Fri Jan 3, 2014, 01:04 PM
Jan 2014

One time we had a brutal cold snap (-40) and the transformer down the street blew up at 10:00 at night. The car was parked in the driveway and with the power off so was my engine heater. Early next morning I turned the key, the starter cranked three times and then fired up. Just exactly like always.

Excellent in snow too.

Auntie Bush

(17,528 posts)
135. A turquoise 1960 MGA
Wed Jan 1, 2014, 12:55 AM
Jan 2014

My first car. Only car I ever loved. But I really like my red Camry that I have now. My second favorite car. Only took about 50 years to find another favorite.

Shankapotomus

(4,840 posts)
136. Dahon Speed 8
Wed Jan 1, 2014, 01:05 AM
Jan 2014

I like modes of transportation that can be packed into a large suitcase with wheels and carried on public transportation.



bluedigger

(17,108 posts)
140. My '06 Wrangler Unlimited (LJ) is my essential vehicle.
Wed Jan 1, 2014, 05:14 AM
Jan 2014

Because I see a road sign like this as an invitation, not a warning:


We've been down some valleys


and across some passes


my LJ and me.




LeftyMom

(49,212 posts)
142. I have a '66 El Camino and I love it beyond reason.
Wed Jan 1, 2014, 03:28 PM
Jan 2014

But there really isn't a vintage muscle car I don't like.

X_Digger

(18,585 posts)
143. Well, I was a fan of the short-lived Chevy SSR
Wed Jan 1, 2014, 03:28 PM
Jan 2014


It's a truck, but it's a convertible, and it was new, but looked like something old...

Blue_In_AK

(46,436 posts)
157. Here it has to be something four-wheel drive
Thu Jan 2, 2014, 01:29 AM
Jan 2014

or at least front-wheel. You just can't get around on the ice with a rear-wheel drive car. Even in the summer, a lot of roads require four-wheel drive, so, for me, I'd probably pick some kind of Subaru.

Response to otherone (Original post)

sibelian

(7,804 posts)
173. Always wanted one of these...
Fri Jan 3, 2014, 12:33 PM
Jan 2014



Can't afford it. Good thing too, I guess, they tend to spook docking crews, I'm told. ... but also apparently, no respray bills.
 

truebluegreen

(9,033 posts)
180. '02 Toyota Tacoma 4-door 4WD pickyup.
Fri Jan 3, 2014, 12:50 PM
Jan 2014

Once you've owned a truck you can never not own a truck. For camping trips, fishing trips, rough terrain, pulling stuff, moving stuff, hauling stuff around...sometimes even work!

Other than that, '67 Mustang. Red.

CrispyQ

(36,834 posts)
181. Volvo P1800
Fri Jan 3, 2014, 12:54 PM
Jan 2014



Fun thread. Now going back to see what other cars DUers like.

on edit: When I was a little girl, my mother owned a powder blue one of these. We would drive with the top down, even in winter, with blankets wrapped around us.

LWolf

(46,179 posts)
186. It depends on the context.
Fri Jan 3, 2014, 01:31 PM
Jan 2014

My favorite vehicle, that captures my essence:



My favorite automobile? I don't know if I have one. I don't know if I've ever had access to an automobile that could be my "favorite." Here's what I'm driving now; I favor it because it's the most reliable auto I've ever driven, and it's my 3rd:



If I suddenly could afford to buy something new today, here's what I'd probably buy:

ScreamingMeemie

(68,918 posts)
192. Ummmmm...
Sat Jan 4, 2014, 09:41 PM
Jan 2014

...er... no.

They are just hunks of metal. I like to protect my essence. Thanks.

Now I'm going to be all creeped out next time I go for a drive.

fadedrose

(10,044 posts)
193. A train with a club car .....
Sat Jan 4, 2014, 09:58 PM
Jan 2014

I guess it's not a vehicle, only had 3 or 4 traintrips, at least 50 years ago, but I loved the table and the towns whizzing by . . . .

 

reddread

(6,896 posts)
195. 67/6 big block Fairlanes
Sat Jan 4, 2014, 10:03 PM
Jan 2014

most beautiful cars ever built.
Greatest motor in motorsport history.
Awesome cars.
Quite taken.

longship

(40,416 posts)
203. Volvo 122!
Sun Jan 5, 2014, 02:56 AM
Jan 2014


One great automobile.
Drives like a dream. Comfortable. 30 MPG no matter the speed. Shoulder harnesses standard, even in 1961. Rear seat heat, standard. Unbreakable engine and transmission. And the best, easy to fix.

I owned four of them. The Volvo four cylinder cars were great. I still drive one. The best was the 740. I have a 18 year old 940 now. Not as good as my previous 740 which was probably the best Volvo ever, but not always user fixable.

They lasted forever. Too bad Volvo abandoned the four banger. Big mistake.


Art_from_Ark

(27,247 posts)
206. From my 8th birthday until the time I was forced to sell it at 13,
Sun Jan 5, 2014, 03:54 AM
Jan 2014

this was my favorite vehicle. Although mine did not have a hand brake-- I had to pedal backwards to stop it.

jmowreader

(50,751 posts)
208. One of the vehicles that captures my essence
Sun Jan 5, 2014, 08:01 AM
Jan 2014


The first one I had, had the bumper number 209-39. A truly ironic number, because when I inspected it thoroughly I found 209 problems, 39 of which kept the truck from being dispatched. No wonder I can fix a car...
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