Any interesting cars you have had and enjoyed

To get the ball rolling here are a few of mine.

Jaguar 5.0 V8 Supercharged 590bhp XFR.

Jaguar 5.0 V8 Supercharged 575bhp XFR-S.

Saab 95 V4.

Saab 9-3 2.0 Aero Convertible 275Bhp.

Saab 2.3 Carlsson 320bhp.

Jaguar 4.0 V8 XK

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BMW 4.0 V8 840i

BMW 760 Li 6.0 V12

Chrysler 300C Touring

Nissan Elgrand 3.5L V6 Japanese import.

That will do for now, what do you all have yourselves.

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Brief moment in my life in late sixties, dated someone who test drove cars for one of the motoring magazines. I was still living at home at the time. He used to roll up in the latest new “toy” not that it meant much to me, but I’ve been a passenger in an Iso Grifo, a brand new just off production line E-type 2+2, and a mini that cost £6,000 (though not sure why).
Impressed my parents’ neighbours. :grin:

Back in the early 70s, the US forces were pulling out of Europe. The “big yank” cars that Uncle Sam had brought over for them weren’t worth taking home, so hundreds of them ended up in Belgian garages, as cheap as chips. Some friends were then importing 2Cvs and Beetles from there to the UK so for a few glorious months, they switched to US cars. For the next year or so we drove around in some delectable machinery from Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac and Ford. My favourite was a 1957 Chevy Bel-Air convertible in turquoise, wherein we piled seven people and a dog for a uproarious picnic in Sussex. Great fun!

I found a picture to add - not the same car, of course, but identical:
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Datsun 260z :grin:

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1981 MK2 Ford Granada 2.8 V6 that I picked up for £600 in 1990. Actual mileage unknown, but it admitted to 137,000 when I became its’ 6th careless owner.

An absolute shed of a car that got me around North Hertfordshire when the weather wasn’t up to hoon around on my Suzuki 1100. It used almost as much oil as it did petrol until I figured that 20W50 was too thick to leak out past its’ many worn seals. Highlights were never being entirely sure the auto box was going to give you 3rd or neutral and 2nd again and the time I made an absolute clusterfudge of rotating the tyres and ended up with the smaller diameter tyres (that shouldn’t have been fitted) on diagonally corners which caused an 80mph pirouette on the A505 in the rain. Nothing damaged that a trip to Stapelton’s Tyres and a change of underwear didn’t fix.

I had two separate idiots crash into The Skip while I owned it causing a few extra scratches and me to spend £15 on a rear light cluster from a scrapyard. Having a crash in The Skid was rather like the civil war in the Former Yugoslavia at the time. You knew it was happening, but it was happening far enough away not to cause alarm.

Finally punted it a couple of years later when my daily commute went from 10 miles to 100 miles and The Skip’s 18mpg with a tail wind wasn’t going to cut it.


1998 Ferrari 355 F1 - Kept her ten years.

2002 Peugeot 206CC - Sadly sold her as she sat on the drive in the UK not being used for over a year after moving to France. Now being loved by the garage owners mum !

Smart 600cc - Such a fun car to drive, got looks of horror when I used to fly up and down the M40 :slight_smile:

Mercedes SLK 320

2005 Aston Martin DB9 V12 - My last indulgent car

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There’s an interesting, amusing and quite informative column on Pistinheads.com.

Being slightly bord some time ago I starting making a list to see just how much money I’d wasted on cars over the years… it was quite long. The depreciation added up must be frightful.

  1. Hillman Imp
  2. NSU TTS
  3. Autobianchi A112
  4. DAF 66 Marathon
  5. Fiat 127 Sport
  6. Fiat 127 Sport
  7. Fiat Ritmo CL 75
  8. VW Golf Diesel
  9. VW Golf GTI
  10. Ford Orion Ghia 1.6i
  11. Honda Civic 1.6i
  12. Citroen CX 2.0
  13. Lancia Thema Turbo
  14. Mercedes E220
  15. Land Rover Discovery
  16. Mercedes CLK 230
  17. Mercedes SL 320
  18. Mini Cooper S – (1293 Rally Prepared)
  19. VW Tiguan 2.0 187BHP
  20. Morgan Plus 4 Super Sport
  21. VW Tiguan 2.0 240BHP
  22. Mercedes C350E

My wife had another five:

  1. Renault Clio
  2. Honda Civic
  3. VW Golf 1.6 Auto
  4. Peugeot 306 convertible (still have it).
  5. VW Golf GTD

and we bought my daughter a new Polo 1.4 auto when she got her licence. Great little car, served here wll for ten years.

The only car I have now that could be in the interesting category is the Morgan.

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Nice selection Peter.

A true classic. None of the successors have bettered the original IMO.

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Blimey, what exalted company, never went for speed myself, more of a classic man.

No photos but memorables were my 1939 Pontiac, 1938 Packard 8, 1952 Lagonda and a variety of large Fords mainly Zodiacs and Granadas.

The Pontiac survived a young woman walking blindly into the street and bouncing off it. So did she, thankfully. :laughing:

The Packard, originally a straight 8 petrol was converted to a straight 6 diesel by a Nottingham bus driver who had sourced his new power pack from a written off 6-wheel tipper lorry. Didn’t need a fan, relied on ram air, except in a traffic jam on the North Circular when I had to keep stopping to cool it down. Another fault was its 3 speed gearbox and overdrive, the latter once engaged could not be cancelled before a drastic fall in revs occurred, by which time climbing any hill required an immediate change down to 2 as well. A planned trip to Spain with a mate came to an abrupt end in a forest near Troyes when the rear end seized up. :frowning_face:

The Lagonda was wonderful, but also afflicted in the gearbox department. First gear would only work if the column change lever was leant on but it still out-performed from the lights in 2nd. :wink:

The top of the range 2.8 Granny auto was a real treat to drive too. Once we discovered why the oil in the gearbox boiled into foaming pink/white liquid from time to time. Apparently it was supposed to be cooled by being pumped through the radiator and the previous owner, on finding some sort of a blockage, merely by-passed it completely. :astonished:

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Thank you - my list is actually 36 long :slight_smile: My poor mum used to call me once a week and first question was ‘what are you driving this week’ … she had to endure my Triumph GT6 taking her garage space for six months or so and then told me it was a nice car and I should have kept it. (only sold it because she wanted her garage back). Now i am down to one car, a three year old Volvo XC40 that has leaked since 2 years old and am currently in dispute with Volvo over warranty for it even though they have failed to fix the defect with one attempt already. Who would have thought that the Volvo would be the worst car I have owned so far and I’ve had a few Italian cars that you would expect to be trouble but weren’t. The Ferrari 355 had no electrical issue in the ten years i owned her - only 1,000 miles a year average but sometimes the less you use them the more they complain.

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An interesting car I owned in the late 70’s was a Mazda 616 coupé (not to be confused with the 626)
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The picture is not of my car but was the same colour.
It was built for the export market (America IIRC) and I used to call it the yellow peril!
My lasting memory of this car was an accident at the Army & Navy roundabout in Chelmsford. I accidentally rammed a brand spanking new Austin up the rear end - the car had only been on the road a few days from new!
Mine had a small dent in the lower skirt (where the number plate was) but the Austin was actually written off as uneconomical to repair. The accident happened from a standing start at the mouth to the roundabout where the other car had been nervously “creeping” the left pedestrian barrier and I though he had gone and took off when I saw a gap in the traffic after a lorry on the roundabout suddenly pulled off without signalling.
When I took the car to the local Mazda dealership to get the damage assessed, the engineer put it up on the ramps and showed me why there was so little damage to mine… there was effectively a rolled steel joist across the front under the skirt!
No wonder the Austin suffered so badly - it just took out the rear subframe.

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Reminds me of the time (1975?) when a Ford Escort skidded in the rain on the North Circular and hit the rear of my Volvo 122S - my bumper was pushed in about half an inch, the Ford’s engine was lying on the road. Your reliability problem aside, you can’t say Volvo don’t do tough!

Almost inevitably… the Pug 307SW HDi I bought off eBay, sight unseen, 24 hrs before arriving in France to stay, on Nov 2nd, had done 132k miles up to 2017 from 2007. The next three years it crept about, <3000 m.p.a. The turbo is stuffed with crud.

Peugeot Torigni-s-Vire want 1200€ to change the turbo. I am convinced the Mr Muscle oven cleaner trick is all that it needs. They’ve already had 900€ to change the particle filter. The anti-pollution warning light is still on.

It’s a smart, comfortable and useful motor, after all that. Will do well when I come to buy a place and cart stuff about. Just a pity it is doing that Peugeot thing - having problems.
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A £995 trade in. Apart from the anti-pollution problem, everything works - and it’s got more gizmos than my Merc 230 SLK.

This was a beaut. Described by a pal in the motor trade as ‘exceptional’ - £3000k inc full service, FSH, 70k miles

There’s a story behind the T-Shirt. A novelist friend wrote one called ‘I, WaBenzi’, a semi-autobiog of his trip from London in a dog-eared old Merc in ‘Afrika Korps Green’ to hang out with a Sufi sect in Konya, Turkey.

‘Wa…’ as the prefix to a word, in Yoruba, [I think], means ‘person of or people of’. The fat cats who ride about in blacked-out Mercs in those parts of Africa are known as The WaBenzi, people of the Mercedes Benz.

I used this shot as one on my entry in The Guardian internet dating site. I was contacted by woman who asked, “Does that really read ‘I, WaBenzi’?” It does. "Rafi Zabor lived in my house in Oxford for 6 months, writing the book’.

I had to choose between the 230 SLK and this
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I kept the van. I still have it. it’s marooned in Weston Super Mare. I bought the Pug because I thought the van would be too problematic, admin-wise, over here.

Talking of using and not using - the van did 180k miles in 9 years, 20k m.p.a. from Newport, coast of Wales, to New Covent Garden flower market, for stock for a flower shop in Newport. 8/9 hrs at 65m.p.h. 3 x p.w. on the M4. Perfect for a diesel motor. Now on 220k m, still pulls like a train.

So did this: 20-150 mph in 5th. V8 4 litre in a car no heavier than an MX5. A TVR V8S. I was going to get the plain vanilla S[1/2/3] with the Ford V6 3l but when I read in the TVRCC mag a comment, by a woman, that “Anything less than V8 is for wimps” I had to go for the V8S. And no, it was not unreliable. For 6 months I commuted in it from Maida Vale to Ealing, in rush hour both ways. Lots of use … when the owner-before-last bought it back from me he commented that it ‘seems looser’.

I’ve had 3 Citroen Dyane, 2 x GS, 1 x BX, 2 x DS, 1 X CX - all of them great cars, particularly the DS’s and Dyanes.

Various others. Someone tried to give me an Armstrong Siddley but it wasn’t a runner, so I passed. Ditto a Jag Mk10. That had vomit where the front seats should have been.

And I started, as someone my age should, with a proper Mini.

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My first car was Hillman Imp too (fastback Californian version)

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Very flash Mark. I could only dream of a Californian :slightly_smiling_face: Mine was a standard one in a rather unfortunate shade of brown. It also had pneumatic accelerator linkage which used to spring leaks.

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If I’d ever got around to a bit of classic rallying a 123GT would have been my vehicle of choice. If you could find one. It probably still would be, but nowadays I might nod off on night stages.

They still pop up from time to time, John. Much cherished and immaculate they have the longevity of being (justifiably imho) loved.

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Sorry no photos but my car ownership is notable mainly for its awfulness - certainly it does not match the classics that have been listed so far.

  • ~1986 Vauxhall Chevette (:face_vomiting: - ghastly car).
  • ~ 1988 Mk4 Escort, with the CVH engine (ghastly engine, not much better car - endless gearbox problems).
  • ~1993 Rover 220 GTI (awful car, so a step up; moderately fast).
  • ~ 1998 Toyota Celica Mk 5 (the one with the pop-up headlights; actually quite nice :slight_smile: )
  • ~ 2000 having written off the Toyota :frowning: Renault Megane Scenic MPV not entirely through choice. I think in some ways the worst thing I drove
  • ~ 2003 Audi A4, the B5 revision I think. 6cyl petrol so probably the 2.4l BDV variant. Also a ghastly car which actually put me off German cars for a long while. Fuel consumption enormous, oil consumption became equally enormous, performance distinctly lacking
  • ~ 2007 (still on the drive). Toyota Celica Gen 7 VVTi. excellent car. Not that fast (0-60 about 7 seconds as I recall) but there’s that kick in the pants as the 2nd valve profile change hits at 6200rpm which always raises a smile. It’s a 2006 model so in the last few built.
  • 2020 BMW 435d - OK I do like this one :slight_smile:
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