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Your most fun or cherished car?

Posted on June 13, 2004 at 11:53:47
For me it was my '70 MG Midget. Never has so much fun been packed into such a small, inconvenient, unreliable bucket of bolts. Devoid of a/c, sometimes heater, and weather tightness the thing was a blast to rip through the gears and stand on its ear around corners. And, it could all be done within the speed limit! That's something you can't with the more expensive, powerful, and civiliized cars of today.

I not-so-fondly remember my lesson on its fuel gauge: E meant Empty not 2 more gallons heralded by an abrupt stop and a staccato fuel pump behind my rear. Their were a lot of spontaneous learning experiences with my Midget. Bless its heart.

During those younger days (when I didn't need a/c) my Midget was bracketed by a MGA and Fiat X 1/9 both of which I enjoyed but not to the extent of the Midget. Pound for dollar the Midget was King of Thrills.


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I had a 67' MG "B" and while I loved driving always seemed like it..., posted on June 13, 2004 at 12:28:38

needed some kind of work done to it...The engine always had over-heating problems...Fun to drive though...My favorite car was my 67' Mercury Cougar..Looked great, hauled ass and girls loved it! What more could you ask for?....


Re: Your most fun or cherished car?, posted on June 13, 2004 at 13:10:23



Oddly enough, I also had a midget and an X1/9.

Very fond memories of the MG...this little guy could almsot turn in its own radius! Best handling car I've ever owned...conversely, the Fiat (Fix it again, Tony) was one of the worst...but I did like the "T" top versus a convertable...the thing looked like a flying doorstop.

I bought a used Mazda Miata a few years ago, hoping to rekindle that magic of the midget...sadly, to many years had past, and I had grown to large and to used to the creature comforts of large cars. The Miata, however, was faster than either of these other two, and was a better all round car... but I only kept it about a year.

Now, on occasion, the new Mini Coopers look good to me, and the newish T-Bird is drop dead gorgous...maybe a previously owned model some day.

Thanks for the memories.



Without a doubt a '71 Vega, posted on June 13, 2004 at 18:00:58
I was in High School in 1981 and I somehow managed to bribe the Minnesota Department of Transportation into giving me a drivers license for my 16th birthday.

Everything went peachy for about a year, until "she" showed up. "She" was a lime green 1971 Chevy Vega from San Diego. She left a cloud of blue/white smoke in her wake, and was about as unreliable as the Vikings in the Super Bowl. One day on the way to a friends house out in the country I decided to "open 'er up" to see what she could do.....

One minute later I was walking.

I walked to my friends house, and we got his old clapped out Caprice to tow the Vega back home. Now, you have to understand, this Caprice was given to him by his Grandmother (I swear!), and the term "rusty turd" would be an apt description of its condition. So, here's the scene:

It's early summer, in this corner was a clean Vega with a blown engine, in that corner was a rusty Caprice with a good 350, and in the midst were two teens with more time than brains. Hmmm.......what to do.......what to do.....

Holy Crap did that little thing fly with that 350 in it! Stories? You want stories? I'll tell you stories!

(Man, I just realized how much I miss that car).

Oh yeah- my first car? That would be a '75 3/4 ton Chevy van purchased from the Pabst distributor here in town. Imagine a 16 year old kid in a van with absolutely HUGE "PBR" stickers on all four sides! That one was pretty fun, too.

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Remember the steering gear on the X1/9?, posted on June 13, 2004 at 18:39:18
Car and Driver said it was the fastest ratio bar none on the street. It was. I remember driving off the lot and weaving all over the road for at least a week. In the Midget I flipped the wheel back and forth to keep the vehicle on center--not so on the X!

I got brave one day and wound it out to 104 mph and was trembling trying to make sure I didn't need to move the wheel. (Yeah, 104 is all I ever got and only tried it once.)

My interior went first, then I went through a wave of thermostats but outside of that the car held up to my insane college-boy behavior. Once my car overheated until the engine froze up! I left it parked on a side street and went back 12 hours later. I cranked right up and was angry enough to blow it up. Took it out to my favorite windy road and shifted at 8K rpms for quite a while. Nothing happened. It stayed together and seemed to like it. I somehow never managed to damage the clutch, tranny, or engine. Miracle.


Well - here's mine, posted on June 16, 2004 at 11:34:01

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1962 Corvette, Fuel Injected - 360 HP when stock. Removeable hard-top, no soft top. Rebuilt the engine several times and, in its last incarnation before selling it, produced about 400 HP. Purchased in 1966 for $2,500 - sold in 1979 for $5,000. Ran many Autoslaloms over the years (including SCCA Solo II at Lime Rock Park) and garnered about 100 trophies/awards.

It's a distant memory now but it sure was a lot of fun at the time.

"If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving's probably not for you".


Without a doubt you gotta miss it! Route 66! n, posted on June 16, 2004 at 17:58:49


Back then:, posted on June 18, 2004 at 03:52:45

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1950 Commer 1 1/2 tonner built in Auckland New Zealand in early 1980s
Wolseley 6/110 indy front end with discs, 327 Corvette V-8 with floor change manual
Eventually a Laycock overdrive was fitted to the automatic diff head that gave this an enormously tall top gear
Plywood floorboards were original, it weighed nothing and it was STREET LEGAL(!)
Hustle!? Yo Mama... the looks of utter astonishment from the sports car set when this roared past them in stoplight races were priceless...



And Now: (not sure if two wheels count tho'), posted on June 18, 2004 at 04:01:35

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Re: Your most fun or cherished car?, posted on June 21, 2004 at 09:48:47
Jack Seaton

Then - Straight line: When I was 20, I had a 1970 Chevrolet Nova SS that I'd converted to Big Block and had a first edition Closed Chamber L-88 427 crate engine. It dyno'd at over 550 hp and would tear up the strip in the high 10's/low 11's. Gas was cheap ...

Then - Corners: In my mid 20's I had a BRE SCCA legal Datsun 510 that I used to autocross. It cornered much better than my other cars that I'd owned then and after (2 stock suspension 911 Porsche's and a 1968 Corvette with John Greenwood handling package). I did fairly well until a guy showed up with a 300 hp 13B rotary in a Datsun 2000 which was/is an incredible car. Nobody could keep up with the car, it had so much acceleration.

Now: MB 300SD diesel gets 35 MPG and is comfortable to drive on short and long trips. I'll likely buy a 560 SEL this year, which has always been a dream car of mine.


THAT has to be the ultimate, posted on July 14, 2004 at 14:08:14



Right Here...., posted on July 15, 2004 at 17:24:53

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Loving every minute of it!

Of course, I'll always have fond memories of my first car. It was a '79 Olds Cutlass Diesel. Yes, DIESEL! It was one of the worst engines ever built - a 260 cubic inch V8 boat anchor. Fortunately, my mechanic-by-trade older brother helped me rebuild an old Chevy 350 motor to put in it and by the time we were done we had the thing keeping up with modern Mustang GT's (this was in the late 80's). Of course, one of the things that held it back for awhile were the rear end gears - 2.41:1. I could do 65mph in first gear! We replaced them with a set of 3.42s and things got much more interesting off the line....the final result was an ugly green car with Cragar wheels doing 14.3 second 1/4 miles (took it to the track many times).




1973 MGB..., posted on July 20, 2004 at 14:07:02

Too bad, I have to trade it with a Mustang GT because of my Italian girlfriend who hated driving it in the winter due to the cab heating output deficiency.

I should have kept the darn thing and let my girlfriend go. Of course, at that time I was so naïve about women.


I still have a X1/9., posted on July 21, 2004 at 07:36:17

Engine still likes to be abused. It is a 1500 engine and I put a much smaller steering wheel on it to help with the twitchy steering. It corners fast and still puts a smile on my face every time I drive it. By comparison the Mazda Miata feels very bland and a but vague. the Mazda accelerates a bit quicker to 60 (by about 1 second) but the X1/9 is better through the corners, much better. I think the problem with the Mazda is the weight. It is much heavier and therefore more nervous in the corners. The X1/9 you just turn the wheel and it goes.


Re: Your most fun or cherished car?, posted on July 23, 2004 at 17:35:48

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Does a Triumph TR-7 convertible count as a real car?
Had one from 1980 to 2000. Odometer went around twice. Simply replaced the main and rod bearings every 60,000 miles, and protected the 5-speed gearbox with Redline synthetic gear oil. The home-made A.C was invaluable on hot/wet days. Car hugged the road as though it had suction cups.
Must have been a good car. A local collision shop, here in Brooklyn, tried to steal it twice.
You had to ask. I now realize how much I miss it. Thanks a lot.


To have it looking that good today would have cost you $36,785.13 by now. Still, you sholda kept it. n, posted on July 25, 2004 at 13:34:33


Re: Your most fun or cherished car?, posted on October 13, 2004 at 02:34:10

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Austin 1300 - a larger Mini derivative with less(?!) body roll. Power to weight suffered, but the interior was spacious and comfortable.

Fond memories - in Limeflower



Tah John, posted on November 9, 2004 at 17:54:04
Timbo in Oz

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the Volvo Autralia Rally team's 142S? Drove that for years.

Or my first really quick VW, a type 3 1600S fastback, a real Q-car too. It had a 2.2 Kombi engine in there, stroked and bored, roller bearings, DC progressive downdraughts, extractors. compensator bar, and wides and radials. Front DISCS! metallised pads and linings.

the most fun is whatever I have at the time, I think.


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59 Alfa Guilieta Sprint GT, posted on December 29, 2004 at 20:25:23

It was aluminum bodied built for a homulgation class. I sold it in the early 70's. I was living in downtown Washington DC and the acrid air was causing the body to spall and flake from the inside out, so it had to go to someone with clean air.

I got it as part of my pay apprenticing to a mechanic from Team Alfa. Guiseppe (Joe) Solvino came to the US. It was his hill climb car. His personal racer redlined at 10,000 rpm. It had a P33 trans that he liberated when he left the team. We had to put Blue Streaks on it and it did wheelies once we stopped the tire spin.

Lots of late night blue highway runs close to 100mph were done in that car.


a few... '88 M5, '96 XJR , '67 healy sprite Mk IV, posted on January 11, 2005 at 11:02:38

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March 10, 2004
the M5 best for performance. jag's great on the road. sprite was a kick in college....


Lovely! I have an E34 M5, but the E28 has always ingrigued me (NT), posted on May 23, 2005 at 11:46:21
Jeff Cullen

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Hey, posted on June 14, 2006 at 21:28:23

Oh, my world. It is ok


Kho tang meo vat Viet Nam, posted on July 10, 2006 at 06:56:34

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Re: VOLVO!! Don't you forget it!, posted on October 11, 2007 at 22:50:42
My most favorite and cherished car was a 1989 Volvo 740GL sedan. Later bought a 2000 S-70 SE and regretfully traded the S-70 on a 2007 Cobalt.


Re: Your most fun or cherished car?, posted on December 21, 2007 at 13:47:27
...i had 2 mga's and an auston healey 3000 groining up...all very used...but all were great fun to drive.....i current have a porsche cayman-s which is amazing...unbelievable handling...and so much fun to drive....


E36 M3 with coilovers and LTW aero kit, posted on May 18, 2009 at 15:29:41

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Pure feedback....connected to the road .....telepathic

Loved it on the track.


Re: Your most fun or cherished car?, posted on May 29, 2009 at 18:49:50

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Had a 1965 MGB that was the best fun automobile ever,I loved that little car.
A EARLY VW bus was a fun vehicle,especially in the hippy daze.
Had a VW bug also which was a blast,1963 rag top.
Wish I still had'um


Porsche 914, posted on June 21, 2012 at 11:55:47

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I loved them all, they were all great cars. I was looking for a Lotus, but at the time what turned out to me my most fun car was the Porsche 914. Two people could do things in that car that cannot be done in a Corvette or a Boxster.
Hide it ~ nothing looks better..


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