I’ve been into cars since I was about a year and a half old when a family member bought me a toy car. That toy car was the first of what today has become a large collection of model cars ranging from 1/12 scale to 1/87 scale. At the age of 15 my collection started to include 1/1 cars, the first one being a 1984 Saab 900 S with a bad automatic transmission. Today I’ve enough cars to create my own traffic jam. Some run, some don’t, some are for parts, most of them are pictured below.
1984 Mercedes-Benz 300D. My third w123 300D, purchased in 2008. It’s been extremely reliable and has a little over 208,000 miles on an odometer that rarely works.
1981 Mercedes-Benz 230E. My fourth w123, saved from imminent impound in Marseille in February of 2012. It runs fine and it mostly needs cosmetic work. It has 220,000 kilometers (173,000 miles) on the clock.
1966 Alfa Romeo GTV. I purchased it in 2006 as a bare shell and I have been putting it back together as money and time allows. It has a 2000cc from a 1978 Spider instead of the original 1600cc that, try as I may, I was not able to find locally.
1988 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde. I purchased in 2004, I drove it daily until 2006 when the ABS system went out. I converted the car to non-ABS and now keep the car as an occasional driver. Unlike other US-market Milanos which had a 2.5 V6 the Verdes had a 3.0 V6 which makes this car quick as hell; the transaxle gives it a near 50/50 weight distribution and it handles wonderfully.
1985 Renault 4. This car was given to me in 2009 by my neighbor who had it sitting on the side of his house and couldn’t take it with him when he moved. This car originally belonged to the French Gendarmerie (military police) and has a plugged up hole in the roof where the siren once was to prove it.
1969 Renault 4. I purchased it in 2008, it’s a very original car and only has 73,000 documented kilometers (roughly 45,000 miles) on the clock. Currently not running.
1997 Fiat Brava. It was purchased new by my grandfather and inherited by me in 2005 with about 48,000 kilometers (29,000 miles); it now has a little bit over 100,000 kilometers (62,000 miles). It has taken me all around Europe in a relatively reliable fashion, but it hasn’t been used for almost a year.
1980 Renault 14 TL. This car has been through the desert in Morocco and through the snow in the Alps, it’s been driven every day since new and it hasn’t seen the inside of a garage in over twenty years.
1980 Renault 14 TL. Parts car, ’nuff said.
1978 Citroën 2CV 4. Purchased in 2008 from a man who had it sitting on his farm. It runs well and is used as an occasional driver.
1983 Citroën GSA. I purchased it from the original owner’s grandson in 2008 with 76,000 kilometers (47,000 miles) on the clock, it’s up to 86,000 (53,000 miles) at the time of writing and is my current daily driver.
1983 Citroën GSA wagon. Very rusty car with near-intergalactic mileage that has been parked for over twelve years.
1981 Renault 4 F4. A work van that has become a daily driver. It is in decent shape though it has a couple of holes in the floors, and the odometer reads 117,000 kilometers (72,000 miles). I am the third owner and the car is on its second engine.
1983 Citroën Visa. 44,000 miles, acquired to replace the GSA as a daily driver. It needs lots of minor miscellaneous work in order to pass inspections.
Cars I have previously owned include (in no particular order) a 1984 Saab 900 S, 1987 Alfa Romeo Milano Gold, 1978 Lancia Beta, 1978 Alfa Romeo Spider, 1973 Alfa Romeo GTV, 1971 Fiat 850 Spider, 1971 Fiat 850 Bertone Racer, 1979 Mercedes-Benz 300D, 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300D, 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300E, 1962 Volkswagen Type 1, 1974 Renault 4, 2005 Fiat Ducato Maxi Cargo, 1969 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300TI, 1973 Volkswagen Type 2, 1993 Opel Corsa, 2000 Lancia Y, 1989 Saab 900 Turbo, and a lone Japanese car, a 1990 Toyota Corolla wagon.