Ran When Parked is published by Ronan Glon and Ian Rothwell. It began in 2007 as a way for us to share our experiences with cars and our views and passions for them. We’re car guys first and foremost, and have been most of our lives. Through various car-related jobs, travels far and wide, countless events, constant reading and research, and over 30 different vehicles in our stables over the years, we’ve learned quite a bit. RWP has expanded a bit from barn and field finds to more in-depth articles on automotive history and technology, but we’ll always have a soft-spot for all the unappreciated, unknown, and bizarre.

We can be contacted for general correspondence at:
or personally at:
europeancarnews -at- gmail – dot- com (Ronan).
rothwell.automotive [at] gmail.com (Ian)

We make every effort to ensure our information is correct and credit is given when due. If you should happen to find an error, let us know.

Unless otherwise noted, all written content is the property of Ran When Parked and/or its authors. Ran When Parked does not claim ownership of images which were not produced by its authors and they are used for illustrative purposes only.

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  1. Hey, where’s your RSS feed? I read RWP through Google Reader, but don’t see a feed on the new site.

  2. Hello there,

    so nice to read about people who drive European cars. I read a report from you of the DB 300 D out of 1979. This is crazy – everything to the point-accurate! A friend of mine drove it so I had my own experiences in being passenger and driver. His father had a 200 D. When it comes to slow acceleration – this car is not to be beaten. It had about 65 horspower. The frame and the interior was the same as it was in the 300 D. The maximum speed of the 200 D was about 140 km/h. It was the time of the upcoming slow-speed areas in the town-middles in Germany (max 30 km/h) and we joked and said, the 200 D would exactly fit in those areas. (Excuse my ugly English).

    The follow ups of the 300 D had a turbo charger. They liked to rust just under the door seals so on the first look everything was OK. Seals lifted up with the fingers and – Ohh!
    The “W” in W123 for example stands for “Werksbezeichnung”. Directly translated it means “Plant” or “Work” “Designation”. This is the internal code for the cars that didn’t leave the plant yet.

    Also correct what you said: In Germany the hand-shifted models were mostly sold. The reasons: The cars were often bought by people who had some trailer to pull. Farmers, construction companies, showmen and so on. (cause of the back wheel-transmission). When you pull a two-horse trailer, the automatic – even with gear limiter – won’t work properly. You always want to shift that cars by manual. The US-market must be different. I think when US-People want to pull something, they buy a small truck, a pick-up? or a station-car. The nowadays automatic drives are programmable and they detect loads behind the car by themselves. A big difference and I think the first programmable automatic drive was constructed by Chrysler? for military use.

    The main advantage of the w123 in our eyes (at that time we were about 22 to 25) was the quiet way of driving long distances. Lingen – Berlin: no task. You didn’t even need a break. We considered the long distance between the two axes to be responsible for having a low noise-level in the car. (I should eat up an English book, I know!).

    At this time I drove a Golf 1 (1.6 Diesel engine with 54 horsepower) Slow-mo but very loud! It was called the “Knatter-Diesel”

    best regards
    Christian Janning

  3. Hey Ronan and Ian

    I am a not-so-often visitor at your blog but for some reason I do always come back here. I have always wondered, what is it about you and French cars? As far as I understood, you are from USA, but a lot of your content has something French in it. Why is that? Are you French?

    • Hey, we’re both from the US but I have been living in France for the past few years so that explains why I run into a lot of French cars. If I lived in Italy I’d probably showcase a lot more Italian cars, if I lived in Germany I’d likely showcase more German cars, etc. That said, I do appreciate, own and drive French cars!

  4. ronan i maneged to write to you i hope,i saw the volvo 164 72 photo junk yard in salt lake city,i wish i live closer,,but i am in montreal quebec area is there some way i can get some parts from this car…. thanks

  5. Ian, Ronan hi
    I am not sure if you can help me but a very good friend of mine is entering the 2017 Monte Carlo Historic rally and he is driving the very same green Fiat 127 you photographed in the 2014 Monte Carlo Historic rally. I am looking for any pictures you might have of the fiat 127 registration PAN 579L in your archive. I would be happy to pay you for any pictures of this car you might have. It had the entry number 299. I would really like to make him a nice gift for Christmas. Many thanks Steve.

  6. Cool site! I’ll have to plug you guys in an article on my site at some point. You guys remind me of a lot the guys in our local British/European car club. 🙂

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