I’ve been into cars since a family member bought me a toy car when I was about a year and a half. That toy car was the first of what today has become a large collection of model cars ranging from 1/12- to 1/87-scale.
My collection started to include 1/1 cars at the age of 15 when I bought a 1984 Saab 900 S with a bad automatic transmission. Today, I’ve got enough cars to create my own traffic jam – some run, some don’t, some are for parts, most of them are pictured below.
1979 Mercedes-Benz 300D. My fifth w123, a very clean car purchased from the second owner. It currently has 280,000 kilometers (roughly 173,000 miles).
1969 Renault 4. A very original car that only has 73,000 documented kilometers (roughly 45,000 miles) on the clock. It’s a project that needs brake, fuel delivery and electrical work.
1978 Citroën 2CV 4. I purchased it from a man who had it sitting on his farm. After work on the brakes, the body, the carburetor and the electrical system, it passed inspections and is an occasional driver.
1983 Citroën GSA. Bought from the original owner’s grandson with 76,000 kilometers (47,000 miles) on the clock. I used it as a daily driver for over a year and it’s up to 86,000 (53,000 miles) at the time of writing.
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 122,000 kilometers (75,000 miles). I am the fourth owner and the car is on its second engine.
1972 Volkswagen 1302. It’s mechanically sound — I drove it halfway across France. The plan is to get it looking stock again.
2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Not a classic by any means but interesting in its own right. At first glance, it looks just like a regular second-generation Grand Cherokee you’d find at a sketchy used car lot on the outskirts of Detroit. The turn signal repeaters signal it’s a Euro-spec model powered by a 2.7-liter turbodiesel five-cylinder engine sourced from the Mercedes-Benz parts bin. The automatic transmission comes from the German side of DaimlerChrysler, too, but the Quadra-Drive four-wheel drive system is all Jeep. It was built in Graz, Austria, by Magna-Steyr. So while it has an American passport, this Grand Cherokee has never been to America.
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, 1985 Renault 4, 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300D, 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300E, 1997 Fiat Brava, 1962 Volkswagen Beetle, 1974 Renault 4, 2005 Fiat Ducato Maxi Cargo, 1969 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300 TI, 1973 Volkswagen Bus, 1993 Opel Corsa, 1996 Lancia Y, 1989 Saab 900 Turbo, 1966 Alfa Romeo GTV, 1988 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde, 1984 Mercedes-Benz 300D, 1991 Renault 4 Savane, 1980 Renault 14 TL (x2), 1994 Volkswagen Passat wagon, 1983 Citroën GSA wagon, 1983 Citroën Visa, 1996 Citroën Saxo, 1981 Mercedes-Benz 230E and a lone Japanese car, a 1990 Toyota Corolla wagon.