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I'm curious which cars / motor bikes we now own and have owned and if possible with a photo.

Current rides:
2009 Moon Dust Silver Ford Focus Limited Wagon 1.8 16V 125 HP Durateck HE 5 gear floor LPG
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2020 Crescent Blue Honda NSS300A Forza 300 CVT [300 cc 4 stroke scooter]
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My list of Opels I've had:
1970 Gold Kadett "B" 1.1 N 4 gear floor
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1977 Orange Kadett "C" Car-A-Van 1.2 N 4 gear floor
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1972 Monza Blue Ascona "A" 1.6 N 4 gear floor
1972 Monza Blue Ascona "A" 1.9 S Luxus Automatic LPG
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Other Cars:
19?? Blue Citroën 2CV4 [ak350 Fourgonnette] 4 gear dash board
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1979 Red Ford Taunus 1.6 L 4 gear floor
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1986 Arctic Blue Volvo 340 GL 1.4 5 gear floor LPG
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My wife's car:
2011 silver grey Opel Agila 1.2 4 cylinder automatic
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Motor cycles:
196? Orange/Grey Heinkel Tourist scooter 175 cc 4 stroke 4 gear hand shift
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1979 Red JAWA Californian 350 Oilmaster Twin 2 stroke semi automatic 4 gear foot shift
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1979 Red Honda CB 400 Four 4 stroke 6 gear foot shift
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Here’s a similar thread that’s been going on recently...

 

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Without pictures but in chronological order (as far as I can recall)

1973 Honda 70
1965 Lincoln Continental with suicide doors
1976 Honda CL360
1973 Ford Custom
1964 Ford Fairlane
197? Honda CB 450
1969 Opel GT
1968 Opel Kadett
1969 Plymouth Roadrunner
1968 Ford Galaxy
1972 Ford Ranchero
1973 AMC Javelin
1970 AMC AMX
1973 Ford LTD Wagon
1974 Ford LTD
1974 Ford Pinto
1973 Ford LTD
1972 FORD LTD
1975 Fiat ?
1973 Ford LTD
1973 Dodge Sportsman Van
1973 Saab Sonnet
1973 Opel Manta
1969 Opel GT
1973 Opel GT
1975 Suzuki 500Triple
1986 Honda ATC200S
1986 Honda ATC200S
19?? Kawasaki 550
1978 Chrysler LeBaron
1976 Honda CB360T
1973 Opel GT
1973 Opel GT
197? Opel GT
1991 Ford F150
1991 Ford F150 Super Cab
1969 VW Beetle
1952 Dodge Business Coupe
1973 VW Beetle
1984 Ford Tempo
1978 Honda Accord
1972 Opel GT
1987 Chrysler LeBaron
1987 Chevy Blazer (Diesel)
1985 Pontiac Firebird
1991 Buick ?
1994 Ford Mustang GT*
1999 Ford Windstar
1991 Ford Taurus
1973 Opel GT
1987 Mercury Cougar
1994 Ford Thunderbird
1972 Opel GT
1986 Honda VT1100C
1999 Suzuki Katana
1995 Honda VLX 500
1987 Honda VT750
1998 Honda VLX500
2006 Honda VTX 1300R*
1973 Opel GT*
1999 Ford Windstar
1972 Opel GT
1973 Opel GT*
1999 Ford Windstar
1999 Mercedes SUV*

*still own

And it dawns on me that I have only owned ONE vehicle produced within the last 20 years.
I'm also sure I missed a couple vehicles along the way. For a while I was flipping cars.
Three vehicles above I was the second owner. I still own 2 of them. Three vehicles I bought new. I made payments on 5 of the vehicles. All others were cash sales.
About 15 of them were no longer functional when I let them go. Some were disassembled. Some were driven to their death.
Two were just flat out abandoned but ran when I parked them.
Two blew engines
 

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No pics but

1970 Opel GT, 2nd owner, totaled
1978 VW Scirocco, new, sold
1986 VW Scirocco, new, traded in
1973 Datson truck, sold
1990 Ford Ranger, new, traded in
1990 Ford Taurus SHO, sold
1998 Ford Ranger, new, traded in
2007 Toyota Tacoma, new, sold
2008 Subaru Impreza Sport, new, current
1971 Opel GT, barn find, current
2003 Subaru Baja, 2nd owner, current
 

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1967 Ford Mustang - purchased in 1969 - was a junior in High School traded that for the Opel GT
1970 Opel Gt - purchased in 1972 - summer after High School graduation
1977 Honda Civic - purchased in 1977 - a low point in my life but felt a little better about it as I kept the Opel GT
1983 Honda Accord - purchased in 1983 - A great car - reliable and easy to drive
1985 Audi 5000 - purchased in 1989 - 5 cylinder 5 speed - a lot of fun to drive for a larger car
1992 Masda 929 -purchased in 1992 - reliable and easy to drive
2004 Lexus es330 - purchased in November of 2003 daily driver for the past 17 years 225,000 miles - actually totaled it in 2009 but bought the exact same car down to the color and interior five days later - that car saved my life.....flipped, rolled and basically walked away - very lucky, very happy - still looks and runs great
 

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No pics, either:

1964 Chrysler Newport 2 door (2nd owner, gift from my uncle at 16 in 1974, shortly before he died)
1969 Datsun 510 4 dr. $50 special, not running, where I learned a LOT about car mechanics
1967 BMW 1600 $600 special, 125K miles. Ran like a top.
1969 VW Bug $600 special
Austin-Healey Sprite (Race car) White, later painted blue
Austin-Healey Sprite (Race car) Red,
1971 Mercury Monterey wagon for a tow car
1973 Datsun pickup for a tow vehicle
1971 VW Type III fastback, a $50 special, needed new engine
1982 Nissan Sentra Hatchback
1981 Datsun 210 sedan
1987 Nissan Sentra 4 door, (new)for wife
1991 Nissan Sentra 2 door, (new) for wife when someone totalled the '87
1990 Toyota Camry Wagon
1996 Nissan Altima for wife
1992 Toyota Pickup
1998 Mazda Protege
2002 Nissan Sentra 4 door (My first car I ever bought new)
1996 Toyota Tacoma extended cab
2013 VW Jetta new for me
2017 Toyota Corolla for wife (first automatic we ever bought)
 

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Careful with that new bike, people tend not to see bikes and the older we get the less likely we are to see them, the people driving that big SUV. I had a 125 Honda road bike my dad brought back from Japan when he was stationed there in the early /mid 60's, US Marines. Gave it to me in 1975 and I brought it back from Pittsburgh, PA area attached to a door, attached to a make shift luggage rack on top of, guess what, my 1970 Opel GT....Muffler fell of the car in the middle of Pittsburgh, could not stop to retrieve it, so straight pipes all the way to North Carolina, so for the next 8 hours, the engine sounded really great for about 5 minutes but then, OMG - only stopped once to get a burger, fill the tank and to P - tired does not describe how I felt when I got home and I could hardly hear anything. That was an adventure - used the bike for maybe a year as it lost compression and I had neither the knowledge, the time or the money to deal with it. Left it in the basement of the family apartment that I was living in when my mother moved out and my sister went to college and then I moved in with my brother for 8 months. Ah the good old days, right.
 

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Oh SNAP! I forgot I had two VW bugs and a Saab Sonnet. Updating my list
 

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Oh SNAP! I forgot I had two VW bugs and a Saab Sonnet. Updating my list
Was the saab a two stroe? My grandpa and a Sonnet 2 stroke that he autocrossed and he beat corvettes. Also nobody could see that car when they came to stop signs and they would crash into it. It got wreaked a lot of times.
 

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Here's a related thread from a while ago, How many / which Opels have you owned?
It was from Gordo's polling era ... :eek:


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I honestly can’t remember all the cars I’ve owned any more. Most have been Opels, with a few oddballs (for me) thrown in. Over the past few years I’ve been purging due to my new home and workshop space limitations, so I got rid of 9 vehicles as a result.

My current stable includes:
1970 GT
1971 Ascona 4-door
1971 Ascona 4-door
1972 Manta
1972 Ascona wagon
1973 Ascona 2-door (for parts)
1974 Manta Luxus w/factory sunroof
1975 Manta (former ITB racecar)
1975 Manta (former GT-4 racecar)
1975 Ascona Sportwagon
2008 Kawasaki KLR650
2017 Nissan Frontier SV V6 4wd
2019 Mazda CX-9 (Tina’s car)

I’m also caretaker for my dad’s 1973 Opel GT convertible, and part-owner of a 1991 Nissan Sentra SE-R racecar with a supercharged SR20VE.
 
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Was the saab a two stroe? My grandpa and a Sonnet 2 stroke that he autocrossed and he beat corvettes. Also nobody could see that car when they came to stop signs and they would crash into it. It got wreaked a lot of times.
Nah, mine was the four stroke. It was the engine that was half of a Ford 289. It was a fun car at the time but the front bearing in the transaxle went out and it was $900 in 1987 dollars for just the bearing. I sold it to a guy who exported it back to its homeland.
 
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Was the saab a two stroe? My grandpa and a Sonnet 2 stroke that he autocrossed and he beat corvettes. Also nobody could see that car when they came to stop signs and they would crash into it. It got wreaked a lot of times.
This is a problem with the GT as well.......kinda hard for some inattentive people to notice it or judge distance between them and it. My son drove my GT when he was in high school and he got rear ended in the parking lot. Luckily it was only at 1-2 mph and the damage was light! You really have to mind that rear view mirror when you are in traffic.
 

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I learned to drive quite late in life, only when I needed to for work.

Short list:

1997 Pontiac Sunfire - The beater my dad kept around for me in case I eventually wanted to drive, else he was going to sell it to charity for a $75 tax receipt. After 6 months driving it got backed into at walking speed 3 times (back up, crunch, pull forward, back up, crunch, pull forward, back up, crunch, pull forward) in a parking lot, even though the last two times I laid on the horn and yelled at her to stop, by a woman who "thought she was only climbing over a curb" (note: also not how you back out of a parking spot, but I digress). A small scratch across 2 panels means a paintjob, which wrote that POS off for what started at $425 and ended up at $1575 after some shrewd negotiation.

1998 GMC Safari - The day after I ended up on a goat farm in a thunderstorm trying to buy a van from a man from Afghanistan who didn't own the van but did think Hitler would rise from the dead and I think was trying to just use the charade of a van for sale to have me transport a dead goat and a gas can back to town, a friend insisted I stop risking my life following dubious car ads and just go down to the auction he worked at and buy a van. So I did, this one, for $650. Served as a work van for a summer, (spent $1400 fixing steering, paid a shop, just needed it done), never drove it again. Idiot thieves broke the lock trying to pick it (it was unlocked), and scratched it in the process, failed to take anything, and wrote it off. If it wasn't still being used as a convenient box to store junk I've been too lazy to get rid of, I'd have finished filing the insurance paperwork. Looks like I'll get $2500 for it.

2000 Dodge Caravan - Used the $1575 from the Sunfire writeoff to buy this. Great vehicle, and great vehicle to learn to wrench on since there's a dozen at every junkyard. Wreck a part? Move on down. Wreck that one too? Move on down. Oh, that's how you get it out. Hit a deer with it and rebuilt lots of it. Later, doesn't really count, I bought a 1997 Caravan temporarily for someone else, fixed it up thinking "at least knowledge here applies to 2 vehicles", and then sold it to them once it passed safety. Awful idea, soon as you touch a friend's vehicle, you become the mechanic of it until it's melted back for scrap. Still driving it, (the 2000, but the '97 has also yet to die), it's decent and functional.

1985 Honda Nighthawk 750CB - I wanted to built an electric motorbike. My requirements were "a" motorbike, cheap. I know nothing of bikes. A friend said "You can pay less than $500, but you'll end up spending more than $500 to get a $500 bike if you do". Someone found me a guy parting this one out. He'd botched the engine rebuild. He wanted $8 for the rolling frame, and $1 for each major part. I don't know how many major parts there are in a motorbike, so I asked for all of it. He said it was in pieces. I said that's okay. He said, well, would $20 be too high? It was not too high. I picked up a frame, and trash bags of parts and unsorted hardware. Took me a couple weeks to figure out what things were, and start making educated guesses as to what bolts went where based on number and length. Got it wrong lots. Got it 90% finished and then it's sat since, as my free battery source dried up and I wanted to make sure I had enough batteries for an electric car. I've never ridden it.




2009 GMC Envoy - Was a friend's, given to them, out of province, and needed one major thing fixed before it could be safetied. I offered to help them (not do it for them, help them) fix it any time they ever wanted to, but they let it sit for 2 years, then just decided to get rid of it at auction. I suggested that was foolish, as, without in-province paperwork, all buyers would presume it had problems so large as to not be worth fixing. Auctioneer friend agreed, said it would fetch $700 max. Friend said okay. I said you're not actually going to turn a $7000 car (a gift, at that) into a $700 one because you don't want to swap one part, are you? Yep, just wanted it gone. So I saved them a trip to the auction and paid them $700 on the spot. It was supposed to be a quick flip. I did the work on it immediately, took me 3 days to do a 3 hour job, but, I got it done. Instead of flipping I noticed.. when you drive a shitty vehicle... you have to own two shitty vehicles. So when the Caravan misbehaves, the Envoy keeps getting driven until I feel like investigating. So, I still drive it, defeating the purpose of a flip. I did intend for the flip to fund "fun money" to build what became my GT.

1970 GT & 1972(?) GT - Came across the forums here after buying winter tires for the Envoy and spotting a GT (sold) in their lot. SLRacer hooked me up with a seller handling an estate in Phoenix with 3 GTs he wanted gone. Him and GTRoy drove over to look at them. Mike bought one, I bought the other two for $200 apiece, plus $200 for a pair of newly upholstered seats and $100 for boxes of "misc" (a full interior kit, among other stuff). So, $700 total for the 2 cars. The catch, I only have room for 1, I can only tow 1, and the estate could only find papers for one. Doug and Mike helped move them to Doug's ranch, and Doug started tearing them apart for me until I could find time to drive down. 3 days with a grinder performing some surgical precision, 3 very favorable inspections (2 in a thunderstorm from 300 feet away), and one car was legally mine back in Canada.

A 6'x16' trailer, if that counts - Doug had left one GT on his trailer, and had been trying to sell said trailer to his neighbor for $500. Neighbor was flakey. I needed to rent a trailer to get my GT home, it would've cost me $500. I bought Doug's trailer. Then I sold it to another local Opeler for $1, who stores it and will let me borrow it anytime, or, buy it back if I pay him back for whatever he had to fix on it in the meantime (tires and deck, probably).

I think that's all, but I've only been driving 5 years.
 

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1975 Kawasaki Kz400 youtube video, https://youtu.be/djGW5Vd2SHo https://youtu.be/_IgPhPQkVT4
https://youtu.be/mKitKxmh-0E
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1960 VW Bus youtube video. https://youtu.be/_XUnoMZh4BY
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1965-1975 Cushman GC400 I fully restored the engine with help from my grandpa. View attachment 432076 View attachment 432077
Here is a youtube video of the fully restored golf cart engine. https://youtu.be/iVnRRsE-m70
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For some reason I forgot I also own a 2000 Yamaha TTR125 I will get a picture and video of it later today.
 

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A relatively short list, but seems to have taken up a disproportionate chunk of my time over the years:

1968 Mercury Cougar
1969 Opel GT
1970 Opel GT
1985 Yamaha XJ700 Maxim
1990 Plymouth Acclaim
1990 Ford Ranger
2003 Saturn Ion
2005 Audi A4 Quattro

Other than the Acclaim (first car) and the '69 Opel, I still own them all, which is either a curse or a blessing depending on their current state of maintenance requirement.

The first Opel ('69) needed way more of a restoration than I was willing to get into, since the Cougar restoration was already in progress and taking up most of my free time. Replaced it with the '70, which was in much better shape aside from a head gasket leak, but has languished in storage for longer than I'd like. Once the Merc is 'done' they will change spots.

I really miss that Acclaim too. Had the optional V6 and was surprisingly loaded for an early '90s economy car. In the 7 years I drove it, I never saw another one in the same color blue. Plus it was cool enough to be driven by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Kindergarten Cop, so I guess that's something :LOL:
 
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