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Old 01-06-2009, 09:09 PM
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Nope. Started in VW Beetles (air cooled), migrated to '81 VW Rabbit diesel then to the 240D.

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1965 VW Beetle Deluxe 115 Kmi
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1983 240D Euro Manual 144 Kmi
1983 300SD 495 Kmi
1986 190D 2.5 100 Kmi
1986 300SDL 202 Kmi
1991 300D 2.5 Turbo 91 Kmi
1998 E320S4 (4-matic wagon) 140 Kmi
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Old 01-06-2009, 09:15 PM
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I had a thing for late 70's Japanese cars.

Never did any tuning, though. Just one of those eras where design meets functionality in a very efficient, stylish way.

But once I got into a Benz, it was hard to get back in the 1980 Corolla, even though it was a little speedier and handled better.
Got ya!!! I got a thing for some japanese sportscars also. Here is a picture of the "crem de la creme" of Japanese excellence for sportscars!!!

Check out this Toyota!!! A late 60's 2000GT!!! It don't get much more exciting than this!!!
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Old 01-06-2009, 10:36 PM
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I too have had the pleasure of owning lots and lots of cars during my 36 years of driving - I've always been a 'car guy'...Now when I have a need for speed, I borrow my son's Cooper 'S', or my other son's modified E30 BMW...........or when I really have a need for speed, I break out the other modified E30 -------

And then reality kicks back in --- I 'glow' up either the 123 or the 126 and diesel on down the road, with an occasional blast of smoke in the face of those following to close!
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99 E300 Turbo Diesel - 362,000...Awesome Daily Driver
01 E320 Wagon - 297,xxx (wife's work car)
01 E320 Wagon - 131,000
02 Land Rover Disco SE- 110,000
87 BMW 325is (E30) Full Restore - Son's
06 Mini Cooper 'S' - Son's
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Old 01-06-2009, 10:51 PM
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my last gas powered car was a fully built 98 e36 M3
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:48 AM
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Got ya!!! I got a thing for some japanese sportscars also. Here is a picture of the "crem de la creme" of Japanese excellence for sportscars!!!

Check out this Toyota!!! A late 60's 2000GT!!! It don't get much more exciting than this!!!
Is that what you had? It looks similar in design to the Datsun 280ZX I had. I rolled it and then bought my first MB, a '75 300D. My first car was a Triumph Spitfire.
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'98 ML320 - 270,000 miles (sold)
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:10 AM
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Is that what you had? It looks similar in design to the Datsun 280ZX I had. I rolled it and then bought my first MB, a '75 300D. My first car was a Triumph Spitfire.
OH no, I wished I had a 2000GT Toyota! They are one of the few Japanese Cars hitting the circuit's like Barrett Jackson and bringing in six figure sales prices.

My old school Japanese is my current 1980 Mazda RX-7. Used to have an old 280Z also.

The "sports cars" I have owned were:
1980 Mazda RX-7 (cool car, fun to drive)
1976 Datsun 280Z (wish I had another!)
1987 Mustang GT (bought this new in 87 POS)
2000 Corvette (nice car, too "cookie cutter"
2004 Honda S-2000 (now this is a REAL sportscar!! Sold it becasue my 160 mile a day commute in LA was killing me in this car!)
2003 Miata (wife's car)

Currently have a 2005 Jaguar XJR. Now this is technically not a sportscar, but with a supercharged 400 HP engine, 20" BBS wheels with Michelin Pilots and 15" Brembo brakes.....it is as close as it gets to being a sportscar!! It has the acceleration of my C-5 Corvette, handles as good, and brakes better!!! This car really answers all of my needs for the ideal car!

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Old 01-07-2009, 11:34 AM
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Aside from a few muscle cars, the only "sports" car I ever owned was a 67 MGB. Best car I ever had....................when it ran.
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Old 01-07-2009, 01:22 PM
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I cut my teeth on a 68 MGB and later, when the mid-life crisis hit, I wanted a Miata (1990) when they came out. But it was too expensive , so I bought a TR-7 to backup the Toyota MR2 I had, followed by a TR-6 that was a near basket case. I sold those but still have a TR4a and Spitfire MkIII. The TR4a is loads of fun- the Spit is just kinda scary.
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Old 01-07-2009, 01:30 PM
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Why can't I have both a MB and a sports car? I miss the 16V dearly. Never had the chance to track her.
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Yup, I had a Firebird Formula and then a Corvette Z06 before getting hooked on diesels.
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Old 01-07-2009, 01:51 PM
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Before I bought my TR6, I had a GT6 Mk III. Totalled it (27hours old), and put the driveline in a '72 Spitty, THAT was a scary Spitty.

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I cut my teeth on a 68 MGB and later, when the mid-life crisis hit, I wanted a Miata (1990) when they came out. But it was too expensive , so I bought a TR-7 to backup the Toyota MR2 I had, followed by a TR-6 that was a near basket case. I sold those but still have a TR4a and Spitfire MkIII. The TR4a is loads of fun- the Spit is just kinda scary.
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Old 01-07-2009, 02:58 PM
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They're all scary when you play in modern traffic with morons.
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Old 01-07-2009, 04:31 PM
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Do Muscle Cars count?

I have had:

1970 Firebird "rust bucket" hodge-podge of perf. parts on a 400
1971 Firebird Formula, stock
1972 Firebird Esprit w/transplanted 455, 4bolt, RA3 heads, whole performance catalog thrown at it, B&M T350 trans/converter, 3:73's, Comp Engineering traction bars and 6pt cage. Fairly hairy/scary ride.
1975 Dodge Dart w/ drivetrain from a wrecked Demon, 340/4spd/8 3/4, etc.
1985 Dodge Shelby Charger w/everything Direct Connection (Mopar) offered at the time bolted on. Small and very quick.
1988 Ford Mustang LX 5.0 ragtop w/assorted perf. parts, full handling suspension, etc. Would still have it if it was a hardtop w/5spd

Now I really want a used E55.....
Or build a GTM

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Old 01-07-2009, 06:42 PM
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First car was a VW squareback wagon last year of the carburated engine...
That car was followed by a long list of MGBs, Roadsters and GTs from the mid 60s thru' early 70s... The first and best of the lot was a 72 Roadster that had a quarter sprint cam... It had torq you wouldn't expect from a small car of that vintage and I recharged the Lever Shocks with 30 weight oil so the car cornered like a skate board...
Even with modifications most of the cars I owned thru' the 80s were boreing econoboxes, coupes and sedans, I really liked my 78 F150 4x4 and 79 Bronco 4x4, go most anyplace, anytime, in almost any weather, working vehicles not todays SUVs ....
93 brought a 88 Olds Toronado Trofeo... Possibly the best car I've ever owned.... It handled like a sports car with luxury appointments and rode like Limo with fuel economy in the low 20s, oh, and lots of gadgets... As a daily driver for 10 years it saw way to many New England Winters, it was awsume in the snow, and at close to 300,000 miles it needed more in rusted parts replacement than it was worth... I still miss that car

Today the 300D is a daily driver and the Bonneville is backup and foul weather ride... The Miata is my weekend toy
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In '85 1st are '62 VW stayed with VW's thru out high school and early 20's got our of VW's and purchased nissan maximas and toyota camrys. 1994 got into BMW's, plenty of 5 series. 2005 purchased 1st Diesel a '87 190D, then the addiction began, 2001 E320, 1999 E55, 1997 sl500, 1984 300sd td, 2008 e350
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