Vehicle Collection

Here are a ‘few’ shots of all the fun cars I drove (drive) … gotta have some hobby ;-)

It is not my intention to show off with the really nice wheels, but share to the enjoyment I got (get) out of my fun cars with fellow enthusiasts; besides all the custom license plates I had for them while in the US for 18 years. I don’t like brand-new cars, as it annoys me to loose 20% of the value straight up when driving off the dealership lot — and, with older cars, which typically have more character, you don’t get as annoyed about every dent, when someone rams their cart or truck door into your car at the mall.

And: newer cars are often not much improvement over older ones, as the following video demonstrates (in German). And it is also a much more sustainable approach to drive cars through their full life cycle, instead of replacing it with the flavor of the year on a regular basis.

For the detail-oriented observer: indeed I did not drive at all for 3.5 years after returning to Germany in November 2012! In Berlin you do not really “need” a car, and after driving in the US for so long, German streets, parking lots, and traffic seemed crowded and hectic. But in spring 2016 I started to miss driving, and thought it ridiculous to stay out of the local traffic for it being more intense than I had been used to for so many years.

Germany I (1981-1994)

#01 – 1965 Ford Corsair [1981–1982]
#02 – 1968 Ford 17M – P7 [1982]
#03 – 1972 Ford Consul ‘Saloon’ Sedan (Mark I) [1982]
#04 – 1974 Citroen 23 DS Pallas (“La Déesse – The Goddess”)  [1982–1983]
#05 – 1967 Volkswagen 1600 Notchback Type 3 [1983]
#06 – 1975 Ford Consul ‘Saloon’ Sedan (Mark I) [1983]
#07 – 1972 Ford Consul ‘Estate’ Wagon (Mark I) [1983–1984]
#08 – 1978 Volkswagen Passat B1 / Typ 32 [1 week in 1984]
#09 – 1970 Ford 20M – P7 [1984–1987]
#10 – 1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser 5th Generation [1987–1988]
#11 – 1980 Fiat Panda [1989]
#12 – 1976 Mercedes T1 – 307 [1989–1990]
#13 – 1978 Datsun (Nissan) 200 L Six (aka 810) Automatic [1990]
#14 – 1982 Ford Granada 2.8L Mark II [1990–3/1994]
#15 – 1978 Volvo 244 GL Sedan [1992-4/1994] … the “dog walking” car
#16 – 1982 Volkswagen LT28 [3+4/1994] … just to move stuff around for the move to the US

USA I (1994 –> )

#17 – 1990 Ford E-150 Conversion Van with dual gas tanks [4/1994–10/1994]
#18 – 1982 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser [5/1994–9/1996]
#19 – 1984 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Brougham [9/1994–9/1996]
#20 – 1987 GMC Vandura Conversion Van “Starcraft” [5/1996–6/1997]
#21 – 1986 Chevrolet Suburban Diesel [1998–2002]
#22 – 1977 Lincoln Continental Town Car [4/1996–2002] … caught fire at 1am driving on I-45 near Buffalo TX
#23 – 1985 Mercedes 190 Diesel “Baby Benz” [1998]
#24 – 1974 Buick Le Sabre Convertible [1995–1999]

USA II

#25 – 1970 Ford F100 with a custom, souped-up 429cui V8 engine [1996–2000]
#26 – 1996 GMC 1500 Sierra Z-71 [2000–2001]
#27 – 1986 Volvo 740 Turbo Intercooler [1998]
#28 – 1996 Volvo 850 Turbo [1998–2000]
#29 – 1994 BMW 525i [8/2001–3/2002]

USA III

#30 – 1998 Ford Crown Victora P71 Police Version – CyberWarfare Defense [2002–8/2005]

USA IV (–> 2012)

#31 – 1984 GMC Vandura (converted to the 1st WiFi War Driving Van) [2001–2006]
#32 – 1988 Chevrolet Suburban 4×4 Monster Truck, with 9″ Lift, 38″ Swampers, Dana Axles [2003–2008]
#33 – 1997 Ford Crown Victoria P71 Police Version [2006]
#34 – 1992 Chevrolet “Cheyenne” C1500 Pick-Up [7/2006–1/2008] … got stolen Jan 1st at 4am :(
#35 – 1974 Mercedes 300 Diesel /8 (“Strich 8”) [9/2007–5/2008]
#36 – 1995 Volvo 850 Turbo [1/2008–2/2009]
#37 – 1989 Ford Mustang LX Convertible [8/2008–5/2010]
#38 – 1996 Dodge RAM 1500 with Magnum V8, RWD [4/2009–3/2010]
#39 – 1987 Lincoln Continental Town Car [8/2009–10/2009]
#40 – 1988 Chevrolet Caprice Classic [3/2010–10/2012]
#41 – 1999 Dodge Caravan SE [1/2012-9/2012]
#42 – 1985 GMC 2500 Vandura Commercial Van [4/2012–10/2012]

Germany II (2012 –> …)

#43 – 1994 Volkswagen Golf III … to get used to driving in Germany again [4/2016–12/2017]
#44 – 2005 Ford Mondeo Diesel [12/2017–4/2019]
#45 – 2008 Honda Civic “Jet Fighter Space Mobile”, designed by Toshiyuki Okumoto [4/2019–10/2019]

Germany III

#46 – 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe 4WD – K1500 [8/2019–?]
#47 – 1992 Ford Sierra 2.0i Ghia [1/2020–?]

 

… that makes for a bunch of vehicles — plus 2 motorbikes* and a dual-axle camping trailer**

 

* 1980 Yamaha XT 250 in Germany [1988–1994]

* 1999 Kawasaki KLR 650 in California [1999–2001]
(the only vehicle ever, which I bought brand-new from a dealership; in Salinas)

** which I gave to a friend to live in on a ranch in Yosemite Park for 2 years (the reason I bought it); and later used it to move my stuff from CA to TX in, sold in Conroe TX then

 

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