When you have time on your hands you think about things. Weird things - strange things, bizarre things and I was caught by my thoughts about what my life was like as told in the vehicles I bought, owned and drove. I go my first car in 1982 and my current one is 2015, 33 years of motoring history.
And diverse breeds too. As a single young male I didn't have the encumbrance of girlfriends so my car choice was in that vein, sporty and fast. I had no inclination to get driving as my life was largely taken up with the job. But it was that job that eventually drove me to learn to drive as part of the job description was driving 4x4 Landcruisers so at the age of 23 I passed my test and naturally I had the urge to buy a wagon.
All images are others from Google as my own photos have disappeared
And here she was, a 1986 2 L Ford Sierra Ghia S/W. She was an ok car, took me about two or three visits to the service station to find out the arsewipes had sold me a rebuilt front end. Nonetheless a nice wagon.
Then we (yeah we, lol) decided to down cycle as we were tight for money and we traded to a Nissan Bluebird ZXE 2L. Nothing to write home about, just a car.
Then one of those diamonds in the rough. My first Japper Import, a Nissan Bluebird SSS 1.8L Looks sporty and drives sporty. Nicely timed after the Piece of Shit before. Should have been wary but she was a great car.
Then finances changed and a growing family and trips out of town dictated we get an appropriate vehicle, a van and not just any ole van, a Mitsubishi Delica Exceed 2L Popemobile - LUXURY!! We went everywhere in that wagon, and it was also my work van for firewood and carrying sheets of Gib, you name it. Eventually I was relegated to another vehicle (especially for my golf tours)
Yup - my golfing wagon, especially around the Auckland areas A 1974 Mini Countryman (or Traveller) 1000cc. A rough diamond but a beauty. I honoured my baby with an appropriate number plate - GLFKRT (Golf Kart)
My first Toyota, a Coprolla G Touring, a nice peppy little car, principally bought for the room for golf clubs. Ending up having a crash and selling as a wreck. I liked it though.
Didn't have a car for some years as I was in and out of hospital but when I could I bought a 1995 Ford Laser Sports. Frankly it was a heap of shit but needs must at the time.
And frankly this car rates as my all time favourite. A 1997 Mercedes Benz SLK200 Convertible (2L) Peppy, smooth, just a wonderful driving experience I wouldn't change for anything. Except eventually not being able to drag the golf clubs around got to me, and with a pending family reunion the need for a suitable truck saw that grey ghost traded.
Enter the Beast!! 3.5L V6 4x4 from Mitsubishi in the form of a Pajero. I miss her - nothing short of the truth.
And I downsized due to no job and drive around in an Old Folks Shopping Trolley. A 2004 Toyota Corolla Spacio 1.5L