I once owned a Fiat Spyder I paid $400 for. Great car!
List of Cars I Have Owned:
- Mercury Comet.
Straight 6, 3-speed manual, brown. Yuck!
- 1972 Ford Mustang.
Notchback, 302, dual exhaust, white with blue stripes. This
car was nicknamed Hamurabi for obscure reasons. Bought with
my own money earned at a part-time job--$1500. Cool!
- 1979 Ford Mustang.
5 liters, fastback, Michelin TRX wheels and tires. White, burgundy
velour interior. Almost new when my parents surprised me with
it as sort of a college graduation gift. Thanks guys!
- 1984 BMW 530i.
White, red leather. Brand new. I was the CEO of my first
startup when I got this car. Felt like I was on top of the world.
- Fiat Spider.
Orange, dented fender, poor cosmetics, ran good. Paid $400 for
it. Occasionally considered abandonment when it pissed me off.
Fun to drive on Marin County back roads. Car was perfectly balanced
with respect to power, brakes, and handling. Bought during a "bad"
- Toyota MR-2.
White/black, with t-top and all the options. This was my second
new car. It was tons of fun to drive around the back roads of
Marin County, and the best handling car I'd owned to that point.
I burned up my first set of tires in 6000 miles and learned that low
polar moment of inertia means easy to spin as I did a 360 on Lucas
Pantera. My first true exotic and the realization of a childhood
500 SEC. The ex-Olivia Newton John car. My coolest
exotic to this point.
Porsche Turbo S. Factory slantnose w/ hot engine.
427 Cobra. Red w/ white racing stripe. This was a
Contemporary kit, with a real 427 side oiler, dual carbs, and 4-speed
top loader. The car had Dove aluminum heads, and was quite a
Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalve.
A drop-dead gorgeous black and vanilla cream car. Perhaps the
prettiest car I've ever owned. Wickedly fast with the European
exhaust, and it sounded fabulous. It also stranded me 6 times
in the 2000 miles I put on the car and taught me about "Italian
Moments." Someday, I'll own another.
- Ferrari Boxer Convertible.
This weird, but beautiful car was made over into a spider by Lorenser
in Germany. It had a power operated rollbar, and plexiglass
engine cover. It sounded pretty, and was fun to drive, but not
very fast. I've had so many Ferrari dealers tell me that Boxers
are "real hotrods". Yeah right! It had the least wind buffeting
of any convertible I've ever been in because the windshield was raked
so steeply it went right over your head.
Porsche Turbo Cabriolet. A red beasty that gave me years
of driving pleasure before I souped it up to insane levels of power.
Two of my friends and one stranger have owned the car since.
- 1996 Ferrari Testarossa.
A gorgeous black-black car with Speedline modular 5-spoke wheels,
custom and hidden radar detector. The car was originally purchased
by Apple's Mike Markula board member--the guy that tossed Steve Jobs
out. Ultimately got rid of it for two reasons--it started to have
the occasional Italian moment, and it just wasn't that fast. This
seems to be a curse of Ferraris. You really had to rev it all the
time to get much from it. Handling was also questionable, and I managed
to do a 180 unintentionally on a winding road I hadn't thought I was
going that fast on. If you ask me, these cars only look good in black.
The design is actually pretty ungainly. The traditional Ferrari Red,
or worse yellow, really make them look awkward. Black cleans them
- 1997 BMW 540i.
Montreal Blue/Sand. Bought to replace the Mercedes 500 SEC.
Was replaced itself by the RennTech/Mercedes S500. Wonderful
car. Drove well with just the right amount of pep and handling
to be an almost-sportscar. BMW really knows how to build this
kind of thing.
Porsche Turbo S. 1 of 175. The last of the air-cooled
Porsches, and the most powerful.
Mercedes SL 600. Red/black. A nice cruiser.
The engine is so smooth it feels like an electric motor.
Porsche Turbo. Black/black. Everyone should own two
twin turbo Porsches! Sold to my contractor, Kevin O'Neil because I
wasn't driving it enough to justify owning two.
Chevrolet Suburban. Blue/tan. A utility vehicle...
Audi TT. Modern art that's fun to drive.
- 1999 Ferrari F355
Spyder F1 Serie Fiorano. Definitely Italian! This was the first
Ferrari whose performance has satisfied me. The paddle shifter is
one of the greatest innovations ever in a car. Sadly, I've had to
sell it due to the down stock markets.
Mercedes/RennTech S500. Teutonic surgical steel filled with
New Millennium technology.