It’s a question I’m asked often: “What do you drive?” So here’s twenty answers to that question; some of cars and trucks I’ve had over the years, and could find photos for. In no particular order…
2002 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Silver Arrow
1978 Maserati Merak SS
1972 DeTomaso Pantera
I owned this car for 17 years, and it’s probably the one I identify with more than any other. It was amazing fun to drive, got me involved with the Pantera Owners Club of America, and opened the door to a cherished friendship with the DeTomaso family. I’ll have another Pantera, for sure.
1976 DeTomaso Longchamp
See what the Pantera thing started? DeTomaso built just over 400 of these square-rigged luxury GTs, and they were never sold in the US. I bought this one from a hamfist who hadn’t a clue about cars, and then I spent a lot of time and money putting it right. But it was worth it.
1967 Jaguar E-Type
OK, so it was one of the commonly unloved 2+2s, but still an unmolested Series I car that I bought from the original owners with less than 40,000 miles on the clock. Once sorted, it was dead reliable, and would garner the best parking spot at any restaurant. License plate was R P SOUP.
1989 Porsche Carrera 3.2 coupe
One of the current members of the fleet (such as it is) and an all-original 50,000-mile car. I chose this one because it was the last of the original bodystyle, and carries all the updates. Bought it in New Mexico in 2004, and drove it home with that wondrous flat six purring in my ears.
1997 Jeep Cherokee Sport
Like driving a motorized anvil. A former Truck Trend magazine project vehicle, I bought this with just 13,000 miles on the clock. I stripped off about half the aftermarket stuff they put on it, and it was as neat as they came. Unfortunately, my daughter drove it into a telephone pole. The pole won.
1966 Sunbeam Tiger Mk I
My consolation prize for never being able to afford a small-block Shelby Cobra. A Tiger had been on my To-Do list for years when I found this partially restored example. I finished the job, and loved this little rocket to death. It’s alive and well, living in Fallbrook, California.
1959 Porsche 356 A Cabriolet
Another one of those “what was I thinking when I sold this!” scenarios. Traded my equity in a condo to an ex-girlfriend’s father for this. It was an example of what we’d call now call a “survivor” – original paint, powertrain, and interior featuring lots of patina but too nice to restore. How stupid was I…
1988 Ford Mustang 5.0 Convertible (Number 1)
Bought this thing on the side of the road for $1000, then put another three grand into it making it nice. Was just about done with it when my daughters needed a second car. It was a 5-speed, which they couldn’t drive at the time, so traded it for an nearly identical car with an automatic.
1988 Ford Mustang 5.0 Convertible (Number 2)
A former Mustangs and Fords magazine project car, colleague Miles Cook had done a lot of nice things to this one, plus it had an automatic trans, so my girls could drive it. Traded the white ’88 for this, sorted out some stuff that was kinda mickey, and they drove it for years.
2008 Ford Shelby Mustang GT Convertible