13 January 2007

time in a bottle

There's enough bastardry and mayhem and surrealism around to keep an "I'm so sad" theme going for ages. But that would be very soul destroying for me and pretty flamin' unenlightening for youse, so instead let's resuscitate the stories that go with the various cars I've owned over the years. Not really political so maybe that'll be enough to get VVB dropped from the blogfeed.

Rather than start with an individual story, I'll lay out a timeline of ownership so all the stories will eventually hang together.

As you'll recall...ha ha...I have been collecting 1/43 scale models of all the types of cars I've owned, and here - time in a bottle indeed - is the assembled collection of models gathered to date. Only a few to go, but they'll take a few years as none of them are available commercially at the moment.

Well, the reason VVB isn't as rich as he might have been is because of the untold amounts of dosh outlayed on buying and maintaining all these cars over the years. Roughly, the list goes thusly, by year of purchase as near as I can remember (and the model year as near as I can remember):

1968 1956 Austin A30
1968 1956 Morris Isis
1969 1964 Morris Cooper
1970 1964 Austin Freeway station waggon
1970 1966 Datsun 1600 sports
1971 1968 Triumph 2000 Mk1
1971 1966 Austin 1800
1972 1970 Triumph 2500 Pi
1972 1964 Wolseley 24/80
1975 1969 Morris Mini K
1975 1964 Austin Freeway
1976 1966 Morris 1100
1977 197? Morris Mini
1979 1976 Holden Torana SL/R
1980 197? Datsun 1200
1981 1970 Mercedes 200
1982 197? Triumph Dolomite
1982 197? Datsun 200B
1983 1980 Mazda 323
1984 197? Toyota Crown
1985 197? VW Passat
1988 1974 Triumph 2500TC
1989 1974 Triumph 2500 Pi
1991 1972 Leyland P76
1992 1974 Triumph 2500TC
1996 1988 Toyota Corolla
1998 1989 Peugeot 405 Mi16
2003 1999 Saab 9-3 Monte Carlo
The apparently quick turnover of cars in many cases was due to having one off the road and buying another to keep mobile: both the first two Triumphs suffered major catastrophes and the Austin 1800 and Wolseley24/80 were both interim transport.
Next up: the three Minis.


JahTeh said...

I rather liked the car painted to look like a cat, very fetching. How many purrs to the litre?

phil said...

I thought it actually was a cat, but my eyesight isn't what it used to be. However, a number of those cars did used to "purr like a kitten".

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