1980 Dodge Maxivan: An Unexpected First “Car”
1978 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 – My Second First Car
1988 Ford Bronco II – The Busting Bronco
1998 Honda Civic: We Managed To Buy The One Unreliable Honda Civic
Another Pony Car – 1996 Ford Mustang GT
1988 Ford Taurus Station Wagon – An Attempt At A Beater
2000 Chrysler Neon – A Good Car (Really!)
1974 Triumph Spitfire 1500 – The Ideal First Classic Car
1969 Reliant Scimitar GTE
2004 Nissan Quest
Luego Locost – Building a Sevenesque Roadster
1981 Mazda RX-7 S – Almost Perfect
1986 Hyundai Stellar GSL
1986 Mazda B2000 Pickup – Short Timer Hauler
1997 Ford Escort wagon – The Dull Commuter
1985 Mazda Rx-7 GSL – Trying, and Failing, To Relive The Past
$50 Mystery Car – Turns out to be a 1988 Ford Tempo L
1998 Ford Taurus – A Family Affair
1962 Volkswagen Beetle Canadian Standard – Another Canadian Market Oddball
1989 Toyota Hilux SURF (4Runner) – A Walk On The Right-Hand Drive Side
1986 Chrysler LeBaron – Mini Brougham
1995 Lada Niva From Russia, With A Whole Lada Love
1981 Datsun 210 (Sunny) – Screwed By A Gearbox
1973 Mazda 808 Coupe – Piston Powered and Groovy
1968 Ford Falcon – Budget Friendly Family Classic
1987 Toyota Corolla – I’d Rather Walk
1989 Nissan Micra – Pint Sized Personality
1965 Honda S600 – The Worst S600 In The World
1997 & 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan – Minimal Cost Minivans
1982 Toyota SR5 Pickup – I Killed The Pizza Planet Truck
1970 Mercedes Benz 220D – Finally a Family Classic
1965 Envoy Epic Deluxe – The CC Circle of Car Life
1984 Volvo 244 GLE – Canadian Swede
2012 Mazda 2 – A Reluctant First New Car
2005 Ford Expedition – Heavy Hauler
1978 Triumph Spitfire – How To (Almost) Fix Up A Classic Car For Under $200
2012 Ford F-150 – Pickup Truck For The Wife And A Project Hauler For Me
Austin A40 Devon – A Rusty Mistake
1988 Chevrolet S10 – Donor Turned Flipper
1991 Honda Nighthawk – First Motorcycle
1983 Dodge Aries – Our First (and Worse) Beater Challenge Car
1980 Triumph TR8 – Powerful Wedge
1975 MGB – To Buy A B Or Not To Buy A B, That Is The Question. And I Answered It
2003 Honda Civic – Kid’s Car and Beater Challenger
2004 Acura TSX – Family Connection Leads to Family Car
1961 Pontiac Laurentian – From Field to Mountains (and back?)
2016 Suzuki TU250X – The Long Distance Touring City Bike
1984 Innocenti SE – Electrical Spaghetti
1996 Toyota Tercel – Donor Turned Kids’ Car
2003 Nissan Fairlady Z – A Walk on the Right Hand Drive Side
2017 Mazda MX-5 RF GT – Affordable Exotic
Is the Mazda2 going to be covered? And have you ever had news of the 808 coupe?
I could cover the Mazda 2 – its not very old (2012) but I do have a few stories about it – ice racing and such. I have another 10 vehicles or so I could write up. Some like the wife’s F150 are a snooze fest though – just a vehicle.
The Mazda 808 coupe is still at the dealership that I sold it to. I don’t believe they have done anything to it unfortunately. I wish that one. 🙁
Wow. Wife with an F150?
The Mazda2 also has the interest of being probably a rare colour (never seen any in Europe, but it was the official color of the press photos when it got launched back in 2007)
Too bad about the 808. It was a really nice car. I see a white one from time to time (and also a ’70s 626 coupe) and always remember that COAL. Guess that one would be a keeper…
Covered now. The 808 coupe seems to be owned again by the guy I bought it off of.
Really enjoyed your COAL series David, and your eclectic and interesting choices in transportation. Plus your thorough knowledge of the Canadian market. Impressive that you adopted cars that appealed to you, no matter their state of condition. Seeming to relish the opportunity to tackle troubleshooting challenges that would have chased many less confident owners away.
Thank you. Some might call it foolish optimism. I certainly have had my share of misses like the Honda S600 (or later with an Austin A40 which I never wrote up) but I enjoy giving some life to an interesting and unloved classic.
I found it very refreshing you sought out cars to satisfy your own automotive interests and curiosity, not as status symbols or investments. With an appreciation for their unique historical value as well. I liked the Canadian angle to a number of your choices. A very enjoyable series!
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