I enjoy tinkering with old cars and drive them on a regular basis. Part
of the fun is changing cars and selling one to buy another. In this section
you get to know the cars I have owned and some of my experiences with
them. If you have a suggestion what my next classic car should be take
a few minutes to browse throught the list and make a suggestion here.
#1 - CitroŽn 2 CV (1970)
My first car! I bought this masterpiece of minimal engeneering as soon
as I got my driving licence. When the engine was getting weak and the
body crumbling with rust I bought another 2 CV with an accident and transferred
the engine (a more "potent" 6O2cc unit) and body to my chassis in a weekend!
It's a shame they stopped building these minimalist French classic.
#2 - Mercedes Benz 190 SL (1958)
My first sports car. It had rust, it was a bit run down but it had great
art deco styling derived from the legendary gullwings. I drove it untill
the differential suddenly let go. After it was repaired I had to let it
go because I couldn't afford the restoration costs.
#3 - Mercedes Benz 190 D(1964)
Another Daimler Benz product. This car was giver to me with a broken
engine (the car already had more than 200000 kms on the colour changing
speedometer). I put in a used 200 diesel unit (restricting the performance
to a yawning 115 km/h) and put another 100000 kms on the car. As I was
involved with a music band at the time most of these kms were with six
people on board and gitars and amps in the trunk. Once I was hit by a
small Datsun from behind. It was a terriffic bang and getting out of the
car and inspecting the dammage the only thing I could find was a small
paint chip. The Datsun had to be towed away. After that we nicknamed it
#4 - VW Porsche 914 (1970)
My first Porsche (well almost...). This one had the 1,7 liter engine
so it was not very fast. What this car lacked it straightline speed was
well compensated by the beautifully balanced handling. It was surprisingly
practical with the targa top and twin trunks. Major ennemy : rust.
#5 - Peugeot 404 (1969)
A French classic. Nice airy interior, good handling and very comfortable
ride. It looker really nice in silver with a manual sunroof. I didn't
drive it much since I had just discovered the CitroŽn DS. The car was
retored by a frend and is still in use today.
#6 - CitroŽn DS 21 pallas ie (1970)
A real luxury liner and the beginning of e real passion for these cars.
My first DS was a 1969 model with the fuel injected 21 engine. This car
had it all : beautifull leather seats, tinted glass, airconditioning,
semi automatic gearbox and looked superb in black. I restored this car
#7 - CitroŽn DS 21 pallas (1969)
Donor car for above. This car was to far gone rustwise, but I bought
it for the interesting parts : air conditioning, Continental Edison radio
and it's beautifull interior.
#8 - CitroŽn DS 19 (1956)
Can you imagine this car in 1956? This car was one of the first in Belgium
and a demo car for the Antwerp CitroŽn agent. It has a very unusual serial
number and lots of "prototype" details. I bought the car from an old lady
(really!) when I spotted it sitting on wooden blocks. The car had 100000
kms and was completely original including the interior and paintwork.
It had absolutely no rust and I drove only very little. The semi automatic
gearchange (with low pressure hydraulic pump coupled to waterpump had
a mind of its own! This car is now in the US in a private collection.
#9 - Citroën SM ie (1973)
My first SM and the beginning of a serious involvement with these cars.
I consider them even better than the DS. Driving an SM is a unique experience
you cannot compare with driving any other can. The unique very direct
and self centering steering may need some time to get used to but once
you are familiar with it you wonder why other cars are so strange to drive.
This is a European 2,7 liter model with the fuel injected engine. It had
a small accident at the front and was completely restored.
#10 - VW Van (1974)
A van I picked up to transport old car parts. It also served a a "camper"
when a frend with a thight budget wanted to go on holliday in Marocco.
When it broke down in the desert, he couldn't afford the repairs so he
sold it on the spot. This van had a rare option: a seperate gas motor
powered heater for cold winter days.
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