In Reply to: Survey: Cars owned prior to the '02? posted by Nick Pon on April 29, 2000 at 20:49:57:
1. well the first car was a Polaris (originally Colorado) 72 bought from my dad for $4000.00 when I was 17.
2. Next car was an Atlantik 71 rescued from a dealer lot w. bad motor for $400.00, swapped motor from rust 72 and drove it with bad rings for a while, sold it to my brother and Boston traffic soon devoured it.
3. Given 72 parts car...dismantled...left it in another 02 owner's garage to pick the carcass clean...
4. Bought "restored" Verona 73 tii (what a load of &(*%^$%! THAT turned out to be)loved it, fed it way too much money - but got fed up with rust under all the new expensive parts...Bought a VW bug for $150.00 as winter rat car (never changed the oil, delivered pizzas...sold it a year later for $150.00!)
5. Then bought an 87 Golf "GT" Drove the hell out of it...missed the 02 world after a year...
6. Another 72 - $400.00 needed brake work - loved it - decided to "go all the way" with it - restoration - then WHAMMO! Some chump totals it while it's parked. I stared at that car for days in disbelief!
Picked up Verona 72 - gutted the interior - noisy, lighter = faster (well, it SOUNDED faster)
7. Found killer deal on 86 535i ($2300.00!) Couldn't say no - sold the 02 for parts to my friend. (bought parts back 4 years later!)The 5er was a great car - I MUST get another when I can afford one!!!
8. Given 69 1602 - now owned by my workmate Matt.
9. Missed 2002s again I drove around Baltimore for weeks leaving cards under every 2002 I found "I want to buy your car!" - found the 73 I now own - and will never sell it unless some truly misguided and insane person gives me as much money for it as I have IN it!(at this point: maybe $13K!)fat chance!
I'm looking for another $400.00 beater to drive/preserve my 73 - in winter time....but the garage in the new house may soon have a Bavaria for Barbara and the inevitable "project '02 to keep me away from the death rays of the TV after work each night.
"Hey! Buy my stupid Alloys, OK?"