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The cars he used to drive

My father was a true Southern California, born in Pasadena in 1921. Like everyone else he was car-crazy. Later in life after living in Europe he became crazy for tiny little European sports cars.

He made this list for a piece he wrote in the Los Angeles Times late in life in which he talked about the cars he'd owned. He was astonished at how many there were, and especially at how many enjoyable sports cars he had as a graduate student. I personally got to drive the '67 MG (he says it's a '68 which I think is a mistake), which was a delight; he didn't get rid of it until the 1980s sometime. The 1990 Volvo my mother still has. I inherited both T-Birds in series.

The Fiat station wagon famously died by dumping its engine on Irvine Avenue with a uniquely Italian flair. I wish he'd kept any of the cars before that. Wow, what a list! The Renaults were, of course, purchased in France and all the Italian cars when he was living in Italy.
  1. '30 Ford Model A phaeton

  2. '30 Ford Model A 2-door touring car

  3. '36 Ford V-8 coupé

  4. '30 Olds coupé

  5. '47 Crosley

  6. '38 Lincoln touring convertible

  7. '40 Chevrolet coupé

  8. '47 MG-TC

  9. '51 Sunbeam Talbot

  10. '48 Morris Minor convertible

  11. '51 Morris Minor sedan

  12. '52 MG-TD

  13. '55 Austin Healey

  14. '56 MG Magnette

  15. '60 Chevrolet Corvair

  16. '58 Chevrolet station wagon

  17. '59 Alfa Romeo Giuletta Sprint coupé

  18. '62 Fiat 600

  19. '60 Fiat 1800 station wagon

  20. '70 Opel Kadett statio wagon

  21. '73 Volvo 144

  22. '67 MGB-GT

  23. '77 Renault 6TL

  24. '70 Jaguar XJ

  25. '84 Ford Thunderbird

  26. '87 Renault II

  27. '90 Volvo 740 sedan

  28. '91 Renault 19 Chamade

  29. '93 Ford Thunderbird LX
If you're interested in the document we found in the files, a scan is behind the cut
Tags: autos, carculture, cars, dad, familyhistory, lists
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