Well, it was either the Mercedallac, which I inherited from the friend - Michael Rogers - who created it, but nobody could ever get to run and eventually I sold to a museum in Germany:
Or the Blue Republican, that my old friend Larson Paine located in a thrift store lot, I bought for $900, that ran trouble-free for 15 years, seen on the day that I donated it after if finally, irrevocably failed smog inspection))
The one on the left was cool and gave me 35,000 miles after the transplant, the one on the right had the worlds best diesel engine and a chassis that rotten I ran out of places to plate to
The trooper was my work truck/boat tow vehicle but the (ex) missus was expecting so said to upgrade the car, but the engine was mint so I bought the Frontera from a salvage auction with a blown engine so put the trooper one in, took me 6 weeks start to finish in my spare time and passed the MOT the day before my youngest was born at home so she got a ride to the hospital in it and the Fronty gave me 5 years service.
My old Galaxie. Miss that car. I used to work at a GM dealership so I drove all kinds of Trans Ams, Riverias, Vettes, and Camaros. I had to quit as the Camaros gave me the urge to grow a mullet.
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I have regretfully gotten rid of more cool cars than I care to mention, but currently I own the 30 Ford Sedan, sold the Pontiac a few years back, I still see it once in a while and am now selling the Chevelle for a widowed neighbor.
Diggin' all of the older stuff I'm seeing here. Some of it I can do without. The Tesla, new Mini (I like the originals) the lowered Dodge pick up, I can do with out that kind of stuff, but to each their own, I' m sure they may not like mine.
I had a Mini 1000 which I tuned to the hilt and back. It looked bog stock aside from the centre exit exhaust and slightly lowered stance with just a smidgen of negative camber. It wasn't much louder either. Street dozer, if not exactly sleeper. Still 1000cc.
A Mini with the right long centre branch manifold and pipe sounds like a small capacity V8. Odd but true
65 wheel horsepower, as measured on the dyno. It went like a stabbed rat. 10" wheels and drum brakes. The poor brakes didn't really matter as the handling and grip were so good, a lift off of the throttle on entry, then a mash-the-pedal at apex was enough to pull round any corner.
In second place, a Skyline R31. The one that looks like a Laurel. Every roundabout became a sideways adventure. Sometimes when it wasn't wanted ( ahem )
I'm not sure which one has been the coolest. Here are a couple that would be in contention I suppose.
1966 Mustang. Wanted one forever. Almost bought one a couple times. This one was much more of a project than it looks, I ended up selling it when I realized I had so many more projects around than I had time.
1960 VW Karmnn Ghia. Inherited it from my dad. Spent a lot of time and money on making it into something else. Bought Okrasa parts for the stock (36hp) engine. Built a Type IV VW engine out of a Porsche 914 for it. Then bought an engine out of a Porsche 356 for it. None of these were ever actually installed in the car.
One weekend I put it in the garage to redo the stock brakes. Should have taken an afternoon. Three years later the car re-emerged with a new front suspension, Brakes from a 356 Porsche, and a dual circuit master cylinder. In fact it had three master cylinders put in it during those three years. Then I put new wheels/tires on it with Porsche style VW wheel covers with a Wolfsburg logo on them. That process turned out to be MUCH more involved than it should have been.
That one also got sold when I realized I had too many projects. The first thing the new owner did was ditch the new wheels and put the old wheels/tires on it.
My coolest car ever is my current ride Jeep Rubicon. It’s noisy, leaks, underpowered, horrible ride, worse gas mileage, but I love it.
My father bought one of these at a dealership in Syracuse, NY. Sold it 6 months later. Two teenage drivers made it too expensive to insure. He said it would pass anything except a gas station; 6 miles to the gallon. I couldn’t find a pic, here’s a stock one.