In the Garage

Since I’m always droning on about some of the cars that I have owned, I thought I would start keeping a list of everything I currently have, and everything I used to own.

The list is in no particular order –

Honda Civic Hatch: – SOLD

Not an actual pic of my car, but a pretty good representation. As it happens I don’t seem to have any pics of my first car!

My first car – my first taste of freedom! You never forget your first. By the time I was done with it she had OZ Racing alloy wheels, full Pioneer sound system, a Remus Catback exhaust and a number of other ‘go-fast’ bits that didn’t really make it any faster.

BMW 318ti: – SOLD

My First RWD car!

I put lots of miles on this car. My first taste of Rear Wheel Drive had me hooked instantly! Solid build quality and a fantastic handling chassis made this car great – it just needed more power, because it could certainly handle it.

BMW 320d: -SOLD

My E90 320d was actually a very impressive car.

Another great car – but it would have been better if it had been a petrol! In the end this car became very ill and slowly started dying after my local petrol station destroyed its fuel systems with contaminated diesel.

BMW 320d: -SOLD

Another Stock Photo

This one replaced my blue one after it died – but I never grew as attached to it, so I didn’t own it for very long before I sold it – hence the stock photo.

BMW 320d: – SOLD

Stock Image

I promise it’s the last 320d on this list. I bought this car from my older brother because he was about to trade it in and was getting really bad trade-in values for it. So I bought it on the cheap with the express purpose of selling it on for a profit. I owned it for about 2 months, but it was a great car in that time!

Lexus IS250 Manual: – SOLD

My Lexus IS 250 just after having a bath!

Very comfortable, very smooth and a stunning interior. I especially loved this colour combination with the pearl blue exterior and cream leather. Just a shame that it was slightly boring to drive and the manual gearbox fitted to this car was terrible!

VW Golf V GTI Manual: – SOLD

My Candy White GTI

I absolutely loved this car – especially driving long distances. It still holds my record for driving from Stilbaai to Strand.

Honda S2000 AP2 “the Black Mamba”: – SOLD

My first S2000 was this black beauty

My first introduction to open-top motoring (I’ve been addicted ever since). This car was unbelievable and I still love these things to this day! Not sure where the nickname of Black Mamba came from, or who came up with it, but it kinda stuck!

VW Golf V GTI DSG: – SOLD

Stock Pic

My silver GTI was supposed to be a great car, after all I enjoyed my white GTI so much. It was ruined by the stupid DSG gearbox – I sold it after realising it had been sitting in my garage for 3 months without being driven because that gearbox just annoyed me too much.

Volvo S60 2.5T: – SOLD

My Volvo S60 – nicknamed the Wolf

My Volvo was collected with around 80’000km on the clock. I was massively impressed at how solid this thing was – truly built like a tank! The engine was smooth and torque was available all over the rev range. Dynamically it was a little bit boring, but it’s still one of the most comfortable and quietest cars I’ve ever owned.

Birkin S3 20-valve 4A-ge Blacktop: – SOLD

You learn more about driving in a Birkin, than you do in just about anything!

My little orange monster was probably one of the most fun things I have ever had the pleasure of driving! Granted it’s not really practical or usable, but as a toy, this thing puts more smiles per mile on your dial than just about anything out there.

Honda S2000: – SOLD

My second S2000 was even better than the first!

The love affair continued with S2000 number 2. If anything it was even better than my black one. Every drive in one of these feels like an event! Hmmm… might be time for another one! 😉

Toyota GT86: – SOLD

My GT86 during a nice outing on Killarney Raceway

I absolutely loved how this car was designed specifically to be fun to drive. It was absolutely brilliant – in fact the only thing wrong with it is that it’s not an S2000!

1982 Ford Granada 3.0GLe Automatic: – SOLD

‘Twas a proud and noble thing!

A little venture into the world of classic cars proved to be rather addictive. My Granada was a spotless example and I loved every second in this car. Yes it’s old and it had a few minor issues here and there, but it had such character, and everywhere you go people greet you and want to talk to you and take pictures. Even with all the servicing costs and repairs, it was still the cheapest car I’ve ever owned!

Harper Type 6 V8 Turbo: – Work in progress

I tried taking it for a spin… but it’s not done yet.

I can’t wait for this car to be running and driving! The Type 6 is a proper mid-engine, fire breathing monster of a racecar. Initially it will be powered by a 1UZ Lexus/Toyota V8 which will eventually have a wee turbo strapped to its back for some more noise!

Ford Bantam 1.3 and 1.6: – BOTH SOLD

I’ve had 2 of these little Ford Pick-ups or Bakkies as we call them in South Africa.

Probably a weird idea for my friends in the UK, but the Bantam was ONLY ever sold in South Africa. Basically it’s a Ford Fiesta that’s been turned into a pick-up. Like the Fiesta they are really good to drive and surprisingly comfortable. Still the best 1/2 ton bakkie ever in my opinion, such a shame they don’t make them any more.

Mercedes-Benz E280 Avantgarde: – SOLD

The best or nothing

One of the most elegant and beautiful saloon designs in recent memory, it’s such a shame its replacement was such a square box compared to this. This car was so comfortable and quiet, it was almost dangerous and lulled you to sleep! It’s also worth noting that everything in this car was incredibly nicely put together.

Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG: – SOLD

My SLK on a breakfast run with the Harper Sportscar crowd

A 5.4L V8 engine in a car the size of a shoe! I believe that is how Jeremy Clarkson described it? It is a little bonkers if we’re honest, but somehow, the auto gearbox, slow steering rack and slightly detached feeling managed to make this very exciting car a little too civilized for my liking. The engine was fantastic though!

Isuzu KB320 V6: – Currently Owned

Nicknamed the BEAST

Technically speaking the Beast doesn’t belong to me – it belongs to our company. Surprisingly nice to drive and lots of lovely low end grunt, but she does have a rather severe drinking problem. It has an unquenchable thirst for unleaded!

1999 Jaguar XJR 4.0 Supercharged V8 – The Unicorn Cat:- SOLD

The Unicorn Cat looking all gorgeous!

I absolutely LOVE this car. It’s stupidly fast and still manages to be comfortable and elegant. Still one of the best looking saloons ever made and more wood and leather than you can shake a stick at! I’ve written about this car HERE.

1974 Chevrolet El Camino 1UZ-VVTi: – Work In Progress

The Problem child project car

The very cool looking Chevy technically doesn’t belong to me, but it is on my name and I am the only person who’s ever driven it. What started as a project that my dad and I were supposed to enjoy has turned into 3 years of fighting and struggling resulting in what you see above. It looks good, sounds great and drives pretty nicely – now just to figure out the electric gremlins hiding in the wiring.

Hyundai ix35: Currently Owned

The Wife’s Wheels

Again, technically not mine, this one belongs to Mrs Smit. A very surprising cruising machine, very relaxing and comfortable. I didn’t want to like it, but it’s actually a really nice chariot.

BMW Z4 3.0i Manual: Currently Owned

I should have done this years ago!

This car is proving to be really good fun, very refined and surprisingly economical!

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