The wish list!
Everyone has a wish list when it comes to cars but I've been a bit more picky! These are the cars I wanted and in some cases very nearly bought (or at least had a test drive) until finances and reality took over again!
I was still at school when I spotted one of these and thought, 'thats the car for me', it was still a thought when I was learning to drive!
As it turned out there were very few around by then and I briefly flirted with the idea of a 2CV! Actually tried out a Citroen Dyane very similar to above but the lack of power was a concern. I was tempted later though when I had the Chevette as I could have just about afforded a newish 2CV6 Special, saw a beautiful red one with the rare hatchback but it never came to anything I'm afraid.
As a first car I should probably have bought this in hindsight, it was a 1979 Fiat 128CL 1300 (newer than this one) but like a new pin and would have been fun but not what I wanted at the time for some reason. The free revving Italian engine and roomy taughtly sprung little saloon would've probably been a better bet than the Chevette or the Metro but never mind!
In the event I ended up with the rusty old Chevette 'banger'! Well this one was the dream car at the time, the 2300HS but more than I could afford right then.
Always liking classics I was actually offered a red Herald 1200 at college but I hesitated and someone else went for it, was a lovely little car...,
At about the same time another college friend was selling one of these that had been off the road for a number of years (in red and known as the 'squashed tomato') but getting it back on the road and lack of day to day practicality knocked that on the head I'm afraid!
A friends brother had a Fiat Strada 105TC and I would have loved one, actually drove a newer generation 105TC (also pictured) but I ended up with a red Vauxhall Nova instead for some reason!
Closer to reality after a couple of years was the Cavalier Sportshatch which looked great..., its not often reality exceeds your dreams but I actually ended up with the Opel Manta Berlinetta so at last a plan had come together!
This was actually the serious alternative to the Manta but was a bit more to buy and by then I had set my heart on the Manta. This was actually a more modern and better car but it would probably have cost a bit more to insure though I did like the rear spoiler and funky digital dashboard!!
The other possibles (and tried!) before the Manta were a Capri Laser (though a white one in Newton Abbot) or an XR2 but neither were quite what I wanted!
Well tenure of the Manta was extended for various reasons but at one stage it looked like it may be sold and alternatives looked at including a Cortina Mk5 which I actually quite liked...,
and a Triumph (though a 1850HL as opposed to the Dolomite Sprint pictured!) but it was a bit old fashioned for my liking!
Another Vauxhall after the Manta? Well nearly, it was a favourite but real life took over (I got married!).
So I looked at some Cavaliers but that never came to anything, instead getting another Nova!!
I got keen on Citroens at one point and liked the look of a BX Meteor, the potential service costs of hydropneumatic suspension scared me off though so I ended up getting the ZX.
I looked at a number of Mercedes 190E's of various ages (nearly bought a red G plate 2.0 similar to this one) and was lucky enough to end up with a clean K reg 190E 2.0 which was a lovely car - the pictured 2.6 or a 190D 2.5 would have been nice though!
While I had my 190E I spotted this gorgeous low mileage and well cared for F plate Mercedes 300CE coupe, was so so tempted but couldn't justify it (though did end up getting the 220E which came close!)
Oh my! Now this WAS a flight of fancy, just before going on holiday in 2014 I spotted one of these in a dealership in Jersey, they let me have a drive and it was gorgeous!! It would be lovely to have one but may use a bit more fuel than the A class being a V8!!
Slightly left field perhaps but been very tempted by this lovely cosseted modern classic (always like this particular model for its style and practicality - would look better on Merc alloys though!); as I write this its been on a specialist classic car website for a few weeks and just had a price reduction, a heck of a lot of car for the money but not terribly easy to justify buying an older car when I am pretty happy with the two newer ones I already have..., never mind!!
Ah well..., one common theme from my early teens to now has been that I love Morgan sports cars and it is still something guaranteed to make me look twice..., though devotions have been divided even since that time with the 70's/80's R107 series Mercedes SL..., perhaps one day if the lottery win comes up!