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The Auto Rollcall

Well, here it is, my Auto Rollcall. I think this started in the mid 1980's when a bunch of us, (Rod, Tim, Big Eric, Nick & others), were sitting around the wood stove on a sub zero night in the garage/shop at my parents house. (I was probably working on a Jeep) We were talking about the various cars we had owned - I started a list on an old blackboard that was nailed to the back of the door from the garage into my folk's house. After that I would add to it periodically as cars came and went in my life. It only recently came over to our house and needs to be updated (it ends in 1994 - the year I got my own house with a garage)

Farther down the page is a more legible version that should be current but I'm not 100% sure everything is here!

The original Auto Rollcall

And a more legible version:

Year Acquired

Year Mfg.
Make
Model

Condition
1-5

Comments
1976
1964
Volkswagen
1200 Sedan
4
My first car bought from Dixon Smith for $50. Lost in flood during winter 1978.
1976
1964
Volkswagen
1200 Sedan
5
Also lost in flood during the winter storm of 1978
1978
1963
Volkswagen
1200 Sedan
2
Purchased from a friends parents for $100 - My first registered car! Sold in 1986 to help buy the Lincoln. See photo at the bottom of this page.
1979
1965
Jeep
CJ-5 Tuxedo Park
3
Purchased for $500 and received an offer for $1200 the next day - a no-brainer!
1980
1977
MGB
Roadster
2
Purchased with a friend who was short on $$ (he later paid me back for this looser) Slow, rusty, poorly made.
1981
1971

Jeep

Wagoneer

3
Purchased from Mike Bernstien's dad. The beginning of my dislike for Jeeps. Needed a new driveshaft every 3 months....
1983
1970
145
3
Purchased to replace the Jeep. Why I LOVE Volvo's - 100,000 mi of good road in the 5 years I owned it. Great college car - long highway drives were tough with no O/D. See photo at bottom of this page or in Volvo Corner.
1983
1972
Volvo
145
5
Purchased at the same time as the car above as parts.
1984
1965
Ford
Fairlaine
3
Purchased for $150 for a friend who was low on cash - he repaid me 2 weeks later.

1985

1948
DeSoto
S-11 Sedan
3
My first (really) old car! Repainted by my college friend Steve. Drove well but the Fluid Drive was a pain. Plus, as a Florida car, it had no heat; tough when it got up to CT. Sold in 1992.
1986 1966 Lincoln Continental Convertible
2
My second old car - visit its page (Lincoln)
1986 1966 Lincoln Continental Coupe
5
A trip to the lumberyard in the Continental and, out of nowhere, a fellow asks me if I want a coupe for parts! See photo below.
1986 1978 Buick Skylark Wagon
3
Given to me not running by a friend of my dad's. (his mechanic gave up) Fixed and given to college friend Steve.
1987 1978 BMW 530i
2
Neighbor's divorce nets me her car from him for $1,000. Very sweet ride but scary fast. Sold before I lost my license.
1987 1962 Studebaker Lark Sedan
1
Despite being pink it was mint!! Loaned to a friend who drives it off the road into a tree one night. Sad end to a show winner.... I think I still have a hubcap somewhere.
1987 1955 DeSoto Firedome Coupe
2
Purchased from 98 year old original owner - it needed a new home and I couldn't resist. Much better car than the '48. I sold this car in 2004 and miss it very much.
1987 1946 Willy's Jeep CJ-2A
4-5
Hauled out of a barn slated for demolition - should have left it! Spent 3 years and lots of $$$ but never got it to run right. When it did, it would go anywhere.. slowly. Did I mention I don't have good luck with Jeeps?! See photo below.
1987 1978 Pontiac

Bucephalus
(Bonneville)

2
Replaced the BMW - from a family friend for $500. Ran great, big & comfy, the lowest cost/mile ratio of any car I've had. The beginning of my love for GM cars. Sold in 1989.
1988 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit Diesel
2
Wouldn't run, bought for $100. Fixed the glow plug fuse and it ran like a champ. Resold.
1988 1944 Ford Jeep MB
5
Parts Jeep for CJ project - FYI, Ford parts are different! Duh!!
1988 1983 Audi 5000 TD
1
Given to me as payment for $900 work on a customer's boat - dead in NH. Towed home with borrowed Suburban. Next day owner realizes what the cars worth - buys it back for $1400!!
1988 1978 Chevrolet Suburban 4x4
2
Went to get the Audi (above) & purchased with Audi's proceeds, another divorce car. Swapped to my brother.
1989 1972 Volvo 1800-E
2
Sold the Pontiac to buy the sexiest Volvo ever made. Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection was very troublesome. Sold in 1994
1989 1983 Jeep Wagoneer
1 or 5 depending ....
Given to me by my parents friends. Nice looking but the nail in the coffin for Jeep's and me. Sold to a repo man - he deserved it!
1989 1968 Volvo P-1800
4-5
Purchased as a parts car but too nice to disassemble. Sold to another friend who is restoring it.
1989 1984 Chevrolet Caprice Estate
1
Swapped for the Suburban - wonderful car but don't ever get glow stick juice on vinyl upholstery! Met a bittersweet end.
1990 1980 Volvo 245
2
Replacement for the Caprice. The second lowest cost/mile car I ever had - in 3 years I logged 150,000 miles! Sold in '93
1991 1950 GMC 3/4 ton truck
4
Purchased after I finally gave up on the CJ-2A. Great looks and the brawn for any job. Sold in '96 when I lost storage.
1992 1981 Volvo 244
2
Gift but DOA - fixed and resold
1993 1988 Volvo 745 GLT
1
Newest (at the time) & most expensive car I ever purchased.
1994 1984 Audi 5000
2
Gift from mom's neighbor. Millions of little (EXPENSIVE) problems. Resold - no profit after repairs. IMHO a terrible car
1994 1979 Chevrolet Impala
2
Purchased from friend's grandmother's estate for aforementioned friend Steve. Navy blue and super sharp!
1995 1978 Alfa Romeo Spyder 2000
2
Really Abby's - a great car and very well engineered but very poorly assembled. Spica fuel injection was terrible. It made me very sad to sell this little car a few years ago.
1998 1988 Chevrolet K-2500 Truck
3
Great work horse. Simplest fuel injection system ever!
2004 1968 Subaru 360
4
My first Japanese car! See its web page at (Subaru)
2007 2003 Volvo V-70
1
(Wife's car...) Front wheel drive, 5-cyl and 3 fuse boxes. Miserable to work on - what's up with the crappy canister oil filter and belly pan? 25 minutes to change the oil, I can do the 240 in 5 minutes. FORD YOU STINK AND SO DID THIS CAR!!
2009 1992 Volvo 240
3
A long-time friend's car purchased by another friend and then onto us. Speedy it ain't! But you can't beat the simple, reliable and tough 240. I'm empowered by being able to do virtually all the work on it myself. A Ford Falcon with ABS and air bags!
2010 1996 Chevrolet K-1500 Silverado
2
The time came to replace the old red K-2500 with a roomier truck the whole family could go in. I'll miss the simplicity of the old one, vortec, power windows and all the options on this new Silverado are just toys that'll break... But if it is 1/2 as good as the old 2500, it will be a fine vehicle.
2012 2012 Honda Accord 1 (Wife's car) Got fed up with the V-70 and traded it. Honda is the new Volvo: reliable, safe, holds its value, easy to work on. (Not that it ever needs to be worked on...)

Photos of vehicles past & present:


1970 Volvo 145 & 1963 VW 1200 Sedan

1964 Volkswagon 1200 - my first car!
File photo: 1970 Jeep Wagoneer - Why I started buying Volvos!
1966 Lincoln Convertible
1955 Desoto Firedome, 1969 Subaru 360
File photo: 1950 GMC 3/4 Ton
1972 Volvo 1800-e
Free '66 Lincoln for parts
1946 CJ-2A - Nasty!!
1980 Volvo 245 DL
1988 Volvo 740 GLT
2003 Volvo V-70 - The wife says I can't call it a BAD CAR!
1992 Volvo 240 SE
1988 k-2500 Cheyanne
1996 K-1500 Silverado

 

1966 Lincoln Convertible | | 1968 Subaru 360 | | Volvo Corner

 

 

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