Over the years I’ve owned a fair number of cars considering I hang onto most for 5-12 years. So there is a lot of overlap and at times I had 3-4 cars at once for a while.
1968 Fiat 850 Spider
1972 Gremlin X
1963 Triumph TR4
1973 Saab 99EMS
1976 Mercury Monarch Ghia 302 with factory alloys
1979 Ford Fiesta S
1977 Buick Regal Limited
1983 Honda Prelude
1987 Mercury Cougar
1992 Cavalier RS wagon w/3.1 v6
1996 Lumina APV
1998 Audi A4 quattro 2.8
2000 Nissan Altima
2000 Audi A4 quattro 1.8t
2008 Ford Edge
2012 Audi a4 2.0t (I co-signed)
2008 Audi A3 3.2 S-line
This list doesn’t include the Mercurys , Lincolns, GMCs or Jeeps my dad owned and allowed me complete access to. Some days if my car was blocked in on our driveway I’d borrow another family car. I’d show up at local surf spots in a Red Metallic Lincoln mk IV with white interior , surfboard across the back seat and then a few days later showing up with a bright yellow Wagoneer. Dad let me have one of the Wagoneers for a month during college and he took my Saab. Was great to drive onto the beach to remote locations without any other surfers. From the time I was a kid until adulthood I think there could may have been about 12 different Jeeps from 40's MB model up to ‘87 Wagoneer.
I got to hone my mechanical skills from my Triumph ownership on the various cars of wife, friends, sisters, college roommates and nephews. The short list of those is a bunch of Audi, Volvo 140 series , Volvo 240 series, VW bugs, Toyota HiLuxs, Toyota FJ60, MG Midget, 1949 MG TC, Ferrari 365 GTB4, Chevy G-vans, Astro Vans, Blazers, BMWs, Olds, Pontiacs, Hondas, Pintos, Vegas and a‘61 Thunderbird. At jobs I won’t even start except to say even though I’m a parts guy I’ve occasionally gotten involved on weekends with engine swaps, diff rebuilds,, tranmission jobs and demo derby cars.
Not sure which I miss the most. While my present Audi is such a fun car, the Audi 2.8 was a beast in the snow with snow tires. The Fiat despite being under powered even after a cam and exhaust swap was so much fun. The Triumph taught me to work on cars by necessity. The Saab was the right car at the right time and was 3 years of awesomeness. I really regret selling that one. The Fiesta was fun and just fast enough with a few changes to embarrass many a late 70's to early 80s sports cars. The Cavalier 3.1 wagon had enough guts to outpull an MR2 one day on a hilly Ohio back road. A Z-24 in disguise, its torque was the advantage that day. Of all of them I still probably miss the Saab most of all. It wasn’t very quick but was just such a great car. Any car that can hit a large bobcat at 65 mph and only break a fog light is tough as hell. The impact did knock something out of alignment though because the hood never could be adjusted correctly after that.