1977 First Car 1966 Austin Healey Sprite. Sadly I have no pictures, this was pirated from the internet, it was purchased for $500, and wasn’t this nice, the green was also more of an olive drab non-stick color

1979 Second car, 1967 Sprite, much nicer, this is the real deal in the pics, if you are beginning to see a pattern you are right. This car had front and rear sway bars as well as a highly modified engine when I bought it (that quickly bit the dust, but I knew it was going and so didn’t baby it. It would beat a 70s mid size US V8s from stoplight to stoplight). The hot cam engine was replaced with a stock mill, but it was still a lot of fun, and cornered as if on rails with the front and rear sway bars. I loaned it to my GF when I was too hungover to take her to work. She wrecked it driving home that day.

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1983 Third car, 1967 MGB GT, it was yellow when I first got it, this was the first car I ever painted, it was very rusted and I quickly discovered fiberglass didn’t stop rust from spreading.

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1985 Fourth Car, 1966 TR4A, 70s cars were mostly crap, and I couldn’t afford anything newer, so kept driving pre-emissions British. This car was redone when I bought it, but after a few Midwestern winters it was perforated again, painted this one too, and rebuilt the engine, and most everything else. This was the solid axle version that didn’t have the troublesome and unreliable IRS. After I redid everything and added a big bore piston and liner kit this was a great car, 2-4000 RPM in 2nd gear was sublime.

1990, bought an 85 RX7, aka the Silver Bullet, the TR4a was redone and I didn’t want to drive it in winter. I drove it about 6 years, from 60,000 miles to 130,000. It was trouble free for the most part, I did have to replace the starter. I think it had a bad rotor seal when I traded it in. Having these two cars at the same time was pretty sweet. The hatchback RX made a surprisingly practical daily, but look what I was coming from.

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Since I transitioned to driving modern cars at this time we will call it the end of the vintage era.