~'84ish fully loaded Camaro with T-tops. My uncle was a sketchy dude, one day the car was gone, no one knows what happened to that car.
Same uncle later had a ~'67ish Mercury Cougar which was pretty awesome.
I'll start, mine would probably be a tie between my mom's 2001 Sebring Convertible, or my cousin's 1999 Mustang V6. Yeah, my family's rides are pretty lame. (Not actual cars in the pictures)
My dad had some of the coolest stuff a kid could grow up around. Nothing exotic, but nothing terribly boring either. Before us kids came along he bounced between Corvettes ('60-62) and British roadsters (mostly Austin Healeys).
When we came along he was racing a Spitfire in SCCA at Lime Rock, Thompson, Bryar, and Watkins Glen. Never won much since he was very much Parsimonious Racing, but he was out there. Sometimes we'd get to tag along. I remember one thrilling victory lap around Lime Rock hanging on to the roll bar for dear life.
He's aleays had Corvettes. First one I can recall was a maroon '67 427 4-speed convertible. He sold that in 1975 and bought a '62, which he still has. He also had a '71 454 4-speed coupe and a '73 LT1 4-speed convertible.
Other things he's had while I was around, by country (and I know I'm going to miss some)
US - Many Mustangs. A handful of Corvairs including a couple he ice-raced. 65 Riviera.
England - a handful of Spitfires, a couple MGBs, 71 Elan, Sunbeam Tiger, Healey 3000
Germany - 914-6
Italy - Fiat X1/9
Sweden - Saab 96
Japan - Datsun 2000, Miata
OK I know I'm missing some and going by country was a bad idea but since this is on the Ipad it'll hurt to go back and start over.
Nowadays he's in his late 70s and still likes his fun cars. He's got the 62 Vette, the Miata (original owner of the yellow '92), and the Factory Five Cobra he built through his mid-70s. And he's constantly shopping for his next project. Some days it's a 53 Ford convertible, or a 65 Thunderbird, or a Triumph TR8. I hope I'm as cool as he is when I grow up, but I've demonstrated a lack of creativity in my fun stuff from the look of what's in my driveway.
Parsimonious Racing - autocrossing Miatas in the Washington DC area and beyond
My uncle rocked one of these real hard in purple when I was a kid:
I loved the captain's chair and watching the road go by under my feet. The 12th DUI took that chariot of style out of my life before I could inherit it.
My other uncle rocked this all through my childhood and still does impossibly (photo cropped to emphasize pristine portion of car):
The car that was the coolest to me was my uncle's Camaro IROC-Z. In royal blue, with the IROC decals on the sides, louvers on the rear window, and those 5 spoke alloy wheels they used to come with. Everything else parked on the city street seemed boring, bland, or brown but being a kid to me it was really something else.
While I was younger another uncle had a red C4 ZR-1, a W140 S-Class he'd take to work, and a few other sportscars that I was too young to know or remember what they actually were.
For me it has to be this:
My dad owned this from when I was 10 to when I was 13 (so he got it about 12 years ago). Even though it was just a lowly 318i, it is the reason why I drive a E36 323i Touring in the same color today.
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Always loved my dads '54 Chevy pick up but...
The ultimate was a 1961 Maserati 3500GT that gramps had. He bought it from a Maserati shop after Dan Blocker (Hoss from Bonanza) ran it into the back of a truck. Damage was minimal and fully repaired before the car got 15some coats of the original black lacquer to oh so beautifully match the original black leather interior. This car was stunning. Lit my automotive fire for good. The sight, the sound, the smells (inside and out), the speed... I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it. Holding the passenger 'oh ****' bar for my first trip north of 100mph...
He married a flight attendant who went nuts, strapped a couch to the roof and drove it across the country before being chased, and caught by Florida PD in a gravel parking lot.... He died, dad and I got the car, cleaned up the paint a bit (which wasn't actually all that bad) and gave it fresh brakes and a head gasket (not our finest work but it ran well in the end)
I took the car to prom and I'll never forget that evil girl who wouldn't give it up in the back seat. Chance for the ultimate story missed because little miss sqeeky clean was saving herself
The car now sits in a small, privately owned, Maserati museum somewhere in or around Palm Springs. I keep telling myself to go see it but I'm afraid I might cry at the sight of it anywhere but on the road. I have never loved or missed a gigantic pain in the ass more then that gigantic pain the ass
My dad had one of these after he got out of the Korean War. Not my pic- it was gone long before I was born.
Then, while I was alive, we had one of these, but my dad sold it before I turned 14 so I never got to drive it. He got sick of rewiring the car whenever he wanted it to start.
My brother (who is 21 years older than me) has had a whole host of what I thought were cool cars while I was growing up.
And now he drives
None of these are my pictures, by the way.
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When we lived in England, Dad had a W123 300D which he collected from the factory and brought back to the UK. We then took it back to Australia where it was considered to be a 'prestige car' - complete with UK plates.
He also had a blue E28 528i which I remember sitting in the garage pretending to drive for hours on end. Irony is I now have an E28 528i which my daughter loves to pretend to drive
Strangest car was Mum's Citroen BX GT (similar to this):
My mom drove a totally plain-jane '79 Malibu 2-door sedan V8. One of the last old-school non-descript domestic RWD 2-door cars. Not surprisingly these things are popular hot rods now. Looked a lot like this but with full wheel covers instead of rally wheels. Right color.
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Most of my family were working class stiff immigrants so needless to say they didn't really have cool cars as most of my family are first generation immigrants (as am I). That said my uncle who is 4 years older than me was the "cool guy" growing up. Always had cool cars, the cool clothes, the cheerleader gf. I copied a lot of what he did and had. He had a 2nd gen Supra, a TPI Trans-Am (I bought one as my first car) and then he bought a 1st gen 4-Runner (I ended up buy 2 of them). He now has a 67 Chevelle SS 427/4-Spd and owns a local successful shop.
That said, I'm now the "cool guy" that the younger generations in my family look up to as far as cars and toys and stuff. It's pretty cool.
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Nobody in my actual blood family ever had anything even slightly cool- the coolest car that's ever been in my family is my current Mk6 GTI, by a long shot...unless you consider 2000-era Buicks to be the height of coolness.
However...I did at one time have an uncle who was quite wealthy. Guy called me up one day, asked if I wanted to borrow a car to take to prom, so I grabbed his brand new Vanden Plas Jag. He had a few other very cool cars though. This was 2006-07ish, he owned a few STIs and a WRX, as well as an H2, a few Jaguars (including that Vanden Plas , wooden airline-style trays in the back, a Bentley Arnage and some sort of convertible...?), and a Rolls. True story: he offered me the Bentley instead of the Jag, but I was absolutely terrified of driving it and leaving it parked in downtown Chattanooga. Plus I had to pay for gas, and I wasn't keen on driving to Atlanta to get it, driving back home, to Chattanooga, then back to Atlanta to return it the next day.
Also a true story: I rolled up to the front of the convention center, and a friend saw me, came up to me. First thing he said: "Where's your Rabbit?"
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my dad had an 86 CRX Si and an 87 Integra LS...before that it was a 77 Volvo 242 DL, 2 different Saab 99s, and a Super Beetle. He replaced the Integra with a minivan ...but then picked up an E36 325i non-vanos 5 spd that he drove forever. Now he's on an accord dd and an NB miata.
mom is currently driving an 08 Outback, before that it was 99 V70, 86 240 DL, 81 900 Turbo, 75 245DL, and before that some kind of odd Datsun wagon - 710 maybe? Whatever it was, I know my father had said they were going to buy a used 74 2002 but they liked the idea of getting a brand new car. The Datsun rusted out in 3 years.
my sister has owned two cars: 95 Jetta 2.0, and since 06 a 2004 Civic SI.
Other people in my extended family have had some cool cars:
various uncles: 99 M roadster (estoril blue), 84 944, 87 944, 92 968, 96 M3, 05 Mustang GT, 93 Cobra, 87 Saab 900 bought new and driven til it had 400k..same dude is now on his 'new' 92 900 with only 100k on it, 79 RX7, 84? RX7 13B, 3rd gen vette running 11s, fox body mercury capri.
cousins: 2nd gen (96 or so?) DSM AWD turbo, Delorean (first car!), Corrado VR6, WRX, various other VWs.
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My uncle had one of these. I remember riding in the rear jump seats as a kid. Lots of fun. He also had an old bug, and a Ghia.
My grandma drove this which was awesome.
I don't even know where to start with my dads cars...... so i will make a list of what I remember in no certain order of notables.
VW Manx buggy with a 2180 and dual 48IDA's
70 LT1 vette convertible
early fox body 5.0, mid 80's
Jaguar V12 XJS
FC RX7 turbo.
My parents actually got divorced over a corvette. Not the one listed above, but it was the early 80's and my dad wanted a C3 vette that was forsale. My mom said no, he bought it anyway. Ha!
My mom on the other hand has owned three cars in the last 30 years. An 82 Datsun station wagon, and a 97 Nissan truck. I restored a 58 bug for her about 12 years ago.
'13 C250 Sport stocker tinted.
'12 Jeep JK 6M, 3.73's, trac-lok, Magnaflow, SRC sliders, JKU Rubicon springs/shocks, Teraflex spring locators and swaybar discos, Black Rock Aluminum D windows.