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Subject:  Re: What have you owned? Date:  8/2/2004  12:36 PM
Author:  MarkHiatt Number:  34304 of 71308

I started with a $50 Plymouth. 1962 Plymouth Valiant. Aluminum slant-six. Push-button automatic. Ugly would be kind.

Maybe my favorite was a 1973 Volkswagen Sport Bug. This was the first of their "Limited Edition" cars, and sort of a precursor to the whole GTi series. (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2483207866&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT) They only came in two colors, Chromium Yellow and Marathon Blue. Mine was blue. No chrome on the car--everyone was flat black. Recarro, or Recarroesque anyway, seats in black fabric. Porsche 914 wheels (wider than standard for the SuperBeetle). Radial tires. Thick sport steering wheel like the old Pontiac TransAm of the day. It really was a beautiful car, in its way.

From there, a 1976 Vega GT Hatchback, with the Bicentennial Edition package, which was $200 worth of options for only $19.76. Get it? Borg-Warner T-50 5spd, and nothing much else.

Then another Plymouth. A 1980 Horizon four-door.

In 1988, after the divorce, a Honda CRX Si, the color of Evil. Wonderful little car.

Then a 1980 Accord for the New&Improved Wife. She parked that inside a store, via the plate glass window, earning herself a photo in the news paper, and that lead us to…

A 1996 Honda Civic EX four-door. Auto, Air, PS, PW, PL, Sunroof, ABS, Airbags. This was going to be our Keep It Forever Car. We leased it for two and a half years and then decided somewhere in the second year that we wanted to own it. A guy ran a red light and clobbered us, but the little Civic was loyal to the very end. Not only did it keep us both alive, though I got a serious concussion, but it paid-off at High Book value, when the insurance adjuster looked at it (http://www.markhiatt.com/Crash/crash02.php).

That brings us to the current Honda, a 1995 Accord EX. It's as nice as our Civic in every meaningful way, with just a little more meat on its bones, in case someone else runs a red light.
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