Gary's Cars

Over the years, I have owned a whole lot of cars, a few motorcycles, one boat, and five airplanes. I often tell stories of one or more events in these cars, motorcycles, and planes. In 1985 I wrote them all down. I updated them for this web site. Here they are:

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1952 Oldsmobile 88 (1965-1965, paid $25, sold for $50)

1949 Oldsmobile 88 (1966-1966, paid $15)

1949 Chrysler Windsor (1967-1967, paid $15)

1966 Yamaha 100 Twinjet (1967-1967, really my dads but I got to ride it a lot)

1958 Plymouth Station Wagon (1967-1967, given to me I sold it for $50)

1954 Buick Roadmaster (1967-1967, paid $35, towed to salvage yard after the trans gave out.)

1957 Dodge Coronet (1967-1968, paid $150, sold $50) this was the first car I really drove a lot

1956 Ford Ranchwagon (1968-1968, paid $50)
The '56 convert (#9) had a 406 Ford in it with 3-2 barrel carbs. I pulled the engine out of the convert and put it in my Ranchwagon. A real sleeper. I also took out the back seat and built it out flat. I raced everthing that came along. I always won. Except when I raced Mike Pennington in his '56 Chevy Convert (click to read about that race). I sold it in the fall of '68 for $175.

1956 Ford Convertible (1968-1968, paid $175 and sold it with the engine from #8 for $125)

1961 Corvair 500 (1968-1969, paid $150) this was the first of "9" Corvairs

1961 Corvair Monza (1969-1969, paid $150)

1961 Dodge Polara (1969-1969, this was given to me, too)

1969 Plymouth Road Runner 440 Six-Pack (1969-1970, paid $3,888)
I ordered this from the factory. It was one of 1500 built. 4-speed, 4:10 gears. I got so many tickets with this car that I didn't get my license back until I was 28. 10 years! I still drove.

1954 Chevrolet Belair (1970-1970, paid $30) this had factory power windows and seats

1950 Oldsmobile 88 (1970-1970, paid $30) I painted this one in Black Laquer

1963 VW Bug (1970-1970, paid $900) what a piece of shit this was.

1966 Corvair Monza (1970-1971, paid $1,200, sold for $1200)

1959 Oldsmobile 98 (1971-1971, paid $30, sold for $50) I could lay down on the front seat of this one

1963 Corvair Monza Convert (1971-1972, paid $5 and sold it for $150 a year later)

1972 Ford Pinto Runabout (1972-1972, paid $2,600, gave it to my ex-wife. That was dumb.)

1964 Corvair Spyder (turbocharged) (1972-1972, paid $50 and sold it for $250)

1966 Corvair Monza (1972-1973, paid $150, traded it in on the Mazda.)

1973 Mazda RX3 (1972-1973, paid $3,200, don't remember what I sold this for.)

1969 Corvette 427, 4-speed (1974-1975, paid $3,500, sold for $2000 after I drove it into a river.)

1962 Chevy II (1975-1975, paid $60, sold for $100)

1965 Corvair Corsa, 4 carbs (1975-1977, paid $500, don't remeber it's fate.)

1965 Corvair Corsa, Turbocharged (1975-1977, paid $750) #26 & #27 were identical cars

1969 Toyota Corolla (1976-1976, paid $200, sold for $200) this had right hand drive

1975 Oldsmobile Starfire (1977-1977, paid $2,400, sold for $2000)

1976 Yamaha 650 vertical twin (1977-1980, paid $300)

1966 Chevy II Super Sport (1977-1979, paid $400 and sold it for $2,500)

1975 Oldsmobile Starfire (1978-1980, paid $2,400, sold for $2000) yes, I had two of them.

1970 Chevrolet Impala (1978-1979, paid $300, sold for $300 after putting a cam in it.)

1967 Chevy II coupe (1979-1979, paid $300, sold a month later for $300)

1971 VW Microbus (1978-1979, paid $150, put a 125 hp 1600 cc engine in it, sold it for $1200 a year later)

1976 Honda Civic 1200 (1980-1981, paid $2,000, sold for $1500)

1976 Honda Civic 1200 (1980-1984, paid $2,600) yes, I had two of these too.

1965 Corvair Corsa Turbo (1980-1996, paid $200, sold it for $7,700)
I put an Olds Toronado 403ci V8 in the back seat. I worked on it for 13 years.

1980 Chevy LUV truck (1983-1989, paid $2,000, sold it for $1500 after putting 100,000 miles on it)

1977 Grumman American Cheetah (1984-2000, paid $10,000 and sold it in 1999 for $41,000) this was my first airplane.

1987 Dodge Omni (1988-1991, paid $2,400 with 14,000 miles on it. Sold it for $1,500 with 109,000 miles on it)

1989 Chevy S-10 (1989-1994, paid $15,344 new, sold for $6500 with 105,000 miles on it)

1994 Chevy S-10 (1994-2001, paid $16,220 new, sold it for $6500 with 176,000 miles on it.)

1978 Grumman American Cheetah (1995-1998, paid $28,000 and sold it for $47,000)

1975 American Champion Citabria (1998-2002, paid $3,000, sold it for $75,000)
This is my 'project.' I have LOTS and LOTS of time and money tied up in this. It is be a show winner.
It was flyable by the end of September 2000. All of the Airworthiness paperwork was signed off in March 2001.

1978 Grumman American Cheetah (I just got this one for $23,000, it's already sold! for $40,000)

1999 Chevy S-10 Blazer. (2001-2004, paid $17,000, sold for $6,500)

2004 Chevy Tahoe. (2004 to present, paid $25,000)

1978 Grumman-American Tiger (2004 to present, paid $60,000)

1996 Grumman Patio-boat.  I inherited it when my dad died.  I sold it to 'Hero" Dave.

2004 Chrysler Concorde (2009 to 2010. Paid $3000. Sold for $5500)

2001 Kia Sportage (2010 to present. Traded $1500 worth of work.