I have always been a fan of nice cars. Luckily, life granted me several opportunities to own fantastic pieces of machinery. Here is the list of absolutely every vehicles I have owned. What's next are you asking? Well ... while there are plenty of cars that accelerate my heart rate, there is one that I could really call my dream car: the AC Shelby Cobra. British elegance powered by american muscle, what a combination! I'm almost certain that one day, I will grant myself this wish and build a kit car replica myself, to my liking. But ... future will tell!
1989 Ford Fiesta
I passed my driver's license on December 5th 1991, shortly after I turned 18. I got my first car from my parents, a blue-grey 1989 Ford Fiesta (Mark II Scoop Salon), powered by a 1.1l engine. It served me well until 1999 when it suddenly died on me at a traffic light. It was amazingly comfortable for a first car and I did actually miss it dearly.
1999 Opel Vectra
After the Fiesta died, I bought a second hand silver 1999 Opel Vectra. This car had a 1.6l 16V engine boasting a massive 100HP, what an upgrade. My first sedan stayed bone stock but did have a short life. One fine day of 2001, on my way to work in Zürich, I found myself right in the middle of a 10 cars pile-up that squashed my Vectra into an Astra. the car got totalled but I was not injuried.
2001 Mercury Cougar
In 2001, I needed to replace the Vectra, and I had a little bit of a budget at hand, so I started looking for a more fancy car, as my appetite for high-performing machines was growing. I found a very rare silver 2000 Mercury Cougar in its "New Edge" shape. Powered by a 2.5l DOHC V6, it developed 176HP to the wheels. How enjoyable that was! The car got featured in the 2004 Euro-NECO calendar (August). I sold it to my best friend when I moved to Geneva in 2005.
1988 Mercedes 190E
In 2006, my need for a car was not the same when I was living in the outskirts of Geneva, so when my parents replaced their old car, I took it over. It was a 1988 white Mercedes 190E, with a 2.3l 16V engine developing 113HP. I kept it for a couple of years until I moved to Prague, where I didn't need a car anymore.
2009 Ford Mustang GT500 "Shelby"
In 2008, I moved to Dubai. There, the roads, the fuel price, and the car market made my dream closer. I ordered a vapor gray 2009 Ford Mustang GT500, the infamous "Shelby". My first Supercharged 5.4 V8, roaring a brutal 500HP, my first supercar, with an exhilarating noise and amazing driving experience.
2001 Audi A8L Quattro
In 2010, I started to commute daily to Abu Dhabi. With 140km drive every day, I figured I needed a daily beater to save mileage on the Shelby. I found a second hand white 2001 Audi A8L Quattro, with the 4.2l V8. Not as powerful as the Shelby, it still put 300HP on the floor.
2005 Mercedes SL-55 AMG
In 2013, after getting divorced, I decided it was time for a change. I wanted to try a convertible, but didn't like soft tops. I selected a silver 2005 Mercedes SL-55 AMG to replace the Shelby. The 2005 was the last year before the supercharger got replaced by a turbo, so I was lucky to find similar performances from the 5.4 V8 with 500HP on the floor.
2014 Dodge Durango R/T
In 2014, I replaced my daily beater with a bigger, newer car. I went for a black 2014 Dodge Durango R/T. R/T stands for "Road & Track". I struggle to see how this massive seven-seater SUV can do track, but I can tell you that the 8-gears automatic transmission does miracles to put the 360HP of the 5.7 HEMI V8 to the road.