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Oink Oink! Woof Woof!

>Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999 08:43:11 -0500
>From: "Gordon Bird" <gobird@vbe.com>
>Subject: RE: Oink Oink! Woof Woof!
>Must be a dealer, as that is buying over 4 cars per year.
>>150+  wow! how did you do that?  I am only 17 and herring that
>>makes me look
>>forward to my life of owning a many number of great cars.....
>>----- Original Message -----
>>From: Mike Arman <armanmik@n-jcenter.com>
>>Sent: Thursday, December 16, 1999 2:36 PM
>>Subject: Oink Oink! Woof Woof!

>>| Since I was 18 (I'm now 53), I've owned over 150 cars - a small sample
>>| includes: XKE, XK120, XK140, Lotus Elan, 356 Porsche, MGA, Sprite,
>>| El Camino, Econoline, Fiat 500 (!), 280SL, 300SEL 4.5, 57 Chevvy
>>2 dr V-8,
>>| Wabbit, Bug convertible, VW van, Dodge van, Ovlov 444, coupla
>>| Saab Sonnet, other Saabs, and dozens of other cars like 2 and 4 door
>>| Amurric'n sedans and so forth.

No, in fact I am *NOT* a dealer - the majority of these cars were bought
fom about 1964 though 1980 or so, and some of them were simply
astonishingly cheap. You'd be utterly AMAZED at what's laying around this

1961 356A Porsche convertible: $50, drove it away - holes in floorboard,
fixed with sheetmetal (1967)
1956 XK-140MC roadster - traded a Vespa for it, even. (1966), drove it away
1956 Jaguar XK140MC coupe, $300. Drove it a year. (1965)
1970 Saab Sonnet, paid $2,000 from a Toytota dealer in Ft. Lauderdale in 1972
1951 Sudebaker Starlight Coupe, V-8, stick, overdrive, $50, 1964
Fiat 500 (2 cyl air cooled), take it away, it needs a head gasket.
Ovlov 444 angry shoe (flathead 4), gift. Gave it to a friend who drive it 2
1961 MGA (1972), $8 - pay the towing bill and it's yours. I paid the $8.
Drove the car two years.
big bucks stuff: New 1969 Lotus Elan - importer went bankrupt, paid $2,500
for a NEW car.
1988 Eldorado (the little one), $1,500 in 1996 - divorce sale - nasty car,
nasty person, put $600 into it, sold it for $5,000. Yuck.

Best deal I ever did was one half of a red, white and blue 1958 44
passenger International Harvester school bus for  - ready - fifty cents.
("You wannit? Gimme a dollar and take it away!" I did.) Title and all,
drove it off, sold it for $500, split the money with my partner who put up
the other 50 cents.

This stuff IS out there - all you have to do is keep your eyes open and
ask. BTW, I paid $400 for my 86 5KS, and the Audi group guys who have seen
it call me a liar to my face! (Well, it DID need and engine . . .)

Playing with airplanes now - much more interesting. Anyone wanna buy a
Weedhopper ultralight?

Best Regards,

Mike Arman