I know that my current desire for old Sport Utility vehicles is a direct result of my Dad's work when I was a kid coupled with some cars owned by folks I thought were cool back in the day. I also think the whole nostalgia factor is huge with many men my age, so let's not pretend I'm experiencing anything unique, ok?
On to the cars.
When I was little we had International Harvester Travelalls, as my dad sold for them until I was about 9. They were huge to me, perfect to go sit in and pretend to drive, and I blame them for my propensity for firmly shutting car doors: those doors were heavy! I have worked to break that habit as an adult, seriously.
We once had a bird fly in the front passenger side window and out the rear window (electric in the early 70s, baby) on the way to a Feis. Memories are dim, but sliding across the huge bench seat sticks firmly.
My oldest brother was college age and was a VW bug driver, then a van driver, so of course I wanted one of those, but that wish has been granted many times, so no need to linger on that. A back street neighbor, Greg Janeck, had an older brother who drove what is now my dream car, a 73 VW Thing. Yes, you heard me correctly! Any of these will do....
I'd even take one like this, as long as I can take the kids to get ice cream....
I'll take any of these as well, if I was doing the Jay Leno thing...better check my lottery ticket!
Now, on to other vehicles!
Like everybody, I think, I have wanted a jeep,
but I've also wanted a Wagoneer ever since a High School friend drove us around in her parents'
Pretty much any of the classic 4x4s are on my want list, realistically or not: who wouldn't want to drive around in a legitimate safari Land Rover or Land Cruiser?
Of course, since the FJ Cruiser came out, I've been wanting one:
That makes perfect sense, right?
Also, I've been saying since the VW bus that my "next car would be a convertible," and while the Thing fits the bill, there are several others I would consider from classic:
I very nearly have purchased both an MG in need of help and a Spitfire (brown, like the photo) but practicality won out both times. Cursed practicality!
I wouldn't say no to one of this era, either; thanks to all the Batman comics read as a child, I love this era of autos:
Of course, there are some modern convertibles I'd drive, first and foremost the BMW Z3