Understanding the Car as a Natural System
Chapter 8: Freedom to tinker: the true ownership model
I am of a generation that was still brought up on cars and felt quite happy to work on them, modify them to our tastes, etc. I have over the years been the temporary custodian of several cars, many of them now considered classics. My first car was an Australian EH Holden, built in 1964 and now considered one of the great classic Australian cars. Australia has a strong and unique car culture, possibly rivalled only by that of the US. I subsequently, back in Europe, owned a Volvo 121 Amazon estate, several Saabs, ranging from the 96 via an iconic 99 Turbo to more modern fare. I also ran a Daimler V8 250 for a while and several DAFs with belt-driven Variomatic transmission - I still have a 1971 DAF 55 Coupé. Most unusual, perhaps, was the French Ligier microcar that I picked up for free, also driven by a rubber belt and of interesting construction - an aluminium space frame with thermoplastic outer panels (see Chapter 7). I partially dismantled it to check. I have also owned a Renault and a couple of VWs, one a classic Type 2 'bay' van.
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