Sustainable Automobility
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Sustainable Automobility

Understanding the Car as a Natural System

Paul Nieuwenhuis

If we are part of nature, then so is everything we make. This unique book explores this notion using the example of the car, how it is made and used and especially how we relate to it, with a view to creating a more sustainable automobility.
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Chapter 8: Freedom to tinker: the true ownership model

Paul Nieuwenhuis


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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