Ponysite Odd Couples -
The Unexpected Mustang Collections
© Wolfgang Kohrn - last updated on March 10th, 2006
a new series of impair couples of vintage cars in your corral|
Your garage tells a lot about yourself, everybody has a reason to collect this or that special car. Mostly it's a relation to your parents car or some memory of holidays or a special love affair to something or somebody. We are interested in the more mismatching or misfitting sort of collections.
We'd like to hear about your odd couples.
My wife always wanted a Fiat 500 and we finally bought one, and it became also my favourite, especially in summer and for driving downtown. The special oily odeur of this car was very different from these plastic fumes of newer cars. I still can smell it in some of my old sweaters and I'd like to have it back. Pulling the motor with 2 hands and reparing a piston with a hole in an afternoon was quite an experience that turned me away from modern cars into the good old iron and finally into another dimension from 500 to 5000ccm or 30,2cui to 302 cui with a Mustang. For some period I had both cars in the garage. Unfortunately we sold the little fun car and regret it a lot.
Recently I heard that there are more carnuts around and this lead me to a new series of stories. If you'd like to be on this site then send us a pic of your odd twins, couple or whatever it might be, it should be just strange enough to be featured (sorry, no bike/car combination).
This 1958 Fiat 600 is Rinaldos favourite car for the narrow rural roads and as a nice change from his more powerful counterpart.
from Great Britain shares my interest in Ford and Fiat, so he's first,
but we are not limited to italian brands.
"I have a varied interest in vehicles reflecting my interest in design. I am not particularly mad about performance but style only, and perhaps quirky style at that, but also solid engineering. As a result I have ended up with an odd couple! A non-exotic Italian and a no-nonsense American.
My 1958 Fiat 600 epitomises the need for post war Italy to get mobilised, has an interesting shape - a bit like a woodlouse - and had some fairly innovative (for the times technology) eg independent rear suspension.
I like it because I can go shopping locally and have enough space for what I buy (rear seat folds down), park in the smallest off spaces and raise a smile from passers by. I have wanted one since a child on holiday in Italy in the late 60s and early 70's and managed to find a very good one indeed with original papers: the first owner was born in 1898!!
As I think it is in such good condition, I am concentrating on embellishing it with period accessories - so if you have any please let me know, care of this website.
It can be a little difficult to start but when its going uses hardly any petrol: I have had it one year now and only filled up twice........Then again, it has no performance to speak of, but as I say that does not matter to me. Now, I am looking for a Fiat 500 to keep it company.
Turning to my 1968 Ford Mustang 302ci Fastback (like the Bullit one), for me this reflects the American hedonism of the late 60's and has a real strength of design: it is purposeful, somewhat aggressive and in motion even at rest. People look at this one also, but with more suspicion and heart-racing: perhaps some well intentioned envy - not like the Fiat which evokes a kind of friendly pity..........
I looked all over the UK for a Mustang and missed two good ones and very many bad ones. Finally I found one that had been misadvertised about 5 miles form home and being sold by an Italian man who comes form the same part of Italy as my mother - what a co-incidence! He was not interested in Fiats though....
The pervious owner of the Mustang has spent a lot of money in the engineering: there are uprated roll bars front and rear, it has had a "Shelby drop" (control arms are relocated lower), lowered/cut down performance springs all round, a wild cam, performance headers, special carburettor, hi-po pistons, unleaded head, B&M megashifter, etc etc. I said I am not into performance, well I am not but it would be a shame to take all that lovely stuff off, wouldn't it??
The car was set up for fast road racing, but I do not do so - even when challenged by people who should know better in modern cars.
For me the journey is more enjoyable than the destination."
Have a nice day.