THE CARS I HAVE KNOWN

These are the cars that the page author regularly rode in or drove.

CAR / NICKNAME
YEARS OWNED / OWNER
PHOTO FEATURE SPECIAL FEATURESWINTER
DRIVING
RATE
0-10
REASON
SOLD
1952 Chevrolet
 
1952-1957
Father
The 52 Controls 3-speed synchromesh

 R   2
 |−N−|
 1   3

Fair

 
RWD

5

Accident
1957 Chevrolet Del Ray
"The 57"
1957-1978
Father
The 57 Controls Turboglide shifless transmission

P R N D Gr

Second car the page author ever drove
Good
GR Pos

 
RWD

10

Mechanical
failure
1951 Plymouth Suburban wagon
 
1957-1958
Father
Plymoth Controls Only car with a 3-speed floor stick shift

 R   2
 |−N−|
 1   3

Fair

 
RWD

2

Floor fell out
1953 Studebaker Scotsman wagon
"Stupidbaker"*
1958-1961
Father

* My toddler brother couldn't pronounce
"Studebaker" correctly.

Stupidbaker Controls 3-speed synchromesh

 R   2
 |−N−|
 1   3

Fair

 
RWD

4

Trade
1959 Rambler American wagon
 
1961-1963
Father
Rambler Controls Pushbutton automatic transmission

  N  R
D2 D1 L
   P

Good
D2 Pos

 
RWD

5

Accident
CAR / NICKNAME
YEARS OWNED / OWNER
PHOTO FEATURE SPECIAL FEATURESWINTER
DRIVING
RATE
0-10
REASON
SOLD
1961 Pontiac Tempest wagon
 
1963-1968
Father
Tempest Controls 4 cylinder engine
Rear Transaxle

N D L R (shifter shown)

First car the page author ever drove
Good
2 speed

 
RWD

6

Trade
1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass wagon
"Batmobile"*
1968-1979
Father

* My brother thought the front end looked
like the TV Batmobile

Batmobile Controls

P R N D L

Used for moving rock bands
Third car the page author ever drove
Good
2 Speed

 
RWD

6

Trade
1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass
"Slidemobile"
1973-1992
Father

* The worst of all on snow and ice

Slidemobile Controls

P R N D S L

Bad
3-speed
"2" Is 1&2

 
RWD

5

Trade
1981 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
 
1982-1992
Father
81 Olds 81 Olds dash

P R N D S L

Poor
3-speed
"2" Is 1&2

 
RWD

4

Trade
1965 Chevy II
"The Little Car"*
1982-1986
Father

* It was the smallest car we had ever owned

Little Car Controls

P R N D L

Good
2 Speed

 
RWD

6

Sold to
collector
CAR / NICKNAME
YEARS OWNED / OWNER
PHOTO FEATURE SPECIAL FEATURESWINTER
DRIVING
RATE
0-10
REASON
SOLD
1960 Corvair
 
1987-1989
Grandmother (from 1960) & Father
1960 Corvair Controls 4-cylinder Rear engine and Transaxle

N D L R (shifter shown)

Front trunk
Fair
2 Speed

 
RWD

5

Sold to
collector
1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
"Betsy"*
1988-1997
me

* Had the name before I got it

Betsy Controls

P R N D S L

Modified to carry a power chair
Bad
3-speed
"2" Is 1&2

 
RWD

3

Accident
1982 Ford Econoline 150 van
"Tubby the Whale"*
1995-2003
me

* Very big, blue on top, white on bottom

Tubby the Whale Excl 2nd gear Transmission 2 position for ice

P R N D 2 1

Seats 10
Used to move music bands
Best
3-speed
"2" Is 2

 
RWD

8

Accident
1995 Ford Windstar van
"Columbia II"*
2003-2011
me

* This car blew a head gasket the day I bought it.
I returned it to the dealer. They fixed it, and I bought
it again just after the shuttle Columbia crashed.

Columbia II Excl 2nd gear Transmission 2 position for ice

P R N OD 2 1  O button on shift lever 

Seats 7
Used to move music bands
Best
4-speed
"2" Is 2

 
FWD

8

Mechanical
failure
2002 Pontiac Bonneville
"The Skifter"*
2011-2019
me

* Snow and ice ability after modification

A car in my fiancée's parking lot had features
I didn't want. After I had to quickly buy a car,
I parked next to it. I had bought an identical car.

The Skifter Bonne-back 2nd gear start

P R N D 3 2 1

Added second-gear start for ice

Red switch and light box on top of dash

Bonne-front Someone saw the front of it and said
"Look! A Batman car."

I did like the red reflector clear across
the back and the oddly shaped spoiler.

Bonne-spoiler
Best
4 speed
2GS Pos

 
FWD

7

Rainwater
leaks from
unwanted
sunroof
CAR / NICKNAME
YEARS OWNED / OWNER
PHOTO FEATURE SPECIAL FEATURESWINTER
DRIVING
RATE
0-10
REASON
SOLD
2009 Mazda 5 wagon
"Ziggy Zagga Zoomy"*
Apr-Jun 2019
me

* The gearshift, the ad campaign, and what an
ant in a comic book I once had said while it
was making plumbing out of spaghetti

Zigga Zagga Zoomy Zigzag shift Zigzag shift Manumatic for ice (shown)

  R
P   N
      D
     −M+

Seats 6
Best
5 speed
M2 Pos

 
FWD

10

A tree fell
on it
2010 Nissan Versa
"Vice Versa"*
Jun-Oct 2019
me

* Nothing but trouble.

Vice Versa Versa shift

P R N D 2 1

Bad
4-speed
"2" Is 1&2

 
 
FWD

1

Mechanical
failure
2012 Chevrolet Cruze
"Super Skifter"*
2019-...
me

* Snow and ice ability

Superskifter Shifter Manumatic for ice (shown)

P R N D
     +M−

Seats 5
Best
6 speed
M2 & M3 Pos

 
FWD

9

(still have)

Actual photos were used when readily available, shown by a green background. Other photos are of nearly identical cars.