Adventures in Automotive Nerdery is made possible by car nerds like you.

Which is to say, I rely on the kindness of friends and strangers (aka new friends) to share their awesome cars with me so that I can live out my most reckless fantasies write about them. This usually involves meeting up with me, and maybe another gearhead or two with their cars; spending a couple of hours kicking tires, taking a spin (including letting me drive a bit if you’re okay with it), talking about your pride and joy, and taking pictures; and then being cool with me heaping praise on your car in my awkward fashion for the world to see.

I’m based in the SF Bay Area, so obviously it’s easiest if you are too, or are at least within an easy day’s drive or willing to travel to the area for a shot at internet obscurity. I generally prefer to write about cars in original/as original/unmodified condition, and a little patina is no problem – we’re all about attainable dreams here, not perfection.

Below is the list of cars I’m currently looking for. I’ll be updating the list frequently, so check back often, tell a friend, post to your favorite Renault LeCar forum, etc. If you see something on the list that’s in your garage (driveway, back forty, whatever), use the contact form at the bottom of the page to get in touch.

The Dream Garage
  • Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider
  • Alfa Romeo Giulia Super (Type 105)
  • Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT Veloce
  • 1970-73 AMC Gremlin
  • Audi 100LS (1970-73)
  • BMW 501
  • BMW 503
  • BMW 507
  • BMW 1800
  • BMW 745i (E23)
  • BMW 535i (E34)
  • BMW 318ti (E36)
  • BMW 530i (E39)
  • Cadillac Seville (1975-80)
  • Cadillac Cimarron
  • 1971-73 Chevrolet Vega
  • 1978 Chevrolet Corvette 25th Anniversary Edition
  • Chrysler PT Cruiser
  • Citroën DS19
  • 1980 Datsun 280ZX 10th Anniversary Edition
  • Dodge LaFemme
  • 1971-73 Ford Pinto
  • International Harvester Travelall
  • Jaguar XJ-S V12 (1989 or older)
  • Lancia Flaminia Berlina
  • Maserati Ghibli (Type AM115)
  • Mercedes-Benz 300SL
  • Mercedes-Benz 300d “Adenaur”
  • Mercedes-Benz 230S Universal by Binz
  • 1973 Mercedes-Benz 280 (W114)
  • Mercedes-Benz 300SD (W116, 1978-80)
  • Mercedes-Benz 300TD (W123, 1980-85)
  • Mercedes-Benz 190D (W201)
  • 1970-73 Mercury Capri
  • Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser (ideally 1967, but any pre-1973)
  • 1968 Opel Kadett station wagon
  • Opel Manta A (1971-73)
  • Porsche 356 Speedster
  • Porsche 928
  • Renault LeCar
  • Saab 900 Turbo 3-door (1986 or older)
  • Subaru 360
  • Trabant 601
  • Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Type 34
  • Volkswagen T2 pickup (pre-1967)
  • Volkswagen Scirocco 16V
  • Volkswagen Corrado
  • Volvo 122S 4-door sedan
  • Volvo 1800S
  • Volvo 164S/164E
  • Volvo 245 Turbo
  • Volvo 745 Turbo (pre-1990)
  • Yugo GV