Who among us owns the oldest car?

Who among us owns the oldest car?

I own a 1976 Datsun 280z which I bought new in 1976. I have won several trophies with it. It still runs and looks like a new car.

Brian H | December 27, 2011

How many hundred miles on it?

stephen.kamichik | December 27, 2011

I have about 73,000 miles on it. It has original paint, exhaust system, etc. Never winter driven and always garaged.

rdgreene | December 27, 2011

Wow, a '76 with only 73,000 miles. That's amazing!

Charged_Up | December 27, 2011

Don't have the oldest, but do have a 1999 Mercedes E320 with 253,000 miles....

Mycroft | December 27, 2011

I have a '97 Ford Escort with 290,000+ miles. I'm hoping it lives long enough for the Tesla to arrive.

ThomasN | December 27, 2011

Just sold my 71 Toyota hilux, but I guess it doesn't count anymore since its gone.

David M. | December 27, 2011

Whats a hilux?

srobinson | December 27, 2011

I have a 1958 Mercedes 190sl, but I don't drive it very often.

ThomasN | December 27, 2011

Hilux is a pickup. Dropped a twin cam 18 rg in it. Such the sleeper...

engle | December 27, 2011

I have a 1983 Mercedes 380sl roadster with ~128,000 miles which was the first (new) car I bought in Dec. 1982, back in the days when the U.S. IRS gave you 3 years depreciation with no passenger automobile limit, and even a 7% "investment" tax credit, which was mainly why I bought it. It still runs fine, but I don't drive it much. It's the car I drove when I met my future wife, so it has a lot of sentimental value. The only technology is a black LCD to show the AM/FM Becker radio frequency, oh, and the windows are electric! :-) Manual soft top with removable hard top. MSRP was about $41K back then, which is $96K in 2011 inflated dollars, close to what they cost today.

I just noticed the Model S Performance beats the $140,440 MSRP 2012 SL63 AMG's 4.6 sec 0-60 time and of course the 12/19/14 fuel economy. The performance version really offers a lot of acceleration for the money!

jsanok | December 27, 2011


HJ-45 | December 28, 2011

1972 Toyota FJ-40 Landcruiser
1979 Toyota HJ-45 Landcruiser Troop Carrier from AU

I am saving my every $ for the Model S in hopes that I wont have to sell one of these trucks.

stephen.kamichik | December 28, 2011

I am also saving every $ for the model S in the hopes that I do not have to sell my beloved 1976 Datsun 280Z.

Beaker | February 29, 2012

I've got a 1976 Mustang, that will be kicked out of the garage by the Model S. I'm still coming to terms with the fact that I really should sell it, because I don't drive it (except around the block every few months) and it will be displaced by the Model S which will put it out in the elements.

David M. | February 29, 2012

Not the oldest by any stretch, but I have a 2003 Lexus SC430 hardtop convertible with 27,000 miles (showroom condition). Since this car was discontinued 2 years ago, Lexus no longer makes a V8 convertible.

This (by far) is the coolest car I've ever owned. Black with saddle leather interior. Unfortunately, I will have to sell this car to help pay for the Model S. So the Model S better be something really special.

FYI - Obviously, the crappy mpg on the SC430 (19mpg) didn't matter much since I was only averaging 2,500 miles per year!

stephen.kamichik | February 29, 2012

I once had a 1975 Mustang II. It was a lemon and after fifteen months I replaced it with my 1976 Datsun 280Z which I still own. I will probably sell it to help pay for the model S.

mvbf | February 29, 2012

Maybe the title of this thread should have been, "what car are you going to sell to make way for the model s"

Maestrokneer | February 29, 2012

LOL @ mvbf...indeed.

What I failed to mention in my other thread is that while we are figuratively a "one-car family" that because my other car is a 1973 Triumph TR6. Given it's reliability and my limited skill/time to fix it, it's best we just assume it's not going to run and be pleasantly surprised when it does.

Oh, and since other people have mentioned mileage, only 57,000 miles (for somewhat obvious reasons). It's in great shape actually, and looks awesome and runs great (when it runs). But those damn British electronics!

Carmine | February 29, 2012

My "girlfriend" of 36 years is a red 76 Alfa Romeo Spider ragtop. Built in Milan 9/1975. Bought it new in 8/1976. Original/perfect paint. No rust. 37,000 original miles but new exhaust system. Always garaged. Comes out only on beautiful days. Thank God I'll still have room for it when the S pulls in.

Mark E | March 1, 2012

My current daily driver is a 1990 Porsche 928 GT with 380,000km that I've owned for 12 years. I seriously doubt that I'll part with it & am now looking for another parking space for it - I can't extend my garage economically!

Mark E

MandL | March 1, 2012

If we can afford it, we'll replace the 2005 Acura TL. If we need the extra $20k in value to pay for the Model S we'll get rid of the 2012 Kia Sorento. Worst case we may have to sell both. We've lived with one car before. And I don't like driving more than a couple of hours anyway. So to have an excuse to not be able to make long road trips is A-OK with me. Yeah, yeah. charging network. It's going to have to have a lot more than a half dozen stations between Boston and DC to be useful to me. Maybe in a few years. In the mean time, I don't see myself twiddling my thumbs for three or four hours at a random campground to charge back up. I'm good with planes and the occasional Bolt Bus. I love the train, but the price is unjustifiable any more.

petero | March 1, 2012

We have a 1972 Mercedes 280 SE (sedan with the 4.5) that my son drives on weekends, a 2003 Ford Thunderbird (baby blue) that my wife rarely drives. We also have 3 other recent ICEs for daily use.

I regularly drive my 1992 Alfa Romeo Spider that I have owned for 2 years, with almost 15K original miles (original paint, interior, powertrain). After replacing some wiring, tires, alternator, and muffler the Spider has been as reliable and fun as the wonderful 1964 Porsche 356 that I regret selling to buy a house.

I have been lucky and owned many wonderful cars, restored 6 vintage sport cars and I am more excited about the “S” than any car since my first. I do have a Nikola Tesla question. What was his obsession about the number 3 all about?

brianman | March 1, 2012

That's kind of eerie, petero.

I had a 1973 280 SE 4.5 and a 2002 TBird in their first blue.

erik | March 1, 2012

2 years ago i took a 2nd hand VW Phaeton on a test drive to replace my '99 409.000 km VW Passat.
It wasn't enough of an improvement to consider bying it, let alone forking over the scary running costs of a Phaeton every month.

I can't imagine the Model S befalling the same fate though, but you never know.

Erik P664(EU)

gagliardilou | March 1, 2012

I plan on selling my BMW545i - its a 2004 with 58,000 miles on it. I also own a Chryler Prowler (1000 miles) in Candy Apple Red (only 300 in the world in that color)and I have the trailer they sold with it. My boys do not want me to sell it but I never really drive it. I told them if I get the signature, they should keep that car forever. Just change battery packs and upholstery, tires, etc.. whatever is necessary. That makes more sense to me than keeping the prowler and it would sure help paying for the signature!

tharasix | October 10, 2012

Resurrecting an old thread since it seems I can post here now.

My wife and I own a 1929 Essex Super Six. It's in dry dock after a leaky gas tank was removed, but it's still in pretty good shape.

stephen.kamichik | October 10, 2012

How about some photos, please.

GLO | October 10, 2012

We still own my husbands car that he purchased at 16, at 1970 El Camino. He's hte only owner. No idea of mileage as the odometer broke years ago. Still in pretty good shape. It does have to move for the Model S. That side of the garage is closest to the outlet...LOL

kalikgod | October 10, 2012

I have a 1911 Model T roadster. Right hand drive Canadian version with the mother-in-law seat in the back. Not the daily driver and in storage at the moment because of the two car garage situation. Typing on my phone, but will try to update with a pic later

Had thoughts of converting it to electric, but my grandfather, the original restorer, would roll over in his grave.

Dr. Bob Reinke | October 10, 2012

1977 Toyota Celica 690775 miles only engin repairs were the waterpump parked it last spring--the seats finally failed. Still runs fine. 40 MPG over 36 years of trouble free driving---only wish we ever had was that it had power-steering.

Brian H | October 10, 2012

Dr. Bob;
the seats finally failed? seals, maybe? But nearly 700K miles must be a near-record. Ask Toyota ...