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These are most of the cars either owned by Jack Marvin or they played a significant role in the life of Jack Marvin.
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1987 Toyota Sunrader
I have wanted a camper for a long time. I told myself if I ever got tired of driving a fast sportscar, I'll finally get a truck.
1997 Pontiac Trans Am
I have liked Pontiac since the seventies with "Smokey and the Bandit" along with a girlfriend's roommate's "Knight Rider" car in the eighties. A friend of mine worked at a big dealership and had just custom ordered this car fully-loaded.
1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
When my younger brother was coming up on his sixteenth birthday, I knew he needed a car but was not going to get one. I knew this better than he did. The life of a sixteen year old with a car is much different than the life of a sixteen year old taking the bus.
1986 Nissan 300zx
I had always liked the 280z's but around this time you could get the newer generation for about the same price. I thought it was nicer but in hind-sight, I should have got an 82 280 like I had wanted for a long time.
1969 Ford Falcon Futura
My grandpa had always driven these old Ford Falcons for as long as I could remember. This one I got from my uncle when he was done with it. It was somewhat beat-up when I got it. Same friend who painted my bike agreed to trade again for an awesome "burgundy metallic pearl" paint job.
1984 Honda CB900 Custom
A friend in San Diego had an old rat bike in his garage. He asked if I wanted it for $300 delivered running. I took it. I didn't have a motorcycle license. I had wrecked or dropped every bike I'd ever ridden. What the heck, it was a vehicle and I needed one.
1993 Mazda Miata
This was an amazing concept that had been ignored for a long time. It was an affordable convertible that was modern and fun to drive. I was living with an amazing woman and we both had descent jobs. I really wanted her to have a nice car like this, so we leased one.
1982 Toyota Corolla
I got this Toyota Corolla from my sister-in-law when she upgraded. This little car was awesome. I drove it all across the country and lived in it for about six months. I took it off-road, over hills and far away and it never let me down.
1979 Mazda RX7
Inspired by the awesomeness of my stepmother's 280zx, I thought I found something even better! It was similar in size and shape but it had a special lightweight engine and flip-up headlights (for improved aerodynamics). In hindsight, I should have bought a Z but this thing was also very fun.
1984 Oldsmobile Delta 88
Somebody knew I needed a car and gave me this thing. Perhaps I bought it for $500 on payments or so. This thing was a "land yacht" that just floated down the road. It had power everything during a time when nothing did.
1974 Porsche Carerra S Targa
When I was seventeen, the thing to do on the weekend was park in the lot of the nearby mall. It was like a rolling car show. We would show-off our rides, drag race, talk to girls, listen to music and perhaps drink a few beers.
1981 Fiat X19
I loved this car. It was my dream to have one and it was a lot of fun and fast to drive. People found it unusual and wanted to talk about it. Girls wanted to go for rides. There wasn't too much room for cargo or passengers, but that's the price you pay I guess.
1979 Fiat X19
When I first discovered a Fiat X19, I thought it was amazing. It was like a little speedster but didn't have the clumsy convertible top or roundiness. It was a wedge. It was designed by Bertone, the Ferrari guy. I wanted one very badly. My best friend decided to loan me the money to buy a car.
1986 Pontiac Trans Am
The girl I was dating had a roommate who drove a 1986 Pontiac Trans Am. It was fully-loaded and even had a yellow cylon light on the front, similar to KITT from Knight Rider. All the local kids would cheer and wave when we drove past. That car was mean and could really go.
1969 Pontiac Tempest
The girl I was living with had a 1969 Pontiac Tempest that I drove often. That thing was beat to hell. One rainy night I slid into a big deep ditch but just powered through the mud and water, sliding up and down the sides.
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