LeftieBiker wrote: ↑Sun Jul 10, 2022 12:35 am
.....other than the corpse of my first car in the garage, a '67 122S.
I had one of those
Dual side draft Solex? carbs, and I believe the B18 4 cyl engine if memory serves me. Not a bad car, 4 door and actually looked more like a car of the late 50s than mid-60s but was bulletproof. Not the best MPG, low 20s on the road I believe but one of my first Volvos, which I had several after that. Volvo was known for its reliability and build quality. The carbs were their slight downfall as they didn't really have a choke AFAIR but rather just gave a richer fuel mixture in the cold, which IMO wasn't as good as a true choke. Kind of wanted to find a P1800 like The Saint(Roger Moore) drove but ended up with a Sabb Sonnet which was a cool little 2-seater with a V4 engine, fiberglass body I believe but I never got it running. Sat in the garage for quite a few years and finally sold it for around what I paid, kind of a rare car as was the P1800.
I too always had older cars, before my brand-spankin' new Geo Metro, 50MPG on the road and not much worse in town, mid 40s with its 5-speed stick and roll-up windows! After that was my new Scion Xb(first gen) that got significantly worse MPG than the Metro but was much more comfortable to get in and out, had excellent visibility and a nice automatic. After that was my new '13 Leaf S and if we ever get it, our Rav4 Prime which could possibly be the last car we buy.
Oh forgot about actually my first new car, a '86 Fiat X-19 that I still have tucked in the back of the garage. Never been driven in the winter so it has no rust and still looks very nice but just too hard for these old bones to get in and out of for more than every couple of years driving it around the block, not sure what I'm ever going to do with that........was a nice car and drove it quite a bit during the time, mid-30s MPG and a decent little 4cyl. I drove it during the summer and my old Volvos and such for my winter beaters.