Ronan's Garage

I've been into cars since I was about a year and a half old when a family member bought me a toy car.  That toy car was the first of what today has become a large collection of model cars ranging from 1/12 scale to 1/87 scale.  At the age of 15 my collection started to include 1/1 cars, the first one being a 1984 Saab 900 S with a bad automatic transmission.  Today I've enough cars to create my own traffic jam.  Some that run, some that don't, some that are for parts, all of which can be found below. 

1984 Mercedes-Benz 300D, my favorite car of the lot.  I purchased it in 2008, it's dead reliable and has approximately 207,000 on an unfaithful odometer.

1966 Alfa Romeo GTV.  I purchased it in 2006 as a shell and I have been putting it back together since as money and time allows.  It has a 2000cc from a 1978 Spider instead of the original 1600cc that try as I may I was not able to find.

1988 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde.  I purchased in 2004, I drove it daily until 2006 when the ABS system went out.  I converted the car to non-ABS and now keep the car as an occasional driver.  Unlike other US-market Milanos which had a 2.5 V6 the Verdes had a 3.0 V6 which makes this car quick as hell; the transaxle gives it a near 50/50 weight distribution and it handles wonderfully.

1969 Renault 4.  I purchased it in 2008, it's a very original car with 73,000 kilometers on the clock.  I recently converted it from 6v to 12v

1974 Renault 4.  I purchased it in 2006, it ran but did so poorly and on the hot side, plus it's very rusty so when the started died the car did too: I parked it and it has become an organ donor for the other two 4s as well as a very handy mobile parts shed.

1985 Renault 4.  This car was given to me in 2009 by my neighbor who had it sitting on the side of his house and couldn't take it with him when he moved.  This car originally belonged to the French Gendarmerie (military police) and has a plugged up hole in the roof where the siren once was to prove it.


1997 Fiat Brava.  It was purchased new by my grandfather and inherited by me in 2005 with about 48,000 kilometers; it now has a little bit over 100,000 kilometers.  It's my daily driver in France and has taken me all around Europe in a relatively reliable fashion.

1983 Citroen GSA.  I purchased it from the original owner's grandson in 2008 with 76,000 kilometers on the clock, it's up to 80,000 at the time of writing. 


1978 Citroen 2CV 4, purchased in 2008 from a man who had it sitting on his farm. 

Cars I have previously owned include (in no particular order) a 1984 Saab 900 S, 1987 Alfa Romeo Milano Gold, 1978 Lancia Beta, 1978 Alfa Romeo Spider, 1973 Alfa Romeo GTV, 1971 Fiat 850 Spider, 1971 Fiat 850 Bertone Racer, 1979 Mercedes-Benz 300D, 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300D, 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300E, 1962 Volkswagen Type 1, 1969 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300TI, 1973 Volkswagen Type 2,  1993 Opel Corsa 1.2, 1989 Saab 900 Turbo, and a lone Japanese car, a 1990 Toyota Corolla wagon.