A question from a reader….. Which Porsche 911 should he buy?

7 generations of Porsche 911 pictured together, all in silver.

Tim, from NYC, asks which Porsche 911 he should buy….. A brief question, if I may. If you were to choose your favourite 911 year models from an enjoyment of the vehicle perspective, and investment hopeful return perspective, and in an attempt to mitigate maintainence costs, would you have any suggestions? Tim wrote correctly in his email that I’m a fan of the Porsche 911 but sadly, I’ve never owned one. I came close once, but I hit the chicken switch because the price was ‘a whopping’ $37,000 AUD so I spent 30K on a 968 ClubSport instead. What an […]

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Investment Cars from 2014 And Their Value Today

Back in January 2014, I wrote a post called Swade’s 7 Investment Cars for Less Than $30,000. It’s been said that classic cars were one of the better-performing investments over the last 10 years and I’ve noted in a previous post that Classic Car prices have gone completely maaaaaad. Consider this an extension study to substantiate that earlier work. I’ve recently revisited the 2014 post and looking at the results, I think that maybe we should have put a consortium together to dump some money into these cars. They’ve done OK. The 7 investment cars I highlighted and their selling […]

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So…. I bought a BMW 328i GT (8 months ago)

BMW 328i GT

I must apologise for this post taking SOOOOOOOOOO long. It was way back in August 2022 that I appealed to the collective wisdom of this website’s occasional readers, to suggest vehicle options for our upcoming move to Sweden. We arrived here late-October 2022 and I’ve been driving this BMW 328i GT since Day 2. That was 8 months ago! Some follow-up is WELL overdue. The criteria I set at the time: There are going to be a lot of furniture and appliance purchases in my near future, so the ability to cram a lot in the back makes some sense. […]

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The Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV

I’ve had a number of Alfas over the years. Two Sprints (plus caring for another for six months), two 16-valve 33s, a GTV6 from the mid-80s and….. the most recent one, which I’ve never written about: My Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV. Well, my former Giulietta QV. I’ve recently sold it because we’re moving to Sweden in the coming weeks. I thought it was well past time I committed some thoughts about this car to print. At just over three years owned, it’s one of the longest-held cars I’ve ever had. It’s one of the best, too. —— Styling The Giulietta […]

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HELP! – I Need To Buy A New Car

As you now know, we’re moving to Sweden. And as I sold my Alfa (quite literally) just five minutes before starting this post, my mind is now on what keys will be in my pocket when we’re living there. This is a genuine quandry, and one I wouldn’t mind your collective advice on. My default is to go with the most fun at the cheapest price. But I might be growing up. And I might have some miles to do and need some reasonable accommodation and decent mileage. My penchant for classics might not cut the mustard here. The criteria: […]

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Classic Cars Have Gone Completely Maaaaaad!!

Question – Have the prices for classic cars gone as nuts in your country as they have here in Australia? It’s reminiscent of this old classic TV ad from Melbourne back in the early 1990’s (with thanks to Turbin!) I’ll let you decide for yourself whether or not Madonna had lost the plot back then. But there’s a reasonable argument that sellers and buyers of classic cars – mostly buyers, IF they’re actually buying – have lost the plot right now. I bought and sold quite a few cars between 2009 and 2015. I bought Saabs, Alfas, my beloved Subaru […]

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10 cars that changed the way I think about….. cars

This is a bit cheap, isn’t it, Turning a Facebook challenge series into a blog post? I know. I’m sorry. But it’s been soooo long since I’ve written something here and this challenge was actually quite Swadeology-ish, so why not? The idea is in the title – list 10 cars that changed the way you think about cars.  They’re not necessarily cars I’ve owned, though many are.  Cars have played a central role in my life so it’s fair to say that many of these are cars that have shaped my life, for better or worse (overwhelmingly for the better). […]

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Leica Virgin: British Motor Museum

I spent the 2017 Christmas holiday break in the UK, staying with good friends Mike and Hilary. We did a couple of wonderful day trips, one of which is the subject of this story – the British Motor Museum. My knowledge of British marques is not what it should be. I’m familiar enough with the cars that were seen in Australia through my youth – Jaguar, Mini, Land Rover, MG. It’s the domestic Brits that weren’t so well known in Oz that I struggle with – all those British Leyland companies that were either dead or dying by the time […]

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The 2017 Automotive Bucket List (Part 2)

After publishing what has turned out to be Part 1 of the 2017 Automotive Bucket List, last week, a few people pointed me towards cars that made me extend my thinking a little. The first two are both cars that I’ve thought about in the past and by rights, they should form part of my thinking today, too. To recap last week’s potential purchases: Mini Cooper S JCW Jaguar XKR Maserati GranTourismo Porsche 911 (996) Alfa Romeo 156 GTA Morgan 3-Wheeler The Mini and the 911 are the clubhouse leaders as we turn for the back nine (of which there […]

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The 2017 Automotive Bucket List

Life has been a little bit unconventional since I last published an automotive bucket list back in 2014: I’ve taken a new job, which I absolutely love, but it’s a job that came with a 30% pay cut compared to my old job. I’ve moved half way around the world. I’ve formally separated from my wife and the relative financial security that that relationship allowed. I’ve bought an apartment here in Angelholm, which means I’m not only tied to a mortgage again, but I’m down to one parking space, too. Given those changed circumstances, one can hopefully understand why automotive […]

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