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OK, I’m addicted to watching the collector car auctions. Last night, I was watching one on television while streaming another one live on my laptop. I am definitely addicted to this strange genre of automotive reality television.

 One of the things that attract me to these events are the unique and sometimes odd vehicles that periodically cross the block. People who know me will testify that I have had my fair share of “interesting” automobiles but I am still amazed at some of the stuff that shows up in Scottsdale. What’s even more amazing is what people will pay for these oddities. For example a BMW Isetta, a 300cc powered, three-wheeled tin can with a front mounted refrigerator door, sold for nearly $50,000! That amount will buy you some pretty nice real estate in Akron these days.

 I would be very interested to hear what unique vehicles you may have owned or driven over the years. They could have been cheap or expensive, bought out of desire or necessity. With our proximity to Detroit and our heritage as the tire capital, I’m sure that plenty of “special” cars roamed our roads.

 

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Sergio January 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I drove a 1967 Opel Kadett Rallye for a few winters to the U of A. I bought it well-used and already quite rusted. It had a fire-breathing 1100cc engine under the hood and must have made two or three horsepower. It was quite a dog and I've owned motorcycles with larger engines than that!
It was handy because it was so narrow it could fit into those half-parking spaces in the crowded University lots and it DID spare my real car from the Winter salt, so it wasn't all bad, but it was strange.

Steven S. Brooks January 24, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Ahh, the Opel Kadett, and a Rallye version no less! I remember the ads for these cars that had them romping with elephants. The marketing geniuses at GM sure knew how to sell esoteric European imports to Americans….not.

Latescar October 4, 2013 at 4:29 pm

in my country … a car like this in the call "BEMO", but now the number has started to decrease in because more and more new cars are out of the car dealership

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