Hi Sam, It's great to see young people interested in "old cars". As far as recommendations for a vehicle to be a first car, I would highly recommend a late sixties to early seventies MGB roadster or GT. They are very affordable and aren't any more complex then a garden tractor. The really great thing about them is that you can get almost every part for them, either new or used, and the club support is phenomenal. Speaking from experience, some of my earliest cars were MG Midgets which are so much fun to own and drive but are a bit on the small side for some. The "B" on the other hand has a little more power and is much more livable on a day to day basis. I've owned both and can say the the latter is an excellent commuter car which gets decent gas mileage and is easy to keep up mechanically; best of all they are very economical to buy with the caveat that you get one with the best body that you can; everything else is easy. I would also recommend the B-GT as it offers more weather protection and additional cargo capacity (a Wabasto folding sunroof gives you the best of both the roaster and the GT). One can keep these cars of the road with minimal effort and a very simple tool set and as noted parts are readily available on the web or likely even at your local specialist shop. I can tell you that I share your enthusiasm for the Corvair as well and have a 66 Corsa 4-speed as well as 3 B roasters and 3 B-GTs (one with a Camaro V6 and 5-speed which is an excellent modification) as well as a 73 Midget. None of these cars were more than $10,000.00 CDN and most were less than half of that. In my experience, enthusiasm and a little elbow grease can change a ratty B into a solid, reliable day-to-day classic driver which will give you years of great experiences and allow you to meet so many great people with similar experiences and a wealth of knowledge to draw upon. Good luck in your search. Cheers! dtl2000
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I couldn't agree more with Flashman; we are grateful for your decision to choose Canada as your new home Hiroko. I'm also impressed that you decided to buy a car with the steering wheel on the wrong side and drive it in a country which was new to you. When my daughter went to Japan in 2006 to teach English to Japanese high school students she did the same and it made it so much easier to see the country and meet new people. I even had a chance to drive her second car, a Nissan March, when i visited her in Japan in 2008 and it was great! Now that you have experienced two of the three coats of Canada, I hope you will take the opportunity to see the rest of it; hopefully by car as it is almost a right of passage in Canada to travel the Trans-Canada to see every province and then the territories. Maybe once covid has passed. Again, we appreciate your commitment to your chosen career and thank you for your service, particularly at this time. Stay safe. Thanks as well to the author for the great article. I too love to chase cars when I see something unusual; it's great way yo meet fellow car nuts like myself!
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