My Car History: John Voelcker

By Seyth Miersma

April 28, 2011

[photo credit: John Voelcker]

Put two car guys in a room for any length of time, and the conversation will eventually steer towards who has owned what and when. That’s the simple inspiration for what we hope will be an interesting new series: My Car History. We’ve reached out to some of our friends in the media, at automakers, and elsewhere, with the goal of putting together interesting car “timelines” from interesting car people. The early results have been interesting and varied, with some folks remembering their motoring history in terms of rote lists, and others wanting to tell small stories about good times and great drives.

Stay tuned to for more of My Car History in the weeks to come, and be sure to put in your two cents in the comments section below. This is a conversation about cars among friends, after all.

John Voelcker is the Senior Editor at, while also editing for and (three prongs of the High Gear Media empire). But more importantly for our purposes, John is also a car fanatic of the highest order.

When asked for content relevant to the My Car History project, Voelcker wasted no time in sending over his rather fastidious list of the many cars he has bought, sold, and loved over the years. Obvious from this list of cars, dates, names, and places are a penchant for Brit cars, and a love of old over new. It was also interesting for us (and will be for you, hopefully) how a relatively simple list of transactions can leave room for an interesting story to be told in the spaces between. Who is Rick? What is the Goat Farm? Did the young couple enjoy owning Suzie?

1961 Morris Minor 1000 Traveller
Color – Yukon Grey
Purchased – 1961, London from “dealer”

1960 Morris Minor 1000 Tourer
Color – Black
Purchased – 1974, in Rochester, New York
Sold – 1979 (?), somewhere in Canada

1967 Morris “Crash Damage Special”
Color – Grey Metal Flake
Purchased – 1978, Montara, California
Sold – 1981, San Francisco, California

1964 Pontiac GTO Convertible
Color – Black
Purchased – 1978 (?), San Francisco (East Bay), California from “dentist”
Sold – 1990 (?), Kentucky (?)

1965 Chevrolet Corvair Sedan
Color – Bronze
Purchased – 1980, Stanford, California
Sold – 1980, San Francisco, California

1958 Riley One-Point-Five
Color – Leaf Green
Purchased – 1980, Redwood City, California

1967 Pontiac GTO Coupe
Color – Gold
Purchased – 1980, Mt. View (?) from “Lockheed guy”
Sold – 1981, San Francisco, California via “Goat Farm”

1975 Datsun B210 Hatchback
Color – Yellow
Purchased – 1981, San Francisco, California from “Lockheed guy”
Sold – 1981, San Francisco, California via Rick

1960 Riley One-Point-Five
Color – Dark Green
Purchased – 1983(?), Long Island, New York
Sold – 1984, Coplay, Pennsylvania

1959 Riley One-Point-Five (parts car)
Color – Blue/multicolored
Purchased – 1984, Pleasanton, California from “Gary’s Towing”
Sold – 1999-2004, Grass Valley, California

1979 Volkswagen Rabbit Four-Door
Color – Baby Blue
Purchased – 1984, Marin County, California from “woman”
Sold – 1985, San Francisco, California “wrecked”

1979 Volkswagen Rabbit Four-Door
Color – Beige
Purchased – 1985, from “SF Chronicle ad?”
Sold – 1985, San Francisco, California via Rick

1964 Pontiac GTO
Color – Unknown
Purchased – 1985, San Francisco, California
Sold – 1985, San Francisco, California “parted out”

1980 Volkswagen Scirocco
Color – Black
Purchased – 1985, Stanford, California
Sold – 1985, El Cerrito, California

1963 Morris Minor “smoked salmon”
Color – Beige
Purchased – 1985, San Jose, California
Sold – 1986, San Francisco, California via Rick

1960 Riley One-Point-Five
Color – Pale Grey
Purchased – 1985, Napa, California
Sold – 1996(?), Honolulu, Hawaii

1984 Subaru Four-Door Wagon 4WD “Suzie”
Color – White
Purchased – 1992, Newburgh, New York
Sold – 1996, Saugerties, New York to “young couple”

1989 Subaru GL Four-Door Wagon 4WD
Color – Silver
Purchased – 1995, Ithaca, New York
Sold – 2004, Woodstock, New York

1976 Triumph TR-6
Color – Inca Yellow
Purchased – 1995, Kingston, New York
Sold – 2003, Dighton, Massachusetts

1961 Riley One-Point-Five
Color – Green two-tone
Purchased – 1999, Belmont, California
Sold – 2000, Vestal New York

1988 Volkswagen Golf Five-Door Hatchback
Color – Dark Grey
Purchased – 2000, Redwood City, California
Sold – 2000, San Francisco, California

2000 Subaru Outback Wagon
Color – Dark Green
Purchased – 2004, Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey