Back in 1990 my stepdad made a deal with me:
He wanted to buy a new Sprint and if I offered my 1980 Fiesta Sport as a trade-in, the Sprint would be mine in 3 years.
At the time I was a student at the University of Victoria and getting along just fine without a car, so I agreed.
My time with the Sprint came to an end in 1997 courtesy of a Camry suddenly and unexpectedly crossing my path by proceeding through a two way stop. A week later I was driving a 1989 Swift GTi and silently thanking the Camry’s driver for my good fortune.
Around the turn of the millennium I joined TeamSwift; in 2003 expecting our first child I decided to replace the Swift with something a bit more family friendly, but hung on to the Swift until that car, a 2000 Esteem wagon, arrived. Before that, I got a call from a nearby Swift GT owner saying that his car was available due to his terminal brain cancer. I first noticed this car a couple of years earlier and left my phone number with the owner who as a senior citizen and vintage truck collector bought it new as a daily driver but garage kept alongside his wife’s black one! I was interested in it due to its pristine condition and would have been glad to replace my GTi with it, but the circumstances had changed with a child due to arrive. In the end I could not resist the GT. Being in such great shape it brought me back to when these cars were new, which was comforting to me. I pledged that I would do my best to preserve this car for as long as possible.
For a number of months, a GT and a GTi were in my garage side by side, a white one and a black one, before selling the black one and getting the Esteem.
The Swift is now registered with Collector plates. For the last few years I’ve been back and forth about selling it because on the one hand it’s a great joy to drive and to look at, but on the other hand that hardly ever happens as I’ve kind of ridden a bicycle away from car culture and although garaged it’s also under a cover most of the time so I don’t have to clean it. That takes away the visual appeal but it is fun to play peek-a-boo once in a while.