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Old 01-29-2019, 12:39 AM
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Cars you wish you never sold

I was just looking at Arizona Auction Week results and saw a 66 Jag XKE Roaster sold for over $250K. I owned a 64 XKE roadster in the early 80's I sold for $4000. So Cal Black plate car, no rust, no accidents, metallic blue. Of course it would have cost $$$ to bring it to that level.
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Old 01-29-2019, 05:08 PM
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1972 Cadillac Sedan DeVille.

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Old 01-29-2019, 05:29 PM
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1978 Ford Thunderbird with 351W...My now ex-wife talked me into selling it, mainly because I spent every weekend with it at the local car shows. The car won a number of trophies for overall appearance, as well as some custom stereo work I did to it. The entire trunk was built out with speakers, very well done with space for the spare tire. She hated it, but I had the car longer than I had known her. The guy I sold it to proceeded to get drunk, and plow it into a parked power company cherry picker trucks...bending it darned near in half and sending him to the hospital, where he was in a coma for a month.

My current wife has been searching with me for a replacement over the past 10 years, but finding it in the same two tone green with the 351W is proving almost impossible. There was one that was a worthy candidate, but after driving 6 hours to go see it, I saw that the rockers were rotted out, interior molded, and engine leaking fluid. The seller wasted my time, but at least the wife and I enjoyed the scenery on the way down there.
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Old 01-29-2019, 05:40 PM
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I still have my E-Type and my Barracuda. So I have none of those regrets. I do regret the ‘56 MGA coupe that I decided not to buy.

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Old 01-29-2019, 07:03 PM
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1978 Ford Thunderbird with 351W...My now ex-wife talked me into selling it, mainly because I spent every weekend with it at the local car shows. The car won a number of trophies for overall appearance, as well as some custom stereo work I did to it. The entire trunk was built out with speakers, very well done with space for the spare tire. She hated it, but I had the car longer than I had known her. The guy I sold it to proceeded to get drunk, and plow it into a parked power company cherry picker trucks...bending it darned near in half and sending him to the hospital, where he was in a coma for a month.

My current wife has been searching with me for a replacement over the past 10 years, but finding it in the same two tone green with the 351W is proving almost impossible. There was one that was a worthy candidate, but after driving 6 hours to go see it, I saw that the rockers were rotted out, interior molded, and engine leaking fluid. The seller wasted my time, but at least the wife and I enjoyed the scenery on the way down there.
I would find a nice, more common 302 in the desired colors, and either build it up, or find a 351 to swap in.
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Old 01-29-2019, 07:04 PM
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Old 01-29-2019, 07:19 PM
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I had that 59 Ferrari gt 250 pf coupe. Bought it when prices were low, fixed a lot of stuff and sold for a tidy profit in 08 when it kept me from having to take personal bankruptcy. It was a #3 car.

A #1 car now is around a million.

I don't regret selling it though. The time was right and the money was needed.
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Old 01-29-2019, 07:20 PM
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1970 6.3 which I had for about ten years - except that it was eating me out of house and home keeping it up.
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Old 01-29-2019, 07:31 PM
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I had that 59 Ferrari gt 250 pf coupe. Bought it when prices were low, fixed a lot of stuff and sold for a tidy profit in 08 when it kept me from having to take personal bankruptcy. It was a #3 car.

A #1 car now is around a million.

I don't regret selling it though. The time was right and the money was needed.
That's called responsibility...something lacking in today's society.
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Old 01-29-2019, 07:32 PM
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I had that 59 Ferrari gt 250 pf coupe. Bought it when prices were low, fixed a lot of stuff and sold for a tidy profit in 08 when it kept me from having to take personal bankruptcy. It was a #3 car.

A #1 car now is around a million.

I don't regret selling it though. The time was right and the money was needed.

A friend of mine drove a 250 GT California at Le Mans in 1959. That car sold recently for $18m. The 250 GT's finished 3,4,5,6 that year. When they were new, they were expensive, but not crazy expensive.
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Old 01-29-2019, 09:17 PM
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Unhappy Regretfully Sold On

Back when my son was young we'd be out and about and I'd point out various interesting oldies and explain what they were and how the one I'd owned was neat because of this or that, he'd often exclaim '! Dad, why did you let go of all those cool cars so now we're driving in THIS piece of junk ?!' .

That's how it is when you're a broke car enthusiast who knows how to fix then and re sell .
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Old 01-29-2019, 09:24 PM
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1970 Pontiac Grand Prix Model J, dark green. Bought it when I got out of the Army, sold it after I lost my license (for the third time) for speeding tickets. Man that sucker just ate up the highway miles. She says it didn't but I know that car is what got me the wife.
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Old 01-30-2019, 01:28 AM
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Great stories-I have always been a car guy but career, family and home took most of my time leaving little for my automotive interests. Things should be changing soon now that we are settled after living in 3 states in 1.5 years. If I get to the point I want an additional car I would like a 113-maybe a 280SL with a stick shift.
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Old 01-30-2019, 09:20 AM
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1979 VW Rabbit diesel, Biggest expense in 7-8 years was the insurance. Only repair work was front end alignment. service, tires, fuel, etc, total, was less than insurance. & the insurance was not bad.
'79 was last german made imported, of the Rabbits. 'round headlights'
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Old 01-30-2019, 09:40 AM
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Post German Made Rabbits

My 1982 Rabbit rag top was made in Germany and had round headlights.....
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1984 Euro 300TD Fully optioned SWMBO's
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