Most vintage car enthusiasts have been in the following situation at least once in their lives: You find a car generally rotting away in a garage or a backyard, track down the owner hoping to take it home only to find out it’s not for sale for a variety of reasons.
Personally, there are countless vehicles that immediately come to mind including a Fiat 850 sedan that’s spent a decade and a half uncovered in an old man’s front yard and an early-1950s Citroën 2CV that the owner of a local Ford dealership stashed away in the corner of his lot years ago because he hasn’t ruled out restoring it one day.
Another one that falls in that category is a 1983 Renault 14 TL (pictured below) that has been sitting in a parking garage since the early 1990s. It has a couple of dents and the interior is worn out but we’ve inspected it closely and we have not found a single spec of rust on it which is fairly amazing for a 14. The underside of this car is like-new!
The folks who own the parking garage tell us a man left it there in the early-1990s when he moved about three hours away. Now in a retirement home, the owner is hanging on to the 14 out of sentimental value because it belonged to his wife who died shortly before he left.
How about you, readers? What car(s) have you unsuccessfully been trying to buy for years with no end in sight?