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Open mic: What car do you wish you hadn’t sold?

There are many types of vintage car enthusiasts out there. Some prefer British roadsters while others swear by German sedans; some race, some restore and some drive as-is. Regardless of our preferences we all share the same vision that cars are more than merely a way to get from point A to point B. Generally speaking, each car is worth preserving even if its value is more sentimental than monetary.

In spite of this, life inevitably gets in the way of projects and we’ve all had to sell at least one car that we wish we could have held on to.

The one that immediately comes to mind for me is a 1962 Volkswagen Beetle that I bought from a Utah junkyard in 2007. The car had been parked for nearly a decade but the original engine surprisingly started up after I poured fresh gas in the tank and jumped it with the Saab 900 I was driving at the time. It had spent the bulk of its life in California so it was largely rust-free, and it had gobs of patina from years of sitting in the sun. After giving the Beetle a much-needed tune-up I drove it on a regular basis but I ended up selling it when I needed to thin the fleet for financial reasons.

What about you, readers? What car(s) do you wish you had held on to?

9 thoughts on “Open mic: What car do you wish you hadn’t sold?

  1. The red 1992 Renault Express that my wife and I drove for 5 years, got married in it and went on a road trip to France and Spain. I sold that car for a terrible 2nd gen Renault Espace. Another car we were sad to let go was a 1991 Mazda 323 sedan.

  2. 72 Volvo 145. I had converted it from auto to manual, with a super rare tranny nonetheless. And the worst is that the guy that bought it parted it out. 1.5 yrs later, I still see the seats on craigslist.

  3. I had a 1987 CRX Si I bought in 1988 and sold in 1992 I wish I still had. You can’t seem to find ones that haven’t been given the Fast and Furious treatment.

  4. My first car, a 1992 Daihatsu Applause, which I had inherited from my grandfather 3 years earlier (sold in 2013). It was in awesome condition, but I went abroad for a few months and it would’ve needed a new windshield and shock absorbers to pass the roadworthy test. I sold it to a guy who didn’t even pay the full price (only the deposit of 2/3 of the price).

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