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When I first became enamored with old cars, 55 years ago when I was 12, I have always been drawn to the really old cars, especially large, brass cars. I would have to say a 6-70 Thomas Flyer. I wouldn't turn my nose up at a Pope, a Stoddard Dayton, a Pierce or anything similar but the Thomas, with the Great Race provenance, has always been my Holy Grail car

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My dream car would be a 90 series V16 Cadillac formal sedan but I doubt I could ever afford one.

My more realistic dream would be a 65 Riviera.

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When I was in my early 20s I fell in love with a 1937 Buick Sedan. The guy who owned it would not give me a price and would not entertain the though of selling it. I vowed that "one day" I will own a 1937 Buick. Over the next couple of decades, whenever I visited my hometown, I would stop by and see how much more that Buick had deteriorated. It finally disappeared about 10 years ago.

 

About 10 years after I attempted to buy that 1937 Buick, I bought my first antique car. I bought a 1931 Model A Ford because I thought it would be a good first collector car. Over the years I kept buying Model A Fords. I have owned quite a few Model As and a few other collector cars over the years. A year or two ago, realized I am retired and "one day" had arrived. I found my 1937 Buick Century and I am very happy with it. 

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Thanks for posting the Bugatti photos Curti and Alsancle, both cars we once in the Peter Williamson collection. I had the pleasure of working on both of them back in the 1970's. Somewere there is a photo of the Type 57SC on an open trailer in my Mom & Dads driveway, when I stopped home for lunch before delivering the car. Back then it was the highest selling car at auction at $65,000. and we all wondered were the hobby was going. Bob 

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Facel-Vega-Facel-II.jpgA Facel-Vega with pont-a-mousson, dual quads, disk brakes, and air con.

Meanwhile am content with my herd until an XLR becomes affordable.

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Hey Bob,  I was just trying to think of the most expensive car there is and I believe this one sold privately for the most money of any car ever.  These thread pop up at least once a year and I don't find them overly interesting but I figured since Curt waded in I might post something :)

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Hey Bob,  I was just trying to think of the most expensive car there is and I believe this one sold privately for the most money of any car ever.  These thread pop up at least once a year and I don't find them overly interesting but I figured since Curt waded in I might post something :)

Either I'm getting old or I've been in the hobby too long, but i remember after Bill Harrah passed away there was talk that THE WHOLE COLLECTION might bring as much as 15 million dollars! Bob 

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Hey Bob,  I was just trying to think of the most expensive car there is and I believe this one sold privately for the most money of any car ever.  These thread pop up at least once a year and I don't find them overly interesting but I figured since Curt waded in I might post something :)

   Exactly my sentiments  AJ .  You do have good taste!

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There was something magical about that Type 57SC, the seat angle was such that you felt like some strange force was pulling you into the car. I backed the car in and out of the shop, but like all the cars had no desire to take them out on the road, breaking them was a job for the owners. Bob 

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Because all old cars are interesting to me,

I don't have any "dream" cars.  I'm just as happy

driving a velour-lined 1970's Buick or Lincoln,

worth $10,000 at most, as I would be riding in someone's

expensive Classic.

 

And for those who aspire to Cadillac V16's:

One owner I know said they drive like F250 trucks.

Locomobiles, for instance, require considerable strength.

People with the big cars sometimes prefer smaller cars

of that era for a more enjoyable driving experience!

 

So if you have a Ford Model A or a 1978 Buick,

and a happy family to go along for the ride, maybe

you've already achieved your dream.

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Since we are talking dream cars the list is nearly endless.  My first auto crush{about 10 years old} was either a circa 1946 / 1932 Ford "highboy" roadster, dry lakes racer, or a 1957 Chev. 2 Dr. Ht.  I unfortunately have never owned a 32 Ford, the 57 I have {and a rough old thing it is}.

  Then at about 12 years old I fell under the spell of MGA's , I have owned several over the years.

   Since then I have added about 150 more to the list. Nearly all are out of reach but we are talking dreams here so I would settle for a circa 1969 McLaren M8, or a Lola T 70 ,any version of either. Or perhaps a Lister Jag from about 1956.

 

Greg in Canada

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