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of all of the cars you tried to buy over the years, what is the single most one that you regret missing?

 

 

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A 1949 Frazer Manhattan 4-door convertible.

I pursued that car for over 20 years and regrettably I did not get it at the end.

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Fall 2016 a 1909 EMF Model 30 touring basket case was listed for sale. Settled on a price and was sent two sets of pictures then to confirm I got them .  Sent emails and phone calls to no reply. Was ready to make the 28 Hr. drive to pick it up. Do not know what happened if he died, sold, family, or cold feet/ regret. Than late  this summer the car was relisted for sale again so I called and the price was bumped up a bit that we settled on before. It was listed the last time for 3 months with no sale so I figured I had a bit of time and be able to settle at the original price. Well it sold the next day and it would have made a nice project.  I also missed on a 13 Cadillac touring basket case that also sold in days so I will have to move faster the next time. As for regrets I have no regrets as there will  be another car around the next corner I hope.

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1957 3/4 size Caddy with suicide rear doors and dual quads. Sat behind a local gas station for years but never could find the owner. Pretty sure I saw in Auburn years later for a bunch of money - had the same cracked vent window.

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1959 Chevrolet Impala convertable with 348 3 deuces, every option, including wonder bar radio, dual antennas and continental kit, with fender skirts.

Parked under a tobacco barn shelter, off the beaten path. Black with red and white interior. The old man would even wax it from time to time.

Get this. 2800.00. Probably 1989. Didn't have the money and it sold before I could get to the bank. 

I was told that some one from Virginia Beach came with a roll back..... Counted out 30 one hundred dollar bills and drove off with it. I cried.

Still haunts me.

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7 minutes ago, Mark Huston said:

1929 Studebaker FE President State Victoria.  When I had the chance to buy it I could not pull the cash together at the time.   

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I have a soft spot for victoria's as it looks sporty, good for all weather touring, has a back seat for luggage or passengers. It also seals good for rain being towed at high speeds on an open trailer.

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I regret not buying a super-nice '52 Plymouth Cranbrook sedan.  The seller was asking $1,000.00 in 1980 and I thought it was too much.  I should have bought it then instead of the string of  poor condition  and inoperable Plymouths I wound-up with over the years.  Not incredibly collectible but they're my favorite cars....

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I had to inspect a Mercedes 190SL, light powder blue, all original, paint was a little faded. I will not say what I could have bought it for, it will show/highlight how foolish I was, when you look at going prices. 

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For me it was an original 1970 Dodge Super Bee, 426 Hemi 4 speed, true TX9 Black with black vinyl roof and black interior. The car was only 7 years old then and in beautiful condition. I went back and forth with the seller over and over and when he finally gave me a price it was $3,500. I remember saying to him "You must be kidding, I can buy a Corvette for that kind of money!" :lol:

One can only imagine the value of a true, triple black hemi 4speed Mopar today.

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When I was growing up a 190SL was something doting upper echelon parents gave a daughter on graduation. Sons got a Corvette. I bought a XK Jag because could not afford a TR3B (all synchro gearbox). Found out why it was less, bought whitworth wrenches, and got very good at double clutching 2-1.

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In 1981 while buying a 1915 Model T basket case, I found a super nice 57 Ranchero for $1,500 less than the Model T.  The lure of brass was to strong to resist.  Now 36 years later I bought a 57 Ranchero after 3 old El Caminos

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The little 260 or 289 Cobra that East Tennessee Ford had in their showroom back when they 1st came out (63-64 ?).  Bought a little 78 Fiesta there years later, but it just didn't seem the same, ha !

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A 1952 MGTD for $350.00 in 1974 that I was going back to get the following day of talking to the owner. I made the mistake of telling (who I thought was) a friend about it and he went over that night and got it. I had no cash for a down payment when I saw it, so it was up for grabs still, but....ouch.

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I was going to say a 1930 Tatra sedan until I saw that 1929 Studebaker Victoria. That car makes me sorry ! 

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In the early to mid 1970's I worked at a new car dealership; I was just making ends meet, early on in my technician/mechanic  career.  So I would buy the really ragged out trade-in cars , usually the ones that had mechanical problems, or light body work. And then resell them.

 

I passed on a 1967 Corvette 435 hp, because I didn't have the $$$.  That's right it was less than 1000.00.   The idiots that traded it in; didn't even live in the city, and they were traveling through; and the front wheel bearing went bad.  They drove the car until the wheel fell off. The hub ground down into the  axle; and thus the wheel fell off.  The car was a hog pen, no other body damage; except the front fender area; but junk and soda bottles and food littered the floor.  

 

The dealer didn't give them anything for it. remember this was gas shortage times too.  The dealer sold them something and the idiots went on down the road.

 

Would love to have that car sitting here now.

 

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1949 Jaguar Mark V Drophead for $250 in 1969. Asked the old man, he said "don't buy it where you gonna get parts for it" and I didn't have an answer.post-91860-0-60126500-1432424243_thumb.jpg

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Dry them cryin' eyes , all of ya. I have written about this before , but since you asked , here is a picture of how it looks these days. O.K. Sure. Of course TODAY , the thing would NEVER have been "restored" , but it WAS the early '60s when my friend , the late Dr. Crellin Pauling , son of Dr. Linus , Brother of the owner , Dr. Peter , offered me this car substantially under the day's market. Today , taking a beautifully preserved HPOF , TOTALLY original 1930 Mercedes-Benz SS 38/250 , and yes , yes indeed , that IS a FACTORY BODIED tourer , systems completely functional , and wiping the "money couldn't buy it" slight patina off , would be highly frowned upon. Chassis no. 36260 , Engine no. 77633 was originally M-B racing white , red leather , red wheels. That is how I remember it , up on blocks in "Daddy's garage".

 

I was in high school when Crellin , knowing I was interested in old cars , showed me an 8 1/2 X 11 black and white picture of this car , top up. A picture about 10 degrees closer to side on than what you see here. I had never seen anything like it. He recounted driving , and engaging the clutch driven supercharger on the car. Crellin was like an older brother to me. He said the family would let me have the mighty M-B for $2500 !!! That was around 1/3 to 1/4 of the money that car could have brought if properly offered back then. But again , remember , I was still in high school. $2500 back then would be $35,000 - $40,000 , maybe more , in today's money. Back then , unlike now , even rich kid high school kids didn't run around with that kind of pocket change. Neither dad , nor grandpa , were car guys. Did not compute with them. So I naively thought I would get a job after I graduated , and buy it. You know. After all it just sat in the hills above Cal Tech , in Linus' garage , up , covered in newspaper , awaiting it's semi-annual charge of fresh oil , and a thorough warm up drive. Burst my bubble when Crellin came and told me that on his recent , every 1/2 year drive , he was hailed by a wealthy M.D. who waved a wad of 47 C-notes at him , and away forever went "my" 1930 Mercedes-Benz SS 38/250. Go ahead. Go. Go on. You can cry now if you want to. You know I still do. I should have laid as big a deposit as I could on it , and kept on paying until I got out of h.s. and got a steady job at Boeing to pay it off. I got a superb Maserati 3500 , #101 524 , making it a late '59 , or early '60 for about the same money , also way under market at the time , after getting that Boeing job. Maybe these days it would take a Maserati 450S to bring the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ of a 1930 SS 38/250. I just don't know. Bruce will. I'll ask him next time I see him. By the way , he recently told me that even HE would not have been able to have come up with that kind of dough back then when we were drinking buddies. He did pretty well with his own SS down at the 'Beach last August.

 

Epilogue : Three decades or so later , now a 1/4 century ago , I wandered into the "Jewelry Pavillion" at Hershey. Isotta' stuff. "Hisso" stuff. Gregoire stuff. Bucciali stuff. Bugatti. Rolls' , "Duesey"  , Pierce Arrow , etc. The Big Boy stuff. On a table were a pair of the huge "Carl Zeiss - Jena" headlight lenses "my" SS 38/250 wore. Price ? Why , $2500 ! .................. Apiece !!!

 

I wipe my weepin' eyes when I realize no crazy beer drinking high school kid should ever own anything like that. I drove '39 and '49 Cads back then. They only cost $100 and $150 respectively. I didn't baby , or wreck them either. Salud ! Bottoms up !  - CC

 

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Mark when was that Victoria for sale? I think that a lot of us Studebaker guys missed out on this one!

 

For me I guess that it had to be the 1949 Jaguar XK120. It was for sale by a good friend, who had owned it since new, or almost new. It had the partial aluminum body, and a special tweaked engine. That was the second one that walked away from, the first was when I was in college and also belonged to a friend. The first was a $750 car, the second in the late eighties, was $12500. You can see how this is going, and I could too. I got cold feet when my now x-wife said that she was all for the purchase, but that she wanted to drive it to work, as her daily driver. I said no way, and she had a fit. What I should have done was buy it, flip her the keys and tell here to go for it. I doubt that she would have lasted a week, with the beast. She would have been more then ready to jump back into her 240Z.

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6? healey 3000 for peanuts back in '68. i probably would have destroyed it had i bought it. 

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Easy...'65 Catalina Ventura HT, yellow, 389, totally rust free...$3500 negotiable back in 2000.  I was finishing up college and looking for a winter driver so I wouldn't have to drive my '65 Mustang in the salt that winter.  It was far too nice to subject to salt, and I didn't have money for another toy.  That one still haunts me.

 

Almost as bad...an almost rust free '70 Chevelle HT, blue with black vinyl top, 307, nice paint and interior...$3900.  This was back in 2003.  I could have afforded it then, but the Chevelle has never been one of my favorites.  Now I wonder what the heck I was thinking.  

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Back in 1961,when I was 14, my dad finally relented,and let me buy a 1939 LaSalle sedan in reasonably good shape for $75. Towed it the 5 miles home behind his 2 cylinder John Deere AR tractor. The same collector that sold it to me had a sweet 1939 LaSalle coupe and a 1938 Cadillac 60 Special sedan, both with very low miles at $500 each.My $1.50/week allowance just wouldn't stretch that far !

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It was sometime in the late 1970's and I would call every month about the engineless Paul Weirick two man INDY 500 car. This car had a long life at INDY, sat on the pole twice. For some reason I missed the monthly call to the owner at that time and was told it was sold for $20,000, an amount of money I could have somehow found, but two months ago he couldn't tell me. Later that year a friend asked if I saw the OFFY at Hershey 10 rows over from my spot, no, and it took over two hours of him coming back and asking several times. Finally he just about took me by the hand and we went to see the OFFY. By that time all that was left was the plot of grass it had sat on, YES, turned out to be THE engine out of the Gilmore #33. It has a proper restoration now and I finally got to see it on the lawn at Pebble Beach 2016. There is another car that took 40 years to find since I last saw it, but it can't be bought. Bob 

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For me, it was a '64 Ferrari GTB that I could have had for $4,000.  It was in 1970 and I didn't have that kind of money to spend on a car.  Shoulda, woulda, but I didn't forsee the tremendous increase in price that collectable cars would being going through.                                                                                                                                                                                      Larry

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