Jeff Perkins / Mn

Tell us about the one that got away........

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   Many of us have been around a while and have often though of the car that got away. Maybe it was one that you wanted to buy but did not “pull the trigger” or perhaps it was one you sold and have had “seller’s remorse”. Well, I have experienced both. Here, with pictures, are both:

 

The one that I regret selling is my 1929 Model A Cabriolet, a compact and sporty car that everyone loved and it drove sooooo nice....

 

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The one I didn’t buy was this 1926 Packard 2-36 Phaeton with RHD offered by Tom L. in Rhode Island back in 2013. It is featured in the December 2012 issue of Hemmings Classic Car. A very interesting story.

 

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So many that I regret letting go of. My all original 1929 Franklin 135 six sport sedan (no photo), my 1930 DeSoto eight cylinder sedan, my 1936 Dodge Brothers touring sedan with side mounts, my 1957 Dodge 1/2 ton pickup (no photo), my 1968 Plymouth Road Runner, my 1955 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer two door hardtop, and most recently, my 1967 Dodge A100 compact pickup. Sigh....

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1923 Marmon on this site- claiming to be a Holbrook for 85k

 

two months later its on here for 25k, because it couldnt be verified. one fella was ahead of me and I missed it.

 

I didnt care about the stinkin badges!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

what a car and engine.

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As a freshman in college in 1977, I had the opportunity to purchase a real, complete 1969 Boss 429 Mustang with a spun rod bearing. I was paying tuition at MIT. I couldn't have come up with $150 for a non-functioning car, let alone $1500. I'm not a Ford guy, but that one still bothers me.

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Vintage Sports Car racing way just starting to catch on in the 1970's, there were so many cars I could have bought but didn't. Sitting on them for the last 50 years wouldn't have been possible but it is fun to dream. Bob 

 

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The one that got away from me - 1949 Frazer 4-door convertible from the original owner.

She just wouldn't sell it to me (I tried for 25 years)

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Back in '89 I was working with a guy that was the original owner of a 1970 Ford Torino fastback with the Cobra Jet motor.

It was green with white interior and the shaker hood.

He was going to sell it because his wife didn't want an 'old car' around.

I'm not a Ford guy at all but I still regret not giving him the $1,500 he offered it up for.

 

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There must be a dozen but the one that sticks in my mind was a Jaguar Mk V drophead coupe, for sale at a local gas station for $250 when I was in high school in 1968. My father wouldn't let me buy it (where you gonna get parts for it). If I had bought it no doubt I would have sold it in a year or 2 and it would be long gone. Still I think about it every now and then. In case you are not familiar, it was the first Jaguar sold in North America and looked like something Cary Grant would drive.

 

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Hi Steve,

The 1912 Hudson 33 was/wasn’t/was/wasn’t for sale. I think the family just wanted me to get it running for them. When I figured that out I returned it to them. It will never leave their nest.

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In 1985 I was a college student, working full time,  just married, with an 88 dollar a month payment on a 1976 VW.

Turned down a one owner 1961, 356 Porsche.  An older fellow I worked with wanted me to have it. I did maintenance on it for him.  Arizona car, no rust.
just could not swing 1500,.

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My dad has many more interesting misses than I.    1962,   Byrd estate auction on Island.  The greatest collector car auction of all time for those of you that are not familiar.     My dad had 5k in his pocket and the Mercedes SS with 19k original miles sold for 5,500.   He was up against a guy with a lot more money than him,  so it didn't matter how much he had in reality,  but a huge miss as that is a 4-5 million dollar car now.

 

http://www.vanderbiltcupraces.com/blog/article/the_1962_auction_of_the_century_at_the_farnesworth_estate

 

 

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Seemed bigger when I owned it. Low mileage Tennessee car. It was one I liked but it was all a process to get where I am. And today I wouldn't really be interested in some of the former dream cars.

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1 hour ago, 60FlatTop said:

Seemed bigger when I owned it. Low mileage Tennessee car. It was one I liked but it was all a process to get where I am. And today I wouldn't really be interested in some of the former dream cars.

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I had the slightly older brother. Same colour but a 1961 with the higher fins and wire wheels. Sold it to a HS buddy to put toward a 1965 MGB. Even in the mid 70's Sunbeam parts were starting to dry up. Traded the B on a very decent MGA about a year later. Been hooked on MGA's ever since.

Only owned one other Sunbeam in later years, a  $50.00 Arrow Sedan that was my winter beater for a term at college in the  early 1980's. The MGA's needed to be kept away from salt or they dissolved, the Sunbeam I didn't really care about.

 

Greg in Canada

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One that still burns, many many years later. A Austin Healey 100 - 4 with much racing prep. 4 wheel disks,  AC Bristol engine and GB. A very quick track car , but a somewhat damaged engine. But no broken castings, the crank was still savable. Fire sale price. I was in grade 12 at the time, went to look at it as soon as I heard about it. I was the first one there and said I would buy it , offered to put $100.00 down on it.

The seller said " don't worry , just pay in full when you pick it up". I was back at 3:30 that same afternoon with a friends fathers pick up and car trailer and a wallet full of cash. The seller said " sorry it's gone, I didn't think you were serious, you are just a kid after all " He even showed me the empty spot in his shop where it had been a couple of hours previous. I was spitting nails but what can you do ?

Lesson learned the hard way, I have never bought a car without a substantial deposit since.

Greg in Canada

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A year or two out of high school, sometime around 1985, there was an early 50’s Allard J2 for sale at 20k that was being stored at a friends house. It might as well have been a million at that time but looking at these now it was a steal...

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I'd have to tell too many stories, some maybe I can't even remember.  But the biggest fishes that got away were a 1953 Buick Skylark with 50some thousand original miles (I didn't have the needed $500, but showed to one of my best friends at the time and then he slipped around and bought it himself), a 1939 Buick Special convertible coupe (in a barn for years, never could buy it, man promised it to me over and over, but I finally got another one later), and a 1941 Buick Limited (that belonged long ago to a late great old fried, that I couldn't work out, twice, more recently), but I'd owned two others back in the 1970s and early 80s.  The current owner contacted me, only today in fact and that brought it back to mind.  Since 1962 in AACA, those three probably only scratch the surface. 😃

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Al. I was at the Wallace Byrd estate auction as well, and so was Austin Clark ( he drove over a few miles from his house in a Phantom I or a Silver Ghost RR he owned) I remember that there were some really neat cars parked in the field next to the garages at the Byrd estate that people drove in with just for the sake of attending in a neat old car. Several Packards,

Regarding the car that I missed and "got away" it was in the late 1960s and on Merrick Road in Valley Stream, NY here on Long Island there was a used car lot on the north side of the road. there in the front row sat a 1941 Oldsmobile convertible sedan that looked like it had just been pulled out of a garage after long storage. Complete with fender skirts, paint in great condition but dull, top needed to be replaced too. This was the Olds that shared the same body as the Buick Roadmaster and Cadillac series 62 . Friends and I could never seem to be there when the lot was open!  Car disappeared and we never knew where it went. If I recall correctly the price was an "asking" $1,000 . Other cars that got away were a pair of 1936-37 Cord sedans that were in Hempstead , NY and there was also a 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial sedan parked between two buildings in Hempstead as well - those buildings have since disappeared due to redevelopment of that area.

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1958 Cadillac Eldorado Seville with tri-power, nice driver. The fellow wanted $1,500.00 for it. This was back in 1972. My dad didn't think the car was worth the money. I see his point now , didn't at the time,  about spending that much cash. Pretty  car . 

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19 minutes ago, Walt G said:

Al. I was at the Wallace Byrd estate auction as well, and so was Austin Clark ( he drove over a few miles from his house in a Phantom I or a Silver Ghost RR he owned) I remember that there were some really neat cars parked in the field next to the garages at the Byrd estate that people drove in with just for the sake of attending in a neat old car. Several Packards,

Regarding the car that I missed and "got away" it was in the late 1960s and on Merrick Road in Valley Stream, NY here on Long Island there was a used car lot on the north side of the road. there in the front row sat a 1941 Oldsmobile convertible sedan that looked like it had just been pulled out of a garage after long storage. Complete with fender skirts, paint in great condition but dull, top needed to be replaced too. This was the Olds that shared the same body as the Buick Roadmaster and Cadillac series 62 . Friends and I could never seem to be there when the lot was open!  Car disappeared and we never knew where it went. If I recall correctly the price was an "asking" $1,000 . Other cars that got away were a pair of 1936-37 Cord sedans that were in Hempstead , NY and there was also a 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial sedan parked between two buildings in Hempstead as well - those buildings have since disappeared due to redevelopment of that area.

 

Did you take any pictures Walt?  People don't realize when they throw around the term "ultimate barn find" that there was clearly one that was and it was the Farnsworth estate sale.   Makes A.K. Miller's auction look like an yard sale.

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The Sunbeam Tiger in about 1972 that I could have bought fo $1000 and my Sunbeam Alpine.  Of course I had no way of getting that kind of money.  And so many others I don’t know where to start.

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Back in about 1989 my wife and I were looking for a 68-72 Vette. Saw a 59 Caddy convt for sale at Lump’s Car and Parts Swap meet in Springfield for about $7500, the same price I paid for a 70 Vette. I still have the Vette but it did not appreciate like the 59 Caddy’s have. 

 

Tom

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In 1968 my friends dad had given up on rebuilding a 59 Corvette and said he'd sell it for $200. I wish I bought it.

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Way too many that I didn't have enough sense or nerve to buy, but a 66 SC Cobra roadster for 7 K and a perfect one owner  Mercedes 300 SL gull wing for 12 K  in Texas back in 69 come to mind as the ones that seem the most valuable slip-aways I turned down... sigh...  I have also had some neat ones tho', but sold all except one of our collection so we could move to Hawaii. Glad I did, enjoyed my time with 99% of our vehicles thru the years, but dearly LOVE being warm in a paid for home in Paradise !.

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In 1999 my dad and I were looking for a car for me, as in 2001 I would finally be able to drive. We were going to fix it together and then enjoy. There was a 70s El Camino in the newspaper in Peekskill, NY, my family's home town. I think it was a 1976 but I don't remember for sure anymore. My parents had me call the number listed and I've been sure since that day they did not sell it to me due to my voice. To this day I still want an El Camino of that generation, and am known to most people as El Camino Billy due to my fanatacism of all El Caminos.

 

In 2000/2001 my health took a turn for the worse, permanently robbing me of my ability to work on or even drive cars. In February 2002 my dad lost his battle with cancer, ending my chances of ever fulfilling my lifelong dream of classic car ownership. It's a void in my life that will likely never be filled.

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