Parting is such sweet sorrow

Well, after just putting the cash in the bank and signing the title over to a guy from Oklahoma, my 65 Chevelle is on it’s way down south to Okmulgee, OK.

As much as it pains me to get rid of it, I’m buying a house and need the money. One guy even offered to trade me a 57 chevy, which would have been a no brainer if money wasn’t needed.

So, let us all reminisce over lost “loves” we’ve driven in our lives. What have you gotten rid of for either money, or regret trading in.

I miss my first car, a 1965 Sunbeam Imp, same with my 1970 VW Beetle, RX-7, and Miata I have loved all those cars and only owned one other and while I did not love it, I at least liked it a lot (Mazada 626)

1970 LT-1 Corvette convertible. Silver w/black leather interior. Both tops. Chrome Hooker headers & pipes. it still hurts!

Around 1961, I had a 1936 Chevrolet. The upholstered seats in that car were better than most easy chairs. And, it would go places in winter the new ones would choke at. it is the only car I ever owned that had character and personality. I didn’t drive fast with that car; it really purred along at 40 mph.

I re-wired it for a modern generator but I can’t remember if it was 6v or 12v, so assume it was 6 volts. The sealed beam lights I put on were an amazing improvement over the stock candles.

I sold it for $35, more than I paid for it, because one time it wouldn’t start for me, and if I had kept it, it would have eventually been worth a fortune, I suppose. Still, those old cars need enough repairs it would have owned me.

Well, when I built my house 15 years ago it slowed down my plans to restore a 1949 Cadillac and a 1962 Cadillac–both of which I still have. Getting married a few years later slowed this down even more. I don’t regret either of these decisions, though! Congratulations on making the responsible choice of getting into a house. I know too many who have spent tons of money on new or otherwise expensive cars instead of getting into homes.

This spring I plan to sell a babied 1984 Mercedes 380SL that I’ve owned for around 10 years. Although I may later have regrets at this point it’s the right thing to do.

yeah. my plan is to have it paid off in 10 years or less(the broker told me if I made double payments every month, I’d have it paid off in 7 years) since a couple vehicles I was considering cost as much as this house does. Who knows, I may keep the civic forever(and if not, the house payment isn’t gonna bankrupt me so I’ll be able to get another one if needed) and get me a project 57 chevy down the road. Would bright blue(color of the chevelle) and dark silver/gray be a good two-tone combination? maybe a white pinstripe spelling out 57 chevy in cursive writing?

edit: for color reference.

Well, Meehan, why don’t you get another Miata? There are lots of them available, some with very low miles, and you know how reliable and enjoyable they are. If you miss it that much, replace it.

75 LTD. It would have been better than walking. I forgot to mail in my insurance and the price doubled. I then bought a car that only needed liability.

Because I also love the car I got. It was and is a 2002 VW NB Diesel. It is a nice car overall and I am getting 60 (+ or -) mpg on the road. Also at that time I was just getting over some back problems and getting up out of the Miata was a problem.

I still own my first car, a '55 Hudson Hornet. I got it when I was 15. It was just a little younger. No regrets there. My second car was an MGA. I regretted selling it so much that I bought another one two months later. I still have it. No regrets there.

My fovorite car of all the dozens and dozens I’ve had was a '97 Ford Taurus SHO. It had a 235 HP V-8, and would turn 6500 RPM before it would shift to the next gear if you put your foot to the floor and held it there. I sold it two years ago. This week I bought another one. So far, so good.

I regretted having to sell my $750 '56 Mercedes Benz 190SL more than most cars I’ve sold. Unfortunately I was a poor college student at the time, and the $250 profit I made seemed good. 38 years later unrestored 190SLs are bringing $10,000 on ebay. I wish I’d kept that one instead of the MGA.