A car you have sold that you wish you had back

IA-SteveB

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#1
I am a car nut and have owned several in my life. We all have a car or two in our history that we wish we had never sold either because it is now a collectible classic or we just simply liked it so much.
For me, I wish I had never gotten rid of a 1987 Buick Regal Turbo T that I had for 17 years (sold in 2015). It was such a bad ass street car that could boil the tires at 45mph. These cars are now bringing in good money on the used car market and will keep going up as time rolls on. I know I will never be able to get another one but at least I enjoyed it while I had it.

 
#2
For me it's any of the old Nissan:Datsun Z's that I've owned that maybe I should have kept and also the ones that I should have bought but didn't. Should have also invested in a Toyota 2000gt when their price was attainable. Maybe now I think the market of some of these cars is now dropping and other models are rising due to generational interests.
 

IA-SteveB

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#3
Oh yes. The market for the Datsun Z cars is very strong these days. I'm still trying to buy one from a guy that lives two blocks from me. It is a near mint 1978 280Z. I'd like an early 70's 240Z but they are unattainable in the condition I want.
 
#6
I had a 2009 Challenger R/T 5.7 Hemi and a 2015 Challenger Scat Pack with the 392. Loved those beasts esp the latter. 500 naturally aspirated horsepower and monstrous torque was so satisfying. Then I got married and had a kid!
 
#7
@IA-SteveB

I can appreciate your Buick. My dad has an 87 Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe. Him and his buddy put a custom built 572 Big Block in it with a Procharger making ~1100 HP or so. It's nasty. Runs low 10s at strip but it spins and smokes 315 wide drag radials all the way down the 1/4 mile!
 
#9
I am a car nut and have owned several in my life. We all have a car or two in our history that we wish we had never sold either because it is now a collectible classic or we just simply liked it so much.
For me, I wish I had never gotten rid of a 1987 Buick Regal Turbo T that I had for 17 years (sold in 2015). It was such a bad ass street car that could boil the tires at 45mph. These cars are now bringing in good money on the used car market and will keep going up as time rolls on. I know I will never be able to get another one but at least I enjoyed it while I had it.

We had one of those Buick turbo also. It was hubby's car but I got to drive it once on a while. Had a little bit of a lag before the turbo kicked in when you stepped on the gas as I recall. Ours was a particularly ugly shade of pistachio.
 

IA-SteveB

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#10
Yeah, that was the nature of a single big turbo in those days. There was lag but once it hit, the fun began. Full throttle with no bottle as I used to say. No need for NOS.
 
#12
Red 1968 Ford Mustang... last of the "classic" years? Had it until Honda announced the release of the Accord in mid-76. But the wait-list for that was 6-9 months so I ended up with one of the 1st '77 Accords. Got another Accord a decade later.

1994 Volvo 850 Turbo was pretty cool as well. Doing the EV thing these days. Turned in my Chevy Spark last Spring for a new Kia Soul. More zip with that 2015 Spark. 0-45 in just handful of seconds. But the Soul's got a better range with 140 miles on a full charge. Heard that next year's model will be comparable (range) to Bolt and Tesla ranges now.
 
#13
My first two...a 1964 MG Midget ragtop and then a 1967 Dodge Dart, red with a black vinyl top. The first was a repair headache getting spare parts in Florida for a British car. The second (Dart) was never a problem mechanically.
 
#15
1984 Audi Quattro, more road feel than a pr of Converse Jack Purcells. Perfect balance
I chose the 82 4000 over the Quattro as being more practical. The Quattro, though, had far better handling, and, of course, AWD when it wasn't popular. I did get a 5000 Quattro later on.
 

Ronaldo

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#18
I chose the 82 4000 over the Quattro as being more practical. The Quattro, though, had far better handling, and, of course, AWD when it wasn't popular. I did get a 5000 Quattro later on.
Had an Audi 4000 w/o power steering, wonderful. Pr. of 5000, an S and Turbo. Back when an Audi was so good it nearly drove itself..............................................and sometimes did
 

TripleB

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#20
1990 Eagle Talon...red with black top! Almost identical to a Mitsubishi Eclipse, but so much better looking in my opinion!

1996 I traded it in because we had my daughter and the car seat didn't work so well in the Talon!

TripleB
 
#21
Oh yes. The market for the Datsun Z cars is very strong these days. I'm still trying to buy one from a guy that lives two blocks from me. It is a near mint 1978 280Z. I'd like an early 70's 240Z but they are unattainable in the condition I want.
There is an interesting article published in Hagarty's web site listing what's hot, Luke warm and not, in Nissan collectables and according to this article there has been a shift in interest of these cars, very much to my surprise. At present the cars that made the hot list were the z31 300zx, Datsun 2000 sport and the Dstsun 1600 ( just to list a few) with the 280zx, 280z and z32 300zx on the not list, with the 260z on Luke warm.
 
#26
Don’t think I will ever miss a car more than the Mustang convertible I had in CA. Every day from waking up it was a good day as I looked forward to fire up my car and drive it.
But the climate here not suitable for an 8 cylinder convertible sportscar :( The roads where I live makes it impossible to have that kind of car.
I loved that car more than many humans I know :X3: Didn’t know it was possible to love a car lol.
My Toyota isn’t exactly in the same lega when it comes to driving feeling and design. Pretty sad to go from a Mustang to a Toyota :cry:
Next year I’m getting a new car again, and it’s not gonna be an Asian car, that’s for sure!
 
#27
Don’t think I will ever miss a car more than the Mustang convertible I had in CA. Every day from waking up it was a good day as I looked forward to fire up my car and drive it.
But the climate here not suitable for an 8 cylinder convertible sportscar :( The roads where I live makes it impossible to have that kind of car.
I loved that car more than many humans I know :X3: Didn’t know it was possible to love a car lol.
My Toyota isn’t exactly in the same lega when it comes to driving feeling and design. Pretty sad to go from a Mustang to a Toyota :cry:
Next year I’m getting a new car again, and it’s not gonna be an Asian car, that’s for sure!
Uhh... Have you driven a S2000, NSX, MR2, EVO, STI. Hell... a freaking MIATA?!
 
#29
Don’t think I will ever miss a car more than the Mustang convertible I had in CA. Every day from waking up it was a good day as I looked forward to fire up my car and drive it.
But the climate here not suitable for an 8 cylinder convertible sportscar :( The roads where I live makes it impossible to have that kind of car.
I loved that car more than many humans I know :X3: Didn’t know it was possible to love a car lol.
My Toyota isn’t exactly in the same lega when it comes to driving feeling and design. Pretty sad to go from a Mustang to a Toyota :cry:
Next year I’m getting a new car again, and it’s not gonna be an Asian car, that’s for sure!
I drove BMWs and Audis for a long time and eventually went to Toyota. And I'm quite happy that I switched. Yes, I lost performance, handling and drivability. But I got back reliability and maintainability. And those were preferable in that phase of life.

Have you taken a look at the new Supra? A friend had first-gen and second-gen Supras. The first was a plush car. The second was a sports car - it was quite the dramatic difference. The third is supposed to be a sports car.



 
#30
For me it's any of the old Nissan:Datsun Z's that I've owned that maybe I should have kept and also the ones that I should have bought but didn't. Should have also invested in a Toyota 2000gt when their price was attainable. Maybe now I think the market of some of these cars is now dropping and other models are rising due to generational interests.
didn't Mitsubishi make the 2000 gt?

Toyota's is the Supra.
 
#31
I drove BMWs and Audis for a long time and eventually went to Toyota. And I'm quite happy that I switched. Yes, I lost performance, handling and drivability. But I got back reliability and maintainability. And those were preferable in that phase of life.

Have you taken a look at the new Supra? A friend had first-gen and second-gen Supras. The first was a plush car. The second was a sports car - it was quite the dramatic difference. The third is supposed to be a sports car.



that new Supra is essentially a rebadged BMW Z4.

it really doesn't belong in the same grouping as the other cars you posted.

Toyota didn't even put their own engine into a BMW chassis, just reskinned it to make it look more Japanese.

so don't expect the same reliability and maintainability you were speaking of.
 
#33
1996 Ford Probe GT!

best FWD handling car I've been in!

the feel was just more raw back then, even if technically not better performance.
 
#39
69 Camaro 307, blue, 3 on the floor, cragar mags, side pipes, rear end jacked up, body by fisher tag on front. First car ... high school ... sold it before college. STUPID!!! Although ... not a good car for college party years ...could hear it with the side pipes from 1/2 mile away. :-D
 
#40
that new Supra is essentially a rebadged BMW Z4.

it really doesn't belong in the same grouping as the other cars you posted.

Toyota didn't even put their own engine into a BMW chassis, just reskinned it to make it look more Japanese.

so don't expect the same reliability and maintainability you were speaking of.
You're exactly right on this. The new Supra is a major let down and disappointment to Supra enthusiasts.
 

IA-SteveB

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#41
You are seriously missing out. The S2000 is the best car handling car I have ever driven. Granted, I don't have the means to really afford a supercar. That's why there is one in my garage right now. The experience is so analog and intoxicating. I was never really into Japanese cars but this car brought me on board. I'd never be able to afford an older gen Toyota Supra, Rx7 TT or Acura NSX, so this is what I decided on.
 
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#42
You are seriously missing out. The S2000 is the best car handling car I have ever driven. Granted, I don't have the means to really afford a supercar. That's why there is one in my garage right now. The experience is so analog and intoxicating. I was never really into Japanese cars but this car brought me on board. I'd never be able to afford an older gen Toyota Supra, Rx7 TT or Acura NSX, so this is what I decided on.
My parents had a big Subahru when I grew up. I loved that car actually.
Other Asian car I’ve been thinking about is a Nissan Silvia car. Since that’s my name. Yes very cheesy indeed hahaha
 
#43
that new Supra is essentially a rebadged BMW Z4.

it really doesn't belong in the same grouping as the other cars you posted.

Toyota didn't even put their own engine into a BMW chassis, just reskinned it to make it look more Japanese.

so don't expect the same reliability and maintainability you were speaking of.
I guess that's the way things have been going at Toyota. A few years ago, they were trying to figure out how to appeal to younger buyers without losing their older buyers. And cutting production and development costs. The first result was the 2018 Camry (I have one of them). They made it lower to the ground, sportier, better handling but harsher ride, and less space and headroom. As an older buyer, I preferred the previous version but I've been getting used to the newer version.

I can see Toyota outsourcing a low-production car like the Supra to another company given the new realities of the car market. Not really saying that I like it but companies do what they have to do.

My old friend with the Supras said that the first generation said that it was like a small Buick - very plush ride. The second generation was nothing like it. I recall his difficulty with the standard transmission because it was stiff and direct. Something you'd want in a performance car but not something that a lot of people could comfortably use in a passenger vehicle. My 5000 Quattro transmission was like this too.

Part of the reason why I like Toyota is the reliability and maintainability. I guess the place to go would be Lexus for that in one of their sporty models.
 
#44
I am a car nut and have owned several in my life. We all have a car or two in our history that we wish we had never sold either because it is now a collectible classic or we just simply liked it so much.
For me, I wish I had never gotten rid of a 1987 Buick Regal Turbo T that I had for 17 years (sold in 2015). It was such a bad ass street car that could boil the tires at 45mph. These cars are now bringing in good money on the used car market and will keep going up as time rolls on. I know I will never be able to get another one but at least I enjoyed it while I had it.

In my particular case, I was happy to get rid of all my cars I sold.
 
#46
they're versions of Mustangs that crushes all of those!

don't be silly.
The only version that is deemed "better" is a GT350 and above, and that's $60k and above.

Other than that, I like being able to take turns and corners at reasonable speed. I don't care for gas mashing in a straight line.
 
#48
The only version that is deemed "better" is a GT350 and above, and that's $60k and above.

Other than that, I like being able to take turns and corners at reasonable speed. I don't care for gas mashing in a straight line.
So you prefer a Mazda Miata over a Mustang GT?

I wouldnt have had a Miata if I had it for free. Those cars would make my legs cramp in long drives.
 
#49
Those little cracker jack toy cars can't compete with Chevy, Ford or Dodge in a straight line or track performance.

I had the privilege of test driving one of newest gen Vipers (2013+) around a proper course at the Joliet, IL racetrack during my SRT track experience and it's ecstasy at it's finest. I don't know how anyone could ever get the same level of joy out of those little dingy Asian cars.
 
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