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    Cars I should have bought ..... but didn't!

    I am not talking about some wiz bang exotic, but some car that you could have afforded at the time, but for some reason passed by only to regret it later.

    I know in my case I have always regretted not buying the completely refurbished Citroen SM that a Citroen specialist (the Citroen specialist) in L.A. had for sale. The car had belonged to his wife and he had gone through it and brought it completely up to snuff. The car, even though about twelve years old at the time, was in like new condition. I was metallic gray with red leather interior ... an outstanding combination. He wanted $11,000, which was well over market for a used SM at the time (the early eighties), but the car was in such prime condition I still think it was worth it.

    At the time I still had my '76 Seville and getting the SM would have made getting rid of it a necessity due to garage space. Ah, well, I never did get a Citroen SM .... I have always wondered what it would be like to live with one of the most advanced and unique grand touring cars of the late sixties.

    I'll bet you have had a similar experience.

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    Re: Cars I should have bought ..... but didn't!

    I was sixteen years old and a there was a 72 Buick GS convertible with a 350 for $2500. It was driver quality but could have used a paint job. I was 17 and the only reason I walked away was because it needed a new top (was patched with Duct tape). That car would be over 10K today without doing a thing.

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    Re: Cars I should have bought ..... but didn't!

    Well never really passed up a car that i regret but the thing is there's a car i'm waiting for. My body shop guy has a mint 1979 Coupe Deville that kind of looks like a Phaeton. 67K Miles 1 owner garage kept its whole life and my god is it nice! Then next too his Coupe he has a 70-71 Hemi Cuda mint with low miles and 2 owner.

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    Re: Cars I should have bought ..... but didn't!

    Never really had that problem. I am told that I "shop for cars backwards"

    Most people end up seeing a car they really like and either buy it or regret not buying it.

    I determine what kind of car I would like to have and then, when the seed is planted in my brain that I should go and get one... I go get one. Such was the story of my Cadillac, my Pontiac and my Lincoln.

    The Cadillac I was very specific about (as there were only three like mine, though it could be argued each was unique in some way or another) and I had to track it down. Took me the better part of a month, but I found it. Contacted the owner and paid for it from 3,000 miles away.

    The Pontiac, I decided I wanted as a car in need of a complete restoration. It was the car my Father and I settled on getting. a '67 GTO in need of some serious TLC. Within 24 hours, I had determined where to find the car I wanted and two days later, had it on the back of a truck, headed back to my house.

    The Lincoln, I decided I should get sort of out of the blue and for no REAL reason, as I hardly needed it (It was technically me beater, because who says beaters can't be immaculate). Came up with the idea one night while spending time indoors with some friends. By lunch time the next day, I had found one, driven a few hundred miles to get it, bargained the price down to what I felt like paying and returned it to my own driveway.

    I am a tad alarmed, as the gears in my head have been turning a bit lately and I feel (fear) I may soon desire another car. No idea what it will be. Lately I have even found those ugly black things Buick was making in the eighties to be appealing. The ones with the slanted front-ends.

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    I always wish I had bought a 69 skylark with a 350 that I found while looking for my first car. It was 1k, and needed a paint job (had rust but the rust had been fixed with really good quality patch panels). My dad said no because of the patch panels and the title wasn't in the guys name (it was in the name of a family friend of his, who was the original owner of the car.) He ended up selling it to someone who bought it for the interior (had a nice black vinyl interior with a console and 2 seam splits on the drivers bucket).

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    Well I don't really have that problem either. B4 I was married, if I wanted a certain car, I bought it. The ONLY one I regret passing up was a few years ago. I was looking for a good large SUV to tow my wheeling jeep. Looked at a fully loaded 2005 Yukon XL with the auto level ride, Nav, entertainment system in the back. Basically only way to get nicer was to buy the Denali package. They only wanted 17 for it. But for what ever reason decided to keep using my V8 grand Cherokee as my tow vehicle. I do wish I had gone ahead and gotten it.

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    Re: Cars I should have bought ..... but didn't!

    When I was 16, I stumbled across a triple navy '87 Brougham for sale. On a scale of 1-10, it was a solid 8. Pretty much rust free, paint was in good shape, velour interior was in good condition. The odometer showed like 60k miles. He was asking $1000 cash for it. I had the money, but no license yet and my parents said no to any Cadillac as a first car.
    "They call Alabama the Crimson Tide, call me Deacon Blues."

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    Re: Cars I should have bought ..... but didn't!

    Austin 3000 Roadster. I think it was a 10-year-old beater '64 for under $1,000.

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    Re: Cars I should have bought ..... but didn't!

    Quote Originally Posted by I~LUV~Caddys8792 View Post
    When I was 16, my parents said no to any Cadillac as a first car.
    I am sad to hear of the abusive childhood.
    You seem to have overcome it to become a fine young man. Did you report them to the authorities?

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    Re: Cars I should have bought ..... but didn't!

    I mean, I DID have an LT1 Roadmaster as a first car, which arguably was better than an '87 Brougham. I did get that '92 Deville as a 2nd car.
    "They call Alabama the Crimson Tide, call me Deacon Blues."

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    Re: Cars I should have bought ..... but didn't!

    A '57 Chrysler Imperial, white over pink, hemi, 2 door hardtop, $500.

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    I don't sweat the "woulda-coulda-shouldas" like I used to though.


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    Re: Cars I should have bought ..... but didn't!

    Quote Originally Posted by I~LUV~Caddys8792 View Post
    When I was 16, I stumbled across a triple navy '87 Brougham for sale. On a scale of 1-10, it was a solid 8. Pretty much rust free, paint was in good shape, velour interior was in good condition. The odometer showed like 60k miles. He was asking $1000 cash for it. I had the money, but no license yet and my parents said no to any Cadillac as a first car.
    When I turned 17 and got my license (New Jersey) I brought home several candidates for my first car. A "59 Porsche coupe, a brand new Peugeot and a MG TD. In my family the rule was you had buy your own car yourself, so I wanted to have my folks to cosign so I could purchase one of these "great cars!" Needless to say my father was not about to cosign on one o these cars. However, he said he did have a solution for my Summer time transportation needs. I could use the 1956 Mercedes 300D ("Adenauer Mercedes" sedan) if I would pay him the amount that I would have paid for the cars I had brought home. What he didn't say, but it turned out to have been an under the table agreement with my mother, was that I could used my mother's 1957 Olds 98 four door Holiday for dates on weekends if I wanted! So despite the looming threat of no wheels for my first Summer of driving, it all worked out after all!

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    Re: Cars I should have bought ..... but didn't!

    Fortunately I haven't encountered such an instance with automobiles.....yet.

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    Re: Cars I should have bought ..... but didn't!

    1970 Cadillac Eldorado, triple black. It needed carpet, a small patch in the passenger side footwell, and it needed the bumper straightened out. It was a project, but it would have been a very easy one. They only wanted $800 for it, and it came with a new bumper. I had $600 and they wouldn't budge on the price. I started it up though, and if I could bottle sound, that would be it. Good lord it was amazing. Always kicked myself for not finding a way to purchase that thing.

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    Re: Cars I should have bought ..... but didn't!

    Quote Originally Posted by greencadillacmatt View Post
    1970 Cadillac Eldorado, triple black. It needed carpet, a small patch in the passenger side footwell, and it needed the bumper straightened out. It was a project, but it would have been a very easy one. They only wanted $800 for it, and it came with a new bumper. I had $600 and they wouldn't budge on the price. I started it up though, and if I could bottle sound, that would be it. Good lord it was amazing. Always kicked myself for not finding a way to purchase that thing.
    Man you should have jumped on that, 1970 was the last great year of that original design. IMO 1971-78 was way too vulgar, bloated, overwrought, and cheaply made. Plus 1970 was the ONLY year to feature the high compression 500 V8 engine.


    One car I wish I had jumped on was a 2003 Miata "Shinsen" . . . It was a special edition, limited production Miata. In Miata speak, Mazda usually did one "special" car a year, with a unique interior/exterior color combo, the car usually came equipped with every factory option, but mechanically it was identical to any other Miata. The Shinsen car was a very pretty gunmetal grey, blue top, navy blue seats, navy blue accents on the otherwise black interior. Very sexy and somewhat subdued car. The dealer(a reputable Honda dealer) had this on their lot about 5 years ago for way under market price with about 30,000 miles on it, in just immaculate condition. They also had 2 used S2000's for WAY more $$$$, along with 3 or 4 new S2000's.



    With the price, this was going to be my only car. I just could not justify how impractical a Miata would be in my life. Looking back, I never really hauled people in the back seat of my Camaro I had at the time, and if I needed more cargo space I could've always borrowed my buddy's Chevy truck.

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