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#4549431 - 10/20/17 05:42 PM Name the car you wished you had bought but didn't
Speak2Mountain Offline


Registered: 04/07/17
Posts: 347
Loc: Mississippi
and now in hindsight, you're kicking yourself.

1985 Nissan 300zx Turbo. I had the $ but I bought an 83 280zx...

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#4549438 - 10/20/17 05:51 PM Re: Name the car you wished you had bought but didn't [Re: Speak2Mountain]
CourierDriver Offline


Registered: 12/27/09
Posts: 4943
Loc: Tn.
1968, Pensacola fl while in the Navy...new GTO, about 3200 bucks, car payment 130 a month, way above my pay grade. was paying 56 bucks a month on our 67 VW beetle, yep....
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#4549440 - 10/20/17 05:54 PM Re: Name the car you wished you had bought but didn't [Re: Speak2Mountain]
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Registered: 12/12/02
Posts: 39870
Loc: 'Stralia
First there's all the Toranas that I DID own but sold.

Then there's the E49 Charger that I could have had in 1986 for $3,800.
Or the Phase 3 GTHO around the same time that I could have had for $4,500.

I turned them up, as not being that tall a bloke they were uncomfortable to drive.

the former is now a couple hundred grand, and the latter a few hundred grans more.

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#4549455 - 10/20/17 06:05 PM Re: Name the car you wished you had bought but didn't [Re: Speak2Mountain]
Bud Offline


Registered: 06/04/02
Posts: 1719
Loc: Texas
In 74 I had a chance to buy a 67 AH3000 for $1200.00. Wish I had bought it and kept it since prices today are outrageous.
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#4549463 - 10/20/17 06:20 PM Re: Name the car you wished you had bought but didn't [Re: Speak2Mountain]
IndyIan Offline


Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 9092
Loc: Ontario, Canada
I kind of wish we got air conditioning in our 2003 Tracker, but really I haven't considered buying anything all that exciting over the years. 3 out of the 6 cars we've owned were free so its hard to regret those ones!
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#4549472 - 10/20/17 06:27 PM Re: Name the car you wished you had bought but didn't [Re: Speak2Mountain]
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 19806
Loc: CA
2008 Acura TL. When they were clearencing them out for $28k, I should have bought one.
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#4549481 - 10/20/17 06:31 PM Re: Name the car you wished you had bought but didn't [Re: Speak2Mountain]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 21196
Loc: Orlando, FL
Twin turbo RX7

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#4549489 - 10/20/17 06:35 PM Re: Name the car you wished you had bought but didn't [Re: Speak2Mountain]
GoobSoCold Offline


Registered: 11/07/12
Posts: 14
Loc: Louisville, KY
I've got two that I regret not buying.

In 1990 I could have bought a 1989 Turbo Trans Am (the one with the Grand National engine) 20k miles for $16,000 (sticker for $30,000 new).

Then in 1993 I bought a new Z28, I wasn't real happy with it. I was thinking about trading it. The local Lexus dealer had a 1993 Supra Turbo, 6 speed that I could have traded for my car plus $3000.

I wish I had a do over on those.

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#4549496 - 10/20/17 06:41 PM Re: Name the car you wished you had bought but didn't [Re: Speak2Mountain]
TinyVoices Offline


Registered: 09/12/16
Posts: 481
Loc: Vienna, VA
2 years ago when I got out of college and started working I almost bought a used GTR but I bought a house instead (down payment) with the money.
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#4549497 - 10/20/17 06:42 PM Re: Name the car you wished you had bought but didn't [Re: Speak2Mountain]
madRiver Offline


Registered: 07/11/15
Posts: 3538
Loc: New England
1994 Acura NSX with 35k in 2004. Spent the same cash on a brand new disappointing Subaru WRX.

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#4549508 - 10/20/17 06:47 PM Re: Name the car you wished you had bought but didn't [Re: Speak2Mountain]
69GTX Offline


Registered: 09/23/15
Posts: 3815
Loc: Connecticut
Two occurrences.

Passed on a fully restored 1970 Plymouth (roadrunner) Super Bird (440-4v automatic) in my area for $36,000 back in 1996. It was a stretch for me but I could have swung the cost. The car had no weaknesses. I also knew they were selling for $100K back in 1990 so the drop into 1996 was quite severe. It eventually went up to $120,000 in 2007...and has returned to that approximate level today.

Rather than that Superbird, I ended up buying a restored 1970 Challenger R/T 440-6 for $19,000. It was the best available, high end Mopar in my area in 1996. I only owned it for 3 months when I got tired of all the nit pickers telling me what was "wrong" with it...or what corrections should be made to it...lol. Got tired of all that [censored] even though it was winning best in class at most shows I went to...and some best of shows. Ironically, those same people who told me I paid too much, were later telling me they would have paid more for it after I sold it...lol. It jumped in price thousands every year from there to a high of $95,000 in 2007. Last I saw of it a couple years ago it traded hands for $65K. In the right markets, you can buy worthy cars that will increase in value nicely w/o doing anything but minor care and maintenance.

Other cars I passed on for dumb reasons when they were still very cheap back in the mid-1990's. These were all nice, show worthy #2 cars.

1969 Plymouth Hemi 426 GTX 4 speed convertible (1 of 36 built) $35K
1969 Plymouth GTX 440-4v automatic with 7K original miles $14K.
1970 Plymouth Cuda 340 automatic with 22K miles - $12K
1969 Plymouth Roadrunner 383 automatic - nut and bolt restoration to #1 condition $12K.

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#4549516 - 10/20/17 06:53 PM Re: Name the car you wished you had bought but didn't [Re: Speak2Mountain]
14Accent Offline


Registered: 08/03/17
Posts: 391
Loc: MN
Haven't been driving/alive long enough to have seen deals like some of you... but I love weird cars so here's one:

Missed out on a gorgeous and rust free 1991 Cadillac STS in bright red. This was GM's answer to the "euro" invasion of luxury cars in the early 90's. If you haven't seen one, look it up. It was a HUGE upgrade over the standard Seville, and cost a pretty penny. The guy wanted $1,300 for it. I have yet to see one in as nice of shape as this one. Still kicking myself.

Edit: added a picture for fun. This car looked 85% as nice as the one in the stock photo. Same color. The rims needed a polish, that's about it.




Edited by 14Accent (10/20/17 06:56 PM)
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#4549521 - 10/20/17 06:57 PM Re: Name the car you wished you had bought but didn't [Re: Speak2Mountain]
fdcg27 Offline


Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 15699
Loc: OH
Way back when, in 1980, a 1965 Lancia Flaminia convertible.
$3500 asking, so probably could have gotten it for less.
Also, an old Maserati inline six 3500GT for the same money.
Bought an MGB for the same dollars instead, probably a far more practical choice in terms of reliability, parts availability and ease of repair.
This artifact of my youth still sits in the back of our garage.
I wonder whether I would have actually been able to keep an aging Lancia or Maserati running long enough to have gotten to the promised land of high values?
Probably not.
The MG was an okay daily driver when I was young and easy to diagnose and fix.
This would not have been the case with an old premium Italian car.
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#4549524 - 10/20/17 07:01 PM Re: Name the car you wished you had bought but didn't [Re: Speak2Mountain]
UncleDave Offline


Registered: 06/02/14
Posts: 1637
Loc: Ca.
cherry (98%) 70 440 six pack 4 speed Road Runner everything completely rebuilt I could have bought it for 5K in 1990.

Instead I used the 5K for a downpayment on a condo.

Adulthood loomed over fun.


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#4549526 - 10/20/17 07:02 PM Re: Name the car you wished you had bought but didn't [Re: Speak2Mountain]
14Accent Offline


Registered: 08/03/17
Posts: 391
Loc: MN
Fun fact: the aforementioned STS is back up for sale on CL... 25 days ago and he's asking stupid money, so I shot him a text. We'll see.
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