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Jeff in TXJeff in TX Senior MemberPosts: 2,524 Senior Member
I didn't want to hijack Varmintmist's new ride thread!  BTW, that's outstanding!

I'm sure we all have a dream car we would love to have.  Mine is a '68 convertible Mustang 350GT in Elenore grey.  About twelve years ago which was a year after my first wife passed I got the itch.  I got a call from Venom Builds out of MN.  They build classic mustangs from the ground up.  They're not factory stock.  The outside is exactly like the factory, the inside and under the hood are very updated.  I loved the combination of new frame, updated suspension, disk brakes, full injection and so on and factory exterior.  His price was $55K firm.   

With a $55K check in my wallet I booked a one way trip to MN.  I arrived late morning to their shop and fell madly in love with the car!  I had never seen or sat in anything like it.  I took it for a test drive and the ride and performance blew me away.  When we got back he said let's go in and fill out the paperwork. 

I was getting cold feet.  I told him I needed to get some lunch, think about it and I'd be back.  I came and left his shop two more times that afternoon.  In the morning I came back to shake his hand and thank him but I couldn't pull the trigger.  I often kick myself in the hiney parts for not buying.  It was so gorgeous and rode like a dream.  I kept thinking to myself, how often would I take a thing of beauty like that out on the road.  I kept thinking I'd only put 200/300 miles a year on it and it would have to be perfect conditions to outside to drive it.  Other than that it would sit in the garage under two custom car covers.  Yeah, one wouldn't be enough to protect a thing of beauty like that!

He sold it to a guy in Texas who promptly put it up for sale for $85K.  I still stand by my decision, though sometimes I wish I had pulled the trigger.

Varmintmist, you drive the snot out your beauty!     
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  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 5,094 Senior Member
    Mine is and was my first new car it was a 1957 Chrysler 300-C ,bought it in Feb (IIRC) 1957 from Bass Chrysler Plymouth on Miami Beach Fla., it had a 392 cu. in. Hemi and torqueflite " typewriter " transmission .

    Wish i never sold it.

    JAY

    THE DEFINITION OF GUN CONTROL IS HITTING THE TARGET WITH YOUR FIRST SHOT
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 4,120 Senior Member
    I've always wanted a 1970 Oldsmobile 442 but that's not going to happen.  As much as I love that dream I also know that I'll never spend the cash on something like that even if I had it laying around burning a hole in my pocket.  

    My next in line is was a Jeep Gladiator.  It became my bucket list car when they first came out in 2020 but I never really thought I'd pull the trigger on one and... I finally got one.   Sooooo, that's it, I'm done...  B)

    It’s a °IIIII° thing 😎

  • ilove22silove22s Senior Member Posts: 1,521 Senior Member

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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,800 Senior Member
    1967 Pontiac Firebird convertible.
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 2,756 Senior Member
    1967-1969 Mercury Cougar. 
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,808 Senior Member
    In the early 90's, I had a chance to buy a 1970 Boss 302 in medium blue metallic for $12,000. Had a 4 speed and a shaker. It needed mechanical work but it was matching numbers and no rust. Still had all of the original rolled fender lips. 

    I should have sold a kidney....... even one of mine.




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  • rberglofrberglof Senior Member Posts: 2,970 Senior Member
    1953 to 55 Studebaker. 
  • minnesotashooterminnesotashooter Senior Member Posts: 822 Senior Member
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 25,181 Senior Member
    edited November 1 #10
    Oh, there are *SO* very many...
    Newest would be a W108 Mercedes ('65-'72 S class), preferably with an OM617A turbo-diesel retrofit, but any of the gas motors from those years would be fine too. Also preferably the long wheelbase version.
    Late 50s Mercedes 300, any 50s Mercedes Diesel, any Pre-War Mercedes. A completely restored and rust proofed '63 GMC 1 ton pickup with the 9 foot stepside bed. Late 40s or early 50s Willys pickup.
    Then I have this insane idea for a Bucket-T roadster powered by a GMC Twin-6 (702 CID V12)...
    The closest I'll come to any of that is my current car, which just came out of the body shop TODAY, repairing the damage some idiot did to it by sideswiping me last March:


    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 2,756 Senior Member
    I thought I thought you had a wagon
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 9,607 Senior Member
    Having the Starship Enterprise beam me wherever I need to go, so I don't have to drive ANYWHERE, EVER. :D

    There has never been any finer effort applied to sheet metal than the 1961 Jaguar E-Type convertible:




    WWJMBD?

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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 25,181 Senior Member
    Bigslug said:
    Having the Starship Enterprise beam me wherever I need to go, so I don't have to drive ANYWHERE, EVER. :D

    There has never been any finer effort applied to sheet metal than the 1961 Jaguar E-Type convertible:




    That much is probably true. Very beautiful car, the likes of which we'll never see again. I wouldn't wanna own one, but I sure can admire it!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,393 Senior Member
    Carrol Shelby's Cobra Super Snake.............Saw it featured in Road and Track magazine ( Or a similar American mag) and fell in love with it on the spot.


    Would have probably killed myself in it......shortly after buying it probably


    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 9,607 Senior Member
    Like many, I had a thing for the early Mustangs for a spell,  and they were my first real car lust when I was approaching driving age -  but I think my dream American muscle would have to be the 1970 Charger:



    I never liked the split grille of the Dukes of Hazzard '69 version.  The concealed headlights, plus the large, dark opening always made my sci-fi addled brain think of the intake for a Bussard ramjet. . .



    . . .and for a kid who was six when Star Wars came out, the rectangular taillights were TOTALLY Millenium Falcon.   :D 

    But the FIRST dream car, when I was REALLY little, before I had any mechanical appreciation of anything, was the Triumph TR7,


    and since I also had a fascination with frogs at the time, it HAD to be green.  Multiple crayons were consumed drawing these. :p


    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 8,637 Senior Member
    edited November 1 #16
    See the source image

    With a 350 HP 327!

    Blue or red is OK, too!!
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,459 Senior Member
    Far too many, like Zorba said. 

    I love the 1970 Cutlass, but the 442 is just too much. When you watch the gas gauge go down at the stop light on a 20 gallon tank. Um...no. Wickedly quick though. I did own a 4 door with low hp 350 (250hp) and a two barrel. It got great mileage with the highway gears and still quick. 

    Get this with the 350. Swap in a modern Holly injection and better suspension.



    Or get something like this and swap in a 300hp Subaru Boxer motor. Very Comfortable sleeper. It's got a bigger pan than a Beetle and I know how to make it very nimble. 


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  • VarmintmistVarmintmist Senior Member Posts: 8,189 Senior Member
    I didn't want to hijack Varmintmist's new ride thread!  BTW, that's outstanding!

    I was getting cold feet.  I told him I needed to get some lunch, think about it and I'd be back.  I came and left his shop two more times that afternoon.  In the morning I came back to shake his hand and thank him but I couldn't pull the trigger.  I often kick myself in the hiney parts for not buying.
    Varmintmist, you drive the snot out your beauty!     


    I did the same, a few times. Its one of those things that kept sitting in the back of my mind for 35 years. It never floated to the front because of responsibility's. I saw this one and I mulled it over for a while for the same reasons. After all of this time, how much will it be used? Am I buying something to take up space in my garage? Well, it wont hurt me financially. Classic cars hold their value, you wont make money on one, and anything you put into it is a loss, or cost of ownership. There is no financial reason to not get it. If I needed to eat or pay the kids college, different story.
    I ran the first one as a daily driver and it was fine. They go like hell in the snow with regular tires even though they have no reason to, but I dont need to do that.
    There was a class reunion recently. About 1/5 of the class is dead. So if not now, when?

    Yes it will be driven. I looked for a nice driver, not a show car, and not a project.


    It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 4,120 Senior Member
    I LOVE and have driven many of the cars that folks have put up here.  Some of them were awesome automobiles in their time, mostly in the context of ancient automotive technology!  But what actual experience with many of those cars has shown me is close to what Ben Affleck has found out, that loving J-lo from a distance is a lot better than actually being in a relationship (or even in the same house, with her.  :#

    I wanted to own a 58 Convertible Corvette for a long time, until I actually drove a mint one.  Objectively, the experience sucked, it's probably one of the most uncomfortable cars I've ever driven.  The shifting was weird, the seat was horribly uncomfortable and just about non-adjustable, and the steering was horrendous, but man did I get a lot of envious looks from the folks that were not in my seat.  Basically a parade car...

    I lusted after a Lamborghini Countach my WHOLE life, and actually got close to being able to buy one a few years back...  Then I sat in the drivers seat of one and figured out I'd never be able to drive the car, not even for a mile or two, it was built for short skinny Italians and my knees where wedged in under the steering wheel.  BTW the car does not have even the most basic amenities.  the car is comfortable in the fall and in the spring.  The summer is too hot and the winter too cold to spend any time in this car.

    I was in love with my Godfather's Charger Magnum 440, which I had full time access to as a teen (everyone's wet dream), until I figured out that I would need a full time job just to keep the gas tank full, AND any level of heavy traffic meant an overheated car on the side of the road. 

    My best friend owned a Triumph TR7 and the car was sweet, when you could keep it on the road, which was rare because the car had more electrical bugs that you could ever fix.  He sold it in less than a year.  Same with the Jaguars which several of my dad's friends had.  They spend more time in the garage than on the road.

    My father was a Mercedes man all his life and the customer service was amazing.  I remember going to the dealer with him to have repairs and maintenance done to his cars and mentioning to him that they treated him like family (more like royalty).  They would bring him coffee, food if he wanted it and a fresh newspaper, etc.  His reply to me was, "They SHOULD treat me like family, I give them a pile of money to feed them all and I'm here all the [email protected]#%$!& time..."

    Not trying to be a downer.  Just pointing out that many love affairs, are truly MUCH more fun from a distance.  :D






    It’s a °IIIII° thing 😎

  • VarmintmistVarmintmist Senior Member Posts: 8,189 Senior Member
    The Brits build cars as well as they cook beef. I had a Spitfire. When it ran it was a fun buggy. The Lucas (Prince of Darkness) electrical system put it in the shop as much as out of it.


    It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,993 Senior Member
    British sportscars are great weekend cars.  

    You drive them two days, work on them the other five.
    I'm just here for snark.
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 4,120 Senior Member
    The Brits build cars as well as they cook beef. I had a Spitfire. When it ran it was a fun buggy. The Lucas (Prince of Darkness) electrical system put it in the shop as much as out of it.


    British sportscars are great weekend cars.  

    You drive them two days, work on them the other five.
    And they are not the only ones.  I've had two Fiats in my lifetime.  BOTH of them I loved for they way they handled and drove in general.  BOTH of them paid for mechanic's children tuitions while I owned them.  One of them was consumed in an electrical fire that set the fuel line ablaze. Best day of my Fiat ownership...

    It’s a °IIIII° thing 😎

  • JaphyJaphy Posts: 388 Member
    2001 Pontiac Aztek citrus green of course. I would post a photo but am nearly certain moderators would justifiably ban me for life. 

    My first impression of that thing came when I watched a sub 2year old girl in her mothers arm point and burst into a squall on sight. 
  • kansashunterkansashunter Senior Member Posts: 1,911 Senior Member
    I guess I don't have one but there are several I am fond of. It will never happen so I guess I don't spend much time thinking about it. I do keep trying to talk my son out of his GTO and it is somewhat like Wambli was talking. It is new enough it is comfortable to sit in and air conditioned and the fuel millage is good if driven lightly but it will still run as fast as I need to go anymore, I'm not sure it wouldn't outrun either one of the older ones I had. Maybe someday I will end up with it. 
  • GrapeApeGrapeApe Posts: 379 Member
    edited November 2 #25
    On my way to my parent's lake house, we passed a house that had a metallic blue ~'70 Corvet stingray with a white rag top and chrome side pipes...
    I lusted after that car for MANY years.
    No way in hell would I be comfortable in that car, but MAN it was a BEAUTIFUL!

    Got to drive a Delorian, thing handled like a bass boat :puke:

    Also drove a Lotus Epsrit turbo. You couldn't GIVE me that car if I had to keep it and use it as a daily driver

    "For longer range, use a bigger case. For bigger game, use a bigger bullet." - Dan Johnson
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 4,120 Senior Member
    GrapeApe said:
    On my way to my parent's lake house, we passed a house that had a metallic blue ~'70 Corvet stingray with a white rag top and chrome side pipes...
    I lusted after that car for MANY years.
    No way in hell would I be comfortable in that car, but MAN it was a BEAUTIFUL!

    Got to drive a Delorian, thing handled like a bass boat :puke:

    Also drove a Lotus Epsrit turbo. You couldn't GIVE me that car if I had to keep it and use it as a daily driver

    Yes, but did you check the trunk? 🤣

    It’s a °IIIII° thing 😎

  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,808 Senior Member
    Like others have said, the old cars are cool. However as others have noted, it'd be nice to have 808hp with heated/cooled leather seats and a nice stereo.

    So..... when I hit that Powerball >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 4,120 Senior Member
    edited November 2 #28
    jbp-ohio said:
    Like others have said, the old cars are cool. However as others have noted, it'd be nice to have 808hp with heated/cooled leather seats and a nice stereo.

    So..... when I hit that Powerball >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


    Over the last few years I’ve gotten to rent/drive modern top of the model line muscle cars like the Camaro, Challenger and Mustang in their high performance versions (thanks National for being foolish enough to rent them to me) and DAMN!!!!!!!  I took the traction control off the Camaro and stomped the gas and I’m pretty sure I took 10,000 miles off the life of those rear tires.  The smoke cloud was awesome!!!!!!

    It’s a °IIIII° thing 😎

  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,709 Senior Member
    Mine would be a restomod on a late 70's Jeep Cherokee Chief. Modern running gear and comforts in a 77-79 Chief!!
  • VarmintmistVarmintmist Senior Member Posts: 8,189 Senior Member
    Look, there is still a lot to be said for a car that has a engine, some kind of electric lights, and damn little else. They are fun. I am a fan of heated seats and sirius xm, but I can appreciate having to do things for myself and am comfortable not being wrapped in a marshmallow.
    It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.
  • VarmintmistVarmintmist Senior Member Posts: 8,189 Senior Member
    GrapeApe said:
    On my way to my parent's lake house, we passed a house that had a metallic blue ~'70 Corvet stingray with a white rag top and chrome side pipes...
    I lusted after that car for MANY years.
    No way in hell would I be comfortable in that car, but MAN it was a BEAUTIFUL!


    6' even after shrinking, 240, I fit fine, although the steering wheel is closer than I remember.....
    It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.
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