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Automotive Regrets!

Discussion in 'Automotive / Motorcycle Chat' started by Axxe55, Jul 7, 2020.

  1. Axxe55

    Axxe55 Professional Troublemaker

    Dec 15, 2019
    The wife and I were talking this afternoon of past times around our town and some of the places that are gone now. Places we use to hang out and cruise. It kind of led to some of the cars we had back then and some that our friends had. It brought up a memory of one I let get past me back years ago.

    My senior year in high school, I bought a red 1978 Pontiac Trans Am. It wasn't in the best of condition and the motor blew up the first week I owned it! Bought a used Pontiac 455 out of a wrecking yard and put it in with the help of my older cousin. The car was chick magnet! It was a cop magnet too! And everyone wanted to race it all the time. I had had the car for about six or seven months and was heading towards home one evening after work, and saw a car I thought would never be for sale, sitting out close the road, with a for sale sign in the windshield. I had to stop and check it out. I knew that car very well. I remember when I first saw the car in high school. It was a 1977 Trans Am SE that looked just like the one from Smokey and the Bandit. I was a freshman in high school and a senior by the name of John had bought the car brand new from the local Pontiac dealer in town. Everyone drooled over that car! His parents were also teachers at our school as well.

    I just couldn't believe this car was for sale. John swore up and down in high school he'd never sell the car, ever! Well, I asked him why the change in wanting to sell it. He had gotten married recently, and his new wife thought he needed something a bit more practical than the Trans Am. He only wanted $5000 for the car. I didn't have quite that much at the time, but fIgured I could sell mine and add that to what I had and then buy it.

    So I put mine up for sale in the local newspaper classifieds. Got lots of tirekickers come by and wanted to test drive it, but none were serious enough to fork over cold cash for my car. One Saturday afternoon one guy called and wanted to come look it over. He got there a little later and was checking it out. He didn't have the money, but was willing to do some trading. He had a 1967 Pontiac GTO, with the 389, three two barrels, and a four speed manual transmission. It was dark blue metallic, with a black interior. The only thing not factory, were the Cragar mags with 60's all around. It wasn't perfect, but it was sweet looking and cool car. I let it pass since I had my heart set on the 1977 Trans Am.


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  2. innominate

    innominate Active Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Not a regret but I still miss my 98 M3 convertible. Traded it in 05 because I was traveling a lot for work. It wasn't the fastest but it was fun.
  3. baboon

    baboon TGT Addict

    My first nice car was an Opel Manta that I wrecked the crap out of!
  4. oldag

    oldag TGT Addict

    Feb 19, 2015
    A beautiful '64 Cuda. Had won car shows.

    Fellow wanted a couple of hundred bucks along with my car for the trade. I refused to kick in the extra cash. In hindsight, it was a fair deal. I was just short on cash at that time.

    Have always regretted letting that Cuda go.
  5. Charlie

    Charlie TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Mar 19, 2008
    Kerr County
    I bought a red '58 Corvette in 1966 for $1500! Sold it to a friend a couple of years later for $850! I wonder what it's worth now!
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  6. Axxe55

    Axxe55 Professional Troublemaker

    Dec 15, 2019
    Probably enough to send your kids through college!
  7. mitchntx

    mitchntx Sarcasm Sensei TGT Supporter

    Jan 15, 2012
    Regrets ...


    1979 F150 ... photo circa 1985

    Purchased with an anemic 302/3-speed OD.
    Head, cam and intake swap yielded a blown rear end, clutch and spun main.
    Bought a warmed over 429CJ, 460 motor mounts and front accessories, C6, and a posi 3.50 rear gear.

    What a ride ... I miss that ole truck.
  8. Moonpie

    Moonpie Omnipotent Potentate for hire. Lifetime Member

    Oct 4, 2013
    Gunz are icky.
    Back about 1985 or so the mother of one of my hunting buddies wanted to sell her Jeep.
    Minty condition 1962 model.
    Maybe had 5K miles on it.
    Perfect Jeep except for one thing.
    It was pink!
    She had factory special ordered it when new and had babied the thing ever since.
    She wanted a new vehicle with A/C.
    Still had the original brakes in it.
    I’d have jumped on the deal if it had been ANY other color but I just couldn’t get comfortable with owning a pink Jeep. LoL. So I passed.
    What I should have done is bought it, garaged it, and preserved it. I can only imagine what that thing would be worth today.
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  9. Geezer

    Geezer Available For Parties TGT Supporter

    Jul 23, 2019
    Silsbee, Texas
    I had a very nice 1955 Chevy and a guy wanted to trade me a 1957 Corvette for it. I didn't want to trade at the time. This was in 1971.
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  10. baboon

    baboon TGT Addict

    I had a cuda too, blew that motor up spectacularly!

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