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Post by ModelT46 » Wed Dec 30, 2020 2:44 pm

Over the 88 years I have lived and the 74 years I have owned current or vintage cars, there are some I would like to have today. I will only list a few.

1932 Lincoln KB fordor. Owned it in 1949.
1927 T roadster neat origional owned it 1954-56
1948 Chevrolet convertible owned in 1954
1951 Pontiac convertible owned it 1956-58
1932 Ford B400 V8 owned it 1959-60
1954 Packard 4dr owned it 1959-62
1948 Caddilac Model 75 owned it in 1961
1909 Model T right hand drive roadster owned it 1961-76
1937 Terraplane pickup owned 1970-74
I enjoyed all of these cars. They were fun to drive.

I will not list the others except for the 1965 Mustang convertible with 4 speed stick. owned new until 1972.

I do have my first car, It is my 1910 T Touring. Bought in 1946 and still have.

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Post by kelly mt » Wed Dec 30, 2020 3:25 pm

I once owned a Jaguar XK-150 just like this one. Sure like to have that car back.
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Post by Colin Mavins » Wed Dec 30, 2020 3:49 pm

My problem is I have not sold any until about a year ago I still have my first a 1966 Barracuda I was 15 then 9 more 1967 Barracuda's 1967 ambassador convert and the1962 implala SS convert at one point I had over 100 cars my regret is not selling some sooner . Out of school 1979 living at home good job and mid 60's cars were cheep 400 dollars could buy most anything. Happy new year from Winnipeg


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Post by John L » Wed Dec 30, 2020 4:01 pm

I had a 1964 Ford Fairlane Sport Coupe
1968 Dodge Super Bee
1973 Plymouth Duster
I often think of them and wish I could drive them one more .

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Post by Rich Eagle » Wed Dec 30, 2020 4:13 pm

I too have held on to most of my vehicles. My first car was a Model A that I drove regularly for 14 years. We sold it for a down payment on our present Home and shops in 1978. It had just undergone a major redo of all the parts I wore out up till then. It would have been good to keep but enabled me to build a dozen other cars over the years. I had a 1947 Tudor also but it didn't inspire as much attention to it as I had hoped.
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Post by PDGx » Wed Dec 30, 2020 4:21 pm

Problem was - had to sell one to afford the next one.

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Post by walber » Wed Dec 30, 2020 4:58 pm

Like Paul, I couldn't afford to keep them and didn't have the space to store them. Some of my favorites were a 54 Ford 2 dr hdtp the I put a 292 in back in the late 60's. Nice car but we moved and it had to go. 70 SS Camaro 350 4 speed. First new car and a lot of fun but the New Jersey and Indiana salt killed it. 76 280 Z - that was a real fun car, especially for 4 years in Germany. It loved small roads and the autobahn. Salt did that one in too. '25 T Touring - my first "old car". Great experience for about 25 years and it went to a good home. It was pushed out by me building a speedster and wanting a closed car (26 T Coupe). Oh, if I could get one in decent condition, my first car (sadly totalled out) would be fun and interesting to have - it was a '61 Skoda Octavia. 4 cylinder 4 speed on the column, kind of cute in the ugly ways of those late 50's early 60's small cars. It was cheap little car but unique and fun for me when I had it back in '65.


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Picture taken in my machine shed in Missouri. Sold it to make a down payment on my house in Tucson.
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Post by Russ T Fender » Wed Dec 30, 2020 6:03 pm

I miss my 1908 Type I Locomobile but at least I get to visit occasionally and it is now getting the benefit of the restoration it deserves.


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Post by rickg » Wed Dec 30, 2020 6:06 pm

1965 Chevy Impala 2 door hardtop with 327 ,4 barrel with electric overdrive ordered it new , fast car good mileage.

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Post by kmatt2 » Wed Dec 30, 2020 6:06 pm

I can think of two cars that fit this, well maybe three cars:

1) 1926 Ford T 2 door, a original car sold new in
Hanford Ca. Owned 1972 to 1974. Car was nice and driveable but needed restoration by the days standards.
Sold to pay for college classes and books.

2) 1966 Chevy Corvette Coupe with a 427, 425 hp engine,
4 speed transmission, large gas tank, high $$ Vet now.
Owned 1975 to 1976, car had not been treated well by prior owners and needed much $$ work.
Sold to pay for finishing college, graduated engineering in 1977.

3) 1968 Mustang California Special that my father bought new, the family car. I drove this car to college and my sister drove it to college after that. Later on it dropped a valve in the early 1980's and sat out side until dad had $$ for a shop in 1990's. I got the car in 1997 when dad passed but in 1998 had to sell it to pay off my now exwife, to keep the house that I still live in.
I sold the car to someone I knew would have the $$ to restore it, and that he did. The car won several best of shows at large shows. I regret not having that Mustang now but I could not spend what he spent on restoring it at that time, it would take me another 15 years.

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Post by Mark Gregush » Wed Dec 30, 2020 6:22 pm

Out of all the cars and trucks maybe 2; My first, 1946 Dodge short wheel base 1 ton truck that I was the 2ed owner and 1962 VW 21 window with sunroof Microbus. All the others, glad I had the time with them and each had been an experience in their own way.
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1925 Cut down pickup
1920 Dodge touring
1948 Ford F2 pickup

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Post by dobro1956 » Wed Dec 30, 2020 7:22 pm

I should have kept the 1957 T Bird with E code (factory dual 4 barrel carbs) with overdrive transmission and rare triple bronze interior/paint/top color combo. The 57 Ford convertible was nice. As well as the 64 Galaxey 500 XL convertible. I also had a 57 Jaguar but never could get it to run right. Since I got out of high school I have had many many cars that I should have kept. But as mentioned above, I just could not afford to keep them all. But I still have my 1957 Cushman Eagle scooter I got when I was 11 years old and the 1933 Plymouth coupe I bought when I was 14 and hot rodded thru my high school years.


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Post by Lgitts » Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:19 pm

I have two brothers and a sister. We must have been abused kids because my parents bought each of us a new car for our sixteenth birthdays.

My sister got a new 1970 Pontiac GTO, 455 ci, automatic.

My older brother got a new 1970 Plymouth Superbird, 440 ci, 4sp.

I got a new 1971 Plymouth Roadrunner, 383ci, automatic. I later bought a new 1979 Dodge "Lil Red Truck" with the 360 ci hi-perf. That was a quick truck.

My younger brother got a new 1974 Chev van, 350 ci, which was painted and customized into one of those "nightmares for any high-school aged girl's parents".

We also had a 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T 440 ci, 4sp and a 1968 Plymouth Barracuda- Formula S, 383 ci 4 sp.

I remember my folks also had a 1961 Chrysler New Yorker with the 413 ci, cross ram dual quad set up.

A quick side story: when I was 18 yrs old, my older brother bought a 1965 Dodge A-100 van for a couple hundred bucks. We pulled out the slant six and stuffed a built 340 ci in it with a 4000 rpm stall speed. It was "stupid fast". I'm amazed we survived those years. I wish I had anyone of those back now.


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Post by OilyBill » Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:35 pm

When my grandparents died, my family moved to their home, outside Milwaukee. I was only in first grade in 1964, but I remember the back yard of the farm was filled with Packards, which are the only car my grandfather ever drove. He had owned the farm since the 1920's, and never got rid of anything he ever bought. The one I remember most vividly was "Blue Devil" which was a fastback Packard that was in the garage when we moved into the house, and had been the last car my grandfather drove. He liked it the best because is was the fastest Packard he ever owned. It was Cobalt Blue, and I only remember riding in it one time.
I remember my parents had all of them towed away, and sold "Blue Devil" locally.
AAAAAAAARRRRGGGHHHHH!!!
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Post by Norman Kling » Wed Dec 30, 2020 9:00 pm

When I was young, I bought, sold, and traded many old cars.
I wanted a Model T, but my dad thought a Model A would be a better car for a high schooler, so my first car was a 1929 Model A coupe.
Next car was a 1935 Ford V8 4door sedan. That car went from one uncle to my grandparents, then to another uncle, and finally after it wouldn't run I got it for $15. I did a valve job on it and got it to running. Then I crashed it. I sold the engine to a neighbor and the rest went to the junk yard. Next car was a 1937 Plymouth 2door sedan. I made several round trips between Los Angeles and Portland in that one. I rebuilt the engine in it. I got a 1938 Dodge which was originally a 4 door but the back seat had been removed and used similarly to a modern SUV. In those days the difference between a Plymouth and a Dodge was more similar to modern car different models. Just a bit bigger and a little more hp. My uncle had a 38 DeSoto which was also must a bit bigger than the Dodge and Plymouth but similar. That car had been in a crash when the brakes went out and my Uncle ran into a stone wall to stop the car, so the front suspension was all out of alignment. He said the car would run a block or two and then quit and would not start. After it cooled off it would start again. I couldn't figure out what was wrong with that car so took off everything which would work on the Plymouth and scrapped the rest of the car. Later when I was working on the Plymouth, I broke off a stud on the ignition coil so I replaced the coil with the one off the DeSoto. It started right up and I drove about a block and it quit. Well then I knew what had been wrong with the DeSoto! :lol: An old man whose house had burnt down told my friend and I we could have the two cars parked in the yard if we towed them away. One was a 22 Dodge roadster and the other was a Star. My friend got the star and I got the Dodge. Some parts were missing from the Dodge, so I took off the body and put it on a Model A chassis. The chassis had been bought from a neighbor who had taken off the A body to make a hot rod. Another car I had was a 1930 Air Cooled Franklin. I bought if for 25 dollars and got it running. A friend who had a Plymouth asked if I would like to drag. I did and through a rod, so that car went to the wrecking yard
Anyway there have been some others. I had 13 Model A's which have been sold and 3 Model T's which I currently own.
When the 1955 Thunderbird first came out, I wanted one, but decided to wait until it got older and I could buy it for $25. I am still waiting! :lol:
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Post by Steve Jelf » Thu Dec 31, 2020 12:31 am

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When I got home from Korea in 1966 I bought this 1953 Willys with a 283 Chebby under the hood. You could put it in 4WD and low low and it would idle up the steepest hill as long as it had traction. Unfortunately I fell asleep at 50 mph and ran it into a tree. If I hadn't been wearing a lap belt I wouldn't be here.
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Post by StanHowe » Thu Dec 31, 2020 2:08 am

56 Packard two dr hardtop.
63 Corvair convertible
66 Corvette
55 Ford pickup
39 Plymouth
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Post by sweet23 » Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:57 am

Space is the problem for most of us. That is the only reason I had for selling my '55 Ford & my '66 T-Bird. I miss the '55 the most, had a lot of fun with that car. My youngest used it at her wedding. I may replace it one day.


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Post by jab35 » Thu Dec 31, 2020 11:09 am

My father's '51 Chevy Powerglide and his '62 LeSabre. My '01 S-10, and '72 Skylark. And since we are about to dump everything that was bad along with the entirety of the year 2020, I hope to never have any association with the terrible '86 caprice sw we inflicted on our family when our children were small. jb


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Post by ModelT46 » Thu Dec 31, 2020 1:10 pm

I could have listed another vehicle, Mysmall BIKE THAT MY DAD BOUGHT ME IN 1938. It was decked out as a motor cycle with a fake tank. If you want to know, I still have it after 80 years.

Another car I could have listed,. was my 1916 center door Model T. It was my second car and I paid $25 in 1948. Sold it for $80. Bought it from the origional owner.


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Post by Larry LaPatka » Thu Dec 31, 2020 1:29 pm

How about a 1963 real AC Cobra 289 FIA car, three 1966 Shelby GT 350’s a 1957 Ford Fairlane convertible and a 1948 Mercury woodie. When I found out what the fellow paid for the Cobra a couple of years ago verses what I sold it for in 1979, not only did I feel sick to my stomach then but even today I still get woozy. If only then, what I know today ........ But no I am restricted to payment pounding 20HP! 😂

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Post by david_dewey » Thu Dec 31, 2020 2:57 pm

Hmm, my second car was a '39 Ch**y town sedan (still have my first car, a '30 Model A sport Coupe), but Linda couldn't see over the dash, so we replaced it with a '46 Ch**y business coupe, which turned out to be one of the first 300 '46s made and is now in Italy (which explains all the '41 trim parts it had). Then we had a '59 Nash Met, bought for $200 because the brakes were "no good." Well, the owner put in DOT3 fluid, and the seals required Castrol Fluid. Drove it home from Mount Shasta to Dunsmuir on the back roads (1000' elevation change) without brakes. $20 worth of seals and fluid and "good car."Few months later was offered $400 for it, and sold it--one month later Met prices soared and I could have easily gotten $800 and we moved and for my new job I could have used a commute car, but all we had was that '46. It eventually was replaced with a '71 Datsun Pickup, now a rarity, but long gone. For a while I had a '34 Dodge Pickup with suicide doors and the passenger car trim -- Wish I still had it. And then there was my steam car--an '02 Locomobile engined, water-tube boilered with Stanley style burner & controls on a Curved Dash Olds replica frame/body (no not a Bliss Surrey, but one built up from the Poplular Mechanic's magazine article). Was a great little run around car that became pretty reliable for short distances (you'd run out of water). But it, and our beautiful 18' steamboat are long gone.
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Post by John Codman » Thu Dec 31, 2020 5:17 pm

1962 Chrysler 300 H. 380 HP 413 with dual Carter 4bbls. Solid lifters. I drove this car through a timed flying mile at a tweak over 142 MPH. That is the fastest that I have ever been in an automobile. It was a solid, good handling, good braking dependable car. The dumbest thing I ever did was to sell it. The least dumbest thing that I ever did was to sell it. I sold it to afford to marry my bride. 50 years later I still have the bride. I wish that I had the 300H back, but it was a good trade.


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Post by Burger in Spokane » Fri Jan 01, 2021 1:05 am

There were many - I had a wrecking yard - but a few stick out:

1960 DeSoto Fireflite coupe. Special built car for a dealer's kid. Bare bones stripper
except for 383 X-ram, 3-onda-floor T-85 manual, 3.23 Sure Grip, and 12" drum brakes.

1957 Dodge CHP pursuit car. 325 4bbl Hemi and all the special CHP-spec'd handling
goodies.

1960 Dodge WSP pursuit car. 383 4bbl, 3-onda-tree T-85 manual and all the cop spec
goodies.

I kept the 58 DeSoto Fireflite convertible, the 58 Plymouth, and the 66 Coronet convertible.
The move to 20hp came late for me, even though I wanted one ever since I was a little kid.
I still have my Schwinn Stingray and skateboard from my pre-car years too. :lol:

The one I regret letting get away was a 23 Packard limosine that sat in a wonderful state
of old car preservation in a basement, where it was properly "pickled" in 1947.

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Post by Philip Lawrence » Fri Jan 01, 2021 2:26 am

1900 Milwaukee Stanhope
1906 REO 1 cyl. 8 H.P. Model B Runabout
1908 Maxwell 2 cyl. 14 H.P. Model LC Runabout
1909 Stanley 20 H.P. Model R Roadster
1911 Mitchell 30 H.P. Model T Touring
1911 Ford Model T Touring
1912 Ford Model T Touring


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Post by John Codman » Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:30 am

To Burger - That Desoto in decent condition would be worth a fortune today. 383 "Commando" engines were rare, and the factory didn't list the manual transmission as an option, although it is thought that an extremely low number were built. In numbers-matching well-restored condition. it would probably bring north of $200,000. I had a '60 Desoto Adventurer that I liked; it was a 383, but not with the rams.


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Post by John kuehn » Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:55 am

Wow! This post reminds me of the cars I could have bought in the in the 70’s and 80’s. It’s kind of like shoulda, could have and almost!
I had my T’s then in a barn here on the farm thinking one day I was going to restore them which I did do. I still have and enjoy them.
Remembering back friends would tell me the T’s would one day be worth a fortune.

The 56 Ford crown Victoria, a 57 Plymouth 2dr hardtop with factory 3 deuces on a hemi, and the 58 Chev Hardtop I wrecked would be big buck cars today. But I still have the humble Model T’s. They are worth pretty decent but not anywhere near what the other ‘modern’ cars I had and passed up during that time.
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Post by Gil Fitzhugh » Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:55 am

1916 Briscoe V-8 touring car, '48 MG TC, '61 Triumph TR-3A.

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Post by TFan » Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:56 am

For me it was my 69 Mach I. I was fresh home from Viet Nam and the 70's were already out, but I had my heart set on a 69 found one at our local dealer and bought it. Taught my future bride how to drive in it and brought my newborn daughter home in it and put a lot of fire and rescue calls on it when I was a volunteer fireman had a lot of memories with it, but foolishly sold it in the late 70's because gas was getting expensive bought a 74 Pinto so to get better mileage and it got worse mileage. Shoulda kept the Mustang. (Only brand new car I ever bought) Jim
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Post by Scott C. » Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:30 am

My 1966 Ford Bronco U13 Roadster. It was built 9/27/1965, the second month of Bronco production. One of only about 5,000 built between 1966 and 1968.
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Post by Steve Jelf » Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:46 am

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The only new car I ever bought: 1968 Beetle. On the road in Sinaloa, 1974. Several years ago it suffered an engine compartment fire and became a future project. Maybe I'll be able to drive it again someday.
The inevitable often happens.
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Post by Craig Leach » Fri Jan 01, 2021 12:45 pm

Don't know where I would have kept them. By the time I got out of High School I had ouned 20 or more cars. My only intrests where cars & girls and going as fast as I could with both. Then one day I started keeping only one of each. Funny how that works. Now I'm into as many old cars s I can get my hands on. Still only one each of the girls. Some lessons are learned some not.

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Post by TRDxB2 » Fri Jan 01, 2021 1:17 pm

Following cars were influenced by some summer jobs - working in a service station owned by an ex-German prison-of-war who escaped with his family from East Germany in the late 1950's. Bought these used before they became an icon. I don't know where my pictures are so I grabbed some of the web - almost identical to mine.
The first was a 1959 Porsche 356A, yellow, bought in 1965 transmission & rust issues got another in 1966, gray. At that time people considered then just another model VW - got 33 miles to the gallon cruising at 80 mph on Pen Turnpike at 3am.
Got a job in 1968 and bought the 1966 Porsche 912, sold the 356A several months later. Bought a new 1976 Porsche 924 for $11,000, people thought that was expensive ;) Was the last one, was fun but not like the others. Daily diver was a Porsche from 1965 thru 1993. Always sold them for more than I initially paid. Did a VW Baja Bug in the early '80's for winter driving. Currently driving a 2009 Scion xB, that I modified. I really love this car - is quick, handles, and hauls stuff
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