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  1. misigis
    Joined: Nov 20, 2009
    Posts: 157

    from NY

    My '55 F100 stock w/3 spd on column & '56 Bel air 2dr HT 265 PP auto.


  2. this is making me never want to sell any car i buy...
  3. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 7,012



    When my first car, a Flathead powered 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery took me all over So Cal for my surf adventures, it was a great feeling of having such a reliable hot rod. As it pulled up to the surf spots, it drew lots of attention with the two surfboards sticking out of the rear window. No one actually knew what it was. It was not a station wagon, or a panel truck, although, it was a little panel truck. It had its own character and fit into the So Cal beach scene.

    But, after high school our lives changed and the need for college expenses came into being. Although I could have used the Flathead 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery for my surf road trips to S.F. and Santa Cruz from my small apartment. Going away to college, was something to get adjusted to and for me, it was easier to sell it now, then move on to the next level for me.


    During those Northern California college years, it would have been nice to have the sedan delivery, as thoughts of home was always in the forefront. But, I kept telling myself that this was a step in the process of developing some experience and character.

    Well, I got my wish to have a 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery again. This time, my wife and I bought a project hot rod and worked on it for many months to get it ready for our safe driving road trips and daily usage.
    This time, it was the 327 SBC power that could take the 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery anywhere, up into the mountains and out to the local deserts with ease due to the A/C installed. Our travels weren't limited in going up steep roads or out into the hot desert climate areas. We now had the power and comfort to cope with the road trips. Whereas, with the flathead powered sedan delivery, had limitations as to where it could go on trips. The steep coastal roads were a hindrance as the lack of power from the flathead was daunting.

    But, as we learned all about the good and bad things about the sedan delivery, we just could not get over the fact that it was set up for two people and our family just had a new addition. Not only did that fact throw us for a loop, but I could not get the sedan delivery set up for a third person in a safety seat.

    Plus, the cave in the back was very dark and we wished for a station wagon for more light and all around better vision outward. There were some thoughts of adding in some windows and a rear seat, but that would have taken a lot of time and the situation called for a change, right now.

    So, we sold it to get a small station wagon. But, back in our minds, we thought why couldn’t we make our own 1940 metal station wagon, not a woody. It would have been a long project again and we needed something right then. So, it hit the road with another young couple that just started their own hot rod adventures. It is/was a great couple's car with plenty of privacy, security and comfort. But, it was time to adjust... YRMV
  4. I would love to have a collection of all the cars I've owned or built but never had the means to do that. Each one has been sold to finance the next. I would have liked to have kept my T roadster, having done a ton of work to it. I would also liked to have kept my '50 Dodge...
    My T Bird is a bucket list car so I'm not complainin'! 20210224_152116.jpg 742.jpeg
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  5. Saturn V
    Joined: Oct 10, 2021
    Posts: 207

    Saturn V
    from Killen AL

    I've had 3 I wish I would have never sold. Top of the list was my 81 pro- street Cutlass, 2nd was a 72 442 rag-top. 3rd was a project that I gave up due to a layoff. It was a 1948 Olds model 68 convertible.
    Wish I had all 3 back!
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    My college years I first bought the '29 A coupe, overhauled the engine, transmission, rear end, put glass, wiring, upholstering and roof. After more than a year my neighbor made his five-year-old '64 barracuda available. My parents urged me to buy it and loaned me the $900 to buy it. They also insisted I sell the Model A to pay them back. I should have kept them both, but just had to have a '64 Jaguar XK-E. Horrible mistake! I miss the Model A the most. It ran so smoothly and topped 60 mph without effort.
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  7. mrspeedyt
    Joined: Sep 26, 2009
    Posts: 817


    i forgot the 64 impala 2dht with factory tach and 4 speed... and a bench front seat!

    hope i never think my prius is one i should have kept.
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  8. stude54ht
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
    Posts: 933

    from Spokane WA

    Sold my 1963 Impala SS convertible in 1972 for $500.00
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  9. These 2 are at the top of my list, 37 Cord, fender in the lower right corner, and 39 Ford tub, followed by my 53 Buick Skylark

    Last edited: Jan 17, 2022
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  10. Bruce Dern
    Joined: Apr 20, 2021
    Posts: 65

    Bruce Dern

    1972 Datsun 240Z 3 qtr view.jpg
    Sold it to a Cadet at the Air Force Academy and bought a house full of furniture. I still have the furniture.
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  11. Two cars I still think back and miss having them. But like many other past cars, they were sold to move on to another. 1937 Chevy pickup, and 59 Chevy El Camino. Both were excellent drivers and rock solid. Elky2.jpg 37Truck.jpg
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  12. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,479


    My Marina Blue '67 Malibu is the only car I'd want back (but only in the form/condition I sold it in). Unfortunately, the clown that bought it painted it orange with silver SS stripes. Almost made me puke when I heard about it.
  13. MRW1994
    Joined: Dec 31, 2021
    Posts: 201


    Not one I got rid of, but one my dad did that I've always wanted. He sold his 1957 Chrysler Saratoga a few years before I was born when he and my mom were first starting out. He had done a ton of work on it. Fixed all the rust and had the hood louvered. He built a 392 hemi and put in it. When he decided to sell it he sold the engine separately and the car as a roller. It showed up on craigslist years ago for sale locally, while I was in high school, with a 440 in it. A few years later after I had a job and some money saved up I wrote the Music City Mopar Club and asked if they happened to know anything about the car. Turns out a member had actually just sold it to a person in Australia. Still one of my favorite Chrysler body styles. Here's a picture from when it was for sale on craigslist. 3r53Ke3s25N75L15Gfd6sfc9de95fc2a41b51.jpg
  14. 2OLD2FAST
    Joined: Feb 3, 2010
    Posts: 4,069

    from illinois

    '65 impala 327-300 4-speed , bench seat. Swapped a 454 in '69 . Put nearly 200k miles on that car , excellent road car !
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  15. hepme
    Joined: Feb 1, 2021
    Posts: 211


    '68 corvette, 427/435hp, fully optioned. It was a huge pig, ate gas/oil/ac charge, etc and drove like one. I only list it because i'd love to be able to resell it to some 'vette fool who would think it was a super car.
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    Joined: Nov 29, 2011
    Posts: 158


    It would have to be my first car a 1970 Ford GT Torino I bought in JR High. A bodyshop manager of a ford dealership bought a totaled out convertible with front damage. He plucked my car off the lot in 74 and robbed parts then parked it in the fence until I bought it in 1979. Car had low miles gathered parts then sold it for a mere 400 dollars .
  17. My '51 Ford Coupe...(sigh)

    It had a serial/vin that if you squinted just right looked like it could be an odd spelling of "hillbilly," last I heard it had made it's way to southern Kentucky where the 289 came out and a tuned port SBC went in...
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    Joined: Jun 23, 2006
    Posts: 1,491


    My 1st ‘41 Plymouth Special Deluxe Coupe it arrived hand painted black with a brush. I was 16 and didn’t know my ass from a hole in the ground. My dad was in charge of the restoration- it took over 2 years - was very proud of the results 0E7C8D28-3416-4BD3-B496-15A060D2AF5C.jpeg
  19. Jacksmith
    Joined: Sep 24, 2009
    Posts: 903


    I found this sweet '38 by accident... sitting for nearly 40 years in a garage in Folsom. I bought it and went through it so it would run safe & reliable. Sold it to finance my '39 build. I love my '39 but regret letting that '38 go.
    38 Ford headed for Cool.JPG
  20. The 35 Ford 3 Window my Dad gave me when I was 18. My 67 Chevy Short Bed and my 70 Nova. 1935 Ford.jpg .
  21. Dave G in Gansevoort
    Joined: Mar 28, 2019
    Posts: 1,279

    Dave G in Gansevoort
    from Upstate NY

    Only 2. 55 Ford Customline, my 1st car, 272 and Fordomatic, and an ot Pontiac Fiero, 2M6 4 speed v6. Worst car I ever owned, but so much fun to drive once most of the problems got fixed. I worked on it every weekend, just like a British sports car...
  22. quick85
    Joined: Feb 23, 2014
    Posts: 3,036


    My '69 Corvette roadster. From March thru November I enjoyed
    the hell out of the car. A 350 hp car with a four speed and 3:36
    gears. Drop the top in thirty seconds and all was right with the
    world. I didn't need to sell it, there wasn't another car waiting
    in the wings. As the saying goes, I cut off my nose to spite my
    face. I won't go into the story but I'll always have a bit of
    resentment towards my (still) wife concerning the sale of the car.

    I wish I was allowed to post a pic or two of it.
  23. 4tford
    Joined: Aug 27, 2005
    Posts: 1,824


    This one I had one just like this in 1965
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  24. Ghost28
    Joined: Nov 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,200


    my avatar pic
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  25. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 8,851

    Bandit Billy

    My first hot rod was a 36 five window, rumble seat coupe that I sold 30+ years ago. I regret selling it not because I wish I still owned it but because someone out there owns a horribly street rodded 36.

    Embarrassing really when I think about it. I added a glass moon roof which hatched open that I cut out of a mustang II, Enkei 5 spoke wheels painted the same 1984 corvette red as the car, grey velour interior, oak gauge panel, TA's, SBC with dual 4's, Monte Carlo posi 10 bolt, T-350, pioneer car stereo and tinted windows.

    If one of you owns it, sorry about that. What can I say? I was young, married to my high school sweetheart and had a mullet. Lots of mistakes back then.
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  26. Rand Man
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 4,296

    Rand Man

    All of them I had three 57 chevies. Shoulda kept one. Recently sold my 27 T RPU.
  27. Juergen Mahler
    Joined: Nov 19, 2019
    Posts: 1

    Juergen Mahler

    This one, sold it to fund my 39, should have kept it IMG_5215.jpg

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  28. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,132


    This had been my daily driver. It had a 396 with Turbo 350 and 4:11 gears. When they repealed the 55mph speed limit for freeways it was just wound up too tight driving at 60-65. Bought another truck to drive daily (the red Ranger behind it). After a few years of limited driving, I hated to have it just sit outside and sold it. My Dad still tells me "I wish you'd never sold that, you could have stored it at my place".

    The second one was a 1958 BMW Isetta 600. Got it for free, it was like driving a big go-cart. Gave it away to somebody who wanted it more than me. Now the dang things are worth $30-40K.
    This picture is off the web, but it was like this.
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  29. riv63
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 109

    from Texas

    52 Chevy pickup. My first vehicle. Rebuilt a 235 and drove it to college. 64 impala convert, 34 Plymouth coupe, 34 Ford panel delivery. The last 3 were projects.

    Not mine but got to drive some of my dad's cars. 49 Ford convertible. 56 Chevy convert, 64 Olds 442, 65 Tempest, 72 Firebird. Wish I had the 442 and the tempest
  30. Dman
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 207


    All of them but I am not capable of keeping them all. Have to sell for space and money for the next one.

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