Any cars you regret never buying? - Page 2 - North American Motoring


Off-Topic :: Autos Interested in discussing other autos? This is the place!

Any cars you regret never buying?

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools
  #26  
Old 04-27-2016, 07:51 PM
pkunk's Avatar
pkunk pkunk is offline
3rd Gear
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: NM
Posts: 151
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
In 1966 I was fresh back from Vietnam, selling cars and took a '66 427 Shelby Cobra in trade. My common sense said I couldn't afford it-I'd just wreck it-I'd lose my license shortly-etc-etc.
I've kicked myself hard for 50 years for no getting it and being smart enough to just put it in storage. I'd be a very happy wealthy man ($5Million) today if I had just followed my heart instead on common sense.
In retrospect, my son & I built a Factory Five Racing Cobra kit and we both had a blast with that car. No arrests, no convictions.

Last edited by pkunk; 04-27-2016 at 07:59 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old 04-27-2016, 09:26 PM
BMBULBE BMBULBE is offline
5th Gear
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Chicago
Posts: 623
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'd rather not think about it ......................
Reply With Quote
  #28  
Old 04-28-2016, 05:18 PM
HugeCow Inc's Avatar
HugeCow Inc HugeCow Inc is offline
1st Gear
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 24
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
had the opportunity back in 07' to buy a 08' Honda Civic Mugen SI that was strangely built up with SPOON parts, so it was a Honda Civic Mugen Spoon SI, a dealer had built it up as a promotional piece for there dealership, wasn't able to convince the wife why it was so awesome (or why it was stickered at $38k)
Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old 05-18-2016, 07:35 PM
reACTION reACTION is offline
2nd Gear
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Olathe, KS
Posts: 126
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I had the chance to buy a low miles, Phoenix Yellow Integra Type-R. It was extremely clean and at the time was pretty inexpensive. Due to having a young family I needed something with 4 doors that could handle car seats. Ended up with a brand new Mazda3 instead.

Worst car ever was my 2003 Audi A4. What a turd.
Reply With Quote
  #30  
Old 05-27-2016, 03:01 PM
Slave to Felines's Avatar
Slave to Felines Slave to Felines is offline
6th Gear
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Silly-con Valley
Posts: 2,058
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Most of the cars I regret not getting were cars I could not afford at the time anyway. For instance, I didn't have the ~$200K it would have cost to buy a real 550A Spyder around the time I fell in love with them. (They're several mil now if you can find them!)

I do kind of regret not trying to buy the Tatra 605 that BringATrailer sold about a year ago. I don't know where the heck I would have put it, but it sure would have been cool!
Reply With Quote
  #31  
Old 12-18-2016, 12:21 PM
Eric JB Eric JB is offline
Neutral
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Skagit valley Wa.
Posts: 9
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
1969 Plymouth roadrunner. 440 6pack/ pistol grip 4sp. $1400.00. The engine was slathered with blue RTV, so I walked away.

Several mentions of 1st gen Z cars here. I still have a 72 240, and a 76 280 with a 408ci SBC/700r. Street legal, but mostly used for bracket racing.


Reply With Quote
  #32  
Old 12-18-2016, 03:57 PM
bcgreen bcgreen is offline
3rd Gear
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 152
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Here is a pic of a 68 GTB and GTS I turned down because of the first Arab Oil Embargo. I had put down 3K for a total due of 8K on the 330 GTS, but didn't want the payments when we may be rationed for who knows how long. Most guys in those days were school getting their masters or were in Viet Nam.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 275.jpg (11.3 KB, 11 views)
File Type: jpg 330.jpg (12.1 KB, 10 views)
Reply With Quote
  #33  
Old 12-18-2016, 04:02 PM
Bernard Barbour's Avatar
Bernard Barbour Bernard Barbour is offline
3rd Gear
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Ft Campbell, KY " Air Assault"
Posts: 246
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts


I pretty much buy what I want, but while we were living in Belize, my wife stopped me a lot, lol. See, I love old Defenders and have a burning desire to rescue each and everyone I seen in Belize. The old guy only wanted $1,500, it ran good but looked rough, the way I like them. Was going to import it back. One day I shall prevail, lol.

Now talking about the cars I should have not sold.

1988 BMW M3
1983 911 SC Cab
1987 Mercedes 190TD and 2.3 Cosworth
1988 16V Scirocco
2004 Land Rover Discovery Expedition Edition
1994 Land Cruiser Expedition Build

and the list goes on!
Reply With Quote
  #34  
Old 12-23-2016, 08:50 PM
hamptup hamptup is offline
4th Gear
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Sherman Oaks, Cali
Posts: 493
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Not one but two 70 Olds W30 442. One I bought a built but wrecked W30 with frame damage ended up reselling it back to the owner for dirt cheap. Years later I was given a 442 by showing interest in the car as it sat in a church for weeks. Crash it after a year ended up selling it cause I couldn't afford to repair it.
Reply With Quote
  #35  
Old 12-31-2016, 06:09 AM
NC TRACKRAT's Avatar
NC TRACKRAT NC TRACKRAT is offline
5th Gear
iTrader: (4)
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 937
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Local dealer had a brand new blue w/white striped 2005 Ford GT at list plus $10K. I knew they were making at least $20k at the sticker price which I offered but they refused. Hindsight is always clearer than foresight.
Reply With Quote
  #36  
Old 02-04-2017, 08:49 AM
Wanderlustsrt's Avatar
Wanderlustsrt Wanderlustsrt is offline
2nd Gear
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Alabama in June of 17
Posts: 79
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
anywhere between 15-20 years ago there was plenty of opportunity to buy older air cooled porsche's, I regret not buying one now
Reply With Quote
  #37  
Old 02-04-2017, 09:23 AM
MannyJimenez's Avatar
MannyJimenez MannyJimenez is offline
3rd Gear
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: NYC
Posts: 187
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
In 1991 had a 1978 RX-3 3B in Near Mint (needed new interior, body was immaculate) in my hands ready to trade for my 1981 Datsun B210 Station Wagon 1.2 liter engine. I, instead, Sold the Datsun and bought a 1983 RX-7, 4b, G body, which was a low flying plane when we were done with it, but it always stuck with me about no buying that RX-3
Reply With Quote
  #38  
Old 02-10-2017, 06:14 PM
Helltime Helltime is offline
1st Gear
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 21
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
When I got out of highschool (2009) I had the chance to buy a MINT E30 M3 for 10k. At the time I was just starting to look into Euros, had just bought a MK4 GTI and thought 10k was too much for me to pay for a 1988 car of any kind. I have since owned a few E30s and regret not buying that car (not only for the driving experience, but they have gone up an insane amount in price!)
Reply With Quote
  #39  
Old 02-10-2017, 06:20 PM
bavmotors bavmotors is offline
6th Gear
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Near Buffalo NY
Posts: 3,350
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Helltime View Post
When I got out of highschool (2009) I had the chance to buy a MINT E30 M3 for 10k. At the time I was just starting to look into Euros, had just bought a MK4 GTI and thought 10k was too much for me to pay for a 1988 car of any kind. I have since owned a few E30s and regret not buying that car (not only for the driving experience, but they have gone up an insane amount in price!)
ouch
Reply With Quote
  #40  
Old 02-10-2017, 09:35 PM
Fly'n Brick Fly'n Brick is online now
6th Gear
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: In the here and now, for now.
Posts: 3,658
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Back in '70 there was a XK120 roadster in Ivory for sale, needed some work, they were asking $700 or $800. I had a lot of other responsibilities at the time and had to let it go. The idea of that Queen Mother not parked in my garage still hurts a little. Especially when I see one. I did enjoy a '63 E Type for a few years though...even the occasional smoke from the starter.
Reply With Quote
  #41  
Old 02-11-2017, 08:29 PM
mkt3000 mkt3000 is offline
2nd Gear
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Miami
Posts: 59
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
A gray import Seat Fura Crono last year that turned up locally for $4k. I had the money, but was in the middle of a major work project, and didn't have any free time to go check it out. It's a car that's so ugly, that it has character.

I doubt there's another one of those in the US, or that another one will make it.
Reply With Quote
  #42  
Old 02-27-2017, 07:55 PM
renchjeep's Avatar
renchjeep renchjeep is offline
5th Gear
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Aguanga, CA
Posts: 744
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
A good buddy of mine back in the early 90's had an affinity for convertible classic Muscle Cars. He was the money guy, I was the mechanic who went along to pick the car apart, leaving him to make a low offer. He always had the cash. We bought many cars, flipped them all for profit, a few times making 46 cents or so, many times making a couple grand. We always had fun, and he accounted for every cent spent, including gas money and advertising. Everything from a 1968 Plymouth Sports Satellite convertible in fire engine red, with a 383, to it's "parts car", a 1968 Plymouth Sports Satellite hardtop. We made more money on the parts car when all was said and done. LOL. We had a few Cutlasses, like a 1971 Supreme SX convertible with a 455, T400, silver with black Rallye stripes, a 1970 S convertible in black and white, with the W-30 option, and that cool hood with the scoops. I would have taken any of those cars back in the day, but they were "for-profit" rides. I really don't know how much money we made, but that wasn't really the point, after all. I made some money fixing stuff, getting them ready for sale, sure. But, mostly, we had FUN! It was the thrill of the chase. His personal ride was a 1974 Caprice Convertible, with a 454. I made some money fixing that big old boat as well, and I would say THAT is the one I miss the most. Or maybe the 71 Cutlass Supreme SX convertible in silver and black. Those old big-blocks could really push those big rides along very well. Fuel mileage be damned, full speed ahead!

Last edited by renchjeep; 02-27-2017 at 08:10 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #43  
Old 04-07-2017, 06:54 AM
MF-DIF MF-DIF is offline
1st Gear
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Savannah, GA
Posts: 43
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
When I was shopping for a GTO I first drive a 6spd version, but the dealer wanted 1-2k more than I wanted to pay for it. Found another that was auto for the price I wanted, and thought ehhh...the SO can drive it too (she doesn't drive manual), and it feels ok.

My overall experience with that car was lackluster. I kinda wonder if I went with the 6spd if I would have enjoyed the car.
Reply With Quote
  #44  
Old 05-27-2017, 05:46 PM
Huey6915609 Huey6915609 is offline
1st Gear
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Posts: 23
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Very interesting and fun thread. Like a previous poster noted, the cars I regret not buying are the ones I couldn't have afforded at the time anyway. It blew my mind when, at 18 years old in 1984, I saw a new Toyota with a sticker for $18,000! Maybe some of you will remember that 18k was a lot for a Toyota back then. It was the Supra. I loved that car. But I guess you could have called it cheap since a 911 Turbo was around 70k at the time also. 1985 is when I began my 20 years of service and I had a couple fun rides, but my biggest regret would have been not entering the German car market at the time. After all, I was single up till 1997, but the BMWs and Mercs seemed rather dull and stodgy at the time...just Taxis at the Bahnhoff and the Talons, GTIs and Eclipses were fun and the better bargain until.... they showed their age a couple years later and the rattles would set in. Now that I'm a little older and have discovered that a husband is only a two-syllable word for tool or mule, I regret not getting one of those early to mid 90's BMW or Benz. I could still have it today or could have made it much easier to trade up as the newer generations came along. Look, you can't even buy a new MB with a normal person transmission and you'll never find a manual BMW on a car lot in the U.S. either. I appreciate build and material quality now and am still hesitant about getting a Clubman. Being the "tool," if I'm ever fortunate enough to buy a new car again, I need to hit the target on the quality/longevity thing. Ohhhhh...I have my regrets...but is it really about cars?
Reply With Quote
  #45  
Old 05-27-2017, 06:30 PM
ST3ALTHPSYCH0 ST3ALTHPSYCH0 is offline
3rd Gear
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: N. Central Indiana, USA
Posts: 178
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Probably my biggest regret is the '69 Z28.

Guy I worked with had just finished rebuilding the engine and was taking it on a shakedown. Pulled off on the hard shoulder and was side swiped by a semi (lorry for those on the other side of the pond :D). Trucking company paid for new panels and paint (bright red w/ black accents on fender and hood vents). He got it put back together and said he was just gonna sell it. I asked how much and he said "Eh, you're a friend. Probably $2500 for you."
I was in college and $2500 just as well as had an extra zero at the end, but I wish to this day.
Reply With Quote
  #46  
Old 05-27-2017, 07:11 PM
True Believer True Believer is offline
1st Gear
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: South Carolina, USA
Posts: 28
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Only seven years ago, a car guy who lived in my area found out he had cancer and offered me not one, but two classic 911's for $40k. One was an 85 930 turbo with 75000 miles and perfect everything, and the other was a 87 911 coupe. He offered me a deal because we had just adopted two kids and I had just sold my 911 to pay attorney fees. He thought, and rightly, that I could sell one and pay off the other. It was like the year before classic 911 prices skyrocketed. That 85 turbo would be worth 150 grand now. Shortly afterward, we bought a Honda Odyssey.
Reply With Quote
  #47  
Old 06-19-2017, 11:19 AM
hamptup hamptup is offline
4th Gear
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Sherman Oaks, Cali
Posts: 493
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by pkunk View Post
In 1966 I was fresh back from Vietnam, selling cars and took a '66 427 Shelby Cobra in trade. My common sense said I couldn't afford it-I'd just wreck it-I'd lose my license shortly-etc-etc.
I've kicked myself hard for 50 years for no getting it and being smart enough to just put it in storage. I'd be a very happy wealthy man ($5Million) today if I had just followed my heart instead on common sense.
In retrospect, my son & I built a Factory Five Racing Cobra kit and we both had a blast with that car. No arrests, no convictions.
I think this story is the most costliest regret so far.

Back in those days who knew some of these vehicles would someday be worth a small fortune?
Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Looking to buy used Mini, new member What should I look for? arf88 General MINI Talk 22 05-31-2016 03:07 PM
Aftermarket In-Dash Navigation kitty90034 Navigaton and Audio 1 08-25-2015 12:47 PM
Automatic transmission? lalroma R60 :: Countryman Talk 18 08-15-2015 05:52 AM
For those running 8 inch wide tire - Fitment issues ? Rennfahrer555 R50/R53 :: Hatch Talk (2002-2006) 10 08-13-2015 09:07 AM
Patrik R53+JCW PatrikKN 1st Gear 8 08-05-2015 09:10 PM


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:59 AM.


North American Motoring is an independently operated web site supporting MINI owners and enthusiastsworldwide. As such it has no official relationship with MINI USA, BMW AG, or BMW of North America.All original artwork and design is Copyright © 2002-2004 North American Motoring.