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Two I Sold That I Wish I Had (Or Maybe Three)

Of the many cars I’ve owned in my almost 60 years on this planet, there are two I wish I never sold.    Number one was the 1955 Chevrolet Two-Ten Del Rey Coupe that my grandfather gave me when I first got my license in 1965.  It was my first car and probably one of the more desirable collector models I’ve had over the years.  Then there was the 1963 Chrsler Sport 300 two-door hardtop, which was my first Wisconsin car.  Though the Sport 300 only had a two-barrel version of the 383, it could get up and go pretty good.  So there you have them . . . the two I wish hadn’t got away.  But then, of course, there was that ’56 Olds Super 88 . . . and how about the ’54 Pontiac coupe I bought for $15 . . .  and then there was the . . .

How about you?  What cars did you once have that you wish you still owned?  Click “comments” below and tell me.

“Gunner”

6 thoughts on “Two I Sold That I Wish I Had (Or Maybe Three)

  1. John

    I’ve tried this before, but my comments weren’t saved. Can’t figure out why, so am going to try again. There are several cars I’ve owned or my parents owned that I wish I had kept, but what I think most about are the ones that got away. My grandfather had a ’56 Chev 210 4 door hardtop, black, black and white interior, hubcaps, blackwalls, powerglide and power pack. He traded it in 1968 with about 80,000 miles on it. I wanted to buy it, but my parents wouldn’t let me. Hard to believe, but I think he got $75.00 for it on trade for a ’63 Impala. It was a fabulous car. Later, when I was in college in 1969, I lost out on a ’61 Lincoln Continental 4 door convertible. It was owned by a lady I did yard work for. Her husband had passed away and she had a ’68 Barracuda, so decided to sell the Lincoln. It was all black and had 41,000 miles on it. She used to let me drive it from the garage down their long driveway to the front door. She sold it to her mailman for $650. Again, I tried to get my parents to buy it, but they wouldn’t. At about the same time, my uncle, who sold Chevies, came up with a ’61 Impala 4 door hardtop traded by one of his regular customers. It had a 348, turboglide, ps, pb, pw, pseat, and numerous other accessories. I believe it had 25,000 miles at the time. It, too, was $650 in 1969. I needed a car for commuting to college, but decided the 348 would be too thirsty for me. I ended up buying a ’64 Corvair, but that’s another story.

  2. John

    I’ve tried this before, but my comments weren’t saved. Can’t figure out why, so am going to try again. There are several cars I’ve owned or my parents owned that I wish I had kept, but what I think most about are the ones that got away. My grandfather had a ’56 Chev 210 4 door hardtop, black, black and white interior, hubcaps, blackwalls, powerglide and power pack. He traded it in 1968 with about 80,000 miles on it. I wanted to buy it, but my parents wouldn’t let me. Hard to believe, but I think he got $75.00 for it on trade for a ’63 Impala. It was a fabulous car. Later, when I was in college in 1969, I lost out on a ’61 Lincoln Continental 4 door convertible. It was owned by a lady I did yard work for. Her husband had passed away and she had a ’68 Barracuda, so decided to sell the Lincoln. It was all black and had 41,000 miles on it. She used to let me drive it from the garage down their long driveway to the front door. She sold it to her mailman for $650. Again, I tried to get my parents to buy it, but they wouldn’t. At about the same time, my uncle, who sold Chevies, came up with a ’61 Impala 4 door hardtop traded by one of his regular customers. It had a 348, turboglide, ps, pb, pw, pseat, and numerous other accessories. I believe it had 25,000 miles at the time. It, too, was $650 in 1969. I needed a car for commuting to college, but decided the 348 would be too thirsty for me. I ended up buying a ’64 Corvair, but that’s another story.

  3. Gunner

    John

    You have some great car stories and probably should start your own Internet blog, as I’m sure people would love to hear of your car background. When I first started collecting cars a gorgeous ’56 Chevy Sport Sedan showed up in our neighborhood in the hands of a young man who liked old cars. It was like new and he ran that car into the ground in just a few weeks. Later I sold him a ’56 Olds and he hit a pole with that car. When I started at Old Cars Weekly in 1978, they gave me one of those Lincoln phaetons to use. It was a marvelous car. But I never had any experience with a ’58 Chevy. — Gunner

  4. Gunner

    John

    You have some great car stories and probably should start your own Internet blog, as I’m sure people would love to hear of your car background. When I first started collecting cars a gorgeous ’56 Chevy Sport Sedan showed up in our neighborhood in the hands of a young man who liked old cars. It was like new and he ran that car into the ground in just a few weeks. Later I sold him a ’56 Olds and he hit a pole with that car. When I started at Old Cars Weekly in 1978, they gave me one of those Lincoln phaetons to use. It was a marvelous car. But I never had any experience with a ’58 Chevy. — Gunner

  5. John

    John, yes, I guess I really do have some great car stories. I have loved cars all my life and really regret that I never got into some phase of the auto business. I just remember the cars my family has had and, of course, all the ones I’ve had as well as the ones that got away. I can remember almost all of my license plate numbers (I still have the plates, including the 10 day temporary ones you are issued with a new car) and the mileage of each car when I bought it and when I sold/traded it. Of course, no one would know if I was right or wrong but hey…..I can even remember one VIN number for some reason OK93B205613 – anyone know what it goes to ? Take a guess and I’ll tell you later !

  6. John

    John, yes, I guess I really do have some great car stories. I have loved cars all my life and really regret that I never got into some phase of the auto business. I just remember the cars my family has had and, of course, all the ones I’ve had as well as the ones that got away. I can remember almost all of my license plate numbers (I still have the plates, including the 10 day temporary ones you are issued with a new car) and the mileage of each car when I bought it and when I sold/traded it. Of course, no one would know if I was right or wrong but hey…..I can even remember one VIN number for some reason OK93B205613 – anyone know what it goes to ? Take a guess and I’ll tell you later !

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