When we sell a car (or truck, or motorbike), there’s always a reason. Sometimes, that ends a chapter of our lives that we don’t really need to revisit. Whether the ownership period was good or bad, some vehicles fall squarely in the “been there, done that” category; we have no desire to repeat the experience. Other times, the validity of why we sold that particular machine were temporal. Perhaps we were just strapped for cash. Perhaps the one we owned was wrecked, or succumbed to the tin worm. It could be that life has presented you with a higher income, more wrenching skill, and more garage space, and what was too impractical then would be delightful now.
For me, I’d love to have another early ’60s Chevy C-10 panel truck. The ones in good enough condition to enjoy owning now go for prices I can’t stomach, and I’d have to upgrade the brakes, but I’d get another one in a heartbeat if I could afford it. At the other end of the spectrum, I’d also do another Ford Festiva. Mine was a daily driver back in the day, but I’d like to get another one purely as a project car; they’re simple, cheap, tolerant of abuse, and really fun to drive aggressively without attaining ride-in-a-cop-car speeds. I often troll Craigslist looking for salvageable projects. But there are other vehicles in my past I am not interested in repeating. I’m glad I owned my BSA B50SS 500cc single, but it was the most troublesome, crude, and unreliable vehicle I’ve ever had. I often tell people I like the concept of owning one much more than the reality.
So, we want to know: what past car are you itching to get your hands on again? Mind you, we’re not talking about getting back the exact same vehicle, but simply another of the same make and model: perhaps identical, or maybe differently equipped, or just in better condition. What old friend would you acquaint yourself with again?