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#1 uncle potts

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 05:10 PM

...Did you think you were buying something that some day would be a "classic" car?


Back in 1979 I bought my one and only brand new car, a 1979 Plymouth Arrow pickup. Litttle did I know that the name plate would only last 3 years and some day would be impossible to find. I was "googling" all of the cars I've owned over the years, and this one was the only one I could not find one for sale.


Maybe I should have kept that one.....


How about you guys, have you ever bought a new car with the idea that someday it would be "collectable" or hard if not impossible to find?

#2 Joe Handley

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:15 PM

Collectable......Nope, all but forgotten.......sadly yes.

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:20 PM

Still have my 66 Mustang.. 30 yrs now

#4 Fat Brian

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 01:06 AM

I don't know that my SC300 is considered collectible since there are still so many out there but they are sought after in some circles due to the capacity for the stock engine to make insane amounts of power and the ease of swaping in hot motors from Japan. I bought it specifically for what is was and what it can do but I didn't get it new.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 02:33 AM

l never got to buy but one new car in my life. l had a used 74 or 76 Mercury Montego in the 80's with a 351 clevland l bet its hard to find a mercury montego now.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 04:38 AM

I still have my '99 Mustang GT convertible with every available option and 32,000 miles. No, it will never be a classic. But, I think it will be a pretty cool old car for my eight year old son when he's old enough to own and drive it.

#7 Agent G

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 04:46 AM

My current DD, Lincoln Town Car, ceased production last year. I bought the thing new in '05 and am still debating what to replace it with, if anything. rare, no, collectible, maybe, best car I ever had? Yes.

I still ride a BMW R100 RT, the last year for the airhead motor. I refuse to part with that bike.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 04:57 AM

I used to own a 2003 Mercury Marauder (a Grand.Marquis with the 4 cam 4.6 v8) in the rare color of silver birch. There were only 417 built in 2003, and just over 1100 for the two year production run of the Marauder. I still miss that car, it was the best car I could ever own. I have a sinking feeling that it will become my own version of a muscle car that will gain value over time.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 05:02 AM

My current DD, Lincoln Town Car, ceased production last year. I bought the thing new in '05 and am still debating what to replace it with, if anything. rare, no, collectible, maybe, best car I ever had? Yes.

I still ride a BMW R100 RT, the last year for the airhead motor. I refuse to part with that bike.

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I have owned every version of the panther platform except the Lincoln. I had a 1993 unmarked dark green police Crown Vic, 2000 white police Crown Vic, 1998 black Grand Marquis with the handling and performance package, 2003 Mercury Marauder, 2005 beige.unmarked police package Crown Vic. I only regret selling the Marauder and the Grand Marquis. They were the best handling and performing cars.I have ever driven.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 10:43 AM

The Marauder is a cool car. While i have never driven one my 04 MACH 1 had the same 4 valve 4.6 motor. My mach may one be considered collectable like the originals but unfortunatly mine met its demise by way of a red light runner. T-boned and totaled with only 22,000 miles on it many of them a 1/4 at a time( ran 12.70 109.80 bolt ons and drag radials) . Great car and i hope to buy another. In the meantime i have a 92 fox body lx hatch 5.0. Modern classics in there own right!

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 12:03 PM

Corey I owned a '04 Grand Marquis and then my Town Car. Both have been the best experience I ever had with automobiles. I have driven at least six different iterations of the Crown Vic in my 33 years and was never disappointed in one of them except the '79 LTD. That year the car had the old Rochester Quadra Jet with the sildes instead of a butterfly. After a year or so the wear and tear was so bad the car wouldn't go over 65. Downhill, with a tail wind.

'85 saw the debut of the bean counters, so we got traffic cars with, if I remember correctly, 65 watt alternators. It wouldn't charge the car if you were parked with the roof lights on. Remember these were TRAFFIC cars, all they do is sit with the red lights on. :o

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 01:36 PM

'85 saw the debut of the bean counters, so we got traffic cars with, if I remember correctly, 65 watt alternators. It wouldn't charge the car if you were parked with the roof lights on. Remember these were TRAFFIC cars, all they do is sit with the red lights on. :o

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I dont think those 65 watts alternators could handle LED lights used today either

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 03:35 PM

Probably not, they were barely sufficient for a car with no equipment at all.

Oh, and correction, the '79 had the "variable venturi" carburetor.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 03:53 PM

Actually, led lighting uses less power than incandescant lighting does, so the strain on the electrical system would be greatly reduced.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 04:00 PM

I had a 1983 Marquis, never thought of it as a collectable car. It was a nice riding car. It had to go when it stranded my wife 6 times in one week.

While I owned it my 1962 Dodge Lancer station wagon was the ugliest car I had owned, wish I had it now. :unsure:

#16 Joe Handley

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 04:07 PM

Actually, led lighting uses less power than incandescant lighting does, so the strain on the electrical system would be greatly reduced.


I think there might be some sarcasm there Bill, sounds like that electrical system would be in trouble if you turned on a map light for a couple seconds on a civilian car.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 04:20 PM

Re-reading the initial post, I beleive you're correct about that.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 04:22 PM

I think there might be some sarcasm there Bill, sounds like that electrical system would be in trouble if you turned on a map light for a couple seconds on a civilian car.


Actually, led lighting uses less power than incandescant lighting does, so the strain on the electrical system would be greatly reduced.


Yes bill , it was sarcasm, I was making a joke :lol: , I do know LED's draw less amps then incandescat light bulbs do ;)

Edited by martinfan5, 14 September 2012 - 04:26 PM.


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Posted 14 September 2012 - 05:00 PM

All I know is the darn cars were constantly needing to be jump started.

That and Jonathan is constantly poking fun at my ahem, "advanced age".

;)

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Edited by Agent G, 14 September 2012 - 05:01 PM.


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Posted 15 September 2012 - 03:26 AM

I just told a 69 Mustang Fastback and bought a 2006 Mustang GT. The 69 was a classic, the 2006 probably will never be...and I could not care less.

having said that I do have a few other carts I wish I'd held onto.