What is the car you miss the most?

Nov 15, 2019,14:49 PM
 

With my 65th birthday coming up, I have been nostalgic of late.

We all might have things from our past that we wish were still around.  In the automotive segment, for me, this was the last installment of a 3-in-a-row SAAB 9000 series I went through.

Why this one?

Unique…  The 9000 AERO was Saab’s crowning achievement (before GM ruined the marque).  It was rare, and with the 5-speed manual, even rarer here in the USA.

Second…  I have to say that this car had the greatest front seats ever factory-installed in a car.  Bar none!

Third…  Add to that the fact that it would get 30 MPG at an 80 MPH cruising speed (5-speed manual) and with the hatch and fold down seats could damn near carry a horse (just kidding).

So, what did you let get away?  Which one do you miss the most?

All the best…  HEO

 

 

 









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1971 Alfa GTV

 
 By: kkochheiser : November 15th, 2019-14:58
Just a perfect mix of grand touring, solid chassis, supple suspension and rock solid reliability (!). Selling it was a regret, but after moving to Arizona out of college the summers with no air conditioning and black upholstery were too much! A close seco... 

Ahh

 
 By: batholith : November 15th, 2019-15:03
a fellow Alfisti! I, too, miss my 105's. I still own them but they are in a country I rarely visit now.

I'm down to one myself...

 
 By: kkochheiser : November 15th, 2019-15:06
The Duetto that started it all when my dad bought it new. Just sold my 101 Giulia Spider Veloce earlier this year, another regret.

The Duetto

 
 By: batholith : November 15th, 2019-15:45
is a great start! So much character. Was the first I was introduced to, as well. A '67. Needs some work, though. I have the parts but just not there often enough or for long enough to start the work and see it through.

Three of them.

 
 By: amanico : November 15th, 2019-15:02
Volvo C 70 T5 first generation: Alfa GT 3.2: And Audi TT but the first generation. ...  

80’s Honda VFR 700F Interceptor

 
 By: myles721 : November 15th, 2019-15:41
This was THE bike. Got it when I was in University...my classmates were like the apes touching the monolith in 2001... ...  

That's a looker. WOW. [nt]

 
 By: HighEndOne : November 16th, 2019-03:22

My BMW 318i E30 - I bought it new in 1991 just as the new model came out.......

 
 By: Patek_3944 : November 15th, 2019-15:22
The E30 is now a classic...... I absolutely loved this car...... I grieved for 2 years when I sold it........ Absolutely LOVED this car...... I dreamed of her so many times...... I loved this car.......... I so wish I could have her back........... ...  

1973 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe

 
 By: JohnFM : November 15th, 2019-16:59
My first car -- so much fun, not a lot of power, but loved high RPM revs! ...  

As HighEndOne says, I don't believe that came to the USA

 
 By: JohnFM : November 16th, 2019-07:34
But what model and year is it? My 124 Sport Coupe was a 1973 with a 1600cc engine that sang like the wind, or maybe a well oiled sewing machine. Catalytic convertors were introduced in the USA the next year, so the cars from 1974 on were never quite the s... 

Nicely put, John. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : November 16th, 2019-08:26

A classic Fiat. [nt]

 
 By: HighEndOne : November 16th, 2019-03:24

1974 ALFA GTV

 
 By: berlin90 : November 15th, 2019-17:43
this one was amazing....ended up in Palm Springs and on the cover of Hemmings Classic Automotive some years ago......in a battle of it and a 1974BMW 2002, also a great car ...  

Yep!

 
 By: amanico : November 16th, 2019-03:41
...  

I love the wheels. [nt]

 
 By: HighEndOne : November 16th, 2019-03:26

2013 Audi TT RS Plus, Nogaro Blue, 1-of-1 Audi Exclusive Color

 
 By: Tim_M : November 15th, 2019-17:59
Five cylinders, turbocharged, direct injected, and 6-speed manual transmission. It sounded like the World Rally Championship and went like hell, but I had to sell it to support a friend's business that was on the rocks at the time. I'd love to get back in...  

What a color! [nt]

 
 By: HighEndOne : November 16th, 2019-03:28

I miss All of them

 
 By: 198042 : November 16th, 2019-12:07
Those glorious 70s ! 904/300SL RS60 350GT SWBComp. Had I kept one or all I could have spared myself a lot of work..... Cheers from Old Europe Richard ...  

Hmmmm, the 246 Dino!!! [nt]

 
 By: amanico : November 16th, 2019-13:48

Honda S2000

 
 By: terbaboom : November 15th, 2019-18:07
with the taxes on car ownership here, it's a tough choice when keeping favourite cars. here's one of my favourites that was sold ...  

i would love to own tbe NSX, but it cost the equivalent of an apartment here 😓

 
 By: terbaboom : November 16th, 2019-01:40
and yes, the current NSX cost an apartment too

High Revs, High Fun! [nt]

 
 By: amanico : November 16th, 2019-01:23

oh yes, love revving it to the 8,000 redline... mine is 2.2l

 
 By: terbaboom : November 16th, 2019-01:42
the 2.0l has a 9,000 redline

OK.let me try again.... I have a long list here but will try to keep it short....

 
 By: InDebtButOnTime : November 15th, 2019-19:34
72 1600 Corolla Coup 91 Nissan 300ZX TT 89 Supercharged MR-2 89 Yamaha FJ1200 94 Supra Turbo ...  

Loving the Hippie shot, B! [nt]

 
 By: thegrailwatch : November 15th, 2019-21:09

+++1!!! [nt]

 
 By: amanico : November 16th, 2019-01:21

You have great taste...

 
 By: myles721 : November 15th, 2019-22:34
The ZX was a BEAST.. especially in its day...(I currently have a 370Z) ...FJ came out after I had the Interceptor..

Mercedes E350

 
 By: ZSHSZ : November 16th, 2019-01:01
My first Mercedes, stepping up after a long list of Volkswagens ... When I drove it I felt like I’m on the road alone , a real tank . Bought it new , put 150k miles in her and never a problem. At the time I was known for having a heavy foot but this car a...  

9000

 
 By: Jurry : November 16th, 2019-01:13
That Saab 9000 was one of my dream cars I couldn’t afford back then. I especially liked the 5th door model against the regular boot. Although I couldn’t own one, I have driven them occasionally and they were superb. Nice trip down memory lane (from a 60 y... 

Here she is

 
 By: Jurry : November 16th, 2019-04:48
...  

How cool! [nt]

 
 By: amanico : November 16th, 2019-06:27

Steal

 
 By: Jurry : November 16th, 2019-08:12
Bought it for a steal compared to prices in Europa

A classic for certain. [nt]

 
 By: HighEndOne : November 19th, 2019-03:50

Both sides

 
 By: Jurry : November 16th, 2019-04:52
I had the pleasure driving on both sides of the Atlantic. The 70’s 80’s US and European versions didn’t differ that much. Most notably differences: *. US versions 90% automatic Europe 90% manual. (Not for “sport” reasons but automatic gearbox was more exp... 

Jurry... It seems we here in the States had a thing for ruining the imported Euro cars back in the day.

 
 By: HighEndOne : November 19th, 2019-03:53
Especially in California. And California still screws with the cars. It's too much to bear.

W123 Mercedes 230 E

 
 By: bimbeano : November 16th, 2019-02:15
My granddad’s car from 1982. I once managed 215 kph in it .... It actually went quite a lot further ... 215 on the clock, maybe 190 chrono (as we use to say here). ...  

One billion LOL 😂 [nt]

 
 By: bimbeano : November 16th, 2019-12:07

You know me ....

 
 By: bimbeano : November 16th, 2019-12:07
.... actually that was mph and not kph 🤣

:)))) [nt]

 
 By: amanico : November 16th, 2019-13:48

So do you still have this? Always loved Saabs

 
 By: everso : November 16th, 2019-03:41
It’s worth it to keep the cars you love. We live in a culture that tells us to sell the things we love to get newer things and I don’t think that is an adequate appraisal of the things in our lives! I think Saabs will be collectible in the future and yes ... 

I regret that I did sell it to another SAAB enthusiast...

 
 By: HighEndOne : November 16th, 2019-04:29
I was out of garage space, and the Mrs. is not too keen on manual gearboxes. That, and the fact that GM took over SAAB did it. After the string of SAAB's (3 for me and one for our son) I took a turn to the M-B world and I have enjoyed the ride. And yes, s... 

My two favorites...

 
 By: eklektik : November 16th, 2019-08:14
Lotus Elise 1998 & Caterham 1600 Sprint Best, É. ...  

Saab 9000 2.3T

 
 By: marcobermann : November 16th, 2019-11:54
Had this car for the last 5 years replaced the water pump and brake lines plus fitted Goodyear Eagle F1 tyres and it only had 116,000 miles so just run in and serviced as needed. Then some evil person stole it in January this year and I have not been able... 

I miss them all!

 
 By: 198042 : November 16th, 2019-12:10
Those glorious 70s ! 904/300 SL RS 60 250 SWB Comp Had I kept one or all I could have spared myself a lot of work..... Cheers from Old Europe Richard ...  

The 246 Dino!!! [nt]

 
 By: amanico : November 16th, 2019-13:48

Too bad! [nt]

 
 By: amanico : November 20th, 2019-02:12

2001 330xi with Dinan upgrades

 
 By: toddg : November 19th, 2019-15:06
5 speed manual w AWD. It was such a hoot to drive in all kinds of weather. Put summer tires on for the good months and it was just so much fun. Put winter tires on for the snow, and I could get through just about anything mother nature threw my way.