Jim’s Blog: Which Car Do You Regret Selling?

Everybody’s got a story about a car they shouldn’t have let go. I’d bet most of us have several.

For those of you that read my ACC columns and blogs regularly, you’ll probably guess that I’d pick my old 1972 Chevrolet K10 pickup as my biggest sale regret. I bought it as a project, restored it, and then sold it at the Portland Swap Meet two years ago for $16,500 to make room for a modern 2016 GMC crew cab 4×4.

But I’ve been missing the 6-speed in my 2001 Camaro SS for a few years now, too — really ever since I sold that car to buy an SRT8 Charger. There’s nothing better than a barking V8 and a stick for daily use — yep, even in stop-and-go traffic, I miss it. The 5th gen SS cars don’t have the same feel that my 4th gen ’01 had, which I chalk up to the introduction of numbing drive-by-wire throttle bodies with the LS2 V8s and some changes to the clutch mechanism that eliminated a lot of driver feedback.

The market is just starting to come up on 4th gen Camaros now, too, as evidenced by a few higher-than-I-expected prices out of Arizona and Florida this January. I should have held on to mine. I traded it in on that SRT8 Charger, netting $11k out of it. It could have brought more if not for the 80k miles on the clock, but in had no real needs.

Would I buy the truck and the SS back if I had the chance? I would. But the reality is that neither one really fits my life anymore now that I have two kids — at least not in terms of daily use, which is why I had to sell them both in the first place. I suspect the story is the same for many of you, too.

But I will own another 6-speed Camaro and another ’67-’72 pickup eventually.

What cars do you regret selling and why? Sound off in the comments below.

8 comments

  1. I regret letting my ’67 Camaro go. It was the car on which I learned to wrench and realized not everything in the catalogs is as promised. Owned it four years and still regret selling it.

  2. I regret selling my 1969 Dodge Dart GTS 383. I was the second owner of the car and enjoyed it for about five years. One day the engine began to run very poorly so I limped into the garage where I had the servicing done on the car. When they told me that I had blown the motor, I wasn’t shocked due to the way I drove the car. I traded it in to my local Chrysler dealer and bought a Chrysler Córdoba with the “fine non-Corinthian velour” interior. I later learned that the only problem with the GTS’s engine was a broken distributor gear. I know where the GTS is now, but the current owner does not want to sell it. Nor has he done anything to restore it, even though the original drive train is still with the car.It is slowly rotting on a dirt floor in a one stall garage. It is a shame because I still have a copy of the window sticker showing that the car was specially built and delivered to the Chrysler Proving Grounds. This is a short version of the very long history that I have of this car even after I sold it. Yes, I miss that car and occasionally dream about how nice it would be to have it back.

  3. I think the point of regretful sales is that they happen when there is NO other option. Obviously if there was, you wouldn’t have done it. I had a triple-black 1972 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron for 20 years. Ex- 20th Century Fox (with papers!), completely ridiculous,
    and I loved it. I didn’t buy several houses because it wouldn’t fit in the garage. When I moved to Northwest Portland, it had to go. I even rented a garage for about a year just to keep it, then gave it to my brother when he emigrated to Canada. He repainted it, bought a house with a little garage and gave it back. I’d buy it back if I could find it. Perhaps luckily, I can’t. Oh, YM43T2C130013…just in case.

  4. My fully restored 67 GT500. Sold it for 25% above market price….. 6 months before “Gone in 60 Seconds” came out. We all know what happened after that…… ugh…

  5. There can only be one at the top of the list and that would be the 1973 Porsche Carrera RS that I was fortunate to own for five years. Easily the best driving car I have ever owned. Second might be my 1962 Austin Healey 3000, the one with triple SU carbs that was a bitch to keep in tune but great fun to drive.

  6. My 1966/85 Citroen 2CV and my 1986 911 Turbo. Totally different experiences, both too much fun! Have a 2003 GT2 now, but that is so powerful I am not sure I will ever drive it anywhere near it’s potential. Not so with the old 911 Turbo and 2CV!

  7. I bought a restored (95+ point car) Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Veloce for $3K in 1976. Sold it in 1980 for $5K, and I’ve regretted it ever since. Only consolation: In 1993 I bought a ’71 Alfa Spider for $1500, spent $15K restoring it, and drive it every day still.

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