Selling Your Toys and Growing Up

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A Black 1963 Ford Fairlane 500 with a 302 V8, a floor shift and bucket seats; this is the car I regret I sold. Ask any car guy this simple but loaded question, “What car do you regret selling?”, and the response will come with little hesitation. When I asked my father, he couldn’t say “1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 with a 4 speed and A/C,” quick enough, as if he were a kid rifling off his number one request for a Christmas present. Whether it was your first car, a project build, or both, everyone has a story of that one that got away.

Every so often, I’ll be perusing the classifieds and come across an ad with a meticulous, in-depth, almost over the top description of the vehicle they are selling. Usually when I see an ad like this, I’ll find a short sentence along the lines of, “Must sell to buy house” or “need something with a little more room.” Although as innocent sounding a sentence it is to the buyer, the sentence is heart wrenching to type. After we posted a link of a similar classified ad to our Facebook page and saw the overwhelming response, I found a lot of you had to do the same.

Most of the time when we sell our toys, there is a legitimate, practical reason for doing anything so foolish; in my case it was to pay some bills, and now my bills are paid and I drive a Kia. Some people sell their toys and actually have something to show for it; like a house. So the next time you catch yourself exhibiting a ‘thousand-yard stare’ into a garage that’s now used for storing camping equipment and holiday decorations, and some Swedish cross-over thing parked in your driveway, just take a moment and remind yourself that you used to have something that was worth waxing every few months.

About Ralph Guerra 24 Articles
Ralph Guerra is the associate editor for RacingJunk.com. Ralph grew up in Southern California's car culture and quickly became infatuated with anything and everything V8. Whether it was a 63 Fairlane with a 289 or a Gt500 with a supercharged 5.4, if it was a V8 he wanted to drive it--fast.
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