Show Us Your Forever Car

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A few car friends and I have recently been discussing the concept of a “forever car” and whether it exists for every car-minded enthusiast. It’s something along the same lines as a soul mate. Do you believe in soul mates? You might believe in forever cars, too. And if you do believe in forever cars, do you have one? A car that will be in your life until you draw your final breath? What is it? I’m dying to know.

I’m well into my third year of ownership of this rough and tumble Porsche 912E, and I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of it. We’ve driven across the U.S. together, and racked up tens of thousands of miles together in that time. I’d considered selling it last fall when it had been out of commission for a little while, but my wife reminded me that I needed to drive it again before making that decision. Once it was back up and on the road, I took it to one of my favorite driving roads and immediately fell in love again.

Part of my problem is that I have too many non-forever cars. I have to spend time working on the ones I don’t love enough to keep forever, and the one I love most gets neglected. In reality, I need to dispose of a few projects to focus on the ones that are close to me. I need to Kondo my car collection. The 912E sparks joy, but the 944 Turbo just doesn’t.

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It isn’t necessarily that the 912E is an excellent car. It’s not. It’s loud, uncomfortable, slow, and the manual steering is unwieldy at low speeds. I kind of love it because it’s not a great car, if that makes any sense. It was built to serve a purpose, and I take great joy in that purpose. Find a mountain road somewhere, struggle to the top, and fall in love. Lather, rinse, repeat.

So, do you have a car in your life that sparks the kind of joy I have with my terrible little Porsche? If not, is there something on your automotive ownership bucket list that you think could become a forever car once you have it? Did you have your forever car, sell it, and regret it every day since? Tell me your stories, I want to know!

Jalopnik contributor with a love for everything sketchy and eclectic.

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*Prepares to get made fun of.*

I picked up my “forever car” in August of 2018. Barring any catastrophic circumstances, I don’t foresee it going anywhere.

It’s a 1990 Pontiac Sunbird LE coupe. Owned for all of its life (up until 2018) by an elderly woman. Just under 57,000 original miles on the car. The original owner passed away at age 88 in December 2017. A young couple then bought the car at her estate sale and intended to use it as a work car. They changed their minds, thankfully, and I scooped it up as soon as they put it up for sale and I got the money together.

It has an all new A/C system (converted to R134a), a new cooling system (radiator and hoses), new brakes, new exhaust, and other odds and ends. I’ve done a few maintenance-type things to it as well, and I had the windows tinted.

It needed an oil change, so I took care of that when I bought it. I also replaced the coolant reservoir, the valve cover gasket, the amp for the factory radio, the cassette player (yes, it works now), the air filter, and a few other odds and ends.

It is in winter storage right now (never has seen snow so there isn’t any rust), but will be coming out soon for some local cruise-in car shows.