What's Your Car That Got Away?

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We all have one — the car we should have kept, should have loved more, should have taken better care of. And now it's gone. What's your car that got away?

We've probably asked this question recently, but who knows? Because Matt's out of the office today, I certainly don't.

But whatever — I like the question. So what's my answer? Well, I'm torn — it's either my Northstar-equipped black Cadillac Sedan de Ville that I decided not to buy out after a lease, or my black 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport and sold to buy a more "professional" vehicle (a Dodge Intrepid R/T — what a terribly horrible idea that was). Neither car was amazing — but both had meaning to me. The Sedan de Ville was my very first car — I took over the lease payments from my mom — and the Jeep was the first car I ever bought new. And now they're both gone.

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We've all got a sob story about the one that got away. What's yours?

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I don't have one, but my Dad sure does. I'm sure many of you have seen me post pictures of this car before, but you don't know the sob story behind it.

He had this car when I was a kid in the early nineties. My parents then decided to build their own home, and they needed some of the money that was tied up in the 14 cars we had at the time. Since the Miura was the most valuable and he had a good run with it (no major breakdowns), it was obvious that it was time to liquidate that asset. Well, in the mid nineties, demand for these things bottomed out. I honestly believe that was its all time low. He parted with it for 80% of what he originally paid. Nowadays that car is worth 1000% of what he sold it for. That's a 900% appreciation in 15 years. He cries everytime I bring it up.