I can't post in New Member since I've been here a few years while searching for my ideal iQ. Never found the 2014 series 10 that I wanted, so finally "settled" on a 2014 that showed up on a local Toyota dealer lot.
Since I just found the "Signature" option tonight, I've added cars I've owned over the years, most of which lead me to say "if I only had that today" as perhaps most of you often think the same. Each car has a history, so I figured this would be the place to "memorialize" each with a description. So here goes:
'53 PONTIAC CHIEFTAN Coupe - straight 8 with lighted Indian head hood ornament: 2nd owner. 1st car at age 21, in college till then so didn't need a car. Got married, sold it after about 4 years and a year later saw it advertised in the local paper and bought it back! About a year later bought a
'55 OLDS 88 Sedan: Basically became a parts car for husband who wanted the transmission for his '50 Ford Business Coupe 6cyl. Was an omen of things to come.
'70 OLDS 442 Cp; New. Lots of mods, stainless braided hoses, headers, stuff he sneaked by that I never saw. (Sell today for around $40K) Family car till he wanted a truck. In the meantime I bought a
'73 VOLKSWAGEN SUPER BEETLE: New. Concurrently we had a
'58 (JAG) XK150s which I found on a filling station back lot. It was complete but had a frozen engine block so for $900 we had it towed home where it stayed garaged about 2 years until we bought a fixer-upper house in Historical neighborhood with no street parking allowed. That's when we had to sell both the VW and the Jag. We never got the Jag running (always "someday") so to sell fast we posted in Sunday paper for $1000. Today those cars START at around $150K. Moving within spitting distance of the town square, our only transportation was his '84 Chev pickup for family of 5! Moved again after 5 years and I bought a
'79 BUICK LESABRE Cp: Dealer used lot. Probably my all-time favorite car. In the meantime, we were going to give it to our daughter when she turned 16, so he told me to go out and buy what I wanted. I knew how he loved the 442, so I found a
'87 BUICK GRAND NATIONAL. New. After driving it home and parking it safely in the garage, I never got to drive it again because he tore into the tranny, resetting when the gears shift, added a hood tach and other gauges under the dash, slicks, HD springs, etc., setting it up for drag racing, getting it into the high 10s. (He still owned it when he died in 2016.) I finally got mad about the GN and as a "grudge purchase" I bought a
'92 BUICK GRAN SPORT Cp: Dealer used, black like the GN. Divorced, I moved across town. Had it about a year and traded it for a
'96 OLDS DELTA 88 Sed: Dealer used lot. Got me to California and back 4 and 1/2 times over the next 10 years. At 1300 miles from home, the engine eventually shot craps at only 104K miles (GM's 3800s are ranked in top 10 by Wards!?!) Stranded in the Arizona desert I rented a car and once home, watched craigslist hourly for a low mileage car, a
'01 OLDS ALERO Sed: Only 8 yrs old and 18K miles. Sporty little car w/ sunroof, etc. owned by elderly couple both in a rest home. My 2nd favorite. Signed it over to my daughter with 38K miles. She broke my heart when she totaled it after about 2 weeks. That's when my son found me a low mileage
'03 CROWN VIC Sed: 60K miles, craigslist, individual who I think was a backyard dealer. I grew to hate the car, but it was cheap to operate and after 5 years with only 69K miles, it sold in 24 hours. Was the 3rd car in a row where I literally had no car to drive, but I'd already found my "dream car" a
'14 SCION iQ: Dealer, 3rd owner. And the rest is history, still to be written. I've said of all since the '96 Olds, that it would be my last, but they didn't work out that way....maybe this one will.
Thanks for reading. I hope this took you for a walk down YOUR memory lane.