One of my e-mail buddies, John McKay, and I share a lot of common ground, even though he's a Canadian and I'm a Kansas flatlander and we've never met face-to-face. John is a retired newspaper photojournalist and we both love shoebox Fords and Falcons.
The other day, while we were discussing my plans for my '63-1/2 Falcon Futura, he wrote: "I had a '64 Falcon tudor hardtop, silver grey, red interior with a 260 4-spd, from the factory and I wish I still had it. Have you ever heard that line before -- `I wish I still had it?' Don't we all."
That, in fact, has to be one of the most common things I hear from people as I'm interviewing them for the Wheels page and we're discussing cars we've owned.
Variations on the theme include: "I should have never let that one get away." "I thought I made a great swap, but ...." "If I only had that one back." And the really painful one: "Can you imagine what that would be worth today, in that condition?"
By way of example, and I hope I'm not repeating myself here, my "One that got away" story involved my barn-find '50 Ford Tudor, a running, driving car in excellent condition that I paid $125 for back in 1965. After a couple of years of faithful service, I hastily traded it off on a gorgeous '64 Galaxie fastback, getting my full $125 back on it. What a deal!
The '50 was bought by a guy who was going to school at K-State. He was from Bolivia and he drove the car all the way home on the Pan American Highway. I only hope it's still rumbling around down there.
So, I'm thinking it would be fun to hear your "I wish I still had it" story.
If you're still kicking yourself for a car deal that haunts you, shoot me an email and a couple of paragraphs describing your misstep. Attach a photo of the car if you have one, and if we get enough responses, we'll all groan together over your blunder.
Send your emails to: firstname.lastname@example.org.