What Does This Mean?

 

This car, my 2002 Corvette, figured prominently in a dream I had last night. I dreamt that my car was in the shop, but the car was not my Mustang, it was the ’02 Vette instead.

When I went to pick up the car after repairs were allegedly complete, no one in the shop seemed to know where my car was. I followed an employee from building to building looking for my car. While this was going on I was on the phone with my wonderful wife keeping her informed. We were both frustrated beyond words that my car could not be located.

I must have awakened before the car was found. Again, what kind of brain produces such dreams of anxiety? Speaking of the Mustang:

 

 

Notice the “AZ” sticker at the top of the windshield. Like I wrote, I just could not stand the Ford logo. Sorry, C Squared.

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I might not like the Ford logo, but I really like this FoMoCo product, the 1956-57 Continental Mark II. I have become obsessed with this car in recent weeks although I’ll be damned if I can tell you why.

In general, my interest in 1950s American cars (don’t be afraid to click the hyperlink!) has become more acute recently. I don’t know how much of a maintenance nightmare one of those might be, and some of the ones I desire are getting expensive, but the thought of owning a car of this vintage makes me smile. By the way, the Mark II–despite its elegance and rarity (only 3,000 were produced in 1956-57)–very seldom sells for six figures. Hemmings currently has one listed for sale that is not an auction car. The private seller is asking $49,900.

Of course, at 218.5 inches in length the car would not fit in many Arizona garages. In addition, while $50k is not a lot to spend for such a classic car, in my opinion, it’s still a big price tag for a car that would not be driven more than 1,000-1,500 miles a year, not to mention the potential for maintenance nightmares. This is where my inability to work on cars becomes a thorn in my side.

 

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6 thoughts on “What Does This Mean?

  1. I learned with my MG that I have few mechanical skills so owning a “maintenance nightmare” is both a loss of use and a loss of money issue. 🙂
    I admire people with mechanical skills as they get to spend so much more quality time with their project cars.

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    1. Thanks, JS. Yes, I also admire people with mechanical skills. Every once in a great while I think about enrolling in a school that teaches auto maintenance and repair, but then remember I’m in my 60s and that these places don’t teach about pre-computer cars.

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  2. No apologies needed. I understand your reasoning. I should have my new Blue Oval in the next couple of weeks. It has been built and shipped. I am glad that you are enjoying the Mustang.

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  3. “big price tag for a car that would not be driven more than 1,000-1,500 miles a year, not to mention the potential for maintenance nightmares.”

    Other than the miles driven per year, it sounds like your experience this year with your Z06.

    I prefer the older iron as I’m sure anyone who has read any of my comments is aware. I’ve worried less in recent years about repairs, due to the proliferation of info available on these inter webs. And there is always someone who works at an auto repair shop who has a side hustle working at home either repairing older cars or building hot rods. There are all kinds of avenues open to find someone who can repair the old iron, once you enter into that world. Car shows are a good place to start networking, “hey, who did you get to do….. to your car?”

    As for the cost, well, “I can’t take it with me.” If my bills are paid and I have enough to keep me alive for a bit, then why not get some enjoyment out of that money? I could get squashed by a bus on my way to dinner tonight and would wander the afterlife wondering why I hadn’t bought that 1983 Wagon Queen Family Truckster (obscure?).

    I will likely be making a purchase of a newer vehicle next year, something to beat around town in. Not sure what it will be, maybe end up with a smallish SUV, possibly a Jeep, maybe another van, too early to tell. And there is a good chance I’ll leave it stock. 🙂 I hope to have the Barracuda road ready sometime next summer, but it certainly won’t be a grocery getter (unless I’m in a hell of a hurry). Same with all the vehicles I currently have, they can be used for that, but probably not for that 750 mile round trip to……..

    Just my opinions, and with another $2.00 you can get a coffee at McDonalds. 🙂

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    1. Many thanks, DDM. Once we moved to Arizona the Z06 was driven more although 6,500-ish miles in 16 months is not too much driving. I get your point, though. The reality is that until I/we have room to comfortably park more cars, I am probably not buying anything.

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