Do you see yourself being into the same thing..

..20 years from now? 30 years from now? 40?

Or does the increase in spending power that one might accrue over the years (in an ideal world, anyway) mean that one moves onto pricier toys— trading in the BMW for a Porsche, let’s say, or the Porsche for a Ferrari?

If this were us in 40 years, we think we’d be content— spare tire notwithstanding 🙂 Seriously, though— we don’t think we could ever become too ‘good’ for something, be it a 2002 or a MkI Golf GTI. If we love these now – and boy, do we ever – we can’t imagine that feeling abating once we get thick around the middle, the hair turns gray, and (optimistically) there’s more money in the bank. We’ve always maintained that our problem wasn’t that we loved unattainable cars, but rather, that the number of cars we loved was too numerous to attain.

On the other hand, we understand that that’s not for everyone, and that increased funds could mean making what was once a dream into a reality.

What about you all?

(Image credit: James Laray)

~ by velofinds on August 22, 2013.

15 Responses to “Do you see yourself being into the same thing..”

  1. Something to be said for spending a little more, and getting the car you want, then settling…

  2. I really appreciate this post. I’m pretty firm in my modest tastes, though I share the voracious appetite for cars I find interesting. So: same boat. I’d rather have four $10k cars than one $40k car.

    Maybe I’ll take a photo of myself leaning on the E30 and see if I can replicate it in 2053.

  3. I have a 1981 GTV6 (also the year I was born) in my garage and can’t think of ever selling this car. I don’t think that a Ferrari of any period would make me any happier and looking at registration numbers I can see that GTV6s will be a rather seldom thing on Austrian roads. If money allows my only other dream is an Elise or Caterham but I would consider this only an obvious addition not a replacement.

  4. Definitely the second option. I’ve got a whole list of reasonably priced cars that I want to own, preferably all at once.

    Apart from the stunning Alfa 2600 Zagato, I don’t think I want a car that’s over ÂŁ20,000 (an Alfa Montreal).

    That might change depending on how much the F-Type depreciates. I still want to make an ‘F-Type Lightweight’ by stripping all the unnecessary weight from a V6S (and swapping in a manual gearbox).

  5. I see my tastes getting weirder. I already have an MGB roadster with a 12a wankel rotary in it, so I think I’ve set the bar pretty high. Look for a Ĺ koda body on a Morgan chassis powered by a turbine engine in 2033. Perhaps an R8 Gordini with a Saab 2 stroke 3 cylinder in 2053.

  6. I am 50 now. When I was 18′ my dream car was a 1970 GTV. Guess what? My dream car now is a 1970 GTV. I don’t see that changing.

  7. Bought my ’71 MGB GT 17 years ago, when I was in high school (wait a minute, you mean that money was supposed to be used for college stuff??).

    It’s still in the garage. And though I’ve toyed with the idea in the past, in reality I’m never going to sell it. I love it too much. Look for it to still be with me in 23 years.

    That said, my automotive tastes have broadened (At 17 years old, when I was buying the MG, I’m not sure I would have pictured myself as the owner of a 1946 Dodge pickup, though the MG now resides next to one). Are there cars on my “dream car” list that I’d love to own? Yes indeed. But, like others here, I find many affordable cars far more fun to drive than a single, more expensive car (and, now that I’m older, I’ve driven a few of those expensive cars, and I’d *still* rather have an affordable car).

  8. Reading these comments, MCB has the coolest readers with the most interesting cars.

  9. “Being into the same thing,” yes. “Owning the same thing,” probably not.

    I still love the cars I owned – or wanted to own – when I was younger, and I’d still like to own some of them (for a while) some day. But so many things have changed: (1) the cost of those cars, (2) my ability to afford them, (3) my automotive needs, (4) the age and needs of those cars now, (5) the extraordinary advancement in automotive technology, etc.

    Very few cars have been able to overcome my automotive ADD, so it’s probably unlikely I’ll find one car that will do it for me for 4 decades. 2-3 years, on average. Maybe I’ll mellow out as I get older, but realistically, don’t count on seeing a photo of me like the one above.

  10. I don’t see a good reason to sell my Falcon yet.

    Though, in 30 years it’ll be 80 years old, so maybe we’ll add a little reinforcement to that unibody at some point.

  11. Interesting insight. I’ve owned a 944 for the last 23 years. Have thought about selling it at various points due to changes in interest, family, housing arrangements. It was the “cool car” and seemed “obtainable” when I was in college. Its primary purpose now (it shows its age) is a fun auto x / track car – enabling me to spend some more time with my sons at an activity we enjoy – driving and “pushing the limit”. A great compliment past weekend at a test and tune auto x event, “this car is hooked up” from the instructor I was with, he certainly enjoyed its capabilities and discovered what happens on a non abs car when you just push teh brake pedal as hard as possible and hope the electronics lend a hand! To keep it fun / current, of course there are mods – coil over fronts, larger torsion bars in the rear, lowered, corner balanced, reasonable sticky tires – main advantage is that it is fun and has remained on the “affordable” side. Hard to replace the overall ownership experience.

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