QOTD: Your Best Buffet?
Today’s question was not, in fact, sparked by your author’s recent visit to a decent but not terribly impressive half-price buffet, but by — go figure — a Bring a Trailer listing.
The model depicted was one of those things we didn’t think would ever return… until it did: a Jeep pickup, this one of the Comanche variety. The 4×4 straight-six ’87 model made yours truly wistful, as it was one of those vehicles that got away.
Sometimes when car-buying time comes around, the circumstances of your life dictate a more interesting than usual pool of choices. This was one of those times.
They’re low-rent choices, but never mind that.
As I’ve mentioned this story before, I’ll try not to bore you with needless detail. Still in university, and with my daily driver totalled by a geriatric Impala driver, I seriously considered three replacements. Practicality wasn’t the deciding factor here; low cost and amusement was.
The first candidate was a Comanche just like the one in the listing. Alas, underbody rust had taken hold in a big way. Too bad. The second, an ’85 Volvo 240, was similarly infected with the Brown Beast, and that disappointment was perhaps even greater than the first. So, it was left to a pristine ’89 Prelude Si to ferry me through part of the early 2000s.
Truly, being in one’s early 20s is something you don’t appreciate until it’s too late. After that, pure economic practicality took over. For others, a growing family kicks them out of their G37 coupe or whatever and into a never-ending procession of crossovers.
Depending on your age, responsibilities, cash flow, and a number of other variables, one car purchase in your life will bring together more diverse and interesting candidates than any other. Maybe it was as a teenager, maybe it was after retirement. Whenever it was, we’d like to hear about it.
What did this eclectic pool of runners-up look like, and what did you ultimately bring home?
[Images: Volvo, Honda]
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