Journal: When Did You Fall in Love with Your Car?

When Did You Fall in Love with Your Car?

By Sean Lorentzen
August 20, 2013
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Classic car ownership is a labor of love. It’s a difficult, expensive, and on many days frustrating passion to have, and yet there’s no substitute for it. The simple reason for this is that we truly, genuinely love the cars we own and drive. We’re willing to wade through the costs and the headaches for those glorious days when it all works perfectly. But like all relationships, it has to start somewhere.

For me, it’s an interesting question. When I first got my Pontiac, first started working on it, there’s no doubt I liked it. I enjoyed it well enough, even for all of its foibles and imperfections, but I still didn’t love it. Through years of restoring the car, I grew closer to it, but it didn’t consume me. The exact moment I fell in love with that car, though, I’ll never forget. I had been preparing the paint and body for nearly three years, spending countless Saturdays with tape, Bondo and a sanding longboard perfecting the surface for the final coat. The actual spraying was a two-stage process, one day for the white, and then another day about a week later for the blue graphics. When the body shell finally emerged after the final color coat, still wet, not yet clearcoated, but finally taking the shape I’d worked so long and dreamed so hard about, in that moment I knew there was no going back. This car was part of me, and it always would be.

Now it’s your turn. When did you fall in love with your car?

Photos are courtesy of Matteo Ferrari and featured in our post about his Automotive Monogamy project.

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Ib Erik Soderblom
Ib Erik Soderblom
1997 ! The first sight of the Alfa Romeo 156…, and I lost my heart. A car so perfekt, that it had only one flaw: The lack of transaxel. Car’s have been my main interest since early childhood, but with the 156 I felt this urge to look at her, touch her, sit in her and drive her. To own her !!! There are many beautiful cars created before 1997, and maybe even one or two after…, but a 156 has no competition ! I’m now on my second 156. It’s a 2.5 V6 and I really hope, that she… Read more »
Robert Calinescu
Robert Calinescu
Porsche Boxster owner here myself, I have a 05 model that is in no way a classic car, but in my opinion its as close you get to a classic sport roadster as you can come in a modern car. Sounds and feels great to drive and hugs the curves like a koala bear hugging a tree. My romance with the car was more like love at first sight, it was the first Porsche I have ever sat foot in and after the first test drive I bought the car and each time I fire it up still feels like… Read more »
Chris Dyer
Chris Dyer
I drive a 1997 Porsche Boxster (986). I used to be the arrogant, idealistic, loudmouth who bashed the Boxster and clung to the 911 as if it was the only thing Porsche could do right. Then one day, I was at a used car dealer who let me drive one of several Boxsters he had on the lot – he just tossed me the keys and told me to have fun. A solo test drive. That’s when I realized it was a really good car. Solid. I couldn’t stop thinking about how much fun I had on a short 15… Read more »
Leucea Alexandru
Leucea Alexandru

Gorgeous car. Clean and simple. This is truly a bang for the buck right now.

Chris Dyer
Chris Dyer

I should add that I know my car isn’t a “classic car” but I love it. I have owned classic cars in the past, and I have plans for future classic car ownership as well. Right now, I’m in love with my Porsche Boxster, and one of the main reasons I love it (that I didn’t mention above) is because it has a very classic “feel” to it, but decent modern power. Interestingly, enough, I almost bought an Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce instead, but at the time of purchase, I needed a reliable, daily driver.

Christer Lundem
Christer Lundem

That Alfa Sprint Speciale is so badass! The colour, the look! Who would not fall in love!

Sid
Sid

Pontiac what?

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