Oct. 1998: I first saw this beautiful white 1957 Pontiac Chieftain in my parents' neighborhood parked in front of a private residence with a For Sale sign on the rear windshield. At first, I thought it would have been out of my economic range, considering the quality of the car. Then when I saw only $6,000, I had to call it in. I ended up lowering the price down to $5,500, and in those days, qualified for a car loan. In those days, a car loan also included classic cars as well, which is how I bought it.
In all the excitement, I joined POCI, the world's largest classic Pontiac Car Club. One year later, it had an engine fire, and throughout the time it took to restore it, I was getting ripped off by the mechanic who was supposed to be restoring it. He'd had it for about a year, and minimal work was done to it. Finally, I took him to small claims court, won, and with the money I got back, furthered the restoration process (and adding some of my own money in addition, of course). Now when you see it, you'd never know what it had happened.
I've since owned it for 15 years now, and for being the beautiful car that it is, not to mention I've been to hell and back with it, I don't imagine I'll ever sell it. I even drove it for my wedding in 2009 versus riding in a limo.
I've also become such a classic Pontiac fan (1950s era), that in 2011, I broke down and bought another classic Pontiac--this time a 1952, which I also still have.
I now have two small, beautiful children--one of each--who are also learning to appreciate the "old cars." Especially the boy who can't even talk yet, but still goes crazy whenever seeing a classic car in person, on TV, calendars, etc. Plus, he always wants me to take him to our garage where both cars are stored side by side. Both kids also rejoice whenever riding around in the backseat of the our '52, where they find it extremely cozy.
In conclusion, I plan to keep both cars for as long as I possibly can to leave one for each child when they're old enough to have fun driving them on their own.