Hey, Duane here! Year-end 1996, my trio of vehicles was perfect except I had only a two-car garage.
1993 GMC Typhoon
1994 Toyota Supra
None deserved to be parked outside so I rented a garage elsewhere and rotated cars between home and the rental garage. Vehicle storage was expensive, and rotating cars became a hassle. I did not have money to build an additional garage and found no other affordable house with a larger garage more desirable.
The rental garage used through the 1996-1997 winter eventually became unavailable so I began storing the Hurst/Olds inside the parking garage near work. That next winter's exposure hastened its aging and made me sad.
Decision to Sell
The Hurst/Olds, my fastest car for many years, had become my slowest. Its performance, both in acceleration and handling, was surpassed by the twin-turbo Supra and turbocharged Typhoon. My income was flat as I foresaw a future need to repaint the H/O, and I feared that money would not be available to devote to a proper repaint. My home sent subtle requests for updates, and I was driving the H/O less because it wasn’t usually parked at home.
The practical choice was to sell the Hurst/Olds and use the proceeds to upgrade my home. After months of consideration, I set an asking price high for its condition and declined to negotiate. I took photos and made a video of the car, sending out copies to interested parties.
Final Day with Hurst/Olds
I owned the H/O for 20 years, 1978-1998, adding just under 30k miles to its odometer. A buyer in Dallas, Texas, eventually paid my asking price. The night before the transport carrier was to arrive, I subtly tried to talk him out of buying the car. He remained unswayed. The next day I drove the H/O to work and awaited the transporter.
When the carrier arrived at my office, I cried. To this day, this 1969 Hurst/Olds, my second ’69 H/O owned, is the only car that brought me to tears. I truly loved the car, far more than any other car owned. It had been my cherished possession for so long and I had truly bonded.
My youthful age during the two decades of ownership and the fact that the H/O was always my special occasion car made it so emotional to say goodbye. Selling it was the right decision, but that did not make parting with it any easier at that moment. I tried to conceal my tears as a fellow employee snapped pictures.
Supra and Typhoon
After selling the Hurst/Olds in 1998, I was back to two vehicles that paired well in the garage, my Supra and Typhoon. They remained my only two vehicles for the next few years. Next Sunday, see what came next. Thanks, and always drive with allure!