I'm dreaming about buying a new car, but can't justify it during this economic climate.
When most little boys are dreaming of sports cars, fire engines and police vehicles, I was imagining myself in a Jeep Wagoneer or a Volvo station wagon. Don't ask why. I'm not quite sure. The best I can come up with is that I was always finding discarded furniture on the side of the road or on people's curbs next to their trash and would bring it home and try to restore it. Not always with great success, but I was thrilled with the find and the possibility. I knew when I grew up I'd need a car that could accommodate all my tools and finds. It had to be able to handle the adventure and the work load.
I have a Volvo wagon (my second) but have never owned a Wagoneer. I dream about owning one. I visit Wagoneer web sites that restore old ones and sell them. I try to justify buying one and the very small, practical side of my brain always gives in and I stick with my Volvo. Don't get me wrong, I love my Volvo. The way it hauls stuff & the look of it. Also, the safety. I drive a lot in L.A. and I feel a bit safer in my car.
The Volvo feels just right, but the vintage Jeep Wagoneer makes me think that my life would be somewhat different. Simple yet solid.
The closest I even came to a Wagoneer "type" car was an old Ford Bronco II. Vintage Wagoneers were (and still are) pricey. I was dirt poor and the Bronco cost me about $1,000. That was a huge fortune for me and I poured more money into that thing that it was worth.
Just look at the Wagoneer. Look at the way the lines of the vehicle just seem to be trying to move forward even while it's standing still. Sure it looks like it could handle almost anything, but it doesn't seem like it's boasting about it. You know? It's just doing it's job is all.
Once I get over the idea of spending money (still in tax mode and not going to happen anytime soon) I will probably settle on one of the Volvo vehicles below. Still good times and safe.
What's your dream car?