Monday, April 6, 2009

a little car dreaming...


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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?

-angelo surmelis

21 comments:

leah said...

i'd have to go with the wagoneer! i want and someday will have a plain ol jeep. old school. you know the kind, take off the top and drive over huge boulders on sides of mountains. or maybe the open road in nebraska. either way, old school jeep is my desire. green or red or black please.

Whispering Pine Cottage said...

I drive a Jeep Liberty now which is great for "junkin" or garage sales. However, for years I drove a Volvo wagon. I always felt very safe, I know what you mean! The new Volvo, would be my choice. Angie

Anonymous said...

You've wanted the Wagoneer forever and you work incredibly hard. Life is short, I say go for it! You've got to splurge sometimes and enjoy life! And I'm not a Jeep salesperson, either!

Dream car? Limo and driver, on call 24-hrs.

Jessie

DesignTies said...

My all-time favourite car is the Mazda MX6. It's sporty without being in-your-face, and the lines are totally sleek & sexy. I bought my cousin's used MX6 and had it for about 7 years. When I met my now-hubby, he had an MX6 too. Last September, we bought the coolest modded MX6 and I LOVE it!!!

At the practical end of the spectrum, our daily drivers are smart cars. We have a coupe and a cabriolet. Great mileage, easy to park, and perfect for zipping around town. It just takes some creative thinking to fit in some of my home decor purchases!! ;-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

mrsben said...

I really don't care what kind of car I drive as long as it gets me from A to B, I am :)

As far as my 'DREAM' car goes; I would have to say it would be a fully restored Model J or SJ Dusenberg. Very classic but verrrrrrry expensive.

You will look great behind the wheel of that Volvo so here is hoping the Tax Man will be kind.

Zoom-Zoom, HAVE A GREAT WEEK ANGELO!

samantha said...

I think you should get both. The Volvo for daily use and the Jeep for weekend day trips, casual flea market jaunts.

Davey LT said...

I agree. Get both. Stimulate the economy.

Carrie said...

Either of those vehicles would suit you. You would look good behind the wheel.

I have always dreamt of a vintage 2 seater, convertible mercedes. In silver.

kiakai / Kelly said...

The Wagoneer would hold a lot of treasures,and those old vehicles were built like tanks. I bought a Ford F-150 to haul all of my "finds". I got tired of making weekend appointments with my brother-in-law to haul them for me. Now I drive a Toyota Tundra. I don't know what I would do if I couldn't bring home furniture to refinish or recover. So I guess a truck is my "dream car". Couldn't you get both?
Kelly

The Old Oaken Bucket said...

This post makes me want to drag out my 1977 Jeep Wagoneer! I will post a picture of it, so you can see it. It does get lots of attention when I drive it. I affectionately named it "Great White". Driving it feels like a ride on the couch!

Anonymous said...

I don't blame Angelo from holding back...the sales tax rate just went un in cali- the accountant in me says that...but hey you only live once...buy your dream car...mine is a BMW 7series or a Land Rover...but these days it might just be another Toyota...I am thinking of getting a new car in a year. Have a good week.
Lia

Laura said...

I agree as well. Life is short and dreams are meant to be turned into realities, if we can afford them. get both. Hell, throw in a 2 seater vintage sports car. You're a TV star and you should look the part.

I LOVE your show. You are the only thing I watch on HG. Great smile.

Ted said...

Great car choices. I actually had a Wagoneer. It did not look as good as these. it was not restored and falling apart. I had bought it for about $500 and probably spent thousands to only have it keep breaking down. I didn't know what I was doing and trusted it to shady mechanics.

Oh well. I now drive an Audi and love it. Though I also fantasize about the Volvo wagon and the Land Rover.

Jeanine said...

Mine would be the mini cooper. I have one, but want the new wagon. Your choices are pretty sweet and seems to suit you. I too love your show.

Kellie said...

LOVE the new Volvo! It suits you. Love you and your look.

Taryn said...

Mine is a vintage 2002 BMW. I love your Wagoneer pics and I too have a Volvo right now. Great minds.

Tom Erdman said...

My brother owned a Grand Wagoneer. It fit his Bohemian style. And, he almost never had to fill it with gas. That's because it was always in the shop. It was fun to ride around in and hauled a lot of stuff. But, if you buy one, buy a mechanic too.

Design Junkie said...

life's too short not to buy your dream car. And remember, if it's not as great as you thought it would be, you can always re-sell it. i lost most of my possessions during hurricane katrina, and i can tell you from experience, it's better to have loved and lost than to never had and used the things you loved. i'm just glad i never treated any of my possesions as "sunday best" and never to only be used on special occasions. everyday should be a special occasion, and if driving a wagoneer makes every day special, then do that.

Michael said...

Love, love, love the Volvo XC60...if I didn't work for GM, this would be at the top of my list. The execution of the vehicle is fantastic, the price point isn't too bad (considering the value of the dollar to the Euro), the features and design are amazing, and Volvo's reputation for safety is second to none. My only beef with the XC60: The fuel economy isn't as good as it should be for a smaller crossover entry.

I just turned in my Saturn Sky and I'm completely missing the sporty little convertible. I'm holding out for the new Camaro SS convertible that comes out late 2010. I think I want orange with black racing stripes. (No jokes about mustaches and mullets, LOL.)

Tomarie said...

Love the Volvos! But every man should have that "dream car" to tinker on! Lol GET the Wagoneer and enjoy fixing it up! You work hard...you're busy...think of it as a hobby that will decrease stress! Haha! Just saying you deserve it! :-)
Now me...a JAG all the way! (But who am I to know, I've never even SAT in one! lol)
Have a great Easter! Tomarie

Nick Klaus said...

Right now I've got a Jetta, but my dream car would be something impractical. Fiat 124 or MGB GT.
Horrible for hauling things, but so much fun when the sun's out.

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