I’ve sold two cars in the past few weeks. Should you be thinking about thinning your nest this holiday season?
I didn’t dislike either car, but it was time for them to go. I had learned everything the 2004 Mercedes SL55 AMG had to teach me, so there was no adventure left. The last time I explored its triple-digit-speed capabilities I was rewarded with a set of flashing red lights.
Parting with the Alfa Junior Zagato was a little more complicated. I had driven it less than 200 miles since buying it, my medical challenges intervening. I had spent over $20k trying to get a vacuum-operated hand clutch to work effectively so I could still drive it.
I finally gave up that effort when riding in the car with SCM Editor-In-Chief Jeff Sabatini. Even with the vacuum-clutch operating at peak efficiency, the car would never shift like a 105-series Alfa.
I’ve had a lot of experience with those cars. We still have a very nice two-owner stock 1967 Duetto, and I had both a 105 GTV and a Giulia Super for over a decade.
I have often described the Zagato as a “shrink-to-fit GTV.” Its interior dimensions are not its strong point. Compared to a GTV, it feels cramped, and the lack of the 911-style rear seats is noticeable. Its striking visual appearance was its stand-out characteristic.
So, it was okay to let the car go.
Now, I have two open spaces in the garage, two less insurance payments to make, and two fewer maintenance logs to keep up.
On the Friday after Thanksgiving, I suggest you go out to your own garage. Look at your cars and figure out which ones you drive the least. Ask yourself if driving your classics is an adventure ever time, or just more of the same.
I suggest change is good. If you’ve extracted 90% of the experiences a car can give you, don’t be afraid to let it move on to light up someone else’s life. And to give yourself the opportunity to try a new adventure yourself. It’s the season, after all.